[ A. J. Hall and Dr. James Stewart. ] Autograph Note Signed [ to Dr James Stewart ] by the Irish singer A. J. Hall, with biographical 'Memo. by Dr. James Stewart ("Sheamus Rua")'.
The note and memo are on a 12mo bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. The letter is signed 'A. J. Hall' and addressed to 'My dear Doctor'. He explains that he would gladly visit him, 'if at liberty', but that he is 'at Wolverhampton that night with Madame Albani'. The biographical note, presumably in Stewart's autograph, is on the reverse of the second leaf of the bifolium, beneath the following, in red ink: 'Memo. by Dr. James Stewart ("Sheamus Rua") Hon. Secy. (Provl.) of the Irish Medical Schools' & Graduates Associatn.' The note fills the page, running to twenty-one lines, and begins: 'The note on the opposite side was written by the great singer whose lovely voice has delighted thousands since the late rector of Middleton, Co. Cork, (where his father was sexton of the protestant church) was good enough to find the money to pay for his musical education.' Hall is said to be living 'almost altogether in California, U.S.A.' The note contains a reference to an event in 1898, and the same date is added to Hall's note in pencil.