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[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.

[Sir Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') [to Hyslop?] on the death of his son Roderick Geikie.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Scotland
Publication details: 
19 December 1910. On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named, but from the postscript may be named Hyslop. The letter was written following the death (under a train at Bayswater Station) of Geikie's son Roderick (1874-1910), Chief Clerk in the Colonial Office, who was educated at Harrow School. It reads: 'Dear Sir | Will you accept my sincere thanks for your kind letter.

[Sir Edward German, composer.] Autograph Signature ('Edward German :') to secretarial letter to Mrs Russell, apologising for not writing 'personally'.

Author: 
Sir Edward German (1862-1936), composer of incidental music and comic opera, best remembered for 'Merrie England'
Publication details: 
5 January 1928. On letterhead of 5 Biddulph Road, Elgin Avenue, W.9.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Only the salutation ('Dear Mrs. Russell,') and the valediction ('Yours very sincerely | Edward German :' are in German's hand; the rest is by a secretary. He writes that he would 'have liked to write you [sic] personally, but it is a little more than I can manage at present'. Nevertheless he assures her that he is 'most grateful' for her 'very kind message'.

[Cardinal Manning [Henry Edward Manning], Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry E. Card: Archbp.'), on the forwarding of a letter by 'Bishop Rickards on the subject of Sir Bartle Freres policy in the Zulu War'.

Author: 
Cardinal Manning [Henry Edward Manning] (1808-1892), Roman Catholic prelate; second Archbishop of Westminster, 1865-1892 [Sir Bartle Frere; the Second Zulu War]
Publication details: 
29 December 1879. On letterhead of the Archbishop's House, Westminster, S.W. [London]
£65.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient is not named. Manning begins by apologising for the 'long delay in fulfilling the promise to send the inclosed letter of Bishop Rickards on the subject of Sir Bartle Freres policy in the Zulu War'. He explains that he has been 'much pressed by business & also absent from London'. He concludes by urging the recipient not to trouble himself to return it.

[Oxford Circuit in the 1880s.] 27 sketches and caricatures by Lauriston Leonard Batten of barristers (including Lord Loveburn; C. J. Darling), judges and others, including several court scenes; for fellow barrister the future Sir Richard Harington.

Author: 
Lauriston Leonard Batten (1863-1934) [the Oxford Circuit in the late nineteenth century; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal]
Legal sketches
Publication details: 
The Oxford Circuit [Gloucester, Reading, Shrewsbury Assizes; Birmingham Assizes]. A few items dated to 1887, 1888, 1891, 1894.
£950.00
Legal sketches

Lauriston Leonard Batten studied at Trinity College, Cambridge (see his entry in Alum. Cantab.). He was admitted at the Inner Temple in 1882 and called to the bar four years later. KC, 1905. Bencher, 1914. The present collection is from the papers of his colleague on the Oxford Circuit, Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th baronet, who was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Called to the Bar in 1886, he practised on the Oxford Circuit before taking up an appointment as a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899.

[Sir Edward Henry Sieveking, Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward H. Sieveking') to L. C. Wooldridge, on his nomination as President of the Medico-Chirurgical Society, and a paper he wishes him to write.

Author: 
Sir Edward Henry Sieveking (1816-1904), Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria; physician at St Mary's Hospital, London [Leonard Charles Wooldridge (1857-1889), Lecturer on Physiology, Guy's Hospital
Publication details: 
12 January 1888. On letterhead of 17 Manchester Square, W. [London]
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He announces that he has been nominated for the Presidency of the Medico-Chirurgical Society by the Council, and supposes that he will be elected 'according to custom'.

[Sir Norton Knatchbull, parliamentarian and biblical scholar.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Norton Knatchbull') [to Sir Anthony St Leger?], repeating financial undertakings made regarding 'a covenant for securing of the land from Sr William Parkhurst'.

