[ John Edwin Cussans, antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. E. Cussans') to Edward Walford, regarding his 'new Magazine' [ the Antiquarian Magazine and Bibliographer ] and the sending of a New Year's card.

John Edwin Cussans (1837-1899), English antiquary and historian of Hertfordshire [ Edward Walford (1823-1907), magazine editor ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of 4 Wyndham Crescent, Junction Road [ London ]. 28 December 1881.
SKU: 20174

See both men's entries in the Oxford DNB. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The present letter was written as Walford – having resigned the editorship of the Antiquary in acrimonious circumstances – was preparing to launch the Antiquarian Magazine and Bibliographer (renamed Walford's Antiquarian Magazine and Bibliographical Review in 1885). It would cease publication in 1886. In the letter, after thanking Walford for his 'very kindly review', Cussans writes: 'If the first number of your new Magazine be a fair specimen of those to follow, its success is certain. Every one of the contributors whose names you announce is a good man, and in future I shall look forward to the first of the ensuing month with anticipation of pleasure.' As it is 'too late to send you a Xmas card', he is enclosing one for the new year: 'It is somewhat antiquated, but that is no dismerit. It may perhaps find a place among the other “Crosby Papers” I sent you. This playbill is the one I looked for in my desk in the City, but could not find.'