THOMAS

Autograph Letter in the third person from Charles Manner-Sutton, Speaker of the House of Commons, acknowledging receipt of Thomas Moulden Sherwood's 'A Treatise on the Proceedings to be adopted by Members'.

Author: 
Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury (1780-1845), Speaker of the House of Commons [Thomas Moulden Sherwood]
Publication details: 
Palace Yard. 6 February 1828.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with unobtrusive closed tear and evidence of previous mounting on reverse. The letter reads: 'The Speaker presents his Compts to Mr Sherwood, and begs to return his best thanks for the work he has just received - The Speaker feels assured that Mr Sherwoods experience in and attention to the Private business of the House will have enabled him to collect much useful information on this subject so important to the Public at large | Palace Yard | Feby. 6 | 1828'.

Autograph manuscript of Thomas Charles Baring's 'The Lyrics of Horace. Done into English Rhyme'. Neatly written out by him, and in original stamped binding, with his bookplate.

Author: 
Thomas Charles Baring, banker, Chairman of Baring Brothers Ltd, Conservative Member of Parliament for South Essex, 1874-1885, and for the City of London, 1887-1891; Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford
Publication details: 
[London: circa 1870.]
£400.00

4to, 179pp. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In lightly-worn original binding in blue cloth, all edges gilt, with 'THE LYRICS | OF HORACE | IN | ENGLISH RHYME.' stamped in gilt on front board, and 'THE | LYRICS | OF | HORACE' on the spine. A fair copy by Baring of his complete translation, paginated by him 5-183, without title or preliminaries (these were presumably intended to be written out on the two blank leaves which precede the translation).

Autograph Journals of Philip Thomas Wykeham of Tythrop House, Kingsey, Oxfordshire, grandson of Philip, 6th Viscount Wenman, describing tours through Wales in 1802 (including a description of Thomas Johnes's Hafod) and 1827.

Author: 
Philip Thomas Wykeham (1774-1832) of Tythrop House, Kingsey, Oxfordshire [now Buckinghamshire], grandson of Philip Wenman, 6th Viscount Wenman (1719-1760) [Col. Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) of Hafod]
Publication details: 
[Tythrop House, Kingsey, Oxfordshire [now Buckinghamshire] and Wales. 1802 and 1827.]
£650.00

The two journals contained in the same notebook. 58pp., 12mo. In original calf binding, interleaved with blotting paper. In fair condition, on aged paper, with light damp staining, in worn calf with spine rubbed away. The two journals are written upside down from one another, at both ends of the book. On front pastedown: 'Philip Thos. Wykeham | Philip | Philip Wyk | Wykeham | May 14 1827, for N. Wales'. Journal of 1802: 35pp., 12mo. Begins: 'Set out from Oxford on Sunday Evening June 13: 1802.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C: Philpot') from Charles Philpot, rector of Ripple, offering to publishers [Cadell & Davies] 'a MS volume intitled "An Introduction to the literary history of the fourteenth & fifteenth centuries"'.

Author: 
Charles Philpot (1760-1823), rector of Ripple, near Deal, Kent [Thomas Cadell (1773-1836) & William Davies, London publishers]
Publication details: 
Ripple near Deal [Kent]. 20 March 1798.
£135.00

2pp., 8vo. 39 lines of text. On aged and lightly-stained paper, with one chipped edge. Unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Addressed 'Gentlemen', the letter begins 'Pardon me for recommending to your notice a MS volume intitled "An Introduction to the literary history of the fourteenth & fifteenth centuries", which will this day be forwarded to you by the Deal & Canterbury Coach. In taking such a liberty I have no excuse to offer but wha is supplied by your high reputation & extensive concern in every department of literature'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W J Prowse') from the English humorist W. J. Prowse [William Jeffrey Prowse] to the solicitor Edward Draper, written as he sets out for France to convalesce during his final illness, regarding a legal action against him.

