Request for a Foreign Draft, signed ‘Karl Formes’, sending £30 to Frau Doctor Laura Formes. 4 x 6 inches, in good condition. Edward W.Yates & Co., Bankers, Liverpool, 25 October 1869. Karl Johann Franz Formes (1815-1889), German bass opera and oratorio singer who had a long international career especially in Germany, London and New York. At one time extremely famous and in the forefront of his profession, several roles were composed for his voice, most notably that of Plunkett in Flotow’s opera Martha.