Lieutenant-General Archibald Robertson (1745-1813) of Lawers, Perthshire [Adam Rolland]
[Scotland.] Made 19 December 1814; recorded 1833.
2pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketted on reverse of second leaf, including the information that this is the second recording (the first being made at the time of the document in 1814). The extract ('Sexto') concerns the payment of an 'Annuity of Eleven hundred pounds Sterling bequeathed to he said Mrs. Catherine Robertson by the said Lieut. General Archibald Robertson'. Robertson is the subject of a portrait by George Romney, now in the Museum of Fine Art, St Petersburg, Florida.
Brigadier Sir Edward Henry Lionel Beddington (1884-1966), CMG, DSO, MC, of Anstey Hall, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, recipient of the Military Cross in the First World War
Place not stated. 1960.
Beddington's entry in Who Was Who describes his career thus: 'Served European War, 1914-19 (despatches six times, CMG, DSO, MC, Legion of Honour, Commander of Order of Aviz, Order of Sacred Treasure, Bt Major and Lt-Col); served again, 1940-45. DL and JP Hertfordshire; Chairman Herts CC, 1952-58; High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, 1948-49'. And his obituary in The Times, 26 April 1966, reads as follows: 'Brigadier Sir Edward Beddington, C.M.G., D.S.O., M.C., late 16th Lancers, died yesterday at the age of 82. | The son of H. E. Beddington, he was educated at Eton and R.M.C.
John Campbell (1762-1834), 4th Earl and 1st Marquess of Breadalbane, Scottish landowner [Archibald Campbell; the Highland Fencible Corps; Breadalbane Fencibles]
Edinburgh; 16 July 1798.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Address, with two postmarks, on additional leaf. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter contains references to Sir Ralph Abercromby, Sir Benjamin Dunbar, Lord McDonald, Lord Stonefield, the Duke of York, 'Mr. Geddes' and 'McGrigor'. It begins: 'Yesterday being Sunday I was prevented from doing any business, or leaving Town, before this day - I called on my friend Mr. Geddes to day, & communicated to him the reason of my absence from the Reg[imen]t.
[Royal Military College, Sandhurst; H. G. Watson of Edinburgh; Cadet D. R. Williamson]
Royal Military College [Sandhurst]. 9 June 1845.
1p., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'H. G. Watson Esqr. | 13 St. Andrew's Square | Edinburgh', with three postmarks, and docketted 'Lawers | Military College 9 June 1845. | Tradesmens Bills'. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears. The signature is illegible, but does not appear to be that of the Governor, General Sir George Scovell.
'David', a young English Quaker relief worker in Germany [The Tennant family of High Wycombe; British Army of the Rhine; Friends Relief Service]
The first five from 124 Friends Relief Section [or 'Service'] (Quakers), B.A.O.R. [British Army of the Rhine]; the sixth letter from 17 Friends Relief Section; seventh from Work-Camp at Hildesheim,. Between March and July 1947.
66pp., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, each of the letters kept together with rusty staples. All the letters are signed 'David' and addressed to 'My Dear All'. Accompanying them is an envelope addressed in another hand to S. W. J. Tennant, Beechcote, Brands Hill Avenue, High Wycombe, and this may provide a clue to the identity of the recipients, to whom 'David' makes it clear on a couple of occasions that he is not related, signing off one letter 'from your muddle-headed friend'.
Field Marshal Fitzroy Somerset [FitzRoy James Henry Somerset], 1st Baron Raglan [Lord Raglan] (1788-1855), British commander in Crimean War [Lt-Col. Robert Bickerstaff (d.1894), 6th Dragoon Guards]
Horse Guards [London]. 18 November 1846.
1p., 4to. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. Raglan signs and addresses Bickerstaff at the foot of the letter, otherwise it is in a secretarial hand. It reads: 'Horse Guards | 18 November 1846 | Sir, | I am directed by The Commander in Chief [the Duke of Wellington] to acquaint you, that, on your lodging the Sum of £250 - in the hands of Messrs. Cox & Co of Craigs Court His Grace will submit your name to Her Majesty for the purchase of a Lieutenancy in the 64th Foot - | I have the honor to be, | Sir, | Your humble Servant, | Fitzroy Somerset | Ensign Bickerstaff | 64th Foot'.
William Baldwin (b.c.1815), Surgeon Accoucheur, Maidstone, Kent [Arthur Wellesley (1779-1852), Duke of Wellington; 56th Regiment of Foot]
No. 6 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent.
