Description: American sculptor, art critic, poet, and editor, William Wetmore Story (1819-1895) penned and signed this letter that has been trimmed to approximately 2 1/2" x 4 3/8". In the part of the letter that remains, Story wishes his correspondent "new life & spirits before returning" and indicates he was trying to arrange a time to meet up when they would both be in London.
William Wetmore Story was the son of jurist Joseph Story and began his adult life as a lawyer. Though he wrote two successful legal treatises, Treatise on the Law of Contracts not under Seal (2 vols., 1844) and Treatise on the Law of Sales of Personal Property (1847), he soon decided to abandon the law and moved to Rome to pursue sculpture. His sculpture Cleopatra (1848) was described in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1860 novel The Marble Faun. Item #A01159
Condition: Mounting remnants on verso, obscuring some words, otherwise good condition with a clear, bold signature. Comes with a 1983 receipt from the venerable autograph dealer Walter Benjamin.