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

Some time ago I read a letter from Mr Jas. B Pond of N.Y. who appears to be a Gen Manager for all the lecturers and readers that are on the globe. He wished me to take the platform as a lecturer. This honor I achieved; But as I have found that I can always hold an audience with dialect stories I made a suggestion to him
to consider what the chances of success might be of a Reading Tour. To this he replied giving his opinion that a joint reading with Miss Rives or Cable would be immensely popular. I thought this unpracticable and suggested that he use his blandishments with you.

He writes me that he is satisfied that a joint reading with you would be an assued success from the start, and offers to take charge of the programme if I can obtain permission.

I should like to know if
such a scheme would be under any circumstances agreeable to you.

Pond is the man who managed for Mark Twain and Cobb several years ago and netted them some $30,000. I have heard. I must say the project has a pleasant look for me, and if I could induce you to join, I think we might in a couple of months lay by enough of our Yankee Cousins' gold to compensate us for some we have furnished them. I have refused up to this
time all propositions to read except for some charitable object, but I have been much flattered at my success whenever I have attempted it.

Col. Johnston wrote to me last summer proposing a Reading Tour but I was at that time too much occupied.

I hope you will not think this presumptuous in this putting Pond on you.

Yours very truly
Thos. N. Page