AUTOGRAPH

[ Poultney Bigelow, American journalist and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed describing his 'Canoe Voyage' on the Danube, and his future movements as guest of the Kaiser

Author: 
Poultney Bigelow (1855-1954), American journalist and author
Publication details: 
Addressed from 'Canoe "Caribee" - on the Danube - near Hungarian Frontier - July 21. 91.' [ 1891 ]
£320.00

1p., 8vo. Aged and worn. Bigelow was educated at a preparatory school in Potsdam, and was a childhood playmate of the Kaiser and his younger brother, and maintained a friendship with them throughout their lives. On his death at the age of 98 he was the oldest Yale alumnus, and the oldest member of the Athenaeum club in London.

[ George Huntly Gordon. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'D. Meran' of the Globe newspaper, offering him a revierw of '2 little books on the German Spas'.

Author: 
George Huntly Gordon of His Majesty's Stationery Office, friend of William Wordsworth
Publication details: 
'Stationery Office | Pimlico'. 4 August [ no year, on paper watermarked 1841 ].
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditon, lightly aged and worn. He asks him 'to give insertion, among your literary notices, in the Globe, to the enclosed account of 2 little books on the German Spas, which I have just concocted. The author is a friend of mine, but I assure you, on my honour, I have not said one word more in praise of his Treatises than they deserve. To convince you of this I will send you the one on the “Homburg Spas” if you have time to read it – and you may give it to any friend going to Germany.

[ Harold Coster, 'Photographer of Men'. ] Typed Letter Signed "Howard Coster", to Secretary of Authors' Syndicate Ltd, accompanied by typed list of his sitters, and brochure containing portraits of G. K. Chesterton, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James,.

Author: 
Howard Coster [ Howard Sydney Musgrave Coster ] (1885-1959), 'Photographer of Men', London
Publication details: 
Letter from 8 and 9 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2. [ London ] 2 April 1930. The brochure containing portraits from the 'Supplement to 'The Bookman'" Christmas, 1929.
£350.00

The items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight rusting from a paperclip. ONE: TLS from Coster to the Secretary, The Authors' Syndicate Ltd., London. 2 April 1930. 1p., 8vo.

[ The Savage Club, London. ] 53 signatures of members, including those of James Agate, C. R. W. Nevinson, Aubrey Hammond, Reginald Arkell and John Ansell, sent to the composer Herman Finck in his final illness. ]

Author: 
[ The Savage Club, London; James Agate; C. R. W. Nevinson; Aubrey Hammond, John Ansell; Reginald Arkell; Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Savage Club, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, S.W.1. April 1939.
£250.00

4pp., 12mo. On bifolium of grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 53 signatures over four pages, written after the following: 'April 1939 | Dear Herman: Keep up your Heart & Get well soon. We need your kingly, cheery presence'. One signatory has written a bar of music, another has drawn a face, another has written after his name 'now then – up beat!' The first signature is that of the Punch cartoonist Bert Thomas (1883-1966), after which he has written '(BLIMEY)'. Among the other signatories are the theatre critic James Agate (1877-1947), the artists C. R. W.

[ Lord William Bentinck, Governor-General of India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Bentinck'), as Governor of Madras, to John Heaton, describing in detail how he hopes to improve on 'the Fortune which I may make in India'.

Author: 
Lord William Bentinck [ Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck] (1774-1839), army officer, diplomat, and Governor-General of India
Publication details: 
Fort St George [ Madras, India ]. 6 January 1806.
£250.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The letter begins: 'It would very materially improve my future income if the Fortune which I may make in India could be vested in the Funds during their date of Depression which I take for granted will be the consequence of the War upon the Continent – This my wish that £30000 Thirty thousand Pounds should be laid out in the Stocks if they should fall below 57.

[ James Hall of Walthamstow, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Benjamin Bloomfield, asking for a copy of his 'Cottage Poems' to be presented to the Prince Regent.

Author: 
Rev. James Hall (c.1754-1844) of Chestnut Walk, Walthamstow, poet [ Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron Bloomfield (1768-1846), soldier and Private Secretary to the Prince Regent ]
Publication details: 
Long Itchington by Southam, Warwickshire. 8 February 1817.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, neatly inserted into a windowpane mount. Bloomfield, 'somewhat more than a year ago', laid 'before the Prince Regent at Sudbourne Hall, two small productions' of Hall's, and he now wishes, 'as they are my mite to the good of my Country, Cottage poems also to be laid before him'. He feels that the 'concluding little poem' in the collection 'cannot displease his Royal Highness'. No copy of the original edition of Hall's 'Cottage Poems' is listed on COPAC, and only one copy, at Oxford, of the new edition of 1820.

