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M-452: Clarke, Edward: Letter to London Booksellers

SCOPE: Letter from traveller and natural historian Edward Daniel Clarke (1769-1822) to London booksellers Cadell & Davies conducting business related to Clarke's book collection and debts. 

HOLDINGS: One Letter, one sheet with script front and back. Folded to create two pages. Dated August 12 1814.


Edward Daniel Clarke

To Messrs. Cadell and Davies, Booksellers, London

Cambridge, Aug. 12. 1814


            I have received your Statement of the Account between us, and I am desirous to express my entire Satisfaction, not only at this liberal statement, but also at every part of your conduct towards me from the beginning of our mutual engagement. The Statement includes everything that It ought to include; and, having made this full acknowledgement, with the utmost Satisfaction, I have only to notice a few articles in my bill for books bought & borrowed at your house. As to the balance due to me I shall be obliged to you and to pay that into the hands of Messrs. Le Fevre and Co. in Cornhill, to be carried to my Credit with Mr. Fisher, Banker,in Cambridge.

            Von Buch’s Travels, entered as lent to me in Decr. 1812, it was my intention to purchase. This book must therefore be charged to me. Walsh’s Travels I returned long ago, as I before stated to Mr. Multow; and I trust you will readily know the copy, for it was in boards, or a pink Colour, and exceedingly dirty.

Hobhouse’s Travels--)

Galt’s Letters---------) I have now returned, with this.

Ecce Homo, I before said, I will return if required; but I had heard before that it was allowed to be sold—and, if so, I should wish to buy it. Semple’s Tour also must be charged to me. –There is nothing else requiring any comment in my bill.

You will now oblige me by lending me Major Leake’s work upon Greece; but I do not wish to cut open the leaves.

            A considerable Part of the Expenses for the next Volume has been already defrayed by you. I have no less than ten proofs now by me, of Engravings already executed by Miss Byrne for that Volume.—

                                                I remain, Gentlemen,

                                                            Yrs. truly
                                                                   E. D. Clarke




There are several books written by Edward D. Clarke in the Mercantile Library's rare books collection. Use the search term Clarke Edward Daniel 1769 1822 in the UMSL Merlin catalog search to see all works by him in the collection.


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