[ Arnold Bennett, English author. ] Typed Note Signed to the ghost story writer Frederick I Cowles, declining to act.

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), English author from the Staffordshire Potteries [ Frederick Ignatius Cowles (1900-1948), English author of supernatural fiction ]
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75 Cadogan Square, S.W.1. [ London ] 5 November 1930.

S1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount on reverse. Addressed to 'Frederick I. Cowles, Esq., F.R.S.L., F.R.S.A., F.S.A.' Reads: 'Dear Sir, | In reply to your letter, I should have liked to oblige you but it is impossible for me to do so. The matter would require much more time than I have to spare.'

[Sir Valentine Chirol, Times foreign correspondent and diplomat.] Autograph Signature and Latin motto.

Sir Valentine Chirol [Mary Valentine Ignatius Chirol] (1852-1929), director of the foreign department of The Times, author, diplomat and imperialist
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On letterhead of 34, Carlyle Square, Chelsea, S.W. [London]'. Undated.

On 8.5 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. Reads: '"Littera scripta manet" | Valentine Chirol'.

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