Autograph letter signed.
8vo. 6½ pp. on 4 ff.
To John Henderson, Secretary of the National Liberal Club: "Your letter has just reached me forwarded on here - & I write to say how deeply greatful I feel for the honour your Committee have done me by their invitation - but I don't think I should have the courage to accept it! I have never made an 'after meal' speech in my life - & I believe it is the most difficult & delicate of all such performances & demands ease - grace - fluency - sparkling wit! - all qualities of which I am painfully devoid [...]".