THOMAS

Autograph Letter Signed ('J A Froude') from the historian James Anthony Froude to 'Mrs Long', regarding

Author: 
J. A. Froude [James Anthony Froude] (1818-1894), historian, son of Robert Hurrell Froude (1771-1859), Archdeacon of Totnes
Publication details: 
Dartington. Undated, but written before his father's death in 1859.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium, on grey paper embossed with crest. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf and with part of the paper to which it was attached still adhering to the blank reverse. He begins by declaring that he is 'much vexed' over a mix-up about a parcel of books 'I wrote expressly to London to desire that they might be sent here. As there is no help for it now I must beg you to believe it was not through carelessness of mine'. He asks her to send them on to Dartington, and to let him know the cost, which he will remit in postage stamps.

Contemporary Manuscript Copy of writ for

Author: 
[Henry Fox; Richard Arundell; George Lyttelton; Thomas Winnington, Paymaster General of the Guards Garrisons & Land Forces; Warrington; Mersey; Irwell; Lancashire; Cheshire; Jacobite Rebellion, 1745]
Publication details: 
Writ dated from the Court of St James [London], 10 April 1746. The other two items undated.
£250.00

ONE: The copy writ is 2pp., 8vo. On a leaf of laid paper with crown watermark. Aged and worn, and separated into two halves along central vertical crease line. Headed 'George R', the document begins: 'Whereas the Land Owners and Inhabitants within ye: Counties of Cheshire & Lancashire have most hbly represented unto us That Cross ye: River Mercy wch runs between those Counties had been built three Stone Bridges vizt. Warrington Bridge Stockport Bridge and Crossford Bridge and a Wooden Bridge called Carington Bridge'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('George Smart') from the conductor and organist Sir George Thomas Smart to 'The Proprietor and Editor of The National Register', explaining a mix-up over a card of admission. With two newspaper cuttings of obituaries.

Author: 
Sir George Thomas Smart (1776-1867), English conductor and organist [The National Register]
Publication details: 
Letter: 91 Great Portland Street [London]. 6 March 1819. Both newspaper cuttings from 1867.
£56.00

Letter: 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Neatly laid down on a page detached from an album, with border. In response to a note from the recipient, he explains that the 'hurry of professional business' has prevented him from making the following statement: 'I beg to assure you that on Monday Jany: 25th.

[Printed act of parliament.] Anno Regni Gulielmi III. Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiberniae, Septimo & Octavo. At the Parliament begun at Westminster [22 November 1695]. [An Act for Relief of Poor Prisoners for Debt or Damages.]

Author: 
[British Act of Parliament: 'An Act for Relief of Poor Prisoners for Debt or Damages', 22 November 1695]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, deceas'd, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. 1695.
£180.00

[1] + 14pp., 8vo, with the text paginated 349-359. Disbound. Good, on aged paper. At the head of the title, in a contemporary hand: 'Relief of poor prisoners'. The title carries the royal crest, and reads in full: 'Anno Regni Gulielmi II. Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiberniae, Septimo & Octavo. | At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Two and twentieth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1695.

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.

Author: 
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]
Publication details: 
'London 3d. 5mo 1793 [3 May 1795]'.
£120.00

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.

Manuscript account book of the estates of Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson of Charlton House, titled 'Account of Payments Allowances and Expenditures for the Charlton Woolwich and Leicester Estates | From Christmas 1797'.

Author: 
[Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson (1774-1821), 7th Baronet, of Charlton House; Woolwich and Charlton in Kent; Leicestershire]
Publication details: 
[Woolwich and Charlton.] Covering the period between 1797 and 1804.
£180.00

36pp., 12mo. In worn calf-bound account book. In good internal condition, on aged paper; detached from the worn leather binding, and with the front free endpaper (bearing the title) loose. Label pasted to front cover reads: 'Accounts | G. B. R. | Charlton | Woolwich | Leicestershire | 1797 to 1804'. The volume is the work of Wilson (who acquired the estates in 1798 on the death of his father) or of his land agent. Paginated by the writer to 64, and with the accounts for 'Land Tax paid and allowed' on pp.1-7, for 'Cash paid & allowed for' on pp.11-23, and 'Cash paid & allowed for.

Autograph Letter Signed from the American artist Edwin Howland Blashfield to 'Mr. Thomas' [the playwright Augustus Thomas], regarding the National Institute of Arts and Letters [later the American Academy of Arts and Letters].

