(8 March 1794)

JOSEPH RITSON (1752–1803)

Novel-writing is certainly in high estimation. Mrs Radcliffe, author of 'The Romance of the Forest,' has one at present in the hands of Robinsons for which she asks five hundred pounds, though it is but to consist of four volumes. Godwin also, and I believe, Holcroft, have each one in the press. In short, one would suppose all the world to be novel readers, though, for my part, I must with shame confess I never look into one.

[SOURCE: The Letters of Joseph Ritson (London: William Pickering, 1833)]

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