Autograph Letter Signed, to ‘My dear Croker’, sending a ticket (order) for one of his shows, and discussing the provision of a “Chorley”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition, tipped into folder with a newspaper obituary. 31 May 1859. John Palgrave Simpson (1807–1887) was significant contributor to the world of mid-Victorian theatrical entertainment. He wrote more than fifty pieces in a variety of genres, including dramas, comedies, operas, and spectacles, between 1850 and 1885. In addition to his considerable dramatic output, Simpson also published novels, travel books, journalistic commentaries, and a translation.