[Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd, author, judge and Radical politician.] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘T Davis Esq’ regarding the acting of Henry Thomas Betty, son of 'the young Roscius'.

Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), author, judge and Radical politician, friend of Charles Dickens and framer of modern British copyright law
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‘Serjeants’ Inn [London], 20 May, 1841’.
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Talfourd’s entry in the Oxford DNB notes that he was ‘particularly loved’ by Dickens, and that he ‘provided the archetype of the idealistic Tommy Traddles in David Copperfield; his children Frank and Kate gave their names to two youngsters in Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby.’ The subject of the letter is the actor Henry Thomas Betty (1819-1897), son of ‘the young Roscius’ Henry Betty (1791-1874), whose entry in the ODNB also see. 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, and with slight traces of mount on reverse. Folded for postage. Begins: ‘My dear Sir, / Mr. Henry Betty, the Son of the sometime famed young Roscius, is about to perform in your Town; - and, among other parts, proposes to try that of Thoas in my Play of “The Athenian Captive”. He is a very meritorious youth; - and if you should know any play-going people (now alas! a small remnant) in the neighbourhood whom you could inspire with a wish to see him either in that or in better parts, you would very much oblige, My dear Sir, / Your’s most truly / T N Talfourd’. See Image.