The Absent Minded Beggar

Picture of front cover, showing a soldier with a bandage around his head and a rifle with a bayonet in his hands
Alfred Cooper paid 500 guineas at auction for the manuscript of a piece of music by Sir Arthur Sullivan called The Absent Minded Beggar. The manuscript had been sold at auction to support a Daily Mail appeal to raise money for troops fighting in the Boer War and their families. Sir Arthur Sullivan wrote to Alfred Cooper afterwards thanking him for his munificence. The letter can be viewed on this website.

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