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[ Edward Raleigh Moran, editor of The Globe. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. R. Moran') to the actor-manager Ben Webster, suggesting he produce a previously 'interdicted' play titled 'Where's His Regal Highness?'

Author: 
E. R. Moran [ Edward Raleigh Moran ] (d.1852), editor of The Globe newspaper, London [ Ben Webster [ Benjamin Nottingham Webster ] (1797-1882), actor-manager ]
Publication details: 
Globe [ London newspaper ]. 3 February 1849.
£80.00

3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. For information on the eccentric Moran see F. David Roberts' article 'Who Ran the London "Globe" in the 1830's, 1840's, and 1850's?' (1971). The letter begins: 'My Dear Webster | If you want a useful subsidiary piece producible without cost or trouble. It contains a part that of Frederick William of Prussia admirably adapted for your own filling up.

[ Rev. Dr E. R. Humphreys, disgraced headmaster of Cheltenham Grammar School. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. R. Humphreys'), enclosing a certificate and sending his good wishes to the family of a boy who is leaving the school.

Author: 
E. R. Humphreys [ Rev. Dr Edward Rupert Humphreys ] (1820-1893), disgraced headmaster of Cheltenham Grammar School, 1852-1859 [ now Pate's Grammar School ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cheltenham Grammar School. 28 August 1858.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named. He has sincere pleasure in enclosing the certificate (not present) awarded to the recipient's son, whom he is sorry to lose as a pupil. 'I trust this will, with God's blessing, be but the prelude to an honourable and useful Career. My kind wishes will follow your boy through life, and to yourself also I heartily wish happiness in your new home.' Humphreys is described in the School history as 'a Classical scholar of doubtful repute'.

[ E. R. Dibdin. ] Signed ('E R D') pencil sketch of the head of 'Mrs S. Palmer' [ Mrs Sarah Palmer of Southwold ], with brief manuscript biographical notes of the sitter.

Author: 
E. R. Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic [ Sarah Palmer [ born Woods ] (1797-1886) of Southwold, Suffolk ]
Publication details: 
Dated (in another hand?) '1884'.
£30.00

The sketch is on a 12mo page, torn from a notebook. In good condition, lightly aged. Mounted in makeshift 4to bifolium paper folder. The drawing, in grey pencil, is a capable one, showing the left profile of a bespectacled old lady in a bonnet, with Dibdin's signature at bottom right. Beneath this, perhaps in another hand is 'Mrs S. Palmer Fixed'. Beneath the leaf, on the mount, in ink, is '1884.' A note in the same hand, on the outside of the folder, reads: 'Mrs Sarah Palmer, m.s. Woods, born 26 Septr 1797. at Southwold. Died at Edinburgh 9 June 1886'.

[ Austin Brereton, drama critic. ] Typed Letter Signed to fellow-critic E. R. Dibdin, asking to borrow playbills to assist in the writing of his biography of Sir Henry Irving.

Author: 
Austin Brereton (1862-1922), drama critic [ E. R. Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic; Sir Henry Irving [ John Henry Brodribb ] (1838-1905), actor-manager ]
Publication details: 
26 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall, London SW. 17 February 1908.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Having been informed by another critic, William Archer, that Dibdin possesses 'some playbills of Irving's appearances in Edinburgh in the early days', he asks to borrow them for a week or so, as he iss 'writing the authoritative Lifef of the actor, and although I have a vast amount of material, I do not want to let anything slip'. He requests a prompt response, as he is 'sending my first volume to the printers early in March'.

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