CHARLES MACKAY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/21/1886 - HFSID 73357
Sale Price $306.00
The Scottish journalist commends his friend Charles Kent on a good article in The Sun, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Charles Mackay" in black ink. 1 page, 4½x7 folded, 9x7 flat. November 21, 1886. Original envelope included. Addressed to Charles Kent, Esq. In full: "My dear Kent, Thanks for the kind & more than kind - and quite precious paragraph in the Sun - the lines fit the Feninans exactly - & I hope they will circulate. Ever yours truly". Charles Mackay (1812-1889) was an accomplished Scottish poet, journalist, author, anthologist, novelist and songwriter. An educated writer and scholar of languages, Mackay's career began as a journalist in London, where in 1834 he worked as an occasional contributor to The Sun; it was this same year that his first book Songs and Poems (1834) was published. The following year he took a job at the Morning Chronicle as an assistant sub-editor, a job he held until 1844, and during which he published his best known book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841), a history of popular folly. Eventually the editor of the Illustrated London News, Mackay had become a successful literary figure in Great Britain, and in the 1850s and 60s began travelling North America, publishing his observations in Life and Liberty in America (1859) and working as a The Times correspondent during the American Civil War, during which he discovered and disclosed the infamous Fenian conspiracy. He is the father of novelist Marie Corelli and of the minor poet Eric Mackay. Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Corners rounded. Slight ink spots throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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