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ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934). Composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Lionel Holland, 1½ pages small 4to with integral second leaf, 37 St James's Place, 25 January 1922. Thanking him for his help in his election to Brooks's Club.
'I hear from Brooks's this mg that I am in all right & send a word of thanks for your very kind offices in the affair. Are you going to lunch there soon? I should like to meet you in the sacred precincts.'
Elgar took rooms in St James's Place following Lady Elgar's death in 1920 and the subsequent sale of Severn House in Hampstead which had been their London home. The flat was obviously convenient for Brooks's, which was just around the corner at 60 St James's Street. Elgar had previously (in 1904) been elected to the Athenaeum Club, a little further away at the end of Pall Mall, sponsored by Stanford and Parry, and was at this time still a member. He was, however, to resign from the Athenaeum in protest after the election of Ramsay MacDonald to that club in 1924.
 A pencilled note on the back of the letter offers it for an autograph collection: 'Is Elgar up to your autograph book level - Otherwise tear up. Not want back. Lionel Holland'.
[No: 24848]

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