9.75 x 7 inches on yellow paper, dated Dec. 9, 1834, the letter reads in full: "Sir, your acceptance of the enclosed tickets will confer a favour on / Sir, Your Much obliged and obedient servant, The Wandering Piper." Known variously as Captain Stewart or Captain Stuart, The Wandering Piper was a well known presence in Scotland, Ireland and the States, busking throughout the early 1830s and raising money for local charitable causes. Some newspaper accounts speculated he was a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and fought under Wellington at Waterloo. The web journal Irelandsown gave the following account in July 2019: "In the autumn of 1824, Stuart argued with French fiddler and former soldier, Count Bender, that the Irish and Scottish were more welcoming and charitable than people in mainland Europe. When it became apparent that their dispute was not going to be settled by talking over beers in a London coffee house, the musicians, both of whom were close friends, hatched an extraordinary plan: they agreed to spend a number of years busking for worthy causes. They planned to perform twice a day in major towns; Stuart in Scotland and Ireland, Bender in France and Belgium.
Their collected money would be lodged with a local charity. Once a receipt was secured, it would be sent for verification to their mutual contact in London: whoever raised the most money would win £5,000.They also agreed to don disguises and perform under assumed names." Some newspaper reportage related that the Wandering Piper raised many thousands for charitable causes in the United States alone. Item #H8393