Kemble, Fanny, British actress (1809-1893). Autograph letter (but signature clipped).

[Rome, ca. 1845].

8vo. ¾ p. on bifolium.


To a journalist who had solicited a piece for his newspaper: "Sir - I shall be happy to receive you at any time that it may suit your convenience to call at no 9 Trinita dei Monti where I lodge. I regret that it is not in my power to offer any contribution to your paper […]".

Fanny Kemble had in 1834 married the American planter and slave owner Pierce Mease Butler (1806-67). When Butler inherited his father's property, the family temporarily moved to the Georgia plantations in the winter of 1838/39. Kemble was deeply affected by the inhumane treatment of the slaves and brought her observations and criticism to paper. A publication was prevented by her husband, who threatened Kemble with taking custody of their daughters. Kemble left Butler in 1846, and the marriage was divorced in 1849. Only in 1863, after the start of the American Civil War and when her daughters had reached their majority, did Fanny Kemble publish her "Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839", which aligned her with the abolitionist cause.

Annotation "Mrs. Butler" at the top of the page, probably by the recipient. The lower part of the leaf with the signature has been cut out. Notes by a former collector.

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