PORTER, Jane. Pastor's Fire-Side, The (1817)
Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:
Letter from Owen Rees to Miss [Jane?] Porter.
31 May 1816.
I have duly received your two volumes of MSS which we shall immediately
commit to the printer; and the proofs shall be sent to your Sister
as you desire. // In compliance with your request, I enclose two Bills
to the amount of Two Hundred Guineas. The first Bill I have made at
two months, which is a usual discountable date, & the other at
4 months, these, I trust will answer your purpose The Fifty Pounds,
& the other matters on your account, shall stand over as you wish.
Copies of the Novels were sent on Monday to Mrs Keen & Mrs Bartley.
If you wish two or three more copies they are at your command. [postscript]
I hope your health will be benefited by the change of Air.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 99, no. 229 (draft).
Notes: It is unclear whether the letter is addressed to Jane or Anna
Maria Porter. The salutation is simply ‘My dear Madam’.
It is also unclear which title is referred to in the letter: the timing
would seem to indicate The Pastor’s Fireside, which
was being advertised in The Morning Chronicle in July 1816.
The 3rd edn of The Scottish Chiefs was advertised under the
heading ‘Books published this day’ in The Morning
Chronicle for 13 & 17 July 1816. The 2nd edn of The Recluse
of Norway was advertised under the same heading in The Morning
Chronicle for 30 Mar & 5 Apr 1816, so it is likely that the
new edns of Recluse and the Scottish Chiefs are those
novels Longman reports sending to Mrs Keen and Mrs Bartley.
Letter from Longman & Co to Miss [Jane] Porter.
17 May 1825.
I have submitted your wishes to my partners, & we will with pleasure
give you the accommodation you desire on account of your new romance:
but we think it right to premise that as to terms for the [deleted:
work] copyright, from the non success of Duke Christian we must revert
to those [deleted: terms] arranged for the Pastors Fireside.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 101, no. 507B (draft).
Notes: The salutation is ‘My dear Miss P.’ This points
to Jane as the addressee of the letter, as she is the elder sister
and thus by convention would be addressed as ‘Miss Porter’.
It is likely that the ‘new romance’ referred to here is
Tales Round a Winter Hearth (1826: 64). Both Duke Christian
of Luneburg (EN2 1824: 77) and The Pastor’s Fireside
were written by Jane Porter, which indicates that the letter refers
to the work she co-authored with her sister, Tales Round a Winter
Hearth (EN2 1826: 64).
Letter from Owen Rees to Anna Maria Porter.
24 Dec 1825.
You are mistaken as to the terms of the Pastor’s Fireside the
sum was £420 for which we have Miss P’s receipt, half
paid in advance, & the remainder on publication. We afterwards
made her a present of £50. For a new Novel or Romance we have
agreed to give her the same terms as those of Duke Christian.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 101, no. 520C.
Notes: Letter primarily concerns Tales Round a Winter Hearth.
The typed transcript of this letter in the Longman Archives records
a deleted word that is not given here.
Letter from Owen Rees to Miss Porter.
9 March 1831.
As we are in constant communication with Mr Colburne [sic],
he should have applied to us direct as the publishers of your works.
// We will thank you to inform Mr Phillipport that we have stocks
of most [deleted: if not] of your Novels, & that we shall not
be unwilling to treat with Messrs Colburne and Bentley on reasonable
terms for the stock and copyrights.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 102, no. 165A.
Notes: Jane Porter’s The Pastor’s Fireside, The
Scottish Chiefs (EN2 1810: 68), and Thaddeus of Warsaw
(EN2 1803: 59), and Anna Maria Porter’s Hungarian Brothers
(EN2 1807: 52) appeared between May 1831 and July 1832 in Bentley’s
Standard Novels series (Sadleir, II, 100–01).
Impression Book Entry, Longman & Co.
11 Jan 1817.
The impression consisted of 5000 copies (2000 1st edn, 3000 2nd edn).
The printer was Strahan
7 Jan 1817. Payment to author: 420. 0. 0.
To advertising: 60. 0. 0.
Jan–Dec 1817. Copies sent to the following: 13 Jan, 9 copies bds to
Sundries p[er] author’s orders; 17 Jan, 1 copy to each the Monthly
and Eclectic Reviews; 18 Jan, 3 copies to Porter; 22 Jan,
1 copy in morocco binding to author; 7 Feb, 1 copy to British
Critic; 15 Feb, 1 copy to British Lady’s Magazine;
20 Feb, 1 copy to Lord Radylock[?]; 26 Feb, 1 copy to Mr Hazlitt;
11 Mar, 1 copy in morocco binding to Duke Nicholas; 3 June, 3 copies
bds to author; 15 Dec, 1 copy bds to Miss P[orter]. One further copy
was sent to Miss P[orter] on 1 Oct 1819.
Source: Longman Impression Book No. 6, fol. 68v.
Impression Book Entry, Longman & Co.
[3rd edn] The impression consisted of 500 copies. The printer was
To advertising: 25. 0. 0; to further advertising, [n.d.], 13. 4. 5;
June 1828, 1. 6. 10.
Mar–May 1821. Copies sent to the following: 12 Mar, 1 copy bds to
Miss Benger; 31 Mar, 1 copy each to Messrs Vaughan and Davies [or
‘Davis’]; 4 Apr, 1 copy bds to the Countess of Bessboro
[sic]; 25 May, 3 copies bds to Sundries; 26 May, 6 copies
bds to author. One additional copy was sent to the author on 19 Aug
Source: Longman Impression Book No. 7, fol. 111.
Notes: It appears from impression book entry No. 6, fol. 69 (see above),
that Longman & Co combined the 1st and 2nd edns in an impression
of 5000 copies: so, although ‘2nd edn’ is written at the
top of this 1821 entry, it is technically for the 3rd edn.
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