June 24, 1980 Mr. Jonathan Williams Corn Close, Dentdale Sedbergh, Cumbria England Dear Jonathan: It looks as though things are moving along very nicely for the book of thirty Hartley letters and cards. I have obtained permission from the owner and the literary heir seems to have agreed, I think (confirmation to come). In any case, I think it is safe to go ahead. I have had the typescript reviewed and corrected, so they are ready to go. I am enclosing a Xerox copy of them for your final perusal. Naturally, I will still have to write an introduction and notes, but neither of these efforts will be very extensive. It would be nice to get into print within the reasonably near future, if you think it is possible to do so. The Hartley exhibition will travel to several other institutions and will not close until January 4, 1981. I wonder, after you read the pages, whether you would be interested in writing a preface. I will do an introduction as well, but your thoughts after reading the letters might be of some interest, too. Finally, I have agreed to pay $200 to Gertrude Traubel, the owner of the letters. If you think, as you indicated when you were here, that you and/or the Foundation could come up with this sum, that would be fine. If, after consideration you find that difficult or Impossible, I suppose I could pay it from my own resources. I do want her to get something out of it, and I think the promise of the $200 made her more agreeable to the idea of publishing. Also, she needs the money. That's all I have on my mind at this point, so I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on the proposed book. May I have some sort of written agreement or contract with you. (If so, royalties, if any, are to be shared on a 50-50 basis with Gertrude Traubel.) With best regards and good wishes for a fine summer. Sincerely, William I. Homer Chairman
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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