AUTOGRAPH

Autograph Letter Signed, 4pp., 8vo, to "Mr Payne"

Author: 
Lord Granville Somerset
Publication details: 
09/02/42
£25.00

Statesman (1792-1848). He explains, as a Commissioner of Revenue and at length, why he cannot personally support someone's application for promotion in the Customs. He advises a direct application to the Board of Customs.

Autograph Letter Signed to George Chalmers, antiquary

Author: 
John Stuart
Publication details: 
St Albans Street, 5 April 1799
£100.00

Gaelic Scholar (1743-1821). 2pp., 4to, signs of wear not obscuring text. As notes in another hand (Chalmers?) on the reverse state, Stuart is giving answers about several parishes in Kincardineshire. He reveals sources of information (e.g. a Mr Leslie on the remains of a Roman camp, a Mr Barclay on some tenures in Kincardineshire (papers currently mislaid).

Autograph Postcards Signed (x 3)2 initialled, to C.H. Grinling, labour activist

Author: 
J. Arthur Thomson
Publication details: 
1905 (1), 1918 (2)
£40.00

Zoologist (1861-1933). Two of the cards say very little. The third is as follows: "'Nature' remains, more or less wisely, on an altitude. Books brought ot the altar will be reviewed. Others won't. If Prof. Carr sends a copy to 'Nature', as surely should have been done on publication, the all-highest Editor may send it to me for review, and for return therafter to the alter (sic). As far as \i know, this is the invariable rule. Of course I shall be glad to call attention to first-rate work." 3 items,

Autograph Letter Signed to (Maurice) Codner, artist

Author: 
Oswald Birley,
Publication details: 
15/10/38
£30.00

Artist. One page, 4to. He says that he is Secretary of the Artists' General Benevolent Fund for the year 1938-9 and asks for support for those artists in difficulty in "this period of unrest & uncertainty".

Autograph Letter Signed to James Williams

Author: 
Henry Hobhouse
Publication details: 
Whitehall, 25 Aug. 1821
£35.00

Archivist (1776-1854). 2pp., 4to, suggesting that, despite the potential for "tumult" of a "great Concourse of People", the following day, he does not believe there will be a need for the "Sheriff's Interference". (At this time Hobhouse acted as permanent under-secretary for the Home Dept.)

Autograph Note Signed, one page, 4to, to Rose Fyleman, children's writer.

Author: 
Owen Seaman
Publication details: 
14/10/17
£45.00

Poet, critic, editor of "Punch" (1861-1936). He criticises something she has written about fairies, sympathising with children's lack of understanding and concluding that he has encountered the things she describes "when there are no Fairies in the neighbourhood".

Note signed, third person, "Mr Senior" to "Mr Magrath"

Author: 
Nassau Senior.
Publication details: 
15/02/30
£75.00

Political economist. He asks him to look at the enclosed letter "if he thinks it a sufficient authority" and "put Dr Buckland's name under that of Mr Gould".

Autograph Letter Signed to Edward Draper

Author: 
Henry Lee
Publication details: 
28/10/84
£50.00

Naturalist (1826-1888). 2pp., 8vo, signs of having been laid down, thanking Draper for "the Japanese book on Birds, commenting on the drawings ("wonderfully instinct with life", "suggestion of movement about their portraits of animals or human beings"). he mentions another Japanese book he has "full of grotesque pantomime figures". He goes on to discuss the "Hippocampus" Draper has given him, asking for further information. He concludes with news about the por health of a mutual friend, W.O. Whiteside ("one of the 'wigwams'"(?)).

Autograph Letters Signed (x 2), 7pp., 8vo, to Mrs Woodward and "Woodward" (B.B. Woodward, librarian and historian) respectively

Author: 
Nathaniel Lindley
Publication details: 
7 Oct. 1893 and 21 Oct. 1899
£50.00

Judge (1828-1921). (1893) He fears that his wife will not be able to visit the Woodwards because of a family crisis (a sick baby), but he would like to come anyway and suggests a timetable. (1899) He discusses in depth the enlargement of Convocation (Church of England) "to revise the Rubrics & services" and have more power over Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. But "I would not leave to any clerical court the application of legal principles to particular cases". He suggests a register of subscribers to the Church of England at parish level.

