From Thomas Walker to William Kemp   17 September 1844

Cupar

Sept. 17. 1844.

Dear Sir

I herewith send you a proof. You will see that that I have made very free with the Manuscript, I have also given the proof a hasty look over, and made a few corrections, and with your permission I will give a careful reading before finally going to press. I hope however that you will read it with care and see that your meaning is not misunderstood, and that none of the Geological names are misspelt, as really there are some of them that I am not sure about. I have marked in pencil a few names on title page, as Booksellers, please mark out or put on as you think proper, and also mention what number might be thrown off at first. I think there will be no danger in printing 500 Copies, and you know that we shall endeavour to keep the type for a time until you see how it is going to do. I have no fear of it whatever. It would be better if any one of the Booksellers in your locality would become publisher, and have this mentioned on the title page, in place of the Fife Sentinel— We are bound by Law to state the printer, but this could be done inside in a small line. Or the publisher could authorise us to say printed for him. I shall be most happy to do any way you please, and if you do not care about having any dealings with any of the Booksellers about the thing, I shall be most happy, at your request to correspond with any of them on the subject.

I suppose you wish it to be covered with coloured paper. This would of co⁠⟨⁠urse⁠⟩⁠ add a little to the expen⁠⟨⁠se⁠⟩⁠ but it would be a great improvement, and certainly is desirable. I have been thinking about ⁠⟨⁠the⁠⟩⁠ price. What shall be ⁠⟨⁠the⁠⟩⁠ price of it? This shall be printed on the title⁠⟨⁠.⁠⟩⁠ You must fix a price th⁠⟨⁠at⁠⟩⁠ will afford a little brandy and biscuits among the hills, the first spare We⁠⟨⁠ek⁠⟩⁠ I have in your quarter of the world. Write me as soon as convenient. Ou⁠⟨⁠r⁠⟩⁠ best respects to Minnie and hoping you are in good heal⁠⟨⁠th⁠⟩⁠ and spirits | I am Dear William | ⁠⟨⁠yours &c Thos⁠⟩⁠ Walker

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