[ Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild. ] Autograph Note Signed ('R.') to 'Mr May', i.e. Frank May, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England.

Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild [ Nathan[iel?] Mayer Rothschild, Lord Rothschild ] (1840-1915) [ Frank May (1832-1897), disgraced Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, 1873-1893 [
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Mentmore; 25 August 1887.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Mr May - | I am delighted you can come on Saturday. Please let me know the train you come by. Our station is Cheddington. | Yrs sincerely | R.' On May's death the New York Times reported (10 February 1897) that in 1893 he 'suddenly resigned after a mysterious meeting of the Board of Directors, and for several days exciting rumours circulated in London that something was wrong with the finances.

[ Louisa de Rothschild ] Autograph Note Signed "Louisa de Rothschild" to a "Mr. Henderson",

Louisa de Rothschild [ (née Montefiore), Lady de Rothschild (1821–1910), Anglo-Jewish philanthropist, and founding member of the Union of Jewish Women. ]
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[Printed heading] 19 Grosvenor Place, 1 June [no year given]

Three pages, 12mo, large handwriting somewhat difficult to read, bifolium, black border, some damage, remnants of laying down in album, and foxing without obscuring text. She will get her gardener to send a plant (she gives technical name), thanking him for photographs of "the nurse with the two little patients [...] a very pretty picture.2

[Rev. Henry Erskine Gedge.] Autograph diary of 'Our Life, Social and Domestic', covering 40 years including 16 years as chaplain at the Chapelle Victoria de Grasse, on the French Riviera. With copy of anonymous printed booklet 'A Family Gathering'

Henry Erskine Gedge (1832-1913), Vicar of Brixworth, Northamptonshire, Chaplain at the Chapelle Victoria de Grasse, son of Rev. Sydney Gedge (1802-1883; ODNB) [Alice de Rothschild]
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The diary covering the years between 1873 and 1913. The booklet, without publication details, privately printed in 1877.

Gedge's short obituary in The Times, 24 March 1913, contains the following brief account of his career: 'Mr. Gedge was a scholar of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Carus and Scholefield prizeman, and obtained a first class in the examination for theological honours in 1857. He was ordained in the diocese of Lichfield, and was for seven years vicar of Brixworth, Northamptonshire.

[Alfred de Rothschild.] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed female correspondent.

Alfred de Rothschild [Alfred Charles Freiherr de Rothschild] (1842-1918), Anglo-Jewish financier
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On his monogrammed letterhead, New Court, St Swithin's Lane, E.C. [London.] 16 March 1900.

2pp., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Declining, in polite terms, to comply with her request that he consent to put his signature to 'a paragraph about myself, for the purpose of publication'. He explains that he would be 'very sorry that anything should be printed about me which I myself had [not] dictated or signed'.

[Anthony Gustav de Rothschild.] Typed Letter Signed ('Anthony de Rothschild') to the journalist George Bilainkin, discussing the 'need of our surviving brethren' following the Second World War, and requesting help with an appeal for 'Jewish Relief'.

Anthony Gustav de Rothschild (1887-1961), banker and Vice-President of the Anglo-Jewish Association [George Bilainkin (c.1903-1981), journalist; Jewish Board of Deputies]
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On letterhead of New Court, St Swithin's Lane, London, EC4. 7 February 1946.

1p., 4to. On aged paper with a couple of closed holes. He is 'very anxious to discuss', with Bilainkin and the Jewish Board of Deputies, 'the Appeal which [...] is in progress on behalf of the Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation'.

Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'C. Morley Knight.') from Captain Charles Morley Knight to Charles Edward Fagan (all 'Fagan'), Secretary of the British Museum, discussing Trustees (Sir Archibald Geikie; Lord Rosebery; Maryon-Wilson; Rothschild).

Captain Charles Lewis William Morley Knight (1863-1937), livestock breeder in Argentina and Trustee of the British Museum [Charles Edward Fagan (1855-1921), Secretary of the British Museum]
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One on letterhead of the English Club, Bartolomé Mitre 478, Buenos Aires; 18 November 1910. The three others on letterhead of 11 Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, one of them from 1912 and the other two from 1913.

