[Matilda Anne Mackarness, children's writer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Matilda Planché') to 'Mr Helmore' [the choirmaster Thomas Helmore?], regarding the reluctance of W. N. Wright to publish her 'A Trap to catch a Sunbeam' in cheap form.

Matilda Anne Mackarness [née Planché] (1825-1881), children's writer ['Susie Sunbeam'] [Thomas Helmore (1811-1890), choirmaster; W. N. Wright, 60 Pall Mall, bookseller to the Queen]
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The Lodge. 23 January [no year, but between the publication of the book in 1849, and her marriage in 1852].

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. In reply to his letter, she refers Helmore to 'Mr Wright', who has 'frequently since the Publication of the "Sunbeam" [in 1849] been appealed to to bring it out in a cheap form - but he has no speculating propensities - and as he is perfectly satisfied with the sale of twenty thousand at a shilling - he is not inclined to try it in a cheaper form'. She has 'nothing to do with it - further than receiving a certain sum as each edition is sold out'.

Autograph Letter Signed to the Revd Thomas Helmore.

Francis Edward Paget
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Elford Rectory | Septermber 8.' [1841?].

Divine and author (1806-82). The recipient (1811-90) was a musical writer and composer, and the priest-ordinary of the Chapel Royal, St James's. Three pages. Poor: creased, dogeared, frayed, and with traces of previous mount adhering to blank verso of second leaf of bifoliate. He received the note and inclosure the day before. 'We have copied the beautiful Kyrie Eleeson, and I now return it with many thanks for the trouble you have so goodnaturedly taken in my behalf.' He wishes he could have been at Leeds for what 'must have been a truly gratifying sight.

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