[James Kenney, Irish dramatist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas Kenney.') to book-collector and bon-vivant Thomas Hill, playfully explaining that he has no portrait to offer ('I am now pluming my Crest for the first Painter that comes across me').

James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [Thomas Hill (1760-1840), book-collector and bon-vivant]
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9 Southampton Buildings [London]. 15 December 1806.
SKU: 23064

For information on Kenney and the recipient Thomas Hill, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 4to. Bifiolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Thos. Hill Esqr | Queen Hith' [i.e. Queenhithe, London]. Hill had presumably requested a representation of Kenney, and the tone of the letter is that of one man of the world addressing another, accurately caught by a dramatist: 'Dear Sir, | I have just received your note of the 10th. Your proposal is highly flattering; but neither my self-devotion, nor the wishes of either kinsman, friend, or mistress, have as yet induced me to multiply my image, in any shape whatever. - Your letter however has prodigiously increased my vanity, and I am now pluming my Crest for the first Painter that comes across me. Whenever a likeness of me be achieved, I shall be proud to see it reflected in your mirror. - | In the mean time, believe me | Dr. Sir | Very truly Yrs | Jas Kenney'.