KEATING, Eliza H., (1801-1868), author of children's books. Autograph letter signed to Mr Hailes Lacey, 4 sides, 16mo, 23 Great Charles St., Birmingham, November 7th 1855. Accepting the terms offered by her publisher for a book, and discussing its content. "I shall feel much pleasure in accepting the terms you have offered ...... to make over to you the copyright of the volume of Charades I have written, and to receive one hundred copies for myself ....... With respect to the Charade you mention - as being inferior to the rest – I suppose you mean Guy Fawkes which not being a great favourite as the others can be omitted. If you think a fourth is wanting I have another that was very successful – “Bulletin” ....... adapted to the year of the Great Exhibition in 51." Narrow strip of paper adhering to back edge indicating removal from an album page.
The book referred to is "Dramas for the Drawing Room; or Charades for Christmas" published in 1856. Charade dramas were a popular form of private entertainment, performed in the domestic setting of the drawing room.