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Description

Letter from Basil Hall to Edmung Byng, regarding Byng's requests for Hall's signature to add to his collection of autographs.

Inscription

{indec] Sea Common 20th Oct. 1832
My dear Capn Byng
You have caught me in my own trap I must own! - but I am not going to be tricked into writing about America at this hour of the day. You & I know very well that Mrs Trollope has let off Jonathan much more gently than she might have done. She is a clever person, & I know her will. You should read her new novel which entertained as in M.S. very much. When my copy comes you shall see it.
Pray make my compliments to your fair friend who thinks my autograph worth asking for, & say how much pleasure I have in granting so simple a request - if indeed it were ever made - for I am not sure if you said you were merely told to hunt out for lions generally & get them to roar, or whether you were expressly desired to obtain my handywork. Whether
[overleaf] case I have much pleasure in doing anything to show how I recalled all your kindness to me and mine, at a moment when, as you know such attention went for something - after a journey through Upper Canada.
Ever most sincerely yours
Basil Hall
P.S. Did you ever think of selling autographs at one of those Ladies' sales? Would not a scrap of Sir Walter Scott's writing for instance, sell for something if put up to auction in the room?
BH

Notes

Alan Cole
Basil Hall (1788-1844) was a British naval officer from Scotland, a traveller, and an author.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Hall

Language

English

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Collection

Explorers

Series

Autograph hunting

Autographs

Object Type

Letter

Category

Letter

Materials

paper

Dimensions

w: 113, h: 168, d: -