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Memoir of John Murray
Léonard Simond de Sismondi to John Murray, 28 July 1817

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
Chapter XIII.
Chapter XIV.
Chapter XV.
Chapter XVI.
Chapter XVII.
Chapter XVIII.
Chapter XIX.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chap. XX.
Chap. XXI.
Chap. XXII.
Chap. XXIII.
Chap. XXIV.
Chap. XXV.
Chap. XXVI.
Chap. XXVII.
Chap. XXIX.
Chap. XXX.
Chap. XXXI.
Chap. XXXII.
Chap. XXXIV.
Chap. XXXV.
Chap. XXXVI.
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Geneva, 28th July, 1817.

Even were I to suppose some design to gain me over to the high-Tory principles which seem to pervade them all, I should be grateful for the attempt, though perhaps further than ever from surrendering, or from putting in my calendar such a saint as the Duchess of Angoulême. It is in a system every way opposite that I have finished my history [‘Républiques Italiennes’], and am ready to print the five last volumes, from xii. to xvi. I had no agreement with my bookseller at Paris; but from the complete downfall of freedom on the continent, I begin to doubt whether such a book as mine, under the protection of its enormous bulk, will be allowed in France, though there would be no suspicion in a country which preserved even a shade of liberty. I had once made you a proposal for printing the preceding volumes in England. You thought then that it would be impossible to vie with continental booksellers. Now it may very well be that the Holy Alliance would grant you a kind of exclusive privilege by prohibition for which I shall not be in the least disposed to thank them. However, it would change entirely the condition of the English bookseller who should take my work. An extensive sale in England, and a probable smuggling over, though not to a great extent, on the continent, would be the necessary consequences of the suspicions of the police. If that alteration in the case should change your mind, and if a price of £300 per volume of about thirty sheets, or £1500 for the whole, would be agreed to, I should go over to England in
about three months, to survey and correct the print. I would be very thankful for a ready answer to that proposal, which must have great influence on my other determinations. Believe me to be, with high gratitude and esteem,

Your most obedient humble Servant,
J. C. L. De Sismondi.