[ Samuel Brandram, Victorian reciter from Shakespeare. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml Brandram') to Luther Munday, Secretary of the Old Lyric Club, describing his poor health and recent operation.

Samuel Brandram (1824-1892), barrister noted for his public recitations from Shakespeare, co-foumder of the Oxford Dramatic Society [ Luther Munday (1857-1922), Secretary of the Old Lyric Club ]
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Richmond. 5 August 1888.
SKU: 20409

According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, Brandram - founder with Frank Talfourd of the Oxford Dramatic Society - 'was remembered as the most distinguished Shakespearian reciter of the period, influencing the productions of William Poel, and through his popular recitations familiarized middle-class families with Shakespeare'. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, with unobtrusive repair of closed tear with archival tape. He is 'dreadfully sorry to disappoint' him again, but he is 'not up to the mark': 'I still have, and I suppose always shall have, to be kept in order by frequent visits to my doctor and on Friday I underwent a little operation - nothing to compare of course to what I have been through but enough to knock one up and make one feel very uncomfortable for a day or two.' He hoped to be better on the day of writing, but is not fit to go out, and his wife will leave the present letter for Munday, but 'she will not go in without me'.