HANNIBAL

[William Brockedon, painter, writer, inventor, Alpine authority.] Lengthy commencement of Autograph Letter, regarding 'authors who have written about the Passage of Hannibal [over the Alps]', including Brockedon himself.

Author: 
William Brockedon (1787-1854), painter, writer, inventor, Alpine authority
Publication details: 
29 Devonshire Street, Queen Square [Bloomsbury, London]. 2 December 1835.
£80.00

2pp, 4to. Single leaf, carrying the commencement of the letter only. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient, presumably a Frenchman, has written in ink in a close hand at the head of the letter: 'R. 20 fev. 1836 | par M. D. Jones, Ecrit le 29 juin 1837 | je l'invite a faire prendre mes deux ouvrages'. Over each of the thirty-one lines of text is an equivalent line of French translation in pencil. For the background see the quotation from Brockedon's Oxford DNB entry at the end of this description.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John H. Sheppard') from the Boston lawyer and author John Hannibal Sheppard to General Henry Dearborn, proposing George Kent for the post of messenger to Washington.

Author: 
John H. Sheppard [John Hannibal Sheppard] (1789-1873), British-born Harvard-educated Boston lawyer, author and prominent freemason [Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1783-1851),]
Publication details: 
Boston; 5 December 1848.
£80.00

1p., 4to. 25 lines.Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Sheppard writes that he called on Dearborn the previous day, but found him confined to his room by indisposition. He proposes his friend 'George Kent Esq of this city, a Counsellor at Law', for the appointment of 'Messenger to carry on the electoral votes to Washington'. He describes Kent as 'a man of talents, a brother of Ex-Gov Kent of Maine', who has 'been very active with his able pen in helping in this section of the country to promote the election of Gen Taylor'. Kent is a prolific writer and 'a decided Whig'.

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