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[Admiral George Anson Byron, 7th Baron Byron of Rochdale, cousin and successor of the poet Lord Byron.] Autograph Signature ('Byron') on frank of letter to the Hon. Mrs Collingwood.

Author: 
George Anson Byron (1789-1868), 7th Baron Byron of Rochdale, Royal Navy admiral, and cousin of the poet Lord Byron, whom he succeeded to the title [Admiral Collingwood; Collingwood House, Kent]
Publication details: 
'Portsmouth December Seventh 1826', with frank of 8 December 1826.
£28.00

Frank on 7 x 13 cm panel cut from front of envelope. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of leaf from album, with the reverse carrying part of the frank to a letter from another unidentified individual, with free postmark from 1826. Byron's frank has the customary red-ink postmark at top right ('FREE | 8 DE 8 | 1826'), and is laid out by him in the customary fashion: 'Portsmouth December Seven | 1826 | The Honble. Mrs. Collingwood | Hawkhurst | Kent'. Byron's signature 'Byron.', at bottom left, is only underlined, and not enclosed within the two parallel lines as required.

[Royal Mail; General Post Office.] Six items in Postal History: subscription form for Post Office Relief Fund, 1914; circular from E. W. Walker of National Federation of Sub-Postmasters; article on 'A Postal Anniversary'; three Glasgow District items

Author: 
[Royal Mail; General Post Office; postal history; Post Office Relief Fund, 1914; National Federation of Sub-Postmasters; Glasgow District Manager; George Ritchie of Linlithgow]
Publication details: 
[Royal Mail; General Post Office; Glasgow District Manager] 1914, 1916 and 1940.
£220.00

Six items. The collection in fair condition, apart from Item Two. ONE: Printed form, a 'List of Subscribers' for the 'Post Office Relief Fund. | Second Appeal.' Dated '11/14T', i.e. November 1914. (In 1914 the Post Office set up a relief fund to help relatives of GPO staff who had gone off to fight.) 1p, folio. Eleven lines of text are followed by the 'List of Subscribers', in three columns headed: 'Name', 'Rate for every complete 10/-' and 'I hereby authorise the deduction of my Subscription from my salary', the last subdivided into 'Signature' and 'Rank'.

[Thomas Moore Musgrave, Postmaster of Bath.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T M Musgrave | Comptroller'), as Comptroller, London Twopenny Post, to Sir Francis Freeling, Secretary, General Post Office, on postal rate of 'News Papers for ye. Colonies'.

Author: 
Thomas Moore Musgrave (1774-1854), postmaster and translator from Portuguese, Comptroller of London Twopenny Post, Postmaster of Bath [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary, General Post Office]
Publication details: 
'Twopenny Post Office [London] | 12 January 1829'.
£350.00

Musgrave is celebrated, as Postmaster of Bath, for the mailing of the first postage stamp of all: the “2nd May” Penny Black. 1p, folio. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper with closed tears and chipping to edges, folded twice. Endorsed by Freeling on reverse: '12 Jay 1829 | Twopenny Post Office | T Musgrave Esq', with the following in another hand: 'News Papers | for ye. | Colonies'.

[Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, son George III, brother of George IV and father of Queen Victoria.] Secretarial Letter, Signed ('Edward'), requesting Sir Francis Freeling to take particular pains in sending a letter to Germany.

Author: 
Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767-1820), fourth son of George III, brother of George IV, father of Queen Victoria [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary, General Post Office]
Publication details: 
'Castle hill Lodge [Ealing] | 30th. June 1803'.
£350.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium. Signature ('Edward') in the prince's hand, the rest of the letter by a secretary. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight damage to one corner of first leaf, and thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is franked 'Kent & Strathearn', with postmark, and addressed to 'Francis Freeling Esquire | &c &c &c | Genl. Post Office | Lombard Street | London'. Folded four times.

