HANNAY, James. 17340



Autograph Letter Signed, to E.J.Goodman, about articles for publication, asking for the last Saturday Review, and saying he will write “on the first batch of American news”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, laid down on part of an old album page. Together with a woodcut portrait of Hannay. 13 May 1861. James Hannay (1827 – 1873), Scottish naval officer, novelist, journalist and diplomat. In 1848, he began using his naval experiences, and wrote the first of the stories which were afterwards collected in his Sketches in Ultramarine, published in 1853. In 1848, he first made the acquaintance of Thackeray and Carlyle, to whom he was proud to acknowledge his obligations. He soon improved his literary connection, and worked for papers of good position, for the quarterlies and magazines, till he became editor of the Edinburgh Evening Courant in 1860. During these years he published his best work, his two naval novels, Singleton Fontenoy (1850) and Eustace Conyers (1855).