Receipt for payment to Herman Melville, 30 March 1847

Instead of sharing the profits with his publisher from each book sold, Melville sold his British copyrights to John Murray outright.


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London December 1st. 1845

Received of John Murray Esq the Sum of
One hundred Pounds by his promissory note at
Eight Months date from Dec 1. 1845 — for the Copyright
of a Work entitled “A Narrative of a Four months
Residence among the natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands by a
Herman Melville” and I promise a further Assignment
when required.

Gansevoort Melville
Atty for Herman Melville

£100. — —