MANSFIELD

[David Murray, 7th Viscount Stormont and 2nd Earl of Mansfield, writing (at the start of American War of Independence) as British Ambassador to France.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stormont,'), diplomatic communication from Paris, on various matters.

Author: 
David Murray (1727-1796), 7th Viscount Stormont and 2nd Earl of Mansfield, Scottish diplomat and politician, British Ambassador to France at start of American War of Independence
Publication details: 
'Paris Thursday Morning | May 22. 1777.'
£80.00

Mansfield had already served in Vienna and Warsaw before being appointed French Ambassador in 1772. He held the post until 1778. See his entry in the Oxford DNB, where he is described as 'the leading British diplomat of his generation'. 2pp, 4to. In fair condition, aged, worn and a little creased. Folded three times. Biographical details in a tiny hand at top left of first page. Twenty lines of text.

[Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, obstetric surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Cullum, describing in moving terms his wife's last illness and subsequent events.

Author: 
Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke (1782-1857), accoucheur, obstetric surgeon and physician to Queen Adelaide [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
24 July 1856; Caston Rectory, Attleborough [Norfolk].
£180.00

See Clarke's entry in the Oxford DNB. The present letter, signed 'Charles Mansfield Clarke', was written (from Caston, where Clarke's son-in-law Walter Patridge was rector) a few weeks after the death on 3 July 1856 of Clarke's wife of fifty years, Mary Anna (née Squire), by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Lady Clarke's own husband had died a year and a half before, on 26 January 1855. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount on reverse of second leaf. Folded once.

[ David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mansfield') to the Duke of Portland, sometime Prime MInister, regarding the resignation of 'Dr Campbell' and the arrangements for his pension.

Author: 
David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield (1727-1796) [ The Viscount Stormont between 1748 and 1793 ], politician and diplomat [ William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland; Dr Thomas Campbell ]
Publication details: 
'Kenwood Tuesday afternoon | July 28 [ 1793 ]'.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'D. of Portland'. The date '93' has been added in a contemporary hand beside 'July 28'. Knowing Portland, he feels that 'Dr Campbells Interests cannot be safer' than in his hands. He is transmitting a letter of resignation, to be used whenever Portland thinks proper.

[Sir George Frampton.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the Lord Chamberlain [Viscount Sandhurst]

Author: 
Sir George Frampton [Sir George James Frampton], RA (1860-1928), sculptor [William Mansfield, 1st Viscount Sandhurst (1855-1921), Lord Chancellor to King George V]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 90 Carlton Hill, St John's Wood. 14 May 1919.
£45.00

1p., 4to. The letter has been torn into 15 pieces (perhaps by a regal hand?), and has been pieced together and laid down on paper backing. Frampton expresses his regret that 'His Majesty's gracious command to attend the Private View fo the Pictures at Buckingham Palace has only just reached him on his return home', and that he 'feels the keenest disappointment that he was unable to be present'.

Thre Autograph Letters Signed "J.M. Murry" and "j. Middleton Murry", critic and editor, to Robert Lynd, essayist.

Author: 
John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), critic.
Publication details: 
one dayted 1919.
£140.00

3 ALsS, on letterhead of The Athenaeum journal, 12 March 1919; 102 Edith Grove, Chelsea, 16 July [no year]; on letterhead of 5 Acacia Road, St John's Wood, 'Sunday' [no date], total 5pp., 8vo and 12mo.First, he begins: 'You know I've been put in charge of this. Probably you were responsible for the job being offered me - at least I don't know who was, if it wasn't you. | I hope you will be able to write for us.' Postscript reads: 'As for Bertrand Russell, I haven't read the book. But I warn you that it is difficult for me to be humourous at any time, and impossible in this case. B. R.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
S. S. Koteliansky (1880-1955), translator and journalist.
Publication details: 
5 Acacia Road, St John's Wood; 10 Sept. 1935.
£150.00

ALS, 5 Acacia Road, St John's Wood; 10 Sept. 1935. He writes regarding the plans for the publication of Dorothy Richardson's novel Clear Horizon.

