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[W. H. Berry (William Henry Berry), English comic actor and BBC broadcaster.] Two long Autograph Letters Signed to theatre historian W. J. Macqueen-Pope, full of reminiscence.

Author: 
W. H. Berry [William Henry Berry] (1870-1951), English comic stage actor associated with George Grossmith and George Edwardes, and BBC broadcaster [W. J. Macqueen-Pope, theatre historian]
Publication details: 
30 December 1947; on letterhead of Poplar Cottage, Beltinge Cliffs, Herne Bay. 6 March 1948; from Poplar Cottage.
£180.00

Berry was hugely popular during the Edwardian period and into the First World War. His greatest success was as ‘Mr Meebles’ in ‘The Boy’ (1917). See the recipient’s entry in the Oxford DNB. Both letters signed ‘W. H. Berry’, and the second with long postscript on separate 12mo leaf signed ‘W. H. B’. In fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: 30 December 1947. 4pp, 4to. ‘This letter will be quite a “rat-tat from the past” (as Geo. Graves used to say), & its many a long year since I last saw you - & much has happened since “those were the days” & carriages were at 11.

[John Cam Hobhouse (Lord Broughton), Whig politician and friend and executor of Lord Byron.] Autograph Note Signed authorizing entry to the gallery of the House of Commons.

Author: 
John Cam Hobhouse [Lord Broughton] (1786-1869), Whig politician and friend and executor of Lord Byron
Hobhouse
Publication details: 
9 May 1821.
£56.00
Hobhouse

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 13 x 8 cm piece of laid paper. In fair condition, but with small sections torn away on removal from mount, at corners and at centre of top and bottom edges, damaging the first two numerals of the year. Reads: ‘May nine - <18>21 / Please to admit the bearer & his friend to the gallery of the House of Commons. / John C. Hobhouse’. See image.

[‘You’ll note how catholic my wants are’: Frank Pettingell, actor and collector of theatre material.] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Andy [the bookseller Andrew Block]’, listing some of his ‘great wants’.

Author: 
Frank Pettingell [Frank Edmund George Pettingell] (1891-1966), actor who amassed a notable collection of theatre material and Victorian penny dreadfuls [Andrew Block, London bookseller]t
Publication details: 
23 February 1961. On letterhead of Highfield Lodge, Wise Lane, London, NW7.
£45.00

The obituary of the recipient Andrew Block (1892-1987) in ‘The Private Library’ was subtitled ‘the doyen of booksellers’; his business was established in 1911. 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Signed ‘Frank’. He is sending his list: ‘you’ll note how catholic my wants are’. He has been sent ‘5 guineas worth of book tokens. Do you accept these? They were issued by Collets, Hampstead.’ His ‘great wants’ are ‘the Comic Home Journals - the novel with ghost on the cover - the certain Ludgate and Boys Own Xmas Number’.

[The man who did the Lambeth Walk: Lupino Lane, actor and theatre manager.] Typed Note Signed (‘Nip’) to ‘Popie’ [the theatre historian W. J. Macqueen-Pope], regarding ‘the broadcast “The Royal Family of Greasepaint”’.

Author: 
Lupino Lane [Henry William George Lupino] (1892-1959), actor and theatre manager who created and popularized the ‘Lambeth Walk’ [W. J. Macqueen-Pope (1888-1960), theatre historian]
Publication details: 
23 January 1953; on his monogram letterhead of 11 Grosvenor Cottages, Eaton Terrace, London, SW1.
£45.00

The monogram letterhead consists of interlocking letter Ls in black and red. Signed ‘Nip’ in green ink above the typed name ‘LUPINO LANE’. ‘Lane’s entry in the Oxford DNB explains the signature: he made his London début ‘in 1903, under the name of Nipper Lane, at the London Pavilion’. The entry also explains that at the heart of Lane’s enormous success in acting, managing and directing the 1937 musical ‘Me and My Girl’ ‘lay, undoubtedly, the song and dance which Lane created to a catchy tune by Gay, 'The Lambeth Walk'.' (Also see Macqueen-Pope’s Oxford DNB entry.) 1p, 12mo.

