Has heard that Variation sold the whole edition of 1500 copies in a week [see 5844]. Has done him a world of good. Pall Mall Gazette has review which pleased him exceedingly [see 5874].
My dear Hooker
What is the good of having a friend, if one may not boast to him? I heard yesterday that Murray has sold in a week the whole edit. of 1500 copies of my book, & the sale so pressing that he has agreed with Clowes to get another edit in 14 days! This has done me a world of good for I had got into a sort of dogged hatred of my book. And now there has appeared a review in the Pall Mall which has pleased me excessively, more perhaps than is reasonable.
I am quite content & do not now care how much I may be
pitched into.— If by any chance you sh
I went to luncheon on Sunday to Lubbocks, partly in hopes of seeing you, & be hanged to you, you were not there.
Your cock-a-hoop Friend | C. D
- f1 5856.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 6 February .
- f2 5856.f2CD refers to John Murray, Variation, and the printers William Clowes & Sons. See letter from John Murray, 6 February .
- f3 5856.f3The review, which appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette for 10, 15, and 17 February 1868, was by George Henry Lewes ([Lewes] 1868a; see letter from G. H. Lewes, 2 March 1868).
- f4 5856.f4John and Ellen Frances Lubbock lived at High Elms, about a mile and a half from Down House.