[Sir Edward Seymour Hicks, actor-manager, to theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope.] Autograph Letter Signed and Airgraph letter, both long and gossipy, expressing dissatisfaction with South Africa. With copy of letter to Hicks from MacQueen-Pope.

Seymour Hicks [Sir Edward Seymour Hicks] (1871-1949), actor-manager who built the Aldwych and Hicks theatres in London [W. J. MacQueen-Pope [Walter James MacQueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre historian]
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ALS: undated, but with Capetown postmark of 6 July 1942. Airgraph: 25 November 1942. Both letters c/o Barclays Bank, Cape Town, South Africa. MacQueen-Pope's copy letter: 23 September 1942; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, WC2 [London].

The three items in good condition, lightly aged. An entertaining and characteristic exchange, with MacQueen-Pope's letter (Item Three) dating from between Hicks's two. ONE: ALS from 'Seymour H.' to 'My dear old Poppie'. Undated, with envelope with Capetown postmark dated 6 July 1942, addressed to 'McQueen Pope Ere. | Drury Lane Theatre | Drury Lane | London | W. C. 1 | From Sir Seymour Hicks'. 2pp, 8vo. 79 lines of closely-written text, headed 'Private & Confidential'.

[Michael Hicks Beach, MP for Cirencester.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. Hicks Beach, regarding the settling of the account of an unnamed tradesman.

Michael Hicks Beach (1760-1830) of Williamstrip Park and Beverstone, Gloucestershire, and Netheravon, Wiltshire, Member of Parliament for Cirencester, 1795-1818
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Williamstrip Park, Fairford. 2 June 1816.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper with small spike hole at centre. Reads: 'Sir/ I have mislaid your account and as I shall not go to Town again this spring I must desire you will make out another bill and sent [sic] it to Williamstrip, & I will send you a draft on my Banker.'

[Printed advertising pamphlet.] What some famous Men say about "The Century".

[The Century Dictionary, The Century Company, New York] [Augustine Birrell; Leslie Stephen; Clement Shorter; Sir Walter Besant; Edward Dowden; Dean Farrar; Sir Michael Hicks Beach; W. E. H. Lecky]
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Place and date not stated. [The Century Company, New York, circa 1901.]

Printed on the rectos only of 27 16mo (17 x 10.5 cm) leaves, attached to one another by a metal stud in the top left-hand corner. On aged and creased high-acidity paper, with the first three leaves detached. Each leaf carries a transcript of a letter of endorsement from a different individual or group, each with a facsimile signature. The writers are 'The Editor and Proprietors of the "Sheffield Telegraph"'; Sir Michael Hicks Beach, MP; W. E. H. Lecky, MP; Lord Goschen; Viscount Wolseley; Dean Farrar; Sir James Crichton Browne; Sir J.

[Alfred Sutro, dramatist.] Two Autograph Cards Signed to the actor Seymour Hicks, praising him and his books, wishing him success in a production, and writing affectionately about the Garrick Club.

Alfred Sutro (1863-1933), English playwright [Sir Edward Seymour Hicks (1871-1949), actor; the Garrick Club, London]
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One, on letterhead of Redlands, Witley, Surrey, dated 29 October 1919. The other, with letterhead of 31 Chester Terrace, Regents Park [London], undated.

The two items are both on both sides of 8.5 x 11cm grey cards (the first gilt-edged). In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to one edge of each. ONE: From Redlands (of Rolling Stones fame). He begins: 'My dear Seymour | I enormously enjoyed your book [presumably 'If I were your Father' (1919): I've read it thrice! It's great fun, with an immense amount of real good sense: & it sparkles, Seymour, almost as much as you do when you stand on the <?> at the Garrick & let go at us!' He thanks him for sending the book, and hopes to see him at 'the Club' the following week.

Autograph Note Signed ('Max Pemberton') from Sir Max Pemberton to 'Dear Betty' [i.e. Elizabeth, daughter of the actor Seymour Hicks and his wife Ellaline Terriss]

Sir Max Pemberton (1863-1950), popular Victorian novelist [Sir Arthur Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Georgian House, Bury Street, St James', SW [London]. 12 January 1914.

1p., 12mo. On thick deckled-edge paper. He apologises for the delay in sending a copy of his 'Iron Pirate', due to a delay in receiving it from the publishers.

Autograph Card Signed from Sutro to Hicks.

Alfred Sutro (1863-1933), British author and dramatist; Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)
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26 October [no year, but c.1910]; on letterhead 31 Chester Terrace, Regent's Park [London].

One page, on piece of grey card roughly three and a half inches by four and a half wide. Very good. Twelve lines and one-line postscript in Sutro's tiny and difficult hand. Sends his 'sincerest congratulations on the best volume of memoirs I have read this many a day' (Hicks published his autobiography in 1910). 'There isn't a dull line in it from start to finish; I could dine out for a week on the stories'. Reference to Irving and other actors. Ends 'A damned good book, Seymour! Tous mes compliments!' Postscript reads 'This does NOT require an answer!'

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