Author: 
Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936), American artist, President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters [Augustus Thomas (1857-1944), American playwright; American Academy of Arts and Letters]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead of 48 Central Park South, New York City. 14 November [1915?].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. 25 lines, neatly and tightly written. In good condition, lightly-aged, and with pin hole to one corner. Blashfield declares himself 'much disappointed' that Thomas will not be presiding 'at the joint meeting on the 17th. Nov.', stating that he has been urging 'from the beginning' that Thomas should 'so preside'.

Twelve Manuscript items relating to the Twining family, including letters from the tea merchant Richard Twining and his sons Richard and Thomas, a receipt from Simon Schram, a pencil portrait, an original poem, a family tree.

Author: 
[Richard Twining (1749-1824), London tea and coffee merchant, and his sons Richard Twining (1772-1857) and Thomas Twining (1776-1861); Thomas Twining (1734-1804), classical scholar and translator]
Publication details: 
Dating from between 1719 and 1831.
£280.00

The twelve items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. They probably derive from Richard Twining (1807-1906), editor of 'Selections from the Papers of the Twining Family' (1887). ONE: Autograph Letter Signed, in a very shaky hand, from Rev. Thomas Twining, 'ffor Mr. Thomas Twining at the golden Lyon in Davaraux [sic] Court by Temple Barr | London | [signed] Frank Williamson'. [1717.] Postscript: 'I beg you because I have not Leisure now to write to him, to wait on Mr Hen.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Mackenzie Bell') from the poet Henry Thomas Mackenzie Bell to 'Prof. Candy', regarding 'the most pressing difficulty we have'

Author: 
Mackenzie Bell [Henry Thomas Mackenzie Bell] (1856-1930), English poet, writer and literary critic
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 11 Buckingham Gate, S.W. [London]. 23 May 1911.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Prof. Candy, | I think you would wish to see enclosed which please return after perusal. | If you hear of anything kindly let me know. It is the most pressing difficulty we have and we see no present way of surmounting it. | With renewed thanks, | always sincerely yours, | Mackenzie Bell'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the artist and illustrator Thomas W. Couldery to the editor of the St. James's Budget [J. Penderel Brodhurst], regarding drawings made by him for the Pall Mall Budget.

Author: 
Thomas W. Couldery (fl. 1880-1900) of Chichester, English artist and book illustrator [J. Penderel Brodhurst, editor of the St. James's Budget]
Publication details: 
35 Little London, Chichester. 23 December 1895.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with pin holes to one corner. Addressed to 'The Edr. | St. James's Budget'. 'To the best of my recollection the drawings I made for the P. M. Budget, were sold to include copyright. If not stated - this was the understanding - and therefore my interest in them so far as Black and White is concerned has ceased. But should you think of adapting any of them to the purposes of coloured pictures - I think you would require my consent, which I should be at liberty to give or not as I thought proper.'

Autograph Letter Signed from Sarah Macready, lessee of the Prince's Theatre, Bristol, wife of William Macready and stepmother of William Charles Macready, ordering plays from the bookseller J. W. Lacy, including 'the Adelphi piece on "Bloomerism"'.

Author: 
Sarah Macready [née Kathleen Desmond] (c.1789-1853), English actress, lessee of the Prince's Theatre, Bristol, wife of William Macready [M'cready] (1755-1829), stepmother of William Charles Macready
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Assembly Rooms, Bath. 25 October [1851].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper with spike hole and slight traces of previous mount on reverse. As lessee of the Prince's Theatre, Bristol, Mrs Macready would have wanted to look over the three plays with a view to mounting productions of them. J. H. Nightingale's farce 'Bloomerism; or The Follies of the Day' was produced at the Adelphi Theatre, London, at the time of the writing of the letter, and was published in the same year. The recipient was probably a relation of the London theatrical publisher Thomas Hailes Lacy (1809-1873).

Autograph Letter Signed ('L. Solon') from the French potter Louis Marc Emmanuel Solon of Minton's, Stoke on Trent, thanking the unnamed recipient and his friend 'Mr Bailey' for a parcel of circulars, and discussing his library of works on ceramics.

Author: 
Louis Marc Emmanuel Solon (1825-1913), French potter, first at the Sèvres, and then with Minton's, Stoke upon Trent
Publication details: 
1 The Villas, Stoke on Trent, 8 July 1893.
£150.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Solon has been informed by their common friend 'Mr Bailey' that the recipient has 'been kind enough to gather the parcel of circulars issued at various time [sic] by your firm, and which reaches me this morning.' He is sending 'a small pamphlet of mine [...] as an inadequate acknowledgement of the trouble I have caused you'. He continues: 'Mr Bailey must have told you that all printed matter having reference to ceramics has a special interest to me.

