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[William James Müller [also William James Muller], the best-known artist of the Bristol School.] Autograph Note Signed ('W: Muller') to the Secretary of the Manchester Exhibition, giving title and price of the painting he is submitting.

Author: 
William James Müller [also William James Muller] (1812-1845), the best-known artist of the Bristol School [T. W. Winstanley, Secretary, Royal Manchester Institution; Manchester Exhibition, 1842]
Publication details: 
22 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury [London]. 'Friday Morning'. No date [1842].
£45.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The verso of the second leaf, bearing a seal in red wax, is addressed by Müller 'To the Secretary | of the | Manchester Exhibition'. Winstanley has written the picture's catalogue number (244) at the head. Letter and signature in a bold large hand. Reads: 'Sir | I take the liberty of forwarding to ye. Institution the picture of ye. Money Changers, Siout, Egypt.

[William Henry Hunt, watercolour artist.] Two Autograph Letters in the third person to 'Miss Wilson' of Brompton, regarding the inspection of his drawings by 'Misses Wilson' and 'Mrs Clarke', and tickets for private views.

Author: 
William Henry Hunt (1790-1864), watercolour artist
Publication details: 
Both from 6 Marchmont Street, Russell Square. One dated 6 April [no year] and the other 21 April [1834].
£40.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. Both are addressed to 'Miss Wilson | 21 Queens Buildings | Brompton'. (The recipient is unknown, but the engraver Thomas Trotter had lived at the same address at the beginning of the century.) The words 'W. Hunt | Water colour Painter' is written in a contemporary hand at the head of the first letter. ONE: 6 April [no year]. 1p., 12mo. On a bifolium, with the second leaf, bearing the address and a postmark, cut down.

[Nina Bawden, novelist and children's writer.] Autograph Signed Inscription on card.

Author: 
Nina Bawden (1925-2012), English novelist and children's writer
Publication details: 
Card with her letterhead, 22 Noel Road, London N1 8HA. No date.
£50.00

On one side of 10.5 x 14.5 cm grey-blue card. In very good condition. Inscription in blue ink, beneath the letterhead (which includes email address and phone number): 'This is for the Autograph Auction next March. | Good luck, | Nina Bawden'.

[Caleb Robert Stanley, English artist.] Autograph communication, with Stanley's name ('C R Stanley') and address, to [T. W. Winstanley] Secretary, Royal Manchester Institution, giving details of two paintings for its 1842 exhibition.

Author: 
Caleb Robert Stanley [C. R. Stanley] (1795-1868), English artist [T. W. Winstanley, Secretary, Royal Manchester Institution; Manchester Exhibition, 1842]
Publication details: 
'C R Stanley | 25 Gt Maddox St | Hanover Sqre. [London]' 9 August 1842.
£45.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed by Stanley, with red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf, to 'The Secretary | In the Manchester Institution | Moseley [sic] St | Manchester'. The text itself consists of the names and prices of the two pictures to be submitted to the 1842 show, with the date and Stanley's name and address: 'No 1. | Water Mill | North Devon | 25£ with Frame. | No 2 | Lane Scene | Painted from Nature | 25£ with Frame | C R Stanley | 25 Gt Maddox St | Hanover Sqre. | August 9th. 1842'.

[Sir Hardy Amies, couturier and dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II.] Autograph card signed ('Hardy') to a 'Dear old friend', offering to 'precipitate' himself to his home for a meeting.

Author: 
Sir Hardy Amies [Sir Edwin Hardy Amies] (1909-2003), English couturier, dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II from her accession in 1952 to his retirement in 1989
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, The Old School, Langford, Nr. Lechlade, Gloucestershire. 29 December 1990.
£45.00

Written in blue ink on one side of a card (not a post card, and with the reverse blank). Written a year after his retirement the card reads: 'Dear old friend - any time - love to see you here. I go to London for the middle of the week: but if you whispered a date convenient to you I would precipitate myself down here. | All love | Hardy'.

[James Bertrand Payne, editor and author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to H. Cholmondeley-Pennell, written around the time of his prosecution by the London publishers Edward Moxon & Co., and launch of his magazine 'The King of Arms'.

Author: 
James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), editor, author and fraudster [Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), poet and writer on angling]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of Tempsford House, the Grange, Brompton, S.W. [London] One from 1871 and two from 1873.
£400.00

The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged. All three signerd 'J Bertrand Payne'. The first has a letterhead in red, the other two have a different letterhead in blue. Both designs feature exuberant monograms and lettering in Victorian Gothic type, which, together with Payne's exuberant handwriting (the last letter also being written in purple ink), accurately reflect the character of the man Tennyson angrily dismissed as 'peacock Payne'. Three excellent letters, the background to which is of interest.

