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Alfred TENNYSON. Autograph card to Mr. Gladstone. 1876.

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Alfred TENNYSON. Autograph card to Mr. Gladstone. 1876.
 Alfred TENNYSON.
1830-1892

Autograph card to Mr. Gladstone.1876

?My dear Mr Gladstone On Monday then ? if all be well as you are good compte to say that you will manage anything rather than lose my visit - will you manage that I can have my pipe in my own room whenever I like??

A leaf in 8vo, 176x114 mm. Black ink, rapid italic type, signature at the end. Excellent condition.

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This note, sent to the old friend William Ewart Gladstone, who was four times Prime Minister, is a curious testimony to the legendary love of the poet for his pipe. The card is quoted, in a slightly different form, in some articles with the title 'Tennyson's love for pipe' published some later. The Pittsburg Daily: ?Poet Laureate smoked a long clay and hated Florence because the tobacco there was bad ? Carlyle, describing Tennyson, said ?Smokes infinite tobacco.? ? Wherever he went he must be allowed to smoke. Accepting an invitation to visit Mr. Gladstone on 1876, he wrote: ?As you are good enough to say ? I can have my pipe in my room whenever I like?? Cfr. The Pittsburg Daily Headlight from Pittsburg, Kansas, January 25, 1911; The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas, November 20, 1910; The Walnut Valley Times from El Dorado, November 28, 1910.
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