Typed Letter Signed, to Miss Whitehead [Caroline Whitehead, Secretary of the Pioneer Club], asking for tickets for the night of his lecture. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, some surface creases, otherwise good. Vine Cottage, Northaw, 26 June 1903. Richard Whiteing ( 1840 – 1928), author and journalist. His first novel The Democracy (3 vols, 1876) was published under the pseudonym of Whyte Thorne. His second novel The Island (1888) was about a utopian life on Pitcairn Island; it attracted little attention until, years afterwards, its successor, No. 5 John Street (1899), made him famous; the earlier novel was then republished. No. 5 John Street has the character from the first novel return to London, but has no money, and describes the low-life of London. Later works were The Yellow Van (1903), Ring in the New (1906), All Moonshine (1907).