British Fiction, 18001829

SCOTT, Sir Walter. Monastery, The (1820)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Letter from Walter Scott to James Ballantyne.
2 Aug [1819].
[…] I wish you to bring forward instantly the plan we talkd of for September. Having only a volume & a half of Ivanhoe to write and being in excellent health I may safely (as far as man can) enter into such terms as follow. // A New Novel of the right cast—3 volumes—the subject is quite ready and very interesting—to be divided into 3 shares—Longman to be manager—Number 12,000 to be printed in such editions as the booksellers advise—to be publishd in December. // As there are no clogs whatever attachd to the work the authors profit to be the same as on last series Tales of my L[andlor]d which was £6000 on four volumes—ergo—£4500 on three. // The shares to be thus divided—// Longman & Co/—one third. // James & John B. one third betwixt them. // One third to be reserved for Constable in case he chuses to accept it. But it is not to be offerd to him till I[vanho]e is out as it would you are aware only raise such a clamour as we had in May—when the whole thing is arranged he must consent or go without. [443/444] // On these shares should be an advance of £800 at the least but £1000 will do much better. The advance to be made in Longmans bills at dates discountable in Scotland. And the other partners to accept to Longman. But as bills cannot be drawn immediatly [sic] on Constable Messrs. Longman will advance on the credit of his share which (failing Constables acceptance) shall remain with them. // If the London lads like these terms you may close with them without further delay—but if any material alterations are proposed you will take care not to involve yourself as on a former occasion. For I am persuaded the above terms are easily to be gotten in the present dearth of good things. If any alterations are proposed therefore[e] (I mean any of consequence) you will report them to the author carefully—avoiding committing yourself or him an iota farther. // I recommend to you the strictest silence on this matter. John Richardson writes to me there is a report in London—ascribed to you that the Author of W[averle]y has another novel in the press. Surely if this really flows from you it is extreme imprudence. You cannot be too cautious on this subject. Indeed it is one on which you should positively avoid talking unless to those with whom you must communicate on business. // To return to the New Adventure I think the first edition should be at least 6000—the form that of I[vanho]e and the paper might be got ready against September. I[vanho]e will be out of my hands in four weeks. […] [444/445] […] If Longman & Co/ grant bills say at six mos. for James’s share & yours of the new work you may accept to them with safety even at three if they wish it for Ivanhoe being out your advances on that work will come home again before that period. And I think you will make a good thing of it for the subject is quite new. I am not afraid of working myself out—not that I should not soon do so were I to depend on my own limited invention but the range of the past and the present is at my disposal & that is inexhaustible.
Source: Grierson, V, 443–45; also see Millgate #1558.
Notes: Year is from contents. ‘therefor[e]’ appears as given in the printed source. Tales of My Landlord, Third Series is EN2 1819: 61; Ivanhoe is EN2 1820: 63.

Letter from Walter Scott to John Ballantyne.
12 Aug [1819].
I think you have answered my letter without reading it attentively. I did not mention £4500 of advance on the first edition but either £800 per share or £1000 if it could be had being £2400 or at most £3000 leaving in the one case £1500 in the other £2100 to the booksellers. I only made it alternative because you in general conversation on the subject said £3000 might be had. £2250 would be just the half of the whole sum on half the numbers of copies leaving. // You have forgot that the only reason why Ivan[hoe] was given on half profits was to get rid of Blackwoods copies to the amount of £1500. I intend to make no such bargain on a novel clear of stock. Whether the saving be nine or ninety per cent it is as well with me as the booksellers. It would be very silly in me to lower a price nobody has quarrelld with. […] As to what you say of making advances comfortable they might be so to Messrs. Longman but they will not at all answer my purpose if less than £2400 is made forthcoming. I am pledging my time and leisure for my own convenience not for theirs & if they do not like the terms I do not desire to deal with them as it would not answer my purpose.
Source: Grierson, V, 454; also see Millgate #1565.
Notes: Year is from the postmark. Addressed to Ballantyne at Longman & Co in London. The reference to ‘Blackwoods copies’ probably refers to unsold copies of the 4th edn of the 1st series of Tales of My Landlord (EN2 1816: 53); for further details see Publishing Papers section under that title.

