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Signatures & Letters

An 1883 letter that HRH wrote to Cordy Jeaffreson

See the bottom of the webpage for DAWN for more information about this letter that is in my collection

A letter (not in my collection) from HRH to Mr. Barrett Smith about SHE, the serialization of which in THE GRAPHIC was nearly at an end, and which had been published in New York 5 days earlier, and which would be published in London in 3 days.

After Haggard finished writing π‘²π’Šπ’π’ˆ π‘Ίπ’π’π’π’Žπ’π’'𝒔 π‘΄π’Šπ’π’†π’”, 𝑨𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒏 π‘Έπ’–π’‚π’•π’†π’“π’Žπ’‚π’Šπ’, 𝑱𝒆𝒔𝒔, and π™Žπ™π™š (all between January 1885 and March 18, 1886), in January 1887 he "went to Egypt seeking knowledge and a holiday." He wanted to "write a romance on the subject of 'Cleopatra.' " (quoted from Volume 1 of his π‘«π’‚π’šπ’” 𝒐𝒇 π‘΄π’š π‘³π’Šπ’‡π’†). Below is the text of the letter, and below that are images of the actual letter.

(Address Shepheard's Hotel)



22 Feb 1887

My dear Mr Loftie,

I hope to get down to Suez in time to catch the boat of the fourth in which case I trust that I shall see you.

Egypt impresses me beyond words.

What do you think of the enclosed cartouche if it is a cartouche. It is on a magnificent signet ring compounded apparently of gold & bronze which came off a mummy & which I have bought.

I wish that you would kindly tell me what it reads & what you think of it. Also of the second enclosed which has struck me much.

It is really too dreadfully hot to write. With much regard

Sincerely yrs.

H. Rider Haggard

The stationery of the letter above was provided by Cook's Nile Steamboat Service. Additionally, HRH wrote at the top of the stationery that he was staying at the Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo.

Shepheard's Hotel was the leading hotel in Cairo and one of the most celebrated hotels in the world from the middle of the 19th century until it was burned down in 1952 in the Cairo Fire. Five years after the original hotel was destroyed, a new one was built nearby and was named the Shepheard Hotel, but this hotel closed for renovations in 2014, and it doesn't appear the hotel is open again even though it has been 5 years.

I doubt Cook's Steamboat Service exists today.

Below: some photos of Shepeard's Hotel as it would have looked when HRH stayed there.

How would you like to be the recipient of the letter below?