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Lot 99
GRAY, DAVID (1838-1861, Scottish poet)
£350 - 450
US$ 570 - 730

Lot Details
GRAY, DAVID (1838-1861, Scottish poet)
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, to his fellow poet [John] Westland Marston, asking him for assistance with his rent because his funds are exhausted and he has 'to pass thro' another week of sickness and indisposition' before he returns to Scotland, stating that he thinks [Monckton] Milnes will assist him 'pecuniarily' in his journey home, and expressing the hope that Marston will forgive him 'this species of beggary', 3 pages, octavo, 66 Upper Stamford Street, 24 June 1860

Footnotes

  • Letters by David Gray are rare. He had gone to London earlier in the year because of Monckton Milnes's interest. Milnes urged his return, but on Gray's insistence that he wished to stay gave him some light literary work. Soon his health became troublesome and a severe cold (probably contracted in Hyde Park, where he spent his first London night) gradually settled on his lungs. He died on 3 December 1861. Milnes contributed the preface to his posthumous volume of poems, The Luggie and other Poems.
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