Letter of James Hogg to John Murray, 24 March 1821

Hogg's marriage in 1820 to the daughter of a prosperous Dumfriesshire farmer helped to improve his financial situation and he was able to take out a long lease out on Mount Benger farm near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. However, he still struggled to finance the stocking of the farm so he turned to chasing his publishers for money.

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Grieve & Scott's Edin. March 24th 1821

My dear sir


I think shame for having been
so long in writing to you and now when I
am writing that it should be about myself. But
the truth is that I have been so much engaged
with courting, marrying, and nameless other inter-
-esting subjects, that I have not had much leisure
to write to distant friends however kindly I thought
about them. Our mutual friend Sir Walter Scott
will have been telling you that I have got a very
extensive farm from my noble master, and perhaps
likewise that I would be straitened of money to stock
it. I have therefore to request that you will be so kind
as settle with me for the Brownie and the Queen's
Wake. The bargain of the Brownie was £50. each
of you, in advance, which I received from both,
and the rest was left to yourselves to be paid accor-
-ding as the work sold. In settling with Blackwood
this day he referred me entirely to you saying he
was quite willing to give exactly what you gave therefore
for my sake you must be as liberal as you can for it
counts to me double. The last edition of the Wake needs
no counting for that was stipulated at £100. being £50.
each which I always thought was rather little