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[Coroner's Private Notes; Bernard Spilsbury ] London Coroner's Notebooks: Ten 8vo notebooks survive from a sequence (numbered 1, 5, 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26)

Author: 
R. B. Hervey Wyatt: A London pathologist and coroner, 1931-1954.
Publication details: 
1931-1954
£5,000.00

A treasure trove of socio-medico-legal information, in seven out of a total of ten volumes of notes by a protégé of Sir Bernard Spilsbury (two of whose autopsies are described in detail), with descriptions of his autopsies (1931) and his own reports as coroner of numerous inquests by him (between 1931 and 1945), in cases of murder, suicide (mainly Lysol and gas poisoning) and accident, such as: 'Self induced abortion', 'Septic foot - cutting toe-nail', 'Arm caught in machinery', 'Fall from barge into R[iver]. Lea', 'Burns at home | Clothing caught fire', 'Fall fr.

[Sir Bernard Spilsbury, eminent pathologist.] Autograph Note Signed ('Bernard H. Spilsbury') to 'Mr Wyatt' [coroner R. B. Hervey Wyatt], apologising for the delay in producing a report in the case of 'Patricia Margaret Goodwin dec'.

Author: 
Sir Bernard Spilsbury [Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury] (1877-1947), eminent pathologist, whose murder cases included Crippen and the 'Brides in the Bath' [Raymond Benedict Hervey Wyatt, coroner]
Publication details: 
Undated [after 1941]. 20 Frognal, NW3 [Hampstead, London], on cancelled letterhead of Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, W.C.1.
£220.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, on creased and aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Mr Wyatt | Re Patricia Margaret Goodwin dec | I am sorry to have kept you waiting for the report in the above case which I now enclose | Yours Sincy | Bernard H. Spilsbury'. It was in March 1941 that Spilsbury moved in to a hotel in Frognal, Hampstead. From the papers of R. B. Hervey Wyatt (1890-1977), successively coroner for East London and South-West London.

[ Lord Rolle [John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle ], statesman, subject of 'The Rolliad'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rolle') to 'E. Mitford Esq', a character reference recommending his family physicain 'Caddy' for the position of coroner.

Author: 
Lord Rolle [ John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle ] (1750-1842), statesman and subject of the satirical poem 'The Rolliad', supporter of Pitt the Younger and opponent of Fox and Burke
Publication details: 
Bicton [ Bicton House, Exeter, Devon ]. 5 November 1834.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A character reference, written in a shaky aged hand. Begins: 'Mr. Caddy the Bearer of this letter is a Candidate for the vacant Coronership in the Northern district of our County by the very melancholy Death of Mr Kingdom - | Mr Caddy has applied to me for his Character, who I have known for a great many Years'.

[ Election Agent 1885/Coroner's Letters ] Two substantial Letter Books of Charles E. Cox , Solicitor & (Deputy) Coroner (Honiton, Devon).

Author: 
Charles E. Cox, Solicitor, Election Agent (1885), later Coroner (Honiton, Devon)
Publication details: 
1885--1890, 1898-1907.
£950.00

Two volumes, original hf.lea, worn, one with spine detached, with label "Letter Book" (both volumes) and "CEC | 2" [Charles E. Cox] and "CEC | 4". Vol. 2 has 1006 leaves, tissue paper, recto only used (last leaf numbers filled in by hand) all used, and Vol.4 has 1000 leaves (again recto only used), only 660 leaves used, first page missing, others damaged, tissue paper, indicating a cessation of activity whatever the cause - death?).

Circular letter, printed in facsimile of Wellington's handwriting; dated, addressed, and with the gaps filled in in Wellington's hand to Robert Aberdein.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish soldier and politician, the vanquisher of Napoleon Bonaparte [Robert Henry Aberdein (died 1860), Coroner for East Devon]
Publication details: 
31 July 1851; London.
£56.00

12mo, 3 pp. Good. Folded twice and with the blank verso of the second leaf of the bifolium a little grubby. A formal letter in the third person, declining to present a petition to the House of Lords, on the grounds that 'The Duke has no relation whatever with [Honiton]'. The date, and the words 'Mr Aberdein', 'Honiton', ', which he retains' and 'Robert Aberdein Esq' are in Wellington's hand.

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