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[Moral Education League of London (John Stuart Mackenzie, President).] Seventeen pieces of ephemera relating to the MEL, including pamphlets, leaflets, subscription forms, circular letters. With three related documents.

Author: 
Moral Education League of London, founded 1897 [John Stuart Mackenzie (1860-1935), Scottish philosopher; Alexander Farquharson (1864-1951); W. R. Macpherson]
Publication details: 
The Moral Education League, 6, York Buildings, Adelphi, London, W.C. Circa 1914.
£450.00

An interesting archive of material relating to a movement whose influence extended beyond the British Empire. In 1906 the MEL had induced the Board of Education to make provision for moral instruction in the education code for England and Wales, and two years later the first in a series of International Moral Education Congresses was held at the University of London, with Michael Sadler in the chair (the sixth and last would take place in Krakow, Poland, in 1934). The twenty items present here are in good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[Thomas Davidson, Scottish palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Davidson') to S. P. Woodward of the British Museum Department of Geology, notifying him of various developments in the field.

Author: 
Thomas Davidson (1817-1885), Scottish palaeontologist, author of monumental 'Monograph of British Fossil Brachiopoda' [Samuel Pickworth Woodward (1821-1865) of British Museum Department of Geology]
Publication details: 
2 Grosvenor Place, Brixton. 5 May 1852.
£180.00

A good letter, breathing enthusiasm for his field of study. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He begins by stating that he will not be calling at the Museum that week, but writes to 'drop you a line to say that I have received a very long letter from Mr [Suett?] full of details regarding Ilrigocephalus etc and in which he mentions that he can drown you with notes on Rudists'. He also refers to 'a good paper by V. Hauren on the Structure etc of Caprina Partschi' ('a synonym of Cap. Paradoxa Matheron').

[John E. B. Mayor, Cambridge Professor of Latin, to his brother the philosopher J. B. Mayor.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Joe', attacking his former pupil the classicist Augustus Samuel Wilkins, and giving a list of references to Cicero.

Author: 
John E. B. Mayor [John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor] (1825-1910), Professor of Latin at Cambridge [his brother Joseph Bickersteth Mayor (1828-1916); Augustus Samuel Wilkins (1843–1905); St John's College]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Wednesday Evening' [no date, but 1870s].
£80.00

References to the recipient's 'little ones', and to 'Jessie and the children' would date the letter to the early 1870s. Of particular interest is the criticism of Mayor's former student 'Wilkins', this being Augustus Samuel Wilkins (1843-1905), later Professor of Latin at Owens College, Manchester, who had been President of the Cambridge Union in 1868. 4pp, 12mo. The letter, signed 'John E B Mayor', covers the first two pages; the final two pages carry a list of around twenty textual references to Cicero, at the end of which are a few more in pencil in another hand (J. B. Mayor's?). Bifolium.

[John Lindley, eminent botanist.] Autograph Letter in the third person, informing 'Major Abby' that the birds he 'enquires for' are not present in the Garden of the Horticultural Society.

Author: 
John Lindley (1799-1865), eminent botanist, Assistant Secretary of the Horticultural Society of London, Professor of Botany at University College, London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Horticultural Society of London, 21 Regent Street. 17 April 1841.
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with a two fold lines. Ornamented engraved letterhead. Reads: 'Dr Lindley presents his Compts to Major Abby & begs to inform him that there are no such birds as he enquires for in the Garden of the Horticultural Society, nor has there ever been. There is only a couple of gulls & a duck, which were presented by the Zoological Society'.

[C. L. F. de P. Barentin, Keeper of the Seals to Louis XVI of France.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Barentin'), in French, (to the Procureur Général?), regarding an appeal for clemency which Barentin intends to make to the king.