Author: 
Sir Norton Knatchbull (1602-1685) of Mersham Hatch, Kent, parliamentarian, Hebraist and biblical scholar [Sir William Parkhurst (d.1667), Warden of the Royal Mint; Sir Anthony St Leger (c.1605-1680)]
Publication details: 
'Munday night | Dec. 12. 1659'.
£220.00

This item appears to relate to the efforts of Sir William Parkhurst to raise money in order to pay fines and other demands made on him as a royalist by the Commonwealth. Parkhurst had served as Warden of the Royal Mint from 1623 until its seizure by Parliament in 1642, being deprived of his post the following year. By the time of the present letter his circumstances become so straitened that he was obliged to sell his family’s Kent estates, to which he had retired after the fall of Oxford in 1646.

[General Sir William Napier, Irish soldier, historian of the Peninsular War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W N') to 'Macdonald', declining to ask for rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, with resentment towards Admiral Sir William Parker.

Author: 
Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier] (1785-1860), Irish soldier in British Army and military historian of the Peninsular War [Admiral Sir William Parker]
Publication details: 
'Rotterdam Dec 13' [on paper with watermark date 1830].
£100.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering along one edge. Endorsed 'Genl. Wm. Napier'. On wove paper with watermark 'CANSELL | 1830'. The letter - written with energy and some resentment - refers to Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), who was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815.

[Sir Humphry Mackworth, politician, and industrial entrepreneur.] Manuscript Draft Petition from Mackworth's partners to the Lord Chancellor, claiming that 'mismanagement' of interests in Neath (Wales), and New York, will leave them 'entirely ruined'

Author: 
Sir Humphry Mackworth [Sir Humphrey Mackworth], Tory politician and dubious industrial entrepreneur in Neath, Wales, and New York [Company of Mine Adventurers of England]
Publication details: 
[High Court of Chancery, London.] Circa 1721.
£350.00

Mackworth was a flamboyant character, but whatever his flaws he played a major and innovative role in energising Welsh industry in the late Stuart period. For information on him and his dubious ventures, see his entries in the Oxford DNB (where his first name is spelt 'Humphry') and the Dictionary of Welsh Biography (where it is spelt 'Humphrey').

[Marion Spielmann, editor of The Connoisseur and Magazine of Art, art critic.] Autograph Card Signed (' M. H. Spielmann') to author Douglas Sladen, asking for information on Frederic Whyte, 'one of the men I should least like to lose sight of'.

Author: 
Marion Spielmann [Marion Harry Alexander Spielmann] (1858-1948), art critic and art historian, editor of The Connoisseur and Magazine of Art [Douglas Sladen (1856-1947), author]
Publication details: 
24 February 1917. 'G[reat]. W[estern]. R[ailwa]y. Royal Hotel | Paddington.'
£35.00

13.5 x 9 cm post card, unillustrated, and with stamp printed on in green, and postmark. In fair condition, on aged and browned high-acidity card. Addressed by Spielmann to: 'Douglas Sladen Esq. | The Avenue House, | Richmond.' As long as a short letter, with postscript up one side. He has received Sleden's 'p-card' and asks: 'Where is Frederic Whyte? What's his address? - I've long been wanting to meet him again, but he's unfortunately plunged out of my orbit ever since I went abroad in 1913, & he's one of the men I should least like to lose sight of.

[Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen], archivist and historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Palgrave'), regarding a statement which the recipient may wish to make to 'the Speaker' [of the House of Commons].

Author: 
Sir Francis Palgrave [born Francis Ephraim Cohen] (1788-1861), archivist and historian, Deputy Keeper of the Public Record Office from its foundation in 1838 to his death
Publication details: 
[Commission for Historic Manuscripts, London.] No date [on paper with watermarked date 1832].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The recipient is not named. Reads: 'My dear Sir/ | I have no doubt but that any statement which you may make to the Speaker will be in strict accordance with the facts; and I shall be always ready to bear testimony to your services during your connection with me - but for that very reason, I should not wish to impute [last word underlined three times] any document which you may have to present to him. Yrs ever faithfully | Francis Palgrave'.

