Pickard, Kate E.R., letter, Camillus, N.Y., September 28, 1855, to Mr. Peter Still, Burlington, New Jersey

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Mr. Peter Still

Burlington

New Jersey


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Camillus N.Y.

Sept. 28. /85

Dear Uncle Peter

Your brother William called on Mr May a few days since on his way to Canada. When he returns he is to spend a few hours with me, and I would very much like to have you here at that time. I do not know how soon he will return - Mr May thought he would come some time next week.

Nothing is yet decided about the publisher - we had thought best to put it into the hands of Mr Hall of Syracuse, but two or three weeks since he changed his mind about wishing to publish it. He thinks he shall go out of the Book business soon and remove to New York City; and if he does so, it would not of course be best for him to undertake this.

Since we learned Mr. Hall's decision we have written to Mr Jewett of Boston & to a Firm in New York; both of whom wish to see the manuscript. It will therefore be necessary to send to them that

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part of it which is already finished, and we think best for you to come on now & hear it read.

The part of it which relates to your personal history is done. What remains to be written is the account of the running away, and of your tour through the North, the factsmost of which will relate to are all in my possession.

There is a little matter, though of considerable importance, about which I wish to talk to you [before] I go any further. So come on as soon as you can.

We want to get the book out before the Holidays, and in order to do that, no time must be lost.

Much love to Aunt Vina. I hope she is well and happy.

[Your] truely friend

Kate E. R. Pickard.

⟨ If you cannot come immediately, write when I may expect you. ⟩

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Title

Pickard, Kate E.R., letter, Camillus, N.Y., September 28, 1855, to Mr. Peter Still, Burlington, New Jersey

Description

Kate Pickard reports that William Still met with Mr. May recently while traveling to Canada; notes that she would like Peter Still to visit her soon (perhaps even when William Still comes back from Canada, so that she can meet with both brothers at the same time); indicates that Mr. Hall of Syracuse has changed his mind and is not willing to publish the book on the Still family; relates that potential publishers in Boston (Jewett) and New York have been contacted, who will need to see the portion of the text already completed; states that the part of his family narrative she has not yet written “is the account of the running away” and subsequent events; and stresses that a pre-holidays publication date is desired.

Source

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Date

1855-09-28

Rights

public domain

Format

2 p.

Identifier

rutgers-lib:26918
doi:10.7282/T3Z31ZRN

Citation

Pickard, Kate E. R., “Pickard, Kate E.R., letter, Camillus, N.Y., September 28, 1855, to Mr. Peter Still, Burlington, New Jersey,” Peter Still Digital Edition, accessed June 27, 2022, https://stillpapers.org/items/show/46.

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