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[Lennox Robinson, Irish dramatist and theatre director.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lennox') to 'Robert', i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, regarding his memoir 'Three Houses', mutual acquaintances, Wilson's family and a poem by him.

Author: 
Lennox Robinson [Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson] (1886-1958), Irish dramatist and theatre director involved with the Abbey Theatre [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sorrento Cottage, Dalkey, County Dublin; 10 December [c.1938].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded four times. The letter refers to Robinson's 1938 memoir 'Three Houses', which tells the story of his Kinsale childhood. Begins: 'Dear Robert: | How nice to hear from you and to hear you liked “Three Houses” - I think a nice, gentle, kind book.' He remembers Wilson's mother – 'aren't all nice mothers alike?' - as well as his 'aunt in the north who likes you but was a little shocked by some poems you wrote'. He saw 'John [McGreevey?] a few weeks ago in London, and Geoffrey two summers ago'.

[Esmé Cecil Wingfield-Stratford, historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Esmé Wingfield-Stratford') to an unnamed recipient, giving a positive assessment of Archbishiop Laud.

Author: 
Esmé Cecil Wingfield-Stratford (1882-1971), historian [William Laud (1573-1645), Archbishop of Canterbury]
Publication details: 
No place. 10 December 1947.
£56.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper.

One Autograph Letter Signed ('E. H.' twice) with the first four pages of another (lacking signature), both to 'My dear Gop'.

Author: 
Esme William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Penrith (1863-1939), British diplomat [Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon; Pixton Park, Dulverton]
Publication details: 
Complete Letter: 12 September 1908; on letterhead of The Tides, Bar Harbor, Maine. Incomplete Letter: 4 November 1908; on letterhead of Pixton Park, Dulverton.
£56.00

Both items in good condition, on aged paper. Complete Letter (12 September 1908): 12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium with mourning border. He thanks Gop [Goss?] for the 'letter of great length extended exclamation marks but otherwise agreeable & genial'. Howard 'can understand that vowing to keep silence the next best thing is to write to someone'. Gop's 'instinct is sound': Howard has 'abandoned Presque Isle which is a 12 hrs journey from here'. Gives a date for his return to Manchester.

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