WINTHROP M. PRAED
(1802-1839) English poet, the founder and editor of Etonian and writer of Trash, also a politician. Very rare A.L.S. signed three times, twice in text "Praed" and again in full at conclusion, 1p. 4to., "? on Sea", Nov. 6, 1838, to John Francklin, Esq. in part: "...On the day on which you were so good as to accompany me to the voters in your neighborhood, I remember that we omitted to see one, with whom I was to have shaken hands after dinner. Your good cheer put the good man out of my head, and my neglect of him has only lastly been stinging my conscience; the more painfully, as Mrs. Francklin has made us laugh before diner by telling us that my worthy constituent had said, 'Mr. Praed would never think of the likes of him.' I am sure Mrs. Francklin will remember who it was that so modestly, & up to this time so justly, anticipated my forgetfulness; and she will enable you to kindly repair my error by delivering the enclosed card [not present]. I think the person entitled to it is 'Thomas Cross...'. Mrs. Praed joins me in compliments to yourself & Mrs. Francklin...". Penned less than a year before his early death at the age of 37. Seal tear at bottom from opening, light wear, finely penned and in very good condition.