Letter by CJD to George Robertson 1919.10.02

2nd October 1919

Dear Robertson,

I am sending Shenstone the first portion of a new book [Jim of the Hills] today. I want to dedicate this book to you, for various reasons, but mainly because of a feeling of genuine friendship and admiration.

Supposing you are agreeable, how would you have the superscription? Do you prefer the dignified "To George Robertson Esq.", or the more forthright "To George Robertson, Bushworker and Bookman."?

I think it will be a good book, judged by the standard of my best, and there will be more narrative in it than any of the others.

Kind regards from both of us.

Yours Truly,
C.J. Dennis

"Shenstone" was George Robertson's editorial assistant at Angus & Robertson.
The final version of the dedication read simply "To George Robertson".

Sir John Ferguson Collection, National Library of Australia, Canberra. Letter was tipped in to copy of Jim of the Hills.

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