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[Alfred Perceval Graves, Anglo-Irish poet, father of Robert Graves.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alfred P Graves') sending contributions to a 'Book of Songs' and lamenting the death of his friend 'Brough'.

Author: 
Alfred Perceval Graves (1846-1931), Anglo-Irish poet, songwriter and folklorist, father of poet and critic Robert Graves
Publication details: 
18 January 1873; without date.
£56.00

2pp, 16mo (on piece of 'Savage Stationery', see below). In fair condition, aged and worn. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Dear Sir | I trust enclosed lines may suit for your Book of Songs. If so they are very much at your service. Poor Brough was a friend of mine & I only wish I had something worthier of his memory to send you.' Postscript: 'Pray Excuse my "Savage Stationery"'.

[Lord Liverpool as Prime Minister.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Liverpool') to 'F. Lewis Esqre', requesting him to procure a book cited in his 'first Report'.

Author: 
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool [Lord Liverpool] (1770-1828), Tory Prime Minister, 1812-1827, who introduced repressive measures following the 1819 Peterloo Massacre
Publication details: 
15 June 1825. Fife House [Whitehall, London].
£135.00

1p, 4to. Aged, and with glue staining to reverse and damage to corners from mount. The recipient is named as 'F. Lewis Esqre'. Reads: 'My dear Sir | I shall be very much obliged to you if you could procure for me a Copy of the work entitled An Evangelical life of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, forming an Harmony of the four Gospels" - referred to in the note, page 98, of your first Report. | I am with great Truth | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Liverpool'.

[Sir Clements Markham, explorer in Peru, Secretary to the Royal Geographical Society.] Autograph Signature ('Clements Markham') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Clements Markham [Sir Clements Robert Markham] (1830-1916), geographer, explorer in Peru and writer, Secretary to Royal Geographical Society, organiser of British National Antarctic Expediition
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

On 3.5 x 9.5 cm slip of paper cut from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On one side, from the conclusion of the letter: 'Yours very truly | Clements Markham'. On the other: '[...] have failed me: so no[...] | [...] you mind my putting [...]'.

[ Robert Louis Stevenson ] Autograph Letter Signed "Robert Louis Stevenson" to James Payn, author and Editor, about the latter's illness and the "Independant".

Author: 
Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£1,200.00

One page, 8vo, fold marks with small closed tears, mainly good condition, remnants of tipping onto album page on verso. "I am main sorry to hear you have been ill, but I shall try and call on you when in town as I hope to be shortly. I shall attend to the Independant [sic] which (from this plaintive appeal) I should judge to be ill named. But perhaps the title is meant financially; I wish [I was?] independant; I should -- But bollo, my fancy, bollo!

[James Currie, Scottish physician, first editor and major biographer of Robert Burns.] Autograph Prescription for 'Mr Carpenter', signed 'J C'.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805), Scottish physician educated at the University of Edinburgh and practising in Liverpool, the first editor and major biographer of Robert Burns
Publication details: 
24 September 1804. No place.
£100.00

On 12.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, trimmed at edges, laid down on part of leaf from album. In fair condition, aged and worn, with central spike hole (made by the chemist?). Six-line prescription in the usual medical Latin, ending: 'J C | Mr Carpenter | 24 Sepr. 1804'. At foot of page, in a contemporary hand, 'Dr J Currie author of Life of Burns'.

[Eleanor Farjeon, children's writer.] Typed chatty retelling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, under the title 'The Simple Facts', and ending 'don't believe a word I say'. Signed by Farjeon 'From E. F.', with her address.

Author: 
Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), noted children's writer, several of whose works were illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
Publication details: 
No date. 20 Perrin's Walk, N.W.3. [London]
£180.00

1p, 4to. Typescript with a couple of minor autograph corrections. Unpublished, but perhaps relating to her 1945 book 'Ariadne and the Bull'. At foot, in Farjeon's autograph: 'From E. F. | 20 Perrin's Walk | N.W.3.' In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with nicking and loss at edges. A chatty and entertaining retelling of the story. As an example of the tone, early on Farjeon writes: 'The Minotaur was a monster with the gigantic body of a man topped by a bull's head; his father was a bull and his mother was Pasiphae, Minos's Queen.

