American novelist and short story writer (1804-1864). Autograph letter signed. US Consulate, Liverpool. 8vo. 3 pp.
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To R. J. Spiers with thanks from himself and his wife for gifts ("[...] We are both of us delighted with the photographs, and shall always treasure them, in memory of Oxford, and of yourself and family [...]"). - The Hawthornes spent a weekend as house guests of Spiers in September 1856 following which, on 26 December 1856, Hawthorne had presented Spiers with a specially bound eleven-volume set of his own works (see R. Hull, Nathaniel Hawthorne: the English Experience, 1853-64 (1980), p.94). This gift evidently elicited a further reciprocal gift from Spiers, which Hawthorne acknowledges in this letter. Hawthorne paid further compliment to Spiers in the conclusion of his essay 'Near Oxford': "[...] We feel a genuine reluctance to conclude this article without making our grateful acknowledgments, by name, to a gentleman whose overflowing kindness was the main condition of all our sight-seeings and enjoyments.