LS (signature and text in the hand of an amanuensis, as usual), 1p, 10 March 1910, to Canon Langbridge.

WATTS-DUNTON, THEODORE

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Letter signed (signature and text in the hand of an amanuensis, as usual), one page, 4to, on printed letterhead of The Pines, 11, Putney Hill, S.W., 10 March 1910. To the Rev'd Canon Langbridge of Limerick, replying: "'The Story of David Grogun[?]' is splendidly told by Motley in his account of the Spanish Armada. Certain poetic touches I gave to it, in order to lift it into imaginative art. Sir Lewis Morris was greatly struck by my poem, and did me the honour to initiate it. You will find it among his works. Froude does not give the story, nor does Kingsley. . . ." Some browning, lightly soiled; else good.

Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton (1832-1914); English novelist, poet, friend of Swinburne. Clara Watts-Dunton notes in her book, "The Home Life of Swinburne" (London: Philpot, 1922) that her husband did not like to write letters: "Although I have seen Walter scores of times with a pad before him writing his own letters, he more often than not dictated them." (p. 218). (Item ID: 9273)



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