(Rudyard, 1865-1936, Novelist & Poet)
Fine Autograph Letter signed in full to W. Gurney BENHAM
(Sir William Gurnery, 1859-1944, Newspaper Editor, Author and 3 times Mayor of Colchester) saying that he is "more than disappointed that previous engagements prevent my being able to accept your kind invitation to the Colchester Oyster Feast ... It is an ancient and as you say very unique ceremony which I have always greatly wished to attend - both as a lover of antiquity and oysters ...", 1 side 8vo., Bateman's, Burwash headed paper, 14th Sseptember
two filing holes not affecting the text
The Colchester Oyster Feast is the centrepiece of the annual civic calendar in the ancient borough of Colchester. The Colne oyster fishery dates to the Roman era and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The oysters obtained from the fishery are known as "Colchester Natives". On the last Friday in October each year, the Mayor of Colchester hosts the Feast in the Moot Hall. It attended by civic dignitaries from around the nation, and worthies from the world of arts and entertainment. The Mayor also invites Colchester citizens who are active in local charities, civic bodies, and good causes.