32 Queen’s Terrace St John’s Wood Saturday
Dear Mr Richards
I have some drawings (as yet in the initial stages) which I should like you see and approve before completion.
I have been confined to my rooms for some time past with a bad cold - hence the delay.
A E Odle
Bryn Mawr College
Seymour Adelman Letters & Documents collection BMC-M144
This letter to the (presumably) publisher Grant Richards is the earliest one I know of to a publisher. I have not been able to ascertain the dates of his time at St John's Wood art school but there was a drawing published in 1911 that said he was at St John's Wood art School so this must be a very early attempt to be published. It is interesting though that he uses the phrase 'see and approve before completion' which does tend to suggest that there was already a commission, but it obviously came to nothing.