[ Rothschilds; yachting ] Letter Signed "Bn. Arthur de Rothschild", the text in a Secretarial hand (prob.) to "Mr. St Clare Byrne, 48 Castle Street, L'pool" [St Clare John Byrne, a naval architect, specializing in the construction of luxury yachts.
Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, sl. dingy, and stained, tiny closed tear on fold mark, text clear and complete. Small docketing slip added to last page by Byrne (presumably) giving name of correspondent and dates of receipt and answer. Annotated on first page presumably by Byrne "recd 30th | an[swere]d 31st". Rothschild is "returning" a telegram and "the specification of the Candace". "From what you say about the 'Eros' [underlined; see note below ], I very much fear you are under the erroneous impression she is not worth more than a sixpence or so. [...] The 'Eros' [...] was built seven years ago by [...] with the geraetest care and of the best materials. Since then she has never been laid up [...]. No expense has ever been spared to keep her always in perfect order. Not very long ago I had her repaintred [...] And quite lately new tubes were put into the boiler [...] In fact the Boat is, it may safely be asserted, as good as new. My reason for wishing to part with her is that she does not afford sufficient accommodation when I want to take a few friends with me, which is very frequently the case." He asks for a opinion as to selling price. Under his signature he has added "speed 10 1/2 to 11 | 357 tons||". Notes: a. "Arthur de Rothschild (1851-1903) acquired his steam yacht 'Eros' in 1875, hastened to become a founder-member of the French Yacht Club and went on to found the Coupe de France, the country's major yacht-racing prize. After his death, 'Eros' passed to his nephew, Henri (1872-1947)." He obviously didn't sell it! Signature page image available on my website.