[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author, on losing 'the inestimable advantage of being a Yorkshireman'.] Autograph Letter Signed to Richard Monckton Milnes, the future Lord Houghton, on several topics.]

Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885), Lord Houghton, poet, politician and patron of the arts; James Garth Marshall (1802-1873)]
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Combe Florey, Taunton [Somerset]. 14 July 1841.

2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'R. M. Milnes Esq | Pall Mall | London'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Folded three times. The earlier part of the letter is reproduced in Smith's daughter Lady Holland's 1855 memoir of him. Smith begins the letter by stating that he is 'very much oblig'd' by Milnes's 'kindness in procuring for me the papier Chimique – pray let me know what I am in your debt it is best to be scrupulous and punctilious in trifles'.

Thomas Trotter's engraving of 'Dr Johnson in his Travelling Dress as described in Boswell's Tour'. Lord Houghton's copy, with an Autograph Letter Signed to him from George Daniel, discussing the engraving.

Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); George Daniel (1789-1864); Thomas Trotter (1750-1803); George Kearsley (c.1739-1790); Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809-1885)
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Trotter's engraving 'Published as the Act directs Janry. 18Th 1786 by Geo. Kearsley No 46 Fleet Street [London]'. Daniel's letter from No. 18 Canonbury Square, Islington, 20 March 1854.

Both engraving and letter are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Engraving captioned: 'Dr JOHNSON in his Travelling Dress as described in BOSWELLS. TOUR. | The Drs. reply to Mr. B- on the loss of his Oak Stick in the Hebrides. | “No, no, my friend, it is not to be expected that any Man in Mull who has got it will part with it. Consider, Sir, the value of such a piece of Timber Here!” At top right: 'Drawn from the Life, and engrav'd by T Trotter.' Price given in print as 1s 6d. Dimensions of paper: 27 x 18.5 cm. Dimensions of image: 25 x 17.5 cm.

[Philip Hofer, book collector and curator at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.] Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed to Stephen Harrison, regarding his collection of drawings by Edward Lear

Philip Hofer (1898-1984), book collector and founder of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library of Harvard University [Stephen Harrison; Edward Lear]
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Both on letterheads of The Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Autograph letter dated 19 October 1966. Typed note dated 28 November 1966.

See Hofer's obituary in the New York Times, 12 October 1984, in which it is stated that 'Mr. Hofer, who was secretary of the Fogg Museum at Harvard for 12 years, was a recognized book collector focusing on 18th-century German, Iberian and Italian publications. Mr. Hofer put together an Italian book collection considered the finest outside Italy. | Konrad Oberhuber, professor of fine arts at Harvard, said of Mr. Hofer: ''He was one of the most farsighted collectors that Harvard ever had. [...]”'. Two airmail letters, both in good condition.

[Printed pamphlet.] An Account of Warrington Siege, A.D. 1643; and of some manuscripts of that period recently discovered at Houghton Green, near Warrington.

James Kendrick, M.D. [the Siege of Warrington, 1643; Houghton Green; English Civil War]
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'Read before a Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Historic Society, on the Evening of Thursday, December 11th, 1852 [corrected to '1851'].' Liverpool: T. Brakell, Printer, Cook Street, 1852.

15pp., 12mo, with six plates on art paper. In grey printed wraps with title on front cover. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The plates include engravings by H. C. Pigeon of illustrations by S. Holden and a plan by T. B. Ryder.

Autograph Note, in the third person, to his publisher Alexander Macmillan.

Richard Monckton Milnes, Baron Houghton (1809-1885), author and politician [Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896), publisher]
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8 November [no year, but after 1863]; 16 Upper Brooke Street [London].

12mo, 2 pp. 13 lines of text. Good, on light-aged paper. He has been 'asked by many persons for copies of his speech at the Cambge. Union Socy.', and if 'Messrs. Macmillan cared to print it, he would revise it, no report having been correct'. He wonders 'whether the whole proceedings should not be added, with some of the newspaper letters which have been carried'. Milnes was created Baron Houghton in 1863. In 1866 Macmillan published 'The Cambridge Union Society, Inaugural Proceedings', edited by G. C. Whiteley.

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