FORESTER, FRANK [=HERBERT, HENRY WILLIAM] Autograph manuscript signed
of Herbert's tribute in the Whig Press newspaper of Middletown, New York to his friend Thomas Ward, called in his sporting novels "Tom Draw". [Middletown]: . Preserved in a cloth clamshell case with a chemise. 8 x 5 inches (21 x 13 cm); 7 ff., written recto only, with a typed transcription. Minor soiling to the first leaf, generally in sound condition; Together with Herbert's accompanying letter to John Hasbrouck of the Whig Press, in envelope; And with a printed 4 pp. leaflet printing of the manuscript, inscribed "Compliments of T. Harry Ward, Grandson. From the Harry Worcester Smith collection, purchased by him at the Stanley V. Henkel sale of 1923; with the bookplates of John M. Schiff and Rob Cohen.
Herbert's paean for his friend Thomas Ward and for the Vale of Warwick, in Orange County, New York, the setting for his sporting novels, is a deeply touching document. It was written for W. Hasbrouck's Whig Press in Middletown, New York, who published it in 1846, and was later reprinted in "Frank Forester's" Sporting Scenes and Characters. Thomas Ward, as "Tom Draw," is a central figure in Herbert's novels, for which there appear to be no extant manuscripts, and ineed all Herbert manuscripts are quite rare; this last sold at auction in 1990 ($1,300).
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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