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[William Henry Angas, Baptist 'Missionary to Seafaring Men'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. H. Angas'), on his work in 'the Ports of Berwick & Dunbar' for the Seamens Friends Socy', and need of money, having 'run myself quite dry aground as to Cash'.

Author: 
William Henry Angas (1781-1832) of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Baptist 'Missionary to Seafaring Men [Sealemen's Friend's Society]
Publication details: 
'Post office Leith May 5/29' [5 May 1829].
£150.00

For information on Angas, see his entry in the Oxford DNB and F. A. Cox, 'Memoirs of the Rev. William Henry Angas, ordained “A Missionary to Seafaring Men,” May 11, 1822' (1834). 2pp, 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased. Folded three times. The recipient is not named. The letter begins: 'My Dear Sir | You will perceive by the present how far I have come on on my way. The Ports of Berwick & Dunbar &c have kept me busily & I trust usefully employed, for the prospects for good among the Seamen & especially the Fishermen look flattering.

[Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos: Brodrick') to the Board of Ordnance, renewing a request for an armorer for his ship the Phoenix, 'now that I am going to Longreach and my Smallarms Coming on Board'.

Author: 
Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick (died 1769), Royal Navy officer who served with distinction in the War of the Austrian Succession, the War of Jenkins' Ear and the Seven Years' War [Board of Ordnance]
Publication details: 
Deptford; 24 August 1743.
£150.00

For Brodrick's distinguished and eventful career, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, folio. In fair condition, aged and worn, with chipping to one edge carrying traces of grey paper mount, and closed tear at foot repaired on reverse with archival tape. Addressed at bottom left 'To the Honle: Board of Ordnance'. Reads: 'Gentlemen | I wrote you the 7th Inst: to desire that you would please to appoint an Armorer for his Majestys Ship the Phoenix under my Command and now that I am going to Longreach and my Smallarms Coming on Board I beg you Will appoint for me'. Endorsed: 'answer'd 26 August'.

[Sir William Parry [Sir William Edward Parry], Arctic explorer.] Autograph Note Signed ('W E Parry') to 'Mrs. Waldegrave', accepting a dinner invitation.

Author: 
Sir William Parry [Sir William Edward Parry] (1790-1855), Royal Navy admiral and Arctic explorer, leader of 1819 quest for the Northwest Passage through the Parry Channel
Publication details: 
6 Devonshire Place [London]. 'Thursday evg' [no date].
£56.00

1p, 16mo (11 x 9 cm). On bifolium with thick mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: '6 Dev: Place | Tuesday evg | Dear Mrs. Waldegrave | Many thanks for your kind invitation for Thursday evg, which I shall have great pleasure in accepting. | Yours very truly | W E Parry.'

[Admiral John Markham, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and First Naval Lord.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Markham') to John Atkins, regarding the 'general drunken habits' of 'Mr [Miles] Burn', and the impossibility of reinstating him 'to his rank'

Author: 
Admiral John Markham (1761-1827), Royal Navy officer who served in the American and French Revolutionary Wars, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and First Naval Lord, MP for Portsmouth [Miles Burn]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [London]. 21 August 1806.
£100.00

The letter is 1p, 12mo, and is accompanied by the covering 8vo leaf, addressed to 'John Atkins Esqre | Duke Street | Westminster', with a second signature for franking. The covering leaf is endorsed: 'Admiralty August 21 1806 | Adml. Markham concerning Miles Burn that it would be impossible to get him reinstated'. Both letter and covering leaf in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with fold lines. Markham could hardly be more decisive.

[Admiral Peter Rainier; "Boatswain's stores" ] Document Signed 'Peter Rainier' "To The Masters of His Majesty's Ships Victorious Intrepid Leopard and Alabatross or any three of them | By Command of the Commander in Chief | Fredk Hawke | pro secrs."

