George Crabbe

Thomas C. Faulkner and Rhonda L. Blair (eds), Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe

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pg 25692. To [John Murray]

Trowbridge, 22 January 1819

ALS (Murray), 22 Jan. 1819

Double sheet 4 to 2 pp., 24.5 × 19.6 cm.

Trowbridge 22 Jany 1819.

My Dear Sir

I was aware of your Engagements and persuaded myself to rest in patience till you had Leisure to write; neither did Mr Colburn's Letter distress me, but I confess to you, that I was not intirely without Apprehendsions that he might give Trouble; for a Man may go to Law upon very slight Grounds or indeed without any: I had the same thought with you and had I been in Town and could have acted so with Consistency & your Assent, He might have been convinced of his own Vanity & Rashness by the very Offer he is so angry for missing for I do not believe that he would have closed with such proposal, but I might have been puzzled how to act if he had. I believe that I shall hear no more of a Claim which it is utterly impossible that he could support.

Be the Title of our Book Sir what you think best. On my Word, I have no other wish than to have one that would be generally thought appropriate and would convey some favourable or pleasant Idea of the Work. 'Tales of the Hall' does this: my thought of 40 Days were merely suggested by the Time I had given to the Duration of the Intercourse, & Binning was a Name totally accidental: I discard them both without the slightest Concern & you must give me this Credit on all future Occasions: I have no partiality for any Thoughts, Verses or Incidents. be perfectly free in your Animadversions & Rejections: I should be sorry to be so in Love with my own Compositions as to scruple the sacrificing of any to propriety or a Friends cooler Judgment & upon this I beg you will rely.

I agree that we correct better when a printed page is before us, & I send the three next Books & they will be followed by one more which you will either include or not at your pleasure; It is the Story [verso] of the Elder Brother & pg 257contains 35 of my Pages. After this the Tales might follow in almost any Succession *method* we preferred. I will send the *Names* Titles & comparative Lengths with my next & then you will be able to divide them more readily than we could otherwise do.

I am anxious that Mr Rogers should have all the Success he can desire.1 I am more indebted to him than I could bear to think of, if I had not the highest Esteem. It will give me great Satisfaction to find him generally & cordially admired. His is a favourable picture & such he loves: so do I, but Men's Vices & Follies come into my Mind & spoil my Drawing. I have however not much to do with the former.

  • I am Dear Sir
  •      truly & faithfully yours
  •           Geo Crabbe

I have heard no more from Mr Colburn & no more expect to hear. if I do, you will know & as you would be further troubled, I hope I shall not.

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Editor’s Note
92 1 SR's Human Life, A Poem was published in 1819 by John Murray and was printed by Thomas Bensley and Son, No. 6 Bolt Court, Fleet Street.
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