[ Joseph Ady, fraudster. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ady') to 'Mrs Jackson', giving details of funds he claims are due to her, and attacking Sir Peter Laurie for 'Malice'; on reverse of one of his lithographed fradulent circulars.

Joseph Ady (1775-1852), Quaker fraudster [ Sir Peter Laurie (1778-1861), Lord Mayor of London ]
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Without date or place [ 1846 or later ].

For details of Ady and his methods, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is on one side of a 9.5 x 22 cm piece of paper.

[Sir Peter Laurie, Lord Mayor of London.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Richard Eales of Exeter, presenting a copy of a pamphlet ['Killing No Murder'].

Sir Peter Laurie (1778-1861), Scottish saddler, Lord Mayor of London, 1832; satirised by Charles Dickens in 'The Chimes' as 'Alderman Cute' [Richard Eales of Exeter]
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London. 27 September 1846.

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, diagonally folded with remains of red wax seal on reverse of second leaf, which is addressed to 'Richard Eales Esqre | &c &c &c | Exeter'. The letter begins: 'Sir Peter Laurie presents his compliments to Mr Eales & request his acceptance of the accompanying pamphlet'. He asks Eales 'to place (at his convenience) the other two copies in the hands of the Gentlemen to whom they are officially directed'.

[Printed pamphlet.] Technical Education. Reprinted from "The Scottish Review".

Dr. A. P. Laurie [Arthur Pillans Laurie (1861-1949)], Principal, Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, London, Dublin, and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons.

31pp., 12mo. Stitched. In good condition, on aged paper. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC or WorldCat.

Printed form, filled out and signed by G. C. Harrison, receiver of rents for the 'Whitechapel Estate, the Property of William Heather Meadows, Esq.', informing 'Mr Valentine' when he will be collecting rents in the 'Magpie' public house, Bishopsgate.

Gibbs Crawford Harrison, Receiver of rents, Whitechapel Estate of William Heather Medows [born Norie] (d.1896), son of John Wilson Norie (1772-1843), hydrographer [Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd]
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222 Marylebone Road, London, NW. 5 February 1872.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper. The document reads as follows, with the autograph additions by Harrison in square brackets: 'WHITECHAPEL ESTATE, | THE PROPERTY OF | WILLIAM HEATHER MEDOWS, ESQ. | SIR, | I beg to acquaint you that I shall attend at the "Magpie," 12, New Street, Bishopsgate Street, to receive Rents on [Thursday] next, the [8th.] Instant, from Ten till One o'clock, when I have to request you will pay the Rent due by you at [Christmas] last amounting to £ [-. s17./7] | I am, SIR | Your obedient Servant, [G. C. Harrison] | Receiver.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John Linnell Sen.') from the English portrait painter John Linnell to the Glasgow picture dealer Thomas Lawrie, regarding the verification of a picture ['The Woodcutters'] and describing work he will have for sale.

John Linnell (1792-1882), English landscape and portrait painter, an associate of William Blake, Samuel Palmer and the Ancients [Thomas Lawrie, Glasgow picture dealer]
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Red Hill [Redhill, Surrey]. 15 December 1870.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. 28 lines of text. In fair condition: aged and a little ruckled. Docketed 'The Woodcutters' (a theme around which Linnell produced several paintings). Linnell writes that he has just received Lawrie's 'half note for £5 - and will not fail to attend to your wishes about The Verification'. He explains that he usually requires, in addition to the fee, 'an assurance that I shall not be called upon personally to give evidence respecting the work said to be mine.

[Printed House of Commons report into policing in London, 1838.] Report from Select Committee on Metropolitan Police Offices; With the Minutes of Evidence, Appendix and Index.

House of Commons Select Committee report into Metropolis Police Offices [London policing], 1838
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London, 1838. ['(Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 11 July 1838.']


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