[ Nathaniel Newnham-Davis, food writer, gourmet and 'Home Front Actor'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('N Newnham Davis') to Douglas Sladen, giving advice about publication of an article on Fred Archer, the jockey, and his work looking after German PoWs.

Nathaniel Newnham-Davis (1854-1917), food writer, gourmet and 'Home Front Actor' [ Douglas Sladen [ Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen ] (1856-1947), author and academic ]
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On letterhead of the Officers' Mess, Alexandra Palace, N. [ London ] 27 January [ no year, but First World War ].
SKU: 19153

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'My Dear Douglas Sladen | Fred Archer has been dead quite a time and I do not know whether Editors of Sporting Papers would consider his life a live subject. The weekly sporting papers, though they still keep a racing article going, with a view to a revival of racing and the ads that go with it after the war, seem to me to look on politics and the war as the ony subjects now a days.' He is 'not a good person to consult just at the present time', as he is 'almost out of journalism, soldiering taking up nearly all my time and I have not been cast at the Gaiety Theatre for months'. He will go up to London, and 'let Russell & Sons put my face on glass for your improved "Who's Who"'. He finds that 'Looking after German prisoners here has become rather a monotonous job but all soldiering that is not fighting generallyt becomes rather dull work'.