1799. [London]: April 12, 1799.
1p., oblong 4to, a bit soiled and once removed from an album with tape marks on verso.
§ Very early ALS concerning ‘some Dramatic German M.SS which you might perhaps like to purchase’ from the bearer, a lady: ‘Any arrangement you may make with her I shall consider as one of honour done myself’. On 3 Sept 1814, defending his hope to take a profit on the ‘Lincoln Nosegay’ enterprise, Dibdin wrote to Earl Spencer that he had ‘for the last 7 years never received a single farthing profit upon any article with which I may have accommodated a friend or bookseller’. This early letter, with no agency commission implied, suggests an even earlier disdain for commercial remuneration, or recompense save in friendly credit or gratitude for ‘negotiations’ or ‘diplomacy’ in such matters. If you believe it! Item #123833