[ William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Dr J. B. Brown

William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector
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'Islington - | 102 Upper Street'. 10 October 1839.
SKU: 19742

H2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with the blank second leaf placed in a windowpane mount. The letter gives a good impression of Upcott's questionable character, well-described in Janet Ing Freeman's entry on him in the Dictionary of National Biography. It reads: 'My friend will not part with his Autograph of O. Cromwell – He purchased it for 5 Guineas – the usual price – To his signature in my possession is attached that of his Secretary Thurloe – by no means a common Autograph – Dr. R. wants it – I don't wish either to leave my Collection – yet I will dispose of both for 4 pounds, - taking the chance of replacing it – Edward Vith. I cannot hear of – Mine as before stated cannot be taken from the Series of Royalty – as it is particularly described in the printed Catalogue of Original Letters and State Papers in the possession of | dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | William Upcott'.