[George Hogarth, music journalist and father-in-law of Charles Dickens.] Manuscript volume, labelled 'No 1 DECEMBER 1837 1838', containing lists of music performed by a band (for Queen Victoria?) on 172 dates, some at Windsor Castle and London.

Author: 
[George Hogarth (1783-1870), Scottish music journalist, father-in-law of Charles Dickens; Queen Victoria; Windsor Castle]
Publication details: 
Windsor and London, 4 December 1837 to 5 October 1838. Binder's ticket of 'W. Creswick, Paper Maker, 5, John Street, Oxford Street' on front pastedown.
£550.00

172pp., 16mo (10 x 6.5 cm.). In original green leather quarter-binding, with marbled endpapers and label on front cover: 'No 1 | DECEMBER | 1837 | 1838'. Aged and worn, with the contents of the volume detached from the binding, and the signatures loose through breaking of the stitching. In pencil beneath the binder's ticket on the front pastedown: 'Hogarth | 10 Powis Place', with this address continuing at the foot of the first page: 'Gt Ormond St'.

[Joseph Jekyll, Regency politician and wit.] Autograph Letter Signed to George Agar-Ellis, on missing the 'Academy Dinner' by dining with the king; and manuscript copy of pun-laden account of ‘Bazaar in Mr Penn’s Garden for Charing Cross Hospital’.

Author: 
Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837), Welsh lawyer, Whig politician and wit, Master in Chancery and Solicitor-General to the Prince of Wales [George James Welbore Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover]
Publication details: 
Letter written on 'Sunday Morning'
£100.00

The first item is fairly witty, while the second exhibits the sort of ‘excruciating puns’ for which Jekyll is, according to his entry in the Oxford DNB, largely remembered. See also Agar-Ellis’s entry in the same work. The two items are in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Letter of ‘Sunday Morning’ to ‘Dear Ellis’. 2pp, 12mo. Signed ‘Joseph Jekyll’. Folded twice. Minuted by recipient at head of first page: ‘May 1825 / Jekyll’.

[‘There never was a better father and never one more loved’: Lord Napier while British Ambassador to the Netherlands.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'the Honble. George Elliott', praising his father the Second Earl of Minto on his death..

Author: 
Lord Napier [Francis Napier (1819-1898), 10th Lord Napier of Merchistoun and 1st Baron Ettrick, acting Viceroy of India [Admiral Sir George Elliott (1784-1863), son of the Second Earl of Minto]
Publication details: 
8 August 1859. The Hague [Holland].
£60.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, with slight discoloration along central fold. Large bold signature ‘Napier’. Addressed to ‘The Honble. George Elliott’, with salutation to ‘My dear Elliott’. As he does not know where Elliott’s sister Lady Dunfermline is ‘residing at this moment’, he is placing in Elliott’s hands ‘for transmission’ a letter from the wife of the Turkish ambassador at the Hague. He expresses to Elliott’s family his sympathy at the loss of their father.

[George du Maurier, novelist and Punch cartoonist, creator of ‘Svengali’.] Autograph Signature and valediction cut from letter.

Author: 
George du Maurier [George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier] (1834-1896), novelist and Punch cartoonist, creator of the character ‘Svengali’ in his novel ‘Trilby’; grandfather of Daphne du Maurier
Geo du Maurier
Publication details: 
26 April 1886. No place.
£25.00
Geo du Maurier

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On rectangular slip of paper, roughly 11 x 3 cm, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, slightly spotted and laid down along one edge on thicker piece of paper. In an elegant calligraphic hand he writes: ‘Believe me / Yours truly / Geo du Maurier / Apr. 26, 83’. The ‘eo’ of the ‘Geo’ of the signature is presented as a stylish squiggle, looking a little like a ‘W’. See image.

[The growing First World War pensions crisis discussed by a member of the government.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Hayes Fisher [the future Lord Downham] to Willoughby Hyett Dickinson, discussing the problem ‘full of difficulty’.

