[John Aikin, physician and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Aikin') to Dr [James] Currie of Liverpool, expressing thanks for his attention to his indisposed daughter [Lucy Aikin] and praising his 'elegant studies'.

John Aikin (1747-1822), physician and author, brother of Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) [James Currie (1756-1805) of Liverpool, Scottish physician, author and editor; Lucy Aikin (1781-1864)]
Publication details: 
Stoke Newington; 1 January 1801.

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge on reverse, which is addressed, with two postmarks (one 'S Newington | Unpaid'), to 'Miss Aikin | Dr. Currie's | Liverpool', and is endorsed by Currie. In 1810 the subject of this letter Lucy Aikin published a poem on the letter's recipient, titled: 'Dirge for the Late James Currie, M.D., of Liverpool', in her 'Epistles on the Character and Condition of Women'.

[Sir Henry William Lucy, celebrated Victorian political journalist.] Autograph Card Signed to Bristol printer and publisher J. W. Arrowsmith

Sir Henry William Lucy [H. W. Lucy] (1842-1924), celebrated Victorian political journalist, parliamentary correspondent of Punch magazine [J. W. Arrowsmith [James Williams Arrowsmith] (1839-1913)]
Publication details: 
42 Ashley Gardens, Victoria Street, S.W. [London], on card with embossed letterhead of the House of Commons. 27 February [1900].

In good condition, lightly aged. Written with purple ink. Addressed to 'J. W. Arrowsmith Esq | Publisher | Bristol.' The message begins, without salutation: 'Booking Office blocked with Copy. But I have had the "Modder River" taken out of turn. You will find a notice in tomorrow's "Punch"'. He announces that on the fifteenth of the following month he is 'to be a guest of the New Vagabond Club', and notes that Arrowsmith is a member, adding 'we may possibly meet'.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Report of the Conference held after the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights; and for the Amendment of the Law in Points wherein it is injurious to Women.

[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [Lucy Wilson (Leeds), S. J. Capper, Dr Ewing Whittle, Thomas Snape (Liverpool), Dr John Birkbeck Nevins, Josephine Butler] [women's suffrage]
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[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] London: Office of the Association: 27 Great George Street, Westminster. [1875.] ['Held at the Young Men's Temperance Hall, Hardman Street, Liverpool. November 25th, 1875.']

15pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Among the speeches reported are ones by Lucy Wilson (Leeds), S. J. Capper, Dr Ewing Whittle, Thomas Snape (Liverpool), Dr Nevins, Josephine Butler. No copy traced, either on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat.

[Privy Council Medical Research Council] Printed Item: 'The Application of the Air Force Physical Efficiency Tests to Men and Women.'

Lucy D. Cripps, M.B., D.P.H. [Privy Council Medical Research Council; Royal Air Force]
Publication details: 
Special Report Series, No. 84. London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1924.

48 + [4]pp., 8vo. Stapled. In green printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Divided into ten chapters, including 'Royal Air Force Tests used in the Present Investigation' and 'Types of Respiration, and the Respiratory Apparatus in Men and Women'. An interesting document: the Royal Air Force only having been in existence for six years. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Four copies on COPAC, and uncommon.

[Printed conference papers.] International Women's Year 1975. Papers from three seminars on women: Development, Equality, Peace. [With circular letter from Chairman June Chabaku and others to T. N. H. Punt Janson, Deputy Minister for Bantu Education]

Judith Stiehm; Stella Sigcau; Lucy Mvubelo; Jane Raphaely; Fatima Meer; Deborah Mabiletsa; Beryl Mullins; Punt Janson [International Woman's Year 1975; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg]
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Held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, August 1975. Circular letter from S.A. Centre for IWY., 607 Diakonia House, 80 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, 2001 Johannesburg, South Africa; 10 November 1975.

110pp., foolscap 8vo. Mimeographed 'copy of all the talks delivered at the series of Seminars held at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, on the 9th, 16th and 30th August, 1975'. In original blue printed card wraps. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Fifteen contributors: Marian Nell; Senator Anna Scheepers; Stella Sigcau, M.P.; Professor Lily Gerdes; Margaret Lessing; Nabawaya Wessels; Professor Catherine Smith; Lucy Mvubelo; Margaret Naidoo; Jane Raphaely; Professor Judith Stiehm; Joan Phillips; Beryl Mullins; Fatima Meer; Deborah Mabiletsa.

