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William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), Bishop of Ripon and chaplain to Queen Victoria

[William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon and chaplain to Queen Victoria, complains of his 'demoralizing' workload.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. B Ripon') to 'Marian', explaining how pressure of work makes it impossible to meet.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Aged and grubby. Written with purple pencil. He begins by thanking her for the 'letter & two Photographs', and is 'looking forward some day to see my god child whom the photographs picture as very bonny'. He is 'obliged to write on the train &...

Westland Aircraft Limited, Yeovil, Somerset

[Westland Aircraft Limited, British aircraft manufacturers.] A duplicated typed official company history headed 'A Brief Westland History'.

9pp., 8vo. On nine stapled leaves. At end: 'With the compliments of | Westland Aircraft Limited, | Yeovil, Somerset. | Tel: Yeovil (0935) 5222 | November 1971'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The start of the document gives an indication of the businesslike style of the narrative: 'In...

T. G. Hake [Thomas Gordon Hake] (1809-1895), poet and physician [Arthur Hughes (1832-1915), Pre Raphaelite illustrator; Dalziel Brothers, engravers; Chapman & Hall, London publishers]

[Thomas Gordon Hake, poet and physician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Hake') to 'MM Dalziel Bros', regarding their engraving of Arthur Hughes's drawings for his 'Parables and Tales'.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small circle of ink placed by Hake at bottom right. Regarding his 'Parables and Tales', illustrated by Arthur Hughes and published by Chapman & Hall in 1872, he writes: 'Dear Sir [sic] | Please to give me a line to say when Mr Hughes drawings...

Searcy, Tansley & Co., London caterers (Frank Savill Physick (1882-1983), Director) [Cecil Harmsworth (1869-1948), 1st Baron Harmsworth]

[Searcy, Tansley & Co. London caterers, and the 'artistic design' for a cake by 'Miss Harmsworth'.] Typed Letter Signed ('F. S. Physick') from director Frank Savill Physick to Cecil Harmsworth, regarding their catering of an event for his family..

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with the two leaves pinned together. Referring to his wife Emilie, Harmsworth has written in red pencil at the head of the letter 'Em to see'. Physick begins by thanking Harmsworth and his wife for their 'most generous appreciation of our efforts'. 'As...

Pickersgill Palliser (1804-1883), 'Printer & Publisher of The Harrogate Advertiser and Weekly List of Visitors', Postmaster of Harrogate, Yorkshire; Secretary of Harrogate Bath Hospita

[Pickersgill Palliser, printer and Postmaster of Harrogate, does a job for Harrogate Workhouse.] Signed Autograph Receipt ('P. Palliser') on his printed business letterhead, for work done for 'The Overseers of the Poor | Bilton-w-Harrogate'.

For information on Palliser, see his obituary in the Harrogate Herald, 8 August 1883. 1p., landscape 12mo. A nicely-printed period letterhead: 'To PICKERSGILL PALLISER, Dr. | PRINTER & PUBLISHER | OF | The Harrogate Advertiser and Weekly List of Visitors. | Bookwork, Circulars, Cards,...

Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889), poet and author, best known for his 'Proverbial Philosophy' [Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908), Scottish poet; James MacLehose & Sons, Glasgow publishers]

[Martin Farquhar Tupper critiques three poems by Walter Chalmers Smith.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Martin F. Tupper'), one to Smith and two to his publisher MacLehose, on 'Olrig Grange', 'Borland Hall' and 'Hilda Among the Broken Gods'.

Three 12mo letters in good condition, lightly aged and worn. An interesting batch of letters, in which one minor Victorian poet critiques the work of another, both to the author himself and to his publisher. The three books by Smith which are the subjects of Tupper's letters are 'Olrig Grange' (...

Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889), poet and author, best known for his 'Proverbial Philosophy' [P. P. Alexander [Patrick Proctor Alexander] (1823-1886); Sir William Crookes; Samuel Carter Hall]

[Martin Farquhar Tupper on spiritualism: 'These things are true, however ridiculous' .] Autograph Letter Signed ('Martin F. Tupper.') to P. P. Alexander, praising his booklet on 'Spiritualism', with reference to Sir William Crookes.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The subject of the letter is the 1871 Edinburgh reprint of Alexander's Cornhill magazine article 'Spiritualism: A Narrative with a Discussion'; with reference to the future Sir William Crookes, whose articles on...

Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012), artist who taught David Hockney at the Royal College of Art

[Leonard Rosoman, artist: not 'a neurotic nut after all'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Leonard') to 'My dear Hugh', regarding his recent 'weird' health.

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Closely written in red ink. He begins by thanking him for being 'awfully sweet & kind' in writing, before going on to deal with the state of his health, it having been 'a difficult time, especially as I became so ill – but at the moment things aren'...

John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland (1696-1779), patron of the arts and Whig politician

[John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, patron of the arts.] Autograph Note Signed ('Rutland') to exchequer order.

Printed and in manuscript on both sides of a ragged 19 x 19.5 cm piece of paper, extracted from an Exchequer document (the first page is headed in manuscript 'Bk | (608)'. Aged and ragged. The recto, printed and completed in manuscript explains that the document relates to the 'Repayment of Loan...

Jerom Murch (d.1802) of Honiton, Devon clockmaker

[Jerom Murch of Honiton, Devon clockmaker.] Autograph Signature ('Jerom Murch') with seal in red wax, on part of testamentary document.

On strip of laid paper (roughly 9 x 21 cm.) cut from contract. The signature 'Jerom Murch' is firm and bold, with an indistinct armorial seal in red wax to the right. The text on the reverse reads: '[…] Bequests therein contained) give and bequeath unto me the said Jerom Murch the Sum of Twenty...

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