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Excellent Rugby Headmaster Thomas Arnold Autograph Letter Signed

1p of a bifolium, measuring 7.375" x 9", Laleham, England, dated December 29, 1826. Signed "T. Arnold" and addressed to his solicitor, William Tooke, Esq. The letter invites Tooke for a visit in the coming week

In full:

"Dear Sir,

My going to town is delayed till the end of next week, and then I am afraid that I shall be so much engaged during the single morning to which my stay will be limited, as to put it out of my Power to call on you. But I can assure you that it will give me great pleasure to see you here on any of the four first days of next week: there will be a Bed very much at your service, and we have two coaches which leave the Brown Bear Cellar & the Gloucester Coffee House, Piccadilly, every afternoon at 4 o'clock, which will put you down at my door a little before 7, and which will take you to London before eleven the next morning, should you be obliged to return so early.

Believe me to be,

Dear sir,

Very faithfully yours,

T Arnold"

With an intact red wax seal on verso. Flattened mail folds and light soiling. A few small tears at the edges, along with tearing and paper loss on verso from where the wax seal was broken. Mounting at the right vertical edge on verso.

Thomas Arnold (1795-1842) was headmaster of Rugby School from 1828-1841. Numerous reforms that he introduced during his tenure were widely adopted by prestigious public schools. William Tooke (1777-1863) was one of the founders of London University, the Royal Society of Literature, and the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

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