Selous asks not to alter the preface of Mr. Findlay's book to add his name. "The little work I did was a labour of love..." Evidently, Selous had written or worked on the preface of Big game shooting and travel in south-east Africa authored by Frederick Roderick Noble Findlay.
The corrections to the Preface all appear in the published version of the book with the exception of the lengthy paragraph concerning President Roosevelt on page 3.
Selous declines to contribute to a wedding gift for the Duke of York and Princess Mary of Teck.
Concerns a possible candidate for his next collecting trip to Matabeleland. Selous also reports that he had been unable to see Rhodes or Jameson.
Selous says he will send photos to be placed alongside those of his old friends Phil [tentatively identified as G.A. "Elephant" Phillips] and Collison. "You can't think how I miss all my old friends of early days in Matabeleland --old Phil perhaps more than anyone else. It seems very strange that although I am not yet 47, I should have outlived alm...
Mostly concerns what Selous saw as the machinations of the British Government to bring about war with the Boers. "... I could prove to you that Rhodes said in Matabeleland that he Chamberlain was in it up to his neck." Refers to Jameson's Raid.
Selous requests that an annual account for sales of A hunter's wanderings be sent to him. He feels they have been slack in rendering him accounts and paying his dues in the past and would like an account for "even if only one copy should be sold something would be due to me." A member of Bentley's staff has added a pencilled note: "He was abroad wi...
Selous thanks Colles for making corrections in his book Sport and travel, to be published by Longmans, Green, and Co. Mentions that many of the stories had been published in magazine format previously. Expresses wonder at the bill he had received for making the corrections. Had never been similarly charged by Rowland Ward or Bentley. Asks for payme...
Selous says he does not have copies of articles originally published in "The field" and later incorporated in Sport and travel. He will look for them. He will also compare the articles on America originally published in the Badminton magazine with the same matter as it appeared in Sport and travel. He refers to an article he is writing on caribou.
Selous invites Dugmore and his wife to visit him, congratulates him on securing Sir Harry Johnston to chair his lecture, and mentions his impending departure for Iceland.