[Mme Erminia Rudersdorff [Hermine Rudersdorff Mansfield], operatic soprano.] Autograph note signed ('Erminia Rudersdorff') to the violinist and conductor Alfred Mellon, asking for the largest box he 'can afford', and calling him 'a naughty man'.

Author: 
Erminia Rudersdorff [Hermine Rudersdorff Mansfield] (1822-1882), Ukrainian operatic soprano, mother of English actor-manager Richard Mansfield (1857-1907) [Alfred Mellon (1820-1867), violinist]
Publication details: 
'Saturday morning [no date] | 16 Wellington Road, | St. John's Wood.'
£56.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, creased and lightly-aged, and laid down on a leaf removed from an album. In a close tiny hand, the note reads: 'Dear Mr. Mellon | can you oblige me with a private box for Monday evening next? The largest you can afford. | You are a naughty man. | Your's most truly | Erminia Rudersdorff'.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Proposed University for Roman Catholics in Ireland.

Author: 
John Massie, M.A., Of Mansfield College, Oxford [Society for the Liberation of Religion from State-Patronage and Control, London]
Publication details: 
Society for the Liberation of Religion from State-Patronage and Control, 2, Serjeants' Inn, Fleet Street, London. [Straker Brothers, Ltd., 44-47 Bishopsgate Street Without, London, E.C.]
£60.00

31 + [1]pp., 12mo.Stapled. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Shelfmark, stamp and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library. Scarce: a total of four copies on COPAC and OCLC WorldCat, none of them in North America.

[Richard Oastler, Tory radical.] Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed editor, regarding the proof of his 'sayings of last Monday'.

Author: 
Richard Oastler (1789-1861), Tory radical, abolitionist and campaigner for Poor Law reform
Publication details: 
'Mr. Tathams'. 27 March 1839.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He has just 'received notice that the Mansfield meeting will be held on Thursday at 12 o'clock - & the Sutton meeting on Saturday at One O'clock.' He continues: 'If you intend to insert any of my sayings of last Monday, I should feel obliged by a sight of the proof, if consistent with your official regulations'.

Autograph Letter Signed, in French, from Etienne Allègre to 'Cher Monsieur Manfield'

Author: 
Etienne Allègre, French rugby player and Communist politician, Deputy for Toulon, 1935-1940, brother-in-law of Jean Bartolini (1899-1977), Mayor of Toulon from 1945 to 1947
Publication details: 
5 Chemin de Plaisance, Toulon. 12 July 1954.
£45.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with a few short closed tears along fold lines. He apologises for replying with 'un retard inqualifiable!' He apologises profoundly for 'ce contretemps' which has not allowed him to thank Mansfield properly 'pour l'Admiration que vous avez bien voulu me temoigner - sans doute à l'occasion de l'un des derniers Salons à Paris'. He is sending a photograph, with his autograph.

Autograph Note Signed from the German soprano Erminia Rudersdorff to 'J. M. Wiske' [i.e. the Brooklyn conductor and musical director C. M. Wiske], requesting engagements at a time in which she is in his 'neighbourhood'.

Author: 
Erminia Rudersdorff (1822-1882), German soprano, mother of the actor-manager Richard Mansfield (1857-1907) [C. M. Wiske of Brooklyn, conductor, musical director and theatre-manager]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£56.00

1p., 16mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, and laid down on a leaf removed from an album. The note reads: 'Sir | can you offer me an engagement on either the 16th., 18th., 20th. or 24th. December, as I am engaged in your neighbourhood about those dates. | Requesting your immediate reply, | I remain, Sir, | yours truly | [signed] Erminia Rudersdorff | J. M. Wiske, Esq.'

Thre Autograph Letters Signed "J.M. Murry" and "j. Middleton Murry", critic and editor, to Robert Lynd, essayist.