[Arthur Holmes, geologist, and Robert W. Lawson, Einstein's English translator.] Offprint, inscribed by the authors to Prof. C. G. Curtis: 'Lead and the End Product of Thorium. (Part II.)'

Author: 
Arthur Holmes, A.R.C.S., B.Sc., F.G.S., Imperial College, London, and Robert W. Lawson, M.Sc., Radium Institute, Vienna
Publication details: 
'From the Philosophical Magazine [London], vol. xxix. May 1915.'
£120.00

16pp, 8vo, paginated 673-688. Stitched into brown wraps, with typed white label on front cover. At the head of the front cover, in manuscript: 'II | Prof C. G. Curtis | With the Authors' Compliments.' The offprint in good condition, on lightly aged paper, the brown wraps aged and chipped, with small of back wrap torn away at rear. The only other copy of this offprint on OCLC WorldCat at Durham University.

[Eric Forbes-Robertson, painter, brother of actors Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and Norman Forbes.] Fourteen items from his personal papers: including army commission and military notice and photographs, and birth, death and marriage certificates.

Author: 
Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865–1935), painter who studied in Paris with Bonnard and Vuillard, and knew Gaugin, brother of the actors Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and Norman Forbes
Publication details: 
Between 1887 and 1935. London, Jersey and other locations.
£220.00

Fourteen items from the personal papers of Eric Forbes-Robertson, relating to his birth, marriage, death and military career. The collection in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn. In orange card folder. ONE: Copy of EFR's birth certificate ('Sixteen June 1865 | Montfort House'). Islington, 6 July 1865 (copy of 21 December 1893). TWO: Copy of EFR's baptismal certificate. Islington, 9 August 1865. THREE: Printed 'Notice. | To be given to a MAN at the time of his offering to join the Army.' Completed and signed by EFR, 1 March 1887. 2pp, folio.

[Father Tom Maguire, Dean of Kilmore, Irish Roman Catholic priest, celebrated orator.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Maguire') to Richard Montgomery of Coolehill, regarding his gift of a five-year-old pup, 'coursing in Goulan', and 'a great Auction'.

Author: 
Father Tom Maguire [Thomas Maguire] (1792-1847), Dean of Kilmore, Irish Roman Catholic priest, orator, polemicist, controversialist and nationalist [Richard Montgomery of Coolehill]
Publication details: 
19 April 1844. No place, but with one of the postmarks from Ballinamore [Co. Leitrim, Ireland].
£140.00

Maguire was, his entry in the Oxford DNB states, 'one of the most popular orators of his age, and from 1829 until 1843 he addressed huge crowds and packed congregations in churches and at venues throughout England and Ireland'.

[J. B. Priestley, popular English novelist.] Typed Letter Signed ('Jack') to 'B. J.', i.e. Maire Lynd, regarding her parents Robert and Sylvia Lynd, and her son.

Author: 
J. B. Priestley [John Boynton Priestley] (1894-1984), novelist, playwright and broadcaster [Maire Lynd ('B. J.'), daughter of Irish essayist Robert Lynd and his wife the poet Sylvia Lynd]
Publication details: 
16 June 1976. On his letterhead, Kissing Tree House, Alveston, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded once. The salutation 'Dear B. J.' and valediction 'Yours | Jack' are in Priestley's autograph; the rest is typed. Maire Lynd's letter was 'a delight surprise', Priestley being unaware that her son was 'in the film business'.

[Robert Gibb, Scottish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Gibb') to the publisher of 'Black and White Budget', W. J. P. Monckton, re. 'the incident depicted in "Saving the Colours" ["Saving the Colours: The Guards at the Battle of Inkerman"]

Author: 
Robert Gibb (1845-1932), Scottish painter; Keeper of the National Gallery of Scotland and Painter and Limner to the King [W. J. P. Monckton, publisher of the London magazine 'Black & White Budget']
Publication details: 
8 May 1901. On letterhead of 2 Bruntsfield Crescent, Edinburgh.
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Addressed: 'To W. J. P. Monckton Esq. | Publisher | "Black & White," | London'. He has just received Monckton's letter, and is enclosing a 'little pamphlet', which will give him 'a full account of the incident depicted in "Saving the Colours"'. If all is well Gibb hopes to be in London on the Monday or Tuesday of the following week, and will 'have the pleasure of calling upon you as promised'. His address will be the Thackeray Hotel, Great Russell Street.

