CONNEMARA

[Mary Letitia Martin, Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M Martin') to 'Miss OMeara', on reviews of her novel 'St. Etienne', literary success and disillusionment, her publisher T. C. Newby and Jane Austen.

Author: 
Mary Letitia Martin (1815-1850), Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara', granddaughter of the MP Richard Martin (1754-1834, 'Humanity Dick') [T.C. Newby, London publisher]
Publication details: 
Ballinahinch Castle [Connemara, Ireland]. 5 April 1845
£1,200.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, and with closed tears up gutter and one fold. Addressed to 'My dearest Miss OMeara'. With reference to her first published work, 'St. Etienne, a Romance of the First Revolution' (T. C. Newby, London, 1845), she begins by thanking her 'for the Review which the Doctor sent me, as he promised'. She mentions other reviews, stating that one 'did not review the Book it praised the writer – the only thing stated of the Book is however very good, for it is htat the Characters are so very well done that they resemble Miss Austen'.

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

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