Author: 
William Jeffery Prowse (1836-1870), English humorist, leader writer on the Daily Telegraph [Edward Draper of Vincent Square, London, Honorary Solicitor of the Savage Club]
Publication details: 
College, Camberwell New Road. 14 October 1869.
£80.00

2pp., 16mo. 22 lines of text, closely and neatly written. In fair condition, on aged paper, with small pinholes and a spot of glued paper from previous mounting. The letter begins: 'My dear Draper, | I sail early tomorrow morning. | Enclosed is a ten pound note, and the summons referred to. - I cannot help thinking that a compromise might be effected it it were shown to the summoner by a "lawyer" that I have left England, have no house or furniture of my own, and that the most valuable of my books are gone with me. You will deeply oblige me if you will see whether this can be done'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Tommy', 'T G R' and 'T') from Thomas German Reed, proprietor, the Gallery of Illustration, Regent Street, London, to Edward Dean Davies, lessee, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, written in affectionate and high-spirited terms.

Author: 
Thomas German Reed (1817-1888), English musician and actor, proprietor of the Gallery of Illustration, 14 Regent Street, London [Edward Dean Davis (1806-1887), lessee of the Theatre Royal, Newcastle]
Publication details: 
Letter One: on letterhead of the Gallery of Illustration, 14 Regent Street [London]. 24 December 1863. Letter Two: 'Sat. S. C.'
£160.00

Letter One: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With decorative letterhead in red. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Old DD' and 'E. D. Davis'. He realises that Davis is in 'a precious state of mind', and will only send 'a few lines to exchange domestic greetings of kindliness & good fellowship from the circle of Balham to the Square in N'Castle - the waters of the Thames mingle with those of the Tyne'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Member of Parliament for Norfolk Thomas de Grey of Merton Hall near Thetford, regarding the supply of 'a pipe of Port and a Hogshead of Calcavalla [sic]', and 'a Hogshead of Sherry'.

Author: 
Thomas de Grey (1717-1781) of Merton Hall near Thetford, Member of Parliament for Norfolk from 1764 to 1774 [fine wine]
Publication details: 
'Merton' [i.e. Merton Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk]. 15 December [no year].
£80.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Fair, on aged paper. De Grey begins: 'You have very much obliged me by accepting a small Present of Game, and many of my neighbours as well as myself will rejoyce in your Correspondent supplying me with a pipe of Port and a Hogshead of Calcavalla, [sic] if a Hogshead of Sherry could be procured without any additional trouble, it would add to the Obligation'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed from Thomas Archer, editor of the Hornet, to the London solicitor Edward Draper, asking for contributions to the magazine; the first signed with a picture of a hornet and the second signed 'Th Archer'.

Author: 
Thomas Archer (1830-1893), author and journalist, editor of the Hornet [Edward Draper of Vincent Square, London, Honorary Solicitor of the Savage Club]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterheads of 'The Hornets Nest, 86, Fleet Street [London]. Neither dated.
£60.00

The letterhead features an image of an hornet seated at a writing table. Letter One: 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on aged paper. The letter reads: 'Friday | Dear Draper | Have you made up your mind to let me have a conceit or two for Ye Hornet. I can only offer 5/- a column but then Column is but a very brief affair. | Yours always | [signature in the form of a drawing of a hornet]'. Letter Two: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of previous mount on reverse of second leaf. Addressed to 'My dear Draper'.

Autograph of 'Sonnet | By the Revd John Moultrie', beginning 'Now Lady, that our parting is so nigh'.

Author: 
Rev. John Moultrie (1799-1874), Church of England clergyman, poet and hymn writer; educated at Eton College; teacher at Rugby School and friend of Dr Thomas Arnold
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 3 May 1825.
£95.00

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with loss to one corner and edge from breaking of wafer. Removed from an album, and with '90' in another hand in one corner. Headed 'Sonnet | By the Revd John Moultrie', and with 'May 3d. 1825.' at the foot. With four minor autograph emendations. The sonnet begins: 'Now Lady, that our parting is so nigh, | Fain would I think that thou, in future hours, | Amidst thine own Dunedins queenly towers, | Or haply Scotland's mountain scenery, | Wilt tow'rd the South turn no unkindly eye,'.

Printed price list, in French, for Thomas Frères, négociants à Valence, Départment de la Drome, with 'Vins Rouges' and 'Vin Blancs'.

Author: 
[Thomas Frères, négociants à Valence, Départment de la Drome] [the French wine trade; fine wines]
Publication details: 
[Thomas Frères, négociants à Valence, Départment de la Drome.] Undated [1840s?]
£38.00

Nicely printed within a border on one side of a piece of 19 x 12 cm laid paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Headed: 'THOMAS FRÈRES, | NGTS. A VALENCE, DÉPT. DE LA DROME. | REPRÉSENTÉS VOYAGEUR.' 22 'VINS ROUGES' (from 'Hermitage' to 'Bordeaux') and 13 'VINS BLANCS' (from 'Hermitage' to 'Muscat de Beziers') are listed, followed by six items from 'Eau-de-vie vieille du Languedoc' to 'Truffes noires'. Prices are only given (in pencil) for three items.

