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Autograph Letter Signed. Flat 20-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches and one fold to 5-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches. Two pages. Dated Jan(uar)y 22, 1862 (paper watermarked) A section 5-1/4 x 1-3/8 inches missing from second page and a hole 1 x 1 /12 inch at the top center of page one with the last name of Heron-Maxwell missing. Good condition otherwise.
To Sir John Heron Maxwell, mentioning a party that Sir John had missed. It reads: "Dear Sir John I tried to change the date - but could not manage it - we had a most pleasant party - one you wd have enjoyed finum sans exquisitely - Lazarre played - and Russell and Col. Bench added much to the jollity of the evening. My wife's sister will be riding out with me next week. Wd. Your daughters like to accompany us? We sh(oul)d be delighted to call for her. Kind regards to Lady Maxwell. Ever Yrs Truly, E.A. Sothern" Edward Askew Sothern (1826-1881). English actor known for his comic roles in Britain and America, particularly Lord Dundreary in Our American Cousin. Sothern was known as a sportsman and bon vivant and became famous for his magic tricks, conversation and, especially, his practical jokes (he was born on April fool's day), his passion for which amounted almost to a mania. He was such a notorious practical joker that many of his friends missed his funeral, thinking it was a joke.
The recipient, Sir John Heron-Maxwell, 6th Baronet (1808-1885), was a captain in the Royal Navy. Captain Sir John Heron-Maxwell of Springkell, 6th Bt.
Good. Item #4460