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PAYNE, John (1842-1916). Poet.

PAYNE,, John 1842-1916. Poet

£110.00 

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Autograph Letter Signed ("John Payne") to "My dear Nolly" [Oliver Madox Brown].2½ pages 8vo, 17 Upper B. Street, 13th November 1873.

"Sorry to say I am still a fixture & expect to remain so for a week yet so of course our appointment for tomorrow falls through. If you come to see me again before I can get out, would you mind bringing the copy of the Intaglios that you had bound by your tame Petroleur [. . .] Also please don't forget the eyeglasses which you marched off with in the most approved Morrisian fashion". An annotation in pencil on the reverse gives the context. "poet & translator of The Arabian Nights - "intaglios" is one of his poem volumes - The "tame Petroleur" was a Refugee from the Paris Commune. The Joke about William Morris refers to the enforced retirement of Madox Brown from the Morris Firm".Payne's poem Intaglios was published in 1871. Payne was a friend of Ford Madox Brown and was also on amicable terms with Brown's son Oliver, a promising youth who tragically died of peritonitis and septicaemia a year after this letter was written.A few tea stains, not affecting the legibility of the text.

Stock Code: 11338