Author: 
William Hayes Fisher [Lord Downham] (1853-1920), Conservative politician, President of Local Government Board and Minister of Information in Lloyd George's War Cabinet [Sir Willoughby Hyett Dickinson]
Publication details: 
25 October 1915. 13 Buckingham Palace Gardens, S.W. [London.]
£90.00

See Fisher’s entry in the Oxford DNB. Earlier in 1915 he had joined the Asquith government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board, and he would retain this post until June of 1917, when Lloyd George would promote him to the cabinet as President of the Local Government Board. The recipient Willoughby Hyett Dickinson (1859-1943), later an influential proponent of the League of Nations, began his career as a Liberal MP. He was knighted in 1918, and elevated to the peerage as Baron Dickinson of Painswick in 1930, the same year in which he joined the Labour Party.

[Lord Hankey [Maurice Hankey, 1st Baron Hankey], Secretary of Lloyd George’s War Cabinet.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Hankey’) to T. Lloyd Humberstone, regarding a book he is working on, and pressure to ‘cut out all reference to my diary’.

Author: 
Lord Hankey [Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, 1st Baron Hankey] (1877-1963), British civil servant, Secretary of Lloyd George’s War Cabinet [T. Lloyd Humberstone]
Publication details: 
11 June 1954. On letterhead of Highstead, Limpsfield, Surrey.
£56.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient Thomas Lloyd Humberstone (1876-1957) was a prominent member of the Convocation of the University of London. The work referred to in this letter is probably Hankey's 'The Supreme Command', the two volumes of which would be published in 1961. 1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. He is returning his letter and ‘its interesting enclosure’. Not having had any experience of the Central Office of Information, he is left with the impression ‘that they are not very well informed on questions of Military Organisation’.

[‘There has been such “a run on” me’:] Autograph Letter Signed (‘G. H. Boughton’) to J. P. Broadhurst, editor of ‘The Field’, regarding ‘a Menu Card’ and an illustration from his book with E. A. Abbey, which Broadhurst may wish to use.

Author: 
G. H. Boughton [George Henry Boughton] (1833-1905), RA, English artist and illustrator whose childhood was spent in America [The Royal Academy, London; J. Pendred Broadhurst, editor of 'The Field']
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of West House, Campden Hill, Kensington. [London.]
£40.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient is named as ‘J. Pendred Broadhurst Esq’. Boughton begins by thanking him for his ‘kind note’. He is ‘quite out of photos for the moment - there has been such “a run on” me’. His portrait is not ‘in commerce’. He is enclosing ‘a Menu Card (of a dinner given me by Messrs Harper in New York)’, which has ‘a portrait by Mr L. Alma Tadema R.A. which I think is a little out of the Common. There is also an illustration from our book - (E. A.

[‘It was pleasant to be raised to the “Upper Shelf”’: George Henry Boughton, RA, artist and illustrator.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘G. H. Boughton’) to ‘Bamley’, on becoming a full member of the Royal Academy.

Author: 
G. H. Boughton [George Henry Boughton] (1833-1905), RA, English artist and illustrator whose childhood was spent in America [The Royal Academy, London]
Publication details: 
1 April 1896. On letterhead of the Reform Club, Pall Mall, S.W. [London.]
£56.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. On the first leaf of bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. He begins by thanking him ‘most sincerely for your cheering note of congratulation’. Whilst it is ‘pleasant to be raised to the “Upper Shelf”’, he finds that ‘the position of Associate of the Royal Academy is one that is quite Ideal. To gain that - and to paint a good picture were my two great ambitions’.

[‘A deliberate attempt was made to overthrow the Government’: Lloyd George’s Chief Whip lays into a Liberal on the eve of the ‘Coupon Election’ following the end of the Great War.] Long Typed Letter Signed from Frederick Guest to W. H. Dickinson.