Letter from Walter Scott to John Ballantyne.
13 Aug [1819].
I wrote you yesterday by which you will see I never wishd to have £4500 on 6000 copies but upon 12000. There is some gross miscalculation betwixt us. I know the half profits on the old novels run on the gross (on four volumes ) above £200 to 1000 copies—£250 being 25 per cent more to the author leaves £150 clear to the booksellers which in a case where so many thousands are cleard off at once is, I think, enough. To the worst author & most unsuccessful half profits are allowd and when I have made that bargain it has been because heavy stock was [456/457] taken at the same time. Looking at your calculation of Ivanhoe I observe the statement is //
6000 copies at 18/ £5400
Off print & paper £2200
[Total:] 3200
Being £1000 more than what you point out in your letter. But in my opinion the sale price should be 20/ which would leave about £4000 divisible out of which the author may certainly expect £2250 which is my present demand being £4500 on 12000—the booksellers would have £1500 which is pretty well. Perhaps it may be as well distinctly to limit the £2250 to each edition instead of £2400 which I proposed should be advanced on the first—// In case this is adopted the advance will be £750 on each share making in all £2250 being the full profit on 6000 copies. I propose Longman should advance this in bills at six months taking your bills (& eventually Constables if he takes his share) in exchange for their advance of £750 on each share. Any arrangement short of this will not answer my turn which is to be clear of the plague of Scotch bills just now. // About the shape of the work I am by no means clear. I wish you would settle it with Longman. Ivanhoe sticks for want of paper but the manuscript gets on. […] [457/458] […] When you settle with Messrs. Longman & Co/ which I think the @ instructions will enable you to do you may mention the title of the work namely The Monastery. James will be looking sharp after the bills—for reasons expressd in my last.
Source: Grierson, V, 456–58; also see Millgate #1567.
Notes: Year is from the postmark.

Letter from Walter Scott to John Ballantyne.
19 Aug [1819].
The only vexation in these matters has been the delay of the paper for I[vanho]e which has swallowed up for the present £2000 & upward. This should have been forthcoming in the end of Septr. to meet my calculations. // If Cowan (one continues in business) is to furnish the paper for the Monastery I hope it will be got ready immediately. Also I trust he will give us some aid in these hard times as we are excellent customers by whom he cannot lose.
Source: Grierson, V, 464; also see Millgate #1570.
Notes: Year is from the postmark. Cowan & Co were Edinburgh papermakers; from 1820–26 the proprietor was Duncan Cowan (SBTI).

Letter from Walter Scott to James Ballantyne.
[19 Aug 1819].
I have a letter from John today in which he tells me he has procured me £500 or £600 instead of the £1400 he should have brought. To make amends for this he has made a bargain in other respects very advantageous so it is only the inconvenience of the delay. I have desired him to let you have what he can & come to me to make arrangements for the rest. On this [464/465] Monastery matter when out I receive (besides £1500 print & paper) £3500—total £5000 in Longmans beautiful & dutiful bills. [postscript] I have finishd the 2d. volume I[vanho]e and am determined to let it rest since the paper is not come & take to the other to save time.
Source: Grierson, V, 464–65; also see Millgate #1571.
Notes: Letter is dated Thursday; the postmark has 20 Aug which was a Friday. ‘The other’ is this novel.