[Sir Bernard Spilsbury, eminent pathologist.] Autograph Note Signed ('Bernard H. Spilsbury') to 'Mr Wyatt' [coroner R. B. Hervey Wyatt], apologising for the delay in producing a report in the case of 'Patricia Margaret Goodwin dec'.

Author: 
Sir Bernard Spilsbury [Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury] (1877-1947), eminent pathologist, whose murder cases included Crippen and the 'Brides in the Bath' [Raymond Benedict Hervey Wyatt, coroner]
Publication details: 
Undated [after 1941]. 20 Frognal, NW3 [Hampstead, London], on cancelled letterhead of Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, W.C.1.
£220.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, on creased and aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Mr Wyatt | Re Patricia Margaret Goodwin dec | I am sorry to have kept you waiting for the report in the above case which I now enclose | Yours Sincy | Bernard H. Spilsbury'. It was in March 1941 that Spilsbury moved in to a hotel in Frognal, Hampstead. From the papers of R. B. Hervey Wyatt (1890-1977), successively coroner for East London and South-West London.

[French snuff boxes, Christie's auction catalogue.] Catalogue of the Collection of Old French Snuff-Boxes and Objects of Vertu formed by Sir Edward Marshall Hall, K.C. deceased.

Author: 
Sir Edward Marshall Hall, K.C. [Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, London auctioneers; French snuff boxes]
Publication details: 
By Order of the Executors. Sold by auction on 22 June 1927 by Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods at their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London. [Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London.]
£90.00

14pp, 4to. Stitched into grey printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged, with one corner slightly dog-eared. 143 lots, divided into two sections: 'Miniatures and Enamels' and 'Objects of Vertu'. The snuff-boxes feature in the latter, and include: '112 A Louis XVI. plain oblong gold snuff-box, with rounded ends and reeded borders - bearing the mark of Henri Clavel, Paris 1778 - the rim engraved "DU PETIT DUNKERQUE"' and '122 A LOUIS XV.

[Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha, Indian Parsi politician.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'D E Wacha'), in English, to G. K. Menzies, responding badly to request that he subscribe to journal of Royal Society of Arts, lamenting old age and lack of heir

Author: 
Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha (1844-1936), Parsi politician from Bombay, founding member of Indian National Congress, member of Imperial Legislative Council [Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
All three from Jiji House, Ravelin [sic] Street, Bombay, India. 24 February, 30 March and 4 May 1934.
£350.00

See the entry for Wacha, a prominent member of the Indian cotton industry, in Who Was Who. He was the President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, and a member of the Bombay Legislative Council, the Imperial Legislative Council and the Council of State, and the head of the Western India Liberal Association. A somewhat bad-tempered correspondence. Wacha appears to feel that he is being bamboozled into subscribing to the Society's journal, but the confusion may be the result of his old age.

[Admiral Jellicoe, commander of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R Jellicoe') congratulating 'Cecil', i.e. future Admiral Sir Stanley Colville, on the birth of a son, discussing his 'joining' the ship as guest.

Author: 
Admiral Jellicoe [Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe] (1859-1935), commander of Grand Fleet at Battle of Jutland [Admiral Sir Stanley Cecil James Colville (1861-1939)]
Publication details: 
30 September 1907. On letterhead of HMS Albemarle, Atlantic Fleet.
£150.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with a few light stains from mount. Folded once. Having seen the Times announcement of the birth of Cecil's son the previous Saturday, Jellicoe sends his 'Most hearty congratulations' on the birth of Cecil's son, and is 'so delighted that all is going so satisfactorily & that you can come to see us on the 14th.

[Harry Lloyd Hopkins writing from the White House to Jock Colville at No. 10 Downing Street.] Typed Note Signed ('Harry Hopkins') regarding Churchill's gift to Roosevelt of 'silver models' commemorating D-Day Mulberry Phoenix and Whale Harbours.

