SHELLEY Percy Bysshe - Autograph Cheque Signed, February 1818
Percy Bysshe SHELLEY (1792-1822)
Autograph Cheque Signed ("Percy Bysshe Shelley"), drawn on Messrs. Brookes & Co of 25 Chancery Lane, directing them to pay £38.12s.9d. to "I.S. Wright Esqr. or bearer."
1 page narrow oblong 8vo, London 28 February 1818.
The Shelley family, including Claire Clairmont, had spent 1817 at Albion House, Marlow, where Shelley wrote his long revolutionary poem Laon and Cythna, later retitled The Revolt of Islam. By the begining of 1818 financial and health problems decided him to leave Engand for Italy, and after giving up Albion House at the end of January Shelley moved into rooms at 119 Great Russell Street, his last address in England. He, Mary and Claire spent a few cheerful weeks with their children in London visiting the opera, theatres and museums, before leaving for Italy on 11 March. In his last weeks in England Shelley gave instructions to his bankers Brookes for the settling of some of his unpaid bills, and this cheque appears to be an example. Before his departure he displayed considerable ingenuity in his attempts to avoid his father-in-law William Godwin, who was, as usual, asking him for money.Cancellation marks on Shelley's signature, not affecting its clarity. Slightly browned at the left edge, and mounting traces on the verso, but overall a pleasing little manuscript.
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