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Autograph Letter Signed to ?Madam.?

Hall, Capt. Basil.

Published by no year, but 1829 or after, Putney Heath, 1829
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Hall (1788?1844), a Scot, 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), tells his correspondent that she is welcome to call on him on Sunday as she proposes, any time after 10:30 A.M. He gives detailed instructions on how to reach his house: It ?is on the top of the Heath close to the Telegraph, which is a single Staff, a Semaphore." He tells her he has finished making notes of her vol. II but has lent vol. I to another and does not yet have it returned to him. As Hall writes that he will be easy to find because he is "about as well known here ? though I hope in a different spirit ? as in Yankee Land," we date the letter to some time shortly enough after publication of Travels in North America for oblique reference to its angry reception there to be both natural and "fresh"; and, indeed, we wonder if his correspondent is American? Provenance: Ex?Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned. 12mo (7.125" x 4"). 2 pp., with integral blank leaf. Very good condition. Old folds, a few spots of pale tea-colored stains. Written in a pale ink that is yet quite legible. Bookseller Inventory # 33346

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Title: Autograph Letter Signed to ?Madam.?

Publisher: no year, but 1829 or after, Putney Heath

Publication Date: 1829

Binding: Soft cover

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