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Tefft writes in regard to the manuscript he is editing -- Finley's Memorials of Prison Life. Henry Howe visited Tefft and suggested that 20,000 copies of Finley's book could conceivably be sold if a great deal of effort is invested by Tefft. Howe's book, Historical Collections of Ohio, cost $1,500 to produce. Tefft tells Finley that the Book Concern cannot invest this amount of time and money to publish the prison book. The book agents will not move forward with publication if the costs are too great. Tefft has ordered books from abroad about prison history and discipline to inform both his writing and editing. Abstract Number - 586
Book Agent Letters; Finley Writings; Memorials of Prison Life; Henry Howe; Historical Collections of Ohio
Tefft, Benjamin F., "Letter from Benjamin F. Tefft to James B. Finley" (1849). Finley Letters. 882.