SHAFTO

[ T. W. Robertson ('Young Tom Robertson'), dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tom Robertson') to 'My dear Spielmann'

Author: 
T. W. Robertson [ Thomas William Shafto Robertson, 'Young Tom Robertson' ] (c.1858-1895), playwright, son of Thomas William Robertson (1829-1871), English dramatist and innovative stage director
Publication details: 
Alexandra Theatre, Sheffield, on letterhead of 'T. W. ROBERTSON'S "CASTE" COMPANY'. 23 November 1886.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Having been up in town 'for a few hours' during the week he found Spielmann's note at the Savage Club. He quotes the phrase 'The Lord certainly is accountable for my whereabouts', adding '& he sends me to some curious places!' He refers to performances of his father's play 'Caste' at Oxford and Cambridge, concluding: 'On both occasion of "Caste" beng played we turned many away - & they (the pieces) are 20 years old!. I wonder where some of the pieces being played now, will be in 20 years? Sh!'

[ John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute. ] Manuscript indenture, signed by 'Cardiff' (with his seal), Dutens and Jacmar: 'Escoffment of a Cottage at Collierly in the County of Durham | The Right Honourable John Lord Cardiff to Mr. John Smith.'

Author: 
John Stuart (1744-1814), 1st Marquess of Bute (as John, Lord Cardiff) [ Louis Dutens (1730-1812), French author; David George Jacmar (d.1896) of the Auditor's Office; Thomas Shafto of Witton Gilbert ]
Publication details: 
[ Regarding Collierley, County Durham. ] 1 July 1780.
£150.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Laid out in the customary fashion, with two tax stamps, one embossed and the other in black ink. Signed 'Cardiff' beside a good impression of his seal in red wax. Witnessed by 'L. Dutens' and 'D G Jacmar'. The indenture is 'Between The Right Honourable John Lord Cardiff of Cardiff Castle in the County of Glamorgan of the first Part John Smith of Wilton Gilbert in the County of Durham Gentleman of the second Part and Thomas Shafto of Dunston in the said County of Durham Esquire off the third Part'.

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