[Lord Salsibury, Conservative Prime Minister.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Macirone', regarding 'Canon Fremantle's letter'.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury [Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (1830-1903), 3rd Marquess of Salisbury], Conservative Prime Minister on three occasions [William Henry Fremantle, Dean of Ripon; Maeirone]
Publication details: 
19 November 1894. On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly stained. Folded once. Headed by Salisbury 'Private'. The letter begins: 'Lord Salisbury presents his compliments to Mr. Macirone, & is much obliged to him for his letter, & for the very apposite quotations to which he calls Lord Salisbury's attention.' Salisbury does not consider 'Canon Fremantle's letter' worth answering, 'especially as the Bishop of London appears to entertain a similar opinion'.

[Robert Waithman, Lord Mayor of London.] Autograph Signature ('R Waithman | Mayor') to Signed Autograph Deposition by John Schmidt, regarding his residence in London.

Author: 
Robert Waithman (1764-1833), Whig politician and Lord Mayor of London in 1823 [Henry Holste, London merchant]
Publication details: 
'Sworn at the Mansion house [London] this Twenty fifth day of August. One thousand eight hundred and Twenty five'.
£45.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, creased and aged. The only piece of Waithman's autograph is his signature at the foot: 'R Waithman'. The rest of the document, apparently in Holste's hand, reads: 'Henry Holste of 22 Bush Lane Merchant, maketh Oath and saith, that he has been resident in London above Fourteen years, and that from the first day of January 1812 to the first day of September 1823. he has not been out of England for a single day | Henry Holste. | Sworn at the Mansion house this Twenty fifth day of August. One thousand eight hundred and Twenty five | R Waithman | Mayor'.

[Robert Waithman, Lord Mayor of London; treatment of immigrants.] Autograph Signature ('R Waithman') to Signed Autograph Deposition by John Schmidt, regarding his residence in London.

Author: 
Robert Waithman (1764-1833), Whig politician and Lord Mayor of London in 1823 [John Schmidt, London merchant]
Publication details: 
'Sworn at the Mansion House [London] this first day of Sepr 1824'.
£45.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. The only piece of Waithman's autograph is his signature at the foot: 'R Waithman'. The rest of the document, apparently in Schmidt's hand, reads: 'John Schmidt Native of Hamburg residing at No 77 Westmoreland place City Road, Merchant maketh Oath & saith that he first arrived in London in the Year 1795. and has continued to reside here up to the present time with the exception of a few Months, but that he has not left England for a single day since the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight. - | J. Schmidt.

[Samuel Hanson Cox, abolitionist and Presbyterian minister.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel H. Cox.') to Robert Bolton, American minister of Henley-upon-Thames, England, decrying American affairs, 'heresy-hunters, alarmists, & high-church bigots'.

Author: 
Samuel Hanson Cox (1793-1880), American Prebyterian minister and leading abolitionist [Robert Bolton (1788-1857), minister who founded Christ Church, Pelham, New York; William Jay]
Publication details: 
20 July and 3 October 1831; New York.
£320.00

Such was his prominence in the abolitionist debate, that three years after the writing of this letter Cox's house and church would be sacked, and he himself would be burned in effigy, in the Anti-Abolitionist Riots of 1834, causing his removal from New York City.

[Robert Ord, lawyer and politician.] Autograph Legal Opinion Signed ('Robt. Ord'), headed 'Case on Mr. Chrisr. Blacketts Will & Mr. Ords Opinion'.

