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Lot 551
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Album containing a fine collection of autograph letters etc., predominantly by men of letters of the nineteenth century, including John Stuart Mill (about a report), Mathew Arnold (declining an invitation and giving his publisher Craik a lesson in etiquette: "You must not ask men you do not know to vote for you, but your friends and acquaintances you may perfectly well ask to be there if possible. You take for granted they will vote for you, if present", 24 February 1888), Robert Southey (2, one to John Murray, the other soliciting help on Sir John Moore for his history of the Peninsular War), W.H. Fox Talbot (autograph note on "The remarkable letter of Sir John Talbot to his daughter Lady Ivory" at Lacock), Sir Walter Scott (to his son-in-law and biographer J.G. Lockhart, about placing advertisements in the New Times), Rudyard Kipling (telling Owen Seaman about a motoring holiday), George Meredith, Anthony Hope Hawkins, George Cruikshank (grumbling that Bradbury & Evans have stopped publishing [Our Own Times] after only the fourth number), the traveller Frederick Burnaby, Adelaide Procter (advising a fellow authoress on the sort of work that sells and places where she might publish: "Mrs T. Trollope's in the Athenaeum have been very successful & they are (to my thinking) not particularly good"), William Cullen Bryant (quotation), J.R. Lowell, Bret Harte, J.M. Barrie (2), John Masefield (3), Aubrey De Vere, Sabine Baring-Gould, Augustus Hare, Samuel Smiles (recounting his once arduous writing habits to Frederick Martin, biographer of John Clare), Herbert Spencer ("...I have done no writing of any kind - not even needful letter-writing..."), Andrew Lang ("...I really think the public fancy no books exist but novels..."), Gerald Massey, B.W. Proctor (wishing the Crimean War were over "altho' not on Mr. Cobden's terms"), Annie Ritchie (to Frederic Harrison on EBB and the DNB: "I have to write the article on Mrs Browning for my brother in law's Dictionary"), Edward Dowden, F.J. Furnivall (to Sir Frederick [sic] Madden), Theodore Watts (Dunton), Edmund Gosse (a "Triolet after Catullus"), Walter Besant (to Edwin L. Arnold), Augustine Birrell, Ouida, and others, Israel Zangwill, Messrs John Ballantyne (declining to publish [Matthew Weld?] Hartstonge's verse, 1811), and others; with loose clipped signatures of Charles Lamb and others, and photographs relating to the Brontës, tipped and loose in a red morocco album by Zaehnsdorf, traces of mounting etc., but generally in good condition, 4to


  • The fine letter by Matthew Arnold to George Lillie Craik of Macmillan's is dated 24 February 1888, less than two months before his death (on 15 April).
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