John Simon [ John Allsebrook Simon, 1st Viscount Simon ], Liberal politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Letter Signed (both 'John Simon') to Welsh Liberal politician Sir Courtenay Mansel.

John Simon [ John Allsebrook Simon, 1st Viscount Simon ] (1873-1954), Liberal Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord Chancellor [ Sir Courtenay Mansel ]
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ALS: Castle Hotel, Brecon. 13 February 1921. TLS: on letterhead of 59 Cadogan Gardens, S.W.3. [ London ] 11 December 1923.

At the time of the second letter Mansel was serving his only stint in Parliament, a brief period as Liberal MP for Penryn and Falmouth. ONE (ALS, 13 February 1921): 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He expresses great disappointment regarding the misunderstanding which meant that he and his wife missed coming to lunch with the Mansels.

[ George Saintsbury, literary historian and critic. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Courtney Mansel, regarding the receipt of a book and his 'fixed rule' on giving his opinion of unsolicited poetry.

George Saintsbury [ George Edward Bateman Saintsbury ] (1845-1933), literary historian and critic [ Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh Liberal (later Conservative) politician and poet ]
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One: on letterhead of 2 Eton Terrace, Edinburgh. 15 January 1911. Two: 11 Pulling Street, Bath. 17 March 1912. Three: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. Postmarked 23 April 1928.

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Postage stamp and paper beneath torn from third letter,, resulting in loss of full date All three signed 'George Saintsbury'. Saintsbury's handwriting is difficult to decipher and the following description only gives a phrase from each of the letters. Mansel had pretentions as a poet, and the first two items at least appear to concern volumes which he had sent Saintsbury. ONE (15 January 1911): 2pp., 12mo. Explaining that he has been compelled to 'make it a fixed rule to decline giving <?> opinion on poetry'.

[ David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dd. Davies'), with long autograph postscript, to Sir Courtenay Mansel, regarding Mansel's palmistry reading and Davies's subsequent health problems.

David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
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On elaborate engraved letterhead of the South Wales Daily Post, 211 High Street, Swansea. 12 May 1921.

3pp., 8vo. Autograph postscript of nine lines on otherwise-blank reverse of second leaf. On aged and worn paper, with holing to one corner from stud which attached the leaves together. He was pleased to hear from Mansel, and understands from his letter that 'notwithstanding your disabilities you manage to put in a deal of work'. He continues: 'I shall be particularly interested in your plays, which are more in my line than music. He quotes Mansel's 'notes on the print of my hand', which he finds 'particularly interesting, in view of the fact that they were made more than 11 years ago'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo: Moorsom') from George Moorsom to C. R. M. Talbot, MP, presenting his 'A Mode Proposed for Determining the Register Tonnage of Merchant Shipping, by Means of a System of Internal Measurements', with the copy of the book.

George Moorsom (1796-1866), Member of the School of Naval Architecture, and Member of, and Secretary to, the late Commission for the Revision of the Law of Tonnage [Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot, MP]
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Letter: Stoke's & Dalton's Offices, 5 Tokenhouse yard [London]. 1 January 1851. Book: London: Printed by William Rock, Elephant and Castle, Newington. [1850].

There is an obituary of Moorsom (who was not, as sometimes stated, an admiral) in The 'Moorsom System' of calculating tonnage became law in 1854, and remained in effect until 1982. Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Volume 8 (1867). Letter: 4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He explains that he has been 'a member of, as well as Secretary to the late Tonnage Commission', and that he is 'aware, from your correspondence with Mr.

Scenes from an unfinished drama, entitled Phrontisterion, or, Oxford in the 19th century.

[Henry Longueville Mansel, Dean of St Pauls; University of Oxford; J. Vincent, publisher]
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Oxford: Printed and published by J. Vincent, and G. Bell, Fleet Street, London. Fourth edition, 1852.

English philosopher (1820-71). 24 pages, 12mo. Very good, neatly bound in brown cloth binding. Bound in are the original grey printed wraps, affected with foxing, and with very slight damage from glue to front wrap. The rear wrap carries an advertisement of 'BOOKS LATELY PUBLISHED | BY J. VINCENT OXFORD.', including 'NINEVEH: the Best Newdigate for Years; therefore not recited in the Theatre, Oxford, July 3, 1851. 12mo. 1s.' A brilliant satire on academic reformers and German philosphers. Copac only lists copies of the third, fourth and fifth editions.

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