[ "Education of the Negro Race"; West Indies".] [Printed Parliamentary] Circular. MS title "Education" (Peel's hand), signed "Grey". WITH: [Prtd] Brief Practical Suggestions [full title below]

Author: 
[ Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey, sometime Colonial Secretary (from 1846); B. Kay Shuttleworth; Benjamin Hawes; Frederick Peel, M.P. ]
Publication details: 
Item One, "Downing Street, 26th January 1847" AND Item 2, "Privy Council Office Whitehall, 6 January 1847
£500.00

[ Circular] Printed in italics, 3pp., folio (paginated in MS 105-107, extracted from a volume of Parliamentary Circulars with the ownership signature "Frederick Peel", Member of Parliament (from Feb. 1849), dated 1839-1851), very good condition. Bound WITH [Printed] B. Kay Shuttleworth, "Brief Practical Suggestions on the Mode of Organizing and Conductiong Day-Schools of INDUSTRY, MODEL FARM SCHOOL, and NORMAL SCHOOLS, as part of a SYSTEM of Education for the COLOURED RACES of the BRITISH COLONIES, 10pp., folio (also paginated in MS. 109-118), very good condition. ITEM ONE.

[ 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.

Author: 
David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
On elaborate engraved letterhead of the South Wales Daily Post, 211 High Street, Swansea. 12 May 1921.
£45.00

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'.

[ John Harraden of the Post Office. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Earl of Chesterfield, complaining of the 'hardships' of his case, and requesting his intervention, with reference to William Hayley of Earlham, John Palmer, George White Thomas.

Author: 
John Harraden of the Post Office [ Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl of Chesterfield (1755-1815), Postmaster General; William Hayley (1745-1820); George White Thomas (c.1750-1821); John Palmer (1742-1818) ]
Publication details: 
No. 26 Compton Street, Soho. 10 November 1808.
£350.00

The recipient of the letter, the 5th Earl of Chesterfield, was Postmaster General between 1790 and 1798. The 'Mr. Palmer' mentioned in the text is John Palmer (1742-1818), MP for Bath, who was Comptroller General of the Post Office between 1786 and 1792. Harraden appears to have been regarded by his superiors as a whistle-blower and trouble-maker.

[ Maurice O'Connell, Irish politician. ] Two Autograph Letters, the first signed and the second in the third person, to the Postmaster General the Earl of Lichfield, recommending individuals for employment in the Post Office.

Author: 
Maurice O'Connell (c.1801-1853), Irish politician, Member of Parliament for Tralee 1832-1837 and 1838-1853, son of Daniel O'Connell ('The Liberator') [ Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield (1795-1854)]
Publication details: 
Both from 16 Pall Mall, London. June 1838 and June 1840.
£100.00

The two letters are in fair condition, lightly aged and soiled. ONE: 'Friday' (docketed date June 1838). 2pp., 12mo. Applying for 'the Post of Guard to Any of the Roads', on behalf of 'James Poyntz of Tralee'. On the reverse Lichfield has written 'sorry cannot'. TWO: 'Friday' (docketed date 19 June 1840). 2pp., 12mo. 'Mr Maurice O'Connell presents his Compliments to Lord Lichfield and begs to recommend bearer John Keating for employment as a Letter Carrier - Mr M O'C will feel much obliged by Keating's appointment'. Docketed by Lichfield on reverse: 'a test - but negligible chance'.

[ Morgan John O'Connell, Member of Parliament for Kerry. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. J: O'Connell') to the Postmaster General the Earl of Lichfield

Author: 
Morgan John O'Connell (1811-1875), Irish politician, Member of Parliament for Kerry, 1835-1852, half-brother of Daniel O'Connell ('The Liberator') [ Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield (1795-1854) ]
Publication details: 
14 Manchester Buildings, Westminster. 15 May 1840.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Recommending for employment in the Post Office 'Mr. Paul Scollard, who is a young man of most respectable connexions, but whose circumstances are such as to render a very humble situation an object to him - If a vacancy should soon occur in the Letter Carrying Department, I would respectfully solicit the appointment from Your Lordship for him'.

[ Sir Andrew Halliday, Scottish physician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andrew Halliday') to the Postmaster General the Duke of Manchester, giving details of his investigation into 'some system of individual plunder' involving franks.

