2 autograph letters signed, 6 1/4pp, 28 February and 24 March, no years. To William Moy Thomas.

(THOMAS, W. MOY) SKETCHLEY, ARTHUR.

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2 autograph letters signed, 6 1/4pp, 8vo, 96 Glo'ster Place, Portman Square, 28 February and 24 March, no years. Both letters are to William Moy Thomas, editor of Cassell's Magazine, on various matters: "I've nothing short by me but will send you something by Monday . . . . am only just come in from travelling & can't set to work now . . . . Hoping you'll cut your long winded fiction writer down & put plenty of matter into your magazine by which I don't mean my matter . . . By the way is your magazine weekly or monthly?"; and "How much heading do you want? four lines or four hundred. How am I to get that excellent woman to relate her wrongs unless she knows who is going to listen. I imagine you want something to introduce the correspondence . . . . '' Included with the letters is an autograph manuscript inscription by Sketchley (one page, oblong 8vo -- cut from an album leaf, no place, 16 Nov. 1875), written in the dialect style of his character Mrs. Martha Brown and signed with her name, mounted with a cut-out photograph of Sketchley. Some wear and soiling, but good.

William Moy Thomas (1828-1910); English novelist, journalist. Arthur Sketchley (pseud. of George Rose; 1817-1882); English author. In "Routledge's Annual" for 1866, "Sketchley" published the first of his numerous and immensely poplular monologues purporting to be the views on current topics of an illiterate old woman of the lower middle class whom he named 'Mrs. Brown'. Mrs. Brown was an obvious adaptation and extension of Dickens's "Mrs. Gamp." (Item ID: 1627)



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