RUSSO-TURKISH

[ Irving Montagu of the Illustrated London News and Punch. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (one 'Irving Montagu' and two 'Montagu') to Edward Draper

Author: 
Irving Montagu (1842-1901), war correspondent and artist of the Illustrated London News and Punch [ Edward Draper, London solicitor and writer on the theatre ]
Publication details: 
Two from Briar Cottage, Shepherds Bush, 2 and 7 January 1893. One on letterhead of 64 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 'Saturday' [no date].
£56.00

The three items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, the last two items with traces of grey paper from mounting adhering. ONE: From Charlotte Street. 'Saturday' (undataed). Signed 'Irving Montagu'. 2pp., 8vo. Arranging to dine at Draper's in the face of a clashing invitation. TWO: From Briar Cottage, 2 January 1893. 4pp., 12mo. Signed 'Montagu'.

[ Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T D Ackland') to an unnamed recipient, on the eve of the Russo-Turkish War, regarding 'the horrors of Turkish Rule'

Author: 
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1809-1898), 11th Baronet, Tory and then Liberal politician [ John Webb Probyn (1828-1915), Editor, the Cobden Club; Robert James Loyd-Lindsay (1832-1901), 1st Baron Wantage ]
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On letterhead of Holnicote, Minehead [ Devon ]. 18 September 1876.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with strip of glue from mount discoloring second leaf. Written in a difficult hand, the letter begins: 'My Dear Sir | I have not forgotten a conversation with you on returning from Bradfield which first opened my eyes to the horrors of Turkish Rule'. He is sending 'a small contribution to a fund to which I am led by your name'. Mentions 'the League', 'Lady ' and 'Col Lindsay', stating that he is 'a little puzzled'. Postscript refers to 'Mr Probyn Editor of the Cobden Club', ending 'I am just going to a meeting at Barnstaple'.?>

[Lord Edwin Hill-Trevor, MP for County Down.] Autograph Letter Signed ('AEHT') to his son George Edwyn Hill-Trevor, writing from the House of Commons on the day the British Fleet sailed for Turkish waters during the Anglo-Russian crisis.

Author: 
Lord Edwin Hill-Trevor [Lord Arthur Edwin Hill-Trevor] (1819-1894) of Brynkinallt, Denbighshire, MP for County Down, 1845-1880 [his second son George Edwyn Hill-Trevor (b.1859); Russo-Turkish War]
Publication details: 
On embossed House of Commons letterhead. 8 February 1878.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter from a senior Conservative politician during Disraeli's second government, written on the day the British fleet set sail for Turkish waters, with war between Great Britain and Russia appearing imminent. (Tensions between the two countries had been increasing during the course of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, and the fleet would anchor off Constantinople, which the Russians threatened to occupy.) The letter begins: 'My dear George | We divided last night contrary to all Expectation.

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