[Philip Larkin, poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('P. A. Larkin') to Michael Dawson, offering to bear in mind his invitation to produce a poem for the Ilkley Festival.

Author: 
Philip Larkin [Philip Arthur Larkin] (1922-1985), English poet associated with 'The Movement', novelist and librarian at the University of Hull [Michael Dawson and the Ilkley Festival]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead as Librarian, The University of Hull. 13 September 1972.
£250.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He begins by thanking him for his letter 'about the possibility of a poem in connection with your Ilkley Festival next Easter'. He doubts whether, even if he promised to do so, he would be 'able to produce anything', but asks to be informed of the deadline, so that he can 'keep the suggestion in mind in case any idea turns up that could be bent to your purpose'.

[ Lupton Relfe jr, Victorian London bookseller and publisher. ] Itemised bill on his letterhead, with separate Autograph Receipt Signed.

Author: 
Lupton Relfe (d.1851?), London bookseller, publisher and stationer (apprenticed to J. Hatchard's Sons)
Publication details: 
Both items dated 13 September 1825. Bill on letterhead of Lupton Relfe ('From J. Hatchard & Son's [sic]'), 'Bookseller, Publisher & Stationer', No. 13 Cornhill, London.
£40.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. The autograph receipt is on a slip of paper attached to the invoice with sealing wax. The invoice is docketed: 'For Par Re: Richd Clarke | 1825 | Sepr. 13th. | Mr Lupton Rolfe Bill for Books | £2 13 6 | No 13 Cornhill London'. ONE: Invoice. 1p., 12mo. Handsome letterhead for items 'Bought of Lupton Relfe | (From J. Hatchard's Son's [sic]) | Bookseller, Publisher & Stationer. | No.

[John Drinkwater, poet and dramatist, allows his play to be copied into Braille.] Typed Note Signed to Miss A. Mangens, giving her permission to copy his play 'Cromwell' into Braille.

Author: 
John Drinkwater (1882-1937), poet and dramatist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Ashburn Gardens, London, S.W.7.
£45.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: 'Dear Madam, | As far as I am concerned I shall be very glad for you to copy Cromwell into Braille, but I think you ought to get the formal permission of my publishers, Messers Sidgwick and Jackson, which I am sure that they will give you.'

[John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, patron of the arts.] Autograph Note Signed ('Rutland') to exchequer order.

Author: 
John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland (1696-1779), patron of the arts and Whig politician
Publication details: 
[His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London.] July 1742.
£56.00

Printed and in manuscript on both sides of a ragged 19 x 19.5 cm piece of paper, extracted from an Exchequer document (the first page is headed in manuscript 'Bk | (608)'. Aged and ragged. The recto, printed and completed in manuscript explains that the document relates to the 'Repayment of Loan on the Duties on Salt, granted for the Service of the year 1741, and further continued for Seven Years from the 25th Day of March 1746'.

[Jerom Murch of Honiton, Devon clockmaker.] Autograph Signature ('Jerom Murch') with seal in red wax, on part of testamentary document.

Author: 
Jerom Murch (d.1802) of Honiton, Devon clockmaker
Publication details: 
20 May 1791.
£56.00

On strip of laid paper (roughly 9 x 21 cm.) cut from contract. The signature 'Jerom Murch' is firm and bold, with an indistinct armorial seal in red wax to the right. The text on the reverse reads: '[…] Bequests therein contained) give and bequeath unto me the said Jerom Murch the Sum of Twenty pounds to be paid me within Six Months next after her death and by her said Will nominated and appointed Benjamin Stocker of Honiton aforesaid Brazier William John Tucker of the same place Clerk Courtenay Gidley of the same place Gentleman and the said Jerom Murch […]'.

[ W. T. Stead, pioneering investigative journalist who died on RMS Titanic. ] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'W. T. Stead') to G. G. Armstrong of the Northern Echo, one with long autograph postscript, regarding 'the German Editors' trip'.

Author: 
W. T. Stead [ William Thomas Stead ] (1849-1912), pioneering investigative journalist, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette and the Review of Reviews, died on RMS Titanic
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of 'The Review of Reviews', London. 21 May and 13 June 1907.
£120.00

The two letters are accompanied by a carbon of a typed reply by Armstrong. Although complete and legible, all three items are in poor condition, with chipping and loss the heads and wear to the other extremities, and punch holes to margin. The recipient is G. G. Armstrong, editor fo the Northern Echo, Darlington. ONE: Stead to Armstrong. 21 May 1907. 1p., 4to. Stead is 'unutterably disgusted to know' that Armstrong has 'not received an invitation for the German Editors' trip'.

[ Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet who scandalised Victorian England. ] Signed Autograph presentation inscription to his sister Isabel, on fly-leaf of William Clarke Russell's book 'Nelson's Words and Deeds'.

Author: 
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), English poet who scandalised the Victorians with his decadent verse [ William Clarke Russell; Isabel Swinburne ]
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Publication details: 
Dated in autograph 'November 1890'.
£350.00
Algernon Charles Swinburne

On a single 8vo half-title leaf removed from the William Clarke Russell's 'Nelson's Words and Deeds: A Selection from the Dispatches and Correspondence of Horatio Nelson' (London: Sampson Low, 1890). In fair condition, lightly aged and with a central horizontal crease. Printed at the centre of the page are the words 'NELSON'S WORDS AND DEEDS', and at the head Swinburne writes: 'Isabel Swinburne | from her affectionate brother | Algernon Charles Swinburne | November 1890'.

[ Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson, church architect, ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles A. Nicholson'), with printed circular by his mother, both regarding the fire at the family home, The Grange, Totteridge, Hertfordshire.

Author: 
Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson, 2nd Baronet (1867-1949), English church architect; his mother Lady Sarah Elizabeth Nicholson (born Keightley), wife of Sir Charles Nicholson, 1st Baronet (1808-1903)
Publication details: 
His autograph letter dated 26 February 1899; no place. Her printed circular from 'Totteridge, Herts.'; undated.
£45.00

See the entries on the two baronets in the Oxford DNB. For the context of this item see Times, 23 February 1899, reported: 'A MANSION BURNT. - Early yesterday morning the mansion of Sir Charles Nicholson, of Totteridge, three miles from Barnet, caught fire, and before effective help could be rendered from Barnet, Edgware, or Hendon it was entirely burned out.

[ Sir James Murray, lexicographer, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. H. Murray') to an unnamed recipient, regarding his non-authorship of a dictionary by 'John Henry Murray', Mrs. Franklin Richards, a lecture

Author: 
Sir James Murray [ Sir James Augustus Henry Murray ] (1837-1915), Scottish lexicographer, editor of Oxford English Dictionary [ New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Philological Society ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead: 'From Dr. Murray, Oxford. (Postal Address.) (Residence: Sunnyside, Banbury Road.)' 7 November 1903.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears to edges. Twenty-six lines of text, in a neat small hand.

[ Margaret Lane, English novelist and biographer: 'it really was a thrilling adventure'. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Margaret Lane') to 'Miss Cond' [ Eileen M. Cond ], on the writing of 'A Calabash of Diamonds'.

Author: 
Margaret Lane [ Margaret Winifred Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon ] (1907-1994), British novelist, journalist and biographer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Westmead House, Roehampton, SW15 [ London ].11 July 1961.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. She is returning Cond's bookplate, which she has signed with great pleasure, and is very glad Cond has enjoyed 'A Calabash of Diamonds', which 'really was a thrilling adventure and I don't suppose we shall ever experience anything quite so exciting again'. The book was subtitled 'An African Treasure Hunt', and involved the search for a Zulu chief's burial place. Apparently 'Eileen Cond was a book collector who sent out her bookplate to her favorite authors, many of whom signed and returned them to her.'

[ Georgian pamphlet printed in Bradford. ] Friendly Hints to the Teachers of the Christ-Church Sunday-School, Bradford, and the Rules of the School.

Author: 
[ W. Morgan ] [ Christ Church Sunday School, Bradford; G. & E. Nicholson, Bradford printers ]
Publication details: 
Bradford: Printed by G. & E. Harrison, 32, Kirkgate. 1828.
£80.00

8pp., 16mo. Disbound pamphlet without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Pp.3-6 carry the 'Friendly Hints to the Teachers of the Christ-Church Sunday-School, Bradford.', signed in type at the end 'W. Morgan' and addressed to 'My dear Fellow-Labourers'. Pp.7-8 carry the ten 'Rules for the Teachers of the Christ-Church Sunday-School, Bradford, Agreed upon at their Monthly Meeting, Sep. 28th., 1828.' No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ Edward Carpenter, gay Socialist poet and philosopher. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Edwd. Carpenter') to the wife of the geologist A. H. Green, suggesting locations in Wales for her to visit while recuperating.

