The Editor "Punch",
London. Sir, I submit the poem enclosed to your appreciation. In it I have tried merely to attain the ridiculous by the union of the serious and of the grotesque. I have attempted, moreover, to link the ridiculousness of expression thus produced to a lofty, elegiac verse-movement. You will judge how far I have succeeded.
I am aware that my manuscript should have been typewritten, but my means do not allow it. I am further conscious that I have no literary experience ( none can be expected from a boy of sixteen); and that, for this reason, in the writing of my manuscript I may have injuried Convention rudely : all this with a pseudonym; but when a foreigner writes anything - especially a poem - is it better not to father is directly.
If my poem refused, I am afraid you must put in the waste-paper basket, inasmuch as English stamps are here unobtainable. In hope of success, however, I enclose what I can - an addressed envelope.
Awaiting your decision,
I am, Sir,
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