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Patullo Family Letters

Letters from James Burleigh Pattullo and George Robson Pattullo Jr. to their father George Robson Pattullo. Learn more.

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BC Archives MS-1188

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wrote it. I did not send him the reprint and don't relish the thought that he should have credited the sending to me. In future, whenever you send anything of mine to any of our friends, I wish you would clearly indicate that it comes from you and not me. Because I never bother any of them with it, and never try to advertize my stuff that way. The Post is sufficient circulation for me.

Celie forwarded Mr. Lorimer's letter to you. I heartily appreciate your motive in writing to him, but Mr. Lorimer has access to every clipping in America touching on the Post; he knows to a cent what each man's work is worth to him; and nothing a man's family or relative can do will help his standing. His work is all that counts.

No matter what clippings you may come across in the future, don't bother to send them to him; nor will any correspondence with him be necessary. This may sound peculiar, but it has been my observation that well-meaning friends and relatives often hurt a man with his employer while trying to boost him. I know that old Tex Smith once sent a letter to John Thomson, editor of Pearson's, without telling me anything about it. His motives were the best in the world; but that letter subsequently came near to losing me a $3000 contract, for Thomson thought it was a frameup. And very often, if a writer's family starts a correspondence with the editors, the poor victim becomes a sort of office joke. I would not mention this fact in this manner did I not consider it of the utmost importance that no such correspondence be begun.

Celie is very well, except for sinus. It gets pretty lonely for her in Paris, and she writes me daily to come home and ignore quarantine. But she has a friend there, a Mrs. Wellington, whose husband is in the Red Cross and has to be away for weeks, the same as I. Mrs. Wellington is an awfully nice and sensible and well-bred young woman; she and Celie have become firm friends; so

BC Archives MS-1188 Box 1 File 4 PATTULLO, George Robson, 1845 - . Woodstock, Ontario Selected letters from his son George R. Pattullo Jr., 1917-1918.

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