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