[ Joseph Younger, Georgian actor. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Jos. Younger'), the first to an unnamed recipient regarding the death of a soldier, and the second to the soldier's father, 'Mr. Finlay'.

Joseph Younger (c.1734-1784), English actor
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First letter: 'London April 2d. 1782' and 'No. 6 St. Martin's Street | Leicester Fields.' Second letter: 'Liverpoole [sic] | Augt. 26th. 1782.'
SKU: 19419

Both in fair condition, on aged paper, and each with the upper inner corner torn away, resulting in slight loss of text. ONE: To unnamed recipient, 2 April 1782. 2pp., 4to. The letter begins: 'I am requested by my worthy friends Mr. & Mrs. Findlay, (whose poignant Affliction for the Loss of their beloved Son will I hope plead their excuse for not writing themselves) to return you their most heartfelt Acknowledgments for the tender & humane manner in which you communicated that Loss, & the affectionate & friendly Sentiments you express for the deceased & for the hapless fate of so deserving a Young Man'. The deceased would appear to be a soldier serving abroad, as Younger asks the recipient to thank 'all the Brother Officers & Comrades of Lieutenant Griffiths for their kind Attention to Him after his unhappy Accident & for the Honours of his funeral'. He praises Griffiths' good character, stressing his popularity, and is sending a production 'by one of the first of our present writers'. He ends by extending an invitation to the recipient from the Finlays, 'whenever you chance to return to England'. TWO: To 'Mr. Finlay', 26 August 1782. 3pp., 4to. The letter begins: 'I feel much for what you must have suffered at the perusal of the Will of your beloved & lamented Lieut. Griffith [sic] - & sincerely wish I had been in the Way to have received Mr Rutherfords Letter & to have broke it to you by Degrees'. He proposes to see the Finlays before his forthcoming production: 'We open at Drury Lane on Saty. The 14th. [September]. The letter continues with a deal of personal news, including references to 'Mr Singleton', 'Mrs. Tennett', the apprenticing of 'Tom Wilson to a Dancing Mas', and to the delivery to the Finlay's house from Jamaica for Younger of 'a Case of gold old Rum' and 'a small Deal Box containing some Sweetmeats', Highfill et al., in the entry on Younger in their 'Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800' (1993), bewail the lack of information about his personal life.