Autograph letter signed, 3pp., 29 November 1828. To T. Crofton Croker.

HOFLAND, BARBARA.

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Good autograph letter signed, 3pp., 8vo, 20 Newman Street, 29 November 1828. To the Irish folklorist, T. Crofton Croker, writing that: "I have this moment got a letter from Miss Mitford in which she writes purposely to say 'pray tell Mr. Brooke I have never got my little book nor any remuneration for what I did for it. . . .' She writes evidently in great haste and has said Mr. Brooke instead of Mr. Croker, as I know you got her address from me. . . . I hear that not only dear little Hope but his parents were quite delighted with your kind present of the Christmas Box. . . . Mr. Hope was particularly pleased with the drawings. As all the world knows the author of Anastatius draws as well as he writes (a bold word), pray tell our friend Brooke when you see him . . . for all men of talent like to know that they are appreciated. . . . I shall be happy to know that the little book does well. . . .'' Some light soiling and wear; lower center fold beginning, but in good condition. Croker edited for William Harrison Ainsworth a miscellany entitled The Christmas Box, in 1827, to which Scott, Lamb, Hook and Maria Edgeworth contributed. Croker's Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland, published in three parts from 1825 to 1828, contained illustrations by his friend, W.H. Brooke.

Barbara Hofland (1770-1844); English author. Upon the death of her husband in 1805, she published her first work, a volume of poems, in an attempt to support herself and her infant son. By 1824 she had produced upwards of twenty works of fiction, including her most famous novel, "The Son of A Genius", which first appeared in 1816.

(Item ID: 2961)



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