Letter to Grant Richards (25 march 1903)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

This letter was written by Arthur Conan Doyle on 25 march 1903 from Undershaw, Hindhead, Haslemere, to his friend and book publisher Grant Richards (1872-1948).


March 25, 1903

My dear Grant Richards,

I think the title is a very good one. I remember that you wanted to alter "A Duet" alas I don't think in either case there was anything amiss.

By the way talking of "A Duet" how many years is it since we had a settlement. I am glad to think that it sells briskly in the shilling form. That book will eventually outline most things that I have written.

I should be glad if I could protect the American Rights of my Sister's book. Could you do that in any way? If not we might get an advanced set of proofs and I would try if we could get McClure to do it over there.

£20 seems a very small sum spent in advertising. I should have thought you might have put a bit more onto it.

I have marked two clauses in the agreement which seem to me to be unfair.

Yours very truly,

A. C. D.

I could take half a dozen more of the 6/. "Duets".

  • Source: Brian Pugh Collection.