SIAMESE

[ Rev. Frederick William Verney, English Secretary, Siamese Legation, London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederick Verney') to Sir Albert Woods, on the sending of 'the Rules of the Order of Victoria & Albert for transmission to the King of Siam'.

Author: 
Rev. Frederick William Verney (1846-1913), Siamese diplomat and Liberal Party Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
"Address | The Siamese Legation. | 23 Ashburn Place | S.W. [ London ] | 17 Sept: 1892.'
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of glue along one edge. He thanks him for 'so kindly procuring permission to send me the Rules of the Order of Victoria & Albert for transmission to the King of Siam'. He asks 'what Foreign Orders are given to women', and would like to know how to 'get at the rules which give these'.

Pencil note by one of the 'Siamese Twins', with attesting note by Smith.

Author: 
Chang Bunker and Eng Bunker [Chang and Eng], the 'Siamese Twins', Victorian circus freaks [William James Smith]
Publication details: 
Smith's note dated 'March 1830' [London].
£150.00

On a slip of laid paper (watermarked 'SMIT'), approximately 7 x 18 cm. Good, on lightly-aged and spotted paper. The writing by one of the twins, is in pencil, in a large, childish hand, and reads 'London England'. Beneath this, in a neat contemporary hand: 'The above two words, were written in my presence by one of the Siamese Twins. - | March 1830. | [signed] William James Smith'. The 'Siamese Twins' began their first appearance in London in 1829, at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly.

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