Autograph Letter Signed ‘M.W.Balfe’, sending a cheque for eight guineas and asking for a receipt. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, light stains from former mounting, paper blemish in the lower right corner touching signature. 15 North Audley Street, Oxford Street, “Monday 8th 1861”. Michael William Balfe (1808 – 1870), Irish composer, best-remembered for his opera The Bohemian Girl. After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed at least 29 operas, almost 250 songs and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts.