Mar 22, 2018 - Sale 2470

Sale 2470 - Lot 208

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 150 - $ 250
DE QUINCEY, THOMAS. Autograph Letter Signed, "Tho's De Quincey," to an unnamed recipient ("My dear Sir"), declining an invitation, with a postscript written in upper margin: "Pray excuse my not sealing this note: the illness in my family has thrown everything into confusion, and I cannot find the sealing wax." 1 3/4 pages, 12mo, written on recto and verso of a single sheet; moderate scattered staining overall, few minor chips at edges, horizontal folds. "Porteous's Lodgings" [Edinburgh], 27 December [1828?]

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"Mrs. De Quincey, who has been with me in Edinburgh for the last 6 weeks, has passed the last two in great suffering and illness--whether a nervous fever or not, her medical attendant seems unable to determine. She has no company but myself in her illness, my little girl having been seized in the same way two nights ago. . . ."
Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) was the English author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.