[ Robert Scott, Master of Balliol, co-compiler of the 'Liddell and Scott' Greek-English lexicon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Scott | Master of Balliol') to Major R. G. MacGregor, on the gift of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Robert Scott (1811-1887), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and co-compiler of the 'Liddell and Scott' Greek-English lexicon [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Balliol College, Oxford. 24 October 1864.
£65.00

1p.,12mo. In good condition. Scott writes that he has 'just received, through Messrs. Parker, the volume of your Translations from the Greek Anthology which you have kindly requested me to place in the Library of Balliol College'. He thanks him on behalf of the College, and assures him that the book will be so placed, 'according to your desire'. MacGregor's tranlsation was published in London without a date by Nissen and Parker. Scott's co-compiler Henry Liddell was the father of 'Alice in Wonderland'.

[ Lord Macartney and John Hoole, translator of Tasso. ] Leaf removed from album, with an autobiographical inscription in Latin in Macartney's autograph on one page, and an unpublished translation of the poetical part of it by Hoole on the other,.

Author: 
George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney [ Lord Macartney ] (1737-1806); John Hoole (1727-1803), translator of Tasso and Ariosto, Principal Auditor at India House, member of the circle of Samuel Johnson
Publication details: 
Without place. 1786.
£850.00

On an 8vo leaf, removed from what would appear to be Hoole's journal. Aged and brittle, with wear to extremities. One page carries an autograph transcription by Macartney of an autobiographical Latin inscription in prose and verse, to which is appended a signed note by Hoole: 'given me by his Lordship | JH.' The other page carries an unpublished six-line translation by Hoole, translator by trade (Tasso) of the poetical section of Macartney's inscription.

[ John David Macbride, Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. ] Autograph Note Signed ('J D Macbride') | Principal of Magd: Hall' ], [ to Major R. G. MacGregor] acknowledging the receipt of a copy of translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
J. D. Macbride [ John David Macbride ] (1778-1868), Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, later Hertford College [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Oxford. 27 October 1864.
£75.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Sir | I beg to thank you for a copy of your Greek Anthology which I shall deposit as your gift in the Hall Library of this Society.' Macgregor is not named, but the item comes from a batch of his papers. His 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker. Macbride oversaw the move (completed in 1822) of Magdalen Hall from alongside Magdalen College to the site of the defunct Hertford College, after which it was renamed in 1874.

[ Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, Chancellor of the Exchequer, poet and friend of Sir Isaac Newton. ] Autograph Signature ('Halifax') on part of financial document.

Author: 
Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax (1661-1715), Chancellor of the Exchequer, poet and friend of Sir Isaac Newton
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 8 November 1711.
£80.00

On 4.5 x 8 cm piece of paper, cut from a financial document. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of grey paper mount on reverse. At the foot of the slip Halifax has signed: 'Examd. P. Halifax'. Above this, in another hand, is recorded the date and a sum of money.

[ Charles Robert Maturin, author of 'Melmoth the Wanderer'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. R. Maturin') to William Spooner, writh reference to a 'friendly letter' by Sir Walter Scott, and his family's 'romantic' history.

Author: 
Charles Robert Maturin [ C. R. Maturin ], Irish writer of gothic novels and plays, best-known for 'Melmoth the Wanderer'
Publication details: 
No place [ Dublin, Ireland ]. 15 August [ no year ].
£600.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn. The breaking open of the wafer has resulted in slight loss at the beginning of Maturin's signature. Addressed on reverse to 'William Spooner Esqre | at Mr Millikin's | Grafton Street'. (His not writing of 'Dublin' implies that he is writing from the same place.) Maturin was the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, who adopted the name 'Sebastian Melmoth' during his self-exile on the continent.

[ Frances Power Cobbe, social reformer, anti-vivisectionist and women's suffrage campaigner. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis P Cobbe') to Lady Bowring, inviting her and her friends ('Huxleys, Lyells & others') to meet Julia Ward Howe and husband.

