Letter from Rachel Watson Gilder to Edmund Clarence Stedman

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R.W. Gilder Editorial Department The Century Magazine Union Square New York

Oct 30. 1882.

My dear Stedman, The ?fubs are sending you a check, on acct mere.... I have read every word of the Emerson. The first part - I was a little afraid of - it seemed to be addressed mer.f to the Emerson audience, & might not be effecsion in indearing said audience, [?which] such a paper should do. But it is all food

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and - the last part I am delighted with, w/ch art in itself, but for its purpose of 'calling [maden] to a [?trials trust (onlooked almost) and a great essayist. It takes a [pret] to [tinek] a [pret!] and you will lead the way of thousands to our greatest American. [Sometime], Em, might w/h surmised by your unanswerable

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presentation of the subject. But that makes no difference. Now I want that poem for the [Midwinter newsl? - do you see what is doing with the Century. How long since the Attarbie has published such a number as the [nonwith] Century? I had your name & your printed work at the Midwinter No. Won't you [lack] on a a fellow! By the way - I handed that part of your note about the Church to St. Eggleton - [the must [.cork] not for [Osen] in the bylaws. [Byeston] bought him to the Benting club & might to the Authors: so might Miller or Fawcett. Must [ask] some are grant persmission - & might not [suppose] [characters] like Waldo be guarded against. If I am wh forced to meet such a swindler - no church forgive. Faithfully R.W.G.

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