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Letter, 4 Oct. 1816 (Charleston, S.C.), Robert
        Young Hayne to Matthew Carey
  
    A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2008

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Letter, 4 October 1816, written by Rob[er]t Y[oung] Hayne from Charleston, S.C., to Matthew Carey, Philadelphia, points out that he had been unable to collect additional subscriptions to David Ramsay’s History of the United States. Published posthumously in 1816 by Carey, sales of the History were promoted by Hayne, who had promised in his eulogy of Ramsay that the proceeds from the edition would benefit the education and support of the physician and historian’s eight children.

“It was some time since suggested to me by a gentleman of talents lately from England,” Hayne writes, “that if a copy of the work could be sent to England before it was printed here - the copy right might be sold there for something considerable.” He was therefore submitting the idea to Carey, asking that he take it under advisement. “Should you approve of it & opportunity shall offer you can send over a copy before the work is published with authority to the person entrusted with it to sell it the moment he arrives for whatever he can get and a pledge might be given that no copies should be carried over from this Country for sale....I leave the whole business however to you. I merely make the suggestion for your consideration.”

On a separate matter altogether, Hayne reports that the “Bill for the balance of the Books sent” had been paid. “All the Books came safe, & I have to return you my thanks for your attention to this business & the very judicious selections you have made. I am in hopes to be able to make an annual call for at least the same amount. The lists you sent me I shall distribute through the state, by putting these into the Library at Columbia with liberty to the members of the Legislature to take them away.”

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