Author: 
Frederick Edward Guest [Freddie Guest] (1875-1937), politician, sportsman and promoter of aviation, Chief Whip in Lloyd George's Coalition Liberal Party [Sir Willoughby Hyett Dickinson (1859-1943)]
Publication details: 
26 November 1918. On embossed letterhead of 12 Downing Street, S.W.1. [London.]
£150.00

An extraordinary letter, rubbing the nose of a pro-Asquith Liberal in the muck on the eve of his leader Lloyd George’s landslide Coalition victory in the 1918 ‘Coupon Election’. Guest, who was Winston Churchill’s cousin, is described in his entry in the Oxford DNB as a ‘highly controversial’ figure who ‘knew where all the bodies were buried’, a useful attribute for someone who served as the Coalition Chief Whip from 1917 to 1921. The recipient Willoughby Hyett Dickinson (1859-1943), later an influential proponent of the League of Nations, began his career a Liberal MP.

[W. H. Smith, newsagent and politician, the ‘Sir Joseph Porter’ of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.] Autograph Letter Signed to George Townsend Warner, discussing a request to fish in his private stream.

Author: 
W. H. Smith [William Henry Smith] (1825-1891), founder of the fortunes of the British chain of newsagents, Conservative politician, First Lord of the Admiralty [George Townsend Warner (1865-1916)]
Publication details: 
5 March 1891; on letterhead of 10 Downing Street, Whitehall. [London.]
£50.00

From the first Smith has been considered as the model of the ‘Sir Joseph Porter’ of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’, and Disraeli himself is said to have referred to him as ‘Pinafore Smith’. See Smith’s entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is signed ‘W. H. Smith’, addressed to ‘Mr Townsend Warner’, and headed ‘Private’. The recipient is the historian and Harrow housemaster George Townsend Warner (1865-1916), father of the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner. 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once.

[Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General under Queen Anne and King George I.] Signed Autograph Receipt.

Author: 
Sir Edward Northey (1652-1723) of Epsom, lawyer and politician, Attorney General under Queen Anne and King George I
Northey
Publication details: 
9 December 1715. No place.
£50.00
Northey

See his entries in the Oxford DNB and History of Parliament. On 11 x 6 cm slip of paper, laid down on thicker paper cut from album. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: ‘9th Dececmr. 1715 / Receit in full / Edw Northey’. See image.

[Sir George Otto Trevelyan, Liberal politician and author.] Autograph Signature on letter in secretary’s hand to Theodore Fry of Darlington, regarding the application of ‘Mr. M. Hedley, a Veterinary Inspr. in Ireland, for increase of pay’.

Author: 
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), Liberal politician and author, twice a minister in a Gladstone government, biographer of his uncle Thomas Babington Macaulay [Sir Theodore Fry (1836-1912)]
Publication details: 
2 December 1882; on embossed government letterhead of the Irish Office, Great Queen Street, S.W. [London.]
£35.00

See his entry and Fry’s in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. On first leaf of bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Signed ‘G O Trevelyan’. He has received Fry’s letter ‘in support of an application made by Mr. M. Hedley, a Verterinary Inspr. in Ireland, for increase of pay’, and will submit his recommendation ‘to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant’. The second leaf carries the name of Trevelyan’s parliamentary constituency Hawick at the head of the recto.

[Sir Ian Hamilton, British commander in the Gallipoli Campaign.] Autograph Letter Signed to George Townsend Warner, following consultation with Lord Roberts over a musketry matter and Harrow School.

Author: 
Sir Ian Hamilton [Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton] (1853-1947), soldier, commander of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in the First World War Gallipoli Campaign [George Townsend Warner]
Publication details: 
2 March 1901; on letterhead of 3 Chesterfield Street, Mayfair. [London.]
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient is the Harrow housemaster George Townsend Warner (1865-1916), father of the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, referred to as ‘Townsend Warner / Historian’ in a pencil note to this letter. Signed ‘Ian Hamilton’. 2pp, 12mo. On first leaf of bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with a few pin holes from attachment of a no-longer-present enclosure. Folded twice. Possibly concerning shooting practice for the Harrow army cadets.

