Autograph Letter Signed to Dawson Turner.

Publication details: 
17 January [1837]; Wisbech.
SKU: 4591

Three pages, 12mo. Grubby, and with one corner of second leaf of bifoliate dogeared. Neat strip of stub along edge of verso of second leaf of bifoliate. The recipient (1775-1858) was a botanist, antiquary and collector of autographs. An interesting letter, revealing Blundell's involvement in the publication of a little-known magazine called 'The Wrangler'. He is forwarding the note via Sloman (the bookseller Charles Sloman of Great Yarmouth), and thanks Dawson Turner for the 'Agriculturist', 'from which I have given insertion of your works in the list of "New Publications." ' Sloman has 'a small supply of the Wrangler which I am happy to say has gone off well here. Of course novelty & curiosity are mighty helps - Whatever may be said in the way of critique of the 1 No. I think the matter for the 2nd will put to silence any spirit of bitterness that may be expressed.' Five hundred copies have been sold - 'w[hic]h. at least warrants "going on" ' - and the magazine will be continued 'monthly for 3 months & then "Quarterly." ' Asks Turner to review it 'in Bacons Paper & the Chronicle'. 'The dread lies in the Critique but if the Editor of another paper had no more brains than the Editor of the "Star in the East" I should little to fear: as no sensible man would pay any regard to what he did say!' Signed 'J Blundell'. Cambridge University Library holds the first three issues of The Wrangler, published in Wisbech in 1837, but makes no mention of Blundell.