Four engraved caricatures on a single sheet, published by the Regency publisher and printseller Thomas McLean, whose London shop was next to the Haymarket Theatre, and possibly depicting theatrical characters.

Author: 
Thomas McLean (1788-1875), publisher and printseller, 26 Haymarket (next door to the Haymarket Theatre), established 1811
Publication details: 
London: Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket. 1824
£180.00

The sheet is 38 x 27.5cm; and the dimensions of the plate are34 x 25cm. At foot of plate: 'London, Published by Thos. Mc.Lean, 26 Haymarket, 1824.' The engravings, each 11 x 8cm., are arranged in two rows of two. In good condition, lightly-aged and with a torn pin hole at head, presumably where the print was torn from its string. Moving clockwise from top left, the prints are as follows.

The flamboyant Labour Member of Parliament Tom Driberg's own collection of photographic portraits of himself; nine large prints, by Maurice Beck (4, signed), Blechman (2, signed), Lenare (2) and Converse Studios (1); and a small one by Alex Dellow.

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell, Labour Member of Parliament and the Daily Express's 'William Hickey' ; Maurice Beck; Blechman; Lenare; Converse Studios, New York
Publication details: 
[London and New York.] In stamped photographic album of Lenare, Portraiture, 28, George Street, Hanover Square, London, W.1. None of the ten prints is date [1930s to 1970s].
£500.00

The nine large prints are in good condition, lightly-aged with slight wear to corners. The smaller print is lightly-creased. In worn blue faux-leather album, with large facsimile signature of 'Lenare' on cover in gilt, with the address 'Portraiture | 28, GEORGE STREET | HANOVER SQUARE | LONDON, W.1.' ONE to FOUR. A series of four head-and-shoulders portraits of Driberg, each signed in pencil by Maurice Beck, and with the stamp on the reverse: 'Photograph by | Maurice Beck | F.R.P.S.' Each on a piece of 37 x 29.5 cm.

Black and white portrait by Converse Studios Inc., New York, of the Labour Member of Parliament Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, later Baron Bradwell], the 'William Hickey' of the Daily Express.

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell, Labour Member of Parliament and the Daily Express's 'William Hickey' [Converse Studios Inc., New York, photographers]
Publication details: 
Converse Studios Inc., New York. [1930s.]
£56.00

Black and white portrait of Driberg from the waist up, by Converse Studios Inc., New York. In good condition, in lightly-worn printed card folder, 35 x 25.5 cm. The image is mounted behind a 23.5 x 18 cm windowpane. Driberg, in his early thirties, in a double-breasted pin-striped suit, white shirt, and tie, faces the camera with hands in pockets. From Driberg's own papers.

Autograph Letter Signed by the Scottish poet Thomas Campbell, author of 'Gertrude of Wyoming', writing in memorable style on presenting a book to an American visitor about to return home.

Author: 
Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish Romantic poet, author of 'The Pleasures of Hope' and 'Gertrude of Wyoming'
Publication details: 
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. 16 July 1840.
£180.00

2pp., 4to. An excellent letter, stylish and charming, and a lucky survival. In poor condition, apparently as a result of fire damage: with wear and chipping repaired with archival tape.

Autograph Signature ('T. P. O'Connor.') of the Irish journalist and politician Thomas Power O'Connor ('Tay Pay'), taken from the bottom of a typed letter addressed to the journalist W. Teignmouth Shore.

Author: 
T. P. O'Connor [Thomas Power O'Connor; 'Tay Pay'] (1848-1929), Irish journalist and politician, founder in 1902 of 'T. P.'s Weekly' [W. Teignmouth Shore (1865-1932), British journalist and author]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On one side of a 7.5 x 16 cm strip of paper, cut from the bottom of a typed letter signed. In fair condition, lightly-aged and with minor traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads (with O'Connor's signature in autograph and the rest typed): '[...] | Yours sincerely, | T. P. O'Connor. | W. Teignmouth Shore, Esq'.

