[Harriet Martineau, 'the first female sociologist'.] Unpublished Signed Autograph humorous poem beginning 'What terrible confusion | Ladies make on points Malthusian', with note to Lady Cullum joking that it will be dedicated 'to the Lord Chancellor'

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), writer and journalist, Whig social theorist and campaigner for women's rights, considered 'the first female sociologist' [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House]
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Without date or place.

An amusing unpublished jeux d'esprit by Martineau, revealing a lighthearted aspect of her character. 1p, 16mo. Bifolium, addressed by Martineau on reverse of second leaf 'To | Lady Cullum.' In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once.

Autograph Note Signed ('Jas. Martineau') from the Unitarian minister James Martineau, thanking 'Mr. Odgers' for 'correcting my correction'.

James Martineau (1805-1900), English Unitarian minister, brother of the writer Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
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35 Gordon Square, London, WC. 13 January 1894.

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on lightly-ruckled paper. The note reads: 'Dear Mr. Odgers, | You were quite right, and I thank you for correcting my correction. I do not know what possessed me to make it.'

Autograph Signature ('H. Martineau') on fragment of letter.

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), English writer and journalist
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26 December [no year]; Ambleside.

Irregularly-shaped (like an 'L') piece of paper, cut from the head of a letter with a mourning border. Dimensions (very roughly) 4 and 3 cm high and 7 cm wide. Good, with minor traces of two tissue mounts adhering to reverse. The following written vertically across three lines of writing: 'to all your family, & I am, dear Sir, truly yours | [signed] H. Martineau'. The remains of the three lines acoss which the above is written read: '<...> dear Sir | <...> I am | <....> ur sister <...>'.

3 Autograph Letters Signed to William Matthews.

Bernard Boedder, S.J.
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20 May 1896; 28 March 1897; 18 January 1900; all with blind-stamped letterhead 'ST MARY'S HALL, | STONYHURST, | BLACKBURN'; with 1 envelope addressed in Boedder's hand.

Catholic theologian, author of 'Natural Theology' (1891). All three letters are on 16mo bifoliates. The first two are 3 pages, and the last is 2 pages. All in good condition, but all with some discolouration and closed tears, and with pin marks in one corner. All three letters concern James Martineau's 'Study of Religion' (1888). In the first letter he praises 'Dr. Martineau's great work', from which he has taken notes. 'I admire the loftiness of his mind and the elegance of his style.' He apologises for the fact that there is no reference to him in his book.

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