Autograph Letter Signed ‘Henrietta M.Batson’, to James Payn (the reader for Smith, Elder, who had accepted the novel), thanking him for “your notice of my novel ‘Dark’ in the Illustrated”, hoping it will be a success “from a pecuniary point of view, so that I may get another taken which I shall finish soon,; but it is not about poor people…” 3 pp. with signature overleaf, 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition, a little dusty. Welford Rectory, Newbury, 9 December 1892. Rare. Henrietta Batson (née Henrietta Mary Blackman, 1859-1943), a neglected novelist of the 1890s. Her novel ‘Dark: A Tale of the Down Country’ was published anonymously and concerns the dark side of the rural labouring classes.