[ Wilhelm Ganz, German-born London conductor. ] Autograph signature.

Wilhelm Ganz (1833-1914), German-born conductor, pianist, organist, violinist, and composer
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Place and date not stated.

On 5.5 x 11 cm. slip of paper taken from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. Closely-cropped, with the lower part of the final flourish of the 'z' in Ganz's name shaved off. Ganz established himself as accompanist to singers including Jenny Lind and Adelina Patti. He became sole conductor of rthe concerts of Henry Wylde's New Philharmonic Society orchestra in 1879, renaming them the following year 'Mr. Ganz's Orchestral Concerts'. He conducted the London premieres of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Liszt's Dante symphony.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Flora F. Wylde') from the novelist Flora Frances Wylde to an unnamed lady, regarding the neglect of the grave of her 'celebrated grandmother' Flora MacDonald, the raising of a monument to her, and her own novel about her.

Flora F. Wylde [Flora Frances Wylde] [née MacDonald] (1812-1888), Victorian novelist, granddaughter of the Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald (1722-1790)
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On letterhead of 31 Lansdown Crescent, Cheltenham. 13 May 1870.

4pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The four sides of the bifolium having been filled, the valediction and signature are written upwards across the first page. She thanks the recipient for 'the interesting page of extracts', and for 'the flattering manner in which you allude to my father's mother, Flora McDonald'. Having previously seen the text in an articles she is forwarding, she considers that the lady author has 'taken an unwarrantable liberty by reflecting severely on Flora's descendants for neglecting to keep her grave in good order'.

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