Autograph letter signed, 3 1/4pp, 16 May 1859. To an unidentified recipient.


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Autograph letter signed ("SC Hall"), 3 1/4pp, 8vo, on embossed letterhead of the Art Journal, Lancaster Place, London, 16 May 1859. To an unidentified recipient, on age and old friends: ". . . I was much gratified to hear of your health: it is not I suppose in the Book of Fate that we should [illegible word] in this world -- although I have often thought we might do so. . . . Time has thinned the ranks of your old friends: Time will always do that: I myself though younger than most of them am beginning to feel old -- although still a good 24 months the better side of 60. I have now the honour to be President of the original slate of [illegible word]: and I assure you its character is well maintained: it includes few of your old friends. . . . You will see from the enclosed that I am giving a . . . lecture: it is one that you would thoroughly comprehend and enjoy. . . . I wish you could hear it. . . ." Some minor soiling and toning, remains of prior mounting along one edge; else good.

Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889); English author, editor. In 1826, Hall founded and edited an annual called The Amulet, a Christian and Literary Remembrancer, which he continued yearly until 1837. Also in 1826 Hall edited the Spirit and Manners of the Age, and in 1829-30 the Morning Journal. By the desire of Henry Colburn, he became sub-editor of the New Monthly Magazine in 1830 in place of Cyrus Redding, and on the retirement of Thomas Campbell succeeded him as editor. (Item ID: 20807)

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