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WILLIAM PETT RIDGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 73411

WILLIAM PETT RIDGE The popular English novelist sends letter of thanks to friend for the hospitality, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "W. Pett Ridge" in black ink. 1 page front and verso, 4x6. Part of letter missing.

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WILLIAM PETT RIDGE
The popular English novelist sends letter of thanks to friend for the hospitality, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "W. Pett Ridge" in black ink. 1 page front and verso, 4x6. Part of letter missing. In full: "deeply grateful to you for the splendid keep you have given to the Balues' Home: the bets I owe to you are considerably increased, and it is not possible for me to give anything more than I.O.U. I am sure Bland - Sutton's capital speech will be a great help to us. I have a party...Yours sincerely". William Pett Ridge (1859-1930) was an English author. His career began as a writer of humorous sketches for the St. James's Gazette in 1891, which was syndicated to other local papers. His first novel was publish in 1895 titled A Clever Wife, but it wasn't until his fifth novel Mord Em'ly (1898) that he became well-known and successful for his excellent ability to draw humorous portraits of lower class life. Ridge's success abled him to become a noted philanthropist, donating his time and money to charity, founding the Babies Home at Hoxton in 1907, and supported many organizations that had the welfare of children as their object, characterizing him as a natural successor to Charles Dickens. His popularity declined later in life and he was considered old-fashioned; he continued to write at least one book a year till his death in 1930. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light stains throughout. Corners rounded. Left edge frayed. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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