Lot 724: Four ALSs, signed "H. G. Wells," totaling four pages, ranging in size from 4.5 x 3.5 to 7 x 9, dated from 1903 to 1932 (two undated). Letters are all to John Henderson, Secretary of the National Liberal Club, regarding invitations, publications, and membership matters. One letter, dated March 20, 1903, in full: "Jacob has transmitted your request for a speech. Frankly I had much rather not speak. If I did that sort of thing at all well I would be very glad to do it, but I am—at this sort of thing—heavy, self-conscious, dull & disinteresting. No one would be the happier for my suffering and it would convert an occasion to which I look forward with the most festive anticipation, into a task and a terror." Another, undated, reads in part: "C[larence] H[enry] Norman writes to complain that his membership of the N.L.C. has been 'cancelled' on account of his anti-war letters. I am half-shocked at this. He impresses me as being quite insane upon the war question but quite honest & I fail to see the justification for this expulsion of an esteemed most desirable member." In overall fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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