Letter from Walter Scott to Lady Louisa Stuart.
23 Aug 1819.
[…] I am trying an antiquarian story I mean one relating to old English times which is a great amusement to me. I have laid aside a half-finished story on the dissolution of the Monasteries. When I print them I shall put them into different shapes and publish them with different people and so run the one against the other. I am rather curious to know if I can be detected in both instances.
Source: Grierson, V, 474; also see Millgate #1577.
Notes: The antiquarian story is Ivanhoe.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
23 Oct 1819.
I have heard nothing today of either the great man or John B[allantyne]—Blackwoods Magazine announces the Monastry [sic] as forthcoming from Pater Noster Row evidently to injure Ivanhoe & its publishers—I think the author of the Books should not be pleased at all this.
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 177v.
Notes: Paternoster Row here effectively means Longman & Co, whose headquarters were there.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
27 Oct 1819.
Mr Fyfe has just retd from Ballantynes & 12 sheets of Ivanhoe are in types—they are not getting on I fear as they ought. I wish you would write a letter to Jas. B[allantyne] direct from London on it & other Works. I would not gratify him by an account of your success but urge the additional necessity of his getting out Ivanhoe from the Monastry [sic] being already so improperly announced in the B. Mage & consequently all over the kingdom ere long—were such things done in our Mage what would be said of us!
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 183.
Notes: The opening reference is perhaps to Archibald Fife, cashier in Archibald Constable & Co.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
4 Nov 1819.
I much fear that the author will injure all—if he brings out the Monastry [sic] early in the year—instead of which on every account he ought the moment Ivanhoe is finished to set to work on the history of Scotland—the wants of the author would I think also be better supplied from this publication than from the Monastry on which he has got so much already—& it would be but a little honesty in his proceedings.
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 200.
Notes: Scott had contracted for a History of Scotland with Constable & Co in 1816, though this was never competed as then envisaged.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
22 Nov 1819.
Mr S[cott] told me to day that the Monastry [sic] was in the press. I had not courage at the time to tell him he is wrong—but I think I must write a letter to him on the subject—the History of Scotland ought on every account be first in hand […].
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 237v.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
29 Nov 1819.
I saw the two first sheets of the Monastry [sic] and was told they have plenty of Copy […] [fol. 249v] the Monastry following so close at the heels of Ivanhoe is a sad affair—but to remonstrate with the Author now would do no good […].
Source: E, MS 319, fols 248v-49v.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
30 Nov 1819.
[…] it is too bad in short it is infamous that the Monastry [sic] should be already in progress—Jas B[allantyne] said it was a pity that the size was changed—Rees I think said so & others will do the same & if the Book falls through in any way which I dont think will be the case—all will be attributed to change of size without the Authors after steps being taken into Account.
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 253.
Notes: The reference to size possibly refers to format, this title retaining the older duodecimo format, compared with Scott’s Ivanhoe, its immediate predecessor, which was in (the larger) octavo. Rees is Owen Rees, a partner in Longman & Co.

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
2 Dec 1819.
Robinson is anxious to get John B[allantyne]s share of this book, and wishes us to bring it about, I said nothing—but that I would mention the matter to you, as I was ignorant what may have been done in my absence.
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 98.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
6 Dec 1819.
[…] tell my friend JOR that he must not cut too sharply If any thing can be done in regard to the Ballantyne third of the Monastry [sic] to send them his way he may count on my services […] [fol. 262v] the Monastry should it come out soon being cheaper may be equally popular & come in the way of Ivanhoe there never existed such a set of men […].
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 262.
Notes: JOR is Constable’s London associate, Joseph Ogle Robinson.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
7 Dec 1819.
I have a transaction in view for the additional quantity of the Monastry [sic] but you must prepare Robinson for short if credit if it is accomplished […].
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 265.
Notes: Constable was involved in last-minute negotiations with John Ballantyne over the profits due to the author on Ivanhoe, and as a concession was hoping to secure Ballantyne’s share of The Monastery for Hurst, Robinson & Co.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
8 Dec 1819.
I have concluded for John’s share of the Monastry [sic] & enclose the Copy of agreement, I am fearful of your transacting now for the Books with H[urst]R[obinson] & Co or perhaps Longman & Co might say & with justice that we were by that means interfering in the sale on publication with their market in a joint concern […] [fol. 270] John told me he had offered them his share but they could not say till they saw Mr Rees & he says the time he allowed them for decision is gone by—he is to tell them tomorrow or next day that the Books are ours—I would plead ignorance if Rees speaks to you on the subject—at all events we must contrive that HR & Co get the half if not the whole of these 3333 Copies—I would have agreed to far shorter credit with John—had it been necessary the [270/270v] first Volume is well advanced […].
Source: E, MS 319, fols 269v-70.

Copy of an agreement between John Ballantyne and Archibald Constable & Co.
[8 Dec 1819].
On behalf of my Brother and myself, I hereby offer you the Copies accruing to our third Share of the Monastery 1st edition 10,000 being 3333 Copies at 10 p Cent below Sale price with bills granted on delivery of the Books at 10, 12, 14 & 16 months after date.
Source: E, MS 319, fol. 271.
Notes: Signed by John Ballantyne, and counter-signed Archibald Constable & Co.

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
10 Dec 1819.
Do what you can to lug Robinson into this I have many things to tell you at meeting to render this subject of importance […].
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 116.

