TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1 page, dated 8 May 1978, to "Dear Kirby" [McCauley], signed "Manly." On plain letter-size paper with Wellman's Chapel Hill address typed at the top. Wellman brings McCauley up to date on several matters, including the vagaries of mail delivery to Chapel Hill ("by slow spotted pony"), the unreliability of publishers ("I'm not mad at editors, just broken-spirited"), payment for the sale of a swords-and-sorcery story to Gerry Page ("always a slow hand with a dollar"), and the arrival of E. Hoffman Price for a visit, noting that he is "80 at the least and still drives happily all over the damn country … talks nonstop … chiefly about his adventures in whorehouses…." A charming fragment of actual literature rather than a bald conveyance of information. Wellman, rising above his pulp roots, was accomplished in nearly all genres of popular fiction, and was noted for bringing a pungent American flavor to his work. Kirby McCauley was probably the most important literary agent of horror, fantasy and sf writers in the boom years of the 1970s and 1980s. Faint mailing folds, cheap paper a bit tanned, else fine. (#102735).