[John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), novelist and poet.] Envelope addressed by Powys in Autograph to his London bookseller G. L. Lewin, with his name and address written by him on the reverse.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), novelist and poet [George Lionel Lewin (1890-1970), bookseller of Great Russell Street, London]
Publication details: 
'From / J. C. Powys / Corwen / Merioneth / N. Wales'. Oxford postmark dated 13 August 1941.
£35.00

An evocative artefact of the interesting connection between Powys and the man who supplied him with the books for his translation of Rabelais. Writing on 24 September 1940, in 'Letters to Sea-Eagle', Powys gives a lengthy account of 'Our Jew Book-Pedlar' and the bombing by the Germans of his Russell Street address.

[King George V.] Autograph Card Signed (‘George’) to ‘Dear Lord’, thanking him for the wedding gift of candlesticks.

Author: 
King George V [George Frederick Ernest Albert] (1865-1936) of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India
Publication details: 
1 July 1893; on armorial letterhead of the Order of the Garter.
£150.00

George married Mary of Teck on 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, and it is impressively businesslike of the future king to be writing letters of thanks for wedding presents before the event. On 11.5 x 9 cm card, with blank reverse. In good condition, lightly aged. The entire text in the future king’s neat hand: ‘July 1st./93 / Dear Lord - / Please accept my best thanks for lovely candle sticks you have so kindly sent me for my Wedding / Believe me / very sincerely yrs / George’. See image.

[Sir George Prothero, historian, as editor of the Quarterly Review.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘G. W. Prothero’) and dictated Manuscript Letter to Professor H. W. C. Davis regarding article on H. W. V. Temperley and Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

Author: 
Sir George Prothero [Sir George Walter Prothero; Sir G. W. Prothero], English historian, editor of Quarterly Review [Henry William Carless Davis; Harold William Vazeille Temperley]
Publication details: 
7 November [1921] and 30 March 1922; each on letterhead of The Quarterly Review, 50A Albemarle Street, London, W.1.
£60.00

In addition to the entry for Prothero in the Oxford DNB, see those of H. W. C. Davis (1874-1928) and H. W. V. Temperley (1879-1939), which reveal the interest all three had in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Both items in good condition, lightly aged. Each folded once. Both addressed to 'Davis'. ONE: 7 November [1921]. 4pp, 12mo. Dictated, and entirely (including signature) in the hand of an amanuensis.

[Lord Auckland, Governor-General of India.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Auckland’) to ‘FitzGerald’ [William Vesey-FitzGerald, 2nd Baron FitzGerald and Vesey], rejoicing in the ‘mark of favor and distinction’ he has obtained for Captain Macgregor.

Author: 
Lord Auckland [George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland] (1784-1849), Whig politician and Governor-General of India
Publication details: 
6 October 1822; Kensington Gore [London].
£80.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, on the first leaf of a bifolium, the blank second of which carries traces of mount. Folded twice. Begins: ‘My dear FitzGerald / I thank you very much for your obliging note - and I rejoice greatly that you have obtained for Capt Macgregor this mark of favor and distinction. India has no better soldier, nor has any political agent, placed in trying circumstances, shewn a better nerve or a sounder discretion’. FitzGerald’s ‘just notice of him’ will be ‘well appreciated’ by others.

[Lady Pembroke, object of the affections of the insane King George III.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Eliz: Pembroke’) to her nephew the Hon. George Ellis, having received permission from the Queen to allow him to ‘cut a dash abroad’.

Author: 
Lady Pembroke [Elizabeth Herbert [née Spencer], Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery] (1737-1831), object of the affections of King George III during his first bout of insanity [Hon. George Ellis]
Publication details: 
'Saturday morning. 29th. June. [no year]'
£60.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB, which states that ‘During his periods of ‘madness’, George III imagined that he was married to Lady Pembroke. Apparently, 'his infatuation went back to the days when he was only seventeen and she, of the same age, was Elizabeth Spencer'. The king went so far as to make 'her handsome offers if she would be his mistress.’ [...] In 1804 the king suffered another attack of dementia and again announced his desire for Lady Pembroke. This situation aroused some amusement among younger courtiers since she was by this time almost seventy years old.” 1p, 12mo.