Author: 
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and women's suffrage campaigner [ Sir John Bowring; Julia Ward Howe ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ before 1872 ].
£250.00

2pp., 12mo. On lightly-aged paper with a number of vertical fold lines. The reference to Sir John Bowring dates the letter to before his death in 1872. With reference to Julia Ward Howe (author of the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic') and her husband Samuel Gridley Howe she writes: 'Dr. & Mrs. Howe of Boston whose names you are sure to know (philanthropist poetess) are coming to take a four oclock cup of tea with us on Thursday, the day after to morrow - We are asking a few your [sic] friends Huxleys, Lyells & others to meet them - & it would give us much pleasure if you & Sir John Bowring wd.

[ William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Dr J. B. Brown

Author: 
William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector
Publication details: 
'Islington - | 102 Upper Street'. 10 October 1839.
£120.00

H2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with the blank second leaf placed in a windowpane mount. The letter gives a good impression of Upcott's questionable character, well-described in Janet Ing Freeman's entry on him in the Dictionary of National Biography. It reads: 'My friend will not part with his Autograph of O. Cromwell – He purchased it for 5 Guineas – the usual price – To his signature in my possession is attached that of his Secretary Thurloe – by no means a common Autograph – Dr. R.

[ Stephen Heller [ Heller István ], Hungarian pianist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stephen Heller') in French, to an unnamed lady, seeking to rearrange the date of the lesson of 'Mlle. Shillito'

Author: 
Stephen Heller [ Heller István ] (1813-1888), Hungarian pianist, teacher and composer
Publication details: 
No place. Date illegible.
£120.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition. On his monogram letterhead. He states that he is still too ill to teach an arranged lesson to 'Mlle Shillito', and seeks to rearrange the date.

[ Victor Plarr, nineties poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Victor G. Plarr') to H. T. Scott, author of "A Guide to the Collector of Historical Documents, etc", describing a selection of autographs he has just purchased for resale.

Author: 
Victor Plarr [ Victor Gustave Plarr; Victor G. Plarr ] (1863-1929), nineties poet, librarian of the Royal College of Surgeons, member of the Rhymers' Club
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Eldon Road, Kensington, W. [ London ] 17 November 1900.
£300.00

3pp., 12mo. In good condition. Plarr's entry in the Oxford English Dictionary does not note that he dealt in autographs, but the present item suggests that he was more than just a collector who dabbled. At the time of writing, and until his death, he was Librarian of the Royal College of Surgeons. The letter is addressed to 'H. T. Scott Esqre., M.D.' and begins: 'Dear Sir | It is long since you have heard from me. | I have just bought several autographs which you may care to know of -'.

[ William Scoresby junior, Arctic explorer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Scoresby') to Edward Magrath, Secretary of the Athenaeum, correcting his address.

Author: 
William Scoresby junior (1789-1857), Arctic explorer, scientist and clergyman
Publication details: 
Torquay. 11 February 1852.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small tape stain at head. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | Will you be so good as to have my address registered in the Athenaeum books as above, which is my place of residence & not Whitby - from whence I have just recd. a circular about the payment of a subscription, which I had ordered to be made some days ago.'

[ Sir Richard Vynne Southwell, British mathematician. ] Eleven Signed Letters (all 'Richard V. Southwell'), six in Autograph and five Typed, to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts [ K W Luckhurst ]

Author: 
Sir Richard Vynne Southwell (1888-1970), British mathematician in the applied mechanics field of engineering science
Publication details: 
Nine on letterheads of The Old House, Trumpington, Cambridge. Between 1 July 1952 and 16 January 1954.
£150.00

Totalling 13pp. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with a few staple holes to corners. In the first letter (1 July 1952) he reluctantly declines an invitation to be the Society's Trueman Wood Lecturer, despite considering that the 'subject proposed has great importance at the present time': 'I am pledged to visit Iraq in November on an educational mission organized by the British Council; and since this year I shall also be going to Istanbul and Belfast, perhaps it is as well that I should not have any other preoccupation to divert me from the book that I am trying to finish!'.

[ Sir Walter Gilbey, wine-merchant and philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Walter Gilbey') to 'Mr Howard', regarding the 'serious state and suffering' of Howard's grandfather.

