Autograph letter signed, Abbotsford, 27 October 1827. Black wax seal. Addressed to Walter Dickson Esq.
Transcript of the above letter.
Autograph letter signed, Edinburgh, 5 March 1830. Red wax seal, degraded. Three postal handstamps, with one 'Dumfries'. Addressed to Rev. Dr. Dow, Kirkpatrick-Irongray, Dumfriesshire.
Items had been contained within frames, and red sealing wax from one letter had collected inside one of these. The wax fragments have been retained.
Biographical / Historical
The pair of letters from Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) make reference to Helen Walker (d. 1791) who had become the fictional Jeanie Deans, a character in his novel The Heart of Midlothian. In a letter to Walter Dickson, 27 October 1827, Scott refers to Dickson's mother-in-law, Mrs Goldie - Helen Goldie (nee Lawson) (1752-1829) - and the 'anonymous favour' provided by the content of a letter. This enabled him 'to produce to the public the efficient and interesting character of Jeanie Deans' as he had 'christened her most respectable friend Helen Walker'.
Scott erected a monument at Helen Walker's grave in the parish of Irongray, about six miles from Dumfries, and his letter to the Rev. Dr. Anthony Dow, 5 March 1830, indicates his intention to erect this 'simple monument'.
1 folder : Items had been contained within glazed frames, and red sealing wax from one letter had collected inside one of these. The wax fragments have been retained.