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Twopenny Blue stamp and two postmarks, to the Duke at his London residence of Apsley House. Docketed by Wellington on the first page in his distinctive and difficult hand. Possibly a case for the London Society for the Suppression of Mendicity. At the head of the first page Baldwin has addressed the letter 'To His Grace the Duke of Wellington Commander in Chief of the British Forces'.
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington; William John Nixon (c.1820 to 1910), Secretary and House Governor of the Royal London Hospital
The Circular dated from 'London Hospital, 9th April, 1847.'
The circular on 1p., 4to, on recto of first leaf of bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. It reads: 'MY LORD, | The House-Committee and Stewards for conducting the Anniversary Dinner of the Governors of this Charity, present their compliments with the enclosed Card of Invitation for THURSDAY, the 22nd of APRIL, and request to be favored with your Lordship's [corrected in manuscript to 'Grace's'] Company on that day.
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington
London. 8 February 1829.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, with a nineteenth-century repair to short closed tears. The letter reads: 'The Duke of Wellington presents his Compliments to Quarter Master Jones and begs leave to inform him in answer to His Letter of the 3d Inst, thaht He must apply to the General Comm[andin]g. the Army in Chief; the Duke has nothing whatever to say to the Details of the Army or to the Selection of Gentlemen to be removed from half to full pay. | London Feb. 8. 1829'.
Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927), English military artist and illustrator [Copley; Sports Club, St James's Square]
On letterhead of the Sports Club, St James's Square, SW. 25 July 1919.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, aged and with spike hole through the two leaves. According to Woodville's entry in the Oxford DNB he 'had expensive tastes, moved with a fast bohemian and sporting set, and enjoyed big-game hunting, pig-sticking, fishing, and, it is said, many extramarital affairs', and the present item supports that evaluation. After requesting the three double rooms he states: 'Our party is: Ourselfs. [sic] Mr. & Mrs. A. Broadwood Col. & Mrs. Holman'. He asks to be informed 'if it is allright [sic]' at his London address of 107 Queen's Gate, SW.
Colonel John Vandeleur (c.1793-1864) of the 10th Hussars, Aide de Camp to General Sir John Ormsby Vandeleur (1763-1849) in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo [Lord Fitzroy Somerset (1788-1855)]
Dorchester. 17 May 1839.
1p., 4to. On bifolium. Very good on lightly-aged paper. Green date stamp of the Commander in Chief's Office. Docketed on reverse of second leaf with barely legible note by Somerset (he had had to learn to write with his left hand after losing his right arm at Waterloo), beginning 'Inform Messrs Cox of the intention'. Vandeleur considers that it 'would be a very great Indulgence to Mr. Gladstone to allow him the indulgence he asks provided it can be done without inconvenience to the Service'.
Alexander Howard Ross (1880-1965), Commissioner, Southern Province of Sierra Leone, 1920-1928, Platoon Commander, Hertfordshire Battalion, Home Guard, 1940-1944 [Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Kane O'Kelly]
Items from the War Office, London, and Hertfordshire. From 1940 to 1944.
The fifteen items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, laid down or pinned to leaves removed from an album. Items One to Three: three black and white landscape photographs, each around 15 x 20 cm. The first photograph, captioned 'November 1940', shows Ross standing in a field, in front of a platoon in two columns, shouldering rifles with bayonets. The second photograph, captioned '7. C. Coy of Batt., Herts Home Guard 1943', shows twenty-six officers, in three rows, in front of the entrance to a municipal building. The front row, seated, consists of seven senior officers with batons.
Captain William Gamul Edwards (1808-1884) of HM 38th Regiment of Foot and The Cedars, Bromley Common, Kent, Director of the Mid-Kent Railway, son of Rev. Thomas Edwards, Rector of Alford, Cheshire
[The Cedars, Bromley Common, Kent.] Dated from between September 1835 and February 1880.
146pp., 12mo, in autograph, almost entirely consisting of poetic compositions, with numerous emendations; with a further 35 cuttings of poems laid down (33 of them by Edwards) and another two cuttings of another two poems loosely inserted. Also loosely inserted are two poems (totalling 7pp., 4to): 'To Ill Health', dated September 1835; and 'The last hope', 28 December 1869. In contemporary dark-green crushed morocco binding, gilt, recently rebacked by Ipsley Bindery with new enpapers. All edges gilt.