Author: 
Sir Andrew Halliday (1782-1839), Scottish physician [ William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester (1771-1843), Governor of Jamaica, Postmaster General; Sir Horace Beauchamp Seymour (1791-1851) ]
Publication details: 
Hampton Court. 27 June 1829.
£220.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketed crosswise across the valediction, including the signature, but not in an overly-obtrusive fashion. An interesting letter, casting light on the franking system and fraud within the pre-Hill Post Office.

[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets. ] Two printed forms, proofs completed in manuscript, one with diagrams, the other 'Private Signals for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom [...]'.

Author: 
[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets, signals of 1812 ]
Publication details: 
[ Royal Navy. ] Dating from May 1812, with later notes referring to cancellation in March 1818.
£500.00

Four items, in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight creasing. ONE: Printed form, partially completed in manuscript. On one side of 31.5 x 19.5 cm piece of laid paper with Britannia watermark. Headed: 'PRIVATE SIGNALS for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom, Commanded by Lieutenants, viz.' Above the heading, in manuscript: 'Proof | See letter 1st. October 1812.

[ Winston Churchill's cousin on the Nazi menace. ] Material from the papers of Captain Edward George Spencer Churchill, mainly concerning the League of Nation, Fascism and appeasement, including autograph draft speech, letters, newspaper cuttings.

Author: 
Captain Edward George Spencer-Churchill (1876-1964), cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, art collector; H. A. Gwynne [ Howell Arthur Gwynne ] (1865-1950), editor of the Morning Post [ appeasement ]
Publication details: 
Letters from Northwick Park, Harrow, and 90 Piccadilly, London; between 1935 and 1940. Newspaper cuttings dating from between 1921 and 1944.
£1,250.00

Edward George Spencer-Churchill, first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, was war hero, book collector and art connoisseur. Educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1899, serving through the Boer War (2 medals and 7 clasps), and First World War (MC, Croix de Guerre with palm). As a Unionist, he contested Derby in 1906, and Tynemouth in 1910. He was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1924–25, and a trustee of the National Gallery, 1943-50. He published books on fishing and commerce, and presented a book to the Roxburgh Club.

[ Sir Algernon Borthwick, Conservative politician and newspaper proprietor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Algernon Borthwick') to 'Miss Frere'

Author: 
Sir Algernon Borthwick [ Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk ] (1830-1908), Conservative Party politician and owner of the Morning Post newspaper
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 139 Piccadilly, W. [ London ]. 5 January [ no year ].
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight smudging to second page. Annotated by the recipient 'read & burn'. He explains that he is 'just off to Eastbourne', and asks her to send on her letter 'to The Editor [of the Morning Post]', adding that it is 'a risk to send to me'. He concludes by explaining that he and his wife have 'given our present long ago & I am subscribing to a Kensington one. We cannot subscribe to all.'

[ United States Postal Service. ] Folder of 35 printed publicity items, including 22 issues of the 'Philatelic Release' of the 'Information Service | Post Office Department', posters for postmasters' bulletin boards,

Author: 
[ United States Postal Service ]
Publication details: 
United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C. Dating from between 1960 and 1966.
£220.00

The collection of 37 items (35 publicity items and two cables) is in good condition, in a blue card folder. The following description is divided into seven parts. ONE: 22 issues of the 'Philatelic Release' of the 'information Service | Post Office Department', dating from between 22 October 1965 and 11 June 1966. Totalling 51pp., 8vo. An incomplete run. Giving information relating to the new releases of stamps, including 'the John F.

[ Robert S. Sievier, Anglo-Australian bookmaker, racehorse owner and gambler ] 'The Imperial Number' of 'The Winning Post' newspaper, entirely devoted to a commemoration of King Edward VII, well printed in letterpress on vellum paper.

