Lear (Edward, 1812-1888). Autograph letter in the third person, 65 Oxford Terrace, Hyde Park, circa 1853, to Mrs Bond, thanking her ‘for a very obliging letter, & also for the Post Office order for 8 shillings. The set of songs was sent yesterday: & Mr Lear hopes it may arrive safely though he now wishes he had kept them til he had heard from Mrs Bond. Mr Church was his advisor, & the address was said to be sufficient to ensure their safety. Should there be any difficulty, Mr Hansen, Mr Lear’s Landlord, will answer any enquiries after Mr L has gone’, written on the final page of a bifolium, the first page bearing a printed advertisement for the publication of ‘Poems & Songs by Alfred Tennyson, Set to Music, and inscribed to Mrs Alfred Tennyson, by Edward Lear’, a little spotting and creasing, a few short fold splits, 8vo.
Must have got this from an auction house, but can’t remember which.