SWAN, Annie S. 19556



Autograph Letter Signed ‘A.Burnett Smith’, to Miss Whitehead (Caroline Whitehead, Secretary of the Pioneer Club), looking forward to the Debate “with much interest, & many qualms”, asking for extra tickets. 4 pp. 6 x 4 inches, fine. 52 Camden Square 22 May 1896. “… in this case I shall fell so keenly what I say, that perhaps I shall be carried away.” Annie Shepherd Swan (1859 – 1943), Scottish journalist and fiction writer, who wrote mainly under her maiden name, but also as David Lyall and later Mrs Burnett Smith. As a writer of romantic fiction for women, she published over 200 novels, serials, stories and other fiction. Swan was active as a suffragist, a Liberal activist, and a founder-member and vice-president of the Scottish National Party. She was a respected public speaker involved in social and political causes such as the Temperance movement. She wrote books and novels on the suffragist movement in Britain, often as David Lyall, such as Margaret Holroyd: or, the Pioneers (1910).