HALLAM TENNYSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/15/1894 - HFSID 73196
Sale Price $360.00
Two years after his famed father's death, he signs his own handwritten reply to a letter to his mother.
Autograph Letter signed: "Tennyson", 1 page, 4½x7. Isle of Wight, 1894 December 15. Fold crease not near signature. On personal black-bordered mourning paper to "Dear Sir" . In full: "My mother sends her cordial thanks for your wishes & kind letter. Four months ago - she had a serious accident - cutting her head - and shaking her severely. Else she should have answered you. With good Xmas greetings. Yours truly". Fine condition. Accompanied by black-bordered envelope (5¼x4¼) addressed in signer's hand to Charles Ellis, Lyme Regis. Lightly worn at edges. Fine condition. Hallam Tennyson (1852-1928), the eldest son of Victorian England's most beloved poet, Alfred Tennyson, became the second Baron Tennyson upon his father's death in 1892. He was named for Arthur Hallam, his father's friend and fellow poet who was engaged to Alfred Tennyson's sister at the time of his death. Hallam Tennyson wrote a biography of his father in 1897. In 1899, he was appointed Governor of South Australia, ascending to Governor-General of Australia in 1902. Despite his lack of political experience, he proved a popular Governor-General. Tennyson's mother, Emily, outlived her husband by four years, dying in 1896. Two items.
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