Letter from Burnes to Murray, 28 Dec 1834

Author(s): Burnes



28-December 1834
My dear Sir,

I have great pleasure in receiving
your note of the 22nd with the proof sheets as well as
your [¿] of the following day, but what with [¿]
and dinners, time flies faster in this capital than
ever I have found it - i have been living fast in every
sense of the word and for or state of fine [¿] in
[¿] lottery here, my fellow traveller & myself [¿]
2700 [¿] which we hold fast but like a good
Christian, I shall render unto Ceaser the things that
are [¿] if in Paris.
I am very much pleased with the proofs
which you have sent to me and think that Mr
Lockharts suggestion is a decidd improvement as it
removes the side notes to the top of the page - I
like the appearence also which when bound up will make
the work of the size of Lyeles Geology I imagine-

You need not therefore delay in printing the remainder as
my brother is at hand to make the few corrections
which I imagine the press will require - I find that
M. Klaproths observations will appear in the "Annales
des Voyages" & not in my book which is simply a
translation-[He] is well on

You do not say anything regarding the plates -
The views of Hydrabad & Sindree would I think answer
if doubled up - but the Cutchee, the Sindian - & the [3] vols
of Bam[¿]an will require to be re lithographed - the coins
may also be doubled up - I would like however if you
could make some alteration in my visage in the
"costume of Bokhara" for it is said to be so arch and
cunning that I shall be handed down to posterity
as a real Tartar!! Suppose you strike it out altogether
or get Mr. Mackie to touch it up a little, or suppose
you substitute a lithograph of the miniature which
I shewed to you & which my Brother has - Do any
of the three which you like - I make the last proposal
because I believe you wish to have me booked but

what you do I ma sure I shall approve of-

I am very sorry to hear of the difficulties which
have been stated regarding the [¿] - It is out of the
question to give such a sum for it & on enquiring here
I find that [¿] map engraver in Paris
is preparing the map for the French edition for 7 or 800

[¿] — I shall write to Cap [¿]
to speak to Mr [¿] on this subject
& if he cannot arrange the [¿]
it will be necessry to engrave as you
say another map - [¿]

will print out the parts necessary which as a general
rule I may mention should extend one inch & a half
on each side of the red line in the old map - In fact
on this instruction I am sure that you even could himself
give the necessary directions - My stay in Paris is
so uncertain that it would be a dubious arrangement
to have a map preponed here & I do nto think the
publisher will be displeased to give the one [¿] is
now preparing, but on this print you would know
better - I have just been at a [¿] of the

[¿] where I met Klapworth who looks more like a dying
man than a contentious critic - I am to accompany the
Geographical Society on the [¿] to see Louis Philippe
but it is a [¿] day and all I shall ahve the hour
John Murray Esqr
50 Albemarle Street

of seeing will be [¿] as I believe he is
silent as a [¿] God - on such occasions - I am enjoying
Paris very much & think that your was prediction of my
never getting beyond it will prove true - With best remem
berences to him & your family believe me
Yours ever sincerely
[¿] Barnes-


Cite this Document

APA Style:

Letter from Burnes to Murray, 28 Dec 1834. 2024. In The Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing. Glasgow: University of Glasgow. Retrieved 24 April 2024, from

MLA Style:

"Letter from Burnes to Murray, 28 Dec 1834." The Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing. Glasgow: University of Glasgow, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

Chicago Style

The Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing, s.v., "Letter from Burnes to Murray, 28 Dec 1834," accessed 24 April 2024,

If your style guide prefers a single bibliography entry for this resource, we recommend:

The Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing. 2024. Glasgow: University of Glasgow.


Letter from Burnes to Murray, 28 Dec 1834

Document Information

Document ID 264
Title Letter from Burnes to Murray, 28 Dec 1834
Year group 1800-1850
Genre Personal writing
Year of publication 1834
Place of publication Paris, France
Wordcount 629

Author information: Burnes

Author ID 50
Surname Burnes