All four items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Totalling 16pp., 12mo. On four bifoliums. In addition to being one of the Trustees of the British Museum, Knight was, as one of the proprietors of Knight and Porteus of Argentina, owner with his partner Colonel John James Porteus (1857-1948) of 'the largest herd of red Aberdeen-Angus in the world' (TImes, 24 April 1939), which was sold after his death. ONE: On letterhead of the English Club, Buenos Aires. 18 November 1910. 4pp., 12mo. Docketed 'Wrote 20 Dec.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Blanche Lindsay') from Lady Blanche Lindsay, poet and artist, wife of Sir Coutts Lindsay, founder of the Grosvenor Gallery, to 'Mr. Evans'.

Lady Blanche Lindsay [Lady Caroline Blanche Elizabeth Fitzroy Lindsay] (1844-1912), wife of Sir Coutts Lindsay, founder of the Grosvenor Gallery
Lady Blanche Lindsay
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4 April 1888; 4 Stratton Street, Piccadilly, London.
Lady Blanche Lindsay

12mo, 3 pp. On bifolium. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She has 'finished the brown drawing of elves, & birds singing', and, as she is going into the country for a few days, will leave it, 'in a portfolio', at Stratton St. She asks him to 'kindly take care of it', as he has been 'good enough to do with the others. It is, as you know, a very careful & highly-finished drawing'. She asks him to have 'the delicacy of the lines reproduced, & the drawing of the limbs of the little elves, etc. very carefully & exactly rendered, otherwise the drawing wd.

[Manuscript] Terms of Partnership between Mr Hermann Landau and Mr James Moses Alexander.

[Hermann Landau, Jewish banker and philanthropist, and James Moses Alexnder]
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29 Feb. 1885.

3pp., large folio. Signed by Landau and Alexander. Their agreement was for a business as "Dealers on the Stock Exchange", revealing the investment of both partners, and their terms, covering terms of liquidation etc. Attached: Letter Signed 'Jas M Alexander', to Landau, 26 Feb. 1885 with information about insurance policy on his life. Note: 1885, the year of this agreement, was the year in which the Jews Temporary Shelter was founded, the improved version of which, founded 1886, attracted Landau's benevolence and active support.

Autograph Signatures of seven leading figures in Victorian horseracing: 'Mornington Cannon', 'Thomas Cannon', 'Sam Darling', 'C. Morton', 'Roderic Owen', 'Leopold de Rothschild' and 'C Tattersall'.

Herbert Mornington Cannon (1873-1962); Thomas Cannon Snr (1846-1917); Samuel Darling (1852-1921); Charles Morton (1855-1936); Roderic Owen (1856-1896); Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917); C. Tattersall
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Undated [1890s?]

The seven signatures are each cut from a letter. They are mounted in two columns on a page of grey paper, roughly 22.5 x 27.5 cm, removed from an autograph album. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with occasional light spotting. At the head of the page is the word 'Horseman', with each individuals occupation in the same hand on the mount beneath his autograph. One (2.5 x 11 cm): '<...> delivery? | Yrs truly | Roderic Owen' ['Gentleman rider']. Two (5.5 x 11.5 cm): '<...> Yrs truly | Sam Darling' ['trainer']. Three (3.5 x 12 cm): '<...> Yours very sincerely | C. Morton' ['Trainer'].

Post Office Telegraph to Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer.

Leopold Rothschild
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Handed in at Mayfair'; 3 June 1904.

From the third son (1845-1917) of Baron Lionel de Rothschild to the noted botanist (1843-1928), Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (1885-1905). Stamped, printed Post Office telegraph on discoloured high-acidity paper, roughly twenty-centimeters by thirteen centimeters. Mounted on larger piece of better-quality paper, also discoloured with age. Reads 'TO { Thiselton Dyer | Kew Gardens | Very many thanks Kind congratulations | Leopold Rothschild'. The reason for congratulations is unclear.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Charles Stuart (later Baron Stuart de Rothesay), Ambassador to Paris.

William Richard Hamilton, Minister at Naples.
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20 July 1824; Naples.

For Hamilton (1777-1859), Treasurer of the Royal Institution and one of the Trustees of the British Museum, see Boase's 'Modern English Biography'. He was secretary to Lord Elgin in Constantinople, recovered the Rosetta Stone from the French and aided in collecting and removing the Elgin Marbles from Athens. 3 pages, 16mo. Creased but in good condition. Begins by saying that a few years ago Stuart introduced Charles Rothschild to him, 'but it was probably at the request of his brother, as he has now asked me to introduce him to you'.

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