[ J.H. Shorthouse, novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed "J Henry Shorthouse" to "Fras S.G. Gardner-Brown", about his 'philosophical' novel, John Inglesant.

J. H. Shorthouse [Joseph Henry Shorthouse (1834–March 1903), novelist, author of "John Inglesant."
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[Headed ] Lansdowne, Edgbaston ] 16 Feb. 1900.

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, vestiges of tipping into album, text clear and complete, good to very good condition. "I am very pleased that you have found anything that I have written a help to you and especially to find that in your opinion a perusal of 'John Inglesant' is calculated to promote 'a better and a purer life'. I am strongly inclined to think that you will find this the case for a past day rather than in those of the present." His correspondent has sent a reference which Shorthouse explains.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Henry Shorthouse') to 'Mr. Barrow'.

Joseph Henry Shorthouse (1894-1903), English author, best known for his book 'John Inglesant'
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27 April 1882; on letterhead Lansdowne, Edgbaston.

12mo, 3 pp. Very good, with a strip of cream paper from previous mounting adhering to the blank verso of the second leaf of the bifolium. He has 'received a Catalogue of the Friends Book Society's Annual Sale held by your and Mrs Barrow's kind invitation'. He and his wife 'should have enjoyed being present very much: if for no other reason, yet in remembrance of thirty years ago, when I used to enjoy the Sales exceedingly', but they will be 'in London on the day fixed'. Shorthouse was born into the Society of Friends, but joined the Church of England.

Autograph Letter Signed to Hugh Nettlefold, with initaled pencil reply.

Joseph Henry Shorthouse [Hugh Nettlefold; Edgbaston, Warwickshire]
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2 November 1886; on letterhead 'Lansdowne, Edgbaston.'

English novelist (1834-1903), influenced by Ruskin and Pre-Raphaelitism, author of the influential 'John Inglesant'. Three pages, 12mo. Very good. The recipient Hugh Nettlefold (1858-93) was a screwmaker residing in Hall Field House, Sir Harrys Rd, Edgbaston. Reads 'We shall be very pleased to see you and your friend to tea tomorrow [^ Wednesday] at five o'clock. I will take care to be at home at that Time & shall be quite disengaged until six oclock <...> regards from my wife'. Signed 'J. Henry Shorthouse'. Nettlefold replies 'I will call for you about 1/4 to 5 tomorrow.

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