From John Stockdale
Piccadilly London 19th. Decr. 1786.
I have this Instant your’s of the 8th. Inst., and Yesterday Sandford and Merton, for which I return you my very sincere thanks, for the great favor that you have done me, as the immediate procuring of this Work was of great consequence to me. I am afraid it will be deem’d an encroachment on good Nature, to request the favor of having sent by the first dilligence the friend of Youth by Mr. Berquin, a Work now publishing. I believe the conveyance by the dilligence will be the most certain. As I do not intend to take this liberty in future, I beg you will excuse it. I received your former Letter with an Order for the Beauties of Shakespeare after the Box was packt up and was of course stopt untill I got them bound, which owing to a combination among the Journeyman Bookbinders I could not get done as soon as I could wish. But it was Yesterday sent by the Dilligence, which I hope you’ll receive, before you go on your long Journey. I shall be happy to hear from you and to execute any Commands I may be favourd with, from whatever point of the World you may be in. I am sir with great Respect Your much oblig’d & very humble Servant,
P.S. Mr. S. will thankfully receive the remainder of the Volumes of Sandford and Merton as they come out by the Dilligence. The Post going out I am not able to send the list of the Books, but they are all sent that you have Order’d.
RC (MHi); endorsed. Noted in SJL as received 26 Dec. 1786.
TJ’s Former letter with an order for the beauties of shakespeare has not been found; it may have been the letter from TJ to Stockdale of 27 July or 13 Aug. 1786, neither of which has been found.