Text: Lea and Blanchard to Edgar Allan Poe — November 20, 1839


November 20, 1839.

Edgar A. Poe,

We have your note of today. The copyright of the Tales would be of no value to us; when we undertook their publication, it was solely to oblige you and not with any view to profit, and on this ground it was urged by you. We should not therefore be now called upon or expected to purchase the copyright when we have no expectation of realizing the Capital placed in the volumes. If the offer to publish was now before us we should certainly decline it, and would feel obliged if you knew and would urge some one to relieve us from the publication at cost, or even at a small abatement.





[S:0 - MS, 18xx] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Misc - Letters - Lea and Blanchard to Poe (RCL220)