Autograph Letters

[ Dame Marie Tempest, actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mary') to 'My dear Cyril', discussing his 'amusing and witty play' and the one in which she is acting.

Author: 
Dame Marie Tempest [ Mary Susan Etherington ] (1864-1942), English singer and actress ('the queen of her profession')
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Miss Marie Tempest'. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner and creasing to another. Strengthened on reverse with a small piece of tape. Letterhead in red, with Tempest writing in green ink. She writes warmly: 'I've read your Play, and I think it charming up to the point of the two people who are crooks! It suffers from the same thing that our present Play suffers from. Too sudden a jump!' She invites him to go and see the play, 'and you will gather what I mean'. She ends by describing his play as 'amusing and witty'.

[ Edwin W. Field; the Law ] Autograph Note Signed to "Ellwood" [ presumably his clerk, Henry Ellwood ]

Author: 
Edwin W. Field [ Edwin Wilkins Field (1804-1871), lawyer and painter who committed much of his life to law reform. ]
Publication details: 
[ Headed Notepaper] Glebe, Goring, Reading, 27 Sept. 1867.
£56.00

One page, 12mo, fold maks, sl. crinkled, text clear and complete. "I found our housekeeper wants some money. John Cobb is coming down tomorrow. I shd thoink he was sure to go to his office first. And that if you w[oul]d on receipt of this send £30 or so to him he w[oul]d bring it for us."

[ George Canning ] Autograph Letter Signed "Geo. Canning" to "J. Heaton, Esq.".

Author: 
George Canning, sometime Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Gloucester Lodge, [ Brompton, Middlesex ], Sunday night 2 JUne 1811.
£56.00

One page, left edge stained and sl. chipped, fold mark, text clear and complete. "I inclose a Ltter which I have received today from Mr Borrowes's Attorney Mr. Teesdale of Fenchurch Street. | I must troube you to send him in the course of tomorrow the information which he requires - so as to enable him to write by tomorrow's post to the UNder Sheriff

[ Royal Navy ] Autograph Letter Signed "R B Farquhar" to "Hall", about the revision of regulations and the Russian Fleet's firing on fishing boats at Dogger Bank.

Author: 
R.B. Farquhar [ Captain, later Admiral Richard Bowles Farquhar, C.B., Royal Navy (1859–1948)].
Publication details: 
HMS Resolution [printed] changed to 'Essex' in MS, Cromarty 25 Oct. 1904.
£85.00

Seven pages, 12mo, two bifoliums, fold marks, staining caused by (removed) sellotape, text clear and complete. "I have read with great interewst the proposed draft revision of the present Regulations governing the exams & advancement of acct. officers." He hopes they will be adopted, but then raises "points of criticism" about hard-working secretaries, officers who fail first time, fewer different certificates of service, presentation of certificates by candidates, disuse of a writer as a clerk, etc. He had taken command of the "Essex" on the 14 September (i.e.

[ Rothschilds; yachting ] Letter Signed "Bn. Arthur de Rothschild", the text in a Secretarial hand (prob.) to "Mr. St Clare Byrne, 48 Castle Street, L'pool" [St Clare John Byrne, a naval architect, specializing in the construction of luxury yachts.

Author: 
Arthur de Rothschild, Baron Rothschild (1851-1903), philtelist, collector of art, yachting enthusiast.
rothschild
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Embossed Baron's coronet, 33 Faubourg St Honore, Paris, 29 January 1883.
£250.00
rothschild

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, sl. dingy, and stained, tiny closed tear on fold mark, text clear and complete. Small docketing slip added to last page by Byrne (presumably) giving name of correspondent and dates of receipt and answer. Annotated on first page presumably by Byrne "recd 30th | an[swere]d 31st". Rothschild is "returning" a telegram and "the specification of the Candace". "From what you say about the 'Eros' [underlined; see note below ], I very much fear you are under the erroneous impression she is not worth more than a sixpence or so.

[ Robert Hitch, Dean of York ] Autograph Letter Signed "Ro: Hitch" to Sir Thomas Wentworth ("at Bretton").

Author: 
Robert Hitch, Dean of York
Publication details: 
York, 22 May [1668 ]
£150.00

One page, 8vo, bifolium (second leaf blank). "I am sorry the ill-heald wound breaks out again. If Mr Walbank had submitted to the Court, & had made an acknowledgment by order or injunction of the court his adversaryes had not have renewed their old articles again: [ ... ] wthin the statute of limitation of actions.

[ John Carter, bookseller ] Two Autograph Postcards Signed "John Carter" and "John C.", one to "R. Hyde" [Ron[ald] Hyde, collector/dealer etc, the other to Mrs [Richard] Bentley", widow of the publisher, Richard Bentley (II).

