[2nd Earl of Minto, Whig politician.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Minto’) to future Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, regarding the strong opinion of 'Dr Chalmer', and 'advice from Edin[burg]h.'

Earl of Minto [Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto] (1782–1859), Whig politician, Minister to Prussia; First Lord of the Admiralty; Lord Privy Seal. [Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister]
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Dated from Ham Common [Middlesex], 8 July 1831.

1p, 12mo. On bifolium, folded twice. In good condition. Ten lines of closely-written text. He does not believe that he should withhold the enclosure (not present), since it is ‘conveying so strong an opinion from a person of Dr Chalmers’ calibre’. He has ‘no wish to influence’ Melbourne’s decision, and trusts he has ‘better advice from Edin[burg]h. than any I would give’. Minto was a Whig grandee, and his entry in the Oxford DNB stresses his ‘considerable political influence’.

[Sir Andrew Halliday, physician to William IV.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andrew Halliday -') to Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, offering to 'sacrifice' his 'emoluments' and become inspector of 'all the public and Private Asylums in England and Wales

Sir Andrew Halliday (1782-1839), Scottish physician to William IV [Lord Melbourne [William Lamb I1779-1848), 2nd Viscount Melbourne], Prime Minister]
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Hampton Court; 11 January 1831.

7pp, 4to. Containing 112 lines of text on two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. Headed 'Private', and with the heading, date and place written by Halliday at a different time from the rest of the text. A long and impassioned letter, in which Halliday offers to become inspector of 'all the public and Private Asylums in England and Wales', at a payment of no more than £150 a year in expenses.

[ Cecil Lawson, landscape painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Cecil Lawson') to London art dealer C. W. Deschamps, regarding the Melbourne International Exhibition.

Cecil Lawson [ Cecil Gordon Lawson ] (1849-1882), English landscape painter [ Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), London art dealer ]
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Bolton Bridge, Skipton, Yorkshire. 21 July 1880.

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Will you kindly let me know the latest date for sending pictures to the Melbourne International Exhibition and Oblige | Yours very sincerely | Cecil Lawson.'

[Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne.] Autograph Note Signed ('Melbourne'), informing unnamed recipients that he is preparing an answer to their letter.

Peniston Lamb (1745-1828), 1st Viscount Melbourne, father of the British Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne [Lord Melbourne]
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Place not stated. 6 November 1790.

1p., 8vo. On aged paper worn at extremities (not affecting text). The note reads: 'Nov 6 1790 | Srs | I received your letter by cover of Mr Herbert & will have ye honour to return an answer on Wednesday next | & am your Obedt Humble Servant | Melbourne'.

[The Victoria Police Force, Australia.] Duplicated document titled 'Outline and Organisation of the Victoria Police Force.'

[Chief Commissioner's Office, Police Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia; the Victoria Police Force]
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'Revised. September, 1966.'

21pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The document presents a mass of information. A 'Brief History' in the form of a chronology (pp.2-4), is followed by a section setting out the conditions of 'Membership of the Victoria Police Force' (pp.5), followed by a table of 'Ranks, Insignia and Retiring Age' (p.6).

[John Brewster, Under Sheriff of Nottingham.] Autograph Note Signed to John Goodall, enclosing an account of legal charges in the cases Grammer against Lord Melbourne and Grammer against Hides, relating to Greasley Moor Green, Nottinghamshire.

John Brewster, Under Sheriff of Nottingham [William Lamb (1779-1848), 2nd Viscount Melbourne [Lord Melbourne]; Thomas Grammer of Greasley Moor Green, Nottinghamshire; John Goodall, solicitor, Derby]
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Letter dated from Nottingham, 19 March 1845. Account of charges at 12 March 1845.

On 4to bifolium, with the account of charges on the recto of the first page, and Brewster's letter on the recto of the second. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with Nottingham and Derby postmarks, on the reverse of the second leaf, to 'John Goodall Esq | Solr. | Derby'. Docketted: 'Brewster Jno. | Under Shff of Nttm | with acct. of Charges in Grammer at Melbourne | Same at Hides'. The letter reads 'Inclosed I forward you the Account of Charges relating to these

Autograph Letter Signed ('G Gray') from George Gray of Bowerswell, Perth, brother of Euphemia Chalmers Millais, Lady Millais [Effie Gray], to Col. Spencer Childers, discussing his father Hugh Culling Eardley Childers and Australia.

George Gray (1829-1925) of Bowerswell, Perth, brother of Euphemia Chalmers Millais [Effie Gray]; Hugh Culling Eardley Childers (1827-1896]
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On letterhead of Bowerswell, Perth, Scotland. 5 August 1906.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged grey paper. Gray begins by thanking the Colonel for allowing him to have a 'cursory glance' at his 1901 biography of his father the Liberal politician Hugh Culling Eardley Childers. Gray intends to get it 'from one of the Libraries & go over it more carefully. It is full of interest to me particularly the period of yr Fathers residence in Melbourne in Govr. Arthurs time whom he found intractable but liked Genl. McArthur whom I knew well & Col Neill with whom I often stayed at Hawthorn'.

Nine manuscript business letters from the Melbourne merchants and importers Curcier & Adet to the French cognac house Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co., reporting news of the Australian brandy trade, shipping and other matters.

Curcier & Adet, merchants and importers of Melbourne, Australia, and Bourdeaux, France [Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co., French cognac house, Château des Valois (Château de Cognac), Cognac, Charente]
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All from Melbourne, Australia. Six from 1873 and three from 1874

The nine letters are in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Each is 1p., 4to., and all nine are bifoliums with the address and postmarks on the reverse of the second leaf. Each letter docketed by Otard Dupuy; one carries long notes in French by the house, and another calculations by them. The letter of 25 March 1874 gives a good indication of the tone of the correspondence: 'Dear Sirs | We confirm our list of the 25th ultimo and have yours of the 22nd.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (two 'W Fowler' and one 'Wm Fowler') from William Fowler, Liberal MP for Cambridge, to Colonel Spencer Childers, regarding his father the Liberal Chancellor Hugh Childers, Gladstone, Irish Home Rule, and other matters.

William Fowler (1828-1905), Liberal Member of Parliament for Cambridge, 1868-74 and 1880-85 [Colonel Edmund Spencer Eardley Childers (1854-1919), son of Hugh Culling Eardley Childers (1827-96)]
William Fowler (1828-1905), Liberal Member of Parliament for Cambridge
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1, 4 and 8 July 1901; all on letterheads of Broadwater Cross, Tunbridge Wells.
William Fowler (1828-1905), Liberal Member of Parliament for Cambridge

All three items good, on lightly-aged paper. All bifoliums. Letter One (1 July 1901): 12mo, 4 pp. 42 lines. He is pleased to have received Childers' life of his father (published that year). 'I knew your Father well, [...] I was in the House in the Parliaments of 68 & 80 when he had his most serious work'. Praises his 'amazing pluck in going out as he did to Australia [Childers was first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne] & in his conduct there in the early days & during the gold discoveries time, the story of which in his letters is very curious'.

The Carrionflower Writ [complete run of ten issues, from 1 to 9/10 and including 2a].

Javant Biarujia, editor [Nosukumo, Melbourne; Ian Birks; Jurate Sasnaitis, Philip Siss; Kris Hemensley; Chris Mann; Raimondo Cortese; Adrian Rawlins; Australian literature]
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Melbourne ('at Labassa'): Nosukumo. 1985 to 1990.

Each issue a single broadsheet, folded twice to make eight pages. On different light shades of paper. In good condition. An energetic collection of Australian 'poetry on the margins', with unconvential typography and striking illustration. Described, on cover of issue 3, as 'An art and literary broadsheet issued on an irregular basis'. Poets include Ian Birks, Jurate Sasnaitis, Philip Sipp, Kris Hemensley, Chris Mann, Raimondo Cortese, and Adrian Rawlins. Excessively scarce: no copies of any issues in the British Library, or recorded on COPAC, let alone a complete run.

Final General Report on Hospital Construction and Management. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by His Excellency's Command.

Professor H. B. Allen, M.D. [Sir Harry Brookes Allen (1854-1926)] [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; medicine, architecture]
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[1891. Victoria.] By Authority: Robert. S. Brain, Government Printer, Melbourne.

Folio (34 x 21 cm): 32 pp. With all eighteen foldout plans. Unbound and stapled. Text and plans clear and complete. In fair condition, with slight rust to staples and the last leaf (carrying Plan XVIII) loose. The report is addressed to 'The Honorable the Premier of the Colony of Victoria', and dated 'University of Melbourne, 2nd November, 1891. This is, as Allen sets out his aims in the first paragraph, explaining that he is submitting 'the Third and Final General Report concerning my visit to Great Britain and the Continent of Europe.

Bohemia (New Series) The Official Organ of the Bread and Cheese Club, Melbourne.

The Bread and Cheese Club, Melbourne, Australia [Joseph P. Quaine (d.1970), bookseller; Judge Alfred William Foster (1886-1962)]
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No. 5. Melbourne, 1st November, 1945. [Printed by J. Roy Stevens. Mebourne.]

4to, 4 pp. Bifolium. Complete issue, paginated 17-20. Good, on aged paper. The first page announces J. D. Corbett ('Writer of "Canberra Commentary" in "The Argus") as guest speaker ('And he's sure to be good'). The first of two articles on the second page is the report of a speech by 'His Honor Judge Foster'. The second article, under the heading 'A Blood and Thunder Merchant', is an interview, with small photograph, with 'the Sanguinary-minded Fellow J. P.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. T. Gell') to 'Dear Walter'.

George T. Gell [I.O.G.T.; IOGT International; Independent Order of Good Templars; International Order of Good Templars; temperance movement; abstinence; prohibition; Sydney, Australia]
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25 February 1889; 15 Little's Lane, Nicholson Street, Balmain, E. Sydney, Australia [on I.O.G.T. letterhead].

8vo: 4 pp. Bifolium. 66 lines. Text clear and complete, on aged, spotted and worn paper. Letterhead with printed mottos in decorative borders: 'Total Abstinence is the only certain Preventive of, or Remedy for Intemperance.' and 'INDIVIDUAL ABSTINENCE. | STATE PROHIBITION.' In conclusion Gell apologises for 'what you no doubt will stigmatize as an absurd letter', and to the modern reader this item is certainly unintentionally-amusing. Since his correspondent 'went up', 'one of my Tasmanian friends along with Mrs.

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