Author: 
Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), Socialist poet and freethinker, proponent of the rights of homosexuals
Publication details: 
Paris. 20 July [ 1889 ].
£45.00

A plain 'Carte Postale', with the address, with three postmarks, on one side (coloured lilac), reading 'Mrs. A. H. Green | Rosa House, Church Walks | Llandudno | N. Wales | Angleterre'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with central horizontal crease. He is sorry to hear of her 'continuing illness', and hopes 'the air of Wales' will do her good. 'Dolgam is a farm-house about 2 or 3 miles below Capel Curig towards Bettws[sic]-y-Coed. I can quite recommend it. Mrs. Jones is (or was) the landlady. The air is probably not so bracing as some places as it lies in a sheltered hollow.

[ J. Edward Jenkins, novelist and Liberal Party politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Jenkins') to Wilhelmina Maria Green, wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green, explaining why he cannot undertake any more work at present.

Author: 
Edward Jenkins [ John Edward Jenkins; J. Edward Jenkins ] (1838-1910), novelist, satirist, and Liberal Party politician, and Agent-General of Canada
Publication details: 
On lettehead of the House of Commons Library. 19 June 1898.
£30.00

From the papers of the family of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed at bottom left to 'Mrs Wilhelmina Armstrong'. The letter opens: 'Dear Madam | I heartily wish I could see my way – but the clouds of work are growing so thick I cannot see each of them - & my elasticity is failing.' He does not dare undertake anything at the present time, but feels 'grateful & flattered by the invitation'.

[ Sir William Molesworth, Radical English politician: 'I'll give you a beginning, which I hope you'll finish'. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. M') to 'W.' (the editor of a journal), stating that he cannot 'do an article'.

Author: 
Sir William Molesworth (1810-1855), Radical English politician
Publication details: 
No place. 1 December 1837.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Clearly addressing the editor of a journal, Molesworth writes: 'Dear W. I cannot do an article, but I give you a beginning, which I hope you'll finish. | I'll attend to what you say. | Yrs. | W. M'. The note is accompanied by an engraved portrait of Molesworth, orating with right hand held high, captioned 'Sir William Molesworth, Bart., M.P.', from the Illustrated London News.

[ William Dobinson Halliburton, physiologist and a founder of the science of biochemistry. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. D. Halliburton') to [ V. G. Plarr ] the editor of 'Men and Women of the Time', returning the corrected proof of his entry.

Author: 
W. D. Halliburton [ William Dobinson Halliburton ] (1860-1931), Professor of Physiology at King's College London, one of the founders of the science of biochemistry [ Victor Gustave Plarr (1863-1929)]
Publication details: 
9 Ridgmount Gardens W.C. [ London ] 20 April 1898.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He is enclosing 'the Extract from "Men and Women of the Time"' that the editor sent him, with corrections and additions, and would like to see a proof.

[ Sir Robert Phillimore, English judge and politician. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Robert Phillimore') to the Earl of Clarendon, stating his intention of attending 'the sitting of the naturalisation commission'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Phillimore [ Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore, 1st Baronet ] (1810-1885), last judge of the Court of the Lord High Admiral of England, Member of Parliament for Tavistock
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Privy Council Office. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£45.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. Aged, with wear and creasing to corners. Reads: 'My dear Lord | I hope to attend without fail the sitting of the naturalisation commission on Wednesday.'

[ Sir Sydney Prior Hall, Victorian portrait painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Sydney P. Hall.') stating that he has written to the Lieutenant Governor of Toronto, J. B. Robinson, and 'Professor Wilson'.

Author: 
Sir Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922), Victorian portrait painter and illustrator
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the New University Club, St. James's Street, S.W. [ London ] 28 January 1882.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Sir. | I have written to Lt. Governor Robinson [name amended from 'Archibald'] & Professor Wilson as you wished me. | Yours truly | Sydney P. Hall.' John Beverley Robinson (1821-1896) was Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, 1880-1887.

[ Norah Lofts, novelist, on dachshunds and grandchildren. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Card Signed (both 'Norah Lofts') [ to Eileen M. Cond ], the former praising her 'Fidelity' as a reader, and discussing her dogs and grandchildren.

