CHALMERS, Alexander. 16271



Autograph Letter Signed, asking his correspondent (probably Clarke) to send his proofs under cover to Mr. Freeling, thanking him for his kindness at Cambridge in providing access to the libraries, etc. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, in good condition. Throgmorton Street, 26 September 1817. Alexander Chalmers (1759 – 1834), Scottish writer. Trained as a doctor, he gave up medicine for journalism, and was for some time editor of the Morning Herald. Besides editions of the works of William Shakespeare, James Beattie, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Joseph Warton, Alexander Pope, Edward Gibbon, and Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, he published A General Biographical Dictionary in 32 volumes (1812–1817); a Glossary to Shakspeare (1807); an edition of George Steevens’s Shakespeare (1809); and the British Essayists, beginning with the Tatler and ending with the Observer, with biographical and historical prefaces and a general index. A quotation is often attributed to him: “The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.”