Autograph Letters Signed (x 3) to C. Willes Wilshire.

Author: 
J. Spencer Northcote
Publication details: 
12 Nov. 1868 and 10 Feb. 1871 a
£60.00

Archaeologist and President of Oscott College (1821-1907). 5pp. total, 8vo. (1868) He asks for further information about Raoul Rochetti's lectures or writings on Christian art. He would like to read them before writing the relevant chapter "in my forthcoming analysis of De Rossi's Roma Sotterranea" (catacombs- published 1869). (1871) He asks for some favours, firstly for a rubbing of some early writing ("Ur of the Chaldees") and information about an Egyptian statue for a friend researching the Shepherd King Dynasty. He encloses a sketch (present).

Autograph Letter Signed to "Maurice"

Author: 
A.B. Cunninghame-Graham, admiral
Publication details: 
17/03/47
£25.00

one page, 4to. He discusses his travel plans and meetings.

Autograph Letter Signed to "The Editor, Temple Bar"

Author: 
Francis Allitsee
Publication details: 
1 Nov. (n.y.)
£25.00

Song writer (1849-1912). 2pp., 8vo. He expresses fulsome gratitude for being allowed to set a lyric (unnamed) to music.

Autograph Note Signed to "J. Minshull(?)"

Author: 
Edward Baines.
Publication details: 
1 July (n.y.)
£35.00

Anti-slavery editor. One page, 8vo. Thanks for "pacquets of envelopes bearing an anti-slavery device".

Autograph Letter Signed, "Nugent Buckingham", to an unknown correspondent

Author: 
George Grenville, Ist Marquis of Buckingham
Publication details: 
(watermark 1796)
£40.00

Statesman. 2pp., 4to. He discusses his wife's health (fever) and the treatment his correspondent has received from the elder brother of a "Dr Vassor" ("scandalously & wickedly used").

Typed Note Signed, to "Mr. Archer" of Sanderson's Wallpaper Museum.

Author: 
Gerald Kelly
Publication details: 
23/08/63
£35.00

Artist (1879-1972). One page, 8vo. He had discussed with "Mr Entwhistle" (wallpaper historian) a little collection of wallpapers he had purchased. Entwhistle had retired but suggested he write to Archer. He thought he did, and found a copy of his letter. "If you are not interested it will be quite easy for you to let me know". photocopy of a page from Derek Stanford's biography of Kelly tells the story of his pruchase of "a trunk-full of Second Empire wall-papers" which he gave to the V & A at the end of his life.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Lanyon"

Author: 
F. Beauchamp Seymour, admiral
Publication details: 
"Narcisssus", Port Royal, n.d.
£30.00

2pp., 8vo, chipped, not affecting the text. He expresses a liking for a photograph and tells of a "job" involving the "Immortalite".

Draft Statement about Memorial to George Canning.

Author: 
(Sir James Scarlett, Lord Abinger, judge)
Publication details: 
-1827
£100.00

Additions and corrections, some staining not obscurring the text. It commences "The Noblemen and Gentlemen whose names are undersigned", going on to describe Canning's role in estblishing peace and the "dignity and safety of the Empire" and popular desire for recognition of his work and a monument. He leaves a space for "Signatures" and lists the Banks where donations might be places.

ALS, 4pp., 8vo, to Lady Leicester.

Author: 
E.J. Stanley, Baron Stanley
Publication details: 
16/03/40
£25.00

Statesman (1802-1869). He will be happy to promote a friend of Lady Leicester's if a vacancy occurs at Fakenham. As to Mr Payne, his brother has received an appointmen, and his would cause jealousy. He will respond to such requests in future if he can.

2 Autograph Notes Signed s to "Temple Bar"/"Bentley"

Author: 
A.J. Duffield
Publication details: 
8 Nov. 1880 and undated
£45.00

Spanish scholar (1821-1890). 8vo. He wonders if a translation of a "newly discovered letter fro Cervantes" would be accepted by "Temple Bar" and whether the original Spanish text could be printed on the opposite page to the translation. In his second letter, he speaks of an article on "Don Quixote" inspired by him, expressing concern "about the art for the Bar" [Temple Bar]. Ingram lists several items (all BL).

