GROSSMITH, George. 12549



Autograph Letter Signed, suggesting one night for a lecture, explaining that “I have at least a dozen Institutions who will be glad to take the night”. 2 pp. 8½ x 5 inches, surface creases. 4 Brick Court, Temple, 8 October. George Grossmith (1820–1880), chief reporter for The Times and other newspapers at the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, and a lecturer and entertainer.He was the father of George Grossmith (1847–1912), the entertainer and author (with his brother Weedon) of The Diary of a Nobody. “… I should have thought that a lecture of my sort was just the thing for a race-week. When people are ‘bent on pleasure’ they like to make a whole ‘day of it’; and as they don’t race by gas-light, I presume, a laughable lecture should be just the thing to wind-up with, & may save many a ‘wind-up’ with worse results, at the public-house.”