[Edward Byam, President of the Council; John Taylor, Speaker of the Assembly; Brigadier General Crofton Vandeleur (d.1806), Commander of HM Troops; Antigua, West Indies, 1807]
Antigua [West Indies]. 20 April 1807.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition on aged paper, with 2 cm closed tear. Addressed to 'Mrs Crofton Vandeleur' and dated 'Antigua April 20th 1807.' Headed 'Duplicate', and in a neat secretarial hand, but with the genuine signatures of 'Edward Byam | President of the Council' and 'Jno. Taylor | Speaker of the Assembly'.
Stanley Wood, M.A., headmaster of Dinglewood School, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, and editor of the series of 'Dinglewood Scripture Manuals' and 'Dinglewood Shakespeare Manuals'
On letterhead of Dinglewood, Colwyn Bay, North Wales. 25 January 1915.
2pp., 4to. 55 lines of neat, tight text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. With envelope addressed by Wood to 'Miss L. M. Wood | Underwood | Oaklands Avenue | Weybridge | Surrey'. After explaining the difficulties of writing he gives an account of his recent visit to the Western Front (the reason for which is not stated): 'Whilst in France I was for the most part too busy dodging military police and watching events to do any writing beyond a sort of diary which I have sent to Winifred [his wife]'.
Henry Spenser Wilkinson (1853-1937), Chichele Professor of Military History at the University of Oxford
On letterhead of the Morning Post, London. 30 August 1914
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. With envelope addressed by Wilkinson to Wood at Underwood, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge. He disavows 'The Lost Possessions of England', explaining that he 'discussed the concessions of England to Germany in volumes published in 1894 & 1896'. He has 'not time now to write another book. The business of us all now is to do what we can to save our country & France from the German attack'.
[The Army Bureau of Current Affairs; ABCA; HMSO; His Majesty's Stationery Office; the Red Army]
Compiled by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Fosh & Cross, Ltd. 1943
Printed on both sides of a piece of paper., 75 x 102cm. In very good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. Designed to be placed on a barrack wall, but with no evidence of having been put up. A striking piece of graphic design, with a boldly-coloured map beneath a thick green curving masthead on the front, and another black and white map in the bottom left-hand corner. Headings to the text read: 'Churchill's Return', 'The Russian Tide', 'The Nazi Line', 'After Tunisia . .
General Sir Garrett O'Moore Creagh [known as Sir O'Moore Creagh] (1848-1923), Anglo-Irish British soldier; recipient of the Victoria Cross; Commander-in-Chief, India
No place or date.
On one side of a rectangle cut from the bottom of the final leaf of a letter, 7 x 11 cm. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: '[...] have to find this out. Meanwhile I will keep your letter and decide when I do. I wish you were not so <?>!! With kindest regards to yourself & Mrs. Treherne in which my wife joins | Yours very sincerely | O M Creagh'.
F. B. Malim [Frederick Blagden Malim] (1872-1966), Master of Wellington College, Berkshire [the British Army]
On letterhead of The Lodge, Wellington College, Berkshire. 6 October 1927.
2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Typed at head: 'Educn. | F. B. MALIN [sic] (b.1872). Master at Wellington College.' The letter begins: 'No - Wellington was not founded to educate boys intending to enter the Army, it was founded to educate cheaply for any calling the sons of dead Officers of the Army. The Foundation now educates at £10 per annum 90 such boys.
[The Olympia Theatre, Paris; the Liberation, 1944; Gertrude Lawrence; Fred Astaire; Willy Shore; The Hot Club of France; The Django Reinhardt Quintette]
Imprimerie du Centre, 17 Rue Poissonnière, Paris. 1944.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Printed in blue and red. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight spotting and damage to slug at foot of back cover. With emendations to the programme in pencil. The cover incorporates a design showing the Eiffel Tower, a stylish young lady with a large red hat, the flags of the United States, Britain and France, and a modern version of the boat from the Parisian crest, with Latin motto 'fluctuat nec mergitur'. The back cover carries the printer's slug and phrase 'The Free French | Press | Welcomes | The Allied Troops | To | Paris'.
Col. Edward Frederick Henry McSwiney (1858-1907), DSO, Colonel on the Staff, Ambala Cavalry Brigade, from 1906
On letterhead of the Intelligence Division, 18 Queen Anne's Gate, S.W. [London]. 21 June 1898.
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. Very good, on aged paper. In a letter clearly written to dispel any suspicion of suicide, McSwiney begins: 'My dear Bower | I write to offer you mhy sincerest sympathy on the death of your brother Denis, which occurred through the accidental discharge of his revolver that he had taken up to unload prior to packing it up - he was to have started from Peshawar that very day to rejoin his regiment en route to England on a year's well earned furlo', which he had been looking forward to with so much delight. [last eleven words underlined] He like many other men on the N.W.
