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XXX. the search after a publisher.

Every literary man expects to receive every week or two a letter, generally from a woman, containing some sentences like the following:

I have lately written two stories for the — which, to my great disappointment, were returned. Could you not recommend me to some paper where such stories would be accepted? I think, comparing them with even the literature of the best magazines and papers, that they will not fall below it much. I have some longer stories that I think might be accepted by some papers or magazines if I only had some good friend to speak a word for me. Now my health is better, and I could write constantly if I could only receive encouragement. I would gladly write a year without payment, if at the end of the year I could commence to receive remuneration for them. Please, dear sir, to answer me, and give me some hints. Oh, if I could write, and after a time get payment for my articles, I should be a most happy being! and if you can secure me a place in some paper, so that I can have a

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