9 Heathcote St
Dec[ember] 7th 1933
Dear Mr Woolf,
I regret extremely that the Hogarth Press has had to write to me so often about the account.
I was sent to this country to study law but with my own mind set on literature and politics. I asked for the money to publish the pamphlet and got it in as much as you had accepted the manuscript. But I received no encouragement to be allowed to live in London and try to write. In April I received one or two offers of articles
for about W[est]. I[ndies]. cricket team; and realising that perhaps here was a chance to avoid the law, which I dislike intensely, I took the risk and came into London on my own with the £16 , . I know I should have paid, but it was my only way out. I have not been unsuccessful. I have supported myself and have promises of work next Summer from the Manchester Guardian. But
the winter has been rather a blank. I am sure, however, I shall raise the money before the end of the month; but it is comparatively speaking, a large sum and it will take me a little time. That is why I wished to see you a few days ago. I would not wish you to think that, the book being published, I neglected the matter.
yours sincerely | C.L.R. James.