RICHARD MONCKTON (1ST BARON HOUGHTON) MILNES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1864 - HFSID 73366
Sale Price $288.00
RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES, 1ST BARON HOUGHTON
The prominent British literary figure invites a friend to vacation at his home and signs his name in black ink
Autograph Letter signed: "Houghton" in black ink, 1p front and verso, 4½x7 folded. Fryston, Yorkshire, England. August 10, 1864. In part: "Now that you are free from duty & from pleasure, it is possible that you, either in singularity or plurality, might be able to come here next July the 16th for the week". Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton (1809-1885) was an English poet, literature patron, and politician. While attending Cambridge, Milnes joined the socially and artistically progressive Apostles Club, which included members such as Alfred Tennyson and Arthur Henry Hallam. They involved themselves in issues such as copyright and the establishments of juvenile reformatories. His early work, mostly reflective poetry reminiscent of Wordsworth, led many people to regard him as one of the most promising writers of his generation, with books such as Memorials of a Tour in Some Parts of Greece (1834), Memorials of a Residence on the Continent and Historical Poems(1838), Poems of Many Years (1840), and Palm Leaves (1844) earning him recognition. However, Milnes' legacy was his standing as a generous and discriminating patron of writers; he published Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats (1848), helped Tennyson secure a pension, and popularized the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson in England. Since his death, he has become known for his massive collection of erotic literature, including the first serious collection of the works of the Marquis de Sade. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Creased and stained throughout. Corners gently worn. Pencil notes in left margin in an unknown hand. Torn and frayed on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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