[ Charles Rowcroft as Editor of Hood's Magazine ] Three Autograph Letters Signed "Chas Rowcroft" to [ J.T.J. Hewlett, author of "Peter Priggins" (1841)

Charles Rowcroft, novelist, author of Tales of the Colonies, followed by The Bushranger of Van Diemen's Land, AND An Emigrant in Search of a Colony [Australia}
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Upper Stamford Street (2) and the Strand (1), 19 April, 13 & 17 May 1845.
SKU: 18456

Three Autograph Letters Signed, nine pages, 12mo, all bifoliums, fold marks, good condition. [April] Marked "Private & Confidential", he says he won't hold back on plain-speaking, going on to criticise Hewlett's last article as lacking the wit and humour of the 'celebrated author of Peter Priggins'. "I had no inclination to put such counterfeit coin in my magazine. At the same time I was anxious to secure the cooperation of one who could write [phrase underlined] as you have done;- [...] I quite agree ith you in the propriety of your desire 'to know the parties with whom you work'. - As a man is to be judged by his works I refer you to them. But I may add that my hair is not gray, although I admit there may be a difference of opinion on that point [...]"; [May 13] He asks if Hewlett will contribute anything "this month to enliven Hood's Magazine", asking what he thought of the last issue; [May 17] He discusses the progress of his sick girls, giving details of how he has tended them. He hopes to visit and for further contributions to the Magazine.