A COOL PROPOSAL.
Mr William Courtney, who Is on a mission to England to procure settlers with money for NewZia'«ni, writing to the "Taranakl Herald," forwards a letter he has reoelvod from Mrs Ponder Oudllp, known better as Annie Thomas, aatlvK of -Jenifer,' • Dennis Dooue,' 'Plsyed Out/ etc., m whioh she writes as foiJows : —■"Spardwell Vicarage, Plymptoo, 8. Devon, Monday 21it July. Sir,— Having heard your extremely interesting leoture on, aud aeon yonr views of Now Zealand, I havo conceived an Intense desire to visit that oolony and write a three-volume novel dealing with eoo'ety there, and oharged necessarily wi h looal warmth and color. In addition to thla I wonld write two volumes of • Impresilons of Now Z.alani mide on tbe spot,' dealing exclusively with foots, and with any question that the oolony may have at heart, and - wishes to see ventilated m a popalar manner, Oau you put me Into communication with a responsible soolety which would be J.kely to entertain my proposition ou something like tbe following terma— namely, my travelling and hotel expenses and thoao of a lady oorapanion guarantee-" from date of my leaving England till the expiration of nine months, and the sum of £1000 for tho entire oopycights ef novei aod Impressions. Should these tarms meet the views of any suoh soolet/, I think I may venture to promise that, though an expensive. I should be a remunerative visitor. I would hold myself ready to start not later than Ootober, or early m the spring OC lOaU.
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