Autograph Manuscript by the British parliamentary sketch-writer Sir Henry Lucy, titled 'Her Majesty's Ministers as Wage Earners. [originally 'Work & Wage in Downing St.'] By Henry W Lucy'.

Henry W. Lucy [Sir Henry Lucy; Sir William Henry Lucy] (1842-1924), English journalist, parliamentary sketch-writer acknowledged as the first great lobby correspondent
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Published in 'Youth's Companion', vol.73, London, 1899.]

1p., 4to. The beginning of the article only: 21 lines of text, ending abruptly. Torn from notebook. Very good, on aged paper. A corrected draft, with the deleted original title reading 'Work & Wage in Downing St'. An interesting item, casting light on the working practices of a pioneer of parliamentary journalism. Begins: 'The keeness of competition for ministl office in Great Britain is certainly not inspired by sordid motive.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('Caroline Lucy Scott') to a solicitor, regarding her will.

Caroline Lucy Scott [née Douglas], Lady Scott (1784-1857), Scottish novelist
Caroline Lucy Scott, Scottish novelist
Publication details: 
24 January 1840; Petersham, Surrey.
Caroline Lucy Scott, Scottish novelist

4to, 2 pp. Bifolium. Twenty-eight lines of text. Clear and complete. On aged and stained paper. Docketed by the recipient on the reverse of the second leaf. The recipient drew up her will in 1819, but 'the many changes from Deaths &c which have since taken place' mean that it 'no longer expresses my wishes in several particulars'. Asks a number of questions. States that she is 'aware that as a married woman I have no right to make a Will but as in the former distribution of my property Sir George Scott authorized my doing so (as you many remember) so he will now any alteration'.

Typed Letter Signed to J. Gordon Murdoch, on behalf of Gilbert Murray, regarding G. K. Chesterton's candidacy for the Rectorship of Glasgow University.

Lucy Mair [Lucy Philip Mair] (1901-1986), social anthropologist [Gilbert Murray; G. K. Chesterton; Glasgow University]
Publication details: 
3 September 1925; on letterhead of Yatscombe, Boar's Hill, Oxford.

Landscape 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Murdoch appears to have been 'misinformed as to Professor Murray having promised to write an article in support of Mr. G. K. Chesterton.' Murray is 'unable to undertake any more writing' as he is 'extremely busy at present'. According to Mair's entry in the Oxford DNB, from 1922 to 1927 she was employed by Gilbert Murray as his secretary-assistant in League of Nations affairs. Murdoch is not named, but the item comes from a batch of his correspondence relating to Chesterton's unsuccessful 1925 candidacy for the Rectorship of Glasgow University.

Autograph Letter Signed ('L. B. Walford.') to 'Dr. Macmillan' [a member of the publishing house?].

L. B. Walford [Lucy Bethia Walford, daughter of John Colquhoun (1805-1885)] (1845-1915), novelist and artist
Publication details: 
Undated [between 1873 and 1885]. On letterhead Hawthornden, Willaston, Chester, cancelled and amended in manuscript to 'Arrochar House, Arrochar, N.B. [Scotland]'

12mo: 4 pp. Bifolium with mourning border. 30 lines of text. Good. She has heard that he has 'been good enough to speak kindly of "Pauline" so far as it has gone', and wonders whether he would distribute, to 'such of yr. Friends as belong to Circulating Libraries', cards 'to let people know in time to order the book before it is out'. Her family are pleased that Macmillan has 'been able to spend a night at this beautiful sad home - It did my Father good, I know.

Autograph Letter Signed ('L. P. Hobart-Hampden') to 'Miss <Caste?>'.

Lucy Pauline Wright, afterwards the Hon. Mrs Charles Hobart-Hampden [Lucy Hobart-Hampden] (d. 1913), author of 'The Changed Cross'
Publication details: 
21 May 1889; Fonthill Cottage.

12mo, 4 pp. Good. A bifolium, attached by a strip along the inner margin to a leaf removed from an autograph album, docketed 'Mrs. Hobart Hampden, Authoress of "The Changed Cross" '. Postscript written vertically across the upper part of the first page. Concerns a photograph of the recipient's mother: a 'sweet souvenir of such a rare & precious jewel as your dear & beautiful Mother; whom we feel it such a privelidge [sic] to see and to know'.

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