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Typography and Presswork
by L. Barta & Co.,
The Barta Press,
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 1892. DEAR MR. THAYER:
I send you the last of the copy today. At least, you shall not deny that you have been favored in one respect: I have had it all typewritten. I congratulate myself, too, that the photographs were mostly taken by my friend here, Mr. Prince; and both of us ought also to feel happy that personal friends of ours had the mechanical work, so important in any publication, in charge, Mr. Gill of the engraving and Mr. Barta of the printing. You had a long head when you engaged these men - and it was a compliment to me.
As to the matter, it ought to speak for itself. For one, I rather like it. At any rate, I shall not apologize for it, though that is the fashion, it seems. I only hope that the book will be read and enjoyed by some of the 230,000 people who are so honorably employed in the postal service, and by some of their friends; and even by some of the millions who use the mails and want to have them made quicker, safer, and more frequent. May a good number enjoy reading the book as much as I have enjoyed writing it! That is enough to wish for.
Accept my cordial regards, and hurry the proofs ; they must be read with the greatest care, and that takes time.
As ever, yours most truly,
MR. A. M. THAYER,
6 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, Mass.