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THEODORE E. HOOK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/06/1819 - HFSID 296561

THEODORE E. HOOK Pleading illness, the author seeks a delay in the Audit Board's review of his conduct during a colonial posting. Autograph Letter signed: "Theododre E. Hook", 1 page, 7½x9, Grosvener Street [London], 1819 February 6.

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THEODORE E. HOOK
Pleading illness, the author seeks a delay in the Audit Board's review of his conduct during a colonial posting.
Autograph Letter signed: "Theododre E. Hook", 1 page, 7½x9, Grosvener Street [London], 1819 February 6. To "Grande Esq", representative of the Audit Board, in full: The violence of the cold under which I am suffering having increased during yesterday and the last night, I find myself so unwell as really to be unable to leave the House. May I beg you to represent this to the Board and request them to excuse my attendance till Wednesday morning when (if it suits their convenience) I hope to be well enough to proceed with the Examination. I have the honor to be Sir your very obedient servant". Docketed on verso: "Th. Hook stating his inability to attend the Board on acct. of indisposition". Theodore Hook (1788-1841), the son of popular songwriter James Hook, starred in comic operas and other musical entertainments from age 16. He was also a renowned playboy and practical joker. In 1812, royal patronage secured him the office of Treasurer of Mauritius, but in 1817 an audit revealed theft by one of his deputies, and Hook was held responsible for the missing funds. Recalled to London, he was cleared of criminal charges but subjected to a 5-year inquiry by the Audit Board, held liable for the debt, and briefly imprisoned when unable to pay it. Despite his financial woes, Hook founded a very successful journal, John Bull, through which he gained a great reputation as a Tory satirist. Several novels followed, racy and semi-autobiographical, making Hook the best-selling British novelist prior to Charles Dickens. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Ink marks throughout letter. Corners crease. Light mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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