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Lot 152
LEWIS, MATTHEW GREGORY (1775-1818, author of 'The Monk')
Sold for £1,200 (US$ 1,892) inc. premium

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LEWIS, MATTHEW GREGORY (1775-1818, author of 'The Monk')

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  • DAMNED KIDDERMINSTER AND THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE.

    '...I was persuaded to go by Kidderminster-and-be-damned-to-it...I do warn you Lord Henry Petty, in order that you may warn all other Lord Henry Petties even unto the fiftieth Generation, not to suffer any human considerations, neither interest, flattery, nor force, to entice you into the limbo of Kidderminster. Do you happen to have ever heard of any very enormous crime committed by the Inhabitants? for that the place is accurst of heaven is past a doubt. The Roads are all sand; the Hills are all brick-dust colour; the Houses are all dirty; the Children are all ugly; the Men are all stupid; and I do verily believe in my conscience, that all the Women are born old...I became quite proud of my own powers of imprecation, and admired the choice of expressions and variety of modes, in which I contrived to make the Devil a present (in the fullness of my generosity) of Kidderminster and all the Kidderminsterienses, past, present, and to come. Had I possest the Wand of a Sorcerer, I should certainly have ordered the ground to open, and swallow up this detestable Town...what a fine thing it would have been, when Kidderminster should be discovered in the reign of George the Tenth, like a second Herculaneum! How Prince Prosperity would have chuckled over and wondered at the treasures contained in the House of mine Host of the Black Lion!...'

    Letters by 'Monk' Lewis are rare: no publication of this letter has been traced.
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