RLS had begun with great eagerness to prepare material for a volume on the Duke of Wellington for the series of English Worthies published by Longman and edited by his frined Andrew Lang, but beyond preparation the scheme never went.
To Sidney Colvin [Bookman Extra Number 1913, p. 107]
[Bournemouth, January 1885]
Dear S. C.,
And damn your eyes for not coming!
I have received Erskine May, Spencer Walpole and Gleig from the publishers.
T. Erskine May, The Constitutional History of England 1760-1860, 2 vols, 1861-1863 [https://ia902304.us.archive.org]
Thomas Erskine May, 1st Baron Farnborough (1815–1886), British constitutional theorist, Under Clerk of the House of Parliaments [https://upload.wikimedia.org]
Spencer Walpole, A History of England from the Conclusion of the Great War in 1815, 3 vols, 1879-80 [https://ia800307.us.archive.org]
Sir Spencer Walpole (1839–1907), English historian and civil servant [https://upload.wikimedia.org]
G.R. Gleig, The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington, 1865 [https://ia902609.us.archive.org]
George Robert Gleig (1796–1888). Scottish soldier, military writer, and priest [http://www.richardgilbert.ca]
Pray tell me what you can do – above all about the despatches – by telegram. Longman has handsomely offered £10;
One volume of Longman’s series of ‘English Worthies’, 1888 [https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com]
and your silence keeps me to a stand.
Come, as soon as you can, bad man.