Author: 
Sir Walter Gilbey, 1st Baronet (1831-1914), English wine-merchant and philanthropist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Elsenham Hall, Essex. 11 August 1895.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He is 'deeply grieved' at the news of Howard's grandfather: 'I could wish, as you all do, his life spared a few years longer but when you tell me of his serious state and suffering, I feel we must be prepared for the worst and not desire a lingering death.' He asks for his 'sympathy and regret' to be conveyed to the whole family.

[ Sir Anthony Panizzi, Principal Librarian of the British Museum. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Panizzi') to 'Delane' [ editor The Times? ], re.Earls of Derby (inc. his acquaintance 'the great cockfighter') and whether a book is by the present Earl.

Author: 
Sir Anthony Panizzi [ Antonio Genesio Maria Panizzi ] (1797-1879), Principal Librarian of the British Museum and Italian patriot
Publication details: 
'British Museum | Thursday mng'.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with unobtrusive traces of stub. The letter begins: 'Vixere fortes antes Agamemnona, all the Earls of Derby have of late been Edwards, in 1828 the Earl of Derby was the grandfather of the present one – I have known him – the great cockfighter – and husband of Miss Farren.' He asks him not to forget to send 'the book of diplomatic sports': he is leaving for the continent the following Saturday, but will not fail to return it.

[ Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to a female student of geology, correcting the misidentification of two specimens.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey. 24 October 1907.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Madam | It always gives me pleasure when I can in any way assist a student of Geology, and the pleasure is not lessened when the student is a young lady.' He proceeds to explain how the two specimens about which she has written to him ('Frigonia incurva' and 'Pleuromya Voltzi') have been wrongly identified, concluding: 'Your specimens appear from your drawings to be only casts and may therefore be difficult to determine satisfactorily.'

[ Sir George Nugent, Field Marshal and Governor of Jamaica. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Nugent'), congratulating the botanist Nathaniel Wallich on gaining financial independence through the post of Superintendent of the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta

Author: 
Sir George Nugent, 1st Baronet (1757-1849), Field Marshal in the British Army and Governor of Jamaica [ Nathaniel Wallich [ born Nathanael Wulff Wallich ] (1785–1854), botanist of Danish extraction ]
Publication details: 
Westhorpe [ Westhorpe House, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire ]. 23 June 1848.
£200.00

3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, worn and creased. See both men's entries in the Oxford DNB.

[ Richmal Mangnall, whose school Crofton House the Brontë sisters attended. ] Autograph Note Signed on card

Author: 
Richmal Mangnall (1769-1820), English schoolmistress whose school Crofton House in Yorkshire the Brontë sisters attended, writer of the celebrated schoolbook 'Mangnall's Questions'
Publication details: 
[ Crofton House, near Wakefield, Yorkshire. ] 3 October 1813.
£180.00

On one side of a 3.75 x 7.75 cm piece of card. In good condition, with traces of grey paper mount adhering to blank reverse. Reads: 'Miss Ainsworth repeated the questions from the early ages to the present times very well well [sic] without any mistake and drew for the Prizes Oct 3d 1813 | Richmal Mangnall'.

[ Professor Robert Bellamy Clifton, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R B Clifton') to 'Wells' [ Joseph Wells ], regarding 'the tickets for the Wadham party'.

Author: 
Robert Bellamy Clifton (1836-1921), Professor of Experimental Natural Philosophy at Oxford University, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory [ Joseph Wells (1855-1929) of Wadham College, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Portland Lodge, Park Town, Oxford. 18 June 1884.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. Good firm signature, beneath which, in a contemporary hand: 'Professor of Experimental Philosophy | F.R.S: F.R.A.S.' He has been prevented from thanking Wells for 'the tickets for the Wadham party',having been engaged in 'a series of oscillations between London & Oxford', and his expressions of gratitude 'must now be combined with apologies for my delay in giving utterance to them'. Neither he nor his wife will be able to attend 'the festivity', but he has 'ventured to send the tickets to Mrs. G. R. Scott'.

[ Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, informing Sir Sidney Smith that he has no chance of employment 'in the Diplomatic line'.

Author: 
Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh [ Lord Castlereagh; Marquis of Londonderry ], Tory Home Secretary vilified by Byron and Shelley
Publication details: 
Foreign Office [ London ]. 24 April 1816.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Lord Castlereagh presents his Compliments to Sir Sidney Smith, & in acknowledging his letter of the 11th. Instant has to express his regrets that it is not in his power to hold out to Sir Sidney Smith any propsect of being employed in the Diplomatic line.'

[ Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild. ] Autograph Note Signed ('R.') to 'Mr May', i.e. Frank May, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England.

Author: 
Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild [ Nathan[iel?] Mayer Rothschild, Lord Rothschild ] (1840-1915) [ Frank May (1832-1897), disgraced Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, 1873-1893 [
Publication details: 
Mentmore; 25 August 1887.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Mr May - | I am delighted you can come on Saturday. Please let me know the train you come by. Our station is Cheddington. | Yrs sincerely | R.' On May's death the New York Times reported (10 February 1897) that in 1893 he 'suddenly resigned after a mysterious meeting of the Board of Directors, and for several days exciting rumours circulated in London that something was wrong with the finances.

[ Madeline Wyndham, society hostess and member of 'The Souls'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Canon Mitford', describing the death of her husband Sir Percy Wyndham.

Author: 
Madeline Wyndham [ née Campbell ] (c.1835-1920), wife of Sir Percy Wyndham (1835-1911) of Clouds, Wiltshire, society hostess and member of 'The Souls'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Clouds, East Knoyle, Salisbury. 13 March 1911.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. In pencil and evidently written in great distress. Reads: 'Dear Canon Milford | I thank you for your Letters & your Prayers I know how you all will feel for us. But it has all been Blessed He was surrounded by love & at the End, Passed on. so quietly yet so raidently. [sic] that it has left the Glory of God his face and we are “Sorrowful yet rejoicing” | Gods own Peace & Glory is on his face | Yours ever affecately | Madeline Wyndham | My love to all'.

[ Henry Baker Tristram, 'parson-naturalist' supporter of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B. Tristram') to Francis DuCane Godman, regarding their natural history collections.

Author: 
Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906), geologist and 'parson-naturalist', a supporter of Charles Darwin [ Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919), naturalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greatham Vicarage, Stockton upon Tees. 2 October 1865.
£220.00

Four pages, 12mo, good condition. He is pleased that Godman has 'found something new in your Agnean things', among which '[t]he red legged partridge if now will indeed be a treasure'. He also discusses the bullfinch, starling and wren, before moving on to shells and 'Guatamala eggs'. He is 'beginning to arrange my Cabinet for the long evenings employment. I shd. be glad to get together what I can.' The letter concludes: 'My Smithsonians are (the rare ones only) disgracefully broken & must have been packed after they were broken.'

[ Joseph Blanco White (born José María Blanco y Crespo), Spanish author and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Blanco White') to 'Miss Jordan', giving advice regarding her Spanish studies, and revealing his attutude to his native language.

Author: 
Joseph Blanco White [ born José María Blanco y Crespo ] (1775-1841), Spanish author and poet settled in England, associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
Place not stated [ Oxford ]. 5 July 1829.
£280.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with small strip of mount obscuring part of a couple of words on reverse of second leaf. A good letter of forty-nine lines, revealing White's attitude to his native language. He is answering her queries regarding her Spanish studies, and is sending a 'small parcel' to 'lay the foundation' of her 'Spanish Library'. He explains: 'You need not be shocked at the apparent weight of the obligation. I never read a Spanish book if I can help it. It is too painful for me, and I really wish I could forget the language.

[ Charlotte M. Yonge, novelist. ] Autograph Signature ('C M Yonge') to part of Autograph Letter.

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 5.5 x 12.5 cm piece of grey paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Written on both sides. The side with the signature reads: '[...] I will let you know if I have anything farther, but it does not at all depend on me | Yours faithfully | C M Yonge'. The other side reads: '[...] when of course we can accept them or not as we please. | Mr Hughes & some others were unwilling to write under a possible Editor who they thought might [...]'.

[ E. F. Benson, novelist. ] Autograph Signed Inscription for collector..

Author: 
E. F. Benson [ Edward Frederic Benson ] (1867-1940), author and biographer
Publication details: 
4 April 1913. No place.
£25.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly stained and ruckled paper with traces of paper from mount adhering to reverse. A good firm signature, clearly given to an autograph collector, the whole reading: 'Faithfully yours | E. F. Benson | April 4. 1913'. A small oval photograph of Benson, cut from a magazine, has been laid down at bottom right.

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