WEMYSS

[Col. H. W. Feilden, Arctic explorer, to Daniel Meinerzhagen: 'A few days actual acquaintance with Polar Regions will do you more good than a cart-load of letters.'] Two Autograph Letters Signed regarding Meinertzhagen's plan to explore Spitsbergen.

Author: 
Col. H. W. Feilden [Colonel Henry Wemyss Feilden] (1838-1921), Arctic explorer and naturalist [Daniel Meinertzhagen (1875-1898); Aubyn Trevor-Battye (1855-1922)]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Wells, Norfolk. 18 and 29 December 1895.
£450.00

A close friend of Rudyard Kipling, Feilden fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War, and married the daughter of a South Carolina judge. The recipient Daniel Meinertzhagen (1875-1898) was the eldest of the ten children of Daniel Meinertzhagen (1842-1910) of Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, and brother to the celebrated intelligence officer and fraud Col. Richard Meinertzhagen (1878-1967). At the time of writing he was a student at New College, Oxford.

[ Francis Richard Charteris, 10th Earl of Wemyss, as Lord Elcho. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Elcho') to the future Sir George Scharf

Author: 
Francis Richard Charteris, 10th Earl of Wemyss [ Lord Elcho between 1853 and 1883 ] (1818-1814) [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), first Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Publication details: 
Brome Hall [ Suffolk ]. 3 December 1859.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. Addressed to 'Mr. Scharf;, He was unable to call on Scharf before leaving town the previous Friday, but will 'endeavour to be at the meeting of the Commission on the 8th'.

[John Haig, whisky distiller at Cameron Bridge.] Autograph Letter Signed to Thomas Bywater of Wemyss Castle, Fife, apologising for being unable to pay the rent immediately, as he is 'going to Melrose fair'.

Author: 
John Haig, whisky distiller, Cameron Bridge Distillery [Thomas Bywater, Wemyss Castle, Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland; Melrose fair]
Publication details: 
Cameronbridge [i.e. Cameron Bridge Distillery]. 10 August 1840.
£180.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Kirkaldy postmark, to 'Thos. Bywater Esq | Wemyss Castle | Kirkaldy'. Reads: 'I have your notice & meant to have sent you the Baln. of Rent tomorrow but the remittances I was counting on have not come forward today & I am going to Melrose fair tomorrow before Post time & wont be back till the end of the week but you may count upon it on Monday or Tuesday next week when I expect to be here again'.

Autograph Note Signed ('Wemyss Reid') [to Rev. E. J. F. Davies].

Author: 
Sir Thomas Wemyss Reid (1842-1905), British novelist and biographer
Publication details: 
8 July 1902; Falcon Hotel, Bude, Cornwall.
£30.00

One page, 12mo. On blue paper discoloured from glue by previous mounting. Seven-line printed biographical cutting in top right-hand corner. 'I am very happy to comply with your request [for an autograph].'

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