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[Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.] Unpublished historical study in typescript, titled 'The Friars in England. An Essay'.

Author: 
Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. [Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.]
Publication details: 
Birmingham, 1908.
£320.00

Title-page: 'The Friars in England. | An Essay | by | Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. | Birmingham – 1908.' Duplicated typescript, printed on versos only. [1] + x + [1] + 209pp, 4to. With hand-drawn plans on two leaves at rear (the first, 'Site of the Blackfriars of Leicester'; the second, 'Carmelite Friary at Hulne' and 'Dominican Friary at Norwich'. In half binding of black leather spine and corners, with purple cloth boards, title in gilt on front cover, floral printed endpapers. Tightly copy, in good condition, on lightly aged paper, in lightly worn binding with slight discoloration to cloth.

[Sir D'Arcy Power, eminent surgeon.] Three Autograph Letters Signed and Autograph Card Signed to Pepys scholar Edwin Chappell, with copy of a printed address by him titled 'Mr. Samuel Pepys', and two press cuttings.

Author: 
Sir D'Arcy Power (1855-1941), eminent surgeon and medical historian, President of the Samuel Pepys Club [Edwin Chappell (1883-1938), Pepys scholar and maritime historian]
Publication details: 
Letters and card between 1931 and 1936; three from London and one from Northwood, Middlesex. Printed address 'on behalf of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society', [1927]. Press cuttings from 1936 and 1941.
£120.00

Seven items. The collection in good condition, lightly aged. The three letters and card all in autograph, and all signed 'D'Arcy Power'. ONE: ACS. 4 December 1931. Letterhead of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Addressed to Chappell's Blackheath address. He jokes: 'My best thanks for Pepys & “Will's” which I have really marked & inwardly digested. It reminds me a little of the Athanasian Creed that one Will's should become Three.' TWO: ALS. 16 October 1933. On letterhead of 10A Chandos Street, Cavendish Square.

[Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953.] Typed and Autograph Drafts by playwright Christopher Fry, of prose and poetry for his screenplay of the documentary film 'A Queen Is Crowned'.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953; Laurence Olivier; Rank Organisation, London]
Publication details: 
[Production by the Rank Organisation, London. Released in 1953.]
£950.00

Seven items from the Christopher Fry papers, relating to the film 'A Queen Is Crowned', which was a British box office hit in coronation year, and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. At the time of writing Fry was at the height of his popularity: around this time he had four plays running in the West End at once. 'A Queen Is Born' - billed as 'The only full-length feature of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II' - was made in Technicolour, produced by Castleton Knight for the Rank Organisation, with music by Guy Warrack, and with Fry's script narrated by Laurence Olivier.

[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Autograph Signature with frank on front panel of envelope addressed by him to the Earl Talbot. With his engraved crest.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers')
Publication details: 
Franking stamp with date 8 April 1830.
£35.00

Neatly written out by Peel on a 7 x 11.5 cm rectangle, cut from the front panel of an envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album. All in Peel's hand, and reading: 'Private & Confidential | To | The Right Honble. | The Earl Talbot | Ingestrie | Stafford'. Peel's signature 'Robert Peel' (he would inherit the baronetcy the following month) is between two lines in the customary position at bottom left, with the stamp in red ink at top right. Laid down to the left of this item is a 3 x 2 cm piece of paper carrying the engraved crest, with the word 'Peel' printed below it.

[Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi], Archbishop of Paris, memoirist.] Autograph Note Signed, in French, to unnamed recipient, recommending the 'Sr de filene'.

Author: 
Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi] (1613-1679), Archbishop of Paris, memoirist, agitator in the Fronde [Louis XIII; Louis XIV]
Publication details: 
'A Commercy le 5 Decembre 1668'.
£850.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub of mount adhering to one edge and several neat fold lines. The six lines of the document are pressed up at the top of one page, and the hand is difficult to modern eyes. It appears to read: 'Je vous recommande de tout mon coeur les interets du Sr de filene et reprends [?] cette occasion de vous assurer de la passion que [?] de vous servir.' The handwriting accords with other examples, and the words of the signature are not entirely clear, appearing to read: 'J [F?] Cardinal de Rets. [sic]'

[The Pledge in late-Victorian Ulster.] Volume 'No. 2' of Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, in autograph of secretary George Raphael, with 'Minutes of Meetings, Rules, &c.', and 151 signatures of young people taking the 'PLEDGE'.

