LOWELL, JAMES RUSSELL. (1819-1891). Poet, Critic, Satirist, Diplomat, and noted Abolitionist. Attractive Partly-printed Check Signed: “J.R. Lowell”. Drawn on the Charles River Bank [Cambridge, Massachusetts]. The printed check is on light blue paper with burnt orange printing. One page, 2” x 7” inches. November 20, 1856. Made payable to: “Estes Howe” [Massachusetts State Senator], for two hundred fifty dollars. Fully accomplished in Lowell’s hand. Three cancellation punches, and small remnant of mounting tape to outer right blank border. Howe has signed his name in full on verso. Another rarely encountered piece of Financial Americana.