Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. Oliver, thanking her and her companions for an agreeable railway journey, regretting that he is unable to accept her kind invitation “to see ‘the Flowers of Shakespear’”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine. 4 Hype Park Gate South, Kensington Gore, 12 February 1848. Thomas Crofton Croker (1798 – 1854), an Irish antiquary, born at Cork. For some years, he held a position in the Admiralty, where his distant relative, John Wilson Croker, was his superior. Croker devoted himself largely to the collection of ancient Irish poetry and Irish folklore.