Refutation of the Mistatements and Calumnies Contained in Mr. Lockhart's Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., Respecting the Messrs. Ballantyne

Refutation of the Mistatements and Calumnies Contained in Mr. Lockhart's Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., Respecting the Messrs. Ballantyne

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...it is now clear beyond all controversy, that no proper, regular, intelligible books were kept in either concern; and that year after year, the printing partners' accounts inter se were never balanced by the manager, whom the deed of copartnery expressly bound to do so once at least in every twelvemonths. And the Trustees are quite as much mistaken, if they imagine that they can get over facts such as these by merely requoting from my own book merciful expressions of Sir Walter's with respect to his partners, which I inserted for no other purpose but that of exhibiting his gracious magnanimity, proof against almost unparalleled provocations; or by quoting the opinions of third parties, who had not, and could not have had, the least access to the secret history of James Ballantyne as a partner. Finally as to Mr Hughes. That person (p. 47) asserts that Sir Walter was well aware of all the obligations on the Company, and that "of all these obligations Sir Walter kept a regular account in a book of bis own (a royal 8vo. bound in red morocco). This matter," he adds, "was no further under James Ballautyne's management than as he was the mere instrument in getting the bills discounted." In another part of the pamphlet (pp. 34, 35), it is stated that Sir Walter was made acquainted with the situation of the bills by the exhibition of regular monthly states, and also that he "kept a private record of these bill engagements, which his son-in-law may by possibility have seen;"--and then reference is made to Sir Walter's accurate habits as to his own personal accounts, as if this private record had been something of the same description. Now, I never asserted that Sir Walter was not made acquainted with the bills, and I was far...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640519
  • 9781236640512