Two page autograph letter on mourning stationery, dated March 2, 1880, and addressed to “My dear Boughton” (George H. Boughton, Esq., ARA) and signed “Yours always truly, John Tenniel.”  In the letter Tenniel declines Boughton’s invitation to be his guest at an “Artist’s dinner” on May 8, as he has already accepted and earlier invitation to the affair from George Agnew, who “booked me - 'like a shot' - very shortly after the dinner last year.”  Tenniel goes on the say “so you see the 'early bird does pick up the worm!!!'”