WILSON, John. 20275



Autograph Letter Signed, explaining “It was not till this morning that I lighted on the song that I promised to send you the air of …” A good one page example, 7 x 4 inches. 47 Gower Street, London, 11 March 1844. John Wilson (1800-1849), Scottish singer. In March 1830 he appeared in Edinburgh as Harry Bertram in Guy Mannering, and was subsequently engaged in other operas—notably in Michael William Balfe’s, in some of which he created the principal part—at Covent Garden and Drury Lane. His acting was, however, considered stiff, and he abandoned the stage to become an exponent of Scottish song. From 1838 to 1840 he was in America appearing with Jane Shirreff, Edward and Ann Childe Seguin. Wilson appeared before Queen Victoria at Taymouth Castle in 1842.