Autograph letter signed, one page, 13 March 1876. To "My dear Mrs. Hall".


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Uncommon autograph letter signed ("Ellen Wood"), one page, 8vo (thin onion paper), 16 St. John's Wood Park, 13 March 1876. To "My dear Mrs. Hall" (probably Mrs. Samuel Carter Hall), sending a copy of an unidentified volume: "As my new book seems to be finding rather unusual favour, I think you may perhaps like to read it. I have sent you a copy. . . . You have read a portion of the story in The Argosy, but not all. The book came out only on Monday last, and they have been already obliged to print a second edition. . . ." Perhaps faintly uniformly toned; remains of prior mounting strip on verso of (blank) integral leaf; very lightly soiled in areas; annotated "From Mrs. Henry Wood-- Author of 'East Lynne' -- &c. &c. &c. --" at the top in an unidentified contemporary hand; else good.

Ellen Wood [née Price] (1814-1887); English novelist, known as "Mrs. Henry Wood". In 1867, Wood purchased the English magazine Argosy, and worked as its editor until June 1887. She capitalized on the success of her sensational melodrama East Lynne (1861) and produced one or two novels a year, many of which she first serialized in the Argosy. The year this letter was written four new books by Mrs. Henry Wood appeared in print, namely: Adam Grainger: A Tale, Edina, Our Children, and Parkwater: With four other tales. (Item ID: 22270)

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