Author: 
Charles Louis François de Paule de Barentin (1738-1819), French statesman, Keeper of the Seals of France to Louis XVI at the time of the Revolution
Publication details: 
Dated from Versailles. [1789]
£600.00

2pp, 4to. On leaf tipped-in onto a piece of light-green card from an album, at head of which is attached a printed slip: 'BARENTIN C. L. F. de P. | Born 1738. Died 1819. | KEEPER OF THE SEALS TO LOUIS XVI.' The letter is undated, but the year '1789' has been added in pencil in a nineteenth-century hand. (That same year, following the Storming of the Bastille, Barentin was dismissed by the king.) Nineteen lines of closely-written text. Addressed at bottom left of first leaf to 'M le P Gl' (Monsieur le Procureur général?).

[Home Secretary prepares Press for Ministry of Information on eve of World War Two.] 'Private and Confidential' typescript of 'Meeting between the Secretary of State for Home Affairs [Sir Samuel Hoare] and the Newspaper Proprietors Association etc.'

Author: 
Sir Samuel Hoare [Viscount Templewood]; Newspaper Proprietors Association [Ministry of Information; E. C. Harmsworth, Viscount Rothermere; Daily Mail; Lord Burnham; Daily Telegraph; Fleet Street]
Publication details: 
'Home Office, Whitehall, S.W.1. [London] | Wednesday, 29th March, 1939.' '(Transcript from the Shorthand Notes of Treasury Reporter)'.
£650.00

Secret duplicated Home Office document, no other copy of which has been discovered (none on OCLC WorldCat, for example) and no reference to the meeting found.

[Sir William Napier, author of the 'History of the Peninsular War'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Napier') to 'Sir' Nicholas Trant, correcting and criticising the Marquess of Londonderry's rival history.

Author: 
General Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier], Anglo-Irish British Army officer and historian of the Peninsular War [Nicholas Trant; Charles Vane, Marquess of Londonderry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [With postmarked year 1828?]
£420.00

The present letter dates from the time of the appearance of the first volume of Napier's 'History of the Peninsular War' (1828-1840), and in it Napier criticises the recently-published rival 'Story of the Peninsular War by the late Marquess of Londonderry; with continuation by G.R.

'The Last King in India': Wajid Ali Shah, tenth and last Nawab of Awadh [Oudh; Oude].] Manuscript Note, in English (by a secretary?), in which the King requests 'Captain Towgood's Company at Breakfast at the Shahmunzil Palace'.

Author: 
King of Oude [Wajid Ali Shah, tenth and last Nawab of Awadh; Oudh] (1822-1887) [Sir William Sleeman; East India Company; Captain Joseph Towgood, Bengal Light Infantry]
Publication details: 
Lucknow Residency. 15 February 1851.
£120.00

See his biography by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, 'The Last King in India' (2014). 1p, 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with several horizontal fold lines, two of which have short closed tears. Reads: 'His Majesty the King of Oude requests the pleasure of Captain Towgood's Company at Breakfast at the Shahmunzil Palace at 9 A. M and Dinner at the Baraduree of the Furruh Buksh Palace at ½ past 7 P. M. on Monday next the 17th. Inst.' Postscript: 'The favor of an answer is requested.'

[King of Samoa.] Autograph Lettter Signed ('Malietoa'), in Samoan, with covering letter (English) by H.W. Whitmee of the Independent College, Taunton (letterhead), prob. related to S.J. Whitmee, missionary, naturalist and friend of R.L. Stevenson.

Author: 
King of Samoa [Susuga Malietoa Laupepa (1841-1898), ruler (Malietoa) of Samoa, 1875–1887, 1889–1898]
Publication details: 
'Mulinuu [Mulinu'u] | 18 Fepuali [February] 1892.'
£850.00

ONE: Autograph Letter Signed ('Malietoa'). 1p, 4to. On ruled paper. In good condition, lightly aged, folded three times. A tentative reading (by a non-speaker of Samoan) is: 'Misi Uatime | Faffean Apia | Iau Susugae! | Faumolemole sii e silasila gneile faasamoa sa faia e u Le'an'anae o le tulagono lena fro na Tonu? I le toc faa foi mai ai pe a ua tatan ma lon taofi.| Oa'n | Malietoa | fe tupa o Samoa'. 'TWO: Covering Autograph Letter Signed from 'H. W. [Whitwell?]' to 'Mr. Stoate', on embossed letterhead of the Independent College Taunton, 6 January 1894. 2pp, 12mo.

