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[Property speculation in Georgian high society.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Sloane Stanley to his agent 'Lee', on Lord Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster) and Belgrave Square, consolidation of his Paultons estate, money owed him by Lord Oxford.

Author: 
William Sloane Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [Sir Thomas Heathcote; Alexander Baring; Lord Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster); Lords Morpeth, Oxford, Belgrave, Palmerston; Belvoir Castle; London]
Publication details: 
11 March 1825. Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire.
£150.00

For details of the life of the immensely-wealthy William Sloane Stanley, see his entry in the History of Parliament. He was great-great-nephew of the celebrated Sir Hans Sloane (whose name is perpetuated in an exclusive part of London), and son of Hans Sloane of South Stoneham. An unremarkable Tory MP, Stanley was nevertheless 'an active and zealous supporter of the Conservative interest in the Southern Division of Hampshire'. He numbered among his friends Sir Robert Peel, who described him as 'a regular ass', and Lord Palmerston (mentioned in the present letter).

[Property speculation in Georgian high society.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Sloane Stanley to his agent 'Lee', on Lord Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster) and Belgrave Square, consolidation of his Paultons estate, money owed him by Lord Oxford.

Author: 
William Sloane Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [Sir Thomas Heathcote; Alexander Baring; Lord Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster); Lords Morpeth, Oxford, Belgrave, Palmerston; Belvoir Castle; London]
Publication details: 
11 March 1825. Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire.
£150.00

For details of the life of the immensely-wealthy William Sloane Stanley, see his entry in the History of Parliament. He was great-great-nephew of the celebrated Sir Hans Sloane (whose name is perpetuated in an exclusive part of London), and son of Hans Sloane of South Stoneham. An unremarkable Tory MP, Stanley was nevertheless 'an active and zealous supporter of the Conservative interest in the Southern Division of Hampshire'. He numbered among his friends Sir Robert Peel, who described him as 'a regular ass', and Lord Palmerston (mentioned in the present letter).

[ John Burnet, painter ] Autograph Letter Signed "Jno. Burnet" to the Secretary of the Belgrave Institution about a lecture.

Author: 
John Burnet, (1781 or 1784–1868), Scottish engraver and painter
Publication details: 
2 Whiteheads Grove, [London] 12 August 1837.
£180.00

One page, 4to, fold marks sl. turned corners, mainly good condition. "I should have much pleasure in complying with the wish of the lecture committee but now having given a public lecture I am totally unprovided with diagrams of a large size, without which it would be impossible to convey instruction on any branch of the fine Arts - perhaps at some other time my attention may be turned to this subject when it wiull be a gratification to comply with this request."

Holograph Poem by the Congregational minister Richard Winter Hamilton, beginning 'Dear Sister, Christian Heroine!'

Author: 
Richard Winter Hamilton (1794-1848), Congregational minister of Albion and Belgrave Chapels, Leeds
Publication details: 
Leeds. 20 November 1827.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on a lightly aged and worn leaf removed from an album. The poem is twenty lines long, arranged in five four-line stanzas. The first stanza reads 'Dear Sister, Christian Heroine! | Stranger to me thy form & voice - | I venerate that zeal of thine, | And while I blush, for thee rejoice'. The second stanza is somewhat heretical: 'Nor Male nor Female is in Him | Who Born of Woman, both hath sav'd: | She conquers every terror grim, - | She thousand deaths for Him has brav'd!' The third stanza begins: '"A woman slew him:" Gideon'ss son'.

[Printed catalogue.] Catalogue of the Library of the Belgrave Literary and Scientific Institution.

Author: 
[The Belgrave Literary and Scientific Institution, Sloane Street, Chelsea; James Cook Evans; nineteenth-century lending libraries]
Publication details: 
July, 1837. Chelsea: Printed for the Institution, by William Blatch, 23, Exeter Street, Sloane Street.
£225.00

12mo, 48 pp. Disbound. Incomplete, ending at foot of page 48 with 'Wilson's (H. C.) Pastorals of the Season, 8vo. [1]834', and lacking the 'Regulations of the Library [...] printed at the end of the Catalogue', advertised on p.3. On lightly aged paper, with the only fault a small hole through the title leaf removing the first five letters of the word 'Belgrave' on the recto, and the 'atal' in 'Catalogue' on the verso. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC or WorldCat.

Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Sartoris, 27 Chapel Street, London.

Author: 
Mary Somerville (1780-1872), Scottish scientist after whom Somerville College, Oxford is named
Publication details: 
15 July [postmarked 1844, with Penny Red stamp]; 14 Lower Belgrave St, Eaton Square [London].
£100.00

16mo: 3 pp. A small bifolium (each leaf 10.5 x 9 cms) on aged paper. Discoloured strip at foot of first leaf, containing four lines of text and the signature, cut away and reattached with archival tissue, with damage to two words (not in signature). Second leaf with minor damage through breaking of seal. Good Penny Red stamp, postmarked in black, and second red postmark. The earliest she can accept the dinner invitation is the following Wednesday.

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