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[George Cruikshank, celebrated caricaturist, on Sir Charles Wheatstone and the 'Submarine Telegraph'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geoe Cruikshank') to C. Le Motte, describing Wheatstone's attempts to 'lay a wire across the Thames' and in Swansea.

George Cruikshank (1792-1878), celebrated caricaturist, friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens [Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), inventor, pioneer of the submarine telegraph]
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On letterhead of 263 Hampstead Road, N.W. [London] 17 October 1866.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With Cruikshank's splendid sprawling signature. Addressed to 'C. Le Motte Esq' and beginning: 'Sir, | Professor Wheatstone did not lay the wire across the Thames as he proposed to do, on account of the “Trawling” in that River and also finding some trouble in obtaining permission from the Lord Mayor – as “Conservator of the Thames” - In 1840 he had all the plans and apparatus ready – and in 1844 he in company with the Member for Swansea [i.e.

[ Sir Courtenay Mansel contests the University of Wales for the Conservatives in the 1929 General Election. ] Two printed items: an address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by Mansel, and an endorsement by D. Geraint Evans.

Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician [ D. Geraint Evans; University of Wales, Swansea ]
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Both items dating from 1929 and printed by the Alexandra Printing Co., 19 Alexandra Road, Swansea'. Mansel's address 'Published by the Candidate.'

Having briefly (1923-1924) served as Liberal Member if Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth, and stood unsuccessfully in 1924 (again as a Liberal) and 1928 (as a Conservative) Mansel made a final effort to re-enter the House of Common in the 1929 general election, contesting the University of Wales seat, again as a Conservative. Mansel came third in a three-way contest which was won comfortably for the Liberals by Ernest Evans. No copies of either item have been traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The two are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dd. Davies'), with long autograph postscript, to Sir Courtenay Mansel, regarding Mansel's palmistry reading and Davies's subsequent health problems.

David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
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On elaborate engraved letterhead of the South Wales Daily Post, 211 High Street, Swansea. 12 May 1921.

3pp., 8vo. Autograph postscript of nine lines on otherwise-blank reverse of second leaf. On aged and worn paper, with holing to one corner from stud which attached the leaves together. He was pleased to hear from Mansel, and understands from his letter that 'notwithstanding your disabilities you manage to put in a deal of work'. He continues: 'I shall be particularly interested in your plays, which are more in my line than music. He quotes Mansel's 'notes on the print of my hand', which he finds 'particularly interesting, in view of the fact that they were made more than 11 years ago'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. G. Bevan') from the Quaker writer Joseph Gurney Bevan to Thomas Eaton of Swansea, regarding financial accounts including the 'Estate in Maryland' of William Padley.

Joseph Gurney Bevan (1753-1814), English Quaker writer [Thomas Eaton of Swansea, Glamorganshire; William Padley; Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), author and publisher; Society of Friends]
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'London 3d. 5mo 1793 [3 May 1795]'.

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. The letter mainly relates to the estate of William Padley senior of Swansea, who had died in 1801. Bevan begins by stating that he has had no reply to his letter of 8 May. 'I now hand thee a small account against W P's estate which I should be pleased to have closed by payment. - At the same time I inform thee I have in my possession R Phillips (of Lond) [i.e. Sir Richard Phillips] bill for a proof under City seal respecting W P.'s Estate in Maryland £4. 2.

The Class Nature of the Soviet Union. Two Articles by Leon Trotsky: 'Once Again; the U.S.S.R. and its Defence.' [...] 'The U.S.S.R.; Non-Proletarian and non-Bourgeoise State?' [With anonymous foreword discussing Trotsky's 'political tendency'.]

Leon Trotsky [Trotskyite; W.I.R. Publications; British Communism Party; Communist]
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[Early 1960s.] 'Printed in Swansea by voluntary labour.' Published by W.I.R. Publications, 374, Grays Inn Rd., London W.C.I [cancelled to 'Order from W.I.R. Publications, 197, Kings Cross Road, London, W.C.1.']

Mimeographed and stapled. [i] + iii + 17 pp. Printed on eleven leaves, the first two and last two 26 x 21 cm, and the middle seven leaves 25.5 x 20 cm. Fair, on foxed paper with wear to extremities. It would appear that the leaves of the two articles had been printed previously, and were newly bound up here with the preliminary matter. The first articles is, according to the title 'Taken from "Fourth International", July Aug 1951. (American edition)' and the second 'Taken from "Workers International News", Sept-Oct 1946.

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