Constance Savery's Letters CWS

Letters of Constance Savery

Constance Savery wrote many letters, both professionally and privately, including more than 250 to Agneta Thomson, who began as an admirer of Green Emeralds for the King and became a very frequent correspondent during Savery's last decade. The friendship was conducted almost exclusively by mail. Their letters are in the manuscript collection at the Knight Library at the University of Oregon, but are not available yet for viewing. The Constance Savery estate included hundreds of other letters. Savery retained over three hundred letters from her editors and publishers. These are identified below by their logo or letterhead, and there is a brief annotation of the more interesting ones. Old blurred photo of sisters Collected under "Other Publishers" is a miscellany of fifty-three letters from seventeen other sources. Mary Walsh, Savery's agent in the United States, is listed independently. The original letters are in the Knight Library. About two dozen letters pertaining to current copyrights were retained by Mrs. Hummerstone, Savery's literary heir.

The family correspondence is more voluminous yet. I am transcribing all of these at the moment in preparation of a biography of Savery's life. A few that contain comments about her books are listed to the left under Family Letters, but the great majority are still being read.

As a potential biographer, I am fortunate to have so many letters addressed to Savery. I am not so fortunate as to have anything like as many written by her. She kept the letters she received, but often never saw again those she mailed to someone else. Happily, the other sisters, particularly Christine, retained the letters she sent to them, and, as the last surviving sister, Constance reacquired her own letters after their deaths.


Mary Walsh

Allied Newspapers Logo Amalgamated Press logo Birling Pub. logo Brown, Son & Ferguson
Christian Colportage letterhead Church Book Room Press Beehive logo Eagle Book No 42
George G. Harrap & Co. Hutchinson & Co. letterhead Longmans, Green & Co. Lutterworth Press logo
Methodist Church letterhead W. Nicholson & Sons O.U.P. logo Pickering & Inglis logo
St. Mary's Victory Press logo Woman's Magazine logo