Author: 
Harry Lloyd Hopkins (1890-1946), American Secretary of Commerce and leading advisor to President Roosevelt [Jack Colville [Sir John Rupert Colville] (1915-1987), Private Secretary to Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
2 September 1944. On letterhead of The White House, Washington.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. Addressed at foot to 'Mr. Jock Colville, | 10, Downing Street, | Whitehall, London, | England.' The typed salutation is to 'Dear Mr. Colville', but Hopkins has crossed out the name and replaced it in autograph with 'Jock'. The note reads: 'I received the silver models of the "Whale" and the "Phoenix" and have given them to the President with the message from Mr. Churchill.' According to J. D.

[Sir John Mills, Oscar-winning actor.] Typed Letter Signed ('John Mills') to Mrs Richard Eyre, daughter of Charles Royds, First Lieutenant to Scott of the Antarctic, regarding research on the film, in which Mills starred as Scott.

Author: 
Sir John Mills [born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills] (1908-2005), Oscar-winning English film actor [Richard Eyre; Scott of the Antarctic]
Publication details: 
24 November 1947; Fernacres, Fulmer, Bucks.
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. On grey paper with letterhead of his name. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight staining tape staining to two corners from mount. Addressed to 'Mrs Richard Eyre, | Bullsmead, | Maiden Newton, | Dorset.' The subject of the letter is the preparation for the 1948 British film 'Scott of the Antarctic', in which Mills starred in the title role. The recipient is the mother of the noted English director Sir Richard Eyre (b. 1943), whose father Charles Royds was Scott’s First Lieutenant.

[Mariana Starke, author of travel guide of France and Italy.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'M Starke') [to Lady Anne Cullum] on the sending of 'red Massicum' wine by 'Gargiolo', and her desire to swap a Galignani for a Murray copy of her guide.

Author: 
Mariana Starke (1762-1838), author of travel guide of France and Italy, published in London by John Murray [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Both undated, but from 1833, the first on 'Wednesday' and the second on 'Friday evening'. Both from 'Cocumella, Piano di Sorrento.' [Italy]
£220.00

The female recipient is not named, but is Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House. The two letters are in fair condition, on creased and folded thin paper, the second with a torn corner unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. ONE: 'Wednesday'. 1p, 12mo.

[Charles Buller Heberden, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'C B Heberden') to Sir Richard Harington, concerning the replacement of a college stained glass window, Harington taking the old one.

Author: 
Charles Buller Heberden (1849-1921), classical scholar and Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford [Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Ridlington and Whitbourne Court]
Publication details: 
2, 4 and 14 January 1897. All three on letterhead of Brasenose College, Oxford.
£250.00

The three letters total 7pp, 12mo. All three in good condition, on lightly aged paper. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, whose father Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), had been Principal from 1842 to his death. All three endorsed by Harington with date of receipt. The subject is the replacement of a stained glass window in the college, with Harington receiving the old window, which he put up at his Worcestershire country house, Whitbourne Court.

[Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Austen Chamberlain.') to his neighbour 'Mr Kynnersley', declining to part with 'a piece of the meadow', suggesting that his tenant acquire an allotment instead.

Author: 
Austen Chamberlain [Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain] (1863-1937), Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer [Thomas Clement Sneyd Kynnersley (1803-1892) of Moor Green, Moseley, Birmingham]
Publication details: 
6 November 1889. On letterhead of Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. The letter, which deals with domestic matters, but has some interest considering the writer's father's views on land reform, is written a year after Chamberlain's return from his studies in Germany, where he had been alarmed by the rise in Prussian militarism, and with him on the verge of his entry into politics in the footsteps of his father Joseph Chamberlain. (He was also the older half-brother of the future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.) It begins: 'Dear Mr.

[Sir Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. H. Layard.') to Daniel Maclise, defending the conclusions of the Royal Commission on the wall-paintings in the Palace of Westminster, with regard to Maclise and the other artists.

