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Author of "Sketches of Life" in Mission San Juan Capistrano Seeks Publisher
June 12, 1928, Charles Francis Saunders seeks a Publisher for a Book on Mission San Juan Capistrano, Pasadena, CA, Very Fine.
Typed Letter Signed, "Charles Francis Saunders", addressed to Houghton Mifflin Co. of Boston, MA, which promotes his manuscript, "Vignettes of Old San Juan, Sketches of Life in a California Mission Town," 11" x 8.5". Lot includes a typed rejection letter from Houghton Mifflin, along with a typed book order list of another publication penned by Saunders, "Southern Sierras," and the original envelope in which the rejection letter was enclosed. Saunders, who wrote several books on California history from 1903 to the 1930s was unable to convince the publisher to print this book in 1928, but it undoubtedly contained historically valuable information, as it was based on notes from Father John O'Sullivan, the priest of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Charles Francis Saunders (1859-1941) was born to Quaker parents in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He moved to California in 1906 and settled in Pasadena. He published more than a dozen books inspired by California and the Southwest. Both Charles and wife, Elisabeth, were amateur photographers, and many of their photographs were used to illustrate Saunders' books, The Indians of the Terraced Houses (1912) and Under the Sky in California (1913)
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