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    Percy Florence Shelley Autograph Letter Signed, no place, February 7, 1851. From Percy Shelley to Mr. Stedman, this ALS on black-bordered stationery measures 5.25" x 8, and is framed to an overall size of 10.5" x 13.25".

    Transcription reads, "Boscombe Lodge Christchurch, Hauts/ 24 Chester Square, Feb. 7, 1851, My dear Mr. Stedman, You will have heard before this of the grievous calamity that has befallen me. I should have written before-but you will readily make allowances for me. Lady Shelley has been away at Bournemouth where I join her tomorrow and where the funeral will take place. If you have anything to communicate will you direct as above. Believe me Yours faithfully Percy Shelley". "7.0." written in lower left corner.

    Percy Florence Shelley was the fourth and only surviving child of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley. Like his father, he attended Eton and Oxford, although he lacked the same intellectual passion of his parents. Upon the death of his grandfather, he acceded the baronetcy in 1844. His wife, Lady Jane St. John, came to oversee the establishment of the Victorian reputations of Percy and Mary Shelley. Percy and Jane had no children, but adopted Jane's niece Bessie Florence Gibson. Bessie married Leopold James Yorke Campbell Scarlett - Lord Abinger, making the Scarletts/Abingers heirs to the Shelleys.

    The document has one vertical fold and three horizontal folds, and has not been examined out of the frame, but appears to have another leaf beneath.

    Percy Florence Shelley's three-volume Shelley and Mary, inscribed by Lord Abinger to Betty Bennett is also included in this auction.
    From the Betty Bennett Collection.

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