Item #352006 Autograph Letter, signed "WL" to Kate Field [August 12, 1866]. Walter Savage Landor.

Signed note from Walter S. Landor to Kate Field, also signed by Elliott Coues

Autograph Letter, signed "WL" to Kate Field [August 12, 1866].

Newport: August 12, 1866.

Price: $500.00


About the item

Single manuscript leaf with writing on both sides, partially pasted down on another manuscript leaf. Signed note from Walter S. Landor to Kate Field, also signed by Elliott Coues. ALS note in black ink partially pasted down to a separate pink leaf, dated and signed with ALS note about provenance by Elliott Coues; overall a very good note with interesting association.

Item #352006

Landor sends Field a friendly note mentioning some works he sent to her for publication.

"Here are things which you may do what you please with. They have cost me seven or eight hours of the last week daily, in correcting and transcribing. I do believe your editor will be pleased at them…"

The note was preserved by Field's acquaintance, ornithologist, spiritualist and Theosophist, Elliott Coues, whose signature and explanation of provenance appear here as wellWalter Savage Landor (1775 – 1864) was an English writer, poet, and activist mostly remembered for his work, Imaginary Conversations, a serially published series that was collected in five volumes during the 1820s. Landor and his wife lived in Florence for a while in the 1820s along with other British literary friends. His time there was tumultuous as he angered authorities with writings critical of the government, and was threatened for libel. It was around this time that he met Kate Field (1838 – 1896), a young American journalist, actress, and lecturer who became known for her bold opinions that often put her at odds with her American contemporaries such as Mark Twain who traded insults with her in the press.