FitzRoy James Henry Somerset [known as Lord FitzRoy Somerset], 1st Baron Raglan [Lord Raglan] (1788-1855), British army officer [The Charge of the Light Brigade; Battle of Balaklava; Crimean War]
Merthyr Tydvil [Wales]. 11 June 1831.
On piece of 6.5 x 11.5 cm paper, cut from front of frank. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. With the red government postmark ('FREE | 11 JU 11 | 1831'). Reads 'London June seventh 1831 | Colonel Brotherton | Merthyr Tydvil | [signed] Fitzroy Somerset'.
Brevet-Col. E.G. Hallewell, Commandant of the Royal Military College (d. Nov. 1869).
Royal Military College, Farnborough Station, Hants., June 1869.
Mainly printed, with detail added in manuscript. One page, folio, fold marks, small hole withg loss of a figure, paper torn off right edge without affecting text which is complete and clear. On recto, details of marks for various subjects etc (concluding "Very Good"), then giving detail (printed) on vacation ending, how to withdraw a cadet and how to pay. On verso, request that parents inform the College of any possible visitor and a list of the "linen" a cadet requires, with added words on MS. "Ist Half yearly Report Sandhurst Paper - June 1869."
[The Band of the Royal Regiment of Artillery [Royal Artillery Band, Woolwich]; Quartermaster Sergeant Edward Arthur Reynolds; Herbert George Farmer (1882-1965), musicologist]
[Royal Artillery Band, Woowich.] Dating from between 1902 and 1952.
The collection of more than 100 items is in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, apart from a damp-damaged notebook (see below). It derives from the papers of E. A. Reynolds, who was referred to in two works by Henry George Farmer. First, in his 'Cavaliere Zavertal and the Royal Artillery Band' (1951), Famer acknowledges 'the valuable assistance of Edward A.
[Royal Westminster Regiment of Volunteers; Richard Twining the younger (1772-1857), tea and coffee merchant and banker, eldest son of the firm's founder Richard Twining the elder (1749-1824)]
The 'General Order' (1814) and the 'Circular' (1819) both printed by 'R. Spragg, Printer, Bow-street, Covent-garden.' The 'Extract' printed by 'Seeley, Printers, Buckingham.' [1805.]
The three items all cropped, but in good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. ITEM ONE: Headed 'Extract from the Star of Thursday, 17th October, 1805. | Royal Westminster Volunteers.' 1p., 8vo. Printer's slug in bottom left-hand corner. Autograph note by Twining at foot: 'This was printed by the voluntary act of my honor'd friend Dr.
Sir John Coape Sherbrooke (1764-1830), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Commander of the Forces, Governor General of British North America
Without place or date.
On piece of 6 x 8.5 cm. laid paper, cut from a document, with discoloration and traces of glue from previous mounting. Sherbrooke's signature is large and firm, with the words 'Commander of the Forces' in another, contemporary hand, beneath it. A scarce signature.
[Nina, Duchess of Hamilton; Sir William Robertson Nicoll; Admiral of the Fleet John Arbuthnot Fisher, Lord Fisher of Kilverstone; Winston Churchill; H. H. Asquith; Arthur Balfour; Lord Kitchener]
[Without date or place, but circa 1915.]
From the collection of the naval journalist Archibald Hurd, to whom it was presumably given by Nicoll, who was editor of the 'British Weekly', in which it was published, with minor variations, in 1917. 3pp., 4to. On laid paper with 'Victoria Bank' crown watermark. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with slight staining from paperclip. The first page carries the title in capitals, underlined in red (as are the subtitles). The memorandum, on pp.2 and 3, is headed 'Notes on the Dardanelles'. It begins: 'ADMIRAL LORD FISHER explained his views on Naval strategy, i.e.
[First World War intelligence map of 'Windy Corner', near Cuinchy and Givenchy, Pas-de-Calais; Robert Graves; Guards Cemetery]
''Field Survey Co. R. E. 6229.', 'T.368', 'Trenches Corrected to 16 7 18 [i.e. 16 July 1918]'.
Printed in grey, yellow, red and blue on one side of a piece of paper roughly 33 x 41 cm, with 'WINDY CORNER' in large letters at the head. 'Scale 10,000'. Top Right "No 1 Sec". Folded three times. In fair condition, lightly-aged and worn. Caption in margin reads: 'Information from all sources. Note: - Of the front line posts, only those of permanent nature have been numbered'. The 'REFERENCE' lists: German Trenches; German Shell Hole Defences; German Splinter Proof Shell Holes; Main C.