ROGERS Samuel - Autograph Letter Signed sending an invitation to Joanna Baillie
Samuel ROGERS (1763-1855)Autograph Letter Signed (“S. Rogers”) to “Dear Mrs. Baillie” [the poet and playwright Joanna Baillie] reminding her of an invitation.
1 page small 8vo, St. James’s Place, 25 November n.y. [annotated in a later hand “1839].
“Pray remember your promise to come & to bring our Hampstead Friends to-day at half past 6.”
A brief, but evocative note from one poet to another, both renowned in their time.
Samuel Rogers’s poetry is not as appreciated today as it was in his own time, when he was one of the most celebrated of poets. A wealthy man, he was also known as a discerning and enthusiastic art collector, as well as a very sociable host, acquainted with many, if not most, of the literary figures of the time. During his long life he became friendly with poets -Wordsworth, Byron, and Walter Scott among them; political figures including Charles James Fox, with whom he visited Paris in 1802, during the peace of Amiens; and, as can be seen from this invitation, the Scottish poet and playwright Joanna Baillie, who was herself acquainted with influential literary figures.
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