[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1942.]
To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, p. 24]
[Saranac Lake], 18th November 1887
My dear Charles,
No likely I’m going to waste a sheet of paper. […] I am offered £1600 ($8000) for the American serial rights on my next story!
As you say, times are changed since the Lothian Road.
Well, the Lothian Road was grand fun too; I could take an afternoon of it with great delight. But I’m awfu’ grand noo, and long may it last!
Remember me to any of the faithful − if there are any left. I wish I could have a crack with you. Yours ever affectionately,
I find I have forgotten more than I remembered of business. […] Please let us know (if you know) for how much Skerryvore is let;
you will here detect the female mind; I let it for what I could get; nor shall the possession of this knowledge (which I am happy to have forgot) increase the amount by so much as the shadow of a sixpenny piece;
but my females are agog.