Mary Webb. Autograph letter signed, April 12, 1924, to “Dear Sir,” one page on one leaf. Webb says she wants to accept the addressee’s terms for the publication of one of her manuscripts, in lieu of those that might be offered by another firm, if she likes the addressee’s terms better. She then says: “In our present circumstances I should be ready to accept lower royalties if I could have a good advance . . . I have been offered now as much work as I can do—of the imaginative kind—by various editors or people known to them. But I am not an industrious person. Before I can work with any enjoyment I must be at peace, & being in debt is not peace.” Webb is negotiating terms of publication for Precious Bane, her last complete (and best-known) novel.