Letter from George Smith to Thomas Hardy, 19 September 1878

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15, Waterloo Place. S.W.

My dear Sir

I am sorry that I have not sooner been able to write to you about your novel "The Return of the Native".

I shall be happy to publish an edition of one thousand copies, and to pay you two hundred pounds (£200) on pub­lication, provided you can arrange for the appearance of the work in a separate form at least one month before it's com­pletion in the Magazine. In the event of there being a demand for further editions I would pay you £75 (seventy five pounds) for every 250 copies printed by us.

Believe me My dear Sir

Yours very faithfully

George Smith
Thomas Hardy Esq. [Page 2]