November 26 1815: Fancy the scene!


On November 26 1815,  Jane Austen again writes to her sister Cassandra.

Hans Place: Sunday (Nov. 26.).

MY DEAREST, The parcel arrived safely, and I am much obliged to you for your trouble. It cost 2s. 10d., but, as there is a certain saving of 2s. 4 1/2d. on the other side, I am sure it is well worth doing. I send four pair of silk stockings, but I do not want them washed at present. In the three neck-handkerchiefs I include the one sent down before. These things, perhaps, Edwd. may be able to bring, but even if he is not, I am extremely pleased with his returning to you from Steventon. It is much better; far preferable. Continue reading

November 24 1815: Explosive Explosion


On November 24, 1815, John Murray writes to John Cam Hobhouse, about Hobhouse’s  Letters from France. Murray is afraid that Hobhouse’s pro-Napoleon views will rebound to his harm.

Dear Sir In a note from the printer,209 which came parallel with yours – he thus expresses himself – “With respect to the Letters from France, the proofs are so cut up (for proofs pray God we may read Book hereafter) that they require to be re-set – and even the Second Revises are nearly as bad – we will proceed as fast as the Author will permit us” – now this is a breach of compact – implies at least – & my whip & spur can be of no use if you keep my Charger fast by the Leg – but loosen us & you shall be carried up the hills of Tory gore in the first week of December – Continue reading

November 23 1815: “Valuation” of Lord Byron’s Library


On November 23, 1815, Lord Byron’s lawyer, Mr. Hanson, writes to John Murray.

Mr. Hanson’s compliments to Mr. Murray. He has seen Lord Byron, and his Lordship has no objection to his Library being taken at a valuation. Mr. Hanson submits to Mr. Murray whether it would not be best to name one respectable bookseller to set a value on them. In the meantime, Mr. Hanson has written to Messrs. Crook and Armstrong, in whose hands the books now are, not to proceed further in the sale.

November 22 1815: Dear Ries!


On November 22, 1815, Ludwig van Beethoven writes to Ferdinand Ries, in London.

Vienna, Wednesday, the 22nd November, 1815.

Dear Ries! I hasten to write to you that I have sent off by post to-day the pianoforte edition of the Symphony in A, addressed to the firm of Thomas Coutts and Co. As the Court is not here, there are no couriers, or very few ; besides, this is really the safest way. The Symphony must be published about March, I will fix the day. Things have already been too much delayed for me to be able to fix a shorter term. Continue reading