William Hone to Thomas Vyse, 16 March, 1815

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William Hone to Thomas Vyse, 16 March, 1815.1-TEI-


2 I beg to disclaim any the least intention whatever on my part of exciting painful sensations in your mind but it is wholly out of my power at this period to comply with your request without delaying my report of the Proceedings of the Inquest to a period very far beyond that when I know expect it will appear -- and at the same time, not to say any thing of the inconvenience and expence attendant upon the derangements of the matter which is now ready for Press. My Report would be incomplete without at least one of them, namely, the Diagram at the end of the Surgeon's Report which is copied from that furnished by Mr. Kerrison himself and now in the Coroner's possession -- The other is also merely explanatory

I trust that you will upon becoming acquainted with the contents of the Report do me the justice to say that I have wholly abstained from every thing that could give you uneasiness--upon calm reflection you will probably be disposed to think that the request ⟨gratification fo the desire⟩ you now [several words] ⟨express⟩ will go very little towards producing repose after such an afflicting calamity as every sympathising mind must deplore--

I cannot help repeating here the pleasure I should experience if you would permit me a Copy of the letter which you addressed to the Coroner and which if I were to receive early in the morning I would append to the Report-- I mean the letter which you sent on Saturday.

I am Sir,
Your most obedient
faithful servant
W Hone
55 Fleet Street
16 March 1815 1/2 part 10 p.m.
British Library, Add. MS 40120, ff. 41-42. [return]
This note, apparently written in some haste, is a response to Vyse's note earlier on the same day; See Vyse to Hone, 16 March, 1815. Vyse's son Edward had been killed during a street riot, and Hone was preparing a pamphlet describing the event and the Coroner's inquest into the cause of death. Thomas Vyse had originally agree to the publication of two engravings that were to be included in the pamphlet, but he later had second thoughts. The present letter is Hone's reply to Vyse's request to suppress the images. More information regarding the incident is available in the Critical Review fragment. [return]
William Hone. Date: 2014-03-11