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I see it announced that you have returned from your very pleasant and I trust profitable visit to England, of which I have read much here and there.1 Your reception was a well-earned tribute to a rare order of genius as well as to a representative American author.
When I saw you a year ago I told you, I believe, of several stories which the Atlantic had accepted for publication.2 One of them appeared in the July number, and made a very good impression, bringing a letter of praise from a very distinguished author, whose name I am forbidden to mention just at present,3 and drawing out a column notice in the August Bookman, as well as other letters from critics, newspapers and readers. The August Atlantic announces in a very flattering way another story for September, and others still to follow; and I have other publication schemes on foot of which I can not yet speak positively, and therefore will not specify.4 I hope to follow up the good impression made by this story, and if I can accomplish anything of permanent value in literature, I shall attribute no small part of it to the inspiration of your friendship and recognition, which, though our meetings have been rare, I have always cherished as one of the pleasantest things of a life which has not been altogether pleasant.CHAS. W. CHESNUTT,
My daughters were much improved by their year at Smith, and will return next month. They had hoped to get on the campus, but the nearest they could come to it was Stone House, which I understand is a very nice place.5
I shall be glad if you will give my regards to Mrs. Cable, and believe me,Respectfully and cordially yours, Chas. W. Chesnutt. Mr. Geo. W. Cable, Northampton, Mass.
Correspondent: George Washington Cable (1844–1925) was a reporter, novelist, and critic. He began his career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, writing nearly one hundred columns in two years. After working on a collection of journalistic essays based mostly on historical accounts, Cable turned to writing short stories, novellas, and novels, typically set in New Orleans. In the 1880s, Cable began lecturing, writing essays, and forming organizations focused on social reform, specifically in the areas of Black rights and prison conditions, and in 1885 he moved to Northampton, MA. Cable and Chesnutt met for the first time in Cleveland, on December 21, 1888, at the Congregational Club's Forefather's Day celebration, where Cable was the principal speaker. They began corresponding immediately, and in mid-1889 Cable offered to employ Chesnutt as his secretary in Northampton, MA; Chesnutt declined. Cable visited the Chesnutt home in the fall of 1889, and for two years, their correspondence was frequent, typically about Cable's political efforts on race issues, Chesnutt's writings, or recent publications. After 1891, they corresponded only occasionally.