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Autograph Letter Signed to Isabella Walsh.

Hall, Basil.

Published by 17 December 1827, Philadelphia, 1827
Condition: Very good condition. Soft cover
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Inscribed on a page of Walsh's autograph album was this kind and playful sentiment: "Your Brother has just called with this album, in which, he tells me, it is your wish that I should write something. I am so much flattered by your request that I lose no time in complying with it: but I am much at a loss what to say that shall deserve a place in so gay a book ? & in such good Company. But as it becomes every well bred lion to roar for the entertainment of the company when he is bid ? whether he be in a growling mood or not ? I take up my pen accordingly. Yet I daresay you will often have the mortification of hearing the visitors to this your 'menagerie' exclaim ? 'Well! I am sure I never saw such a stupid wild beast before ? I dont [sic] believe he is a real lion after all ? I have heard many a donkey make quite as good an exhibition!'" Hall (1788?1844) was a Scot, a naval officer, and author of several accounts of voyages and travels including Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea and the Great Loo-Choo Island in the Japan Sea (1818), Extracts from a Journal Written on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico in the years 1820, 1821, 1822 (1824), and Travels in North America in 1827?28 (1829). Miss Walsh (b 8 July 1812) was the daughter of Robert Walsh (Philadelphia lawyer and abolitionist) and Anna Maria Moylan Walsh (who died in 1826). Provenance: The Walsh album sold at Anderson Galleries 28 Nov. 1921 (sale 1609) as lot 60. Later in the Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned. Small 4to (24 x 19 cm; 9.5" x 7.5"). 1 p. Bookseller Inventory # 34491

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Title: Autograph Letter Signed to Isabella Walsh.

Publisher: 17 December 1827, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1827

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very good condition.

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