Autograph Letter Signed ('R. H. Sherlock') from Randall Hopley Sherlock, editor of the Liverpool Mail, describing for his friend Mrs Roper the London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 at South Kensington.

Randall Hopley Sherlock (d.1875), editor of the Liverpool Mail [The London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 (Great London Exposition) at South Kensington]
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15 Holland Street, Kensington, W [London]. 1 August [1862.]
SKU: 13295

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He begins: 'My dear Mrs. Roper - | I have been rather long in fulfilling my promise to write - but I must lay all the blame on this most attractive International from which I can hardly tear myself away! My journey was a very pleasant one on Tuesday with agreeable fellow-passengers, there was another Bouquet besides mine in the carriage - but tell dear Annie it would bear no comparison with mine! [...] Ah I do so long for you all to see this Exhibition - it is so delightful - tho' you must not expect to see the Building anything like the last - but it is very beautiful nevertheless - and so nicely ventilated that notwithstanding the brilliant sunshine and the crowds of people we have not found it too hot'. He explains that his party had 'intended to devote this day (1/2 crown day) to the picture galleries as it is useless to attempt them on shilling days when they are so thronged but my friend who accompanies me is engaged so that we must put it off till tomorrow which is also a 1/2 crown day'. He explains that 'the first four in the week are shilling days', and that the following Wednesday 'there will be an addition of 3000 people from the Dockyards at Woolwich when the Queen is going to treat to a sight of it.' They have found the refreshments 'very nice and very moderate', but 'took care to have ours early (12.30!) before the great rush of hungry people!' She will be 'enchanted with the sculpture - the tinted Venus is very beautiful - but I think I must give the preference to the pure white marble - the "Cleopatra" by Storey is very grand. He concludes by stating that he has 'not seen anything of Miss Toller yet', asking her to make sure that a plant 'gets watered' and sending 'a good kiss to dear Edwin'.