Author: 
John Waynflete Carter (1905-1975), bibliographer and bookseller
Publication details: 
[Hyde] Sotheby & Co. 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W1 [postmark 24 Nov. 1961] and [Mrs Bentley] [?Chelsea, 8 Dec. 1961].
£180.00

Two APCSs, sl. worn, but text clear and complete. The subject of both cards is the William Beckford letters which "disappeared" during an auction of the contents of The Mere, the Bentley house near Slough. First postcard (to Hyde): "My old friend Mrs Bentley has asked me to look into the question of other letters & papers, including the William Beckford lot w[hi]ch she tells me you saw; and I have had a talk today with her lawyer. I should much like to know just what you saw & heard. Could you possibly telephone me tomorrow morning or Sunday?

[ General Sir Dighton Probyn. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Comptroller & Treasurer of the Prince of Wales' Household', inviting Sir Robert Herbert to visit the Prince and his wife at Sandringham, and giving transport details.

Author: 
General Sir Dighton Probyn [ General Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn ] (1833-1924), British army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross [Sir Robert Herbert; King Edward VIII; Sandringham, Norfolk ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sandringham, Norfolk. 15 November 1884.
£75.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little smudged. He 'writes by direction of The Prince and Princess of Wales to invite him to pay their Royal Highnesses a visit at Sandringham from Saturday next the 22nd. Inst. to remain till Monday the 24th. He gives details of the best train to catch to 'Wolferton (the Station for Sandringham)', where there will be 'conveyances to take Sir Robert and the other Guests travelling by the same Train, from the Station to the House'.

[ George Christoph Eimmart, German engraver, and his daughter Maria Clara Eimmart, astronomer. ] Autograph Signatures ('Georg: Christoph: Eimmart' and 'Marie Claire Eimmart') with improving autograph quotations in Latin and French.

Author: 
Georg Christoph Eimmart the younger (1638-1705), German draftsman, engraver, and astronomer; his daughter Maria Clara Eimmart (1676-1707), astronomer, engraver and designer [ Riedener ]
Publication details: 
Both dated from Nuremburg. G. C. Eimmart's autograph on 12 May 1699; M. C. Eimmart's autograph on 27 April 1699.
£1,000.00

Each on one side of a 9.5 x 13.5cm piece of paper. Both in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. G. C. Eimmart's autograph headed by a four-line quotation in Latin beginning: 'Omnes probi viri actiones ad sua intima vergunt'. Signed: 'in Gonorem | Nobilissimi

[ Frederick William Pomeroy, sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. W. Pomeroy') to Douglas Sladen, declining an invitation to a 'delightful Gathering'.

Author: 
F. W. Pomeroy [ Frederick William Pomeroy ] (1856-1924), English sculptor responsible for statue of 'Justice' on the Old Bailey [ Douglas Sladen (1856-1947), author and academic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 14 Kensington Square, W.8 [ London ]. 7 June 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with slight smuding at head of first page. There is nothing he should have liked more than to accept Sladen's invitation to 'what will be a delightful Gathering, at your house at Richmond on the 9th.', but he has a previous engagement. 'Some other time, if you extend the hand of friendship in this charming way I shall be delighted to come and see you.'

[ Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lucius Curtis') to an unnamed 'Dear Sir & Brother' (freemason?), regarding 'the Election of Poor Brother Moss' Son'.

Author: 
Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis (1786-1869), Royal Navy officer [ Freemasonry? ]
Publication details: 
Cosham [ near Portsmouth ]. 9 December 1862.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. Newspaper cutting of obituary laid-down at foot. He asks to be sent 'some Printed cards, for the Election of Poor Brother Moss' Son'. These are wanted 'to send to a friend in Warwickshire, as also to one in Surrey - for them to Distribute.'

[ William Burdett-Coutts, MP and philanthropist. ] Autograph Signature ('W Burdett-Coutts') on part of letter.

Author: 
William Burdett-Coutts [ William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett Burdett-Coutts ] (1851-1921), MP and philanthropist, husband of Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906)
Publication details: 
'Holly Lodge | Aug 10. 94 [1894]'.
£20.00

On 5 x 11 cm piece of paper, cut from the head of a letter addressed to 'Dear Moon'. In good condition, lightly aged. Written crosswise above the salutation is: 'I cant get them in time | Yrs very truly | W Burdett-Coutts'.

[ Sylvain Van de Weyer, Belgian diplomat and book collector. ] Autograph Signature ('S. Van De Weyer').

Author: 
Sylvain Van de Weyer [Jean-Sylvain Van de Weyer ] (1802-1874), Belgian minister and ambassador to London, a noted book collector
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 1.5 x 4.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from letter with mourning border.

[ Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature on part of letter.

Author: 
Viscount Palmerston [ Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston ] (1784-1865), Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Publication details: 
[ No place or date. ]
£25.00

On 8 x 18 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age. Large firm signature (roughly 2.5 x 6 cm.) on page reading: 'Your Lordships | most obedient | humble Servant, | Palmerston'. Fragment of text on reverse reads: '[...] give the necessary directions for issuing to that Gentleman or his Assigns the sums which may from time to time become due to him. | Mr. Rendall's Salary will [...]'.

