[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1092.]
To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 128-129]
[Chalet la Solitude, Hyères, 30 April 1883]
My head is singing with Otto; for the first two weeks I wrote and revised and only finished IV chapters: last week, I have just drafted straight ahead, and I have just finished Chapter XI.
It will want a heap of oversight and much will not stand, but the pace is good; about 28 Cornhill pp. drafted in seven days, and almost all of it dialogue – indeed I may say all, for I have dismissed the rest very summarily in the draft: one can always tickle at that. At the same rate, the draft should be finished in ten days more; and then I shall have the pleasure of beginning again at the beginning. Ah damned job!
I sometimes feel very weary; but the thing travels – and I like it when I am at it. Remember me kindly to all. Your ex-contributor,