JULIAN HAWTHORNE HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Julian Hawthorne", 2 pages, nice content, 4.5 x 7, Oct 14th, 1876, Ways End, Twickenham, England, bank American author and son of Nathaniel Hawthorne, to his cousin, G. T. Smith, American banker, In part: "...A young friend of mine, who will shortly call at your office, and whose name is Philip Becher, desires to know whether he can draw his English remittances through your bank. He is the son of Colonel Becher of the English Army in India. He has come to America to make his fortune...I have thought that it could not fail to be of great social advantage to him to know you; and I have little doubt that you will not reject the acquaintance of so fine a speciamen of the aristocratic young Englishman...I wish I could see you all again. I had expected until lately to return to American next Spring...We are all getting on pretty comfortably, with three healthy children, and many pleasant friends, English and American...Kindly let me know whether the bank transacts this transmission business; and Colonel Becher will then himself address you...Your affectionate cousin...." Some small edge tears, age toning, letter folds mounting remnant on reverse, small hole top right edge of first page, otherwise in fine condition.
Julian Hawthorne (1846-1934) was an American writer and journalist, the son of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody (American painter/illustrator). He wrote numerous poems, novels, short stories, mystery/detective fiction, essays, travel books, biographies, and histories. As a child, he had been fascinated by the supernatural, and his fiction dealt with the mysterious, the occult, and the gothic. He and his family spent 10 years, in the 1870's, living in Europe where he wrote five novels. Yet while Julian was a prolific writer, his works fell into almost complete neglect following his death, overshadowed by the literary shadow of his father and scandal in Julian's later life [he was involved in a mining stock-selling fraud and served one year in Atlanta Federal Penitentiary].