Autograph Signatures of the Welsh tenor Gwynn Parry Jones ('Parry Jones') and Anglo-Australian organist Sir George Thomas Thalben-Ball ('G. G. Thalben-Ball'), the last of whom has depicted the recipient Dr H. C. L. Stocks as a bar of music.

Author: 
Gwynn Parry Jones (1891-1963), Welsh tenor; Sir George Thomas Thalben-Ball (1896-1987), Anglo-Australian organist [Harold Carpenter Lumb Stocks (1884-1956), organist of St Asaph Cathedral]
Publication details: 
Neither item with place. Thalben-Ball's signature dated 22 May 1941.
£56.00

On one side of a 16 x 20 cm piece of light-green paper, removed from an album. In good condition, lightly-aged. Thalben-Ball's signature is the upper of the two, and reads 'To | [bar of music in 3/4 time] | G. G. Thalben-Ball | 22. v. 41'. Parry's signatuer is towards the centre of the page, and simply reads 'Parry Jones.' From album which also contained the signatures of many performers at the Denbigh Eisteddford in 1939.

Hand-coloured engraving by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Thomas Tegg, titled 'Scotch cleanliness N1. Vide Cottagers of Glenburnie.'

Author: 
Isaac Cruikshank (1764-1811), Scottish engraver, father of George Cruikshank (1792-1878); Thomas Tegg (1776-1846), London printseller and bookseller [Elizabeth Hamilton (c.1756-1816), novelist]
Publication details: 
In bottom right-hand corner of 'Pubd by T Tegg 111 Cheapside London Sepr. 4 1810'.
£95.00

In fair condition, on aged paper, cut down to 18 x 25.5 cm (from the 24 x 35 cm of the British Museum copy), including a strip of around 1 cm high at the bottom carrying the caption (in which the 'N1' - more likely 'Ni' - appears to be an error), and with slight loss to two corners on removal from an album. The inscriptions carried by this copy vary from those on that in the British Museum, suggesting an earlier issue: as with the British Museum copy 'Cruikshank del.' is written beneath the illustration at bottom left, but this copy has 'Pubd by T Tegg 111 Cheapside London Sepr.

Six Autograph Letters Signed and one Autograph Note Signed (all 'J. H. Trumbull') from the philologist James Hammond Trumbull to Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury, mainly on a paper by the latter in the Transactions of the American Philological Association

Author: 
James Hammond Trumbull (1821-1897), Yale-educated American philologist and Republican Secretary of the State of Connecticut, 1861-1866 [Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury (1838-1915), literary critic]
Publication details: 
All eight items from Hartford, Connecticut (one on letterhead of the Watkinson Library and two on letterheads of the American Philological Association). All from 1871.
£400.00

The seven items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Totalling 10pp, 12mo. A correspondence between two Yale men. The first six items (between 11 April and 29 June 1871) relate to Lounsbury's 'paper on old English verb forms, for publication in the Transactions [of the Amerian Philological Association]'. A letter of 8 May 1871 is revealing of the difficulties encountered by Trumbull in editing the journal: 'Your paper is safe in hand, and I do not apprehend any trouble with it, typographical or other.

Autograph Letter Signed "Douglas" [Cleverdon, broadcaster, publisher] to "Eddie" [Edward Marsh, translator (of Anouilh, Cocteau et al), schoolmaster.

Author: 
Douglas Cleverdon, broadcaster, bookseller, publisher [Eric Gill; Dylan Thomas]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Douglas Cleverdon | Publisher | 27 Barnsbury Square | London N1 England ..., 23 July 1976.
£95.00

One page, cr. 8vo, good condition, giving a brief c.v. of his son, Lewis Cleverdon from Primary School to William Ellis [Marsh's school], Dartington to work experience (dry-stone walling, carpenter's mate, training with wheelwright. He asks Marsh to send a reference toi the Clerk of the Skinners Company, giving address.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Astley Cooper') from the surgeon and anatomist Sir Astley Paston Cooper accusing Thomas Penrice of Great Yarmouth of being an 'Odd Fish'.

Author: 
Sir Astley Cooper [Sir Astley Paston Cooper], 1st Baronet (1768-1841), English surgeon, President of the Royal College of Surgeons [Thomas Penrice of Great Yarmouth, Surgeon to the Norfolk Militia]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [postmarked February 1824].
£56.00

1p., 4to. Fifteen lines. On aged paper and worn paper with loss to text, laid down on piece of card. Addressed to 'Mr Penrice | Gt Yarmouth'.

