Autograph letter signed.
8vo. 2 pp. on bifolium.
To an applicant seeking a position in Buckingham's new weekly journal "The Sphynx": "An ill-timed accident, which has kept me in bed for many days, alone prevented me from replying to your Note of the 22nd alt. before now. I hasten, however, to say, that the Literary Department of the Sphynx being already consigned to the superintendance of a separate Editor, is, as I learn from him, so abundantly filled (& was so before the receipt of your note) as to leave no room for further assistance. I shall still, however, be happy to receive your visit on any occasion [...]".
Buckingham published his "Travels in Palestine" in 1821, followed by "Travels Among the Arab Tribes" in 1825. He is remembered for his contributions to Indian journalism and was a pioneer among the Europeans who fought for a liberal press in India. "In July 1827 he started a weekly journal of politics, literature, and news, entitled ‘The Sphynx,’ which had an existence of less than two years" (DNB VII, 202).
Previously in the collection of the English novelist Catherine Hutton (1756-1846), with a few biographical notes in her handwriting.
Three small strips of old mounting tape on verso.