[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Cunliffe' [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley, daughter of Lord Crewe], good natured and vivacious.

Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley (1780-1850), daughter of Lord Crewe and wife of MP Foster Cunliffe Offley]
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Three letters from London addresses: 3 Weymouth Street [Portland Place], no date [c. 1835]; 33 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, 31 April 1839; 56 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 18 February 1842. Last letter with no place or date [London, c. 1824].

The four items in good condition, lightly aged, with stubs from mounts still adhering. The first three are bifoliums, carrying seals in red wax (that to the third letter broken). The second letter is addressed to her at Grosvenor Square; the third and fourth to her at Upper Brook Street. ONE: No place or date. [London, on paper with watermark of 'J GREEN & SON | 1824'.] 1p, 12mo.

[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to Lord Crewe, following the death of Gordon of Khartoum.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), on how he is prevented from 'fulfilling the engagement', due to 'the state of affairs in the Soudan'.

William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe; Charles George Gordon (Gordon of Khartoum)]
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On cancelled letterhead of 10 Downing Street. [Holborn? Holby?] 5 February 1885.

1p, 12mo. In good condition, folded four times. The Downing Street letterhead has been struck through, and place and date added in manuscript, possibly not by Gladstone himself, the place indistinct ('Holborn' or 'Holby'?). The letter reads: 'My dear Lord Crewe | With the greatest regret I have to inform you that an imperative call to London caused by the state of affairs in the Soudan will prevent us, to our great disappointment, from fulfilling the engagement which you had so kindly accepted. | Yours sincerely | W E Gladstone'. Gordon had died in the fall of Khartoum on 26 January.

[ Elaborate seventeenth-century French binding to cosmological work with bookplate of Marquess of Crewe. ] Corrected Manuscript ('Manuscrit Original') of the Chevalier de Jant's translation of the 'Theologie Curieuse' of Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca.

Jacques de Jant [ le Chevalier de Jant ] (1626-1676); Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca (1506-1580); Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe, Liberal politician and book collector; cosmology
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Without place or date (a seventeenth-century manuscript of a work published in Dijon by Pierre Palliot in 1666).

189pp., small 4to (23.5 x 16 cm). Each page ruled with red lines, with the text written in a clear, neat and pleasing hand, with extensive annotation to the ample margins, and a few emendations to the main text. In light-brown full-leather binding, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Internally in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with top corner of front free endpaper slightly cropped. Binding in good condition, with some wear to corners.

[ Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Crewe'), regarding 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure'.

Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe [ Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes ] (1858-1945), Marquis of Crewe, Liberal politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
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On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 18 February 1914.

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A typed document, headed 'PRIVATE', with Crewe writing in autograph the number '18' from the date, the address to 'Dear Sir Richard', and the valediction 'Yours sincerely | Crewe'. In what is presumably a duplicated document sent to around thirteen individuals (see below), Crewe explains that he is 'anxious to receive the opinion and advice' of 'a few authorities' on the question of 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure', 'from the point of view of general legal principles and special Indian experience respectively'.

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