by Smith, Jessie Willcox- ALS
Four pages. "Cogslea," Mar. 26th. n.d. (ca. 1915). Interesting letter to a Mrs. Ingersoll, possibly Frances E. Ingersoll, a fellow illustrator who had some illustrations in a St. Nicholas issue in 1913. Smith writes, "My Dear Miss Ingersoll, I received the enclosed yesterday from "The Century." Am so sorry-- Don't you want more to try Scribners- Would it not seem worth while to you to have them publish the story- then write out any illustrations as possibly only one- The truth of the matter is that my pictures cost a good deal and they are a little choosy about using them- Suppose you tell Ann Chapin to let you know direct & then return the the M.S. to ???? if they do not keep it- as it is unnecessary to have it sent dir [sic] to me- Wishing you all success the next time. I am Cordially Yours, Jessie Willcox Smith." A wonderful four page letter on one octavo folded sheet. Letters by Jessie Willcox Smith are extremely rare, and this one shows her interest and kindness in responding to a solicitation for illustrations, and at the same time gives good indication how sought after and restrictive her publisher's were with respect to engaging work. Near fine.
(Inventory #: 1268)