[General Sir Andrew Francis Barnard, army officer and courtier.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘A F Barnard’) to ‘Augustus’, providing information regarding pictures [in the royal collection], and ‘the Clue to their History’.

Author: 
General Sir Andrew Francis Barnard (1773-1855), distinguished Anglo-Irish officer in the British Army, decorated for his services during the Napoleonic Wars, and Equerry to King George IV
Publication details: 
18 December 1842; Canford [i.e. Canford House, Dorsetshire].
£60.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. From 1821 to the end of his life Barnard served as a courtier, notably as Equerry to King George IV, and it would appear that the present item is written in response to an enquiry made to the recipient of the letter regarding paintings in the royal collection. He writes from Camford House, where Queen Adelaide, widow of William IV, had taken up residence. 4pp, 12mo. On bifolium with thin mourning border. In fair condition, on aged paper. Folded twice.

[Royal Navy Admirals of the Second World War.] Autograph Signatures of Bruce Austin Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape (sinker of the Scharnhorst); Sir Charles Saumarez Daniel; Sir George Elvey Creasy.]

Author: 
[Royal Navy Admirals of the Second World War.] Bruce Austin Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape (1888-1981); Sir Charles Saumarez Daniel (1894-1981); Sir George Elvey Creasy (1895-1972)]
Publication details: 
Undated, but circa 1944, with the British Pacific Fleet.
£80.00

See the entries for Fraser and Creasy in the Oxford DNB. The signatures were taken when Daniel was serving under Fraser with the British Pacific Fleet. After the war he became Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy. As Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet, Fraser oversaw the destruction of the Scharnhorst, and was the British signatory at the Japanese surrender. Having become Flag Officer Submarines in 1944, Creasy was responsible for receiving surrendered enemy submarines into British ports at the end of the war. Fraser and Creasy were Admirals of the Fleet.

[Motorcycle Speedway.] Publicity photos, each signed by the subject, of Norman Parker, captain of the Wimbledon Dons, and his rider George ‘Huck’ Fynn.

Author: 
[Motorcycle Speedway] Norman Parker (1908-1999), captain of the Wimbledon Dons; his rider George ‘Huck’ Fynn (b.1922), Australian speedway rider
Motor bikes
Publication details: 
Between 1945 and 1953, when Parker was with the Wimbledon Dons. Each photograph stamped on reverse ‘BCM/SPORTS PHOTOS, / LONDON, W.C.1.’
£56.00
Motor bikes

Parker was with the Wimbledon Dons between 1945 and 1953, during which time he won three national trophies (1950, 1951 and 1953). He also rode in several World Finals. Fynn came over to Britain from Australia, and Speedway Star, 7 May 2022, contains a biographical feature, with photograph, on the occasion of his hundredth birthday. A pair of black-and-white prints, each on 14 x 9 cm glossy paper. Each with stamp of ‘BCM/SPORTS PHOTOS’ on reverse, stating ‘SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHS 6d each’.

[Gracie Allen, part of American comedy double-act ‘Burns and Allen’ with her husband George Burns.] Autograph Note Signed, while in England, about the sending of a photograph on return to America.

Author: 
Gracie Allen [Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen] (1895-1964), American vaudevillian and comedian, part of the double-act ‘Burns and Allen’, with her husband George Burns (1896-1996)
Allen
Publication details: 
Dated to ‘1935’ in another hand. On letterhead of the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W.1.
£30.00
Allen

1p, 12mo. In good condition. The recipient is not named. Reads: ‘Thank you for your very nice note. / When we get back to America we shall you [sic] a photograph. / Sincerely / Gracie Allen’. In pencil at top right, in another hand: ‘1935’. See image

[Sir Edward J. Poynter, painter, President of the Royal Academy.] Autograph Card Signed ('Edward J. Poynter') to 'Mr. Armstrong' [journalist George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)], arranging meeting around 'the private view of Burne Jones's pictures'.

