Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 28 April n.y. To Miss Jordan.


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Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 12mo, on her printed stationery of 47, Palace Court, W., London, 28 April n.y. To Miss Jordan, thanking her for a "very kind letter" and saying in part: "I am very sorry not to have had the pleasure of meeting you in New York, and I am indeed sorry for the cause. If -- as I hope -- I may be in America in the Autumn, I shall look forward to seeing you. Then I may be able to offer you something for the Bazar. I am sorry to say that for the present my time is more than full. But as it is for next year that you have a vacancy I hope I may be able to arrange something. . . . I am under contract to finish a little[?] book this month, and every hour is occupied. . . . . I hope sincerely that time has softened your trouble." Traces of mounting in upper margin of one leaf (no text disturbed), otherwise very good.

Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell [née Thompson] (1847-1922); English poet, editor, critic and suffragist. In 1901, accompanied by the American poet and translator, Agnes Tobin (1864-1939), Meynell travelled to the U.S. on a speaking tour. Tobin, who spent her productive years abroad, had lived for a while with Wilfrid and Alice Meynell in their London home. Meynell gave lectures in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Boston, and was much feted wherever she went. She arrived back in England in 1902.

The recipient of this letter was almost certainly Elizabeth Garver Jordan (1865-1947); American journalist, editor, author and suffragist. After serving for a time on the staff of The New York World, Jordan became editor of Harper's Bazar, a post which she held from 1900-1913. She was the author of some 28 novels and short-story collections, and included Frances Hodgson Burnett and Mark Twain among her many literary friends. (Item ID: 21425)

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