March 28, 1797. Interesting association with early English book selling and collecting. A letter from Sam Paterson [1728-1802], the British bookseller and auctioneer, to George Brindley, possibly the book collector. Paterson had a book business in Covent Garden and was known for being one of the first in England to produce good catalogs for book sales. He was friends with Dr. Samuel Johnson, who was also godfather to one of his sons. Charlotte Lennox [1730-1804] was a well known Scottish poet and author of "The Female Quixote", the most successful of her works.
"My particular respects to Mr. Brindley and am happy to have it in my power to answer any question, whether literary or otherwise, he is pleased to put to me".
The lady he inquires after was Miss Charlotte Ramsay; "whom I had the honour of first introducing into the republic of letters as far back as in the year 1747 - She shortly after married Mr. Lennox and has, for near fifty years, been the justly celebrated Mrs. Lennox. Sam Paterson, Lansdown House, 28, March 1797."
4 x 5 1/4", cream paper, original folds. Very good condition. Item #25491