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GILBERT, Sir William Schwenck (1836-1911). Dramatist and collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Autograph Letter Signed to [Wilfred] Bendall, Sullivan's secretary, 2 pages 8vo (on facing pages), Grim's Dyke, 14 November 1899. Attempting to rectify a mix-up which would not have disgraced the pages of a Savoy Opera.
'I seem to have put the wrong letter into your envelope. I had no intention of sending you £50 on account of building works here. I only intended to say that my name (such as it is) is quite at the service of the Crystal Palace for their forthcoming show'.
Bendall had become Sullivan's secretary in late 1894 or early 1895. He was himself something of a composer, and helped Sullivan with the piano part of some of his vocal scores. The present letter refers to Sir August Manns' series of concerts at the Crystal Palace, a series in which Sullivan had himself appeared as composer and conductor.
[No: 20074]


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