[William Hurrell Mallock, novelist and economist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. H. Mallock.') to 'L[ad]y Virginia', praising her novel, which he 'did not willingly put [...] down for an instant'.

W. H. Mallock [William Hurrell Mallock] (1849-1923), novelist and conservative economist
Publication details: 
7 May 1887. On letterhead of Bornhill, Bramford Speke, Exeter.
SKU: 22526

2pp, 12mo. On grey paper with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. The indentity of the recipient is unclear. The letter begins: 'Dear Ly Virginia | The other day I bought your novel, & the first comfortable leisure moment I had, I began to read it. I think it a better criticism, than any other I could offer, to say that from the moment I began it to the moment I ended it, I did not willingly put it down for an instant.' He read the first volume 'almost at a sitting', and after dinner 'devoured half the second: & the remainder I had to put off till next day, though I began again at it, the first thing in the morning'. He can give her his 'impressions', if she cares to hear them, when they meet again and 'talk over it'. The letter concludes: 'I go to London for the Season on Saturday next. | With kind regards to Mr. Sandars'.