Author: 
Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland [George Raphael, Secretary; Rev. David McMeekin (1872-1910) of the High Kirk (Presbyterian), Ballymena]
Publication details: 
[Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland. 3 June 1889 to 14 April 1899.
£400.00

The present item gives a vivid description of the activities of a temperance society in the north of Ireland at the close of the nineteenth century. As a result of the efforts in Leeds of Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff, the Band of Hope was founded in 1855 to teach children the principles of sobriety and teetotalism. By 1887 – two years before the start of the present volume – it had a membership of one and a half million young people in the United Kingdom, out of a total of eight million of eligible age.

[Charles Mackay, Scottish poet, journalist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas Mackay') to Rev. G. Bainton, granting permission to publish a letter.

Author: 
Charles Mackay (1814-1889), Scottish poet, journalist, and author of 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds' [Rev. George Bainton (1847-1925)]
Publication details: 
12 October 1887; 47 Longridge Road, South Kensington [London].
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight nick at gutter of bifolium. Addressed 'To | Revd G Bainton.' Reads: 'Dear Sir | You are quite at liberty to publish my letter. - If it finds its way into the papers, I should be obliged if you would kindly forward me a copy. | Ever yours truly | Chas Mackay'.

['M. de Wagner' [Jean-Emile de Wagner?], London Chargé d'Affaires of Kingdom of Württemberg.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wagner'), in English, to Sir John Coxe Hippisley, announcing his transfer to Berlin, and reporting on court news of King William I

Author: 
'M. de Wagner' [Jean-Emile de Wagner?], London Chargé d'Affaires of the Kingdom of Württemberg [Wurtemberg] [Sir John Coxe Hippisley (c.1747-1825), diplomat and politician; William I (1781-1864)]
Publication details: 
Berlin; 4 September 1820.
£180.00

The letter announces the transfer to Berlin of 'Monsieur de Wagner', London Chargé d'Affaires of the the Kingdom of Württemberg, resident at 42 Alpha Place, Regent's Park. The recipient Sir John Coxe Hippisley, whom George III had described as a 'busy man' and 'grand intriguer', had retired from public life two years previously, but was clearly still involved in diplomatic affairs. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium. Forty-one lines of neatly-written text, addressed to 'Sir J C Hippisley Bart. | Lower Grosvenor Street.' On aged and worn paper, with short closed tears at edges of folds.

[Sir Astley Cooper [Sir Astley Paston Cooper], eminent surgeon and anatomist.] Autograph Signature ('Astley Cooper').

Author: 
Sir Astley Cooper [Sir Astley Paston Cooper] (1768-1841), eminent surgeon and anatomist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£15.00

On 3.5 x 8 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, aged and lightly ruckled, laid down on piece of paper cut from album. Valediction of letter, cut off for autograph hunter, reading: 'I am | Yours truly | Astley Cooper'.

[Sir George Otto Trevelyan, politician and historian.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'G O Trevelyan') to fellow Liberal Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth [Lord Shuttleworth], discussing their friendship and parliamentary careers.

Author: 
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), Liberal politician and historian, biographer of his uncle Lord Macaulay [Ughtred James Kay-Shuttleworth, Lord Shuttleworth (1844-1939), Liberal politician.]
Publication details: 
ONE: 7 April 1880; Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. TWO: 25 November 1883; letterhead of Chief Secretary's Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin. THREE: 3 February 1897; letterhead of Welcombe, Straford on Avon. FOUR: 29 June 1911; Wengen.
£120.00

A total of 12pp, 12mo. On bifoliums. All addressed to 'Dear Shuttleworth'. In good condition, lightly aged. A curious feature of the four letters is that the handwriting of each differs from the others. ONE: 7 April 1880. Trevelyan condoles with Shuttleworth, who has lost his Hastings seat in the General Election. He states that he is 'so heartily disgusted' with Shuttleworth's constituents, adding 'The loss, most temporary I feel sure, to the House will be very sensible, and I shall sorely miss you as a friend.

[Thomas Kelly, 'Ireland's most prolific hymn writer'.] Autograph Letter, [signature cut off and lost] discussing the popularity of his hymns, and describing how he feels 'very helpless' at the thought of trying to write 'the Hymns you wish for'.

