CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS PUBLISHERS153-157 FIFTH AVENUEBETWEEN 2IST AND 22ND STREETSNEW-YORK June 1,1911.My dear Mr. Muir:I intended to write yesterday about the manuscript but could not get around to it. My morning of Decoration Day was given to it and it added very much to the pleasure of the holiday. We should be delighted to publish it for you and if properly issued with an inviting title, I should think it would prove a decided success. Some such title as "My Boyhood on the Frontier" would be a good one. I suppose you hope to continue the autobiography at some time but in that case another title could be selected for the next volume. There is always an objection to the numbering of volumes (like Volume I05031and Volume II) unless they appear simultaneously.We do not often quote terms in competition, thinking that an author should select his publisher on more general grounds than a slight difference in royalty, but I fear you may be under obligations to allow other publishers to read the manuscript, so I suppose we must now submit to ordeal, though I should much prefer to have you offer terms to us or discuss with you what would be suitable terms, without having the book placed in competition. Our own proposal would be to pay you a royalty of fifteen per cent, on the retail price, increasing to twenty after the sale of three thousand copies in America. If you wish any more information or if there is anything that I can properly do to make our proposal or services more acceptable to[in margin: Scribner on Auto.]
1911 Jun 1
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