Manuscript Letter and Account Book of H. Crofts, veterinary practitioner, of Offa Street, Bedford, 1869-1879, containing a long list of his Bedfordshire clientele.

H. Crofts of Offa Street, Bedford, Victorian veterinary practitioner
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Bedford, England. 1869 to 1879 (with two items from 1888).

105 pp, in contemporary 4to notebook; started at both ends, with 53 pp at one, and 52 pp at the other. Quarter-bound in brown calf, marbled boards. Aged, in worn binding with a few loose leaves, but fair, and with text clear and complete. Ticket of 'Gotelee, Bookseller Printer and Stationer, Oakingham' on front pastedown. In two hands, the first considerably neater than the other, writing 18 pp of patrons (23 to a page), beginning with 'His Grace the Duke of Manchester Kimbolton Castle Hants', and featuring Sir E. Page Turner Bart Battleden House Woburn'.

Introduction to the Homoeopathic Treatment of Horses, Cattle, &c., with Directions for the Cure of Common Ailments

Edward Thomas, Homoeopathic [ Homeopathic ] Chemist, 16 Pepper Street, Chester
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Pamphlet, 20pp., 8vo, pink printed wrappers (included in the pagination), sl. grubby, mainly good condition. NO copy recorded on COPAC or WorldCat. Note: Edward Thomas was the brother of leading "homeopath", Henry Thomas (1833-1894).

[ George William Spencer Lyttelton, private secretary to William Ewart Gladstone. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G W Spencer Lyttelton'), on Gladstone's behalf, to 'Mrs B<owen?>' of the Midland Association for the Promotion of Kindness to Animals.

George William Spencer Lyttelton (1847-1913), private secretary to British prime minister William Ewart Gladstone [ Midland Association for the Promotion of Kindness to Animals, Birmingham ]
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On letterhead of 10 Downing Street, Whitehall [London]. 10 December 1883.

2pp., 12mo. On the first leaf of a bifolium. In fair condition, aged, and with traces of mount adhering to the blank second leaf. He writes that Gladstone has asked him to thank her for sending 'the illustrated cards' issued by the Association, 'and to say that they appear to him to be suitable for the very good purpose you have in view'.

[Printed handbill poem by 'B. B.'] On a favourite Dog, interred in the Grounds of Dryburgh Abbey, MDCCCXIV. [With Victorian photograph of a dog.]

'B. B.' [Sir Brooke Boothby (1744-1824)?] [Dryburgh Abbey, property of David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan]
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Date and publisher not stated. [Scotland, circa 1814?]

Poem: On one side of a piece of 12mo paper. Fair, lightly-aged and a little ruckled, with traces of gum from previous mounting on the blank reverse. The 12-line poem is written in heroic couplets, and begins 'POOR, faithful animal, adieu! - | To Nature's kind affection true, | For fourteen years, thy grateful heart, | Devoted, play'd its humble part.' At the end a contemporary hand has ascribed the poem to 'B. B.', and the same hand gives the date as 'September 3d'.

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