British Fiction, 18001829

MATURIN, Charles Robert. Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
18 Apr 1818.
[postscript] My prose work will be ready about the same time next winter […] it is far superior to ‘Women’ […].
Source: E, MS 673, fol. 9v.
Notes: Women; or, Pour et Contre is EN2 1818: 41.

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
2 May 1818.
I have long projected a Poem, consisting of distinct parts, something like Lalla Rookh, to be connected by a prose narrative which is independent of, but diffused between the various Poems—Can you allow me to send you this prose Romance in fragments, and afterwards when I have completed the Poem, to publish it in its original Shape as a Kind of cement to the poetical parts of the work.
Source: E, MS 673, fol. 11v.
Notes: Thomas Moore’s Lallah Rookh (1817) consists of a series of oriental tales in verse connected by a story in prose.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Charles Robert Maturin.
31 Aug 1818.
I have no doubt but your plan of publishing in the form or manner of Tales is a very good one—we can correspond on this and your Tragedies before I go South—we shall advertise Pour et Contre very generally with an extract from the Review immediately.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 260 (copy).
Notes: The same letter at an earlier point advises Maturin to hand the MS of his Sermons, later published by Constable in 1819, to John Cumming, the Dublin bookseller, for transmission. All letters from Constable and his firm to Maturin are addressed to Dublin unless otherwise stated.

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
8 Mar 1819.
[responding to apparent loss of material for his Sermons, and offering to write new ones to help fill the vol.] though this will be a considerable delay to the ‘Tales’ it is [27/27v] unavoidable […]
Source: E, MS 673, fol. 27.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
21 Apr 1819.
[The Sermons ‘near completion’] [p. 465] We now beg your attention to the four Volumes of Tales—not that we have any wish to draw them from you without allowing any breathing time—but as the summer months get on, we would like to have considerable progress made, so that the work may be brought out at the most propitious period, the commencement of the Publishing Season. We think of printing it here, and would like as much of the MS as you have ready that a beginning may be made and arrangements for the transmission of the Proofs—On reference to your letter of 6 September last wherein you propose the undertaking—you allude to a large part of the MS being ready […].
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 464–65 (copy).

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
26 Apr 1819.
I shall send according directions part of the MS of the Tales and the poems to be published in them, but have to apprize you that the poems are incidental being the supposed productions of one of the characters and must therefore appear in the body of the work—I know not [33/33v] whether this circumstance will admit of their being printed as soon as sent over, but of this you are the best judge […] [explains that it will be advantageous to him to complete a play, and on fol. 34 says ‘though it could cause a delay of a month or two in the publication of the Tales’].
Source: E, MS 673, fols 33–34.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
29 Apr 1819.
When are we to receive from you the M.S. of ‘The Tales’ about which you have not lately given us any intelligence.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 473 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
30 Apr 1819.
[Advising him not to put on a second play in one season] [p. 474] It will give much pleasure to here that you are relinquish the Drury lane Tragedy till next year—& that you are preparing the M.S. of the Tales for us—the Poetry should of course be introduced just as it occurs in the narrative—& will fall to be arranged with the Prose part of the M.S.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 473–74 (copy).

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
11 May 1819.
[Stating that his only prospect of immediate support has gone through the postponement of his play at Covent Garden] […] depriving me of the only means of subsistence I had till the coming out of the ‘Tales’ […] // Do not I implore you in the most earnest manner, do not refuse the intreaty of one who, if you reject this petition, must address the next to you from a jail—Advance me in Bills at any negociable date £200 of the £250 you were so liberal [35/35v] as to promise on the receipt of the MS of tales, and I will immediately forward a large portion of the MS and enter if requisite into a Bond to be ready with the whole by this printing season […].
Source: E, MS 673, fol. 35.

