Autograph letter signed, 3 1/2pp, 24 March, n.y.


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Autograph letter signed ("T.C. Grattan"), 3 1/2pp, 8vo, 19 Chapel Street, Grosvenor Place, 24 March, n.y. To an unidentified recipient, concerning London employment terms offered to a Mr. O'Donnel (presumably a relative) by the "London Service Journal," including: ". . . the expectations you express of putting him in the way of making his income 100 pounds a year. I take it for granted you can find it convenient to provide him with the lodging you mentioned, in connection with your own Establishment. . . . I have no doubt of your being satisfied. At least it is now in Mr. O'Donnel's own power to prove himself; & I am delighted in being the means of obtaining him the opportunity. . . ." Paper somewhat browned and soiled; edges rough with a few small areas missing; some minor tears; foxed, otherwise good.

Thomas Colley Grattan (1792-1864); Irish-born English author. In 1818, he married Miss Eliza O'Donnel. In a short time he removed to Paris, where he made the acquaintance of Moore, Washington Irving, Thiers, Béranger, Lamartine, and other distinguished literary men, and became a constant contributor to the Westminster and Edinburgh Reviews, the New Monthly Magazine, and other periodicals. His work, Highways and Byways, or Tales of the Roadside (published in 1823 and dedicated to Washington Irving), made its author's name widely known both in England and on the continent, and was several times reprinted.

(Item ID: 17909)

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