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THE ENGLISHMAN
The Englishman. No. 848. London, Sunday, April 8, 1832. Price sevenpence.
London: printed and published at the office of the Morning Chronicle, by Mr. William Clement, 1832.
[4] p. ; 63 cm. (2º)

Weekly newspaper. Later incorporated with the Observer. Includes an account of the Drury Lane Theatrical Fund dinner of 6th April (which Soane did not attend although he had paid his regular subscription, q.v.).

Copy Notes Marked in pencil are two items of news: a notice of the death of Ann Jones whose father was a Chelsea Pensioner who died on hearing the news of her death by drowning in the Grosvenor Canal; and a report that 'Sir John Soane, unquestionably the most princely purchaser of works relating to literature and the arts in this country, on Friday gave five hundred guineas for the Breviarium Romanum, a magnificent manuscript upon vellum ... at Evans's Room in the sale of Mr. Hurd's Library, where Charles Mathews, the comedian, purchased the well-known collection of Play Bills made by Mr. Fawcett and his father, in 55 volumes'. In fact, Soane found the Breviarum Romanum (known as the 'Isabella Breviary', see Janet Backhouse in the British Library journal, 1993, p.5, and Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick Illuminating the Renaissance, Getty, 2004, p.347) deficient,and having paid Boone the £520 on April 7th (Ledger E, p. 194) indicated his dissatisfaction to the extent that he was soon in receipt of an enquiry and offer from John Cochrane, bookseller of 108 The Strand, who had bid on behalf of another client at the sale and was ready to pay him the same sum to secure the volume. Soane hesitated at first, embarrassed by the fact that I can only / say that if I had not been mentioned in the / public prints as the purchaser of the Breviary I / should have had no difficulty in relinquisihing / it for the sum I paid for it, but under the / circumstances I feel myself placed in great / difficulty thinking it not quite correct in me / now, to part with it immediately unless Mr. Boone / should consider me .... The new transaction did not then go through until the end of May and Soane's bank account records Money recd for Breviary (Journal 7, p. 22). See Spiers Box, Books, MSS etc. Miscellaneous (10).

Binding Folded broadsheet.

Reference Number 5905


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