A holographic letter on the Scottish novelist’s Penicuik letterhead, dated September 18, 1901. Crockett writes, “You seem a nice girl and live in a respectable neighbourhood. Ah, if only you did not collect autographs, how useful and happy your young life might be! Repent while yet there is time. Give all you have to the next bazaar. Then undermine the building after the manner of the late Mr. Faux (Guy of that name) – and – you will have done some good to the world.”
After graduating Edinburgh University in 1879 and studying for the ministry at New Colly in 1886, he became minister of Penicuik, Midlothian. With the success of the novels The Stickit Minister (1893) and The Lilac Sunbonnet (1894), he abandoned the ministry for writing, following the vogue for novels in Scots dialect set by James M. Barrie. Crockett published more than 40 books, mainly novels, and was a leader of the Kailyard (kitchen garden) school of writers who depicted Scottish rural life in a sentimental fashion.
Single sheet (4” x 6 ¼”), with previous folds for mailing. Light toning to the extremities; otherwise very good. Item #72722