[Sir Frederick Lugard [Lord Lugard], Governor of Hong Kong and first Governor-General of Nigeria.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to colonial civil servant Simon Nicholson, and one to Nicholson's wife Molly.

Sir Frederick Lugard [Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard; Lord Lugard] (1858-1945), soldier, explorer, Governor of Hong Kong, first Governor-General of Nigeria [Simon Nicholson]
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The first of the four letters on letterhead of Little Parkhurst, Abinger Common, Nr Dorking, Surrey; the other three without place. One from 1940, two from 1941, one from 1943.

The recipient Simon Nicholson was a colonial civil servant and a neighbour of Lugard at Tallboys in Abinger Hammer. He and his wife Molly were a cultured couple, and were friends of Edith Wharton and Bernard Berenson. The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, and each is 2pp, 12mo. Each folded once. The first three are signed 'Lugard' and the last, to Molly Nicholson, 'Fred Lugard'. In the first letter (23 September 1940), after expressing pleasure at seeing Nicholson again and having 'a talk', he begs him 'not to postpone your week-end here.

[ Thomas Dealtry, Anglican Bishop of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Madras') to Colonel Cameron, Commanding, Ootacamund, regarding safety concerns in the wake of the Siege of Cawnpore in the Indian Mutiny.

Thomas Dealtry (1795-1861), Anglican Bishop of Madras, 1849-1861 [ Indian Mutiny, 1857; Siege of Cawnpore ]
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No place. 'Tuesday' [ no date, but 1857 ].

2pp., 12mo. Attached to the second leaf of the bifolium is the frank, addressed by Dealtry to 'Col. Cameron | Commandg. | Ootacamund'. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by thanking Cameron for his note and 'contribution', the latter being 'all that cd. be desired'. He continues, with reference to the Siege: 'I am much distressed with this news from Cawnpore. I fear it is true - The loss of life must have been awful - The Lieut. Govr. Mr. Colvin's brother was ye. judge of ye. station'.

[ London linen trade in early-Victorian period. ] Autograph Letter in the third person from 'Miss A Dealtry' to Messrs Wilson of New Bond Street, linen drapers, placing an order and including a swatch of fabric.

John Wilson of New Bond Street, London linen draper [ Anne Dealtry (d.1865) and Frances Dealtry [ 'the Misses Dealtry' ] of Bolnore, Cuckfield ]
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Bedford Square [ London ]. 29 November [ 1838 ].

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium, addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Messrs. Wilson | Linen Drapers | New Bond Street', and also docketed '1838 | Dealtry Miss A'. In frail condition, with the two leaves separated and closed tears and wear. Sewn with white thread onto the second leaf of the letter is a swatch of cloth - dark blue with white and red stripes - in a loop of circa 20 x 1.5 cm. The text reads: 'Miss A Dealtry wishes Mr.

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