Author: 
Admiral Peter Rainier (1741–1808) , "Vice Admiral of the Blue and Commander in Chief of HIs Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the East Indies." [Jas [Bonnard]; Joseph Corbyn; [W?] Briggs; Jn Wheatay
Publication details: 
"[O]n board His Majesty's Ship Victorious Back Bay Trincomaley [sic] the 19th June 1802."
£950.00

Four pages, folio, bifolium, leaves partly separated, sl. grubby, text clear and complete. Rainier states that he has been informed by letter by Captrain Charles Adam of "La Sybille" that "a quantity of sails and other boatswains stores [...] which are worn out, rotten, decayed and totally unfit for their proper use".

[Handbill announcing Nelson's victory at the Battle of the Nile, 1798, headed: 'Adm. NELSON's Victory over the French.'

Author: 
Horatio Nelson [Admiral Lord Nelson; Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté] (1758-1805) Battle of the Nile, 1798
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [October 1798.]
£1,200.00

Presumably distributed in the streets (of London?) on the news of Nelson's victory. No other copy of the title has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. Printed on one side of a 34 x 19.5 cm piece of paper, with cropped margins (text area 33 x 17.5 cm). The reverse of the leaf would appear to be blank, the leaf being laid down on a piece of grey paper removed from an album. Printed in double column, with a wavy vertical dividing rule down the middle, beneath the title 'Adm.

[Sir Edward Hobart Seymour, Admiral of the Fleet.] Autograph Signature ('E. H. Seymour. Admiral.') cut from letter to Sir Arthur Davidson.

Author: 
Sir Edward Hobart Seymour (1840-1929), Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy officer who led mission to relieve Peking Legations during Boxer Rebellion [Colonel Sir Arthur Davidson (1856-1922), equerry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On 4 x 10 cm slip of paper, with corners cut off to make a rectangular octagon. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Reads: 'Your's [sic] truly | E. H. Seymour. Admiral.' The other side of the slip has parts of the leaf's black mourning border, and the name of the recipient, who was the Queen's equerry: '[?] Her Majesty in 1891. | Lt. Col. A Davidson | C. V. O.'

[Cuthbert Collingwood, Lord Collingwood, Royal Navy admiral who commanded the British fleet on Nelson's death at Trafalgar.] Autograph Signature ('Cuthbt. Collingwood').

Author: 
Lord Collingwood [Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood] (1748-1810), Royal Navy admiral, took command of the British fleet on Nelson's death at Trafalgar
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£30.00

Collingwood's ship the Royal Sovereign was the first to engage with the enemy at Trafalgar, at which Nelson exclaimed, 'see how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action!' Collingwood's comment, at almost the same moment, was 'What would Nelson give to be here?' On 1.5 x 8 cm slip of paper, cut from a printed volume. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Laid down onto a slip of paper for display. The signature – 'Cuthbt.

[Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Dundas, Royal Navy officer who distinguished himself at Trafalgar.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Dundas') to Sir John Philippart, regarding his writing of an article for the Naval and Military Gazette.

Author: 
Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Dundas (1765-1841), Royal Navy officer in American War of Independence, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and at Battle of Trafalgar [Sir John Philippart]
Publication details: 
Falkirk. 11 January 1832.
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of mount, and red wax seal, adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is franked (the franker's name and signature illegible) to 'Sir John Phippart [sic] | &c &c | No 8 New Burlington St'. Slight loss to one corner of second leaf, from breaking open of seal, with damage to one word of text.

[Lady Louisa Hardy, wife of Sir Thomas Hardy, Captain of HMS Victory at Battle of Trafalgar.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr Lahee' (the auctioneer Samuel Lahee), concerning Hardy's consent to requirements in a new house

Author: 
Lady Louisa Emily Anna Hardy (1788-1877), wife of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)], Royal Navy officer, Captain of HMS Victory at Battle of Trafalgar [Samuel Lahee]
Publication details: 
9 Queen Street, Mayfair [London]. 15 October [no year].
£250.00

Hardy is immortalised in Nelson's dying request 'Kiss me, Hardy.' Lady Hardy was the daughter of Admiral Sir George Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818). 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with parts of red wax seal and traces of glue from mount on reverse of second leaf, which is addressed 'To | Mr Lahee | 65. New Bond Street'. Folded once.

