Letter of Caroline Norton to John Murray, December 1836

Norton writes to Murray for advice on a new publicaiton and in the hope that he will publish it. She tells him that she does not insult anyone in this work as she has "enemies enough and bitter enough already". Her reputation had been badly damaged in some circles by her campaigning for the rights of married women and by her husband's accusation of adultary.


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Dec. 1836

Dear Sir

I very hastily enclose my ‘Observations &c’ to you. The cases are
wanting in the middle, because I have been so ill, I have not
yet finished copying the familiary from the legal reports - but you
have all the work which needs, to shew you the style & intention. My
brother Charles forwarded me yr answer, which is the reason I send
it you thus imperfect, as it saves me time in case you still
think it a publication to decline undertaking for me. I shall then
print it at my own expence at Ridgeway's, or try my old friends Saunders
& Otley, — as I am obstinate in determining it shall appear. I will
thankfully receive any suggestions for alterations or omissions you think ought
to be made — pray shew it to no one — I have told Mr Hayward I
will send it to him in proof; I have also on his advice omitted any
personal atttack on Lord Wynford which I think I might justly & safely
have done — however I have enemies enough and bitter enough already so
it is as well.

Will you return it soon with your opinion? Will you tell me the
probable expence of printing it, if I do that? and any other thing which your
experience suggests on the subject. The last leaf, I leave almost illegible
as there is not a post from here tomorrow or in London the next day.

In haste dear S. Yours very truly

Caroline Norton

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