Charles Dickens

Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1: 1820–1839

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MS Morgan Library. Date: presumably not very long after 10 Aug when Cramer's were negotiating to buy the music (see To Hullah, that day).

Wednesday Morning

My Dear Macrone.

After looking over your calculation, Mr. Hullah and I, have come to the determination of publishing the books of the Songs, ourselves. Being required only for distribution in the Theatre, they do not require a Bookseller's aid.1

As to the Drama, I have made up my mind to leave the publication open, until it has been played, and the success ascertained. I have two other offers for it: and should the success be very great, I can make something better than half profits of it, at all events. The Music is purchased by Cramers' for a good round sum.

I hope to hear that your trip to Paris has been successful, and that you have not only arranged with Victor Hugo,2 but made something of Paul the needy.3 How goes on the negociation with Moore?4

  • Faithfully Yours
  •       Charles Dickens

I open the note again, to say that Hogarth has settled5 with Colburn.6

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Editor’s Note
1 Books of the songs of The Village Coquettes were sold in the theatre, price 10d.
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2 Nothing has been discovered about these negotiations.
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3 Perhaps Paul de Kock (1794–1871).
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4 On 29 July Ainsworth had wished Macrone success in his negotiations with Thomas Moore (1779–1852; DNB), and in Nov congratulated him on adding "a princely name to your list" and doing "what few other publishers could do" (S. M. Ellis, Ainsworth and his Friends, 1911, i, 291, 300–1).
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5 Presumably for the publication of The Village Coquettes (eventually published by Bentley).
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6 Henry Colburn (d. 1855; DNB), publisher and magazine proprietor. Founded the New Monthly Magazine (1814), Literary Gazette (1817), Court Journal (1829), and held interests in the Athenaeum and Sunday Times. Brought out the first editions of Evelyn's Diary 1819 and Pepys's Diary 1825. Disraeli, Bulwer, Hook, Marryat, Ainsworth and Lady Morgan were among the authors he published. Had a highly unsatisfactory partnership with Bentley 1829–32. His opportunism earned him many enemies, Fraser's Magazine describing him as the "Prince Paramount of Puffers and Quacks" (1 [1830], 320). Published The Pic Nic Papers, edited by CD, 1841. His widow, Eliza Ann, married John Forster in 1856.
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