Autograph letter signed, 2 1/2pp, 1 Feb. n.y., to F.W. Robinson.


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Autograph letter signed in purple ink, 2 1/2pp, 8vo, n.p., 1 February, n.y. (circa 1869). To "My dear Robinson" [see below], describing a controversial election meeting Thomas recently attended ("at St. Helena Gardens?"): "The night was curious: the interest of the people in the proceedings, & their sayings & doings both inside & outside the hall something novel. Even ballads were selling . . . on the subject & everywhere Mr. Odger & the Southwark election the one absorbing topic. . . . It struck me as I was standing there that here is an almost entirely new field for you who have a natural gift for describing poor people's ways, & their habits of thought! I am confident if you caught the tone of it you would write a much more popular one of the kind than 'Felix Holt the Radical' & I think might make a book that would do good. . . . All was orderly, & the vast sea of faces was turned with the most respectful attention to Fawcett's eloquent address. . . . The hall, though large, wd not hold one half the people. Those outside were of course much disappointed. . . . Depend on it if Odgers feels the working class people wd have a better feeling . . . . The Times & the Telegraph you know have strongly declared for him. Altogether the Southwark election is one I think of the most remarkable we have had for a long time. . . ." Soiled and starting at center fold, else good. Annotated in pencil in an unknown hand "To F.W. Robinson author".

William Moy Thomas (1828-1910); English novelist, journalist. (Item ID: 9251)

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