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A Cool Proposal.

Mr William Courtney, who is on a mission to England to procure settlers with money for New Zealand, writing to the ‘ Taranaki Herald,’ forwards a letter he has received from Mrs Pender Cudlip, known better as Annie Thomas, author of ‘Jenifer,’ ‘Dennis Doone,’ ‘Played Out,’ etc., in which she writes as follows:—“Spardwell, Vicarage, Plympton, S. Devon, Monday, 21st July. Sir,—Having heard your extremely interesting lecture on, and seen your views of New Zealand, I have conceived an intense desire to visit that colony and write a three-volume novel dealing with society there, and charged necessarily with local warmth and color. In addition to this I would write two volumes of ‘ Impressions of New Zealand made on the spot,’ dealing exclusively with facts, and with any question that the colony may have at heart, and wishes to see ventilated in a popular manner. Can you put me into communication with a responsible society which would he likely to entertain rpy proposition on something like the following terms—namely, my travelling and hotel expenses and those of a lady companion guaranteed from date of my leaving England till the expiration of nine months, and the sum of LI,OOO for the entire copyrights of novel and impressions. Should these terms meet the views of any such society, 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 October, or early in the spring of 1890.”

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A Cool Proposal., Evening Star, Issue 8015, 18 September 1889

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A Cool Proposal. Evening Star, Issue 8015, 18 September 1889