Blackstone Discusses Shakespeare [Manuscript]. Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. [Steevens, George (1736-1800)]. [Autograph Letter (in Third Person) to George Steevens, London, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 26 April 1779]. 9-1/2" x 7-1/2" bifolium, one page of text, archival guard at inner edge. Light toning, vertical and horizontal fold lines. $8,500. * Addressed to the eminent Shakespearean George Steevens, the letter discusses Blackstone's critical notes on Shakespeare, which were ultimately published the following year (after his death) in Edmund Malone's supplement to the 1778 edition of Shakespeare's plays by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. Blackstone returns a transcription of the notes "together with the new ones that have occurred on a transient Perusal of Mr Steevens's second edition. He will see that Sir W[illia]m (Author-like) continues a little prejudiced in favour of One of his Emendations, which Mr Steevens is afraid of proposing: but, to make amends, he has given up another to Mr Steevens's more accurate Judgement." He adds that there is no need to send a transcript of the new "observations," and concludes with a note on a legal case: "Inquiry has been made at the Exchequer; - & [the] Result is, that nothing can be done there till the Fine is estreated, & then it may be discharged upon Motion supported by Affidavit."
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