FITTON, William Henry (1780-1861), physician and geologist. Autograph letter signed to 'Hutton', 53 Upper Harley St., 30th December 1841, 4 sides, small 8vo (9 x 11 cm), telling him that he has “ventured to detain the very interesting papers about Wolfe’s glorious lines – till Tuesday evening when I will return them in person at Putney Park. - & with them I will bring also your Phillips the wandering of which I cannot account for. – It is several weeks now since I left the book for you, at the Geological Society. ……. I wished to show ….. the Poem to Mr J. Carrick Moore (a nephew of Sir John’s) to whom you will imagine that they - & the facsimile – are of the highest interest . They will be carefully returned to me. I am about to write to Mr (or Dr) Lloyd – see R.T.A. – to ask whether a copy can be obtained for the family.” The letter closes with a P.S. of six lines to Miss Hutton. Slight traces of mounting on folded edge.
Possibly written to the geologist William Hutton (1796-1860), who never married but had several sisters (ie possibly “Miss Hutton”), the subject of the letter is mainly devoted to Charles Wolfe’s elegiac ode, ‘The Burial of Sir John Moore’, which became immensely popular throughout the early to mid-nineteenth century. James Moore Carrick-Moore (1762–1860) was famous for his 1833 biography of his elder brother, Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore, who died at the battle of Corunna in 1809.