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198, but I suppose others will. I hope to remain unknown, and beg you would try, as much as lies in your power, to keep me so. But the old proprietors of the Columbian Magazine know me, and through that channel it may leak out.
I will give my son the numbers of the Apollo which are wanting, and he will send them. There are direful complaints about the irregularity of conveyance.
Why did not the Philosophical Society send me a copy of Dr. Smith's eulogy on Dr. Franklin? Our Academy made a point of supplying all the distant members with Mr. Lowell's on Governour Bowdoin. If you can procure one for me, I shall be much obliged.
I wish you clear of the gout and all other disorders, and that mens sana in corpore sano may ever be your portion. One of my sons has just had the small-pox by inoculation, and another son and two daughters are now just gone to Rainsford's Island Hospital for the same purpose.
I expect to see brother Morse to-day at Cambridge, whither I am going to attend an examination of the students, which I suppose will last three days. We have had one fatigue of this kind already this spring. It is as bad as attending court in character of a juror.
Morse has had his Geography printed in England, and there is a character of it in the Monthly Review which pleases him much.
My best regards to Mrs. Hazard, with Mrs. B.'s. The buckwheat cakes are excellent. We have had them several times, and my goody has learned to make them very well. I am, dear sir, with much affection and respect, Your sincere and obliged friend,
JERE. BELKNAP. If Scotus will take his whole pay in books, he may have
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
PHILADELPHIA, May 30, 1792.
DEAR SIR, I received yours, with 20 of your 3d volume, by Captain Luce. One of the books shall be presented to the Society, and another deposed with the Secretary, as you request.
Scotus has been applied to, but does not think it will do to take pay in books, as it is not probable that he shall sell them. He says that he sold but few when he was the publisher, and he cannot expect to sell even so many now. Here, then, we have not succeeded. We have been equally unsuccessful with Scotus alter. Young has consulted his partners, and they think it too late to insert the Map in their Magazine.
Jonas and I were both blamed, or rather ridiculed, for want of enterprise. Events have proved that our caution was proper. We did not make money so fast as others; but what we made we kept, while they have lost all, and some of them their reputation with their money. I am very sorry for Pintard. He has his amiable qualities, though I never thought him possessed of either prudence or steadiness sufficient for a man of business. The poor fellow has lately been arrested; and I find, from his publication in a newspaper, that he does not expect to be extricated from his difficulties but by the regular process of a bankruptcy. I know nobody in New York who will serve you with the zeal and friendship of Pintard. Of the booksellers, I think Hugh Gaine the best. He is a man of property, of note in his profession, and strictly honest; but he has too much vis inertia in his composition. However, he is my main stay there.
Thank you for the Foresters. I have read them with pleasure, and lent them to Fenno, who has published an extract from them. He is sure he knows the author, and
I do not think it possible to keep him concealed; but the discovery shall not be made by me.
The 8th and 13th Nos. of the Apollo are received, but none since No. 14.
The Philosophical Society do not publish any thing at their own risque, but allow a copyright to printers who will take the risque upon themselves; and, in respect to purchasing the publications, the members are upon no better footing than other persons. This will account for your not having had a copy of Smith's Eulogy on Franklin sent to you from the Society. I have never seen a copy of it, but will endeavour to procure one for
I hope your children have got safely through the small
I have this day received a letter from Morse, in which he intimates that the reviewers have spoken rather favourably of him. It must be a pleasing circumstance, especially when it is considered that, as many people pin their faith upon the reviewer's sleeves, it may increase the sales. What will those critics say to the assertion in your 3d volume, that "bats are the only mamillary bipeds in New Hampshire"? Let them say what they will, I think you will get honour, if not profit, by your History. The last volume will be the most interesting to persons who are not inhabitants of the State.
Mrs. Hazard is pleased that the buckwheat cakes suit Mrs. B.'s and your taste. She joins me in love to you both. We have just had a visit from Mrs. Morse's brother Arthur, by whom we are informed that our Shrewsbury friends are well. Your friend Cornelia lives now in this city. She and her child are well.
This has been a piping hot day, and I have got my eyes half full of lime. My building advances cleverly. I am, my dear sir,
Your very affectionate
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
PHILADELPHIA, June 19, 1792.
MY DEAR SIR, I have received yours enclosing information of my being elected a Corresponding Member of the Historical Society.* From the attention paid to me in this and other instances, I fear my abilities have been much over-rated, and that disappointment to the Societies, and disgrace to myself, will be the consequence. I have not leisure, and my mind has been, and is, necessarily so much engrossed by mere business, as to be disqualified for literary speculations. However, I will do as well as I can; and, if I do not equal expectation, I must depend on your friendship to make the best apology it can for
Charles Thompson lives out of the city. I will send the letter to him by the first opportunity. Please to present one of my books to the Society. Dobson says they must have arrived before now. I received, some time since, an acknowledgment of the receipt of the MSS. you delivered the Society for me.
I answered yours accompanying the 3d volume, by post, as you desired, and in that mentioned Fenno's publication to you. Why don't Thomas send on the Foresters? Noah was always a wise man. He will be undeceived.
Your 3d volume was delivered to the Philosophical Society at their meeting last Friday. The donation was entered on their minutes, as usual; but they never make formal acknowledgments of communications from mem
* This letter, here acknowledged, like many others of this correspondence, on both sides, appears to be wanting. Hazard and five other persons (Hazard standing at the head of the list) were elected Corresponding Members of the Society on the 29th May, 1792, the first names entered on that roll. Hazard was nominated by Dr. Belknap on the 23d December, 1791, the first nomination made. — EDS.
bers, leaving this to the friend through whose hands they
I am glad to hear that your children have got safely through the small-pox. Ours are well. I am, in haste, Yours affectionately, EBEN. HAZARD.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
BOSTON, June 27, 1792.
DEAR SIR,Yesterday, or the day before, your 50 books arrived safe. This day they are advertised in the Centinel, and Friday they will be again advertised in the Apollo. I have sent one to Jere. Libbey, and have put up two for Newport, which wait for an opportunity. I think the work is well executed. When I hear the opinions of any upon it, I will tell you what they say.
I intend to send you some more copies of my 2d and 3d volume, to match those of the 1st which you have remaining, and more, if you think they will go off. I have done waiting for the New Hampshire Constitution to be revised and altered. The Convention have adjourned, and sent out some other proposed alterations. I know not when they will finish; and I am advised, from that quarter, to wait no longer.
Accept a pamphlet, lately reprinted; and, if it be not too much trouble, I beg you to deliver the others as they are marked. With love to you and yours, I am, dear sir, Your friend, JERE. BELKNAP.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
BOSTON, July 4, 1792.
MY DEAR SIR,My last went by Captain Cheesman, and the bundle which accompanies this was intended to go