Author: 
Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), archaeologist at Nimrud and Nineveh, discoverer of library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal [Daniel Maclise (c.1806-1870), Irish artist; Palace of Westminster]
Publication details: 
130 Piccadilly [London]. 24 October 1864.
£450.00

A very interesting letter in which a member of a royal commission defends its conclusions on the question of wall-paintings in Westminster Palace, to one of the leading artist engaged in that work.

[Sir Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. H. Layard') to the orientalist W. B. Barker, sending a 'specimen' of his 'detestable handwriting', and calling him 'a fortunate man' for being satisfied with his position.

Author: 
Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), archaeologist who excavated Nimrud and Nineveh, discoverer of library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal [William Burckhardt Barker] (c.1810-1856), orientalist]
Publication details: 
10 July 1837. Athenaeum Club [London], on club letterhead.
£125.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount unobtrusively adhering at head of reverse. Folded twice. The salutation is to 'My dear Barker', and the name of the recipient is given at the foot of the first page as 'W. B. Barker Esqe'. He thanks him for his 'kind, but too complimentary note'. He is afraid that Barker's friend, who has clearly requested Layard's autograph, 'sets too much value upon a specimen of such detestable handwriting', but in this matter, 'as in anything else', he will be happy to oblige Barker.

[The Military Accounts Department, Meerut, India.] Printed tribute by the members of the department, on the retirement of Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock, Controller of Military Accounts.

Author: 
[Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock [Edward Barnes Peacock], Controller of Military Accounts, E.C. & U.P. District, Meerut, India]
Publication details: 
At bottom left: 'MEERUT, | Dated the 28th January 1925.'
£45.00

The recipient Lieut.-Col. Edward Barnes Peacock (b.1873; fl.1955), son of Sir Barnes Peacock (1810-1890), Chief Justice of Bengal, served in the 31st Punjab Regiment. The present document is printed in dark-blue ink on 38.5 x 25 cm piece of thin wove paper. The main body of text comprises twenty-five lines in small print, enclosed in decorative border. Aged and creased, with slight loss at bottom right, taking away a small part of the border. Headed: 'To | Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock, | Controller of Military Accounts, | E. C. & U. P. DISTRICT.

[Sir J. B. Lawes and Sir J. H. Gilbert, agricultural scientists.] Three printed works: 'Report of Experiments on the Growth of Wheat', presentation copy; 'The Effect of Different Manures'; 'On the Chemistry of the Feeding of Animals', by Lawes alone.

Author: 
J. B. Lawes and J. H. Gilbert [Sir John Bennet Lawes (1814-1900) and Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert (1817-1901), agricultural scientists] [Royal Agricultural Society of England; Royal Dublin Society]
Publication details: 
First two: [Royal Agricultural Society of England.] London: Printed by W. Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, and Charing Cross. 1863 and 1864. Third: [Royal Dublin Society.]: Dublin: Printed at the University Press, by M. H. Gill. 1864.
£350.00

See the entries on the two men in the Oxford DNB. In an impressive description of their joint achievements, the entry on Gilbert describes his association with Lawes as 'one of the longest and most productive scientific partnerships on record [...] In agricultural circles their names are for ever linked'. The first two items are in uniform light-blue printed card covers; the last is of similar appearance, in printed card covers of the same colour. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Ulrike von Pogwisch, sister of Goethe's daughter-in-law, latterly Prioress of St John's Monastery, Schleswig.] Autograph Note Signed ('Ulrike v Pogwisch'), in English, [to Lady Ann Cullum], expressing pleasure at making her acquaintance.

Author: 
Ulrike von Pogwisch (1798-1875), sister of the daughter-in-law of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, from 1864 Prioress of St. John's Monastery, Schleswig [Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
[Carlsbad]; nor date ('at 12 oClock').
£150.00

3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. Aged and ruckled, with light damp staining. No salutation, but apparently complete. From the papers of Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Rev. Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House. ]Begins: 'I am very sorry, that I could not keep my promise to day to call upon You, - Believe me that it was impossible, but I cant leave Carlsbad without telling You at least how glad I waws to have made Your acquaintances.