[A. C. Benson, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, poet, essayist and ghost story writer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arthur C Benson'), thanking an unnamed lady for the 'encouragement' of a 'kind & sympathetic letter'.

Author: 
A. C. Benson [Arthur Christopher Benson] (1862-1925), essayist, poet and ghost story writer, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, author of the words to 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hinton Hall, Haddenham, Isle of Ely. 11 June 1907.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, folded twice. The recipient is not identified. Reads: 'Dear Madam, | I must send you one line to thank you for your kind & sympathetic letter, which has not only given me real pleasure but encouragement as well. It was good of you to write. | Very truly yours | Arthur C Benson'.

[Elizabeth Missing Sewell, nineteenth-century religious author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Elizabeth M Sewell') to 'My dearest Annie'

Author: 
Elizabeth M. Sewell [Elizabeth Missing Sewell] (1815-1906), nineteenth-century author of religious and educational books
Publication details: 
Bonchurch [Isle of Wight]. 13 July 1868.
£90.00

See Sewell's entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: 'My dearest Annie | Eliza tells me you wanted a copy of the French Book. I am so glad I happen to have one by me. - for I want you to have it from me. Please accept the book with love. | Yours very affly | Elizabeth M Sewell | Bonchurch. July 13th. 1868'.

[Wilfrid Ball, artist and etcher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wilfrid Ball') to 'Mrs. Barnard', giving news of his work, including '"slogging" away at water-colours', and submitting 'an oil to the Academy' which 'they are sure to kick [...] out'.

Author: 
Wilfrid Ball [Wilfrid Williams Ball] (1853-1917), landscape and marine painter and etcher, President of the Society of British Artists
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Albemarle Street, W. [London] 3 April 1894.
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks her for remembering him and sending 'that splendid photograph of yourself – I really think it is the best I have seen'. He continues: 'I have been “slogging” away at water-colours for a shew in Manchester and so have kept pretty busy.' He is sending 'a Nile water colour to the New Gallery', and has sent 'an oil to the Academy – they are sure to kick it out so I shan't mind'. He hopes that she and her sister 'are all right' and 'enjoying this lovely weather'.

[William Smith O'Brien [Liam Mac Gabhann Ó Briain], Irish nationalist.] Autograph Signature ('W S Obrien') cut from document.

Author: 
William Smith O'Brien [Liam Mac Gabhann Ó Briain] (1803-1864), Irish nationalist MP, leader of the Young Ireland movement, deported to Van Diemen's Land after 1848 Young Irelander Rebellion
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£120.00

On 4 x 5.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, laid down on square of paper cut from leaf removed from album. An uncommon signature and an unusual one, consisting of a single line in a series of up and down strokes, diminishing in height, tapering off to the right before returning for the underlining.

[Lord Salisbury to Sir Reginald Brade, Under-Secretary of State for War.] Five Autograph Letters (three signed 'Salisbury') to Brade and his PS, on Army Chaplains and the Chaplain General, with a complaint of a 'scandal' over chaplains in India.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury [James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury] (1861-1947), Liberal politician [Sir Reginald Herbert Brade (1864-1933), Under-Secretary of State for War, 1914-1920]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads: three from Hatfield House, Herts; and one apiece from the War Office, Whitehall, and 20 Arlington Street, S.W.1 [London]. One from 1916, two from 1918, one headed 'Sunday' and the other undated.
£180.00

Salisbury was a Liberal politician and the son of the Prime Minister. Some background to the correspondence is supplied by the Times articles, 'The Church in War', 6 February 1918 and 'Bishops' War Session' ('Supply of Chaplains'), 10 July 1918. The five items in good condition, on 12mo bifoliums. The first two items below are addressed to Brade himself, and the other three to his private secretary. The first three letters are signed 'Salisbury', the other two are in the third person. ONE: To Brade. War Office, 'Sunday'. 3pp. Written in pencil.

[Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Archbishop of Dublin.] Autograph Note Signed ('Richd. C. Dublin') to Miss Julia Glover, in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
Richard Chenevix Trench [Richard Trench until 1873] (1807-1886), irish poet and Anglican cleric, Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of All Ireland
Publication details: 
The Palace, Dublin. 28 September 1874.
£28.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Palace Dublin | Sept 28/74 | Madam | I send you the autograph which you desire. | Yr. obedt. Servt | Richd. C. Dublin | Miss Julia Glover'.

[Lord Castlereagh, Tory Foreign Secretary at the Congress of Vienna, hated by Byron and Shelley.] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Lord Londonderry', asking him to present a book to the king from 'Monsieur de Martens'.

Author: 
Lord Castlereagh [Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry; styled Viscount Castlereagh, 1769-1821] (1769-1822), Tory Foreign Secretary at Congress of Vienna, hated by Byron, Shelley and radicals
Publication details: 
'St James' Square | 1 May /22 [1822]'.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Lord Londonderry presents his compliments to Mr Watson and begs to forward to him a letter and book which he has been requested by Monsieur de Martens to present to His Majesty'. Londonderry was considered a repressive figure by the radicals. In a poem Byron called on travellers to piss on his grave, and in 'The Masque of Anarchy' Shelley wrote: 'I met murder on the way, | He had a mask like Castlereagh.' Within months of the present communication Londonderry would commit suicide.

[Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, grandmother of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Adam', regarding the Duke's attendance at a parliamentary 'Committee on the Vane Estate Bill'.

Author: 
Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill [Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane] (1822-1899), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the seventh Duke, John Spencer-Churchill (1822-1883), and grandmother of Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Blenheim Palace, Oxon. 26 July 1861.
£65.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She asks Adams to inform her 'what day has been fixed for the Committee in the Vane Estate Bill' (in which she clearly has a family interest), continuing: 'When the Duke of Marlborough saw Mr Adam with Lord Redesdale last night he understood that Tuesday next was the day on which he was to be present in order to give his consent to the Bill; he has since heard from Mr. Wagstaff to say that Friday or the following Monday will be the earliest day on which the Bill can be committed.

[Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer.] Offprint (with photographic plate) of article: 'Speeches at the unveiling of the Shackleton Memorial'.

Author: 
Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer; Dr Hugh Robert Mill; the Marquess of Zetland; Admiral Sir William Goodenough, President, Royal Geographical Society [Charles Sargeant Jagger]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, vol. LXXIX no. 3, March 1932'. Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London and Eccles, England.
£25.00

[7]pp, 8vo, paginated [161]-167. Preceded by photographic plate of 'The Shackleton Memorial' (on the outside of the Royal Geographical Society, London), on art paper. Stitched into blue printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'At the invitation of the Memorial Committee the company assembled in the Hall of the Society at 3 p.m. On Saturday 9 January 1932. | The Most Honourable the MARQUESS OF ZETLAND, Chairman of the Memorial Committee, addressing the President of the Society, said: | […]'.

[Richard Porson, Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge.] Autograph jeu d'esprit by Porson, purporting to be a letter from John Villette, Ordinary of Newgate, to Sir Busick Harwood, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge. With leaf of autograph Latin text

Author: 
Richard Porson (1759-1808), Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge [Rev. John Villette (c.1749-1799), Ordinary of Newgate Prison; Sir Busick Harwood (c.1750-1814), Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge]
Publication details: 
Letter dated from Newgate Street, 21 March 1787. Latin text without place or date.
£450.00

Two items. ONE: Ostensible letter from John Villette, Ordinary of Newgate, to Sir Busick Harwood, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge. Like Porson, Villette was a Cambridge man (St John's, BA 1771). He was Ordinary of Newgate between 1774 and 1799, the position being a lucrative one, and Porson's satire would in part appear to be directed against his cupidity in attempting to make money out of the cadaver of an executed man.

