Letters of George Borrow to Bible Society
Letter 18: 1st February, 1835
To J. Tarn, Esq.
ST. PETERSBURG, FEB. 1, 1835.
THE last account which I had the honour of transmitting to you detailed expenses
in the editing of the Mandchou Testament as far as the first two sheets of St.
John. That Gospel having by the blessing of the Almighty passed through the
press, and a copy of it bound, and also copies of the three other Gospels, having
been forwarded to London, I snatch a moment from my occupation to give an
account of my late outgoings, the sums drawn for having been considerable on
account of my having many and large bills to discharge. When I last wrote, I
retained in hand 75 roubles 50 copecks, of the sum of 3500 drawn for; since
which sum I have drawn for the separate sums of 5000 and 500 according to the
books of the Sarepta House. I had advanced to the printer in consequence of the
illness of his compositors the sum of 250, which being deducted from the 5000 I
shall, in order to prevent confusion, take no notice of, and proceed to give an
account of the disbursement of
11 Jany. 1835, paid Mr. Pluchard for
one hundred and sixty-five reams
of paper at 25R. per ream, 4125
27 Dec. 1834, paid Mr. Lauffert for
the binding of St. Matthew, 450
Do. for 2 chests to contain St.
Jan. 2, 1835, to printer for 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 of St. John, 200