History’s Most Distinguished Literary Hair

James Henry Leigh Hunt

From Leigh Hunt Manuscript Material within the Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at the New York Public Library. Photo credit: Elena Parker

This autograph signed note is written by Leigh Hunt to his son Henry Sylvan Hunt on September 24, 1824. It reads, “The lock of hair which dear little Henry Sylvan requested of me … – Blessings on his head.” The lock of hair is stitched in a loop to a scrap of paper and mounted on the note.