FEILDEN

[Lady Cynthia Asquith, author, as personal secretary of Sir J. M. Barrie.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Greene. | (For Sir James Barrie)', to Theo Feilden, conveying Barrie's answer regarding 'the honour of your suggestion'.

Author: 
'C. Greene', i.e. Lady Cynthia Asquith (1887-1960), personal secretary and principal legatee of Sir J. M. Barrie, author of 'Peter Pan' [Theo Feilden, Director General of the Empire Trade League]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Adelphi Terrace House, Strand, W.C.2. 17 May 1922.
£100.00

Lady Cynthia Asquith was Barrie's personal secretary in his later years, and inherited the bulk of his estate, but not the rights to 'Peter Pan'. The letter is 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small holes to one corner from staple. With red date stamp marking receipt. Begins: 'Dear Sir | Sir James Barrie directs me to express his regret at your letter having remained unanswered for so long – but he has been absent from London, and unable to attend to his correspondence.

[Col. H. W. Feilden, Arctic explorer, to Daniel Meinerzhagen: 'A few days actual acquaintance with Polar Regions will do you more good than a cart-load of letters.'] Two Autograph Letters Signed regarding Meinertzhagen's plan to explore Spitsbergen.

Author: 
Col. H. W. Feilden [Colonel Henry Wemyss Feilden] (1838-1921), Arctic explorer and naturalist [Daniel Meinertzhagen (1875-1898); Aubyn Trevor-Battye (1855-1922)]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Wells, Norfolk. 18 and 29 December 1895.
£450.00

A close friend of Rudyard Kipling, Feilden fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War, and married the daughter of a South Carolina judge. The recipient Daniel Meinertzhagen (1875-1898) was the eldest of the ten children of Daniel Meinertzhagen (1842-1910) of Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, and brother to the celebrated intelligence officer and fraud Col. Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967). At the time of writing he was a student at New College, Oxford.

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