London: 31 October 1953.
10 lines, on a single sheet headed 24 Russell Square, W.C. 1, signed in ink. 1 vols. Small 4to. Fine See Gallup C581. Item #365485
T.S. Eliot writes his friend John Lehmann concerning a proposed contribution to the inaugural issue of the London Magazine, soon to be relaunched under Lehmann’s editorship. Eliot is attentive to tone and deadline (transcribed):
My dear John,
The message can be composed, I think, within the time limit you set, as I believe that I have finished grinding out a lecture for the National Book League. I say “message”. because I think that a letter beginning “Dear John” would give the public a coterie impression whereas a letter beginning (to the Editor) “Dear Sir” might appear suspiciously formal. A message, then.
Eliot delivered A Message as pledged and it appeared at pp. 15-16 of the inaugural issue of the New London Magazine in February 1954 (with a copy of the printed magazine).
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