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William Wilberforce (1759-1833), politician, philanthropist, and leading abolitionist [Sir James Alderson (1794-1882), President of the Royal College of Physicians; Carey Street Dispensary, London]

[William Wilberforce, politician and abolitionist.] Autograph Signature to Secretarial Letter appointing a proxy to vote for 'the vacant office of Physician' to the Public Dispensary.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and with slight damp staining at head, and with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. The text, in a secretarial hand, reads: 'I hereby appoint [blank] (a governor of the Public Dispensary) to give my vote in favour of Dr Alderson a Candidate for...

Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister [George III; Napoleon Bonaparte; French plan for the invasion of Great Britain; Privy Council]

[Napoleon's planned invasion of England.] Three rough drafts of royal proclamations, drawn up for the Privy Council by Attorney General Spencer Perceval, dealing with contingencies relating to the administration of justice in the event of invasion.

The present item is a significant document in British history. It comprises the annotated rough drafts of three royal proclamations, drawn up for the Privy Council by the Attorney General (and future Prime Minister) Spencer Perceval (1762-1812). The document, which appears to be unknown, is in...

William IV (1765-1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1830-1837; his domestic physician (when Duke of Clarence) Sir Andrew Halliday (1782-1839)

[William IV (as Duke of Clarence) [to his domestic physician Sir Andrew Halliday].] Autograph Letter Signed ('William')

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse, which is endorsed: 'An original letter of King William the Fourth when Duke of Clarence addressed to Dr Halliday'. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | I have received your letter from Ghent and immediately made...

Edward Drummond (1792-1843), Personal Secretary to four British Prime Ministers including the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel, shot by Daniel McNaughton [Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872)]

[Edward Drummond, Personal Secretary to Sir Robert Peel, fatally shot by Daniel McNaughton.] Autograph Note Signed ('Edwd Drummond') to Sir Thomas Phillipps, acknowledging receipt of letter. With pencil note by Phillipps.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with unobtrusive spike hole to corner through both leaves. Addressed to 'Sir Thomas Phillipps Bart', and reading: 'Sir, | I am desired by Sir Robert Peel to acknowledge the Receipt of your Letter of the 3d Instant containing suggestions for...

John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell, where he introduced the principle of non-restraint into the treatment of the insane

[John Conolly, psychiatrist who pioneered the humane treatment of the insane.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Conolly.') regarding meeting in Brighton of Provincial Medical and Surgical Association, with reference to doctors Tuke and Stilwell.

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount to gutter. Folded twice. The recipient is not named, but is likely to be the secretary of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association (now the British Medical Association), as the letter concerns the...

Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge [Adolphus Frederick] (1774-1850), tenth child and seventh son of King George III, Viceroy of Hanover for his brothers George IV and William IV

[Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, Viceroy of Hanover.] Autograph Signature ('Adolphus Frederick. | Genl: & Col: in Chief' [of King's German Legion]) to order in secretarial hand for payment from Messrs Greenwood Cox & Co to Lieut. Charles Michaels

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Endorsed: 'Contingent Account | An Order for Messrs Greenwood Co to pay Lieut Chas Michaelmas [sic] ten Pounds 31st Augst 1814 [sic]'. The Duke signs: 'Adolphus Frederick | Genl: & Col: in Chief'. The rest of the document is in a secretarial hand,...

Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827), second son of George III, heir to George IV, reformer of the British Army [William Wyndham Grenville, Lord Grenville (1759-1834), Prime Minister

[Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederick') to 'Grenville' [William Wyndham Grenville, future prime minister], regarding war and 'opportunity of humbling France', Welch Fusiliers, Allerton, buying a town house.

An interesting intimate letter from the Duke of York, credited with having done more to reform the British Army than any other man, to the future Prime Minister Grenville, who at the time was Paymaster General of the Forces. Of particular note is the Duke's desire to go to war, 'for I am sure we...

Prince William, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh ['Silly Billy'] (1776-1834), great-grandson of George II, nephew and son-in-law of George III

[Prince William, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh ('Silly Billy').] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Frederick') to a duke, reporting that he has placed Edward Gage in his regiment, as requested.

1p, 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. The letter reads: 'My dear Duke | I have much gratification in acquainting Your Grace that I have placed Mr Edward Gage in my Regiment, and I am sure You will believe that it affords me great satisfaction to have had so...

Sir Everard Home, 1st Baronet (1756-1832), Serjeant Surgeon to King George III, brother-in-law and pupil at St George's Hospital of John Hunter (1728-1793) [George Laddiges, Hackney nurseryman]

[Sir Everard Home, Serjeant Surgeon to King George III.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Messrs. Laddiges', i.e. firm of George Laddiges, Hackney nurseryman, regarding bananas cultivated to 'perfection', with reference to 'Mr Eyton' and Kew.

An interesting letter regarding the early cultivation of bananas in London. 1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight nicking to one edge. Neatly written over nine lines. Reads: 'Sir Everard Home is much obliged to Messrs. Laddiges for a present of some very fine Bananas, which were...

Henry Cockton (1807-1853), Victorian novelist, author of 'The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist' [Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher]

[Henry Cockton, Victorian novelist, author of 'The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist'.] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry Cockton') to his publisher Richard Bentley, arranging a meeting.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'R Bentley Esqre.' Reads: 'My Dear Sir | I this day received the note which you directed to be sent to me and will do myself the pleasure of calling upon you on Friday Morning at eleven'. Having previously appeared as a serial...