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
26 May 1819.
However severe the disappointment inflicted by your letter received this day, I feel it has been well-deserved—instead of devoting myself to the completion of the ‘Tales’ I foolishly attached myself to dramatic writings, by which I had hoped both of us would have been benefited, and the result has been—complete defeat and loss […] I am very grateful for your kind intimation that I may hope for an advance on remitting half the MS of the ‘tales’—it is more suited to your liberality than to my deserts […].
Source: E, MS 673, fol. 357.

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Archibald Constable.
14 June 1819.
The moment my mind is made at all easy about these unfortunate sermon you shall have a considerable portion of MS of the ‘Tales’—pray write to me soon, but if possible get a frank—I have no affectation about my circumstances with you.
Source: E, MS 673, fol. 39v

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
6 July 1819
[Pressing further for a sight of copy] We have our arrangements in such a state that we can set up nearly a volume at a time which will save much trouble to all of us and the risk of loss of MS or proofs greatly reduced. // One of our Clerks will likely be in Dublin early in August—if you have not sent a portion of the M.S. by that time we beg in the most particular manner that you may have a large portion for him to take charge of—And we doubt not with a little activity on this side the water—the book will proceed with spirit.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 559 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
9 July 1819.
We lose no time in requesting you make up a packet of all the M.S. of Tales you have ready & forward it in one parcel addressed to Mr Kerr Esq. General Post Office Edinburgh [….] [granted this:] [564/565] we may be able to get the M.S. so sent, set up in Proof and forwarded to you by our Clerk who will set out for Ireland in about three weeks.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 564–65 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
23 July 1819.
We write now to acknowledge receipt of the first portion of the M.S. of Tales—and hope in about a week to send you some proofs—pray send more M.S. as soon as you can—and by the same conveyance.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 581 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
2 Aug 1819.
The first part of the MS of the Tale is in the hands of the Printer, we expect to send some proofs in a few days—the Printer will want the folio title as it is called to be filled in—we are doubtful what arrangements to make in the transmission of proofs—we have some thoughts of sending them through the Post Office—as a single sheet—making an[?] allowance to you for this extra charge—it will cost some pounds—but it is to be preferred to the annoyance and risk of a frank—we have put you in considerable funds. […] [postscript] We are a little doubtful about the titles you propose for the Tales—would not some striking name, such as —— a Tale [space left] of all this, however, you are the best judge— [589/590] An early return of the proofs will be necessary. You will have simply to correct, turn the sheet and put in the P. Office.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 589–90 (copy).
Notes: The ‘folio’ title is the running title.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles P. Archer.
2 Aug 1819.
As we are sending a cover to you we enclose a letter for the Revd. Mr. Maturin—to save him postage—and take this opportunity of asking you if you could manage for us the transmission through the Castle of the proof sheets of his new Tales at Press [590/591] and to consist of 4 vols 12[m]o—we find considerable difficulty in getting this managed here—through the Post Office. // We do not care ourselves for paying postage here of the returned proofs—but the poor author may feel it hard on him—it would cost him at least £7—we would cheerfully send you a few copies of the book when ready for presentation to those who would allow this priviledge [sic].
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 590–91 (copy).
Notes: Archer was a Dublin bookseller.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
4 Aug 1819.
We […] acknowledge as you wish the receipt this day of a second portion of M.S. but the note you have sent with it has no date and what is more—the M.S. received is the commencement of the third volume, and also of the second Tale. We are consequently in a dilemma as to the remainder of the first Tale […] [595/596] We send this day by post the first two proofs of the Tales. [complications about transmission and charges follow] // As mentioned in our last the folio or running title is wanted for the first Tale—indeed the title for the Tale is not yet received.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 595–96 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
11 Aug 1819.
[…] there will be due to you on the appearance [601/602] of the Tales—indeed according to agreement when we receive the whole M.S. the sum of £250—to account of this we now enclose our note payable in London P £100 @ 6 mos and as the Tales have been delayed much longer than originally agreed upon we beg of you to use all diligence in transmitting the M.S. and in returning the proofs. We are still without the continuation of the M.S. of Vol 1 so that the printer cannot proceed and the season gets on rapidly […].
