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[UK Parliament: the first Secret Session in House of Lords, 1916.] Twenty-seven items from papers of N. D. Bosworth Smith of Privy Council Office, including draft Order in Council, correspondence from Lords Crewe, Lansdowne, Morley, Haldane, Milner.

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UK Parliament: the first Secret Sessions, 1916 [House of Lords; Secret Sittings; N. D. Bosworth Smith of Privy Council Office; Lords Crewe, Lansdowne, Morley, Haldane, Milner, Duke of Devonshire
Publication details: 
Privy Council Office and other locations in London and elsewhere in Great Britain. 20 to 25 April 1916.
£1,350.00

An interesting collection of material relating to the preparations for the historic first Secret Session in the House of Lords, from the papers of Neville Digby Bosworth Smith (1886-1964) of the Privy Council Office. The material dates from the five days preceding 25 April 1916, when the House of Lords having voted in favour of the measure, it held a secret session to debate a motion regarding conscription following the passing of the Military Services Act 1916. (For a contemporary account of the parallel proceedings in the other house, see Sir C. P.

[Violet Bonham Carter, daughter of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith.] Printed invitation card to her wedding to Maurice Bonham Carter, made out to 'Mr. Bosworth Smith'.

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Violet Bonham Carter (1887-1969), politician and diarist, daughter of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith [Herbert Henry Asquith], step-daughter of Margot Asquith, and wife of Maurice Bonham Carter
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'R.S.V.P. | 10 Downing Street', for marriage at St Margaret's, Westminster, 30 November [1915].
£180.00

Printed in copperplate on one side of a 12mo leaf of thick laid paper. On aged and creased paper. Reads (with manuscript addition in square brackets): 'The Prime Minister & Mrs. Asquith | request the pleasure of | [Mr. Bosworth Smith's] | company at the Marriage of | their daughter | Violet | to | Mr. Maurice Bonham Carter | at | St. Margaret's, Westminster, | on Tuesday, November 30th. | at 2.30 o'clock.' At bottom left: 'R.S.V.P. | 10 Downing Street.' At bottom right, underlined: 'Admission by card only.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('C. S. Henry') from Caleb Sprague Henry. editor of the New York Review, to William Whitwell Greenough, accepting an article, but complaining of Greenough's handwriting, and of 'a difficulty in getting Saxon type'.

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Caleb Sprague Henry (1804-1884), Episcopal clergyman and author, editor of the New York Review, Professor of History and Philosophy in New York University [William Whitwell Greenough (1818-1899]
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New York; 26 April 1838.
£350.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. 57 lines. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, on reverse of second leaf, to 'William W. Greenough | Andover | Massachusetts', with circular postmark in red ink and remains of red wax seal. Regarding 'the article on Bosworth's Anglo-Sax. Dict.', Henry writes: 'From the few first pages that I have read & the glance that I have given at the rest, I am satisfied that I shall be glad to print your article.

Autograph Letter Signed, J. Robertson, vicar, to Ebenezer Foster, banker, Cambridge, chatty about Adam Sedgwick and other aspects of Cambridge intellectual life.

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J. Robertson [James Robertson, MA, Vicar in Wellingborough, sometime member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science]
ALS, J. Robertson, vicar, to Ebenezer Foster, banker, Cambridge
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Wellingborough, 14 Feb 1834.
£180.00
ALS, J. Robertson, vicar, to Ebenezer Foster, banker, Cambridge

Four pages, 4to, fold marks, closed tear, mainly good. He's taking advantage of a trip by one of his parishioners to deliver a letter thanking in fulsome and inventive terms Mrs Foster for sending Professor Sedgwick's Discourse. He says of it, Of the talent and temper of the orator only one opinion can be formed. For the Studies of the University [A Discourse on the Studies of the University] he is not responsible, but for his representation of them the University owes him thanks.

Autograph Card Signed to unnamed male correspondent [the headmaster of Harrow School?].

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Anna Swanwick (1813-1899), English author, translator and social reformer [Reginald Bosworth Smith (1839-1908), Housemaster of Harrow School]
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20 March [no year, but after 1892]; on letterhead of 23 Cumberland Terrace, Regents Park, N.W.
£75.00

On both sides of the gilt-edged card, which is roughly 9 x 11.5 cm. Aged, but in fair condition. 'Mr Bosworth Smith' has informed her that her book 'Poets the Interpreters of Their Age' (1892) 'will be acceptable to the pupils of Harrow School', and she has 'great pleasure in presenting a copy to your library, & hoping that a kind welcome will be accorded to my little offering'. A postscript explains that the volume 'will be forwarded by an early post'.

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