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Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans


Full text of letter:

Jany. 12, 1900

My dear Mr. Dunbar:

I am truly sorry that you should have been kept waiting so long for an answer about your book; and that is the feeling also, I can assure, of those more directly responsible for the delay than I am. But our circumstances have been very much against us just lately, for the Doubleday & McClure Co., which has been until now our book department has been in a way separating from us and moving to new offices; and to reach final decisions in such important matters new books have been nearly impossible for the time being. I am now promised positive word by to-morrow or next day.

If the Doubleday & McClure Co. should decide that they did not care to undertake the book, I should

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like to have the privilege of bringing it under the consideration of our new company — the S.S. McClure Co. — which is now going into book publication on its own account. I think I can promise you a just treatment at our hands as at anybody's; and we'll take the matter up at once, and give you a prompt answer.

I understand, of course, the importance to you of having the business settled as soon as possible; but I hope you will try to be patient with us, since it is not willful, but unavoidable, neglect that we have to confess to.

Yours truly,

E.C. Martin


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Business Correspondence


This item is part of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House collection at Ohio History Connection, Columbus, Ohio. The collection contains items from 219 N. Summit St., Dayton, Ohio (later 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.), the home Dunbar purchased for his mother, Matilda J. Dunbar, in 1904. Paul Laurence Dunbar lived there until his death in 1906; Matilda lived there until her death in 1934. It is now the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, part of the National Park Service.


Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans