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[The Old Poor Law; English Poor Laws; eighteenth-century poor relief]

[The Old Poor Law in the late Nineteenth Century.] Anonymous Manuscript Document, calling in forthright terms for the amending of 'The Plan of the Poor Laws of England', to weed out 'the loose Profligate and those who do not like work'.

2pp, foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of the leaves of a bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On laid paper with indistinct watermark. The context of the document, with the capitalisation and spelling ('mechanick', 'shou'd', 'Publick', 'tyed down', 'lookt', 'Profitt'), points to a late...

Sarah Macready or M'Cready [née Kathleen Desmond] (c.1789-1853), actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready or M'cready (1755-1829), and stepmother of William Charles Macready (1793-1873)

[Sarah Macready, actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready and stepmother of William Charles Macready.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah M'Cready', asking to be sent a playscript for performance at a benefit at the Theatre Royal, Bristol.

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, in worn windowpane mount removed from album, with several folds. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Sir/ | I received yours of the 19th and should have answered it by return but I having also written on that day was the answer to it – I now ask can...

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish scientist, inventor and historian of science

[Sir David Brewster, Scottish scientist and inventor.] Autograph Signature ('D Brewster') on slip of paper.

On 1.75 x 6.25 cm slip of paper, laid down on part of leaf removed from album. In fair condition, lightly aged. Simply reads 'D Brewster'.

Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer; Dr Hugh Robert Mill; the Marquess of Zetland; Admiral Sir William Goodenough, President, Royal Geographical Society [Charles Sargeant Jagger]

[Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer.] Offprint (with photographic plate) of article: 'Speeches at the unveiling of the Shackleton Memorial'.

[7]pp, 8vo, paginated [161]-167. Preceded by photographic plate of 'The Shackleton Memorial' (on the outside of the Royal Geographical Society, London), on art paper. Stitched into blue printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'At the invitation of the Memorial Committee the...

The Abadan Crisis and the British Foreign Office [Anglo-Iranian Oil Company; Mohammed Mossadegh; Persia; Persian; Special Intelligence Service (M6)]

[Abadan Crisis and UK Foreign Office.] Three typewritten Foreign Office briefing documents (two 'RESTRICTED') for British Army 'R.A.E.C. Instructors', including 'A general note on Persia and the Persian oil question' and 'Persia - Oil Dispute'.

The five items (two maps are included in addition to the three documents) are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special...

John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903), RA, painter [Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903), Desn of Canterbury]

[John Callcott Horsley, RA, painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C. Horsley.') to 'Archdeacon Farrar' [Frederic William Farrar], asking him to officiate at the wedding of his daughter Fanny to Dr Arthur Whitelegge.

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium of grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. He informs him that his eldest daughter Fanny is to be married to Dr Arthur Whitelegge, and that the couple are 'earnestly desirous that you should write them “in holy bonds” […] It is intended that the wedding should take place...

UK Office, Information Research Department; General Franco; Spain; United States overseas military bases; Special Intelligence Service

[UK Foreign Office view on US military bases in the Spain of General Franco; MI5.] Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document titled ('c) The purpose of the United States agreement with SPAIN.'

From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the...

Lord Salisbury [James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury] (1861-1947), Liberal politician [Sir Reginald Herbert Brade (1864-1933), Under-Secretary of State for War, 1914-1920]

[Lord Salisbury to Sir Reginald Brade, Under-Secretary of State for War.] Five Autograph Letters (three signed 'Salisbury') to Brade and his PS, on Army Chaplains and the Chaplain General, with a complaint of a 'scandal' over chaplains in India.

Salisbury was a Liberal politician and the son of the Prime Minister. Some background to the correspondence is supplied by the Times articles, 'The Church in War', 6 February 1918 and 'Bishops' War Session' ('Supply of Chaplains'), 10 July 1918. The five items in good condition, on 12mo...

Richard Chenevix Trench [Richard Trench until 1873] (1807-1886), irish poet and Anglican cleric, Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of All Ireland

[Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Archbishop of Dublin.] Autograph Note Signed ('Richd. C. Dublin') to Miss Julia Glover, in response to a request for an autograph.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Palace Dublin | Sept 28/74 | Madam | I send you the autograph which you desire. | Yr. obedt. Servt | Richd. C. Dublin | Miss Julia Glover'.

Sir Claude Phillips (1846-1924), eminent Victorian art historian and art critic, first keeper of the Wallace Collection [Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist; Sir Edward Elgar]

[Sir Claude Phillips, art historian.] 'Confidential' Autograph Letter Signed ('Claude Phillips') to the musicologist R. A. Streatfeild, asking, on behalf of 'poor Lady Elgar', what to do about 'the treatment of the two great oratorios'.

He asks Streatfeild to advise him in a matter 'which speaks for itself'. He reports that 'poor Lady Elgar is greatly distressed – and not without reason – at the treatment of the two great oratorios'. Phillips does not 'quite see what is to be done in the way of protest', although he finds that...