The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Dear Harris

Your letter of Oct. 1st came today and I answer at once to tell you how sorry I am to hear you had to hurry the introduction: not that it will not be good. for I am certain it will be graceful and easy and to the point. but that I am very sorry you could not write what you wanted to write. It is the way they manage everything at Collier's. This book has been in preparation since early Summer. I did a lot of work for it in June. and it is foolish
to let it go till the last minute and then make you rush through with what you had to do: the best thing in the book: I know I will like the introduction as it is, but I wish they had let you take your time over it.

I have been trying ever since your first letter came to send you your data. (Mrs Frost said she possibly couldn't.) so I wanted to send you something about my personality as you suggested. and I couldn't get it quite to my liking. it always seemed too much: too much A.B. Frost about it. that is why I have been so long.
about answering your first letter; I repeat. that I am very sorry you couldn't write what you wanted to. but that I am sure the introduction will be all that I could wish for: The letter you wrote me in "uncle Remus" is the most beautiful, lovely thing that ever happened to me in my whole life: not that I [?]accept the gift you make me. not by a mighty long way. but I do accept the feeling that dictated it most heartily and appreciatively, and I love you for it, old man!

I am going to work on
the new Uncle Remus stories next week: I hope you will write enough to make a book.

We are all well: and pretty jolly: and we all hope you all are in the same condition. Mrs Frost sends you her very kindest regards.

Sincerely your friend
Arthur B. Frost