Letter from Joseph Ogle Robinson to Archibald Constable.
18 Dec 1819.
I am glad you have bought all Ballantynes Copies of the Monastery and I own I can see no reason why you should not offer them to us at once without hesitation L[ongman] & Co have once declined or deferred buying them and it appears to me equally reasonable your offering the Monastery as well as Scotts Poetry in which L[ongman] & Co have a Share. […] [23v/24] […] You will no doubt have a long Conversation with Mr Cadell about the Monastery […].
Source: E, MS 326, fols 23–24.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to John Cumming.
12 Jan 1820.
We shall in about 6 weeks bring out a new work by the Author of Waverley in 3 vols 12o ‘the Monastery’.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 743 (copy).
Notes: Cumming was a Dublin bookseller.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Hurst, Robinson & Co.
28 Jan 1820.
[…] we think the Monastery will be out about the beginning of March.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 767 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
29 Jan 1820.
[…] we have now just published Ivanhoe, we shall publish the Monastery in a few weeks, and a third some few months afterwards […].
Source: E, MS 790, p. 768 (copy).
Notes: Maturin is being urged to complete his Melmoth the Wanderer (EN2 1820: 51) so that it can be can be brought out a month or so after Monastery.

Letter from B. Green to George Boyd.
3 Feb 1820.
‘Ivanhoe’ is still in much request here, this prolific Author has another work nearly ready ‘the Monastery’ which is much enquired for.
Source: E, Acc 5000/189.
Notes: Green is writing from London; it is likely he was a London bookseller.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Hurst, Robinson & Co.
7 Feb 1820.
[…] the Monastery will be out next month, but the truth is, we do not hurry it that Ivanhoe may have more time […].
Source: E, MS 790, p. 777 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Charles Robert Maturin.
11 Feb 1820.
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 Hodges & McArthur.
24 Feb 1820.
The Monastery will be out in a week or two, we shall if you choose send your supply by Post—at any rate we shall send the Packages to the Post Office and let them take their chance.
Source: E, MS 790, p. 801 (copy).
Notes: Addressed to the firm in Dublin.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Longman & Co.
25 Feb 1820.
With regard to the Monastery, we expect it will be soon ready, and we shall do every thing possible to protect your sale being interfered by the operations of any of the Trade here we shall not circulate any Copies in Edinr for four or five days after the London shipment This we think we should do. // There are we understand nine sheets of Vol. III at press […].
Source: E, MS 791, p. 4 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable to Dr Thomas Brown.
4 Mar 1820.
Instead of sending you this note I would have called personally to wish you a good voyage & to have asked you to take along with you what nobody has yet seen ‘The Monastery’ but before setting out I have no doubt you must have many interruptions & I therefore now send you the first two volumes the third will only be ready today perhaps Miss Brown will write me two lines to say where I can forward it to in London.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 7 (copy).
Notes: The addressee was Thomas Brown (1778–1820), Professor of Philosophy at Edinburgh University from 1810, who died on 2 April 1820 after a voyage to London (DNB).

Letter from Archibald Constable to Lady Elizabeth Vassall Holland.
4 Mar 1820.
Mr L Horner has requested me to forward a Copy of the Monastery to your Ladyship which I shall have the honor of doing by the first Mail Coach after the Book is ready, but which I do not expect will be the case for fully a Week to come.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 8 (copy).
Notes: Lady Holland was the wife of the 3rd Baron Holland.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to John Cumming.
9 Mar 1820.
The Monastery will be out in ten days when your quantity will be sent.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 12 (copy).

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Longman & Co.
18 Mar 1820.
In case you have not proper advice from other quarters we think it right to inform you that your portion of The Monastery was yesterday forwarded per the Lord Wellington—at the same time with those going to 90 Cheapside—You will see by our announcements that we do not publish here till the 23d which we think a fair allowance for the books getting to London. [postscript] Our English Parcels will be sent off in four of five days.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 18 (copy).
Notes: 90 Cheapside was the address of Hurst, Robinson & Co.

