Item 5 - Letter from T. J. Wise to R. B. McKerrow

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Add. MS a/457/1/5


Letter from T. J. Wise to R. B. McKerrow


  • 4 Mar. 1923 (Creation)

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25 Heath Drive, Hampstead, N.W.3.—Invites him to a Colophon Club dinner. Has inspected the Nashe tracts at Christ Church, Oxford.



25 Heath Drive, Hampstead, N.W.3
4. 3. 23.

My dear McKerrow,

The members of the Colophon Club will be having a dinner on the 17th of the present month. Will you do the Club the favor† of being present as one of its guests? The dinner will be at Pagani’s Restaurant {1} at 7. o’clock.

With kindest regards,
Always sincerely yours
Thos. J. Wise

Dr. R. B. McKerrow.

P.S. Have you seen the collection of Nashe tracts at Christchurch College? {2} I spent a large part of last Sunday {3} over them. The two volumes include some splendid pieces (including The Unfortunate Traveller & the first issue of Summers Last Will & Testament), {4} but they were both reeking with damp!


This letter was formerly inserted after p. 152 of McKerrow’s annotated copy of his Works of Nashe, vol. v (Adv. c. 25. 76). Cf. the note to Add. Ms. a. 457/1/6.

{1} Pagani’s, in Great Portland Street, was particularly noted as a meeting-place of writers and composers. The walls of its Artists’ Room were inscribed with the signatures of some of its best-known patrons.

{2} i.e. in the Library of Christ Church, Oxford.

{3} 25 February.

{4} Closing bracket supplied.

† Sic.

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