Autograph Letter Signed to John Maxwell, publisher

[CRICKET] Courtenay Edmund Boyle
Publication details: 
17 July 1871; on crested letterhead '13, Portman St. W.'
SKU: 2991

English cricketer (1845-1901), wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman who played for Oxford University and M.C.C. 1 page, 16mo. Grubby and discoloured, with some fading, but no loss of text. The context raises the interesting possibility that a pseudonymous article might be identified as Boyle's. "Dr. Mr. Maxwell. | I enclose the paper on Lords Cricket which I think [hope] will be worth its space. I have after considn adopted the editorial 'we', if you would rather have 'I' and a nom de plume I will alter in proof but I think 'we' is right - "brevis esse laboro" and I have availed in Eton and Harrow, certain technicalities which in Oxford and Cambridge may be acceptable to male readers of Belgravia.' Signed 'Courtenay Boyle'. Addressed on the reverse of the second leaf of the bifoliate 'Immediate | John Maxwell Esq | 4 Shoe Lane | Fleet St. | EC. | C Boyle'.