[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed to her nephew John Arrow Kempe, explaining that she wishes him to act as her literary executor, and discussing the 'revised copies' of her works.

Anna Eliza Bray [born Kempe, sometime Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist [her nephew, John Arrow Kempe (1846-1928) Knight Comptroller and Auditor General]
Publication details: 
18 August 1871; 40 Brompton Crescent, S.W. [London]

4pp, 18mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. With envelope addressed 'To | John Arrow Kempe Esqre. | St James's Rectory | Piccadilly | W'.A long letter, with the words 'To be carefully kept' at the head of the first page. The letter begins with a light-hearted reference to her novel 'De Foix': 'My dear Godson/ | Accept the enclosed trifle - It may help you to make an excursion to the Casle of De Foix - and (vanity of authorship!) to tell me what it is like -'. After this she turns to the real theme, her will.

[Gladstone PM Library; Samuel Rogers, 'the Banker Poet', inscribes a volume of his poems, with proof engravings by Finden and Goodall from Turner & Stothard, to 'his friend' William Ewart Gladstone.] Poems by Samuel Rogers.

Samuel Rogers ('The Banker Poet'); J. M. W. Turner; Thomas Stothard; William Finden; Edward Goodall; Thomas Cadell and Edward Moxon, London publishers [William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister]
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London: Printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and E. Moxon, Dover-street. 1834.

viii + 296pp, 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and spotted paper, with slight damp staining along bottom edge. In contemporary green crushed morocco binding, with gilt decoration to the edges of the inside covers, all edges gilt, rebacked and with new endpapers. Inscribed by Rogers on flyleaf: 'To W. E. Gladstone | from his friend, the Author.' Beneath this Gladstone has added in pencil: 'June 1838'. The volume contains a handful of light annotatory marks in pencil, no doubt also by Gladstone.

[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed to Robert Spence, autograph hunter, regarding the autograph of her father-in-law, the artist Thomas Stothard.

Anna Eliza Bray [née Kempe, later Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist and author, wife of Charles Alfred Stothard, son of artist Thomas Stothard
Publication details: 
The Vicarage, Tavistock, Devon. 19 June 1852.

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of glue from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. She signs 'Anna Eliza Bray', and the letter is a response to a request of an autograph of the artist Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), father of her late husband Charles Alfred Stothard (1786-1821). She writes that she is 'much gratified' by Spence's 'appreciation of Mr. Stothard, not only as an Artist, but as a man: he was indeed truly estimable'.

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