From the Bart Auerbach Collection. Inlaid to a larger sheet; some browning at edges; docketed, presumably in the hand of the recipient; neat (linen?) tape repair on verso; good. Item #409406
Although not so indicated, the recipient of this letter was the publisher, Archibald Constable. Hazlitt writes on financial and literary matters, proposing a work on "Beauty", and inquiring: "May I ask what is become of the Round Table? I hope it is not broke down. [If you object to any of the articles, they shall be altered according to the first list. This Round Table is the only child of my brain that I ever had any affection for... I will send the second volume whenever you wish: I have waited partly in expectation of seeing the other proofs, & partly to make the best selection... I hope you were not offended at my anticipating the purchase money. I was pushed to an extreme." From the collection formed by Payson G. Gates, later in the possession of his daughter, Eleanor M. Gates. The text of this letter has been published in 'Leigh Hunt: A Life in Letters / Together With Some Correspondence of William Hazlitt', edited and introduced by Eleanor M. Gates (Essex, CT: 1998), who notes: "The Round Table,' Hazlitt's first collection of familiar essays, published in February 1817 by Archibald Constable and Co. of Edinburgh, seems to have been unduly long in preparation" (p. 652).