TENNYSON, Alfred, 1st Baron (1809-1892). Five autograph letters signed, two autograph notes signed and a letter signed, of which 3 to Mrs Higham (once 'Hyam'), two to 'Henry', two without salutation (but apparently to Mrs Higham or Henry), one to James Spedding, Cheltenham (2), Maidstone, Reading and n.p., 'Wednesday 16 1850' and n.d., note to Spedding with SIX LINES OF VERSE, altogether 6 pages, 8vo, autograph, and one page, 8vo, in another hand; five with traces of guards, three backed on to an album leaf, with a facsimile image of the poet.
The autograph note signed to James Spedding suggests three corrections to an unidentified poem: '& reckoning on his chance Would unrelenting Kill all dissenting &c'; 'Highness might &c'; 'till we stand alone? -- Make their cause your own!'; commenting 'this last is certainly an improvement'. The remaining letters to Mrs Higham and 'Henry', are all on household concerns, for example sending instructions on forwarding his letters, or asking his room to be made ready. One letter to Mrs Higham asks her ('or Henry') to find out whether the cheque for his quarterly rent has been received by Mr Forster; two letters to Henry concern the negotiation of a bargain for the sale or rent of his furnished rooms, apparently in the Temple: 'I have an offer from Mr Frank Lushington who has more than one unfurnished room in The Temple to take in all my furniture, & as I believe that I shall want the study table & the bath & the two armchairs I am in no hurry to part with it'; in the earlier letter his engravings are also to be retained.
James Spedding (1808-1881) was a distinguished editor of Bacon's works, and one of Tennyson's closest friends, 'the wisest man I know': the poet frequently showed him his poems in manuscript. The present lines do not seem to appear in any published version. (6)