One page, on stationery of "The Schuyler" at 59-61 West 45th Street, New York. Dated December 3, 1901. With accompanying Schuyler envelope, addressed by Le Gallienne.
The text of this letter reads:
Dear Madam: In answer to your letter, for which I thank you, I write to ask you to have the cheque for my story in _The Anglo-Saxon Review_ made out to Mrs Le Gallienne, & sent to her at The Old Manor, Chiddingfold, Surrey; & I should be obliged if you would have the cheque sent on receipt of this letter. Yours faithfully, [signed] Richard Le Gallienne."
The Anglo-Saxon Review had been created and edited by Lady Randolph Churchill -- with her son Winston serving 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 -- as well as Robert Hichens. 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.
Le Gallienne had responded in the affirmative to their appeal for submissions, and sent a story titled "The First Church of the Restoration, American" -- which appeared in the very last (tenth) issue of Sptember 1901 -- two months before this letter. The fact that he is here requesting payment NOW rather than later, may reflect the fact that the Anglo-Saxon was ceasing to exist. (The tale was later collected, in 1904, in Le Gallienne's volume PAINTED SHADOWS.)
The letter is in fine condition, as is the envelope. Provenance: from the renowned three-generation Dodge Family Autograph Collection. Item #14488