Autograph Letter Signed, to William Miller, regretting that his cold, which “has terminated by converting my lips into two huge boiling ulcers”, should prevent him dining with one of his oldest friends. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, light surface creasing, integral address leaf. Crescent, Wednesday, undated. James Beresford (1764–1840), writer. His chief work was The miseries of human life, or, The last groans of Timothy Testy and Samuel Sensitive, with a few supplementary sighs from Mrs Testy (2 vols., 1806–7), which went through several editions and was held for a time to be a minor classic in the genre, praised by Walter Scott. He also wrote some translations of poetry and religious books which attacked Calvinism among the clergy, and contributed to the Looker-on. [DNB] His correspondent is William Richard Beckford Miller (1769–1844), publisher.