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Letters from James Hogg to Robert Cadell

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-480
Identifier: Coll-2104

Content Description

Three letters from James Hogg (1770-1835) to publisher Robert Cadell (1788-1849), dated 6th March, [before 10th] July, and 17th October 1822.

The letters relate to the multi-volume anthology of James Hogg's works, that he had seeked to publish in 1822 to boost both his income and his literary reputation. He had first suggested it to the Edinburgh publisher Archibald Constable, who gave the task to his business partner and son-in-law Robert Cadell. The publication appeared on the 13th of June 1822 as a four volume edition as The Poetical Works of James Hogg in four volumes, for which Hogg was paid £200. His correspondence with Cadell provides an interesting insight into his self-estimation as a writer and his negotiation skills; the July letter includes "a valuation of [his] copy-rights".


  • Creation: 6 March, [before 10] July, 17 October 1822


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Biographical / Historical

Author, poet and song-writer James Hogg, known as the "Ettrick Shepherd", was a great friend of Sir Walter Scott. Hogg was Ettrick-born, and also wrote The memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner (1824).


3 letters (1 folder) : 5 folios

Other Finding Aids

Transcriptions of the letters available on request.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in May 2022. Accession no. SC-Acc-2023-0146.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in October 2023, using information provided by the donor.

Letters from James Hogg to Robert Cadell, 1822
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Aline Brodin
October 2023
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