Two page letter on mourning stationery, dated 15 January 1857, addressed “My Dear Sir” (Hubert Watkins, Esq.) and signed “Dear Sir, yours faithfully, J.P. Harley.”  Harley played the leading role in Dickens’s play The Strange Gentleman.  A jocular letter to a friend, referencing in part a well-known English comic song, “The Old English Gentleman.”