Letter from Walter Scott to James Ballantyne.
28 Mar [1820].
Unquestionably Longman & Co sell their book at subscription price because they have the first of the market, & only one third of the books; so that, as they say with us, ‘They let them care that come ahint.’ This I know and foresaw & The ragings of the booksellers, considerably aggravated by the displeasure of Constable and his house, are ridiculous enough; and as to their injuring the work, if it has a principle of loco-motion in it, they cannot stop it—if it has not they cannot make it move. I care not a bent twopence about their quarrel; only I say now as I always said that Constables management is best for both himself and [the others] &, had we [159/160] not been contrould by the nervousness of discount, I would put nothing past him. I agree with the public in thinking the work not very interesting; but it was written with as much care as the others that is with no care at all and / ‘If it is na weel bobbit we’ll bobb it again.’ / On these points I am Atlas.
Source: Grierson, VI, 159–60; also see Millgate #1679.
Notes: Year is from Grierson. Material in square brackets appears as given in the printed source.

Letter from Dan Rankin to Constable & Co.
31 Mar 1820.
Messrs Johnston & Deas want 220 Edin Review & 25 copies of the Monastery sent them—these can be sent to Mr Cumming [...].
Source: E, Acc 5000/189.
Notes: Letter is addressed from Dublin. Rankin appears to be a clerk for Constable and is visiting Dublin to settle accounts with Johnston and Deas. It is likely that Oliver & Boyd have a copy of the letter because they are listed (along with Constable and others) as creditors to whom Johnstone and Deas owe money. John Cumming was a Dublin publisher.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Longman & Co.
1 Apr 1820.
We are glad to hear your report of the sale of the Monastery the subscription by the London trade was However [sic] very far short of any of the other Works of the Author Published within the last two years.
Source: E, MS 791, p. 24 (copy).

Letter from Charles Robert Maturin to Walter Scott.
3 May [1820].
Mr Constable who advanced so liberally for ‘Women,’ and who gave me £500 for the work now in the press, positively refuses to undertake my next work, which I had commenced a treaty for, my present one being nearly completed […] [p. 98] he states his Engagements with the Author of ‘Waverley’ &c as his reason […] Who is this author who was born for the enrichment of booksellers, and the ruin of his humble contemporaries?—curiosity is on the rack about him in Ireland—whoever He be, he is unquestionably the first pictorial writer of the age—Ivanhoe is the most splendid and beautiful thing I ever read—I don’t [sic] like the Monastery—it seems like the production of a mind saturated with success, and writing too much as its ease—Shafton does not parle Euphuism at all, he talks like a Dandy of 1820 […].
Source: The Correspondence of Sir Walter Scott and Charles Robert Maturin (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1937), pp. 97–98; also see Millgate #8403.
Notes: Year is from the postmark. Maturin’s Women is EN2 1818: 41.

Letter from Helen Darcy Stewart to Archibald Constable.
[?mid 1820].
I return also what has been too long here (owing to a mistake for the parcel should have gone weeks since)—it is Ivanhoe a Novel that will never be out of fashion—I trust the Volumes have not suffered, for they were [227/227v] carefully read by ourselves only—How different from the Monastery Surely that must be meant only as scaffolding for the Abbot As a whole it is very poor.
Source: E, MS 675, fol. 227.
Notes: Helen was the wife of Dugald Stewart. Subscribed Kinneil House, Thursday; date conjectured from contents and because Constable was evidently in the habit of supplying the Stewarts with copies of Scott’s novels as they appeared.

Letter from Longman & Co to Archibald Constable & Co.
23 Aug 1820.
Ballantyne has sent us an imperfect copy of the ‘Abbot’ with Dfts for the amounts of paper & print, which we have accepted & returned. Inclosed are Dfts for the amount of your charges as stated on the other side, which we will thank you to return, accepted payable as before. We depend that you will keep back the publication for a week after shipment as you did in the case of the ‘Monastery’.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 101, no. 18B.
Notes: The Abbot is EN2 1820: 62.

Letter from Walter Scott to James Ballantyne.
[Aug 1820].
It occurs to me some of the bills of Longman for the Mon[aster]y might be relieved and put into Sir Williams instead of those arising from the Abbot always[s] supposing that John expects the latter.
Source: Grierson, VI, 250; also see Millgate #1732.
Notes: Date is from contents and Grierson. Sir Williams is Sir William Forbes of the Bank of Scotland. Material in square brackets appears as given in the printed source.

