[London]: 1840. SIGNED by Lover. Small bifolium. 12 lines, plus close & signature. With typed transcription. 4-3/8" x 3-1/2". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning & light soiling. Faint horizontal fold-line. Very Good. Item #49076
Samuel Lover, also known as "Ben Trovato" ("well invented"), was an Irish songwriter, composer, novelist, and a painter of portraits, perhaps best known today for his two novels, Rory O'Moore (in its first form a ballad), and Handy Andy.
Thomas Dibdin was an English dramatist and songwriter, a song of which Dickens' quotes in Little Dorrit.
In this note, Lover expresses his regret not being able to attend Dibdin's anniversary dinner [a benefit?], but nevertheless forwards "the price of my ticket", a gracious move on Lover's part, as Dibdin, in the latter part of his career, of but modest means.