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BURNEY, Fanny (1752-1840). - Autograph letter signed "F. B. A." to her father Dr. Charles Burney, preceded by an autograph letter signed by Alexandre D'Arblay to him.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$3,087 - US$4,631
Price realised:  £6,000
ca. US$9,262
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Autograph letter signed "F. B. A." to her father Dr. Charles Burney preceded by an autograph letter signed by Alexandre D'Arblay to him.
Great Bookham]: 22 July 1797. M. D'Arblay letter 1 p., Burney letter 3pp., folded sheet (227 x 190 mm). Addressed by Burney and postmarked. Edited by Burney at a later date with most of the final page of her letter crossed out and with her editorial symbol at the head of the first page. Condition : folds, minor separation at one fold. M. D'Arblay's letter, written in English on the first page of the folded sheet preceding Burney's letter, begins by addressing Dr. Burney as "My dear camarade!" and mentions good news relating to the British government and advises him on paying twenty pounds for his horse "that animal being very often the fame maker or fame distroyer [sic] of a military man ." Burney's letter, which begins on the second page, starts by explaining the presence of her husband's letter: "M. d'Arblay has been so enchanted by considering you as a military comrade that he snatched my pen to beg in my Answer. But I am very seriously sorry for these glimmerings, as I know they alarm as well as pain you … He is still quite unable to talk in our languages, English or French, but he contrives to make himself understood by a dialect of his own, which now grows so unintelligible & even expressive, that we begin to suspect he will be another Psalmanaazar & form a new speech!" The letter continues with a reference to the publication by subscription of Camilla, writing, "…our power of having the work for 12s never was for sale it was only for presents. It is so specified in the agreement, by which you will easily believe your Daughter & her preux Chevalier have religiously been guided. M. d'Arblay refused a friend, Mrs. Derache of the City, 12 subscriptions, which she sent him the day after the publication, begging to have the Books of him, giving the list of names & desiring he would not regard their being too late to be printed. Mrs. Locke, at our desire, has refused, since, several Guineas, which have been offered int he same manner, by way of purchaing for these whome some accident prevented from subscribing…" The letter continues with news of M. D'Arblay's activities, an unfinished poem by her father, Lord Oxford's illness and news from France, "The late public news has made me sick at heart, what must it have done to you! Bonaparte is my superior aversion, but I will not enter into this unhappy field." The majority of the remaining page of the letter has been crossed out by Burney, but a postscript on the address panel remains: "I have written to good Kitty Cooke upon her loss of Mrs. Hamilton. I imagine she will leave Chesington, a name I cannot write without a sigh." Not published in Journals and Letters or Diary and Letters.

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Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: The Paula Peyraud Collection: Samuel Johnson and Women Writers in Georgian Society
Date of the auction: 6 May 2009
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