♦— — — Writing to the " Taranaki Herald," Mr Wm Oourteuey, who Is on a mission to Eng'aod to pfocuru settlers wlih money for New Zealand, forwards a lotter he bw~ reoeived frojo, Mrs Pender Oadllk, known better as Annie Thomas, author of •■ Jenifer, " "Denis Doone," "Played Out," etc, ln whioh she writes ua follows): — **Spardwell Vicarage, Plympton, S. Devon, Monday, July 21, Sir, — Having beard your oxuemely Interesting lootuti* on, and seen yonr views of, New Zealand!, I have ooaoelved an Intense desire to vinU the oolony, and write a three volume novel dealing with society there, and obarged necessarily with looal warmth and oolor. In addition to this, I wonld write two volumes of ' Impressions of New Zealand, Made un tbe Spot, 1 dealing exolue-lvuiy with facts and with any qutß'iona that the colony may have at heart, and wishes to see vtntilated In a popular mmnor, Oan yon put me Into communication with a responsible sooiety wblcb wonld be likely to entertain my proposition on something like the following terms, namely:— My travelling and hotel expenses, and thoee of a lady com* ' panlon, guaranteed from the date of my leaving England till tho expiration of nine months, and a sum of £1000 for the j entire copyrights of the novel and Im- : preaalons. Should these terms meet the views of any such Society, I think I may venture to promise that though an expensive, 1 -hould be a remunerative visitor. I would hold myself ready to start not later than October, or early In spring of 1890.— 1 am, etc, annib Thomas,"
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