Author: 
John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), critic.
Publication details: 
one dayted 1919.
£140.00

3 ALsS, on letterhead of The Athenaeum journal, 12 March 1919; 102 Edith Grove, Chelsea, 16 July [no year]; on letterhead of 5 Acacia Road, St John's Wood, 'Sunday' [no date], total 5pp., 8vo and 12mo.First, he begins: 'You know I've been put in charge of this. Probably you were responsible for the job being offered me - at least I don't know who was, if it wasn't you. | I hope you will be able to write for us.' Postscript reads: 'As for Bertrand Russell, I haven't read the book. But I warn you that it is difficult for me to be humourous at any time, and impossible in this case. B. R.

Autograph Nore Signed J. Middleton Murry, critic and editor, to [Hugh] Massingham, editor and author., about William Morris.

Author: 
J. Middleton Murry, critic and editor
Publication details: 
[Embossed] The Old Rectory, Larling, Nr. Norwich, 2 June 1932.
£125.00

One page, obl.12mo, fold marks, mainly good. ... It was king of you to write, and Iappreciate it. In candour, I ought to say that [William] Morris was a revelation to me also when I came to read him for the purposes of your brother's book [The Great Victorians pubd 1932, ed. Massingham and his brother]. He was one of the people I had taken as read. I was fairly overwhelmed by the profound insight of his later writings. | I agree with you about Chesterton's 'Chaucer'. I liked it very much indeed.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J Crowe') by John Crowe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Norwich Union Fire & Life Insurance Societies, to Major-General John Hall, regarding 'the misconduct of the Secretary Mr Thos Bignold Senr.'

Author: 
John Crowe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Norwich Union Fire & Life Insurance Societies [Major-General John Hall (1770-1823) of Park Hall, Mansfield Woodhouse; Thomas Bignold (1761-1835)]
Publication details: 
16 November 1818; Union Office, Norwich.
£280.00

Folio, 2 pp. On the rectos of the two leaves of a bifolium. On laid paper watermarked 'Gilling & Allford 1816'. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The first page contains a letter addressed to 'General Hall' from 'Union Office | Norwich 16th Novr. 1818', forty lines long and signed 'J Crowe'. The second page is headed 'Norwich Union Life Insurance Society | Statement of the particulars of the misconduct of the Secretary Mr Thos Bignold Senr.' It contains a six-point indictment of Bignold, totalling thirty-seven lines.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Sligo') to Brabazon.

Author: 
Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquis of Sligo (1788-1845) [Sir William Brabazon (d.1840), 2nd Bart]
Publication details: 
July 16 1833; Mansfield Street.
£50.00

12mo, 4 pp. Good, on lightly aged paper. Docketed in a contemporary hand (Brabazon's), beside Sligo's signature, 'second letter'. Sligo writes that the 'affair' to which Brabazon's letter alludes 'was purely of an official & Parliamentary nature', and that he 'must beg leave to decline receiving any communications respecting it', excepting in his 'place in the H of Lords'.

Typed letter signed to "Mr Dandy", a longstanding English friend, in English.

Author: 
Frederick of Prussia
Publication details: 
Patmore HalI, Little Hadham, Herts, 26 Feb. 1960.
£30.00

Signed "Frederick of Prussia". One page, slighly creased but suitable for framing. He discusses Dandy's offer of "yet another Motor Cycle, this time a 1914 Triumph two Stroke". He says that his younger son would be "very happy if he could have such a rare Motor Cycle". He doesn't think his older son, Nicholas, is yet old emough to ride the bike already given by Dandy.

Pictorial Christmas Card, 8 x 6"

Author: 
Frederick, Prince of Prussia and Brigid, his wife
Publication details: 
c. 1954
£50.00

Conventional Christmas Card with winter's scene on front, signed inside "Brigid & Frederick" with greetings and their address (Patmore Hall, etc.) printed. In original envelope which says "Photographs Do Not Bend" suggesting that the card may have been accompanied by a photograph.

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