Elmira, May 3.
My friend Ned House, of the N. Y. Tribune, is in Japan, & is writing a book that will read bully & sell ditto. If you His idea of illustrating it profusely with quaint Japanese wood cuts made by native artists is a splendid feature. If you want his book, let me know what royalty, &c, you will pay, & I will write him. Or would your If your own hands should be full you might publish it through your brother’s house. I enclose the letter he wrote the to David Gray & me on the subject.1
My book is half done. I mailed you the 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th chapters yesterday, & before that I had sent you the previous 11 chapters. Let me know if they all arrived safely.2
This book will be pretty readable, after all; & if it is well & profusely illustrated it will crowd the “Innocents.”
[letter docketed:] [and] Mark Twain | May 3/71 | Author [and] Sam’l Clemens | For Year 1871
Provenance:see Mendoza Collection in Description of Provenance