Great Barrington July 14, 1824.
My dear Sir.--
You have probably long before this seen the new novel Redwood. It is written by a friend of mine and I am extremely anxious that it should be noticed in the N. A. Review. My acquaintance with Mr. Sparks is very slight or I would have written to him on the subject. 1 I therefore take the liberty to add to the many requests with which I have already troubled you by desiring you to inquire whether the article is already engaged or not. I should be very glad to hear that it has got into hands willing to do it justice. --But if it is not already taken up, or if nobody who is like to treat the work as it ought to be, will think of doing it, I propose to review it myself; though I confess I should prefer to have it done by somebody else. 2
It gives me great pleasure and some pride to hear of the reputation of your book on Insurance. I am told that the profession call it the best book on the subject. 3 (You have however never told me anything about its success.) It is something that ones book has a good reputation but it is also a very pleasant thing to have it sell well-- A work in our profession is not however like the popular works of the day sought after with eagerness hastily read and then forgotten--it takes some time for it to get a reputation, and then men buy it as they find they want it--and the market for it if not so quick at first is more steady--it is like those articles of necessity & use which are bought daily while articles of ornament, after which there is a great rush while they are in fashion, are a mere drug as soon as the mode changes.--