Rare original handwritten letter, apparently dating to the year 1801, by the famous, iconic English-language historical novelist, playwright, poet, and judge SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771-1832). This is a folded sheet of ancient paper, measuring 8" by 5", two sides of which bear writing. When acquired it was in a frame with the engraved image of him, as autograph materials are often framed. The old tape has dried so they were moving around loose inside, and therefore I have photographed the two pieces outside the framing, which is available to the buyer at no extra cost. The text of the letter reads as follows:
I will be with you tomorrow before eleven. I will be much obliged to you to let us take our chop [??] at four exactly as I must be in town early to prepare for my journey on Friday. The (fewars??) have been applying to me on some subjects which will required consideration.
Castle St. E
Is the Counsellor still in town?
(Addressed on reverse)
Edinb. 30 July
Walter Scott Esq.
J.W. Guthrie Esq.
No. 5 Duke St. (crossed out)
In pencil below that a modern day notation by perhaps a collector:
From 10 Castle St.
4 years after his marriage"
Some signed handwritten Scott letters are offered at over $3,000. The condition is as one would expect of paper that is over 200 years old, delicate but intact. Obviously it should be handled with great care, and re-mounted in the framing. A fine, rare autograph work from the hand of the author of Ivanhoe (1819). Scott is described in Wikipedia as the first English-language author to have a truly international career----known around the world, even in the early 19th century. In today's modern world, international renown is a Twitter away, while in the early 19th century, the printed word had to be transported far and wide.