Author: 
Robert S. Siever [ Robert Standish Sievier (1860-1939)], Anglo-Australian bookmaker, racehorse owner, gambler and journalist, editor of 'The Winning Post'
Publication details: 
[ London. ] 14 May 1910.
£120.00

For information about Sievier's colourful and disreputable career, see his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, which states that, under the name of 'Sutton', Sievier was 'the first bookmaker in Victoria to bet with bag and clerk, standing on a regular pitch and issuing numbered tickets for the horses backed'. In 1887 he returned to England afer his bookmaker's license was withdrawn following his assault on Lord Deerhurst.

[ Victorian valentine Card. ] Hand-coloured engraved Victorian valentine card, depicting a young lady in shorts posting a letter, with the caption 'A valentine for my little friend'.

Author: 
[ Victorian valentine card, engraved and hand-coloured ] [ Royal Mail; Post Office; women's fashion ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ London, 1880s? ]
£65.00

On one side of a piece of 14 x 9 cm paper, with embossed design to the scalloped edges. Hand-coloured in yellow, pink, red, purple, grey and plum. A smiling young girl, blonde-haird and rosy cheeks, in gentleman's hat, muffler, plum velvet jacket, purple shorts and red tights, stands on the pavement, looking smiling at the viewer as she posts a letter with a red wax seal into a box marked 'Post Office' and 'London 12'. The caption at the foot reads: 'A VALENTINE | FOR MY LITTLE FRIEND'.

[Sir William Henry Preece, electrical engineer to the Post Office system.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'W. H Preece') to Clement Hoult.

Author: 
Sir William Henry Preece (1834-1913), electrical engineer and inventor, a student of Faraday, electrican to the Post Office system [Clement Hoult, Wolverhampton accountant]
Publication details: 
The letter on letterhead of 8 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, S.W. [London] 24 April 1902. The note on letterhead of Gothic Lodge, Wimbledon Common. 30 April 1902.
£180.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by informing him when he will be arriving in Wolverhampton from Euston, adding that he will be 'very glad' to see Hoult 'and the Chairman at the R[ailway]. S[tation].' He 'will have to go direct to the Agricultural Hall to give directions to my men what to do. Kerr comes down later.' He concludes in the hope that 'Mr Hook from Birmingham will come early also'. NOTE: 1p., 16mo. Mourning border. 'I have not seen a report of my address. Was it printed?'

[Handbill; General Post Office] Late Posting of Letters

Author: 
[Postmaster General]
Publication details: 
General Post Office, June 1897. Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by W.P. Griffiths & Sons Ltd [...] 6/97.
£56.00

One page, 8vo, fold mark, small chip off corner, text complete and ow good. A request for letters to be posted earlier to relieve strains on the system. No other copy yet traced.

[Printed pamphlet in favour of postal reform.] Our Postal Express. Speech of Hon. William Sulzer, of New York, In the House of Representatives. Thursday, June 9, 1910. [Including endorsement by Frederick C. Beach, editor of Scientific American.]

Author: 
William Sulzer ['Plain Bill Sulzer'] (1863-1941), 39th Governor of New York; Frederick C. Beach, President Postal Progress League and Editor of Scientific American [postal service]
Publication details: 
[Washington, D.C., June 1910.] Beach's printed letter of endorsement dated 13 June 1910.
£80.00

8pp., 12mo. Stapled and unbound. In good condition, on aged high-acidity paper, with slight wear to extremities. Blind stamps and shelfmark of the Hartford Theological Seminary. The text begins: 'The House having under consideration the bill (S. 5876) to establish postal savings depositories for depositing savings at interest with the security of the Government for the repayment thereof, and for other purposes - | Mr SULZER said: [...]'.

[Charles Nunneley and C. O. Smith, eds.] Edwardian circulating magazine 'The Budget: An AGD Magazine', containing unique original contributions by workers at General Post Office, North London, including 14 photographs of Cambridge by E. G. Richardson

Author: 
Charles Nunneley [Lieut. Charles Francis Nunneley (1883-1914)] and C. O. Smith, eds [E. G. Richardson; W. H. Haines; General Post Office, North London; postal; Edwardian circulating magazine]
Publication details: 
'A & R Branch | A. G. Dept | General Post Office (North) | London | E.C.' Issue 16, undated [c.1902].
£200.00

99 + [3] pp., 4to, of which 31pp. are original photographs, on grey card mounts, each with tissue guard and manuscript caption in white ink. A further five small photographs laid down on pages of the typed text. In very good condition, on aged paper, in modern green leather quarter-binding with cloth boards and misleading title on spine 'THE BUDGET | CAMBRIDGE' In a contemporary hand on leaf preceding title-page: 'Please return to | Chas Nunneley | (Room 1, 3rd Floor) | A & R Branch | A. G. Dept | General Post Office (North) | (London) | E.C. | or to | C. O.

