[Edmond Malone, Irish Shakespearean scholar.] Autograph Note in the third person to the Pall Mall bookseller Henry Payne, returning one book and rejecting another.

Edmond Malone (1741-1812), Irish Shakespearean scholar and editor of the works of William Shakespeare [Henry Payne, London bookseller]
Publication details: 
'Friday Morn -'. [London; before 1782.]
SKU: 22009

On one side of a 10 x 22.5 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with creasing to one edge. Addressed by Malone on reverse to 'Mr Henry Payne | Pall Mall', and endorsed in another hand 'Edmd Malone Esq'. Indicating that he is a troublesome customer, he writes: 'Mr Malone finds this book (Brome) which was paid for last night was not what he wanted – He returns it – and will take some other article instead of it - | He had quite forgot the Chaucer [added here: 'No. 544'] that was laid by – He does not mean to have it –| Friday Morn –'. Nichols, in his 'Literary Anecdotes', states that Henry Payne, whose address was 67 Pall Mall, was 'no way related to honest Tom Payne of the Mews Gate, or to the present worthy Bookseller of that name in Pall Mall. - Mr. Henry Payne was for many years the principal manager of the extensive business of the late Mr. Benjamin White in Fleet-street, where, from his diligence and abilities, he was very highly respected; but in an evil hour commenced business, on his own account, with a borrowed capital: which terminating unsuccessfully, he became a bankrupt [in 1782]; and died soon after.'