Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 20 March 1873. To Mrs. S.C. Hall.


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Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 8vo, on letterhead of 30 South Grove, Peckham, Rye, S.E., 20 March 1873. A letter of gratitude to Mrs. S.C. Hall, thanking her for her note and an unspecified enclosure, adding: "I intended -- and intend -- to take the liberty of asking Mr. Hall to permit me to give some specimen of his work in the 'Casquet' . . . perhaps an extract from his book of Memoirs -- which I read with great delight -- might indicate satisfactorily his extensive knowledge of authors and literature. 'Grace Huntly' does indeed sustain Lord Lytt[on's] credit for taste and judgement. I . . . closed it with that feeling of exaltation which is the best proof of good work and of the worker's genius. . . . " Lower right corner torn away (with the "on's" in "Lytton's" missing), some browning, else very good.

Charles Gibbon (1843-1890): Scottish novelist and editor of The Casquet of Literature (6 vols. 1873-4). Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889); Irish [?] writer, editor, printer and publisher. Hall was intimate with most of the well-known celebrities of his day, and had a general acquaintance with all the artists and actors. He was an original member of the society of Noviomagus, 11 Dec. 1828, and president from 1855 until his retirement in 1881. On 7 April 1842 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was awarded a Civil List Pension, and with his wife he aided in the formation of many charitable institutions. Although Hall was a most industrious literary man, and edited with annotations numerous books, he did not publish many original works. He also wrote many works in conjunction with his wife. [see DNB] (Item ID: 16569)

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