Lot 651: ADS, signed "Byron," one page, 7 x 4.5, Ravenna, January 29, 1820. Pay order addressed to "Messrs Manson & Co., Pall Mall, London." In part: "Please to pay to William Fletcher or order, the sum of twenty six pounds six shillings." Endorsed by Fletcher on the reverse. In very good condition, with a cancellation notation through Byron's signature, heavy foxing, and mounting remnants to right edge. Led to Ravenna by his love of the enchanting—and married—Teresa Guiccioli, Byron spent two years in the historic city, continuing work on Don Juan and completing the third of his four diaries. The recipient of funds in this document, William Fletcher, was a devoted valet to Byron; by his side from 1804 until the latter's death twenty years later, he was one of the closest and most consistent figures in the poet's life.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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