[Cuthbert Collingwood, Lord Collingwood, Royal Navy admiral who commanded the British fleet on Nelson's death at Trafalgar.] Autograph Signature ('Collingwood') to letter regarding Prisoners of War at Malta.

Author: 
Lord Collingwood [Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood] (1748-1810), Royal Navy admiral, took command of the British fleet on Nelson's death at Trafalgar
Publication details: 
'Ville de Paris, 14 Feby 1810'. (Written on board HMS Ville de Paris, while sailing for England.)
£300.00

Collingwood's ship the Royal Sovereign was the first to engage with the enemy at Trafalgar, at which Nelson exclaimed, 'see how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action!' Collingwood's comment, at almost the same moment, was 'What would Nelson give to be here?' 1p, small 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded several times to make a packet. Written within a month of Collingwood's death, on 7 March 1810, on board the Ville de Paris, off Port Mahon, while returning to England. All but the signature written in a secretarial hand.

[Nelson describes his victory at the Battle of Copenhagen.] 'Extraordinary' number of 'The London Gazette', containing accounts of the engagement by Nelson and his commanding officer Sir Hyde Parker.

Author: 
Admiral Lord Nelson [Horatio Nelson] (1758-1805); Sir Hyde Parker (1739-1807), Royal Navy admiral, Nelson's superior at the Battle of Copenhagen, 1801
Publication details: 
Number 15454. 'Printed by ANDREW STRAHAN, Printers Street, Gough Square. [London]' 15 April 1801.
£450.00

4pp, 8vo, paginated 401-404. Originally a bifolium, but with the leaves separated. In fair condition, lightly aged, with each leaf carrying in a margin a strip of paper from the mount. Several fold lines. Page one carries the half-penny tax stamp. In small print and double column. The entire number concerns the battle. Begins: 'Admiralty-Office, April 15, 1801.

[Lord Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet.] Manuscript designs of heraldic achievements (coats of arms), made by a signwriter for display at his funeral.

Author: 
[Admiral Lord Gambier [James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833), Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy officer in American Revolutionary War and French Revolutionary Wars and Glorious First of June]
Publication details: 
'April 22nd.' [1832].
£400.00

An interesting and unusual survival, casting light on funerary practice in Georgian London. In black ink on 37 x 15 cm piece of watermarked laid paper, clearly cut from the working ledger of the signwriter responsible for the display at Gambier's funeral. Two excellent drawings, marked up with notes for colours, as a guide for the painting process.

[Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.] Autograph Card Signed ('E R Fremantle') to 'Dr. B. Guisburg', suggesting a meeting.

Author: 
Sir Edmund Fremantle [Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle] (1836-1929), Royal Navy officer and influential naval tactician; Commander-in-Chief in China, and at Devonport [Plymouth]
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead of 44 Lower Sloane Street, S.W. [London]; 'Thursday Evg' [postmark date 11 May 1917].
£35.00

Card with printed stamp. In fair condition, lightly aged. Central vertical fold line and two punch holes at head. Addressed to 'Dr. B. Guisburg | 18 King's Bench Walk | EC 4', with address corrected in another rhand to 3 Downside Crescent | Haverstock Hill | London | N.W.' Begins: 'Dear Dr. Guisburg, | I wrote you a letter – no a PC this morning, sending it to the Controller of Shipping Office St James' Park'. That being the wrong address, he now attempts to arrange a meeting for lunch.

[Sir James Jenkins, Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas Jenkins') to J. A. Smith, regretting that he will not be able to join his party.

Author: 
Sir James Jenkins (1818-1912), Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets, Hon. Surgeon to King Edward VII
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'London, E.C.' 19 July 1872.
£35.00

Jenkins's impressive list of appointments is in Who Was Who, and includes service 'in charge of Naval Brigade before Sebastopol, 1854-1855 (medal with clasp, Turkish medal, and Legion of Honour); Staff-Surgeon of hospital ships “Belleisle” and “Simoon” in China, 1857-61 (medal with two clasps)'. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium, with the leaves separated, and reattached with small paper labels. Otherwise in fair condition, aged, and with wear along one edge. He regrets that his business engagements 'will not allow of my joining your party tomorrow'.

[Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.][Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.] Autograph Note Signed ('E R Fremantle'), inviting 'Henderson' and family to a Christmas dinner.

Author: 
Sir Edmund Fremantle [Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle] (1836-1929), Royal Navy officer and influential naval tactician; Commander-in-Chief in China, and at Devonport [Plymouth
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Commander-in-Chief's Office, Devonport; 16 December [between 1896 and 1899].
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with typed biographical details at head. Reads: 'My dear Henderson, | If you have not made other arrangements we hope you Mrs H & Judy will join our Christmas party for dinner. We shall be a small party, | Yours sincerely, | E R Fremantle'.

[Sir George Henry Richards, Hydrographer to the British Admiralty, responsible for many Canadian place names.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Henry Richards') to '[Setcham?]'.

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Henry Richards (1820-1896), Hydrographer to the British Admiralty from 1864 to 1874, responsible for many Canadian place names
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Cottage, Fetcham, Leatherhead. 21 February 1895.
£60.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. A letter of seventeen lines, written 'In haste'. Written in a difficult hand. He begins by thanking him for his 'Satisfactory note', written in answer to a point by '[Shuter?]' which Richards was 'not able to answer then'. The postscript refers to the 'sad loss […] I never knew a better man & friend'. As a hydrographer on the coast of British Columbia from 1857 to 1862, Richards was responsible for the selection and designation of dozens of place names (e.g.

[Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Norwich'), to a relative of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge, Royal Navy hero, on receipt of an engraving of him, discussing naval 'merit' in the Napoleonic Wars.

Author: 
Henry Bathurst (1744-1837), Bishop of Norwich, 1805-1837, supporter of Catholic emancipation [Captain George Nicholas Hardinge (1776-1813), RN; Thomas Payne the younger (1752-1831), London bookseller]
Publication details: 
Norwich. 14 September 1813.
£120.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn; laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. Bathurst's name written in two nineteenth-century hands at the head. The letter was evidently written on receipt of an engraving of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge (1776-1813) of HMS St Fiorenzo, adopted son of George and Lucy Hardinge, who was killed in a naval action off the coast of Ceylon.

[Commander Stephen King-Hall's propaganda battle with Joseph Goebbels.] Printed pamphlet, in German, a letter from King-Hall to 'Lieber deutschen Leser', ridiculing Hitler, Goebbels and the Nazis. With contemporary English translation.

Author: 
Stephen King-Hall [William Stephen Richard King-Hall, Baron King-Hall] (1893-1966), writer, politician, naval officer, propagandist
Publication details: 
[London, 1939.] Letter dated from 162 Buckingham Palace Road, London, S.W.1. Slug: 'L.C.P. - 5404'.
£180.00

The present item is part of a propaganda battle between King-Hall and Goebbels. The only other copy of the item located is at the German National Library, King-Hall having 'contrived to infiltrate', as his Oxford DNB entry has it, this 'German version' of his 'King-Hall News Letter' to 'individuals in the Reich, provoking a vehement reaction from Goebbels and Hitler himself'. See also the article in Time magazine, 7 August 1939: 'Last week all Europe was excited about the propaganda battle between England's Commander Stephen King-Hall and Germany's Paul Joseph Goebbels (TIME, July 31).

[Royal Navy officer in the Crimea and China War; Album.] Eighteen Royal Navy 'Certificates of Lieut. G. T. Medd', signed by 15 captains/commanders (on HMS Sidon, HMS Britannia and others) including Sir W. M. Dowell, Lord Gilford,, E. A. Inglefield.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [Edward Augustus Inglefield; Sir William Montagu Dowell; Lord Gilford [Richard James Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam]]
Publication details: 
1850-1860. Port Royal, Jamaica; Bermuda; Portsmouth; Malta; Kinburn, Crimea; Sheerness; Ningpo, China; Canton; 'Beyrout'.
£450.00

Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Medd served in the Crimea and the China War, 1857-58 (medals with 2 clasps). He retired in 1861 invalided. Turning to the church he was made a deacon in 1868 and a priest in 1870. He was Curate of Rotherfield, Sussex, 1868-70; Curate of Harrietsham, Kent, 1870-76; and Vicar of Whitchurch, near Aylesbury, from 1876 to his death. Eighteen documents laid down on leaves of a contemporary notebook, bound in black half calf with marbled covers.

