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1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 My expensive Conway: bought your letter the day before today, & it appeared to me that some great benefits of the 2 propositions have been precisely lightly balanced. It used to be so perplexing a query that i used to be sorry you hadn’t made up our minds it your self, & commanded me as a result. i ultimately submitted the problem to Mrs. Clemens, & she acknowledged, “Take the royalty; it simplifies every little thing; gets rid of all probability; calls for no outlay of capital; makes the hard work effortless for Mr. Conway; a achieve of 25 in line with cent revenue is rarely well worth the difficulty & chance of publishing by yourself account. ” I acknowledged “All right”—& so telegraphed you to take the royalty. If i may have written, i'd easily have acknowledged, “Decide the query for your self, & if you'd like the ' five £500, telegraph me so. ” certainly it's not too overdue to assert that yet'. , if until your agreement is already closed. We definitely can't factor right here prior to could 1st, if we will even do it then. infrequently any of the photographs are complete but. i've got learn basically 2 chapters in evidence, & they'd blanks for the cuts. probably, in view of this hold up, it can be top to take the royalty & depart Chatto to take the risk—that is, if he's nonetheless keen. every week from now the Atlantic will pop out with a powerful good-looking detect of the e-book, through Howells (which i'm going to ship to you,) however the booklet won’t factor until eventually 2 or three w or maybe four weeks later. This observe says the publication “gives incomparably the easiest photo of existence in that (the West) zone as but identified to fiction. ” “ the tale is a superb research of the boy-mind. ” “ the story is especially dramatically wrought. ” “ The valueless vagabond, Huck Finn, is fullyyt pleasant all through. ” “ Tom Sawyer * * * * used to be bred to worry God & dread the Sunday-school”—&c &c &c. It’s a jolly solid observe. you could omit the preface; or modify it so as to now not profess to be a e-book for formative years; or write a brand new preface & positioned your personal identify or initials to it. repair it any approach you need to, if as you are saying, it will likely be most sensible to not positioned it forth as a booklet for adolescence. (Before I forget,' it, enable me comment that your 5-per centage is solely passable to me, whether it is to you, irrespective of which approach to publishing we undertake. ) 1876—page forty SLC to Moncure D. Conway, nine April 1876, contd. 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 My pricey Conway, we borrowed our form & sort of ebook from England. We precisely copied the scale, kind, & get-up, of a part a dozen of Cassel, Peter & Galpin’s beautiful books. yet nonetheless, you & Chatto needs to freely do as you love. in the event you nonetheless don't want to make the ebook the dimensions of ours & take a collection of plates containing the cuts & every thing, telegraph hence: “Twain—Hartford—pictures. ” for those who may still wish i'm going to then ship any & all photos that may be cut back on your measurement. ' —& ship the unique drawings of the remaining. in case you may still take a suggestion to have complete plates, simply telegraph “Plates,” rather than “Pictures. ” Telegraph 20 or 30 phrases every time important. it's no financial system to do enterprise by means of mail.

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