[Charles Buller Heberden, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'C B Heberden') to Sir Richard Harington, concerning the replacement of a college stained glass window, Harington taking the old one.

Author: 
Charles Buller Heberden (1849-1921), classical scholar and Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford [Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Ridlington and Whitbourne Court]
Publication details: 
2, 4 and 14 January 1897. All three on letterhead of Brasenose College, Oxford.
£250.00
SKU: 22518

The three letters total 7pp, 12mo. All three in good condition, on lightly aged paper. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, whose father Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), had been Principal from 1842 to his death. All three endorsed by Harington with date of receipt. The subject is the replacement of a stained glass window in the college, with Harington receiving the old window, which he put up at his Worcestershire country house, Whitbourne Court. In the first letter (2 January) he writes that 'the glass is now being taken down gradually, and it will probably be sent to you in about a fortnight'. He has told 'Mr. Kempe's man' to pack the glass carefully, and 'to keep the post together as much as possible'. The man tells Heberden 'that, with all care, it may be impossible to avoid doing some injury to the glass in taking it down, but I hope that this will not be anything serious.' Heberden has had 'a photograph taken of the window', which he will send Harington as soon as it is printed off. In a postscript he expresses the hope that 'when the new window is put up', Harington will 'come and stay with me in order to have a good look at it'. In the second letter (4 January) he states that it will suit Heberden and his sister if Harington and his wife will stay with them for a weekend at the end of the month. 'It is quite certain that the new window will be completed by that time. A portion of it is already put in, and Mr. Kempe has undertaken that it shall be all finished by the beginning of term, i.e. by Jan 22.' In the final letter (14 January) he expresses sorrow that Harington and his wife will not be able to stay over with his wife and daughter, and the hope that when they visit for the day on 30 January, they will at least come for lunch. 'The new window is completed today, and the old glass has been packed and will I believe be sent off today or tomorrow. I trust it will reach you safely.' He ends in the hope that in the coming week he will be able to send Harington a photograph of the old window.