Autograph Bill Signed ('Granth<am>') by Thomas Robinson, Lord Grantham, British Ambassador to the Court of Spain, for removal expenses from Madrid to Aranjuez. With Signed Authorisation ('Rochford') by the 4th Earl of Rochford, Secretary of State.

Author: 
Thomas Robinson (1738-1786), 2nd Baron Grantham, British Ambassador to the Court of Spain; William Henry van Nassau van Zuylestein (1717-1781), 4th Earl of Rochford
Publication details: 
Dated by Grantham 'Madrid, June 21st. 1772', and by Rochford 'St. James's 12th. Augt. 1772'.
£150.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Bottom corner of first leaf torn away (carrying with it the latter part of Grantham's signature) otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of mount on reverse of second leaf. Neatly written out the bill reads: 'His Excellency Lord Grantham, His Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Spain, humbly craves Allowance of the following Bill of His Extra-Ordinary Disbursements. | For removing myself & Family to Aranjuez, House Rent, and other Expenses. - £300. 0. 0. | Madrid June 21st. 1772. | [signed] Granth'.

Two Typed Testimonials Signed (each 'T. Percy Nunn') by Sir Percy Nunn [Sir Thomas Percy Nunn], Professor of Education, University of London, for the artist and educator H. Clarence Whaite

Author: 
Sir Percy Nunn [Sir Thomas Percy Nunn] (1870-1944), Professor of Education, University of London [H. Clarence Whaite (1895-1978), Head of Art Department, University of London Institute of Education]
Publication details: 
The first, dated 28 June 1928, on London County Council letterhead. The second, dated 5 August 1937, from 83 Manor Drive, Wembley, Middlesex.
£120.00

Two extraordinarily positive testimonials, especially significant coming from one of the leading educationalists of his age, and also of interest considering the fact that Whaite would follow Nunn to the London Institute. (Whaite was first cousin twice removed of his more famous namesake. He was himself an excellent artist and teacher, and there is a large collection of his work at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.) ONE: Written by Nunn as Principal, London County Council, London Day Training College (University of London), Southampton Row, London, WC1. On College letterhead; 28 June 1928.

Typed insurance valuation by auctioneers Christie, Manson & Woods of the art collection and library of the Labour Party politician Tom Driberg [Baron Bradwell]. With typed and manuscript material relating to bequests to a number of celebrated friends

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell] (1905-1976), journalist and Labour Party politician [Sir John Betjeman; Michael Foot; Joan Littlewood; Stanley Orme; Lord Paget of Northampton]
Publication details: 
Valuation: Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St James's, London. 1973.
£350.00

Valuation: 29pp., 4to, in a brown folder bound with green ribbon. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With a few manuscript additions. The title reads: 'T. DRIBERG, ESQ., 601 MOUNTJOY HOUSE, BARBICAN, LONDON, E.C.2. | VALUATIONS FOR INSURANCE | CHRISTIE, MANSON & WOODS.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Harris') from Thomas Harris, manager of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden [to the author?], announcing that the Lord Chamberlain has given permission for the performance of J. C. Cross's 'They've bit the Old One'.

Author: 
Thomas Harris (d.1820), manager of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden [James C. Cross [J. C. Cross], Georgian playwright]
Publication details: 
[Theatre Royal] Covent Garden [London]. 20 April 1798.
£40.00

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of mount on reverse. The letter reads: 'Sir/ | With permission of the Right Honble, the Lord Chamberlain "They've bit the Old One, or The Scheeming [sic] Butler," a musical piece in one act, will be performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. | I am, Sir, | Yr hble Servt | [signed] T. Harris'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E C Hawtrey') from Rev. Dr Edward Craven Hawtrey, Provost of Eton College, written in warm terms to an American who had previously visited England, introducing Thomas Bendyshe, Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

Author: 
Rev. Dr Edward Craven Hawtrey (1789-1862), headmaster (1834-1853) and provost (1853-1862) of Eton College [Thomas Bendyshe (1827-1886), Fellow of King's College, Cambridge; Edward Everett (1794-1865)]
Publication details: 
Eton College. 4 October 1848.
£65.00

3pp., 16mo. 52 lines. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed by Hawtrey, on reverse of second leaf, to the 'United States Hotel'.

