[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, distinguished Shakespearian actor. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Johnsont') to his niece Ida Forbes-Robertson, on family matters and a benefit performance.
Both letters are in their envelopes, with stamps and postmarks, addressed by Johnston to his neice at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. ONE: 11 May 1916. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks her for her 'sweet letter' and explains that he is 'down here in bed with a cold'. He hopes for a meeting when he comes to town, congratulates 'Philip' (her brother Philippe (1898-1968), artist and illustrator) on doing well, and sends best wishes to her mother (the Polish artist Janina Flamm). TWO: 7 June 1916. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with short closed tears at edges of fold lines of both leaves. To 'My dear little Ida'. He apologises for being unable to get her 'into the performance on Friday, as it is a benefit performance for the Star & Garter Fund'. He explains that he is not going to act, 'but only say a few words'. He is pleased her mother is 'going on so well', and hopes that 'the Academy will accept Cecilia's work' (her sister Cecilia Forbes-Robertson would win four prizes at the Royal Academy Schools in 1921). 'As soon as I can get to 22 [i.e. his town house 22 Bedford Square] for a day we must meet. I have not recovered yet from my Tour, & feel very weak.'