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NEWS AND NOTES.

deputation if any useful purpose could be served thereby; but he fears that there is some misappre

hension as to the power of the First Lord of the MONG other suggestions received from Treasury in regard to the Fund.

readers some have been sent anony- The administration is governed strictly by Act

mously. I thought it was unnecessary to of Parliament, and the intervention of the First warn correspondents that no notice can be taken Lord is limited to that discretion which must in of unsigned communications. As, however, the such cases finally rest with some one responsible warning has to be made, I hope that this note will minister ; his decisions, although not subject to the be sufficient.

review of Parliament, are by Act yearly brought under the cognisance of both Houses and of the

public, by the annual return of all pensions granted It was stated in our last number that we proposed

within the year. inviting the First Lord of the Treasury to receive

To make such changes as the memorial suggests a deputation on the Administration of the Civil

would necessitate a new Act of Parliament, and List Pension. A memorial was prepared and

Mr. Smith does not think that there has been any sent with the letter. The following is the reply of

such expression of dissatisfaction either in the the Right Hon. W. H. Smith. The memorial will

House or outside of it as would justify the be published in our next number with a few obser

proposal, while on the other hand, he fears that vations on the whole subject in general and on Mr. Parliament would be very unlikely to agree to an Smith's letter in especial :

increase of the sum annually set apart for the Downing Street,

Pension List.

June 6th, 1890. Mr. Smith must also point out that the figures DEAR SIR,

in the memorial, accepting them as fairly correct, Mr. W. H. Smith desires me to acknowledge show that the practical administration of the the receipt of your letter of the 24th ult., forward- Fund is almost identical with the distribution ing a memorial in regard to the Administration of proposed by the Societies, namely, one-third to the Civil List Pension Fund, and requesting him the services rendered to the Sovereign and under to receive a deputation on the subject.

the Crown, and two-thirds to the representatives Mr. Smith has carefully read the statements of Science, Literature, and Art. and suggestions placed before him, and he need With this explanation, and looking also to the not say that he would be glad to receive such a extreme pressure of engagements on his time, VOL. I,

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Mr. Smith hopes that the gentlemen represented that authors must work to live, and that if men in the memorial will not feel it necessary to seek are not forced to work they will for the most part for a personal interview.

produce nothing. The history of Literature in the I remain, Dear Sir,

eighteenth century is very closely bound up with the Yours faithfully,

two houses of Longman and Rivington. If it were S. S. Sprigge, Esq.

C. MAUDE. written, which never has been done, we should learn

how the literary public—the people whoreadand look

for new books, and buy them-gradually increased It is pleasant to find that one's efforts are during this century, until by its close publishing appreciated by all the persons concerned.

I am

was no longer a speculative and uncertain business therefore glad to report that The Author has conducted in ignorance by persons who had small received a cordial welcome from the Publisher's means of judging the state of the market, who Circular. It has also received the kind of criticism bought MŚs. for so many guineas apiece, losing which somewhat cools the cordiality. Let us re- largely by one work, and doing pretty well by peat, therefore, one point on which we have always another. By the end of the eighteenth century the insisted and which those who profess to write in reign of the Book Clubs had already well set in; the trade interest always try to evade or else boldly these were literary centres in provincial towns, such deny, viz., that there is very little speculation or as Norwich and Birmingham ; the clergy were risk in modern publishing. However, since the scholars and students; a publisher knew where he Publisher's Circular declares that the Society has could "place" a certain number of every good their “most hearty sympathy” in asking for "just book; and a great change had come over the and honest treatment, fair and open agreements, whole art and mystery of publishing books. Pracand honourable observance of those agreements,” tically, “Risk,” that good old Bogey whose demise we will not find fault with these criticisms, and is still so persistently denied, had already vanished. we shall look for the practical co-operation of the Publisher's Circular, especially in our determination to show authors what, in their agreements, they

There appeared lately in the New York Tribune concede to publishers and what they keep to them

a communication signed by the well-known letters, selves.

G. W. S., which, beginning with the relations of bookseller to publisher, passed on to the questions

in which we ourselves are mainly interested. It is I am happy to report that The Author has met

this portion of the letter which we reproduce, supwith a very satisfactory reception from all quarters.

pressing the name referred to, as it has nothing to

do with the argument. The “literary ladies” met at dinner on the 30th

“It is A. B. who, among others, makes himself of May at the Criterion. The chair was occupied responsible for the statement that it is rapidly by Mrs. L. T. Meade, who was supported by Miss

becoming impossible for a bookseller, pure and Mabel Collins, Mrs. Pennell

, Miss Corkran, and

simple, dealing in current literature, to make a living Mrs. Grahame R. Tomson.' Letters of apology profit from his business. No doubt A. B. is right, for non-attendance were read from Lady Colin

if the publisher's view of what constitutes a 'living Campbell, Miss Jessie Fothergill, Mrs. Crawford,

profit' is to prevail. A. B. is a partner in a very Miss Sarah Tytler, and Mrs. Leith Adams. Let us

eminent publishing house, and anything he says hope that a pleasant evening was the result. We

on the publishing or selling of books deserves shall be very glad to see the literary ladies side by

attention. He has written a long letter about side with the literary men at our own dinner next

bookselling to a trade organ, and expresses some month. And I, for one, have no doubt as to which

sympathy with the booksellers in their present

difficulties. will prove the pleasanter function. Literature, like

Before we proceed with that, might the world itself, is of both sexes, and therefore

I suggest to A. B. that some of his sympathies happiest when fully represented.

might be bestowed on another person concerned in the book business, the author ? If the figures

I have given above are correct, the seller of books, The fusion of the two old publishing firms of even in his present wretched estate, makes a profit Longman and Rivington, or rather the absorption of 30 per cent. Will A. B. be so kind as to tell of the latter by the former, destroys one of the few us in what proportion the profits on a successful remaining old publishing firms. The history of book are distributed between author and publisher? Literature in all ages is that of the publication Does the author make a living profit' on what of new works, if only for the simple reason is commonly the only capital he possesses, his

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