My dear Mr McClure
I thank you very much for your kind letter in regard to my articles. The entire material needs to be worked over with great care and I think that the order ought to be changed. "Legal action" -- of necessity so blunt & full of figures, might come later, after the reader may not be too shocked <has somewhat recovered from his shock.>
I quite appreciate what you say of the effect of such a subject upon circulation on the other hand there <also> is a similar effect upon the writer, especially if she is desirous of [illegible] the poor & does not wish to have them <unduly confused with the> vicious for such a confusion already exists in the mind of the <public> <a confusion [over?] unfortunately already exists.>
The American paid me more for my articles than you offer -- I think <and> I shall have to say 1500.00 for the series of five. I think your plan is a good one with the exception of the order. May [page 2] I also stipulate that Macmillan <be permitted to> bring out the book in March, after the publication of the third or fourth article.
I am sorry that the series cannot not begin until December. Books on this subject are being published constantly. The Survey of last week had notices of two such books. I am including the page containing them.
May I ask you to let me know your [decision] in regard to the articles as soon as possible, for if the material is not used in a serial, I shall try to finish the book very quickly. It is already much changed from the articles I sent you, may I ask you to return that copy.
Thanking you for your many courtesies
I am Very sincerely yours
Aug 21" 1911