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The books of the late Dr. Gosset are soon to be sold. Among them it is probable there will be many curiosities, but chiefly, I suppose in the biblical and classical way. I never met with so keen a collector as he appeared to be.
Have you written lately in the “ Critical Review ? I have not seen any article which I took to be yours. But I seldom go further than the list of contents. The literary viands presented to me are so numerous, that into such dishes I generally do as the city mouse recommends,
“ Just dip my whiskers and my tail in."
We are all well, colds excepted. I hope soon to hear a good report of you. With our love to Georgina, &c.
H. F. CARY.
P. S. I have come to the end of my notes to Dante, but must make additions. If you meet with any striking parallelisms to passages in the Purgatorio and Paradiso, pray communicate them.
TO MRS. PRICE.
July 20, 1813. MY DEAR GEORGINA, I have just got your kind letter, and will delay no longer what I have been long putting off from day to day.
Indeed I had written to Price near a fortnight ago a long letter, but as Jane was threatening to cry out that very day, I kept it in hopes of being able to add the intelligence of her being safe.
It is, however, still uncertain when I shall have that intelligence to communicate.
In the meantime the letter has grown so stale that it is not fit to go out of my
hands. Jane is pretty well, but in low spirits at times from her expectations being so long deferred.
As soon as they are completed, you may rely on hearing from me immediately. I am glad to hear that Emma's health is improving.
I did not know that Edward had been an invalid. Our children are well I trust. I can only say with certainty that those who are at home are so.
We have had James and Tom Ormsby with us for a few days this summer.
The former is as fond of his book as ever, and is improved in other respects by his residence at Cambridge. I suppose you have heard of their uncle James's appointment to a good living lately by the Duke of Richmond. It is in the county of Kilkenny, and said to be worth 15001. a-year.
Him we also expect soon, as he was to return to Mrs. O., whom he left at Twickenham in the spring. How does the augmentation of Marstock proceed ? Two hundred pounds is allotted to Kingsbury: but the interest must accumulate till there is an incum
bent who does the duty himself. I have had the
H. F. CARY.
TO THE REV. THOMAS PRICE.
Kensington Gravel Pits, October 11, 1813. MY DEAR PRICE, It is perhaps not quite fair that I should give you any trouble about Kingsbury now you have given up the curacy. But necessity constrains: and I do not know to whom I can apply with so much chance of being attended to as yourself. May I then ask you to request the clerk to collect what he can for me of the rents and Michaelmas dues this week, and to send me twenty or thirty pounds by Monday next, or sooner, if practicable; and the remainder of my share (after paying Mr. Fox) as soon as convenient to him.
We are all well. I am in hopes of hearing from you that my sister is so after her confinement.
My time is at present fully occupied in printing my translation, and in transcribing and amending my notes for it. The whole of the first volume, and the greater part of the second is printed. I wish I could have your revisal of the whole before it went
But the thing had been so long hanging on my mind, that I found it necessary to make an effort to get rid of it: and I have taken so much pains to compare mine with other versions, as, I think, to have escaped any gross error.
This undertaking occupies my money as well as my time; for I pay for the paper as I proceed, and am to pay for the printing when it is completed ; and this, at the rapid rate we are going on, will be sooner than I expected. But enough of this.
I have got a few more Italian books for you, which I believe has exhausted the stock you deposited with me. Among them are an Orlando Furioso, and a Marino's Adone, the latter of which appears to have been once in Mr. Fox's possession.
When you write, any tidings of Waters and Wilkes will be acceptable.
With our united best wishes and affectionate remembrances, believe me, dear Price, ,
H. F. CARY.
TO THE SAME.
Kensington Gravel Pits, December 28, 1813. MY DEAR PRICE, We are glad to hear so good an account of Georgina and the children, and that you are delivered from your suspense about Leigh.
I am much obliged to you for the turkey; which I believe did credit to your farm-yard. I cannot speak from my own experience, as I passed my Christ
mas-day at Twickenham with Mr. Champagné. I thank you for sending me the account. There will be a balance due to you of one or two pounds, if you receive the land-tax. Shall I lay it out for you in tea or books?
My printer tells me that my book, being hotpressed, may be bound immediately, and I have therefore desired him to have a copy put in russia, of which the expense will be twelve shillings, and it shall be sent as from you to Mrs. Mapleton. I wish to send you a copy, but am unwilling to put you to the charge of carriage. Do you think there would be any chance of a sale for eight or ten at Tamworth if I were to send them there? I would then inclose yours in the same parcel. Pray ascertain this for me, and tell me the bookseller's name. The book is a cheap one, if the quantity alone be considered. The price is only twelve shillings for the three volumes in boards; and though they are diminutive in size, yet they contain letter-press in abund. ance. They will come out on the first of next month. I have employed Bagster, in the Strand, and Colburn, in Conduit Street, as my agents for the sale of them,
If you are disposed again to become my critic, I have put the rod into your hands in the little edition of Dante I have sent you. There are a few alterations made in the version of the Inferno, and more in the notes, for I have taken your advice in adding to the number of the parallel passages.
Can you as a Cambro-Briton tell me what was