Author: 
Norah Lofts [ born Norah Ethel Robinson ] (1904-1983), best-selling twentieth-century English novelist specialising in historical fiction
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Northgate House, Bury St Edmunds. 17 November 1971. Card without place, dated 14 January 1960.
£80.00

LETTER: 2pp., landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A sprightly missive, beginning: 'My dear, | Fidelity like yours shakes me; book after book, year after year. I'm truly appreciative. | On me dachshunds sit: sometimes two at a time, and they are heavy. Arbitrary, too: if I try to use them as props to a book or a writing pad they shuffle and stir and upset everything.' She informs her that she has become grandmother for a second time: 'This time a boy, born in August.

[ J. W. Hales, Professor of English literature at King's College London. ] Two Autograph Cards Signed (both 'John W. Hales') to 'Plarr' [ Victor Gustave Plarr ], on his leaving King's College for other employment, and an application to Lincoln's Inn.

Author: 
J. W. Hales [ John Wesley Hales ] (1836-1914), Professor of English Literature at King's College London [ Victor Gustave Plarr (1863-1929), poet and editor of 'Men and Women of the Time' ]
Publication details: 
One: 1 Oppidans Road, N.W. [ London ] 6 August [ no year ]. Two: 'O R'. 11 October [ no year ].
£40.00

Both cards around 9 x 12 cm. The first written on one side and the second on both sides. In fair condition, lightly aged. ONE: Begins: 'My dear Plarr, | We were delighted – for your sake – to see the announcement in the Times of your election to the <?> district, which we hope is well worth your acceptance'. He sure that 'we shall all be very sorry to lose you at King's. However I trust we shall sometimes see you.' Postscript: 'We are off to the Borders & the Roman Wall next week.

[ Gracie Fields, movie star, singer and music hall comedian. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Gracie Fields (1898-1979), English movie star, singer and music hall comedian
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On one side of 7 x 10 cm piece of pink paper cut from an autograph album. In fair condition, lightly aged. In a bold, large hand, simply reads: 'Gracie Fields'.

[ Hubert Eisdell, English tenor who settled in Canada. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Hubert M. Eisdell').

Author: 
Hubert Eisdell [ Hubert Mortimer Eisdell ] (1882-1948), English tenor who settled in Canada
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 13 South Street, Thurloe Square, S.W.7. [ London ] No date.
£20.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Clearly written in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'with great pleasure - | Yours sincerely | Hubert M. Eisdell.'

[ Doris Leslie, bestseslling British novelist and historical biographer. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Doris Leslie.') to 'Miss Cond, (the ever faithful!)' [ Eileen M. Cond ], describing her husband's operation and convalescence, and a planned move

Author: 
Doris Leslie [ née Doris Oppenheim, later Lady Fergusson Hannay ] (1891-1982), bestselling British novelist and historical biographer
Publication details: 
On her letterhead as Lady Fergusson Hannay, Colesgrove Lodge, Goff's Oak, Nr. Cheshunt, Hertfordshire (with 'South Lodge' added in autograph). 28 July 1960.
£35.00

Written in blue ink and covering both sides of the card, which does not carry an address. After informing her that she is returning her bookmark with her signature she continues: 'I have been through an awful time which has killed all interest in the great success my “Perfect Wife” seems to be having. My husband has had an operation for a lobectomy (removal of part of his lung[)], which, thank God, has been successful. And all this, (for the last 3 months) while we were in the middle of a move!' She states that they have 'sold the Manor, & are living pro tem in one of our lodges.

] Captain Frederick Marryat, novelist and friend of Charles Dickens. ] Autograph Signature ('F Marryat') to conclusion of letter to his mother and family.

Author: 
Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848), Royal Navy officer, novelist, friend of Charles Dickens, inventor of Marryat's Code of signalling
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£30.00

On one side of a slip of paper cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. The conclusion of a letter, reading: '[...] also to get another Servant, so I shall put it off till my return & I have every thing in order. | My kind love to all of you & you my dear Mother ever truly | F Marryat'.

[ Cholera; Charles Greville, celebrated diarist and first-class cricketer. ] Autograph Signature ('C Greville') to part of letter.

Author: 
Charles Greville [ Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville ] (1794-1865), English diarist ('The Greville Memoirs') and first-class cricketer
Publication details: 
No place. 28 November 1831.
£150.00

The Greville Memoirs caused an uproar on its publication in 1874. Queen Victoria described it as a 'dreadful and really scandalous book' which should be 'severely censored and discredited'. Disraeli characterised its author as 'the vainest being—I don't limit myself to man—that ever existed; and I don't forget Cicero and Lytton Bulwer […] when he was not scandalous, he was prolix and prosy—a clumsy, wordy writer […] a more verbose, indefinite, unwieldy affair, without a happy expression, never issued from the pen of a fagged subordinate of the daily press'.

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