Autograph manuscript fragment, unsigned, one page. With a letter from Collins' wife, Frances.


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Autograph manuscript fragment, unsigned, one page, 8vo, n.p., n.d., concerning Lord Lyttleton's bill on headmasters ("Lord Lyttleton evidently was the person who induced Parliament to give a governing body power to dismiss a Head Master at pleasure, without cause assigned. . . . I do not think he need be proud of the legislative feat . . . excluding Head Masters from their legal rights.''). Together with a good 9 1/2 page letter from Collins' wife, Frances (Rosebank, Isleworth, 20 Sept. 1879), in which she writes of her late husband's unhappy first marriage ("Of course I have said nothing of this in the memoir . . . seventeen years of misery''), his books and his character ("he made every living creature about him happy .... Do you know his 'Secret of Long Life'. It is very charming, and has just reached a fifth edition. . . . Also his British Birds, an adaptation of Aristophanes' Birds is very clever, and would I imagine be very dear to the heart of a Tory''), her unhappiness after Mortimer's death ("I am left now with a fine healthy body, and a broken heart, and without a penny in the world. . . . I calmly contemplated suicide. But Mortimer's teaching prevailed, and I determined to go on bravely''), and her own literary efforts and ambitions ("I am struggling to make a living by literature -- and it is a struggle. . . . I regard it as a natural enemy''). Together with a proof of the title-page (worn; split at fold) of her book Pen Sketches By a Vanished Hand, From the Papers of the Late Mortimer Collins (London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1897) amended by her. Worn; paper tape along folds of letter; autograph fragment mounted to a larger sheet. In good condition. (Item ID: 774)

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