BROWN, John. 20352



Autograph Letter Signed ‘JB’, to an editor, saying he has been “skulking about town in byestreets – ashamed of seeing you”, toothache, no sleep “and general incapacity”, describing a tale he has just written on 18 small quarto pages. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in fine condition, with a separate typed transcript. 23 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, Monday Morning, undated. John Brown (1810 –1882), Scottish physician and essayist known for his three-volume Horae Subsecivae (Leisure Hours, 1858), containing essays and papers on art, medical history and biography. Best remembered are his dog story “Rab and his Friends” (1859) and his essays “Pet Marjorie” (1863), on Marjorie Fleming, the ten-year-old prodigy and alleged “pet” of Walter Scott, “Our Dogs”, “Minchmoor”, and “The Enterkine”.