[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1892.]
To Sir Walter Simpson [Colvin 1912, pp. 231-233]
[Saranac Lake, Early October, 1887.l
My dear Simpson,
the address is c/o Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, N.Y., where I wish you would write and tell us you are better.
But the place of our abode is Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks; it is a mighty good place too, and I mean it shall do me good.
Indeed the dreadful depression and collapse of last summer has quite passed away; it was a thorough change I wanted;
I wonder perhaps if it wouldn’t pick you up – if you are not picked up already; you have been a long time in Great Britain; and that is a slow poison, very slow for the strong, but certain for all. Old Dr. Chepmell told Lloyd: any one can stay a year in England and be the better for it, but no one can stay there steadily and not be the worse.
I have had a very curious experience here; being very much made of, and called upon, and all that; quite the famous party in fact: it is not so nice as people try to make out, when you are young, and don’t want to bother working. Fame is nothing to a yacht; experto crede.
There are nice bits of course; for you meet very pleasant and interesting people; but the thing at large is a bore and a fraud; and I am much happier up here, where I see no one and live my own life. One thing is they do not stick for money to the Famed One; I was offered £2000 a year for a weekly article; and I accepted (and now enjoy) £720 a year for a monthly one: 720/12 (whatever that may be) for each article, as long or as short as I please, and on any mortal subject.
I am sure it will do me harm to do it; but the sum was irresistible. See calculations on verso of last page, and observe, sir, the accuracy of my methods.
Hulloh, I must get up, as I can’t lose any time. Goodbye, remember me to her ladyship and salute the Kids. — Ever your friend,
12 : 10 :: 72 : x, and this results in the same problem. Well – tackle it.
Is it possible?
Let us cheque it by trying it in dollars, $3500 per an.
then divide by 5 for a rough test
5)291(58. 4. 4
25 add 80 cents = 40d. =3. 4d
£58. 7. 8
Well, call it
and be done with it!