"Leigh Hunt has some where most charmingly described that peculiar sort of summer's day, when, without seeing the sun, one feels all its gentle influences..." With warm words of friendship Cruikshank opens his letter to Charles Kent, writer and editor of "The Sun" newspaper and continues in the same metaphoric style to describe a memory. "I remember once seeing at Bartholomew Fair - an invitation- over one of the booths after this fashion...." He draws a sign which reads, "Come & see Jack Allen set to 1d." That evening Cruikshank explains he will "preside over a meeting to be held at Exeter Hall to discuss upon the exclusion of strong [drinks] from the Crystal palace... and also to propose a petition to Parliament to close Gin and Beer shops on the Sabbath...." Beautifully signed in his unmistakable hand, "George Cruikshank." Cruikshank addressed the small envelope and signed in the lower left corner. Cruikshank alludes to his anti-alcohol views which he made apparent in his drawings. He seems to be invoking his friendship with Kent, a friendship that seems to have lapsed, as he offers the details of that evening’s temperance meeting. The reference to the invitation in the form of a sign could be a clever way of inviting Kent.
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a contemporary poet and editor of the politically independent newspaper, "The Examiner." Cruikshank alludes to his anti-alcohol activities which he made apparent in his drawings. Condition: Overall very good condition, tape fragment on empty back page and folds noticeable, slight weakness at edges of center fold.