Author: 
Robert Ord (1700–1778), English lawyer and politician, Chief Baron of the Scottish Exchequer [Christopher Blackett; Elizabeth Smart; Martha Maria Bellassyse; Durham; Northumberland]
Publication details: 
13 June 1750.
£90.00

1p, 8vo. Aged and worn, with closed tears, chipping and creasing. Several folds. The full heading reads: 'Case on Mr. Chrisr. Blacketts Will & Mr. Ords Opinion | See Copy of Will'. Endorsed on reverse: '1750 June 13th - | Copy | Mr. Ords Opinion on Mr. Blacketts Will'. Twenty-eight lines of neatly-written text, arranged as two queries, each with its answer. Contains a couple of corrections by Ord. The case concerns the various claims on a freehold of 'Mrs. Eliz: Smart and Mrs. Martha Maria Bellassyse' and 'Mrs. Blackett'. The various families in the case hailed from the north-east of England.

[Jeremy Bentham, Utilitarian philosopher.] Lithographic portrait from a drawing by American artist Robert Matthew Sully.

Author: 
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Utilitarian philosopher associated with University College, London; Robert Matthew Sully (1803-1855), American artist
Publication details: 
1827.
£500.00

A rare and unusual engraving, not in the National Portrait Gallery collection, nor in that of the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings, which does however possess (with Museum Number 1909,0601.1) the original drawing by American artist Robert Matthew Sully (1803-1855) from which it was made, which the BM describes as 'Portrait of Jeremy Bentham writing; half-length, seated at desk, almost in profile to left, wearing spectacles. 1827 Pen and brown ink, over graphite'.

[Sir Robert Witt, art historian and co-founder of the Courtauld Institute.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert C. Witt') regarding the approach to be taken 'for the purchase of the Velasquez', i.e. the Rokeby Venus, now in the National Gallery.

Author: 
Sir Robert Witt [Sir Robert Clermont Witt] (1872-1952), art historian, co-founder of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London [Diego Velasquez; Rokeby Venus; National Gallery]
Publication details: 
19 November 1905. 27 Connaught Square, Hyde Park, [London] W. On letterhead of the Union Society, Oxford.
£250.00

For information on the campaign to save the Rokeby Venus for the nation, see Charles Saumarez Smith, 'The Battle for Venus', Spectator, 10 November 2003. 4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With one fold.

[S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. R. C.') to 'Miss Cohen', regarding the sending of books, lost nail scissors, and 'being on a mountain top in Apulia with five dead men'.

Author: 
S. R. Crockett [Samuel Rutherford Crockett] (1859-1914), Scottish novelist, friend of J. M. Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson
Publication details: 
16 February 1898. On letterhead of 10 Clivedon Place, Eaton Square, [London] S.W.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded once. Endorsed with a number. A light-hearted letter, possibly written to his agent or secretary, beginning: 'Dear Miss Cohen | Thanks 1001 to you! | Tell the man to send the 21/- book down here, the Keith Johnson books must not be later than Saturday or Monday at the latest. Tell him to send the 1/- & 2/6 ones also. We are a military family!' [Crockett was raised by his Cameronian maternal grandparents.] He asks whether she sent 'the nail scissors', reporting that he has heard from his wife that 'they have not turned up.

[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Autograph Signature with frank on front panel of envelope addressed by him to the Earl Talbot. With his engraved crest.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers')
Publication details: 
Franking stamp with date 8 April 1830.
£35.00

Neatly written out by Peel on a 7 x 11.5 cm rectangle, cut from the front panel of an envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album. All in Peel's hand, and reading: 'Private & Confidential | To | The Right Honble. | The Earl Talbot | Ingestrie | Stafford'. Peel's signature 'Robert Peel' (he would inherit the baronetcy the following month) is between two lines in the customary position at bottom left, with the stamp in red ink at top right. Laid down to the left of this item is a 3 x 2 cm piece of paper carrying the engraved crest, with the word 'Peel' printed below it.

[Laurence Binyon, poet.] Two items: Autograph Letter Signed ('Laurence Binyon.') to Lady Keeble, i.e. the actress Lillah McCarthy, with copy of playbill for his 'The Young King', performed at John Masefield's 'Music Room, Boars Head'.