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 601–02 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
17 Aug 1819.
[Begins:] You have caused us more vexation within these last two weeks than since our correspondence commenced […] [then complains broadly that Maturin doesn’t respond to queries, and that the ‘want of the title’ is stopping all plans].
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 614–16 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
2 Sept 1819.
We have received this day by our Clerk a packet of M.S. but there is very little of it a continuation of the first Tale, and we cannot go on with the second till we have the first done do send us what follows with all dispatch—what we have will not make above 20 pages—not more than a sheet more than the two proofs you have seen. Consequently we cannot send you a proof of the third sheet till we receive more M.S.—do pray attend to this without a days delay—We have christened the first Tale ‘Melmoth’. If this is wrong, say so in course of post. It is a good title, but may not perhaps suit your views. Do not fail to write us as to this. And do pray be as explicit as you can in describing the M.S. you send us.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 634 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
9 Sept 1819.
We have just received another Packet of M.S. through the Post Office, and we do now write to you with feelings of considerable chagrin to express our deep distress and concern at the careless way the MS has hitherto come to hand, so much so, as to put an entire stop to all our plans and proceedings. We received by our Clerk a considerable quantity, but strange today it was so unconnected, that with great difficulty we find part of it belonging to the first Tale, and a part to the second, at least we thought so, so little however appeared to connect with the first Tale that we could not make up the third sheet and what is just recd. is in no way so far as we can notice, connected with what is received of the first—in one words we are wholly at a stand, and it is utterly impossible that the Work can proceed except some plan is pursued whereby the connection of the various portions of the MS is kept up—there is no paging, no connecting word nothing to guide us—and after corresponding for two months there are only two sheets set up and that without a title—you have never yet said what portion was lost or how it fitted with what came before. We write to you our feelings thus plainly and explicitly, and assure you if this continues we will be under the necessity of throwing up the undertaking, and begging repayment of our Advances. In your letter you clear up in no way the many queries we have put to you, as to the lost M.S. &c but [639/640] what is truly is most agonizing is that all our letters produce no change. The MS comes en masse and we are utterly at a loss how to proceed with it.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 639–40 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
16 Sept 1819.
We wrote to you on the 9th inst. and have since received some more MS which with difficulty we have got the Printer to connect with the first two Sheets. It is truly most amazing this want of linking which runs through all the M.S. yet received—And there is not as much of the first Tale (Melmoth) as make [sic] another Sheet—do pray be more business like in future.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 642 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
21 Sept 1819.
[More MS has arrived, but still confusions for the printer] [p. 647] We fear however that you over-calculate when you say that there is M.S. sent for a volume of Melmoth. The Printer says there is not nearly enough. Are you aware that part of what we have received belongs to the Second Tale altogether and not to Melmoth.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 646–47 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
27 Sept 1819.
[Thanking Maturin for another ‘packet’ of MS, and sending proofs in return] [p. 652] this goes with Sheet E the fifth—we trust it may reach you safely—another will go in a few days—the alteration on the title is good and shall meet due attention—but Melmoth is sufficient for what is called the folio title—We trust to a continuation of regularity in sending MS. [postscript] Send the proofs under Mr Kerrs cover.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 651–52 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
2 Oct 1819.
We have written to you with two sheets following that now recd and you now have enclosed the Sixth Sheet I. There must be some mistake about Dublin, as all the proofs were directed in the most careful manner—the M.S. dispatched by you on the 9th and 16th Sept as we stated are duly received. That portion of the M.S. which you sent through the Irish Secretary the day before the letter just to hand, has not cast up, but we dare say will reach us safely.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 660 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable to Charles Robert Maturin.
22 Nov 1819.
With regard to your extending the plan of your Work to 8 volumes, instead of four volumes, I see no objections to your doing so provided the first series consists of perfect [682/683] Tales or Stories without reference to the second Series, as in this way the one work would just succeed the other as in the case of the Tales of My Landlord, but I would prefer holding our agreement as fixed to the first series only.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 682–83 (copy).
