Autograph Letter Signed to Lockyer.

William Black (1841-1898), Scottish journalist and novelist [Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896); astronomer; Altnaharra Hotel; angling; fishing]
Publication details: 
29 March [no year]; Altnaharra, Lairg, N.B. [Scotland]
SKU: 7912

16mo bifolium (leaf dimensions 11 x 9 cm): 2 pp. 17 lines of text. Very good on lightly aged paper. Wonders whether Lockyer would like to spend his Easter holidays at Altnaharra, for a fortnight from 14 April. (The Altnaharra Hotel was used by anglers visiting the nearby lochs.) 'It is an expensive journey; but the sport is good - at least it has been good this last fortnight, but now we are sadly in want of rain. The weather is like June, only more so.' Forty salmon have been killed 'in these two weeks, averaging 11 lbs each'. Black's publisher was Alexander Macmillan. According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, Lockyer's association with Macmillan 'led, in 1869, to the creation of a journal, Nature, to be published by Macmillan and edited by Lockyer. [...] Lockyer continued as its editor for fifty years, retiring in 1919. [...] He also acted as a book editor and adviser to Macmillan, as well as writing books himself.'