Author: 
Thomas Kelly (1769-1855), Church of Ireland cleric and preacher, 'Ireland's most prolific hymn writer'
Publication details: 
1 January 1821. No place.
£80.00

The letter was originally a 4to bifolium. The text is complete, covering the whole of both sides of the first leaf, and with the last two words of the letter written on a small square of paper which is all that remains of the second leaf (the rest – including the valediction – having been cut away). In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with repairs in archival tape. The letter is endorsed with biographical information in pencil. The recipient, saluted as 'My dear friend', is not identified.

[Joseph Sams of Darlington, Quaker bookseller and traveller.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Sams.'), explaining his practice with regard to the return of items, and including a list of 'fine & curious coloured prints' and drawings.

Author: 
Joseph Sams (1784-1860) of Darlington, Quaker bookseller, dealer in antiquities, traveller in Egypt and Palestine
Publication details: 
'Darlington 21/7mo (July) 1853'.
£150.00

See Sams's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. On a bifolium, the second leaf of which has had a rectangle, almost amounting to half, cut away from the bottom. The text of the letter is complete, but the priced list of the prints and drawings on the last page, lacks the lower half. A long letter, closely written. Signed 'J. Sams.' Aged, worn and lightly stained, but nevertheless in passable condition. The recipient, saluted as 'Esteemed Friend', is not named.

[Mortimer O'Sullivan, Church of Ireland clergyman and controversialist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer O Sullivan') to London bookseller Thomas Cadell, on 'anxiety felt in Dublin', publishing his work, Dublin bookseller John Miliken, the 'cause'

Author: 
Mortimer O'Sullivan (1793-1859), Church of Ireland clergyman and controversialist, Roman Catholic apostate, brother of Samuel O'Sullivan (1790-1851) [Thomas Cadell; John Miliken; Orange Order; Dublin]
Publication details: 
10 May 1827; 17 Ely Place, Dublin.
£220.00

See the entries for O'Sullivan and his brother Samuel, and for the recipient Thomas Cadell the younger (1773-1836), in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with seal in red wax and postmarks, to 'Thos Cadell Esqr | Bookseller | Strand | London'. In fair condition, aged and worn. He begins by explaining 'the circumstances in consequence of wh' the writing of the present letter 'has been so long delay'd'.

[Richard Howitt, Quaker poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to the 'Editors of the “Aurora Borealis” | Care of Joseph Watson', in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, including an unpublished poem, and complaining of the treatment of his contributions to the periodical.

Author: 
Richard Howitt (1799-1869), Quaker poet, who spent four years in Australia with his brother the entomologist Godfrey Howitt (1800-1873), [Joseph Watson and George Atley Brumell of Newcastle-upon-Tyne]
Publication details: 
23 November 1832; Nottingham.
£220.00

Despite the four years (1840-1844) Howitt spent in the colony with his brother the entomologist Godfrey Howitt (1800-1873), the present letter has nothing to do with Australia. The letter is addressed to the editors of 'The Aurora Borealis: A Literary Annual edited by Members of the Society of Friends'. This periodical was the work of a group of Quakers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with George Atley Brumell (1800-1877) one of the founding editors. Another of those involved was Joseph Watson (1807-1874), named in the letter's address.

[Joseph Sams of Darlington, bookseller and traveller.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'J. Sams'), to prospective customer Godfrey Meynell, describing the merits and deficiencies of 'a rare edition of Chaucer', and another book, in his catalogue.

Author: 
Joseph Sams (1784-1860) of Darlington, bookseller, dealer in antiquities, traveller in Egypt and Palestine [Godfrey Meynell]
Publication details: 
Both from Darlington. 15 and 17 August 1847.
£280.00

See Sams's entry in the Oxford DNB. Two letters providing an interesting glimpse of the practicalities of Victorian antiquarian bookselling. Both letters 3pp, 12mo, and bifoliums addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken seals and postmarks, to 'Godfrey Meynell Esqre | at Mr Stamp's, | Surgeon, | Seaton Carew, | nr Hartlepool.' Both addressed to 'Respected Frd.' In fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: 15 August 1847. He begins by explaining that he was 'from home in the city of Durham' when Meynell's letter came.

[Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Oxford') [to his steward], regarding the sending of his coach from England to Naples ('now open for the English'), and 'the Sadler [sic] in North Audley Street'.

Author: 
Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (1773-1848), nobleman and connoisseur.
Publication details: 
'Cagliari [Sardinia] March 7th. 1814.'
£120.00

The Earl's wife was a mistress of Lord Byron. Her infidelities let to her children being jokingly referred to as 'The Harleian Miscellany'. 1p, 4to. Heavily aged and worn, with spike hole at centre. Folded several times. 'Sir | As Naples is now open for the English I beg you will send the Carriage to Naples for me by the first Ship that Sails from England for that Country. We are going there immediately. & shall [the]refore want it. I hope therefore you will lose no time in sending it. I will thank you to call on Wh.

[Charles Manners-Sutton [latterly 1st Viscount Canterbury], Speaker of the House of Commons.] Printed Circular, signed 'C. Manners Sutton', offering himself 'upon re-consideration' as a candidate to represent the University of Cambridge in Parliament

Author: 
Charles Manners-Sutton (1780-1845), 1st Viscount Canterbury, Tory politician, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1817-1835, son of Archbishop of Canterbury [Trinity College; University of Cambridge]
Publication details: 
29 October 1822; Trinity College [Cambridge].
£35.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with negligible traces from mount adhering to corners on blank reverse. A nice piece of Cambridge University ephemera. A crisply-printed circular, addressed to 'SIR', evidently sent to the electors for the University of Cambridge. Seventeen lines of text. He explains that when he first 'heard of the death of our late Representative, Mr.

[Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos: Brodrick') to the Board of Ordnance, renewing a request for an armorer for his ship the Phoenix, 'now that I am going to Longreach and my Smallarms Coming on Board'.

Author: 
Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick (died 1769), Royal Navy officer who served with distinction in the War of the Austrian Succession, the War of Jenkins' Ear and the Seven Years' War [Board of Ordnance]
Publication details: 
Deptford; 24 August 1743.
£150.00

For Brodrick's distinguished and eventful career, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, folio. In fair condition, aged and worn, with chipping to one edge carrying traces of grey paper mount, and closed tear at foot repaired on reverse with archival tape. Addressed at bottom left 'To the Honle: Board of Ordnance'. Reads: 'Gentlemen | I wrote you the 7th Inst: to desire that you would please to appoint an Armorer for his Majestys Ship the Phoenix under my Command and now that I am going to Longreach and my Smallarms Coming on Board I beg you Will appoint for me'. Endorsed: 'answer'd 26 August'.

[Isa Craig, Scottish author and reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Isa Craig.') [as Secretary, National Association for the Promotion of Social Science] to Professor W. B. Hodgson, asking for his 'Paper & Speech on Ed[ucatio]n. of Girls'.

Author: 
Isa Craig [Isa Knox; Isabella Craig Knox] (1831-1903), Scottish author and reformer [Professor William Ballantyne Hodgson (1815-1880); National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, London]
Publication details: 
10 April 1866. On letterhead of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science [London].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. Aged and creased, with closed tears and chipping repaired on reverse with archival tape. Reads: 'Dear Dr Hodgson. | Could you kindly send me your paper & speech on Edn. of Girls. We are waiting for it now & very anxious to finish up. | Yours sincerely | Isa Craig.'

[George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, art collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Egremont') to Rev. J. Austen, explaining how he has lost £21000 owing to misrepresentation by Sir John Riddell, and discussing the state of the money market.

Author: 
Lord Egremont [George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont] (1751-1837) of Petworth House, art collector and connoisseur, patron of J. M. W. Turner, agriculturalist, philanthropist [Rev. J. Austen]
Publication details: 
7 January 1828. Petworth.
£120.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. Franked in the usual manner 'Egremont', with postmark and broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, and addressed: 'Petworth Jany. Seventh 1828 | The Revd: J. Austen | Ockham | Ripley | Surrey'. An interesting letter, casting light on personal financial affairs in late-Georgian England. The letter has been forwarded by the recipient Austen to the individual who is clearly 'the Gentleman' referred to in it, addressed by Austen on the recto of the second leaf, with Ripley postmark, as 'John Smallpeice Esqr | Guildford'.