[Printed book.] A Soldier's Sojourn in British Guiana by Lt. Thomas Staunton St. Clair 1806-1808. Edited by Vincent Roth.

Author: 
Lt. Thomas Staunton St. Clair [Vincent Roth, ed.; The Daily Chronicle Ltd, Printers and Publishers, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana]
Publication details: 
The Daily Chronicle Ltd. Printers and Publishers, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana. 1947.
Upon request

[iii] + 281 + [viii] pp., 8vo. With illustrations in text and occasional annotations by the editor. Stapled, in illustrated card wraps with illustrated endpapers. On aged paper, with front cover, endpapers and first two leaves loose. The book is, as the editor explains in his foreword ('Georgetown, 1946'), extracted from Staunton's 'A Residence in the West Indies and America, with a Narrative of the Expedition to the Island of Walcheren' (London: Richard Bentley, 1834).

Autograph Journal, by Amy Mary Irving Driberg, mother of the Labour Party politician Tom Driberg [Baron Bradwell], titled 'Tom - School' and containing entries on his schooldays.

Author: 
Amy Mary Irving Driberg [née Bell] (d.1939), of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, mother of Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell] (1905-76), journalist and Labour Party politician
Publication details: 
Entries dating from 27 September 1910 to 30 July 1918.
£180.00

14pp., 12mo. In ruled notebook bound in black cloth. Titled 'Tom - School' at head of first page, with small section cut away from the front cover to make this visible. In fair condition on lightly-aged paper, with one slightly dogeared corner and light staining to blank leaves at the rear. Written while Driberg was between the ages of five and thirteen, and with the handwriting more untidy towards the end.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. W. Holderness') from Sir Thomas William Holderness to Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-Allan, regarding his appointment as Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India, and his predecessor 'poor Ritchie' [Sir Richmond Ritchie]

Author: 
Sir Thomas William Holderness (1849-1924), member of the Indian Civil Service and Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India [Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-Allan (1830-1897); Sir Richmond Ritchie]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall. 24 October [1912].
£65.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Tipped in onto a leaf removed from an album. Holderness's predecessor Sir Richmond Ritchie (1854-1912) had died ten days before the writing of the letter, as a result, according to the Oxford DNB, of the undermining of his health by 'unremitting hard work [...] over several years'. Holderness begins the letter: 'It is very good of you to congratulate me on succeeding to poor Ritchie's responsibilities.

Eleven manuscript items, from the papers of Thomas William King, York Herald, relating to the claim to the dormant baronetcies of Mackenzie of Tarbat and Royston by Alexander Mackenzie of Tasmania, uncle of the Dowager Lady Filmer.

Author: 
Thomas William King, York Herald [William Anderson, Marchmont Herald; Helen [née Monro; 1810-1888], Dowager Lady Filmer; Alexander Mackenzie of Tasmania; Mackenzie of Tarbat and Royston]
Publication details: 
Mostly London and Edinburgh, 1858.
£320.00

In 1826 Lieut-Col. Alexander Mackenzie, eldest son of Colonel Robert Mackenzie of Milnmount, assumed the dormant baronetcies of Tarbat and Royston [ALEXANDERMACKENZIE OF ROYSTON CROMARTY TARBET GRANDVILLE.], despite their having been forfeited under attainder in 1763. On his death without issue in 1841 his only brother Sir James Sutherland Mackenzie also assumed the titles. He died unmarried and insane on the 24 November 1858. The claim to which the present documents relate does not appear to have been pursued, and the baronetcies have remained dormant.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Max Müller') from Professor Max Muller, sending condolences to John Bellows on the death of his mother, and discussing the success of Bellows' French dictionary, Bishop Patteson, Jowett and Dr Stanley.

Author: 
Professor Friedrich Max Müller [Max Muller] (1823-1900), Sanskrit philologist [John Thomas Bellows (1831-1902), Quaker printer and lexicographer, author of first pocket French/English dictionary]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Parks End, Oxford. 17 November 1873.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Bellows is not named, being addressed as 'My dear Friend', but the letter is from his papers. Müller writes that he feels 'every word' Bellows has to say about his mother: 'all we can say is that it was meant to be so'. He has been 'reading the Life of Patteson, the Bishop of Melanesia - an old friend of mine, and I suppose the best man I ever knew.' He laments that the book is 'very long, and will not be read by many people - but those who read it will value it for life'.

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