Letter of James Hogg to John Murray, 7 May 1815

Hogg thought one answer to his lack of money could be a rich wife, so he asked Murray to find him one in London. However, he did not actually marry until several years later when he met Margaret Phillips, a daughter of a prosperous Dumfriesshire farmer. Although she was twenty years younger than him their marriage proved to be a very happy one, and the couple had four daughters and a son.

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Edin. May 7th 1815

My dear Sir


I thank you with all my
heart for the little timous supply you have
lent me at present. I did intend shortly to
have asked from you what little you could
spare from the copies of the Wake sold,
but I had no thought that the final payment
of the pilgrims would have been made to
me sooner than Nov.r — You are theprince
of booksellers if people would but leave you
to your own judgement and natural generous
disposition. I offered Blackwood a regular rec-
-eipt for the full payment made by you of
the first edition of the Pilgrims but he declined
it saying the bills were of themselves a sufficient
receipt — I leave Edin. on Thursday for my little
farm on Yarrow. I will have a confused