[George, Viscount Townshend, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Manuscript 'Memorial of Michael Seix Gent:' to Townshend, 'desiring a Lieutenancy of Horse', endorsed with Townshend's Autograph Memorandum of his response.

Author: 
Field Marshal George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend [The Viscount Townshend] (1724-1807), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Michael Seix; Invasion of Guadeloupe, 1759, in the Seven Years' War]
Publication details: 
'presented to Lord Lieut. 21 Novr. [no year, but between 1767 and 1772].
£180.00

1p, folio.

[Sir Alexander Cockburn, Lord Chief Justice of England.] Autograph document, signed twice (both 'A. E. Cockburn'), giving verdict and sentence.

Author: 
Sir Alexander Cockburn [Sir Alexander James Edmund Cockburn, 12th Baronet] (1802-1880), Lord Chief Justice of England and Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£40.00

On one side of an 8 x 10 cm piece of paper. Aged and worn, with light offsetting from another document. The two signatures (both 'A. E. Cockburn') are at the right hand corners. The verdict and sentence ('Guilty | 6 Mo. Imprisonment') are written between two lines centred at the left-hand margin. The purport of the document is unclear: it may be that the judge was required to record the verdict and sentence in this way for the clerk of the court.

[Sir Stratford Canning [Lord Stratford de Redcliffe], diplomat.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stratford de R.') to Lord Monteagle, giving his 'dog-latin' inscription for the tomb of the Duke of Wellington's brother Lord Wellesley ('Duke of Hindostan').

Author: 
Sir Stratford Canning [Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe] (1786-1880), diplomat and politician [Richard Colley Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley; Thomas Spring Rice [Lord Monteagle of Brandon]]
Publication details: 
'Gr: Sq:', i.e. Grosvenor Square, London. 4 August 1861.
£50.00

The four-line Latin poem in this letter by Lord Stratford de Redcliffe (better known as Sir Stratford Canning and cousin of Prime Minister George Canning) is apparently unknown, and certainly unpublished. The letter is 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice.

[12th (The Suffolk) Regiment of Foot.] Manuscript 'Assignment Offreckonings [sic]' to Messrs John, Nicholas & Brice Pearse, with Clothing Board certification, signed by 3 British Army Generals: William Picton, Sir William Fawcett, Sir David Dundas.

Author: 
General William Picton (c.1724-1811); General Sir William Fawcett (1727-1804); General Sir David Dundas (1735-1820); 12th (The Suffolk) Regiment of Foot; British Army; J. C. Pleydell
Publication details: 
'From 6th July 1800: | To 5th July 1801' With certification by three General Officers of the Clothing Board, from Horseguards [Whitehall, London], 18 November 1801.
£450.00

See E. A. H. Webb, 'History of the 12th (The Suffolk) Regiment, 1685-1913' (1914). Picton was the uncle of 'the illustrious Picton', Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815), who was his sole executor and residuary legatee. The year of Picton's birth is variously reported, but the Monthly Magazine, December 1811, is among several sources reporting his death in Bond Street at the age of 87. 4pp, folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and with closed tears along the three fold lines. Endorsed on reverse of second leaf: '12th.

[Thomas Gisborne, Anglican cleric and author, leading member of the abolitionist Clapham Sect.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Archdeacon John Woodhouse, praising his edition of the Apocalypse, and discussing his own on 'Sunday Drilling'.

Author: 
Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846), Anglican cleric, leading member with William Wilberforce and Thomas Babington of abolitionist Clapham Sect [John Chappel Woodhouse (1749-1833), Archdeacon of Salop]
Publication details: 
All three from Yoxall Lodge. 24 February and 2 May 1806; and 25 June 1828.
£220.00

The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor evidence of previous mounting in an album. ONE: 24 February 1806. 1p, 4to. Signed 'Thomas Gisborne.' The subject of the letter is Woodhouse's translation of the Apocalypse, prefixed by 'a dissertation on the divine origin of the book', published the previous year. Gisborne writes that on his 'return from Leicestershire' the previous Friday, he found Woodhouse's 'very obliging present'.

[John Mortimer Hunt, partner in Bond Street silversmiths Hunt & Roskell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Mortimer Hunt'), regarding a 'stone implement' brought by 'Mr Roskell' from Australia, the Society of Antiquaries, and the recipient's health.

