Some time ago it was stated in various papers that Rudyard Kipling had received a shilling a word for a story he had written for Pearson’s Magazine. This induced a young American to write to him and enclose a shilling.
“Hearing that wisdom was being retailed at a shilling a word,” wrote the youth, “I enclose a shilling for a sample.”
Kipling kept the order, and sent back the word: “Thanks.”
– from “A Sample of Kipling Wisdom”, published at p.27 of “The Kipling Guide Book” (1899), by William Roberton, held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.