How many people named “Sedley” do you know?
Very few people with that name turn up on Google, and it seems to have been a first name that has fallen out of favor.
But someone named Sedley was a swell fellow. Teddy Wilson said so and put it in writing with his blue fountain pen. I know that signature to be authentic because Mr. Wilson (by then very taciturn) signed his name for me in almost the same way. And the inscription looks genuine: Teddy never paid anyone to sign his name for him, as far as I know.
But Sedley, whoever and wherever he is now, had Teddy Wilson’s seal of approval, which is no small thing.
The other three gentlemen in the photo (Lionel, Gene, Benny — flanking a particularly I’d-rather-be-anywhere-else Teddy) were swell fellows also.
This one’s for you, Sedley! And for us.
May your happiness increase!