[London]: 1886. The first page only of a letter to poet Austin Dobson on stationery with the address 1, Paternoster Square, probably sent by his publishers Kegan Paul, Trench, and Truber, who were located at that address. The write: "Dear Austin Dobson We have talked over the subjet of your visit yesterday, and are sorry to say that our objection remains very strong againt the having of any work published by us brought out in another shape by another publisher. A favour is asked either way: that we should allow Messr. Macmillan to issue one of our publications, or that Messrs. M. should on this occasion only allow a gentleman, who usually works for them, to...." Written pon front page of cream notepaper, 5.5 x 7.75 inches. Very bright and clean. AUTO/103116. Very Good.
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. Handwritten letter dated 1838 from N.C. Brooks, author and poet, to Daniel Appleton (1785-1849), founder of Appleton books and publishing. The company began as a dry goods business in New York in 1825 but had published its first book by 1831. Mr. Brooks writes: D Appleton Esq Sir, I will take occasion to send for the [?] Gallery the first opportunity that offers of our booksellers going to New York. Did Mr. Appleton lend a copy of Anthology to Knickerbocker. I am charged in New Yorker of last week of sending him two copies, which I have promptly denied in Bath papers. To prevent misapprehension in relation to my seeing your name [?] as publisher of Anthology, I merely beg leave to say that in New Yorker of Dec 16, 183? D. Appleton & Co are given with Mr. Marshall's name as publishers. I thought he had perhaps divided the edition with you. I simply state this to give my reasons for the remark. I do not wish to be misunderstood in anything. Respfy yr N.C. Brooks author and poet." Written on one side of folded sheet, with "D Appleton Esq Bookseller N. York" and postal date stamp on back. Creases where folded to form "envelope." Ink stain to last line of letter, torn hole and ink splatter on rear page, and pencil written numbers at bottom of letter with no explanation. Still very good. 8 x 10 inches. AUTO/011315.
. Charles B. Driscoll (1885-1951) was a Kansas born American journalist and editor. In this rather droll inscription he writes: "Now, as to Gordon Wolff - he's pretty good, busting in this way for an autograph, without any book! Charles B. Driscoll New York, March 14, 1931." Scrawled on blank sheet affixed to a frayed perforated sheet. Glue remnants not affecting inscription. Very good. AUTO/082713. Very Good.
Birmingham, England: 1919. A letter dated February 13, 1919 on Birmingham and Midland Institute where Hayes was a principal in the Industrial Department. Alfred Hayes (1857-1936) was a respected poet who published a number of works. This letter and an accompanying transcript of a letter received by Hayes concern his recently published Simon de Montfort, a historical tragedy. The name of the recipient has been crossed out. Hayes writes: "It was a great pleasure to receive your kind and friendly letter, with its sense of literary "hands across the sea." Would that I could accept your kind invitation! But I am tied by my duties as Principal of the above instutution....The interest which you express in my literary work encourages me to send you the enclosed copy of a letter from a highly competent critic, on...Simon de Montfort (published by Methuen in 1918). I am glad to say that the book is winning golden opinions from serious lovers of poetry. It was conceived and partly written before the war, but has an extraordinary appropriateness to these days. The hero was that rare thing - a pure-souled patriot and it was for "a scrap of paper," the sanctity of treaties, and the cause of freedom and justice, that he fought and died. I venture to hope that my effort to enshrine his memory will meet with sympathy among that great portion of the English-speaking race whose very existence as a nation had its birth in the struggle for freedom. Yours sincerely Alfred Hayes." The copy of the letter is from Professor W. Macneile Dixon, Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. The letter sings the praises of Simon and says that Hayes deserves a place next to such writers as Shakespeare and Jonson! Both pages have darkened a bit with age and have light creases where folded. Very good condition. Hayes letter is 8 x 11 inches. Copied letter is 7 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. AUTO/082815. Very Good.
[Boston]: . Abbott Lawrence Lowell (1856-1943) was a preeminent U.S. educator and legal scholar. He served as president of Harvard University from 1909 to 1933. In this amusing letter dated Feburary 20, 1937 from Lowell to Russell D. Brackett he writes: "Dear Mr. Brackett: I think you must have me confused with somebody else, for while I have no doubt that the summer camp is good, I certainly never thought or said that it was America's greatest contribution in the field or education. Regretting to disappoint you, I am Yours very sincerely..." Typed on watermarked stationery with signature in black ink. Near fine except for three tiny pieces of tape on verso right edge. AUTO/082613. Near Fine.
London: 1892. Signed two-page letter from Justin McCarthy to William Henry Rideing. McCarthy (1859-1936) was an Irish author and Member of Parliament. Among his many works was a biography of William Gladstone, who is mentioned in this letter. William Rideing (1853-1918) was an American author who wrote for journals and periodicals on various subjects. McCarthy writes: "Sept 13, '92 Dear Mr. Rideing I am very glad to hear of your safe arrival after your stormy passage. I am glad too to hear that you have got home 'bringing your sheaves with you' in the shape of contributions from Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Balfour. I think you have accompished a triumph." He goes on to thank him for partial payment for his Reminiscences and sends his regards to Mrs. Rideing. Bi-fold measuring 4.5 x 7 inches. Very good with small piece of grey paper adhered to blank recto, small mark on bottom of second page and light crease where folded. AUTO/072216. Very Good.
1819. One page, 13 line autograph letter dated 7 February 1819 signed from Peckwell to an unknown recipient. In the letter he orders a barrell of fish to be brought to Yarmouth from Holland. He says that he will send him the money at his earliest opportunity. Peckwell, who later changed his name to Blosset) was a lawyer who served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bengal and was knighted in 1822. AUTOGRAPH/060911.
This appears to be the closing to a letter, affixed to a blank peice of paper. It offers Sir David's kindest regards to two young ladies (Miss...and Miss...) wotj ...of devoted respect, and that he has the honr to be their very faithful servant. Dated Kensignton, November 7th 1824. David Wilkie (1785-1841) was a well known Scottish painter.