Notes: In the earlier part of the letter Constable states that he has been in ‘indifferent health’. Tales of My Landlord is EN2 1816: 53; 2nd ser. is EN2 1818: 56; 3rd ser. is EN2 1819: 61.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
21 Jan 1820.
We now send you in proof the completion of Vol II of Melmoth and Sheet first of Vol 3rd. You will notice that we have completed Vol II at page 321—it was wholly impractical to finish it at the place pointed out by you viz 270—and the more when vol I had closed at p 340—the difference of 40 pages would have completely destroyed the book in the point of uniformity of appearance—and you must excuse our taking this freedom—our knowledge of the tact necessary in these matters is the reason. // We have in the most especial manner to beg of you to push on and send M.S. we cannot send you proofs when have no copy and your portions are so small that the Printer can rarely make up a sheet. // We suppose you are aware that we possess a portion of M.S. intended for the Second tale [755/756] You mark it to begin vol III with. What are your plans regarding the book altogether? We are clearly of opinion that four volumes of one Tale is greatly too much—and endangers the success of the work—let us know fully what you intend—and do send M.S. as fast as possible.
Source: E, MS 790, pp. 755–56 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
29 Jan 1820.
We wish now most urgently to beg the completion of the Tales now at Press—had we known it would be so long in progress, we confess we would not have undertaken it. We are the more pressing on you on account of the general succession of works by the Author of Waverley—we have now just published Ivanhoe, we shall publish the Monastery in a few weeks, and a third some few months afterwards [767/768] now it appears to us as a matter of necessity that Melmoth be brought out as soon after the Monastery as may be prudent—perhaps a month or thereby […] [also advises strongly against ‘4 vols of one Tale’].
Source: E, MS 790, pp.767–68 (copy).
Notes: Scott’s The Monastery is EN2 1820: 64; Ivanhoe is EN2 1820: 63.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
11 Feb 1820.
Your letter of the 2d Instant is before us, and we now write to state most explicitly, that the book will not do in any way in five Volumes—we have more than once declined to bring out five Volumes by the author of Waverley even with two Tales—the fact is that it is too much and will not sell—you complain of the size of the volumes—but you should call to mind that they are only in conformity with your former work ‘Women’. The size you wished the present book to be, would have had the very worst effect—we speak this from experience. // We have once more to beg an early completion of the work—it cannot be one day too soon—the Monastery will be out this month—and a second stage of it in three months time.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 786 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
29 Feb 1820.
[…] till the completion of the work now in progress we would rather defer making any proposal for a continuation of the Tales […] // We are still most anxious as to the early publication of Melmoth, you are labouring under a mistake as to the length of ‘Women’. The 3 vols contained 959 Pages or about 320 p Vol upon an average.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 6 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
22 Mar 1820.
[refusing any further advance until completion] [p. 20] While we are on this subject we cannot but express our deep regret that while the Tale has been proceeding you have been printing a Poem with another Bookseller—this must have occasiond delay with the Tale, which by the lateness of this season for Publication will suffer very considerably.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 19–20 (copy).
Notes: The poem referred to is presumably The Universe (London: Henry Colburn,1821), though this is now generally ascribed to James Wills.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Charles Robert Maturin.
15 Apr 1820.
I am very sorry that it has not been suitable to the views of my house to enter into a new engagement as to a further collection or Continuation of your tales now in the Press—[…] when the present Work however has made its appearance I shall be glad to see how far it may be possible for us to embark further—and in the meantime you can assure your friends [31/32] of the most perfect good will & anxiety to serve you—the balance of the present publication One Hundred & Fifty Pounds (I think) shall of course be settled the moment the book is finished by the Printer. // I hope your poem will be successful in Mr Colburns hands—he is an enterprizing & skilful Publisher & deserves every encouragement.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 31–32 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable to Charles Robert Maturin.
27 Apr 1820.
[Again refusing the continuation of Maturins’s Tales, citing heavy engagement with the works of ‘the author of Waverley’ as one reason] [p. 40] I would now take the liberty of recommending you to accept Mr Colburns offer for the next four volumes of tales without waiting the result of farther correspondence on the subject with my house.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 39–40 (copy).
Notes: Maturin’s next (and last) work of fiction, The Albigenses (EN2 1824: 66), was in fact published by Hurst, Robinson & Co, in association with Constable & Co.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Charles Robert Maturin.
