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Rare handwritten signed letter by SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771-1832)

Rare handwritten signed letter by SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771-1832)

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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: "Dear Sir 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. Yours truly Walter Scott Castle St. E Friday Is the Counsellor still in town? (Addressed on reverse) Edinb. 30 July Walter Scott Esq. and, to J.W. Guthrie Esq. Porto Bello No. 5 Duke St. (crossed out) In pencil below that a modern day notation by perhaps a collector: "1801 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.