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129798
SHELLEY, Mary.

Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville.

Availability: In stock

Published: [84 Park Street March-May 1841?]

Stock Code: 129798

£3,750
signed
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville (attributed so by Bennett), sister-in-law to the radical vegan John Frank Newton. In 1813 Percy Shelley had been close friends with the Boinvilles when married to Harriet Westbrook, and he had also been in love with Harriet Boinville's daughter. Mary's letter to Boinville is full of interest, discussing the Godwin family and Claire, then going on to fantasise (from the depths of a debilitating illness) about her travel prospects based upon her European connections: "I passed happy hours among you in Paris - a dark spell has been over me since my return - Tell Alfred I still dream of the Piramids sic - A friend of mine (with a wife my particular friend) is Chargé d'Affaires at Constantinople - another friend is Prime Minister at Athens - another of my lady friends passes the winter at Palermo & wants me to join - I might make such a delightful tour! - What a grumbling wretch I am forgive me!" The Athenian is Alexander Mavrocordato, who was, at the time of writing, travelling from London to Athens to take up the post of Greek prime minister. He arrived on 12 June and served barely nine weeks, being dismissed by the king on 21 August 1841.

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Description

Single sheet (113 x 90 mm), hand written across two pages. Lacking first half of letter.

Condition

Creased from folding as usual with a few small nicks to edges, in very good condition.

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