Author: 
Laurence Binyon [Robert Laurence Binyon] (1869-1943), poet, British Museum Keeper of Prints and Drawings [Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress; John Masefield, Poet Laureate]
Publication details: 
20 November 1924; on embossed British Museum letterhead.
£180.00

ONE: Letter. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins, with reference to the play for which Item Two is the handbill: 'Dear Lady Keeble, | Will you accept this little book – my latest poem – as a souvenir of last Thursday and as a token of gratitude for your beautiful speaking of my lines?' He hopes she is 'better', and thinks that 'it is sad to think that you are missing your engagements'. Postscript: 'The shirt arrived safe. Thanks so much.' The 'little book' referred to by Binyon is presumably 'The Sirens: an Ode', published in 1924 in Chelsfield by the Stanton Press.

[Sir Robert Liston, Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Pole', regarding the repair of 'a large Pianoforte' by 'some person of skill and confidence'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States
Publication details: 
Millburn Tower [Ratho, Scotland]. 13 August [no year].
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a shaky but still elegant hand. Begins: 'Sir Robert Liston presents his Compliments to Mr. Pole, and begs leave to put him in mind of a promise he obligingly made some time ago, to come out and see this little place, and at the same time look at a large Pianoforte which Sir Robert is very anxious to have repaired, with the least possible delay.' He concludes by stating that 'it would be a great favour' if Pole could 'do this (or at all events) send some person of skill and confidence'.

[George Thomson, Scottish musician, folklorist, friend of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Go Thomson') to 'J. M. Muller Esq', regarding bringing 'Beethoven's Sonatas & Trios' to a dinner with Conrad Boisragon.

Author: 
George Thomson (1757-1851), Scottish musician, collector of folk songs, editor and friend of Robert Burns, grandfather of Charles Dickens's wife [Johann Martin Muller (1808-1843); Conrad Boisragon]
Publication details: 
'Baxter's place [Edinburgh] | No 4 Saty. 9 Novr' [1830s or 1840s].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'J. M. Muller Esq'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tear along one of the two folds and slight creasing at foot, with a panel lacking from the second leaf. The recipient Johann Martin Muller published a few piece of music in Edinburgh in the 1840s.

[Sir Robert Thorburn, Premier of Newfoundland.] Poem 'Dedicated to Samuel Mucklebackit, Esq., (Otherwise James Lumsden, of 34 Royal Park Terrace, Edinburgh)'.

Author: 
'Sir Robert Thorburn, K.C.M.G., Ex-Premier of Newfoundland' [James Lumsden ['Samuel Mucklebackit'] (1839-1909) of Nether Hailes, Scottish dialect poet and author]
Publication details: 
Printer not stated. Dated from 'St John's, | Newfoundland, | January 1897.'
£180.00

Printed on one side of a 21 x 9 cm slip of watermarked laid paper. Aged and creased. Headed: 'Dedicated | to | Samuel Mucklebackit, Esq., | (Otherwise James Lumsden, of 34 Royal Park Terrace, Edinburgh), | by | Sir Robert Thorburn, K.C.M.G., | Ex-Premier of Newfoundland, | From | “Somewhere far abroad, where sailors gang to fish for cod.”' Place and date at bottom left.

[Humphrey Lloyd, Irish physicist, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Lloyd') to Alfred Fox, regarding his 'paper on Magnetical Observations' and Fox's brother's 'instrument', i.e. Robert Were Fox's magnetic dip compass.

Author: 
Humphrey Lloyd (1800-1881), Irish physicist, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin [Robert Were Fox the Younger (1789-1877), geologist, inventor of the magnetic dip compass]
Publication details: 
Trinity College Dublin. 24 March 1835.
£220.00

The recipient was a brother of the geologist and inventor Robert Were Fox the Younger (1789-1877), whose magnetic dip compass, constructed in the previous year, is the 'instrument' referred to at the end of the letter. (Fox's compass was used by Sir James Clark Ross on his Antarctic expedition, and was later used to discover the position of the South magnetic pole.) 1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased, with traces of paper mount adhering to one edge, and repair to a closed tear with archival tape. Several folds.