24 May 1820.
[Explains further his position as to the Continuation: if sales of Melmoth are good, he might enter into a new bargain] [p. 61] Melmoth has been very long in the hands of the printer, and if not ready in the course of the next month, the present season will be lost which is all [sic] our interests to avoid if possible […] It would be quite impossible to publish with any chance of success after the first or second week of July and that cannot be unless we receive the whole M.S. within three weeks from this day.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 60–61 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
10 July 1820.
We fear you are making the 4th Vol too large—from what is in types—and the MS arriving we fear at any rate a large vol 4th—and we do not notice any thing near a finish […] the book will be utterly ruined in 5 vols. // We may now state that we [95/96] propose delaying the publication for three months we had thought the period of the Coronation a good time—but that being postponed—and the public attention so much engrossed by the proceedings connected with the Queen—it would be very bad policy to bring it out till public mind is more calmed.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 95–96 (copy).
Notes: The trial of Queen Caroline was ongoing during the summer of 1820 and, as Constable notes, engrossed the country.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
24 July 1820.
[…] we cannot print any more of the M.S. of Vol 4th after the last proof we had from you till we receive the completion of the M.S. the reason is this, you have so greatly exceeded the usual limits of a volume—that we will have to print the last sheets on [sic] a smaller type—it is very true that the 3rd last Vol of Women is longer than the other two, but all the 3 first volumes of Melmoth are as large as the last vol of Women—in a word, we cannot move till we get the finish of the M.S.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 102 (copy).
Notes: The last vol. of the published novel is 453 pp. long.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
16 Aug 1820.
In the absence of our Mr Constable who is in the Country, we have your esteemed favor of the 10th inst […] [112/113] Send the Conclusion of Melmoth, and whether Mr C be returned or not we shall see what we can do to meet your views.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 112–13 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
18 Sept 1820.
We have your favour and enclose our bill to balance due to your Melmoth—we would have made the bill shorter, but will please notice that we paid £150 twelve months ago—which is much earlier than per agreement.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 150 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable to William Maturin Esq.
27 Sept [1820].
I have received your favour of the 23d & regret to learn that your Son Mr Maturin has been placed in such uncomfortable[?] Circumstances as your letter informs me, but I beg of you to understand that my House is in no way to blame for any delay that occurred in regard of the balance per Agreement for Mr Ms new Work […] [159/160] // I have been in the Country of late a good deal to have not therefore been the Organ of the late correspondences with your Son, but I find on enquiry, that the £150 was transmitted in a letter which was dispatched from this [sic] on the 18th addressed as usual to ‘York Street Dublin’ but it may have by this time shared the fate of another letter of this House of the 16th August which I find has been returned after being at is destination—having been refused—this is a very singular mode of proceeding, and I regret much that such should have occurred— // A proof sheet of Melmoth accompanies this trust [sic] will be returned in course as well as those still to forward.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 159–60 (copy).
Notes: Dated, presumably in error, 1819.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
10 Oct 1820.
We have received your various letters, with the last corrected proofs of Melmoth which shall of course go forth under the title ‘Melmoth the Wanderer’— // We write now to express our sorrow that you are not satisfied with the bill we [168/169] sent you for the balance due on the completion of the Work—and also to state, that we see no good ground for complaint—by the annexed copy of your proposal for the Book—You will find that we advanced £250 on the faith of the whole being before the Public in Spring 1819—when we did receive the whole M.S. we were and not till then to pay the balance, namely £250—Spring and Autumn of 1819 arrived and there was nothing like the completion—but in the autumn we advance the Bill for £125—the winter arrived and we think another Spring and Autumn are past, and the book is just finished—that is two whole years after it was contracted for! a thing unheard of in Literary matters of this nature—that we are the party who ought to complain—since Octr 1818 we have from one Author the Third Series of Tales of My Landlord, Ivanhoe, the Monastery, and the Abbot!!!
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 168–69 (copy).
Notes: The letter is followed by an end note: ‘for agreement referred to see Private Letter Book, letter to Mr Maturin, 2d Oct 1818’. This agreement has not been discovered. Scott’s Tales of my Landlord, Third Series is EN2 1819: 61; The Abbot is EN2 1820: 62.

