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MACVEY NAPIER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/04/1838 - HFSID 201617

Scottish lawyer and literary figure who edited the Encyclopedia Britannica. Autograph Letter signed: "M Napier", 4p, 7¼x9. Linnburne House, Midlothian Shire [Scotland], 1838 August 4. To B. B. Thatcher, Sheffield. Addressed on integral leaf. Postmarked August 6, 1838.

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MACVEY NAPIER
Scottish lawyer and literary figure who edited the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Autograph Letter signed: "M Napier", 4p, 7¼x9. Linnburne House, Midlothian Shire [Scotland], 1838 August 4. To B. B. Thatcher, Sheffield. Addressed on integral leaf. Postmarked August 6, 1838. Remnants of red mailing seal. In full: "Your letter of the 1st has just reached me, and I am very sorry to find by it that you have had such an unpleasant attck, from the effects of which, however, I hope you will speedily recover. Some two or three weeks ago, I quitted Edinburgh [?] for the summer and autumn, and there is no great likelihood of my visiting it for weeks to come. Indeed, I do not intend to go into town till November, unless called by particular business, and my stay, even in such case, would not exceed a forenoon. My health, which has, for two years back, been very unstable, renders it expedient for e to be as much as possible in the country; and the distance from town being only eight miles, and my place of residence so near the public road as to render communication very easy, my undertakings proceed without any inconvenience resulting from my temporary absence. In these circumstances, I can only express my regret at being unable to see you in Edinburgh; but I shall be very glad to have the pleasure of receiving you, at my small house here, if you will do me the favor to pass a day or two in the country. The Glasgow Mail Coach passes my gate daily, at one o'clock, and there is at least one other passenger coach that comes daily the same way, at a different hour; so that you can very easily convey yourself from Edinburgh to this place. The Mail Coach would be the most agreeable conveyance, and the first stage at which they change horses, called Burneryard [?] is eight miles & half from town, and within 100 yards of my house - Linnburne House. Though I go but little from home, at present, yet, to prevent my missing you, I beg you will send me a note by Post, or, from Edinburgh, if you should not write till you arrive there, mentioning the day you will do me the favour to visit me. At present, there is only an old female servant at my house in town, No. 29, Castle Street (well known as being long the residence of Sir Walter Scott), but any note left there before seven o'clock, any day, will reach me by a parcel that comes to me daily by the above Mail Coach, about one o'clock. These particular directions will, I hope, prevent any mistakes, and assure my having the pleasure of seeing you here. I am Dear Sir, Yours truly". Macvey Napier (1776-1847), Scottish lawyer and editor, was the first Professor of Conveyancing at the University of Edinburgh. (Conveyance dealt with drafting deeds and property transfers.) Napier edited supplements to four successive editions (4-7) of the Encyclopedia Britannica, proving skillful at finding expert contributors to the work. He was a member of the Royal Society from 1817 and served for many years as editor of the Edinburgh Review.Lightly soiled. Mailing folds. Mounting adhesive remnants along left edge of p1. Minor ink smudges. Two holes (1-inch and ¼-inch) affect some letters but not readability of text. Overall, fine condition.

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