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[140] done up here?—and in the English style, uncut?—Those for the Boston market I should think you would.

With best regards to Mellen and Cutler,

Very truly yours in haste

P. S. By the way; I was shocked yesterday to see in the New York Review that Undine was coming out in your Library of Romance. This is one of the tales of the Wonderhorn. Have you forgotten? I intend to come to New York, as soon as I get through with printing Hyperion; and we will bring this design to an arrangement, and one more beside.

Addressed to Samuel Colman, Esq.

8 Astor House,

New York.

That was at a time when it was quite needful that American authors should be business-like, since American publishers sometimes were not. The very man to whom this letter was addressed became bankrupt six months later; half the edition of ‘Hyperion’ (1200 copies) was seized by creditors and was locked up, so that the book was out of the market for four months. ‘No matter,’ the young author writes in his diary, ‘I had the glorious satisfaction of writing it.’ Meanwhile the ‘Knickerbocker’ had not paid its contributors for three years, and the success

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