[William Leman Rede, playwright.] Original holograph unpublished jeux d'esprit, addressed to and concerning Mrs Keeley. Signed 'Leman Rede/'.

William Leman Rede (1802-1847), playwright who wrote farces and melodramas for the Olympic, Strand and Adelphi theatres in London [Mrs. Keeley]
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Signed and dated 'Leman Rede/ | 31. May 1841'.
SKU: 22873

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse. Folded three times. Signed and dated at foot: 'Leman Rede/ | 31. May 1841'. Addressed at bottom left: 'To | Mrs. Keeley.' The poem, clearly an impromptu effort and not of the highest quality, reads: 'Writing Faustus (sad fate) I a blood vessel broke; | Last week's work was sufficient to rend it; | But Keeley came: sang - Keeley look'd & she spoke, | And her tones are sufficient to mend it: | Take my thanks & God send you may yet live to see | A piece from my pen that is worthy of thee.'