[Walter Farquhar Hook, Dean of Chichester.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (one in full and two 'W F Hook') to the wife of the Birmingham attorney Josiah Corrie.
The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, the second letter having a few very short closed tears on fold lines. The first two signed 'W F Hook' and the third 'Walter Farquhar Hook'. ONE (26 July 1828): 2pp., 12mo. Apologising because 'waiting upon' the Corries will now be impossible, as 'Sir Robert and Lady Wilmot intend to come on a Visit': His Mother will not be able to see Sir Robert, so Hook will be 'compelled to stay at home to entertain him'. TWO (16 April 1829): 2pp., 4to. On gilt-edged bifolium. The reverse of the second leaf is addressed, with postmark and seal in red wax, to 'Mrs Corrie | Woodfield | Moseley Birmingham'. He begins by making arrangements for a christening at Moseley Chapel on the Friday of Easter Week, adding: 'Pray do not put yourself to any inconvenience with respect to a Bed, as I shall sleep at Dr Johnstone's [Dr John Johnstone (1768-1836), who would become Hook's father-in-law in June of that year], and I trust you will pardon me for declining your kind Invitation as I shall wish to return to the Monument as soon as I have administered the Sacrament to your Little One'. He concludes by thanking her for her 'kind Congratulations and good wishes'. The third letter is undated and with a mourning border (possibly dating from the time of Hook's wife's death in 1871). Accepting a dinner invitation, and sending his sister's best wishes.