My dear Sir
I thank you much for your kind letter. —
What I wish is to make an arrangement immediately for the early sheets of my next
book — now appearing anonymously at intervals in a magazine — but shortly to be
finished — & published entire in 1 vol.
Hurst & Blackett on the same date as the last chapter appears
in the magazine. —
At On which day I wish it
also to appear in New
York. It is not fiction — but a series of papers of the subject
of women & their work & rigths — viz duties. —
It is already being translated into Swedish — & I had wished Messrs Harper to have the
American right of reprint. & so sent them by their
agent's desire early sheets of the first few chapters, which they have
not used (nor paid for.) I conclude their being anonymous was the objection: but
no cause was stated to me: & this delay, preventing my making other
arrangements, has been sufficiently vexatious to make me wish to quit Messrs Harper & make
permanent arrangements with some more punctual house.
I delay the conclusion & publication of the book
till I can make these arrangements — but it is the wish of Messrs Hurst & Blackett
that it should be out as soon as possible. About 5 of the 11 or 12 numbers (or
chapters) have appeared: the book when complete will have various additions
& alterations: — & I shall own it, of course, as "The Author of J.H.
&c — the only sort of name I ever want to have on a title
These facts given — will you try to make some arrangement for me? — According to
the satisfaction I get with regard to this, would I make agreement for a future
novel, now just began upon — However that is too soon to talk of —
I will not say how grateful I feel — when I have no claim on you but that of
simple kindliness. — My love to your wife. Very glad she is
Yours most sincerely
I shall be very much obliged for the German John Halifax.
— I know Tauchnitz has
it in English, but I have never seen it in German.