[John Fawcett, actor and playwright.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Fawcett'), as Treasurer of the Covent Garden Theatrical Fund, to 'C Perkins Esq', regarding money 'intended for the Widow Paulo', and the sending of account books.

John Fawcett (1769-1837), actor and playwright associated with the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden
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'Botley Southampton | (The proper way to direct to me) | 9 Sepr 1835'.
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1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight wear at head repaired on reverse with archival tape. The context of the letter is explained in Fawcett's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'In September 1829 Fawcett was superseded in the management of Covent Garden […] the theatre in which he had been a main prop for thirty-nine years. With a salary of £100 a year allowed him as treasurer and trustee of the Covent Garden Theatrical Fund he retired to a cottage at Botley, near Southampton.' The letter begins: 'Some weeks back I enclos'd you a draft for £10 intended for the Widow Paulo. - | Since which I have by Coach directed for you my private Book of Accts. Of C: G: Fund, with a request that you wou'd return it to me when done with.' As being without the book is inconvenient to Fawcett, and it is unsatisfactory 'to want knowledge of either transmittance reaching their destination', he asks him 'to send my Book directed for me to the care of Mr Joseph Lomer Southampton by Colyers Coach from Bell Savage Ludgate Hill, or Old White Horse Cellar Piccadilly' (these being two leading coaching inns). Fawcett will be obliged by 'any intelligence about balance, or other Fund news'. Postscript: 'Be so kind as to send the Bankers book to be made up – and after it is done – let it come with the other'.