JULIA PARDOE Autograph Letter Signed.
British novelist, traveller and historian.
ALS. 1p. No place, no date. To "My dear Mrs. White". Together with a steel engraved portrait.
"I left my fan last night after your most pleasant party, either on the back supper-room table, or in the cloak-room. I am now just going to dress for the opera - having no other fan! - May I ask you to be kind enough to let your servant give it to the bearer? And will you believe me to be very affectionately (in a hurricane of haste) ever yours, Julia Pardoe".
12mo. Approx 15 x 10 cms. Corners clipped but not affecting text. Mounting traces to corners of verso. Good.
Julia Pardoe was an extremely gifted writer who found popular and critical success in a number of different genres. She was much admired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others. Described as a "fairy-footed, fair-haired, laughing sunny girl", she is said to have had a horror of aging and to have continued her girlish traits into her middle age. She died, unmarried, at the age of 58.