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    Letters in Limbo ~ October 20, 1921

    CharacterandOpinionTo Constable and Co. Ltd.
    Address:
    C/o Brown Shipley & Co.
    123 Pall Mall, S.W.1
    Paris. October 20, 1921

    Messrs Constable & Company
    London.

    Gentlemen,
    I am sorry that the American tariff is likely to place further obstacles in the way of the sale of English books in the United States; it is a clear case of protecting a local trade at the expense of the education of the country and the preservation of the English language. In respect to my book, however, I am not much concerned: the American sale of Soliloquies in England would in any case not be so large as that of Character & Opinion in the U.S. as the book is longer and does not entice the American reader with the almost irresistible bait of hearing himself discussed.

    From The Letters of George Santayana: Book Three, 1921-1927. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002.
    Location of manuscript: Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia PA.

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