[ Charles Webb Le Bas. ] Part of Autograph Letter regarding his biography of Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta.

Charles Webb Le Bas (1779-1861), ellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and principal of the East India Company College [ Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, Bishop of Calcutta; S. S. Ward
Publication details: 
East India College. 6 March 1831.
SKU: 19391

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Two matching panels have been removed, one each from the foot of each leaf, removing the signature and some text from the first leaf. On aged paper, with closed tears along crease lines. Addressed by Le Bas on the reverse of the second leaf, with his seal in red wax and a postmark, to 'S. S. Ward Esqre. | Accountant General's office | London'. Le Bas writes to express 'the relief & gratitude which I have derived from the assurance of your satisfaction with my humble efforts to do justice to the memory of Bishop Middleton. The reputation of such a man is public property; and fearful is the responsibility of him who presumes to lay his hand upon the ark of a treasure so sacred.' He continues in the same vein, concluding with the postscript: 'P.S. You will be pleased, perhaps surprized, to hear that the Court of Directors have very kindly & liberally taken 40 Copies'. Le Bas's biography of Middleton was published in London by Rivingtons in 1831.