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[John Conolly, physician to Middlesex Asylum, Hanwell, pioneer of humane treatment of insane.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Conolly') to 'John Wilkes Esqe', asking for postponement as he is to give evidence before a Commission de Lunatico Inquirendo'

John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell, pioneer of principle of non-restraint in treatment of the insane
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Hanwell; 6 May 1850.

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The letter reads: 'My dear Sir, | I am required to give evidence before a Commission de Lunatico Inquirendo on Thursday morning at ten, in London. I trust, therefore, to being permitted to postpone my attendance on the Committee until two on that day.'

[ John Forster, friend and biographer of Charles Dickens, and Dr James Wilkes, Commissioners in Lunacy. ] Autograph Signatures ('John Forster' and 'James Wilkes') on slip of paper cut from official document.

John Forster (1812-1876), author and biographer of his friend Cjharles Dickens; James Wilkes (1811-1894), Superintendent Stafordshire County Asylum [ Commissioners in Lunacy ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.

On 10.5 x 3.5 cm piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Laid down on a piece of card, which has a vertical crease in having a minor effect on the slip itself. Wilkes's signature is above Forsters', beside the printed words 'Commissioners in Lunacy.'

[ John Glynn, Serjeant-at-Law and Member of Parliament. ] Autograph Legal Opinion, given to a 'Case' presented to him by London attorney Richard Way (a property dispute between Messrs Fisher and Carter).

John Glynn (c.1722-1779), Serjeant-at-Law and Member of Parliament, supporter of John Wilkes and American Independence; Richard Way, London attorney
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Opinion sought by 'R. Way | Cary Street [ London ]. Undated [eighteenth century, 1770 or later ].

The case concerns a disagreement between 'Mr. Carter' and 'Mr Fisher', the latter having – with his 'Ancestors' – 'enjoyed this Estate for 70 Years past without any Interruption whatsoever'. The main body of the text is in the hand of Way or an employee, with Glynn's autograph opinion on two questions extending to nine lines (four lines for 'Q[uery]. 1st', and five lines for 'Q[uery] 2d'). The first page is headed 'Case'. Following a lengthy description of a case history of '13th. March 33d. Henry 8th.' are the two questions ('Q. 1st', and 'Q 2d').

[ Philip Carteret Webb, antiquary. ] Autograph Signature to part of Exchequer receipt.

Philip Carteret Webb (1702-1770), antiquary and barrister, Crown Agent in the North Briton (John Wilkes) scandal, 1763
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His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 27 January 1756.

Good firm signature ('Philip Carteret Webb') on damaged leaf of paper with heavy wear to corners and edges, carrying a printed Exchequer receipt for £45, made out to Webb.

First leaf of Autograph Letter from the landowner and politician John Sawbridge, supporter of John Wilkes [to David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan].

John Sawbridge (1732-1795) of Olantigh [Ollantigh], Kent, political supporter of John Wilkes; Member of Parliament for Hythe; Lord Mayor of London in 1775 [David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan]
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Ollantigh [sic]. 29 December 1772.

2pp., 4to. 31 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper, but the first leaf of the letter only. He writes that he is pleased to receive a letter from Erskine ('your Lordship') after 'so long an interruption'. 'I forebore till I had heard from you to take the liberty of congratulating you upon your Marriage' (Erskine had married the previous October). The second page ends: 'I have never been able to learn whether your Good Mother Lady Buchan was in England or not.

Original hand-coloured engraving by 'J. Chapman, &c.', showing the 'Ceremony of Washing the Goddess Cali, and the Idol Jagan-Nath.'

[J. Chapman, engraver; J. Wilkes, printseller; Encyclopaedia Londinensis']
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'London Published, Oct. 14.1809, by J. Wilkes.'

Original hand-coloured engraving, two hundred years old. Landscape 8vo, with the dimensions of the plate 19 x 24 cm, on paper 20 x 27 cm. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with smudge to top left-hand corner (not affecting the image). A striking and attractive print, tastefully coloured, showing a boat filled with attendants, dwarfed by the Hindu goddess Kali (the Black One), who is garlanded with skulls and wielding a sword in one of her four arms, with a temple in the background.

Autograph Signature ('John Wilkes') on piece of paper.

John Wilkes (1725–1797), English whig politician, rake and author; Lord Mayor of London, 1774; supposed member of Dashwood's Hell Fire Club
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Without date or place.

Good clear signature on aged and creased paper, 5.5 x 8 cm, with one rough edge and a small triangle torn away from one corner. Glue staining from previous mounting on reverse.

The conference. Instructions given to Sir Robert Ladbroke, Knt. William Beckford, Esq; the Right Hon. Thomas Harley, Esq; and Barlow Trecothick, Esq; representatives of the City of London: by their constituents.

The City of London [Alderman William Beckford; Sir Robert Ladbroke; Thomas Harley; Barlow Trecothick; Charles Clavey]
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(Signed) CHARLES CLAVEY, Chairman of the Common Hall. Guildhall, Feb. 10, 1769.'

Printed on one side only of a piece of watermarked laid paper, dimensions 32.5 x 19.5 cm. Folded twice for insertion in the magazine. Good, apart from strip of approximately 0.5 x 5.5 cm loss along top fold, affecting one word of text, and neatly repaired with archival tape. At head of page clean impression of satirical engraving (roughly 8.5 x 13 cm), showing Beckford (father of the connoisseur), in Lord Mayor's robes, telling Harley to 'Receive Instructions & not Silver'. Harley, holding a jacket, tailor's iron and shears, replies 'Teach us our Lesson! Are we then School Boys?

Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Cust') to Horace Bleackley (1868-1931).

Robert Cust [Robert Henry Hobart Cust] (1861-1940), English art critic, an authority on the renaissance [Horace Bleackley; John Wilkes]
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12 October [no year]; on letterhead of Vernon House, Lyndhouse Road, Hampstead.

12mo, 4 pp. Good, on lightly aged paper, but with a thin strip along the outer edge of the second leaf of the bifolium with glue staining from previous mounting, and a 3.5 x 0.5 piece missing at head causing damage to one word ('hers'). Otherwise text clear and entire. Cust's aunt has informed him 'that she has at present in her possession in London all the papers belonging to Sir John Cust that remain'. She does not however think that they contain much about Wilkes.

Autograph Note Signed ('J. M. Weston') to James Rees, with the latter's docketing addressed to 'F Powell'.

J. M. Weston, 'comedian', playwright and stage manager of the Charles Street Theatre, Baltimore [James Rees; F. Powell]
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[6 April 1847]; place not stated.

One page. On piece of paper roughly seven inches by three and a half wide. Bottom part of letter cut away. Reads 'Dr Sir | In compiance with your wish | I subscribe myself | truly yours | [signed] J. M. Weston | To/ | Jas. Reese Esq'. Docketed by Rees 'The above autograph is that of my friend J M Weston, Stage Manager of the St Charles Theatre - he is the Author of Several popular pieces, among which is the beautiful drama of Lucretia Borgia'. Dated in another hand on reverse. Not much appears to be known about Weston, whose translation of Victor Hugo's play was first published in 1850.

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