Author: 
Sir Edward John Poynter [Sir Edward John Poynter] (1836-1919), painter and President of the Royal Academy [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945), journalist]
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead of 28 Albert Gate, S.W. [London] 23 April 1890.
£38.00

On one side of a 9 x 11.5 cm card, with letterhead printed in red at top right. In good condition, lightly-aged. Annotated on otherwise-blank reverse, which bears traces of glue from mount at corners. Reads: 'Ap. 23. 90 | Dear Mr. Armstrong | I forgot that on Friday I go to the R.A. in the aft. & to the private view of Burne Jones's pictures. Will Saturday suit you as well? Yrs. sincy | Edward J. Poynter.'

[Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty, Chief Justice of Gibraltar; Hong Kong.] Autograph Letter Signed to Sir George Bowen regarding the ‘rumour that Hong Kong is going to be vacant’, his wish to be appointed to the post [of Attorney General of Hong Kong].

Author: 
Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), Chief Justice of Gibraltar after serving as a judge of the Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements [Sir George Ferguson Bowen (1821-1899); Ker Baillie-Hamilton]
Publication details: 
28 February 1889. 26 Half Moon Street [Mayfair, London].
£38.00

The letter gives an insight into what the author calls the ‘art and ingenuity’ required to obtain preferment as a colonial justice in the British Empire. See Bowen’s entry in the Oxford DNB. Due to ill health he had retired as Governor of Hong Kong in 1887. 3pp, 12mo. On Bifolium. In good condition. Thirty-eight lines of text. Signed ‘Stephen H. Gatty’. An associated letter from Lord Knutsford to Sir Henry Rawlinson, offered separately, reveals that the post Gatty was after was that of Attorney General of Hong Kong. The present letter begins: ‘Dear Sir George Bowen.

[Lord Harlech, Conservative politician.] Typed Letter Signed (‘W Ormsby Gore’) to Sir Frederick Lugard, regarding ‘the Oil Palm industry in Southern Nigeria’.

Author: 
Lord Harlech [William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore (1885-1965), fourth Baron Harlech], Conservative politician and banker [Sir Frederick Lugard [latterly Lord Lugard] (1858-1945), Governor of Hong Kong]
Publication details: 
3 May 1925; on letterhead of the Colonial Office, Downing Street, S.W.1 [London]
£35.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly worn. Folded three times. Greeting him as ‘Dear Sir Frederick’, he thanks him for having ‘prepared and sent to me your most valuable memorandum on the Oil Palm industry in Southern Nigeria’. He is in the process of discussing the question with the Colonial Secretary (Leo Amery), and Lugard’s views ‘come at a most opportune time for him to consider’.

[George Jackson Flemwell, artist; Skiing] Long Autograph Letter Signed (‘G. Flemwell.’) to H. Stuart Thompson, discussing plans for his ‘Alpine Flowers and Gardens Painting’, mentioning Henry Correvon and skiing; with ALS from Thompson.

Author: 
George Flemwell [George Jackson Flemwell] (1865-1928), artist [Harold Stuart Thompson (1870-1940), botanist; Henry Correvon, Swiss botanist; Switzerland; Swiss alps; skiing]
Publication details: 
Flemwell’s letter to Thompson: 16 November 1910; Villars-sur-Ollon [Switzerland]. Thompson’s letter to Cox: 16 July 1938; 11 Buckingham Place, Clifton [Bristol].
£90.00

An interesting letter from Flemwell, written while working on his 1910 A. and C. Black book ‘Alpine Flowers and Gardens Painted’. In good condition, with envelope carrying Swiss stamps and postmarks, addressed to 'H. Stuart Thompson Esqre. / Forest View; / Vale Rd.; / Upper Parkstone; / Dorset.' 4pp, 12mo. Eight-six lines of text, including pencil postscript.

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