['A Llanbrynmair Farmer'.] Printed pamphlet: 'Letters on Improvements, addressed to Landlords and Road Commissioners, with a Petition to Parliament for a Cheap Ocean Postage; and a Memorial to the Prime Minister for Franchise Reforms.'

Author: 
'A Llanbrynmair Farmer' [Rev. Samuel Roberts (1800-1885), Welsh author on economic matters, and advocate of postal reform] [Royal Mail; the Post Office; postal reform; transatlantic postage]
Publication details: 
'Albion Office: Published and Sold by the Rev. S. Roberts, Llanbrynmair; and Henry Parry, Printer, Horse-market, Newtown.' 1852.
£180.00

59pp., 12mo. Stitched. Front wrap present, with the title printed within an ornate border on yellow paper, and the price given as sixpence. In fair condition, on aged paper, with dog-eared corner and slight loss at foot of the worn front wrap. Two ownership inscriptions: 'David Davies his Book' on the inside wrap, and 'David Davies his Book | 1852 | Tynyfawnay Llanfair | Montgomeryshire'.

Autograph Letter in the third person from Lord Bingham [later George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan] to Sir Francis Freeling, Secretary of the General Post Office, regarding a petition to be presented to the House of Commons. With two cuttings.

Author: 
George Charles Bingham (1800-1888), 3rd Earl of Lucan [Lord Lucan], until 1839 known by the courtesy title Lord Bingham [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary of the General Post Office]
Publication details: 
3 Park Place [London] 12 June 1830. One of the cuttings dating from the commencement off the Crimean War, 1853.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Lord Bingham presents his compliments to Sir Francis Freeling & will feel much obliged to him if he will be good enough to have the accompanying letter opened & returned to him free of postage as Ld. B. knows it to be a Petition to the House of Commons | Ld. B.

Typescript, with autograph corrections, of an essay titled 'A Thought About Christmas. Laurens van der Post', written for a magazine edited by Rev. Austin Williams, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and with two Typed Letters Signed to Williams.

Author: 
Laurens van der Post (1906-1996), South African author [Rev. Austin Williams (1912-2001), Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields]
Publication details: 
The two letters both from 13 Cadogan Street, Chelsea [London]; 11 May 1959 and 12 October 1962.
£450.00

The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; the essay and first letter having punch-holes in the margin. The essay is 3pp., foolscap 8vo. The title, corrections and emendations are all in van der Post's hand. 'To someone like myself who believes that coincidence is the manifestation of a great law of which we are not yet properly aware, this timing of the birth of Christ is not accidental.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Spenser Wilkinson') from Henry Spenser Wilkinson (1853-1937), Chichele Professor of Military History at Oxford University, to S. M. Wood, regarding his writings and the need to save England and France from 'German attack'.

Author: 
Henry Spenser Wilkinson (1853-1937), Chichele Professor of Military History at the University of Oxford
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Morning Post, London. 30 August 1914
£60.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. With envelope addressed by Wilkinson to Wood at Underwood, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge. He disavows 'The Lost Possessions of England', explaining that he 'discussed the concessions of England to Germany in volumes published in 1894 & 1896'. He has 'not time now to write another book. The business of us all now is to do what we can to save our country & France from the German attack'.

[Printed booklet.] GPO Satellite Station [GPO Satellite Ground Station, Goohilly Downs, England].

