Five autograph letters signed by Lady Louisa Lamb (1849-1927) of Beauport, Sussex, to publisher William Tinsley concerning her little-known contributions to Tinsley’s Magazine in the late 1870s. Lamb was the sister-in-law of another famous Victorian era woman writer: Mary Montgomerie Lamb (1843–1905), better known by the pen name Violet Fane, which she adopted in response to her aristocratic family’s disapproval of her writing.
Two of Lamb’s letters from January 1878 are written on Beauport Battle letterhead, the ancestral home of her husband, Sir Archibald Lamb (1845-1921), 3rd Baronet. On January 10, she inquired with Tinsley about her article about Charles XII, operating under the assumption it would be published as the manuscript had not been returned. “Lady L regrets troubling Mssr. Tinsley with this note, but in her magazine work, she finds it much easier to get on with a clear understanding between editor and contributor.” The story about Charles XII appeared in the January 1879 issue of the magazine, and in the table of contents, the article is credited to Lady Lamb and signed L.M.C. Lamb.
On February 19, she wrote to Tinsley about a biography of Sophia Dorothy of Gull, as well as verses, and asked that he sign them “LF” and not use her usual signature. Tinsley’s Magazine was founded in 1867 with hopes of mimicking the success of other popular shilling magazines such as Temple Bar and Cornhill Magazine. However, it was fraught with financial problems throughout its publishing history, which ended in 1887.
The last letter in this group was written in October, when Lamb wrote seeking proofs of her magazine articles so she could complete the work in advance of an expected busy holiday period. “I have a great deal of work from Mr. Routledge,” she wrote.
Each of the letters are written in ink on a single sheet of stationary, folded in half with no mailing envelopes. They are a bit toned, but overall in very good condition. Item #73786