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Item 415 - George Bernard Shaw Catalog 574 (Jan 2020)

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TLS signed “G. Bernard Shaw,” one page, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, June 10, 1907. Letter to J. Hunter Watts, in full: "It was a wild notion of yours, that of getting £20 out of the Fabian Society. If we had been asked by the International Bureau, we should perhaps have doled out a pound or two; but how can you expect us in our poverty to give £20 towards a suddenly improvised jollification got up by the S.D.F. for a body so utterly anti-Fabian and indeed anti-Socialist as that Congress turned out to be. However, I hear that you got a considerable gate with shilling tickets; so I hope the balance sheet will not prove ruinous to you. I am open to have it sent to me, and to consider the question of a deficit (if any); but I am damned if I will give £5; it is almost two hours income." In very good to fine condition, with light toning (and a short split) to the intersecting folds, and staple holes to the upper right corner. Founded in 1884, the Fabian Society seeks to advance the principles of socialism via gradualist and reformist effort in democracies, rather than advocating for violent revolution. Shaw was an influential member of the group.

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