Author: 
[Maurice Rickards (1919-1998); GPO Satellite Station, Goonhilly Downs, England; Telstar]
Publication details: 
Designed and photographed for the Public Relations Department of the GPO by Maurice Rickards. Produced by Contact Studios Ltd and pritned at The Riverside Press Ltd. London and Whitstable. PH 1033. [Circa 1962.]
£220.00

12pp., 4to. On art paper and in shiny printed wraps. In fair condition, with closed tear to front cover and creased corner to back cover. Strikingly designed by Rickards: heavily printed in black with an occasional touch of pink to headings. Scarce: no copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. From the Pat Hawker archive.

[Printed conference paper.] Earth Station Site Selection.

Author: 
S. Simpkins, B.Sc. & D.I. Dalgliesh B.Sc. (Eng.), C.Eng. M.I.E.E., British Post Office [United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, London, 1968]
Publication details: 
London: United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, 1968 (Section B, Paper No. 1).
£200.00

20pp. (11+2+3+1+2+1), foolscap 8vo, with a further four pages of figures. Stapled, with front cover printed in black, red and blue, carrying stylised design of satellite design. Cover stamped with date 4 June 1968. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Scarce: no copies on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. From the Pat Hawker archive.

[Printed conference paper.] Baseband Assembly Equipment and Terrestrial Extensions.

Author: 
J. B. Holt, C.Eng. M.I.E.E., British Post Office [United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation, London, 1968]
Publication details: 
London: United Kingdom Seminar on Communication-Satellite Earth Station Planning and Operation; May 1968 (Section E, Paper No. 5).
£200.00

14pp., foolscap 8vo, with a further six pages of figures, three of them fold-out. Stapled, with front cover printed in black, red and blue, carrying stylised design of satellite design. Cover stamped with date 4 June 1968. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with corner of last leaf creased. Scarce: no copies on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. From the Pat Hawker archive.

[Printed colour brochure.] The formal opening of Bearley Radio Station by Mr. John Wall Deputy Chairman The Post Office Board on November 23, 1967.

Author: 
[Bearley Radio Station; Plessey Electronics [The Plessey Company Limited, Radio Systems Division, Ilford, Essex, England; GPO; General Post Office; broadcasting]
Publication details: 
Ilford, Essex, England: The Plessey Company Limited, Radio Systems Division. [1967.]
£120.00

[2] + 12 + [2] pp., 4to. On shiny art paper, in laminated wraps. Attractively designed with numerous photographic illustrations. The covers, printed in two shades of blue, open up to show a ground view of the site. Scarce: no copy on COPAC or WorldCat. From the J. P. Hawker papers.

Autograph Signature ('Wm Molesworth'), on a frank, of the Radical Member of Parliament for Southwark.

Author: 
Sir William Molesworth (1810-1855), 8th Baronet, Radical Member of Parliament for Southwark, editor (with John Stuart Mill) of the Westminster Review
Publication details: 
London. 4 May 1839.
£23.00

On piece of paper cut from front panel of envelope, 7 x 12.5 cm. In fair condition, with hole in paper made by seal or wafer (not affecting text). Red circular government postmark: 'FREE | 4 MY 4 | 1839'. All in Molesworth's hand, and reading: 'London May four 1839 | H H. Molesworth | St John Coll | Cambridge', with the signature as usual at bottom left: 'Wm Molesworth'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H. Montagu Butler') from Henry Montagu Butler, successively Headmaster of Harrow School and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, declining an interview with [Sydney Walton of] the Morning Post.

Author: 
H. Montagu Butler [Henry Montagu Butler] (1833-1918), headmaster of Harrow School, 1859-85, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1886-1918 [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), publicist]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Trinity College, Cambridge. 7 and 12 May 1913.
£80.00

Each 3pp., 12mo, on bifoliums with the first page headed 'Private'. Both in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with minor staining from paper clip. Letter One: He hopes he will not 'appear wanting in courtesy to yourself or to the Editor of the Morning Post if I say frankly that I had much rather not have any conversation about my coming birthday, which certain old Harrow pupils and friends propose so kindly to celebrate.' He 'must beg' Walton to 'make allowance for my feeling of reserve on so delicate a matter'.

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