[The Stephenson Centenary 1881'.] Well-designed lithographic poster, 'Presented as a memento of the Centennial Commemoration' by Thomas Pumphrey, Newcastle grocer, with central portrait of Stephenson surrounded by seven related engravings.

Author: 
The Stephenson Centenary, 1881; Thomas Pumphrey, Grocer, Newcastle-on-Tyne; George Stephenson (1781-1848), engineer, 'Father of the Railways'
Publication details: 
'Presented as a memento of the Centennial Commemoration, by Thomas Pumphrey, Grocer, 48, Cloth Market, Newcastle-on-Tyne.' 9 June 1881.
£250.00

An extremely attractive memento, no other copy of which has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. Lithographic printing in black on 57 x 44.5 cm piece of wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to margin at one edge, and the merest of spotting. Folded four times.

[Marshall Hall, celebrated physician, neurologist and abolitionist.] Autograph Letter Signed, about the course of treatment of a patient.

Author: 
Marshall Hall (1790-1857), celebrated physician, neurophysiologist and abolitionist
Publication details: 
14 Manchester Square [London]. 12 March 1842.
£50.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering at one edge. Folded twice. The recipient of the letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles. Reads: 'My dear Sir | I quite agree with you in your statement regarding our patient Mr. Cowan, & am [?] to support any alteration in your plan of treatment which appears to me to be most judicious'.

[Charles Kean and his wife Ellen Tree prepare to return from America.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rt. Clarke.') from Robert Clarke to Benjamin Webster, asking on Kean's behalf for 'information respecting Theatres in England', discussing Kean and wife.

Author: 
Robert Clarke, actor-manager, Theatre Royal, Liverpool [Charles Kean (1811-1868), actor-manager, son of Edmund Kean, husband of Ellen Tree (1805-1880); Benjamin Webster (1797-1882), actor, dramatist]
Publication details: 
2 Bladud Buildings, Bath. 27 December 1846.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium, endorsed 'Clarke' on reverse of second leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. The letter begins: 'My dear Webster, | Charles Kean has requested me to give him information respecting Theatres in England, in which it is probable he may form engagements on his return from America, as he wishes his plans to be arranged if possible previous to his departure from the United States, so as he may see his way clearly on his arrival in England.' He asks whether it would answer Webster's purpose 'to make any proposal to him'.

[John Lingard, historian.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lingard.'), stating that he feels within himself the same 'paralysis of the brain' that he observed in Robert Southey 'in the year 1830'.

Author: 
John Lingard (1771-1851), historian and Roman Catholic cleric [Robert Southey (1774-1843), Poet Laureate]
Publication details: 
18 March. 1851.
£45.00

Lingard's standing as a pioneer of historical method has never been higher. See his entry in the Oxford DNB. A chastening document, in which Lingard states that he feels within himself the beginnings of the 'paralysis of the brain' which he first observed in Robert Southey 'in the year 1830' (this must surely be a mistake for 1840). Lingard was on cordial terms with Southey. In 1834 he called on him and Wordsworth to give evidence on a literary point in a lawsuit. The present item is a square of paper cut from the conclusion of a letter. Recipient not named. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[Castlereagh; F.W.R. Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry, as Viscount Castlereagh, rake and Tory politician.] Autograph Note Signed ('Castlereagh') regarding his presentation of petitions 'for the Abolition of Church Patronage in Scotland'.

Author: 
Frederick William Robert Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry (1805-1872), styled Viscount Castlereagh 1822-1854, Anglo-Irish nobleman, rake and Tory politician
Publication details: 
'H. of Cs. [i.e. House of Commons] | Thursday.' No date, but on paper with 1840 watermark.
£56.00

For information on Castlereagh, who in his rakish youth was known as ‘Cas’ or ‘Young Rapid’, see his entry in the History of Parliament. In 1833 he is said to have sired a child by the celebrated actress Madame Vestris, leading Lady Holland to comment that he was 'enchanted at his feat’. Queen Victoria considered him unfit for any serious responsibility. He inherited the family trait of mental instability (Lord John Russell commenting that‘he talks, but does not seem mad’) and spent his last years incarcerated. 1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

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