[Admiral Sir George Martin] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Martin') to 'My Dear Julius', i.e. John Julius William Angerstein, grandson of patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein, regarding his desire to see service [in the First Anglo-Ashanti War].

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Martin (1764-1847), distinguished Royal Navy officer [John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), London merchant and art patron]
Publication details: 
Portsmouth. 27 December 1826.
£280.00

The recipient of this letter, John Julius William Angerstein (1800-1866), was son of the MP John Angerstein (c.1774-1858) and grandson of the celebrated patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), whose collection forms the basis of the National Gallery. At the time of writing J. J. W. Angerstein – a noted spendthrift and patron of the turf – was a captain in the Grenadier Guards. Martin was a family friend, and one of the two executors of J. J. Angerstein. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks and part of seal in red wax, to 'J. J. W.

[Sir William Gifford, Governor of Greenwich Hospital.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm: Gifford'), regarding a petition to the Queen from 'the Commissrs: and Directors of the Royal Hospital', and raising of funds for the 'House and Park'

Author: 
Sir William Gifford (c.1649-1724), Royal Navy officer, Member of Parliament, and Governor of Greenwich Hospital, 1708-1714
Gifford
Gifford2
Publication details: 
Without place or date [prior to 1708].
£750.00
Gifford
Gifford2

On one side of a piece of laid paper, top half torn off and missing, leaving the conclusion of the letter. Roughly 11 x 17.5 cm. Thirteen full lines of text, with two partial lines along the tear at the top edge. A frail item, in fair condition, aged and worn. See Gifford's entry in the History of Parliament. The letter, apparently addressed to an individual at the Admiralty or the Treasury, concerns a part of the tortuous process of raising finances for the conversion of the Queen's House into the hospital.

[Charles Napier Hemy, RA, marine artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Napier Hemy') to 'Cope' [i.e. Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope], featuring two humorous self-portraits, complaining about 'family uproar' over his new beard and doctor's orders.

Author: 
Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917), RA, marine artist, leader of the Falmouth School [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Churchfield, Falmouth. 8 December 1912.
£350.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A gentle, humorous and characteristic letter to a friend, featuring two self-portraits. (Hemy and Cope had been elected to the Royal Academy on the same day, 4 May 1910.) The letter begins with some doggerel by Hemy, dressed up by him as a quotation from a '16 Cent[ur]y song': 'My youthful years are past | My dining days are done | My life it may not last | For me there's no more fun.

[Battle of Jutland, 1916.] Two Autograph Letters Signed from J. O. Barron, Lt Commander of HMS Acasta, to marine artist W. L. Wyllie, describing in detail damage incurred by the ship during the Battle of Jutland. With illustration by Wyllie's nephew.

Author: 
John Ouchterlony Barron (b.1882), Royal Navy officer, Lt Commander of HMS Acasta during the Battle of Jutland, 1916 [ William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931) and Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971), marine artist]
Publication details: 
Both of Barron's letters on letterhead of H.M.S. Mindful. 5 and 22 January 1918.
£400.00

Barron commanded the destroyer HMS Acasta from November 1912 to June 1916. He was recommended for promotion following the Battle of Jutland, during which the Acasta suffered such heavy damage that she had to be towed by HMS Nonsuch to Aberdeen, where she was practically rebuilt. From the Wyllie papers, and relating to a painting by the artist depicting a scene during the battle when the crew of the disabled Acasta lined the decks to cheer the Grand Fleet's flagship, HMS Iron Duke as she passed. The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[Sir Allen Young, Arctic explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Allen Young') to society homeopathist Dr Chepmell, conveying a message regarding an appointment.

