THOMAS MOORE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 73535
Sale Price $324.00
Large fragment of a handwritten letter from the Irish poet and historian
Autograph Letter Fragment signed: "T. Moore.", 2p, 7¼x1¾. No place, no date. To unknown recipient. Closing of letter and handwritten postscript. In full: "Yours most faithfully/I wrote something for your book, but did not like it - & had not time to do better. I have however sent you over a little inscription to paste in it. Joe Atkinson does not forget you & but enquired most cordially after you & sends his best remembrances." Portion of letter on verso. In full: "[portion of several words cut off] professing to you feelings which I must only trust to your generosity to give me credit for ? indeed, indeed, [illegible], there is no one in this world to whom I consider myself so dearly, so deeply in debt as to you, and though I never can expect to repay it in kind (which is the only repayment that can come up to [remainder missing]". Irish poet, satirist, composer and musicianThomas Moore (1779-1852) is famed for his 10-volume Irish Melodies (1807-1834), 130 poems set to music. The work, which was credited with introducing Irish songs to a wide audience, included such now-familiar songs as "The Last Rose of Summer" and "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms". He was also paid the then enormous sum of £3,000 for his narrative poem, "Lallah Rookh" (1919). An Irish nationalist, Moore was close to Robert Emmet, who was executed for his part in the uprisings of 1798 and 1803, and he wrote an eloquent eulogy for his friend. After 1822, Moore became a biographer and historian; among those prose works was a biography (1830) of his friend, Lord Byron. Although this letter is undated, Moore's friend Joe Atkinson died in 1818, so the letter must pre-date that. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Lightly soiled and stained, touching some writing (all completely legible). Mounting remnants at blank left margin of verso (light show through at right margin). Minor show through of writing. Overall, fine condition.
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