Autograph Letter Signed, offering “to Engage My Self has first or second harlequin to assist in the Combats and make My Self otherwise youseful”, giving Mr. Ducrow as a reference. 1 page 5 x 7 inches, closed filing hole. 9 Mason Street, Lambeth, 19 September 1831. Joseph Avery, “Late of Astley’s has an Equestrian and harlequin”. Andrew Ducrow (1793–1842) was a British circus performer, often called the “Father of British circus equestrianism” and the “Colossus of equestrians”. He was the originator of horsemanship acts and proprietor of Astley’s Amphitheatre.