HARDY, THOMAS. 1840-1928.
HARDY REMINISCES ON MEETING THACKERAY AND PROCURES AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER.
Autograph Letter Signed ("T. Hardy"), 2 pp recto and verso, 8vo, Max Gate, Dorchester, February 19, 1908, to A. Swaffield, left edge a little ragged, mark from removed staple, very good.
In full: "I remember Mr Pretor's speaking to me about the Thackeray autograph letter; & it will give me pleasure to receive it here & keep it as a memento of him. / It has been a matter of much regret to me that I did not see him again, after the visit I paid him which turned out to be the last. My arrangement with him was that he should let me know how he was progressing, & that if he could not write himself he would get some one else to do so. The next thing I heard was of his death, & I suppose therefore that after I was there the acutest came in rather rapidly."
When Thackeray died at the end of 1863, Hardy had only recently moved to London and was still several years away from publishing his first novel.