GREEN, John Richard (1837-1883) historian. Autograph letter signed to J.S.Brewer, 4 sides of an 8vo bifolium, 4 Beaumont St. W., January 28 1876, thanking him for his book “I hardly know how to pardon myself for not at once thanking you for the gift of your “Introduction”. Still the delay has let me run through the book from the Divorce to its close; and so given me a pleasure which I get from few books of history now-a-days. I had always longed that the world should open its eyes to your power – using a power almost unique amongst our historical authors, of cautioning the most minute & accurate research with a rare literary ability and skill in parsing and presentment, as well as of holding together what I may call the external & internal news of public affairs”.
Green’s correspondent was the historian John Sherren Brewer (1809-1879) who is remembered for his monumental work in editing and publishing the first 4 volumes of Letters and papers, foreign and domestic, of the reign of Henry VIII : preserved in the Public Record Office, The British Museum and elsewhere in England between 1862-1875. Volume 4 had a very substantial “Introduction” written by Brewer published separately in 1875, which is undoubtedly the subject of the present letter. Green wrote this letter just over a year after the publication of his enormously well received work A Short History of the English People which rapidly passed through many editions.