1861-08-late James T. Fields
James T. Fields
To JAMES T. FIELDS
[late Aug. 1861?]
First, thanks for yourself. I would like to say a good deal on “the study” but I suppose a Solomon of good taste would remind me that there is a time to keep silence. Thank you, which I do say sincerely.
I would like Margret restored. I would also like the book called Margret Howth—you were right, and I was wrong. Is it too late?
Chapters—I suppose— I’ll mark them.
Now for a favour. Will you publish the book anonymously? I cannot tell you the repugnance I feel to seeing my name in print when the time comes near. The book would sell as well—nobody knows me—and I very much wish it, if you are willing.
Do not change the name if you dislike a hange.
Another thing—my spelling calls out most rebelliously to your proof-reader to be let alone. Some “slang” I will restore right—he cannot be expected to understand slang. As for the rest I abide by your judgment. Out here we never open Webster—swear by English dictionaries and as I am a native of “out here” may’nt I spell honour with a u? “Childish” you think?—well, spelling is my hobby. If it hurts your established rules, never mind, however. For a week I have been trying to bring a story down to your limits, have not had time to go up street for that likeness. I will send it tomorrow with the story. It is a desperate tragical concern. The story, I mean not the face, but I hope you’ll publish it. I like it being written honestly--
Indeed I was glad about that dinner praise. It has put me in a good humour. Perhaps though your Clicquot was good and gave my story a rosy light.