Lot 503
  • 503

Killigrew, Sir William

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3,000 - 5,000 USD
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Description

  • Killigrew, Sir William
  • Autograph letter signed, to Sir Robert Howard
  • paper
Incorporating a copy of the letter Killigrew intends to send Sir Dennis Gawden, in which he demands that Gawden deliver a legal document to "my Cosen" Mrs Davies, complaining to Howard that Gawden "delays whilst he can pass awaye all his papers, and as I heare all his Estates alsoe," and petitioning for a "coersive Order" from the Lord Treasurer to force Gawden's compliance with his earlier promise, one page, folio, 18 February 1672, integral autograph address panel ("the Coppie of Sr: Wm: | Killigrewes Letter to | Sr: Dennis Gawden | Feb: 18th 162 | for Sr Robert Howard"); portion torn away with loss of text, spotting, professionally conserved. Brown cloth folding-box.

Provenance

acquisition: Goodspeed, 1972

Catalogue Note

A rare autograph letter by a central figure of the restoration theatre. Killigrew was important not only as a playwright, but as a supporter of the professional theatre with powerful friends at court. This letter, in which Killigrew does battle with a prominent London merchant on behalf of a relative, was written to Sir Robert Howard (1626–1698), who was Secretary of the Treasury. Howard would have been wellknown to Killigrew: alongside his official duties he was also a playwright of some note and a founding shareholder of the Theatre Royal, where Killigrew's own plays had been performed and which was managed by his brother, Thomas Killigrew. We have no record of any autograph letters by William Killigrew having been sold at auction in the last forty years.
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