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HARDY, Thomas (1840-1928). Poet and novelist.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('My dear Sir'), 1 page 8vo with blank leaf (a few stains), 16 Pelham Crescent, South Kensington, 21 May 1896. Regretting that he could not at that time write the story.

'I should like to write the story, but I fear I am unable. If I find that I can do so later on I will let you know.'

Although the present letter is not to be found in The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy, ed. Purdy and Millgate, 1980, and is apparently unpublished, Hardy wrote a very similar letter to [Maurice] Colles the same day, declining to write a short story, adding that 'If I have one in any reasonable time I will let you know'.
[No: 25930]

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