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Memoir of John Murray
Walter Scott to John Murray, 2 November 1808

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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Ashestiel, Nov. 2nd, 1808.
My dear Sir,

I wrote you a few days ago, since which I was favoured with your letter of the 26th, containing the lists of the Novels, &c., which were very acceptable. I agree with you that the shape of the Drama is inconvenient, but I really fear there is no other in which our matter will endure the necessary compression. This size is also most convenient for a shooting-seat or other place of temporary residence, as it contains a great deal in little space, and is very easily transported.

* The Quarterly.

It has also the convenience of not being “borrowed” with facility, and although the book be heavy, the subject is light—were it a volume of Sermons, indeed, a fair lady might endanger her toes by falling asleep with it in her hand. To give the selection some appearance of arrangement, it will be necessary to separate the Translations from the original Novels, to place those of each author together—which I observe is neglected in
Harrison’s series—and to keep the Novels, properly so-called, separate from Romances and Tales. I have little doubt that 20 volumes of 700 pages will hold all the Novels, &c., that are worth reprinting, but I will be a much better judge when I see the catalogues. Should we find on strict selection that a volume or two more will be necessary, we can throw the Tales into a separate division. As I am quite uncertain about my journey to town, I think you had better send me the catalogues by the mail coach. The name of work should be fixed. I have thought of two, which I submit to you: ‘The Cabinet of Novels, being a collection, &c.,’ or ‘The English Novelist.’ I like the first best because it might be varied into ‘The Cabinet of Tales and Romances;’ but perhaps you can hit upon some one better than either. We must have as many of Charlotte Smith’s novels as we can compass—the ‘Old Manor House’ in particular. Pray look out for ‘Chaou Kiou Choau; or, The Pleasing Chinese History’; it is a work of equal rarity and curiosity. I agree entirely with you about Baron Trenck; but as to Marmontel, don’t you think a good selection of memoirs might one day be a more fit receptacle for him than our Cabinet?

Your faithful servant,
Walter Scott.