[Lord Lytton (Edward Bulwer Lytton), Victorian novelist and friend of Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B L') to Lady Ann Cullum, regarding arrangements with his solicitor regarding a 'Deed'.

Author: 
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton [Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton] (1803-1873), English author and politician, friend of Charles Dickens [Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
12 May 1855; Park Lane [London], on letterhead of the House of Commons.
£75.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. Written in his usual difficult hand. He begins by stating that her note was forwarded to him from Knebworth. The letter continues: 'I had previously requested my Sol[icito]r.

[General Sir James Simpson, Commander of British troops in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death.] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Simpson') to Lady Ann Cullum, making plans for dinner party, with reference to 'two Miss Lockharts', other guests, his dogs.

Author: 
General Sir James Simpson (1792-1868), commander of British forces in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
27 April [no year]; on letterhead of Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. From the Cullum papers, Simpson being a neighbour of the family. Having 'just come in from a longish walk', he is sorry to have missed Lady Cullum.

[Sir George Jessel, Master of the Rolls.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Jessel') to E. A. Scott, explaining why he has changed his mind about withdrawing his son [the future Sir Charles James Jessel] from Rugby School.

Author: 
Sir George Jessel (1824-1883), British judge, Master of the Rolls, the first Jew to be a regular member of the Privy Council [his son Sir Charles James Jessel (1860-1928); E. A. Scott of Rugby School]
Publication details: 
24 October 1878; Ladham House, Goldhurst.
£250.00

For Jessel's judicial high standing see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. In envelope with Penny Red and postmarks, and 'LADHAM HOUSE, | GOLDHURST' printed on the flap, addressed by Jessel to 'E. A. Scott Esq | Schoolfield | Rugby | Warwickshire'. The envelope is signed 'G. Jessel' at bottom left of cover, and the letter concludes with the same signature. He is 'glad to be able now to withdraw the notice' he gave Scott about his son Charles 'leaving Rugby'.

[Sir John Cullum, antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C.') to his brother Thomas Gery Cullum, describing a visit to Bulstrode, with references to the Duchess of Portland, Rev. John Lightfoot, and a long description of Mrs. Delaney.

Author: 
Sir John Cullum (1733-1785) of Hawstead Place, antiquary [his brother Sir Thomas Gery Cullum; Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland; John Lightfoot; 'Mrs Delaney', Mary Delany ; Bulstrode]
Publication details: 
'W. Ham [i.e. West Ham, Essex] | 10 June 1777.'
£850.00

See the entries for both brothers in the Oxford DNB, as also those of individuals mentioned in the letter: Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715-1785), the fabulously-wealthy Duchess of Portland, owner at Bulstrode of the finest natural history collection in the land (her herbarium is now at Kew); her librarian the botanist Rev. John Lightfoot (1735-1788); and her companion the celebrated 'Mrs Delaney', Mary Delany (1700-1788). 3pp, 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with postmarks, to 'T. G. Cullum Esqr | Bury St. Edmunds | Suffolk'.

[Sir Vivian Fuchs, Antarctic explorer.] Autograph Signature ('V. E. Fuchs | 1968') to illustration of the R. R. S. Shackleton, with anonymous typed note explaining why the picture was signed.

Author: 
Sir Vivian Fuchs [Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs] (1908-1999),Antarctic explorer who in 1958 led the first expedition to cross Antarctica
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00

8 x 12 cm illustration of a ship in polar waters, cut from book or periodical, with bold signature at bottom right: 'V. E. Fuchs | 1968'. Laid down on piece of white paper. In fair condition, but with slight bleeding of ink from signature towards foot of paper. Accompanying the item is an unsigned typed note by the recipient of the autograph, on a 4to piece of paper. It reads: 'Antarctic Crossing | The autograph of Sir Vivian Fuchs | The first crossing of the Antarctic continent was completed at 1.47 p.m. on 2 March 1958, after a 2,158 mile trek lasting 99 days from 24th Nov.

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