Two pages (of four, on one sheet folded), dated simply "1.45 p.m." [but probably late 1900], on stationery headed "The Anglo-Saxon | 35a Great Cumberland Place, W."
The text of this letter reads:
I want to ask you, on leaving the M.S., to ask you to direct the printer to pay particular attention to "display" in the setting up.
An essay of this kind depends partly for effect on typographical arrangement. In any case I have indicated as well as I could the "spacing" required.
May I have _two_ pulls of the proofs?
As you were pressed for time and I have had no "fair copy" made; the corrections, however seem quite clear.
Sorry to miss you. Please drop me a line to acknowledge this.
Yours very truly [signed] Egerton Castle
Castle was a an English author (fantasy novels such as THE STAR DREAMER, other novels -- many made into films in the 1910s), antiquarian (expert on bookplates), and swordsman (he would be captain of the British fencing team at the 1908 Olympics). The stationery is that of The Anglo-Saxon Review -- a short-lived "quarterly miscellany," created and edited by Lady Randolph Churchill (her son Winston served as an advisor), published by John Lane in handsome leather-bound volumes with elaborate gilt tooling. Contributors included Henry James, Winston Churchill, George Gissing, Stephen Crane -- and Egerton Castle. The subscription list included many from the wealthy, the nobility, even heads of state. But maybe it was all a bit too much -- for there were only ten quarterly issues, from June 1899 to September 1901; while Lady Churchill was volunteering on the hospital ship Maine during the Boer War, Sidney Low and Earl Hodgson managed publication.
Egerton's essay "The Spirit of Romance" appeared in Vol VII of the Review, which came out in December 1900; this was most likely the manuscript that Castle has just dropped off at their office.
The letter is in fine condition, with a good example of Castle's signature. Provenance: from the renowned three-generation Dodge Family Autograph Collection. Item #14459