CARPENTER, Joseph Edwards. 18059



Autograph Letter Signed, to J.Calderwood, Northern Mechanics Institute, Liverpool, discussing Carpenter’s forthcoming lecture on popular fairy mythology (and his travel expenses) and various popular songs. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, with a printed version of Carpenter’s lyric, The Kettle On The Hob, tipped on to the verso of the address leaf, minor defects only. Leamington postmark. Windsor Cottage, Leamington Spa, 29 August 1846. “… my chief object is to further my songs in a literary point of view.” Joseph Edwards Carpenter (1813-1885), playwright and songwriter. In 1851 Carpenter moved from Leamington to London. He wrote various touring musical entertainments such as The Road, the Rail and the River and a Vocal, Pictorial, and Descriptive Illustration of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1853). A two-act musical drama The Sanctuary and his three-act drama Love and Honour appeared in 1854, and a three-act drama of Adam Bede in 1862. He wrote lyrics for over 2500 songs and duets, publishing them in Ainsworth’s Magazine and other magazines, in partnership with various composers including Henry Bishop and Stephen Glover. He wrote the words for What Are The Wild Waves Saying? (1850), suggested by the deathbed scene of little Paul in Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens.