[ Alaric A. Watts, poet and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alac. Watts') to the father of 'Miss V.', whose 'comfort and happiness' Watts and his wife wish to promote, with offers of assistance, including a meeting in Trafalgar Square.

Alaric A. Watts [ Alaric Alexander Watts ] (1797-1864), poet and journalist, editor of the 'Literary Souvenir' [ Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), Irish artist ]
Publication details: 
'Waterloo Pl[ace, London] | Tuesday'. On paper watermarked 1837.
SKU: 20469

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with discoloration from tape at head of second leaf. Watts's handwriting is not easily legible. The male recipient of the letter is not named. In reply to a letter received the previous Friday, Watts assures him that 'the earnest desire of Mrs. Watts and myself' is 'to promote by every means in our power the comfort and happiness of your daughter, and we are not without hope that we shall succeed in achieving what we wish.' Watts will be in London the following Thursday and Friday, 'and can, without the slightest inconvenience wait upon you in Trafalgar Square at any hour (morning or evening) that you may be the most likely to be disengaged'. He has 'promised to dine with the Royal Marines at Chatham on Saturday'. The letter ends with a discussion of the 'medium of conveyance' for certain 'articles of furniture', with Watts stating, 'I should wish Miss V. to bring any thing of the kind that she may desire to bring. There is not the shadow of an objection'. A line under the signature is illegible. Included with this item is a worn copy of the original engraved portrait of Watts (by Daniel Maclise), captioned 'The Editor of “The Literary Souvenir”', from Fraser's Magazine, June 1835.