Letters of George Borrow to Bible Society
Letter 14: 1st October, 1834
To John Jackson, Esq.
OCTR. 1 (old style), 1834, ST. PETERSBURG.
MY DEAR SIR, - I am exceedingly sorry that you should have had the trouble of
writing to me to no purpose; for in respect to the letter, which it seems by your
favour of the 29th ult. you committed to a private hand to be forwarded to me, I
beg leave to state that I have never received it, or heard anything of it. I must
earnestly intreat that in future all letters relating to business be despatched by the
regular post, otherwise great inconvenience and misunderstanding will be the
result. Private individuals seldom give themselves the slightest trouble to deliver
letters. If they chance to fall in with the persons for whom they are intended - well
and good! if not, the letters are flung aside and forgotten. In respect to the
monies furnished me by our friend Mr. Tarn for my journey I have sent an
account of the disbursement on the other side, and also of what I have expended
already upon the Mandchou New Testament, of which ST. MATTHEW'S
GOSPEL HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND ST. MARK'S ENTERED UPON.
I remain, my dear Sir, most truly yours,
To J. Tarn, Esq.,
UNDER-TREASURER OF THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
Account of the disbursement of certain monies received by me for my journey to
St. Petersburg in the service of the B. S.:-
Received of Mr. Tarn (if I mistake not) 30 pounds, and 7 pounds, making
together 37 pounds.
Paid for fare to Hamburg by steam-boat, diet not included, 7 pounds, 0s 0d
For expenses of conveying myself and baggage to the custom-house wharf, and
of getting on board, 0 pounds, 6s, 0d
Carry forward, 7 pounds, 6s, 0d
Brought forward 7 pounds, 6s, 0d
Expenses on board the packet, viz. diet, servants, and baggage fees at Stade on
the Hanoverian coast, 1 pound, 9s, 0d