Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 22 November 1860. To Mr. Appleton.


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Autograph letter signed ("MPR [?] de Bury"), 2pp, 8vo (on blue paper), 18 Rue Cherche Midi, Paris, 22 November 1860. To Mr. Appleton, requesting his assistance in a literary business matter: ". . . In the last July No. of 'North American Review' I had an article on French literature. I took care to see the No., and with my own eyes verify the insertion -- but since then I cannot obtain any payment of it. . . . I have written to them, and to our friend Mr. Peabody I don't know how many times, but I do not even get an answer. . . . Will you kindly find out for me why this is? and inquire from Messrs Crosby when they can forward me the money?. . . . We often talk of you here -- why have you never come back again? You know we have lost poor Lady Elgin. . . ." Remains of glue and prior mounting paper along one edge (a little rough in areas; portions of a couple of words partially obscured); tip of upper corner torn away (text still discernible); some offsetting and bleed through of ink; else good.

Baroness Blaze de Bury (1813-1894); Scottish-born novelist. According to Wolff (547a), "Allibone, Supp. gives her name as Marie Pauline Rose, nee Stewart, and lists All for Greed [2 vols., 1868] and Love the Avenger, 3 vols., 1869, as her only novels. The usual books of reference give no hint of her former fame and notoriety. Born at Oban, ostensibly the daughter of Captain William Stewart, she was widely believed to be an illegitimate daughter of Lord Brougham (1778-1868), with whom she was on close terms. Her youth remains mysterious. About 1840 she met at Weimar Henri Blaze (1813-1881), a French writer and scholar of German, who had already translated Goethe's Faust into French and was made Baron de Bury by the Grand-Duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimar. They were married in London in 1844, and lived thereafter chiefly in Paris. Devoted to liberal causes and international political intrigue, the Baroness was beautiful and formidably intelligent. Completely at home in French and German, as well as English, she wrote literary articles for the Revue des Deux Mondes and fiction under the pseudonym Arthur Dudley in other French periodicals. . . . She had a surprising list of friends and correspondents on both sides of the Atlantic: Matthew Arnold, George Ticknor, Parnell's mother (nee Stewart), Lawrence [sic] Oliphant . . . Lord Lytton and many others." (Item ID: 22084)

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