[ Rev. John Allen Giles, Anglo-Saxon scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. Giles'), defending his testimonial for 'Draper' and describing his 'literary labors'.

J. A. Giles [ Rev. John Allen Giles ] (1808-1884), Anglo-Saxon scholar and historian, curate of Bampton, Oxfordshire, and Fellow of Corpus Christi
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Bampton, Oxfordshire. 17 December 1846.
SKU: 20226

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'I am proud to be honored by any communication from you whatever may be the subject. With respect to Mr. Draper, when I gave him a testimonial two years ago, I considered him entitled to every word of commendation that I used in his favor.' He admits that he had barely seen Draper over the previous two years, but he had learnt from others that he had 'merited their approbation'. Draper was 'always a modest young man', and Giles 'can understand his wish to be connected with a permanent establishment, even on moderate beginnings'. Draper's 'services in the Mathematical Department must be of great value to a provincial school'. Giles now turns to his 'literary labors', explaining that he is 'engaged on a work of rather deep research, on a subject little known – a History of the Ancient Britons from the invasion of Caesar to the coming of the Saxons in 2 vols. 8Vo which will be out in about a month'.