On April 12th, 1946, Leslie Charteris, creator of the famous Saint Character, wrote a letter to a small circle of his regular readers offering to send them a weekly Letter from The Saint.

The response to this outrageous offer surprised even the optimistic Charteris. A LETTER FROM THE SAINT was duly launched and went out weekly to an increasing list of subscibers recruited solely by word of mouth. Items from the Saint LETTER have been quoted and reprinted by newspaper columns all over the country.

It was then advertised with the words

And so you have the opportunity to participate with all other followers of the Saint in the unique experience of receiving weekly, all of the information which you cannot possibly use. Below you will find the original coupon which you too can mail back with your dough.

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Leslie Charteris, 314 North Robertson, Hollywood 36, California

Dear Leslie Charteris:

I am a sucker. I enclose: $1.00 for my first month's subscription for A LETTER FROM THE SAINT, and will mail you $1.00 a month thereafter until I get smart and advise you to discontinue.

or $10.00 for one year and I am really stuck with it.

Name

Street Address

City .......................................Zone ..............................................State

Dead or Alive .............................

Preferred part in barbershop quartet .......................................................

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I acquired photocopies of these fascinating letters from a fellow fan and received permission from The Saint Club to publish them, agreeing to send a donation for each copy to the Club. After my going to a lot of trouble and forming a partnership with a publisher the Club withdrew permission with the strange reason that they might not be correct copies (despite being photocopies). I was also told I was self-publishing, when they knew I wasn't. It now seems that in a letter I referred to the Oxford University Press as 'a local printer' (which they were to me, being about 5 miles up the road) and this was used as an excuse to pull the project. The Club also said they were going to do it themselves (more than 10 years ago) but they never have. Strange, as I think every Saint fan would love a copy. They give a teriffic insight into Leslie's world and thoughts. Edited versions of some of these letters were later to appear as "Instead of The Saint" articles in the Saint Magazines of the 1960s.

This does beg the question as to how they are now available on CD-rom at around 10 (I have a copy).

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