BENNETT, Sir William Sterndale (1816-1875). Composer.
Collection of 6 Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Letter (third person), one in German, with transcriptions, bound in red cloth with gold title on the spine, with related ephemera. In all 12 pages 8vo, 2 pages 4to, several with address-leaves, one envelope, 1833 to 1867.
Recipients of the letters are:
The Reverend F Hamilton: Autograph Letter Signed, 1½ pages 8vo, 14 November 1833; requesting exemption from the Academy rule restricting the movements of students ('I have been subject to the Rules of the Academy upwards of seven years & as I am just entering the world wish to enlarge my connection as much as possible').
The Committee of the Royal Academy of Music: Autograph Letter Signed, 1½ pages 4to with integral address-leaf, July 1836; asking them to award him the 'usual certificate granted to Pupils on leaving' as he plans to go to Germany to study for a few months.
Hofrath Keil: Autograph Letter (third person), 1 page 8vo, integral address-leaf, red wax seal, 'Monday Morning' no date: accepting an invitation for the following evening.
Dr [Hofrath] Keil: Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page 8vo, integral address-leaf with red wax seal, 1838: crying off attending a ball as he is very much fatigued from 'the doings of last Evening'.
John Bennett: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo with envelope, 7 December 1842, written on the back of an announcement of a series of his concerts: offering to send 'all the intelligence both musical and metropolitan which I think may interest you', and a copy of his songs, and promising a longer letter soon.
An unnamed woman ('Dear Madam'): Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo, 11 February 1864: explaining that he has just received some professional work which will preclude his attendence at Laleham for the day, and expressing confidence in Fraulein Heinrich who will see to his pupils.
Herr Grutzmache: Autograph Letter Signed in German, 1 page 8vo, 29 May 1867: reminding him of an engagement at the Garrick Club and giving the time and address.
Henry C Dunn: Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages 8vo, 21 December 1867: Explaining that a previous engagement may delay his appearance at the 'Committee' that evening, placing himself at their disposal and expressing surprise that 'a communication had already been made to the Queen'.
In addition, there are various contemporary portraits, a programme for a series of subscription concerts in Sheffield, a signature cut from the foot of a letter, a ticket for one of his concerts and a photograph of a bust of Bennett.
The image is of a specimen piece from the album.