Author: 
John Mortimer Hunt, partner in the firm of Hunt & Roskell [successors to Storr & Mortimer], jewellers and silversmiths, Bond Street, London [Australia; Australian archaeology]
Publication details: 
156 New Bond Street [London]. 31 May 1871.
£180.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. For information regarding this renowned firm of silversmiths, which possessed the royal warrant and mounted a sumptuous display at the Great Exhibition, see Norman Mosley Penzer, 'Paul Storr, 1771-1844, Silversmith and Goldsmith' (1954), and John Culme, 'Directory of Gold and Silversmiths' (2000). The nature of the '”Australian” implement' which is the subject of the letter is unclear, but information on Hunt's partner's connection with Australia is to be found in L. W.

[Countess of Blessington (Marguerite Gardiner), Irish author and literary hostess.] Autograph Note in the third person to editor Samuel Carter Hall, wishing 'to consult him, about having an Enquiry executed'.

Author: 
Marguerite Gardiner [née Power], Countess of Blessington (1789-1849), Irish author and literary hostess, beauty and lover of Count d'Orsay [Samuel Carter Hall [S. C. Hall] (1800-1889), editor]
Publication details: 
'Saturday Evening' [no place or date, but on paper with watermarked date 1831].
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of the second leaf, with broken seal in red wax, 'To / | S. C. Hall Esqre | 59 Sloane Street'. In fair condition, on aged paper. Folded by Blessington into a diamond-shaped packet. Reads: 'Saturday Evening. | Lady Blessingtons Compts. To Mr Hall, and requests that he will call on her, as soon as may suit his convenience, as she wishes to consult him, about having an Enquiry executed.'

[Sir Ralph Abercromby, Scottish soldier.] Autograph Signature ('Ra: Abercromby M:Gnl | Commanding 2d Brigade') to manuscript 'Return of Pay due to the Working Parties furnished by the 2d. Brigade of British Infantry' [fighting the French in Holland].

Author: 
Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801) of Tullibody, distinguished Scottish soldier and politician; Governor of Trinidad; Commander-in-Chief, Ireland; MP for Clackmannanshire [French Revolutionary Wars]
Publication details: 
'from the 21st. To 25th. June 1793. both days inclusive'
£250.00

Abercromby's entry in the Oxford DNB, explains the context: 'As a brigade commander in the ill-fated Flanders campaign of Frederick, duke of York, he played a prominent part in the fighting, notably in July 1793 at Valenciennes, where he directed the storming parties, and in September 1794 at Boxtel, where a young lieutenant-colonel, Arthur Wellesley, later duke of Wellington, underwent his baptism of fire while covering the withdrawal of Abercromby's forces.' 1p, 4to. On bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which is endorsed. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice.

[William Sowerby, artist and botanist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Sowerby | Secty.'), as Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, to the journalist Edward Walford, regarding 'the Title of the Duke of Roussillon' and the 'list of Fellows'.

Author: 
William Sowerby (1827-1906), Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, artist and botanist [Edward Walford (1823-1897), journalist and editor; Duc de Roussillon]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Botanic Society of London, Gardens, Regent's Park. 10 December 1872.
£60.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Neatly written out, with Sowerby's expansive signature. He begins by explaining that the Society has not 'printed a list of Fellows […] since the one I gave you some short time back, the present edition is rather imperfect but a new one will be published at no very distant date, a Copy shall then be sent to you'.

[Thomas 'Clio' Rickman, Quaker pamphleteer and friend of Thomas Paine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clio') regarding a common acquaintance, and naming his 'great friends' who have died.

Author: 
Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (1760-1834), Quaker publisher of political pamphlets, friend and biographer of Thomas Paine
Publication details: 
1 February 1831. No place.
£250.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. The letter begins in lighthearted fashion, but soon turns sombre, with a list of Rickman's friends who have recently died. Reads: 'My dear Sir! Truth will out – The lady has been trying Bargain Tea all entire at 8s/. - this pleases me – so look to it! - I am confined to my room not so ill in health but I have lost great friends – Mrs. Hobson my best, dead – Mrs Thos. Rickman, dead – Mr. Gray dead, & some living ones have flown off, & all this cuts me up! - God bless you, & yours! | Clio'.

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