[Hall Caine argues with his publishers, and Bram Stoker is called in as honest broker.] Autograph Letter Signed from Sydney S. Pawling of London publisher William Heinemann to Hall Caine, suggesting a 'plan' to resolve 'a terribly sad affair'.

Author: 
Sydney S. Pawling [Sydney Southgate Pawling] (1862-1932), publisher with London firm William Heinemann [Hall Caine [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine], Manx novelist; Bram Stoker, author of 'Dracula']
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Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wm. Heinemann, Publisher, 21 Bedford Street, London, W.C. 7 June 1895.
£320.00
SKU: 20882

The context of the present letter is explained by Caine's biographer Vivien Allen. At the time of writing 'Caine had had an almighty row with William Heinemann over his percentage and Pawling was doing his best to smooth things over.' (Allen quotes from another letter of Pawling's, written at the same time, in which he expresses the hope that Heinemann's will be 'your publishers far on in the next century'.) The present letter contains a reference to Caine's friend Bram Stoker (who would dedicate 'Dracula' to him two years later), whom Pawling offers to bring in as an honest broker in the firm's disagreement with Caine. 1p., 8vo. Signed 'Sydney S. Pawling'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Pawling begins: 'My dear Caine, | All this is a terribly sad affair – I have never felt like it before & why & wherefore all the strain & stress has arisen I cannot say. Only you will agree to this main fact that neither Heinemann or myself have done – said or thought anything tha[t] has caused it. Still as your brother says it exists.' He hopes that his suggestion will be 'a happy ending to all our troubles – that Stoker sees me apart from either yourself or Heinemann & that we two draft & arrange the agreement.' He stresses how long he has admired Caine's writing: 'you have lifted up a voice for virtue – truth – honour & charity & if we all in our business relations can work from such lessons surely surely [sic] we can have many years of happy publishing together.' He begs Caine 'to consider this freely & frankly as it is meant & for my part I will do all in my power to keep all uncharitableness & heat out of the question & will ever work loyally: so will Heinemann'. He ends by asking Caine to let him know 'if this plan pleases you, or if there is any other possible in your mind'. Note: Hall Caine role in the writing of Dracula is apparently discussed in "Bram Stoker and the Gothic".