Author: 
Sir Allen Young [Sir Allen William Young] (1827-1915), English master mariner and Arctic explorer who searched for Sir John Franklin [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885); Lillie Langtry (1853-1929)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]. 'Wednesday Evg' [no date].
£180.00

In addition to his achievements, Young is remembered for holding a dinner party in 1877, at which the Prince of Wales arranged to sit next to Lillie Langtry while her husband was discreetly seated elsewhere, thus beginning their affair. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with two small pinholes at head of first leaf, and traced of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. The letter begins: 'I have just got note from Mrs Langtry saying that she will have to go out of Town tomorrow morning and asking me to write to you to tell you'.

[Admiral of the Fleet Sir Doveton Sturdee, victor in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F C D Sturdee') to marine artist W. L. Wyllie, regarding celebrations of the Glorious First of June.

Author: 
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Doveton Sturdee [Sir Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee] (1859-1925), victor in the Battle of the Falkland Islands [William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), marine artist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wargrave House, Camberley, Surrey. 21 May [1923].
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small pin hole to corner. The letter relates to celebrations of the anniversary of the Glorious First of June at Portsmouth (involving HMS Victory). He begins by expressing the hope that Wyllie has 'asked Lord Howe for the Function on June 1st? […] If not I have asked the Com[mande]r. in Chief to peform the Function, which he is agreeable to do.' It is 'desirable to know', as 'time is short', and 'The C in C wishes to ask him to lunch.

[Sir Day Hort Bosanquet, Governor of South Africa.] Autograph Note Signed ('Day H. Bosanquet'), from the papers of marine artist William Lionel Wyllie, regarding his work for a Conservative candidate in a General Election.

Author: 
Sir Day Hort Bosanquet (1843-1923), Governor of South Africa, 1909-1914, and Royal Navy admiral
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [1900?]
£100.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, wtih light paperclip damage at one corner. The recipient is not named, but the item is from the Wyllie papers. Reads: 'I have been in Herefordshire working for Captain Clive the Conservative candidate - I daresay you may have seen we got him in. | Yours very truly | Day H. Bosanquet'. Percy Archer Clive (1873-1918) was member of parliament for Ross, Herefordshire, 1900-1906 and 1908-1918.

[Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Marquis de Seignelay, Navy Secretary to Louis XIV.] Autograph Signature ('Seignelay') on valediction to a document.

Author: 
Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Marquis de Seignelay (1651-1690), Navy Secretary to Louis XIV
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£80.00

On 6 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a document. In good condition, on aged paper, laid down on piece of grey paper cut from an album, with the words 'Marquis Seignelay.' in a nineteenth-century hand at the foot of the mount. Seignelay's signature is large and bold, above the following words in a neat secretarial hand: 'Vostre tres humble & tres aff.ne Seruiteur.'

[Beauchamp Tower, inventor, describes his 'yachting cruises during the past season' in the Gwynfa to Sir Richard Harington.] Nineteen-page Autograph Letter Signed to 'Dick', comprising extracts from his diary, including a pair of hand-drawn diagrams.

Author: 
Beauchamp Tower (1845-1904), English inventor and railway engineer, discoverer of full-film or hydrodynamic lubrication [Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (1861-1931)]
Publication details: 
Warley Mount, Brentwood, 30 October 1901.
£200.00

19pp, foolscap 8vo. On five bifoliums. Neatly and closely written. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Tower's letter begins: 'My dear Dick | I enclose a chart [not present] which will show you at a glance my yachting cruises during the past season'.

[Sinking of RMS Titanic, April 1912.] Long unpublished contemporary manuscript poem, signed by 'William Hall', titled 'Titanic', written within weeks of the sinking.

Author: 
RMS Titanic sinking, April 1912 [William Hall]
Publication details: 
No place [English]. Dated at end 'May 1912'.
£400.00

4pp., 4to. On three leaves. In fair condition, aged and creased. The poem, headed 'Titanic', is 64 lines long, divided into 15 stanzas (the first ten numbered), and is signed and dated at the end, following 'R.I.P.', 'William Hall | May 1912'. The verse is heartfelt and devout, in style something of a cross between Walt Whitman and William McGonagall. Apparently unpublished. The author is unknown, but the poem reflects the popular response to the celebrated maritime disaster.

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