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['H. S. Merriman' [pen name of Hugh Stowell Scott], Victorian author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Seton Merriman'), describing his novel 'The Sowers' as 'ancient history', regarding whose critical reception he has 'no recollection'.

Author: 
'H. S. Merriman' ['Henry Seton Merriman', pen name of Hugh Stowell Scott (1862-1903)]
Publication details: 
28 October 1900. On letterhead of the Reform Club, Pall Mall, S.W. [London]
£40.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In response to the unnamed female recipient's query he expresses regret that he is unable to supply her with the desired information 'respecting Press criticisms on the Sowers [his most notable work, published in 1896, which went through around thirty editions]'. He considers that novel 'such ancient history that I have no recollection of the nature of it's [sic] reception.' However he finds her 'selection of The Sowers as a subject for discussion [...] most gratifying'.

[ Sir H. S. Maine, Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. S. Maine') to Classical historian William Warde Fowler, regarding the Slavonic custom of the 'leaping-place of the old', and 'putting the aged to death'.

Author: 
Sir H. S. Maine [ Sir Henry James Sumner Maine ] (1822-1888), Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, legal anthropologist and historian [ W. Warde Fowler ]
Publication details: 
London, 2 December 1884. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, London.
£90.00

The recipient William Warde Fowler (1847-1921), a tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford, is best known for his works on ancient Roman religion. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'The “leaping place of the old” was pointed out to my informant in one of the Slavonic (new Germanised) provinces in the Baltic. But I believe I have seen several references to it in print'.

[ Rev. H. S. McClelland supports G. K. Chesterton's candidacy for the Rectorship of the University of Glasgow. ] Manuscript tribute titled 'In Praise of G. K. C.', signed 'H. S. McClelland.'

Author: 
Rev. H. S. McClelland [ Henry Simpson McClelland] (1882-1961) of Trinity Congregational Church, Glasgow [ G. K. Chesterton [ Gilbert Keith Chesterton ] (1874-1936), journalist and author ]
Publication details: 
[ Glasgow. 1925. ]
£56.00

1p., 4to. On aged and browned paper, chipped at extremities, but with the 30 lines of text intact.

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