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our children unite in affectionate regards to you and Mrs. Hazard.
Your sincere friend, Jere. Belknap.
Please to give my respects to Mr. Green. I am now reading the travels of your botanical, rhapsodical Quaker, William Bartram, among the magnolias and alligators of Georgia and Florida.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
Boston, February 20, 1792.
Dear Sir, — By last night's mail I sent an answer to yours, containing my account and Mr. Jefferson's receipt. This P.m. I am favoured with your prior letter, of 21st January, by Mr. Gorham. It was not spuddle, but & paddle, that the Law of Moses prescribed (see Deut. 23. 13). But I suppose that, in my hurry, I left the a open at top! How many mistakes, and perhaps some of more importance, have been occasioned by such trifling omissions!
You shall have one of Fleet's Registers. He did not know that you procured the materials of another person.
I thank you for the leave you give me to present the letters to our Historical Society. They shall be presented in your name. We shall be much obliged by Governour Hopkins's papers.
If Colonel Pickering is a subscriber, he must mean that he subscribed for the 1st volume when it was printed. His name is not in any paper which has been returned to me. I wish to have all the names, because I am determined to print them; and I shall be glad to add his to the catalogue.
On looking over the account, I find that you make a discrimination between subscribers and non-subscribers. For instance, you have set down: —
I make no such distinction, but sell to all alike.
By the way, Vaughan told me he had subscribed for 6 sets.
I know not who William Martin is. No such name has been returned to me. With respect to the "Foresters/' I am not liable for half the paper, but only in case they do not sell; a supposition which an author is not fond of admitting. But, as the printer supposed it possible, I made a counter stipulation, that I would pay for half the paper, provided that there should not be enough sold in two years to pay the expence of paper, and would take one-third of what should then be left on hand. You will also consider that, in case of a second or any future edition, the printer will have all the same labour and expence, and the author none, except correcting and revising. When this comes into the account, perhaps you will view it as, on the whole, a good bargain; that is, an equitable one, which is all the bargain I ever wish to make with anybody.
Jedediah and his wife dined with us on Thursday, and the letters were then delivered. They are both well, and Mrs. B. thinks there is an appearance. You know women of her years are sagacious observers.
Thank Mrs. Hazard for the buckwheat meal. It is not yet made into cakes, but Mrs. Morse has given us a receipt.
I hope you have got the "Apollo." It goes under cover to the postmaster at Philadelphia, along with one for Mr. Wingate and another for Mr. Randolph. These three*are all that are sent to Philadelphia, except those for the printers. There are, and will be, press errors in it j for they work by night, when it is impossible for me to correct. The first half-sheet always passes my inspection once, but the last half-sheet I cannot answer for. I am, dear sir,
Your friend, J. B.
As this goes under cover to J. Pintard, of New York, with some other papers and letters, I will not enclose Fleet's Register now, but wait for a vessel.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
Boston, February 29, 1792.
Dear Sir, — I have received a request from William Young, in behalf of the proprietors of the Asylum, for 1,500 copies of my Map of New Hampshire, to accompany a review of the History in their Magazine.* It seems, by his letter, that they had contemplated reengraving the map, but did not think it proper u to take that liberty without my leave." As I think all bargains are best made viva voce, I have referred him to you, as my plenipotentiary; and I beg the favour of you to make as good a bargain for me as you can. The data on which you will proceed, I will state to you. In the first place, the copyright of the Map, as well as of the History, is secured to me by law: therefore a price should be set on my licence to re-engrave the Map, which, however, I do not mean to give. But, suppose I should, then the next thing to be considered is, at what price they could get the plate and the engraving done, then the price of paper, and lastly of printing so many copies, at per hundred, which is the general way of computing. These are to be considered on their part, to ascertain what the map would cost them in Philadelphia.
* The "Ilniversal Asylum and Columbian Magazine," a monthly periodical, • published in Philadelphia as a continuation of the " Columbian Magazine or*Monthly Miscellany," was printed by William Young. Dr. Belknap's map of New Hampshire was issued in the second volume of. his History. It appears, further on, that the negotiations with Young for the use of his map fell through. — Eds.
On my part, are to be considered the paper, printing, wearing of the plate, and actual profit. These I shall state, except the last, which I will leave wholly to you.
On my part: —
Three and one-half reams of paper (of that last
parcel which you sent me from Philadelphia, or L. M.
writing paper of the same price), 18s. per rheam £3 3 0
Printing 1,500 copies, at 6s. per hundred ... 4 10 0
Wearing of the plate 4 10 0
My actual profit
On their part: —
My licence for re-engraving
Plate, and engraving in Philadelphia . • . . .
Printing 1,500 at per hundred
The wearing of the plate I have estimated according to the opinion of my engraver. It may also be taken into consideration that the Maps singly are sold here and in New Hampshire at Is. 6c?., though I should not think of asking any thing like this for so great a quantity, and for such a purpose.
After you have made the bargain, I will, on the first notice, set the press to work; and, as soon as the number is finished, will ship them on account and risk of Mr. Young.
I wrote to you to procure McMurray's Map of the United States, since which I have heard that there is a new map proposed at Philadelphia. I leave it with you to get one or the other, as you think best.
Your obliged friend, Jere. Belknap.
If they choose to send paper on purpose to have the Maps printed upon, I have no objection.
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
Philadelphia, April 13, 1792.
My Dear Sir, — I am afraid you will think you have but a bad plenipotentiary; and, to be candid, I am pretty much of the same opinion; but that I had a letter to write you has lain with weight upon my mind, and I once actually sate down for the purpose, but was called away, and behold the business is yet undone.
Scotus was paid, as per enclosed receipt. I had encouraged him to expect some money ere long, and, being pushed, he wrote me a friendly note, reminding me of my promise. I called and paid him, and from his looks I judge that I exceeded his expectations. I have sold no books since.
Mr. Cutler has been in town some time, and has called on me. We cannot yet find a complete McMurray's Map. I have not yet heard of the new map you mention as proposed here. Proposals are issued for a large map of Pennsylvania.
The last No. of the Apollo which I have received is 12. No. 8 has never come to hand. The new act will take effect in June, and then perhaps irregularity will cease.
I can give you no account of John Churchman beyond what you have seen in the newspapers, except that I have heard some of our philosophers speak disrespectfully of his discoveries and improvements.
Your 2d volume was presented to the Philosophical Society, as you desired, and properly received.
Brissot is really a superficial writer. A translation of his work in MS. was put into my hands for perusal, and I was to try to get it to press; but I got fairly sick of it before I had finished the 1st volume. His rhapsodical eulogies of the Quakers are fulsome, disgusting stuff,