Autograph Note Signed to "Mrs Sidny"(?)

Author: 
Ann Thicknesse, nee Ford
Publication details: 
16/06/22
£100.00

Authoress and musician (1737-1824), wife of Philip Thicknesse (see DNB). 8vo, expressing thanks and gratitude at inordinate length. Her shaky handwriting is explained in a postscript ("I am so nervous I can scarcely hold my pen").

Autograph Note Signed to "Mr Pollock"

Author: 
George Henschel
Publication details: 
The London Symphony Concerts, 5 Oct. 1886
£30.00

German-English singer, composer and conductor (1850-1934). One page, 8vo, anticipating a meeting and Pollock receiving something illegible, adding that the concerts are going well.

ALS to P.P. Alexander

Author: 
Alexander Bain, Scottish psychologist and educationalist
Publication details: 
13/12/75
£100.00

2pp., 8vo. Compliments Alexander's "polemic with Mill on the question of 'Liberty and Necessity'"" and promises a review ("some public form").

Autograph Notes Signed and Autograph Letters Signed (x 6) to Charles Manby, engineer

Author: 
F.H.F. Berkeley,
Publication details: 
1849-1852
£100.00

Politician. 1 and 2pp., 8vo. He discusses an anonymous witness ("la Dame Blanche") in a confidential matter. Later letters discuss a trickster operating in Berkeley's constituency (selling gas without coal with a magnet). He seeks information from Manby whom he believes will have the contacts to get it. Six items,

Autograph Note Signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Frederick W. Walker
Publication details: 
06/07/83
£25.00

High Master of St Paul's (1830-1910). One page, 8vo. He gives thanks for a book, adding that "In my younger days I used continuously & valued your abstracts of Gk & Roman History & notes on Herodotus".

Autograph Letter Signed to Fagan.

Author: 
C.H. Read
Publication details: 
British Museum, 25 Nov. 1909
£35.00

Antiquarian and art connoisseur (1857-1929). 3pp., 8vo. He wishes to clarify the view he and his colleagues at the British Museum are taking on "the Thompson memorial", ignoring it since it is a British Academy matter not British Museum.

ANS to unknown correspondent

Author: 
Achille Fould, French statesman and financier
fould
Publication details: 
22/05/61
£30.00
fould

8vo. In French, expressing pleasure at an invitation from the Lord Mayor of London, and accepting.

2 Autograph Letters Signed, total 10pp., 8vo, to C.H. Grinling, socialist and reformer

Author: 
Bolton King
Publication details: 
14 Dec. 1886 and 24 Dec. (n.y.)
£60.00

Social reformer and historian, educationalist (1860-1937). (1886). He brings Grinling up to date on his activities, educational and political, giving his views on clerical reform. (n.y.) He describes his life in country retirement. With: newspaper clipping, "Times" obituary. 3 items,

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 8vo (air letter), to Philip Connard, artist

Author: 
Elizabeth Murdoch
Publication details: 
12 Dec. (1945)
£100.00

Mother of Rupert, but apparently distinguished in her own right. She sympathises with Connard's "dreadful" life, but her family "feel very troubled that we are so well off for everything and can do almost nothing to help". She goes on to discuss the portrait Connard painted of Rupert and Helen (presumably sister) which "now graces our drawingroom mantelpiece" among distinguished company (John, Sickert, etc.). She mentions finally her two little daughters.

Typed Note Signed to Sir Hugh Allen, musician

Author: 
Compton Mackenzie
Publication details: 
25/06/29
£20.00

Novelist. One page, 8vo. He accepts an invitation to speak at the Conference of the Society of Musicians.

Autograph Letter Signed, 4pp., 8vo, to [Sir Frederick Young?]

Author: 
Bonamy Price
Publication details: 
25/07/76
£50.00

Political economist (1807-1888). Price appears to be responding to a work of Young's (probably " Imperial Federation of Great Britain and her Colonies. In letters edited by F. Y., (London, 1876)". He admires Young's enthusiasm but cannot himself "go into a definite Federated scheme as <?> as you do". He explains why, dintroducing the Great Powers, the Turks rotting, Russia advancing to the Bosphorus, and so on.

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