British Fiction, 18001829

BRUNTON, Mary. Emmeline (1819)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Outline for Emmeline by Mary Brunton.
[c. 1818]
[The ‘Memoir’ of Brunton in Emmeline provides a plan of the novel beginning with ‘The wedding’ (lxxxv) and ending ‘He goes to rejoin the army, avowing his resolution never to return’ (lxxxvi)].
Source: Mary Brunton, Emmeline. With Some Other Pieces. To Which is Prefixed a Memoir of her Life, Including Some Extracts from her Correspondence (Edinburgh: Manners and Miller, and Constable and Co.; London: John Murray, 1819), pp. lxxxv-lxxxvi.
Notes: Brunton died in 1818, and the novel was published posthumously with the ‘Memoir’ written by her husband, the Revd Alexander Brunton.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Hurst, Robinson & Co.
31 Mar 1819.
Other matters we shall endeavour to put in your power to send to America. Of this number perhaps Emmeline by the late Mrs Brunton may be ranked[?]—we publish it along with Manners & Miller.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 430 (copy).
Notes: Relates to the transmission of early copy to expedite publication in North America, here following on from earlier comments concerning Walter Scott’s Tales of My Landlord, Third Series (EN2 1819: 61).

Letter from Alexander Brunton to John Murray II.
24 Apr 1819.
I know not how to thank you for the real kindness towards me which your letters to Messrs. Manners & Miller express […] I am quite sure that I can count upon your exertions to befriend my poor little orphan volume—but you have little leisure to inform me of their success. I may be able to do it more easily thro’ Capt Balfour. The vanity of Authorship is well nigh dead in me, but I have a very strong wish that this book should prosper for it’s [sic] subject’s sake.
Source: MS letter, Murray Archives; also in Smiles, II, 73 with errors.
Notes: Captain Balfour is Alexander Brunton’s brother-in-law, who is visiting London. The letter was to be delivered to Murray by Balfour.

Letter from Manners & Miller to John Murray II.
7 Feb 1820.
We had this morning the pleasure to receive your very polite letter of the 4th inst., enclosing statement of the sales of ‘Emmeline,’ and your promissory note at six months from 20th January for £305 14s. 6d. being the balance due on this work. We cannot sufficiently express the high sense we entertain of the very handsome manner in which you have settled this account, and we feel it to be the more gratifying as it was entirely unsolicited on our part. We beg you will accept of our best thanks for the kind interest you have taken in the success of ‘Emmeline,’ in which we are cordially joined by our friend Dr Brunton, who has just been with us, and who desires to be particularly remembered to you.
Source: Smiles, II, 74.

Letter from Manners & Miller to John Murray II.
8 Apr 1820.
We have been anxiously expecting to hear from you of the publication of the new Edition of Emmeline as we presume the Impressions of the Portrait have been worked off. When we received the Proof from John Dixon & Son we wrote them immediately to say that we were much pleased with it, and requested them to have the Impressions worked off as soon as possible and delivered to you. If they have not yet done so, may we request the favor of you to enquire about them as the season of publication is now far advanced. Will you also have the goodness as formerly to announce the work in the Newspapers to such extent as you think right, and have it also inserted in the Monthly Lists &c. You will also be so good as send us the remaining Impressions of the Portrait of Mrs Brunton, after compleating the setts of the work in your possession. We requested Dixon & Son to work off 6 Proofs in Indian Paper for Dr Brunton which you will have the goodness to send us along with the others. // We have printed Title Pages for the Works of Mrs Brunton in 7 vols. of which Emmeline forms the 1st & Self Control & Discipline the remainder in the hope several Setts will sell in this way, and have taken the liberty of sending you 25 Setts of these Titles by a Coach parcel from Constable’s today; if you happen to have no copies of Self Control & Discipline to make up setts, we shall either send you some copies from this, or an order on Longman & Co.
Source: MS letter, Murray Archives, Manners & Miller.
Notes: John Dixon was a London copperplate printer.

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, John Murray II.
13 Apr 1819. Costs for carriage, freight, engraving and copies to Stationers’ Hall: 32. 14. 6.
13 Apr 1819. Murray received 752 copies in bds. He received an additional 250 copies on each 20 and 28 Apr. Total copies on hand: 1252.
[n.d.]. To advertising: 20. 6. 0.
May–June 1819. Copies sent to the following: 17 May, 1 copy to T Cadell; 18 May, 1 copy to Literary Gazette; 7 June, 1 copy each to the Monthly, Eclectic, British and Antijacobin Reviews, and to the British Critic and the Literary Panorama.
[n.d.]. The 1252 copies were accounted for as follows: 100 returned; 25 to Constable; 11 to Stationers’ Hall; 8 presented; 1108 sold for a total of 387. 17. 0. After deducting a 7½ per cent commission of 29. 2. 0, the total from the sale of the 1108 copies was 358. 15. 0.
[n.d.]. Balance: 305. 14. 6.
20 Jan 1820. To note at 6 months: 305. 14. 6.
[2nd edn].
[9 Mar 1820]. Murray received 300 copies of the 2nd edn.
[n.d.]. To misc. expenses: 14. 3. 7.
[n.d.]. To advertising: 13. 16. 0.
12 Feb 1823. By this date, 120 copies of the 2nd edn had been sold at 0. 7. 0 each, for a total of 42. 0. 0; after deducting a 7½ per cent commission of 3. 3. 0, the total sum from the sale of these 120 copies was 38. 17. 0.
12 Feb 1823. Balance carried forward to Led[ger] C 432: 10. 17. 5.
Source: Murray Archives, Ledger BB, p. 72.
Notes: Ledger C is unidentified.

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