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A Publisher and His Friends Memoir and Correspondence of John Murray; with an Account of the Origin and Progress of the House, 1768-1843   By: (1812-1904)

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A PUBLISHER AND HIS FRIENDS

MEMOIR AND CORRESPONDENCE OF JOHN MURRAY

WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND PROGRESS OF THE HOUSE, 1768 1843

BY THE LATE SAMUEL SMILES, LL.D.

CONDENSED AND EDITED BY THOMAS MACKAY

WITH PORTRAITS

1911

PREFACE

When my Grandfather's Memoirs were published, twenty years ago, they met with a most favourable and gratifying reception at the hands of the public. Interest was aroused by the struggle and success of a man who had few advantages at the outset save his own shrewd sense and generous nature, and who, moreover, was thrown on his own resources to fight the battle of life when he was little more than a child.

The chief value of these volumes, however, consists in the fact that they supply an important, if not an indispensable, chapter in the literary history of England during the first half of the nineteenth century. Byron and Scott, Lockhart, Croker, George Borrow, Hallam, Canning, Gifford, Disraeli, Southey, Milman are but a few of the names occurring in these pages, the whole list of which it would be tedious to enumerate.

It may be admitted that a pious desire to do justice to the memory of John Murray the Second "the Anax of Publishers," as Byron called him led to the inclusion in the original volumes of some material of minor importance which may now well be dispensed with.

I find, however, that the work is still so often quoted and referred to that I have asked my friend Mr. Thomas Mackay to prepare a new edition for the press. I am convinced that the way in which he has discharged his task will commend itself to the reading public. He has condensed the whole, has corrected errors, and has rewritten certain passages in a more concise form.

I desire to acknowledge my debt to him for what he has done, and to express a hope that the public may extend a fresh welcome to "an old friend with a new face."

JOHN MURRAY.

December , 1910.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

JOHN MACMURRAY OR MURRAY

The first John Murray An Officer of Marines Retires from Active Service His marriage Correspondence with William Falconer Falconer's death Murray purchases Sandby's business John Murray's first publications His writings Mr. Kerr Thomas Cumming goes to Ireland on behalf of Murray Prof. J. Millar Mr. Whitaker Defence of Sir R. Gordon Ross estate His controversy with Mr. Mason The Edinburgh booksellers Creech and Elliot Dr. Cullen The second John Murray His education Accident to his eye Illness and death of the elder John Murray

CHAPTER II

JOHN MURRAY (II.) BEGINNING OF HIS PUBLISHING CAREER ISAAC D'ISRAELI, ETC.

John Murray the Second "The Anax of Publishers" His start in business Murray and Highley Dissolution of the partnership Colman's "John Bull" Mr. Joseph Hume Archibald Constable John Murray a Volunteer The D'Israeli family Isaac D'Israeli's early works "Flim Flams" Birth of Benjamin D'Israeli Projected periodical the "Institute" The "Miniature" Murray's acquaintance with Canning and Frere

CHAPTER III

MURRAY AND CONSTABLE HUNTER AND THE FORFARSHIRE LAIRDS MARRIAGE OF JOHN MURRAY

Archibald Constable & Co. Alexander Gibson Hunter The Edinburgh Review Murray's early associations with Constable Dispute between Longman and Constable Murray appointed London Agent He urges reconciliation between Constable and Longman Mr. Murray visits Edinburgh Engaged to Miss Elliot Goes into Forfarshire Rude Hospitality Murray's marriage The D'Israelis

CHAPTER IV

"MARMION" CONSTABLES AND BALLANTYNES THE "EDINBURGH REVIEW"

Murray's business prospects Acquires a share of "Marmion" Becomes London publisher of the Edinburgh Review Acquaintance with Walter Scott Constable's money transactions Murray's remonstrance He separates from Constable The Ballantynes Scott joins their printing business Literary themes

CHAPTER V

ORIGIN OF THE "QUARTERLY REVIEW"

Canning's early schemes for a Penny Newspaper The Anti Jacobin The Edinburgh Review John Murray's letter to Mr... Continue reading book >>




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