Proof of steel engraving of Henry Wallis's painting 'The Death of Chatterton', posed by the novelist George Meredith.

Author: 
[Henry Wallis (1830-1916), English painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelites; George Meredith; Thomas Chatteron]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£150.00

On piece of 17 x 21.5 cm paper. Image 13 x 19 cm, with top corners rounded as in the original picture. 'The Death of Chatterton' was completed in 1856, and shown at the Royal Academy in the same year. Wallis sold it to Augustus Egg, also in 1856, and Egg sold the right to make engraved reproductions to the Newcastle publisher Robert Turner. It is now in the Tate Gallery, London. This item is clearly not the version produced for Turner by Thomas Oldham Barlow. Nor is it the woodcut, made with Wallis's permission, which appeared in the National Magazine in 1856.

[Two printed volumes, with the second volume containing memoranda on the corps by Major Thomas Fraser King.] Incidents and Anecdotes in the Life of Lieut.-General Sprot, Honorary Colonel of the Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Author: 
Lieut.-General Sprot [John Sprot (1830-1907) of Riddell House, Roxburghshire], Honorary Colonel of the Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders [Major Thomas Fraser King (d.1928)]
Publication details: 
Printed for private circulation only. [Edinburgh: Gordon Wilson, Printer, 47 Thistle Street.] Vol. 1, 1906; vol. 2, 1907.
£450.00

2 vols, 8vo. Vol.1 (1906): [8] + 106 + [1] + 17. Vol.2 (1907): [6] + 97pp. Both volumes with frontispieces and several plates. Both in original red cloth bindings with Sprot's crest in gilt on front board, and all edges gilt. Both in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, and with the first volume (despite slight damp staining to the binding and damage to one plate) better and brighter than the second, which has wear at the foot of the spine.

Autograph Manuscript of corrected draft of review of Richard Hengist Horne's 'Judas Iscariot, A Miracle Play', with pencil note by William Enington stating that it was written by the Rev. Thomas Binney for Boston Christian Examiner, but not received.

£220.00

5pp., 4to. On bifolium and single leaf. Good, on lightly-aged paper. On the reverse of the last leaf is the following note in light pencil: 'I believe was written by the Rev. T. Binney for the Christian Examiner but never appeared in that Paper because not rec[eive]d. - William Enington'. The review, with occasional minor deletions and emendations, is headed 'Judas Iscariot, a Miracle Play, with other Poems. By R. H. Horne. Post. 8vo.

Autograph Letter Signed ('L: D: Campbell') from Captain Lawrence Dundas Campbell [to either of his publishers Thomas Cadell or William Davies], concerning the placing of advertisements for two of his books.

Author: 
L. D. Campbell [Captain Lawrence Dundas Campbell], editor of the Asiatic Annual Register [Thomas Cadell, jnr (1773-1836); William Davies (d.1819)]
Publication details: 
St. Alban's Hotel, St. Alban's Street [London]. 'Wednesday' [circa 1808].
£45.00

1p., 4to. Spike hole. In good condition, on aged dusty paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, I must request, as a particular favour, that you will advertise both the "Reply" and the "Letter on the Charges &c" in all the Morning and Evening papers both on Friday, and on Monday next. | I am | Dear Sir, | Very faithfully yours | L: D: Campbell'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Gerald Massey') from the poet and writer Thomas Gerald Massey to the autograph hunter John Bacon of Blackburn, discussing his English publications, and stating that he is 'busy with the real Work of my life'.

Author: 
Gerald Massey [Thomas Gerald Massey] (1828-1907), English poet and writer [John Bacon of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
New Southgate, London N. 11 August 1882.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In envelope, with postmark and stamp, addressed to 'John Bacon Esqr.

Two Autograph Letters from the historian Thomas Lionel Hodgkin, one (signed 'Thomas') to the poet Sylvia Lynd, the other (unsigned) to her daughter Sigle Lynd, both written in the most effusive terms.

