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    Sale 5310

    The Sporting Sale

    1 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 221


    Price Realised  



    A one-page a.l.s, 4°, from Sarah Matilda Mynn to "My dear Parents", dated Bearsted Seminary, 14 December 1841, stating: "As Christmas is very fast approaching I am requested to inform you (which I very cheerfully do) that our Vacation will commence on Thursday the 23rd instant". She is pleased to show "the improvement I have made in letter writing", and concludes her "laconic epistle" by telling her parents she is "very sensible of all your unceasing attention and anxious solicitude for my future welfare", address panel directed to: "Mr. Mynn, Cresmill House, Bearsted". With 7 similar letters from Sarah Matilda (2), Mary Ann Emily (2), Francis Caroline (2) and Eliza Susannah (1) to "My dear Parents" or "My dear Mamma", dated 1840-43, two with address panel directed to Alfred Mynn, and one to Mr. Mynn, most signed "your dutiful daughter", though Eliza signs herself "Yours affectionately".

    A 2-page letter, 2°, from H[enr]y Hickson to "Dear Alfred", dated Broughton Tuesday Night 11 o'clock, reading: "Life and Death -- you must be here on Friday -- Pardon the must but there's nothing can save us from [hanging] [expressed by a drawing of a hanged man] but yr coming ...", further subscribed: "Alfred Mynn Esq wherever he is" (tears along folds).

    The dutiful letters of Alfred Mynn's daughters are discussed by Patrick Morrah, "Alfred Mynn and His Daughters", in The Cricket Quarterly, July 1964, II.3, p. 133. The present letters are the only letters to have survived after the death of Captain A.G.M. Whitman, great grandson of Alfred. (9)

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