Autograph Letter: William Hayley Autograph Letter: William Hayley

Autograph Letter

William Hayley

Publication Date: 1817
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
From Antiquarian Books of Boston (Winthrop, MA, U.S.A.)

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This is a 2 page letter (7 inches by 8-3/4 inches) from William Hayley to a J. W. Croker at the Admiralty in Westminster. William Hayley was the friend and biographer of William Cowper. Dated April 18, 1817. "Dr Sir - I thank you for a pleasing opportunity of obliging you, and of proving my perfect willingness to promote whatever may conduce in any degree towards honoring the memory of our beloved and revered Cowper - I send you a copious specimen of his handwriting from the M.S. fragments of his commentary on Milton - persuaded that you will regard it as a precious Relick of a poetical Saint who is justly the object of our innocent Idolatry.". This is about 10 lines of the letter. There are another 14 lines of text and 7 additional lines of postscript. The entire paper is about 14 inches long - folded in half with the text of the letter on 2 sides of the 4. One side of the letter is the address with the ink stamp of the "Chichester Penny Post" and a red seal at the bottom. The letter has been mounted onto a larger page at the fold with some glue staining and tears at the crease. This item is only the cover letter - it does not include the original specimen of Cowper's handwriting, which was not together with this letter when we obtained it. Bookseller Inventory # 9868

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Title: Autograph Letter

Publication Date: 1817

Binding: Disbound

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition.

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