[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1304.]
To Andrew Chatto [Colvin 1911, 2, 235]
Wensleydale, Bournemouth, October 3, 1884.
Dear Mr. Chatto,
I have an offer of £25 for Otto from America.
I do not know if you mean to have the American rights; from the nature of the contract, I think not; but if you understood that you were to sell the sheets, I will either hand over the bargain to you, or finish it myself and hand you over the money if you are pleased with the amount.
You see, I leave this quite in your hands. To parody an old Scotch story of servant and master: if you don’t know that you have a good author, I know that I have a good publisher.
Your fair, open, and handsome dealings are a good point in my life, and do more for my crazy health than has yet been done by any doctor.[…] – Very truly yours,
Robert Louis Stevenson