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
27 Oct 1820.
[under heading ‘Melmoth’] 500 of this will not do—there are 614 ordered and the subscriptions round the trade will take off some more—the balance of 750 will therefore fall to come immediately—those sent must be laid aside in the meantime […].
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 130v.
Notes: Cadell is writing from London.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Charles Robert Maturin.
31 Oct 1820.
I have duly recd your esteemed letter of the 18th— // Melmoth has just been completed at Press—& Copies were shipped to London some days ago. We have forwarded a parcel to Mr Cumming of your city in which are two copies of which we beg your acceptance those for Sir Robert Steele and the Marchioness of Abercorn have been forwarded via London—If you have occasion for any more Copies for your friends you can command them— // [reiterates reasons for declining the ‘continuation’, present conditions in the trade leading him to decline new literary undertakings] but the state of things will not I hope be any material interruption to the progress of your literary engagements seeing that Mr Colbourn [sic] of London who must be differently circumstanced in regard to the number of his speculations is so ready to meet your views […].
Source: E, MS 791, p. 176 (copy).

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
31 Oct 1820.
Perhaps it may be a prudent course to send an addtnl 250 of this book to be ready for a run if it does take place—if it does not they can be as well here as in Edinb. […].
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 137v.

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
6 Nov 1820.
You are right, only 250 once over the 750. I had overlooked alluding to it in a former letter and this made you suppose I thought of 250 twice told.
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 149.

Letter from Longman & Co to Archibald Constable & Co.
2 Jan 1821.
I have communicated the contents of your letter to Mr Horace Smith and provided there is no objection he would like to try his hand on Melmoth—You will please to let me know at your earliest convenience if Mr S. may proceed with the article and when it will be required. Pray send us two copies of the review by coach—last time you sent one only.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 101, no. 71C (draft).
Notes: This presumably refers to the article on Melmoth for the Edinburgh Review, which appeared in vol. 35, July 1821. The Wellesley Index indicates that the contributor is unidentified, but suggests that it was possibly William Hazlitt.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Mr Thurnham.
7 July 1821.
We cannot allow the abatements you have made on the Abbot, & Guy Mannering & Melmoth—Whatever London Booksellers may do [341/342] we have never done so at any time—not even for fifty Copies.
Source: E, MS 791, pp. 341–42 (copy).
Notes: Addressed to Thurnham at Carlisle. Guy Mannering is EN2 1815: 46.

Letter from Alaric Watts to William Blackwood.
10 Mar 1822.
Does my acquaintance [...] Maturin ever contribute anything to your pages. He is more than half cracked and such being the case the savage ferocity of such critiques as that in the Quarterly on his Melmoth can answer no end. Millman is said to have written the article & as coming from him it cannot but be considered simply invidious. Maturins follies and failings are numerous enough but will hardly do much harm. Constable & Co paid him £500 for Melmoth, on the strength of the success of ‘Woman’ and strange to say, they have turned their money [...] [203v/204] The man has with all his extravagance some of the sterling stuff of genius in his composition.
Source: E, MS 4009, fols 203v-204.
Notes: Watts (1797–1864) was at this time a contributor to the Literary Gazette (DNB). The Millman referred to is likely Henry Hart Milman; his publisher was John Murray and he was an occasional contributor to the Quarterly. The damning review of this novel (not listed in WSW I) is in Quarterly Review 24 (Jan 1821): 303–11.

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