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[Three Autograph Letters, Signed (One Solely As "The Editor"), to Emily B. Gould, with Annotated Accounting]

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[Three Autograph Letters, Signed (One Solely As "The Editor"), to Emily B. Gould, with Annotated Accounting]

by Harte, Bret

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San Francisco, 1869. Letters eight pages total; financial accounting, one page. Octavo and small octavo. In ink. Two letters on the handsome engraved letterhead of the OVERLAND MONTHLY. December letter in violet ink and a bit faded (but legible), folded for mailing, modest spots of soiling and a few small ink smears; good to very good. Half morocco folding case. To Emily B. Gould, as "Dear Madam" or "My Dear Madam," in regard to her contributions to the OVERLAND MONTHLY and payment for same, beginning with Harte's appeal to her for contributions: "I have had the pleasure of reading an article written by you and offered by some of your friends for publication here ... I propose to use it in the Overland Monthly - a new California magazine whose first no. was issued on the 1st inst. If you think it worth while to print a monthly summary of foreign gossip, I think I could use it in the Editorial Etc - a kind of editors table." He continues at length, detailing rates per page, for contributions that "embody some phase of foreign life, not hackneyed or overdone....." Gould, who becomes a regular contributor, appears, from the caption to one letter, to be resident in Rome, and much of the content of the other letters relates to difficulties in communication and payment; he notes at one point that "The Overland Mail wh. has been regularly irregular for the last six mos. must have delayed my answers to your letters." He suggests bundling of payments for less frequent transfer, and suggests "I wish you had sent me something for the body of the maga. Some little foreign study of place or characters ...." He discusses getting copies of the OM to her, cautioning that "Would not his holiness smell heresy in its pages ..."? The sheet of accounting of payments to her is largely in a clerical hand, but includes three lines in Harte's hand at the end -- Gould was paid in gold drafts for her contributions, a total of $610.


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[Three Autograph Letters, Signed (One Solely As "The Editor"), to Emily B. Gould, with Annotated Accounting]
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