April 6th, 1906.
My dear Miss Addams:
I have read with a great deal of pleasure the articles that you have so far written for the Ladies' Home Journal, and I have not the slightest hesitation in saying that we should like very much indeed to publish them, along with whatever else you may add of a similar character. I think there is no doubt that it would make a book of parallel interest to Miss Keller's Autobiography and to Mr. Washington's "Up From Slavery"--two books that we have the pleasure of selling, perhaps every day in the year, year after year; and they are books that give great encouragement and inspiration. It is in [page 2] fact practically this same sort of book that I have had in mind all these years that I have taken the liberty of writing you.
I should be glad to make a contract with you to bring out the book and to put all our energy and enthusiasm behind it on, I will say, the following terms: That we make it a book--if you write sixty thousand words or more--that will have a retail price of $1.50 a volume and we will pay you 10% on the retail price of every copy sold until the first 2500 copies have been sold; 12 1/2% on the second 2500 copies, and 15% thereafter.
I wish to add that we have no book on our list that we should take greater pride in, that we more heartily believe in and about which our enthusiasm is ↑would be↓ greater. Believe me,
Very sincerely yours,
Walter H. Page [signed]
Miss Jane Addams,