[Robert Henry, Scottish historian and divine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Henry'), requesting the opinion of his London bookseller Thomas Cadell, regarding his 'History of Great Britain', and complaining of Cadell's neglect.

Author: 
Robert Henry (1718-1790), Scottish historian and divine, Moderator of the Church of Scotland and co-founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [Thomas Cadell (1742-1802), London bookseller]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 13 February 1786.
£180.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. T. Cadell', and endorsed by Cadell on same page: 'Jany 12.1786 | Dr Henry | wrote Febry 18.' In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with fold lines and slight damage to second leaf through breaking of wafer. The subject of the letter is Henry's highly-successful 'History of Great Britain […] Written on a New Plan', five volumes of the first edition of which were published by Cadell in 1771, a sixth volume appearing posthumously in 1793.

[The Fall of Fort Bowyer to the British, following the Battle of New Orleans, 1815.] Contemporary Manuscript Copy of Autograph Despatch from Major John Lambert to Earl Bathurst, describing the action.

Author: 
Sir John Lambert (1772-1847), British Army general in the Napoleonic Wars [Henry Bathurst (1762-1834), 3rd Earl Bathurst; Battle of New Orleans and Fall of Fort Bowyer, 1815]
Publication details: 
'Head Quarters Isle Dauphine | February 14th. 1815.' [On paper with Golding & Snelgrove watermark dated 1811.]
£750.00

3pp, foolscap 8vo. On laid paper with watermark: 'GOLDING | & | SNELGROVE | 1811'. Aged and worn, with closed tears along folds, but with text complete and clear. The document includes two passages written in red ink which has faded but is still legible. The background to the present letter is given in Lambert's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'On 4 June 1813 Lambert was promoted major-general, and was appointed to a brigade of the 6th division. […] Having been sent to America, he joined the army under Sir Edward Pakenham below New Orleans on 6 January 1815, with the 7th and 43rd foot regiments.

[Philippe d'Orléans, comte de Paris, Orléanist pretender who served in the American Civil War.] Autograph Note Signed ('L P O', i.e. 'Louis Philippe Orléans), in English, to Henry Walter Bates, Assistant Secretary, Royal Geographical Society.

Author: 
Philippe d'Orléans [Louis Philippe Albert d'Orléans (1838-1894)], comte de Paris [Count of Paris], Orléanist pretender to the French throne (King Philippe VII') who served in the American Civil War
Publication details: 
On letterhead of York House, Twickenham, S.W. 25 November 1865.
£150.00

1p, 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, folded three times and laid down on part of a leaf from an album. Reads: 'Nov. 25th. 1865 | the Comte de Paris | presents his compliments to M. Bates and sends to him the enclosed certificate of Dr. de Mussy as a candidate for election to the R. G. S. | L P O'. Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892), naturalist and explorer served as Assistant Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society from 1864. Noël-Francois-Odon Guéneau de Mussy (1813-1885) was a French physician.

[Poland; Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Author: 
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831
Publication details: 
'Varsovie 12 Mars 1831.' [Warsaw, Poland; 12 March 1831.]
£600.00

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits qu'elle réclame et qui sont fondés sur deux besoins absolus: la religion e le [sic] liberté. | A greez M. le M. l'assurance de plus [?] consideration avec la quelle je suis &c Varsovie 12 Mars 1831. | Skygnecki | Monsieur le Comte | Le Genenral Lt.

[Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby, English contralto.] Autograph Note Signed ('Charlotte H Sainton Dolby'), complying with a request [for an autograph].

Author: 
Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby (1821-1885), English contralto, singing teacher and composer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 71 Gloucester Place, Hyde Park, W. [London] No date.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small trace of glue from mount at foot. Folded twice. Reads: 'Dear Madam | I have much pleasure in complying with your request & beg to remain | Yours faithfully | Charlotte H Sainton Dolby'. See her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[John Caird, Principal of the University of Glasgow.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Caird.') to 'Miss Marshall', regarding his wife's illness, and the recipient sharing 'in the management of her stall'.

