Pickard, K[ate] E.R., letter, [May? 1855], to [William Still?]


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L. W. Hall & Co of Syracuse propose to publish the Narrative as follows -

Mr Hall will take all the responsibilities and risks of publishing the work, and will pay to the proprietors two fifths of all the profits - He would be willing to divide the profits & risks equally, but in case of fire or bad debts that would might lay a heavy burden on Peter & myself. Mr May advises to let him take all the risks involved.

Mr Hall will issue 5000 at first and at his lowest estimate the profits on that issue will be $2500 $1250. That, if we accept the proposition, will according to the terms settled between Peter & myself - give us $250 apiece. The next issue will cost much less as the plates will be prepared &c ... the profits consequently, will be proportionally greater.

Mr. May has ere this written to Mr Jewett of Boston on the subject, and by the 21st inst I am to give Mr Hall a definite answer with regard to accepting his terms. Mr May will meantime gain all the information essential to a safe decision.

K. E. R. Pickard



Pickard, K[ate] E.R., letter, [May? 1855], to [William Still?]


Kate Pickard describes the terms proffered by L.W. Hall & Co. of Syracuse for publishing the book about Peter Still and his family that she is writing, including the proposed edition size (“5,000 at first”) and that the publisher would assume all of the financial risk; notes that Peter Still and she would each receive twenty percent of the profit; and indicates that a final decision will be made later in the month regarding this publisher’s proposal, based on information to be obtained (from at least Mr. [John P.?] Jewett of Boston) by Mr. May.


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Pickard, Kate E. R., “Pickard, K[ate] E.R., letter, [May? 1855], to [William Still?],” Peter Still Digital Edition, accessed June 22, 2024, https://stillpapers.org/items/show/42.

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