Autograph letter signed, 1p, 24 July 1851, to Archibald Alison.

WARREN, SAMUEL

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Autograph letter signed marked "Private", one page, oblong 8vo, Temple, 24 July 1851. A political letter to Archibald Alison, Esq., asking permission to send an early copy of "The Lily and the Bee", and asking for help with his research: "Did not Marlborough do a little business at Waterloo?. . . . I have hunted the 'History' in vain. . . . In your incomparable 'History' you say that . . . Q. Victoria reigns over 160 countries[?] on the 4 quarters of the globe. . . . Is not the supposed population of the globe 1075 coutrnies[?]? i.e. Victoria reigns over 1/6th of the human family!!!! . . . . By the way, a Whig Chancellor has just made me an arrant Tory -- Q.C.!" Browned; stains from prior mounting on verso; else good.

Samuel Warren (1807-1877); English novelist, author of "Ten Thousand a Year". Sir Archibald Alison (1792-1867); Scottish historian. Alison's 'History of Europe' was begun on 1 Jan. 1829. He intended to prove that Providence was on the side of the tories. The first two volumes (1833) gradually made their way as increased numbers were printed of succeeding volumes and new editions published of the old. By 1848 100,000 copies had been sold in the United States. It was translated into French, German, and Arabic. In 1847 was published a crown 8vo edition in 20 vols. of 12,000 copies, and in 1853 the book was stereotyped; 3,000 copies were sold at once, and of the later volumes 25,000 copies were printed and 20,000 sold at the first subscription. Alison's other works were less successful. His essay on 'Population,' was published in June 1840, and in November of 1847, Alison's 'Life of Marlborough,' appeared. Between 1 Jan. 1852 and 1 Jan. 1859 he wrote a continuation of the 'History' which had a considerable sale. (Item ID: 7695)



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