Author: 
John Caird (1820-1898), Church of Scotland theologian, noted preacher, and Principal of the University of Glasgow, 1873-1898
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The University, Glasgow. 14 March [no year].
£56.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He sends her belated thanks for her 'kind compliance with Mrs. Caird's request'. His wife has been very ill since he received her letter, but he believes that 'the critical stage of the disease is fairly over; & besides her illness, the death of an old servant, has left me little time to attend to other engagements'. Mrs Caird is 'much gratified' that Marshall is 'to share in management of her stall'.

[Admiral Sir George Martin] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Martin') to 'My Dear Julius', i.e. John Julius William Angerstein, grandson of patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein, regarding his desire to see service [in the First Anglo-Ashanti War].

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Martin (1764-1847), distinguished Royal Navy officer [John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), London merchant and art patron]
Publication details: 
Portsmouth. 27 December 1826.
£280.00

The recipient of this letter, John Julius William Angerstein (1800-1866), was son of the MP John Angerstein (c.1774-1858) and grandson of the celebrated patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), whose collection forms the basis of the National Gallery. At the time of writing J. J. W. Angerstein – a noted spendthrift and patron of the turf – was a captain in the Grenadier Guards. Martin was a family friend, and one of the two executors of J. J. Angerstein. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks and part of seal in red wax, to 'J. J. W.

[Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Author: 
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831
Publication details: 
'Varsovie 12 Mars 1831.' [Warsaw, Poland; 12 March 1831.]
£750.00

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits qu'elle réclame et qui sont fondés sur deux besoins absolus: la religion e le [sic] liberté. | A greez M. le M. l'assurance de plus [?] consideration avec la quelle je suis &c Varsovie 12 Mars 1831. | Skygnecki | Monsieur le Comte | Le Genenral Lt.

[Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime minister to be murdered.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Dr. George Gaskin, Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, returning one item and ordering four others.

Author: 
Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, assassinated [Rev. Dr. George Gaskin (1751-1829), Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge]
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn Fields [London]. 20 December 1800.
£280.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Revd Dr. Gaskin | Bartlett's Buildings', with Perceval's seal in red wax split between the bottom two corners of the same page, which is also endorsed by Gaskin: 'London | Hon. Spencer Percival [sic] | Recd Decr 23. 1800'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Mr Perceval's Compts. to Dr. Gaskin and returns the 10th. Vol of the Society's Tracts which is marked the 9th and has been sent in the set by mstake instead of the 10th. Mr.

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Cunliffe' [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley, daughter of Lord Crewe], good natured and vivacious.

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley (1780-1850), daughter of Lord Crewe and wife of MP Foster Cunliffe Offley]
Publication details: 
Three letters from London addresses: 3 Weymouth Street [Portland Place], no date [c. 1835]; 33 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, 31 April 1839; 56 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 18 February 1842. Last letter with no place or date [London, c. 1824].
£450.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged, with stubs from mounts still adhering. The first three are bifoliums, carrying seals in red wax (that to the third letter broken). The second letter is addressed to her at Grosvenor Square; the third and fourth to her at Upper Brook Street. ONE: No place or date. [London, on paper with watermark of 'J GREEN & SON | 1824'.] 1p, 12mo.

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author, on losing 'the inestimable advantage of being a Yorkshireman'.] Autograph Letter Signed to Richard Monckton Milnes, the future Lord Houghton, on several topics.]

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885), Lord Houghton, poet, politician and patron of the arts; James Garth Marshall (1802-1873)]
Publication details: 
Combe Florey, Taunton [Somerset]. 14 July 1841.
£200.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'R. M. Milnes Esq | Pall Mall | London'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Folded three times. The earlier part of the letter is reproduced in Smith's daughter Lady Holland's 1855 memoir of him. Smith begins the letter by stating that he is 'very much oblig'd' by Milnes's 'kindness in procuring for me the papier Chimique – pray let me know what I am in your debt it is best to be scrupulous and punctilious in trifles'.

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