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RICHARD MONCKTON (1ST BARON HOUGHTON) MILNES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 73365

RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES, 1ST BARON HOUGHTON The prominent English literary critic objects to publishing a very opinionated book, signs name in black ink Autograph Letter signed: "R.M. Milnes" in black ink, 1p front and verso, 4¾x7½.

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Condition: slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES, 1ST BARON HOUGHTON
The prominent English literary critic objects to publishing a very opinionated book, signs name in black ink
Autograph Letter signed: "R.M. Milnes" in black ink, 1p front and verso, 4¾x7½. In full: "Sir, I fear we have not yet arrived at a sufficient toleration of one another's opinions on biblical subjects in this country to make such a publication as you propose successful, it would probably end in becoming the organ of a particular party of section of persons & "really free discussion" would hardly be obtained by any amount of editorial ability or discretion. I remain, your obedient". 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 throughout. Corners rounded. Slightly soiled. Small stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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