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GRACE William Gilbert - Autograph Letter Signed 1904 hoping his sons will be elected to the IZ Cricket Club

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William Gilbert GRACE (1848-1915)

Autograph Letter Signed to “My dear Alfred” [identified in pencil at the head as “Mr. Marsh”], asking if he can help to arrange the election of his two sons to I Zingari, the celebrated amateur cricket club founded in 1845.
3 pages large 8vo on the headed paper of the London County Cricket Club, Sydenham, 20 February 1904. 
If it is not out of order, I shall be very much obliged if you can help Peirce he married my wifes [sic] sister, and is a hard working conscientious fellow. I enclose his letter.
Now I want to know if you have anything to do with regards to the election of members for the I.Z. Cricket Club. I want my sons W.G. Jun and H.E. made members if it is possible. W.G. Junr is a master at the Naval College at Osborne and H.E. Grace is a first class Gunnery Lieutenant in the “Illustrious” Mediterranean Fleet. They know nothing about my wish, but as they are both connected with the Navy it would be so nice if they belonged to the I.Z.
Bertie plays football Rugby for the United Services, and helped them to beat Cambridge University at Portsmouth the other day. He is wonderfully improved in his cricket and is now good enough for any county team. Edgar is not a bad cricketer, but he like lots of other heavy fellows does not get much chance. I know if you can you will put in a good word for them. My wife sends her kind regards, apologizing for troubling you so much, just at this busy time.”
Grace had played for England for the last time in 1899, the year he gave up his medical practice. He then held for several years the position of manager at the London County Cricket Club. His elder son W.G. junior had been a Cambridge cricket blue in 1895 and 1896.


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