Letters of George Borrow to Bible Society
Letter 23: 16th July, 1835
To J. Tarn, Esq.
(ENDORSED: recd. 17 Aug. 1835)
ST. PETERSBURG, JULY 16, 1835.
MY DEAR SIR, - I herewith send you a bill of lading for six of the eight parts of
the New Testament which I have at last obtained permission to send away,
AFTER HAVING PAID SIXTEEN VISITS TO THE HOUSE OF INTERIOR
AFFAIRS. The seventh part is bound and packed up; the eighth is being bound
and will be completed in about ten days. It would have been ready a month
since, having been nearly six weeks in the book-binder's hands, but he was
disappointed in obtaining the necessary paper; I hope to have shipped all off, and
to have bidden adieu to Russia, at the expiration of a fortnight. I take this
opportunity of informing you that I was obliged to purchase additional 85 reams
of paper, of every sheet of which I shall give an account. 1020 copies of every
sheet I ordered to be printed, that we might have a full 1000 at the conclusion. 20
reams have at various times been sent to the binder for frontings and endings to
the work, and there were 36 sheets in the seventh and 33 in the eighth part,
consequently the demand for paper is not surprising. Since my last drafts upon
the Treasurer I have received two thousand roubles from Asmus, Simondsen and
Co., for which I shall give them a draft on my departure when I receive my salary.
My accompt since the period of my last writing to you, when I held in hand 518
roubles of the Society's money, I shall deliver to you on my arrival.
I have the honour to remain, Dear Sir,
Pray excuse this hasty letter, which I write from the Custom House.