PROCTER, Adelaide Ann. 19389



A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed ‘A.A.Procter’, to Mrs. Mitchell, about submitting poems for publication, suggesting possible periodicals, explaining that a letter of introduction is not advised, the impossibility of obtaining from any editor “a regular permanent engagement for poetical contributions”, with other practical advice, with mention of Mrs. Trollope’s verses in the Athenaeum. 8 pp. 5 x 3½ inches, in fine condition. 32 Weymouth Street [watermark 1860]. “Miss Craig says she has but one piece of advice to give. Try, try. [with a list of periodicals] in fact try & do not be disheartened at rejection.” Adelaide Ann Procter (1825-1864), poet, contributed verses to Dickens’ periodicals under the name of Mary Berwick. Her poems were collected into a number of volumes published between 1858 and 1866. ‘The Lost Chord’ is well known, and many of her hymns are in common use. She took a particular interest in the social issues affecting women, and was appointed to a committee to consider fresh ways of providing employment for women. Procter admits candidly to her correspondent: “I do not think the verses very good.”