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
21 Oct 1820.
[…] the separate pieces did not do any thing to speak of—-The Abbot 400—Monastery almost none—which shews when a book is once down how ill it is to get it up again […].
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 127.
Notes: Cadell is evidently recalling the results of a London sale.

Letter from Robert Cadell to Archibald Constable.
27 Nov 1820.
[…] Monastery also the Abbot are to them minus of the two last they have 2300 books (1265 of one & 1040 the other)—Ivanhoe has done them much good […]
Source: E, MS 323, fol. 173v.
Notes: Referring to losses and gains made by Hurst, Robinson & Co through their relation with the Constable firm.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Walter Scott.
15 Aug 1821.
I find my friend the Abbot [38/38v] has done better than the Monastery, but still the stock in hand of both is to a very considerable amount & there is some grumbling about it in the Row and elsewhere. […] I would be very glad to see Ivanhoe, the Monastery, Abbot & Kenilworth in an octavo form the appearance of which would enable us to gratify those who wish to possess the books in that form, & to a certain extent would be quite a safe speculation. . . .I take the liberty of adding, that should my plans meet the Authors views, I think the Copyright of these four Works might be fairly estimated at £5000. Which sum I would propose to make payable, from dates commencing at twelve months, & concluding at thirty six which would make five acceptances of £1000 each.
Source: E, MS 677, fol. 38 (copy); also see Millgate #5023. Also in ACLC, III, 150. From ‘I would be’ is in Grierson, VII, 13n.
Notes: [Paternoster] Row here signifies Longman & Co, managers of both this novel and The Abbot. Ellipses not in square brackets appear as given in the printed source.

Letter from Walter Scott to Archibald Constable.
30 Sept 1821.
[…] I never have had any hesitation about the acceptance of your liberal offer containd in your letter addressed from Clapham 15 August last being the sum of Five thousand pounds for Ivanhoe the Monastery the Abbot & Kenilworth in full and complete copyright—which sum of £5000 should be made payable by five acceptances of £1000 each the dates commencing at 12 months and concluding at 36 months all which is quite agreeable to me only I think that after the lapse of 18 months the moiety of that sum which would then continue due should bear interest as the stock purchased will be then making return but this is a matter of little consequence. I have only to add that I approve greatly of your plan and with your spirit and activity I have no doubt of its success. You may consider it as quite settled and set to work as soon as possible.
Source: Grierson, VII, 13; also see Millgate #1890.
Notes: The reference is to Constable’s plan to issue the four novels as part of an octavo set. Kenilworth is EN2 1821: 64.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Walter Scott.
3 Nov 1821.
Your drafts on A.C. & Co. for the Copyrights of the four Works named in your letter of the 30th Septr. will be accepted at my House in Edinburgh…we shall make the Amt. Five Thousand Guineas instead of five thousand Pounds.
Source: Grierson, VII, 13n; also see Millgate #5024.
Notes: Ellipses appear as given in the printed source.

Letter fom Joseph Ogle Robinson to Archibald Constable.
23 Feb 1822.
[List of ‘Longman & Cos stock’: 81 copies].
Source: E, MS 326, fol. 143.

Letter from Archibald Constable to Robert Cadell.
31 May 1822.
[…] I hope they [Longman & Co] have no claim on the Abbot or Monastery I think you told me when here that the numbers for which they had a right had been fully printed up I trust that it is so,—You will remember I alluded to this subject pointedly when the offer was made for the copyright.
Source: E, MS 320, fol. 14.
Notes: Constable is concerned to have the copyright free for collected sets.

Letter from Joseph Ogle Robinson to Archibald Constable.
13 Jan 182[3].
[996 copies on hand].
Source: E, MS 326, fol. 109.
Notes: Misdated 1822.

Letter from Archibald Constable & Co to Hurst, Robinson & Co.
15 Dec 1824.
[47 copies on their hands].
Source: E, MS 792, p. 376 (copy).

Ledger Entries:

Impression Book Entry, Longman & Co.
29 Feb 1820.
The impression consisted of 10,000 copies.
Longman & Co, Constable & Co and John Ballantyne were each responsible for one third of the total outlay (537. 9. 4 each).
Longman & Co took 3000 copies on 20 Mar 1820, 618 on 25 Mar, and a further 110 on 3 Apr.
Source: Longman Impression Book No. 7, fol. 32.

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