JULIAN HAWTHORNE HANDWRITTEN LTR SIGNED, "Nathaniel Hawthorne", 6 x 9, "The Hoffman House" hotel stationary, New York, Wednesday, a. m., 1891, asking the recipient to meet with a notary, by the prolific American author and son of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In part: "...It is of great importance that you make your acknowledgement before the notary today. Otherwise the business may fall through. Please go down to...and if Wilson should happen to be out, ask the office boy to send for the notary. Only your acknowledgement is now wanting. We hope you will make an effort...so that the work can go forward...." In fine condition, age toning, corner chips, letter folds with small edge separations.
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. 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].