Author: 
Thomas Lionel Hodgkin (1910-1982), Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, British Marxist historian of Africa [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), poet; Sigle ('Sheila') Lynd [later Wheeler] (1910-1976)]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterhead of 20 Bradmore Road, Oxford. Letter to Sylvia Lynd: 16 December 1930. Letter to Sigle Lynd: 19 July 1930.
£120.00

Both items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Both letters are written in an excited, gushing style, and have the margins filled with extra text. Letter to Sylvia Lynd: 2pp., 4to. Addressed to 'Dear Mrs Lynd'.

Copy of Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank H. Evans') from the banker and Liberal politician Sir Francis Henry Evans to the proprietor of the White Star Line Thomas Henry Ismay, complaining of the treatment of his sister-in-law on a transatlantic voyage

Author: 
Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907) of Tubbendens, Orpington, Kent, banker and Liberal politician [Thomas Henry Ismay (1837-1899), founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company [White Star Line]]
Publication details: 
5 August [189]4.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. An early sort of carbon copy. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Thomas H Ismay Esq | Liverpool'.

Printed colour halftone handbill advertisement for the Illustrated London News by publisher by Thomas Fox, Strand, London, within illustrated floral border by Sulman.

Author: 
[Thomas Fox, 198, Strand, London, publisher of the Illustrated London News; Leighton, Brothers, Printers.]
Publication details: 
Published by Thomas Fox, 198, Strand, W.C. Leighton, Brothers, Printers. [1870s.]
£65.00

On one side of a piece of 27 x 19.5 cm. paper. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to margins. Printed in red, green, yellow, brown and black. The text is crisply printed in red and black, with an engraving of the London skyline around St Paul's beneath the magazine's title. The text begins: 'This journal contains engravings of all the leading events of public interest, from original sketches and photographs.' Subscription details are followed by a short section on 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News'.

Printed label for 'T. Mudie's (late Dillon's) Circulating Library, 39, Cheyne Walk, near Chelsea Church.' Giving terms of subscription and advertising wares.

Author: 
Thomas Mudie of 39 Cheyne Walk, London bookseller of Scottish extraction, founder of a circulating library and father of the bookseller and circulating librarian Charles Edward Mudie (1818-1890)
Publication details: 
T. Mudie's (late Dillon's) Circulating Library, 39, Cheyne Walk, near Chelsea Church. Undated [circa 1810].
£120.00

On 11 x 6.5 cm rectangle of paper, laid down on the pastedown of a 12mo calf front board. Beneath the title: 'This Library is enriched with every work of merit, as soon as published; and comprises such a variety of Travels, Histories, Biography, Novels, Plays, and Literature in general, as cannot fail to graify every Class of Readers. | The Daily Papers taken in.' Following this are the yearly, half-yearly, quarterly and monthly terms for borrowing two and four books. Further text follows, beginning: 'Books read by Non-subscribers charged according to the Size.' and ending 'T. M.

Autograph Letter Signed from the actor-manager Wilson Barrett [William Henry Barrett] to Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine, regarding the dramatisation of his novel 'The Deemster' (renamed 'Ben-my-chree') for performance at the Princess's Theatre, London.

Author: 
Wilson Barrett [William Henry Barrett] (1846-1904), English actor and playwright, manager of the Princess's Theatre, London [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine (1853-1931), novelist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hedingham, 21 Maresfield Gardens, South Hampstead, London. 28 April 1888.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Barrett writes: 'Dear Hall Caine/ | The scheme promises well. I have made an arrangement for eight weeks at the Princess's. I thought it better to fight for the play there. Will certainly have a fair chance, although there can be no <?>.' According to Barrett's entry in the Oxford DNB, he returned from the Globe Theatre 'to the Princess's, where he began work with Hall Caine on adapting The Deemster, renamed Ben-my-chree (17 May 1888).

Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho Mozley') from the Church of England cleric and Times leader-writer Thomas Mozley to 'My dear Rickards' [Rev. Samuel Rickards], like him associated with the Oxford Movement.

Author: 
Thomas Mozley (1806-1893), Church of England clergyman, author and Times leader-writer, associated with the Oxford Movement [Rev. Samuel Rickards (1796-1865), Tractarian]
Publication details: 
7 Holly Place, Hampstead. 21 June 1853.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. He thinks that Rickards 'could answer the question in the enclosed letter with much more authority, exactness, and detail, than I could.' If Rickards has 'anything to say on the subject', Mozley asks him to 'send it at once to my brother at Oxford, as he is in the last crisis of an article on the Manuscript Commission'. He continues with news of 'Grace' ('now home for the holidays') and of his health.

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'.

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