[ Sir Albert Spicer, Liberal Party politician. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Albert Spicer') to A. D. Snow, responding to congratulations on his receiving his baronetcy.

Author: 
Sir Albert Spicer (1847-1934), industrialist and Liberal Party politician, successively Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs and Hackney Central
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ] 9 July 1906.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his congratulations on 'the honour His Majesty has conferred upon me', adding 'The kind and generous way in which the announcement has been received by our friends has been most gratifying to my Wife and myself.'

[ Mehmed Fuad Pacha, statesman in the Ottoman Empire. ] Autograph Signature ('Mehmed Pacha').

Author: 
Mehmed Pacha [ Mehmed Fuad Pacha (Pasha) ] (1814-1869), statesman in the Ottoman Empire
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£100.00

On irregular strip of paper, roughly 1.5 x 4 cm. in dimensions. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The son of a noted poet, Pacha began his career as a translator, before serving as a diplomat. He was instrumental in reforming the Tanzimat, and was an ardent Anglophile.

[ Henry Montagu Butler, headmaster of Harrow School and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. ] Signed Letter ('H Montagu Butler'), written out by a secretary, to Professor Langley, referring him to one of his works.

Author: 
Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918), headmaster of Harrow School (1859-85), Dean of Gloucester (1885-86); Master of Trinity College (1886-1918); Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University (1889-90)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Trinity Lodge, Cambridge. 24 August 1904.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, with light signs of age. At head of first page: 'Dictated'. He refers him to 'the second Chapter of the book I published some years ago, which deals with the subject on which we conversed the other night at dinner'. The amanuensis has written that the chapter deals with 'some of the reflections on matters ethereal', and Butler has corrected this to 'some reflections on matters Aesthetical'. Butler has also added the words 'more clearly, though I fear' after the word 'puts' in the following: 'it puts at much greater length'.

[ Fabrizio Ruffo, Prince of Castelcicala, Neapolitan ambassador to London. ] Autograph Signature ('Castelcicala').

Author: 
Fabrizio Ruffo, Prince of Castelcicala [ Fabrizio Ruffo di Bagnara, principe di Castelcicala ] (1763-1832), Neapolitan ambassador to London
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 2 x 12 cm. strip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a letter.

[ Father Edmond Nolan, Catholic priest, Vice-President, St Edmund's College, Ware. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edmond Nolan') to 'Miss Haig' of Basildon, regarding autographs in his collection and his duties tutoring boys.

Author: 
Father Edmond Nolan, Vice-President of St Edmund's College, Old Hall, Ware, and founder of (the Roman Catholic) St Edmund's House (now St Edmund's Hall), Cambridge
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St Edmund's College, Old Hall, Ware. 12 and 14 November 1894.
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Since his return from Basildon three friends have promised him 'letters from the illustrious' for her collection. He has also 'looked for a collection I made myself once - but altho I have found all kinds of things which I thought I had lost for ever I cannot find it'. He lists seven 'minor autographs' he is sending her, including '(7) The late Earl of Denbigh to Bish of Patterson - This letter led to the capture of a famous impostor, who died immediately afterwards in Clerkenwell Gaol'.

[ Rev. Francis William Galpin, musicologist. ] Autograph Card Signed and Autograph Letter Signed (both 'F. W. Galpin') to the author Austin Dobson, regarding the Broad Oak in Hatfield Forest.

Author: 
Francis William Galpin (1858-1945), Church of England cleric and musicologist and collector of musical instruments [ Henry Austin Dobson (1840-1921), English author ]
Publication details: 
The card dated 30 August 1904 [ no place ]. The letter addressed from Hatfield Vicarage, Harlow [ Essex ]; 7 May 1906.
£56.00

Both items in good condition, with light signs of age. The card, with postmarks, is addressed to 'Austin Dobson Esq | 75 Eaton Rise | Ealing | W.' The letter is also to Dobson, but is only addressed 'Dear Sir'. In the card he reports that 'The old oak in the forest is now in ruins and quite dead. It has been surrounded with a railing and a young tree planted by its side.' He offers to send a photograph, and asks for 'anthing about my parish which you may publish'.

[ Baron August von Cetto, Bavarian diplomat. ] Autograph Signature ('Cetto').

Author: 
Baron August von Cetto [ August Freiherr von Cetto ] Bavarian diplomat
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 1.5 x 5 cm strip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from letter.

[ Abbott Laurence, American ambassador to London. ] Autograph Signature ('Abbott Laurence').

Author: 
Abbott Laurence (1792-1855), American politician and philanthropist, congressman and ambassador to London, 1849-1852
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£22.00

On 1 x 5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from a letter.

[ Émilie Broisat, actress with the Comédie-Française. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Monsieur Laval', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Émilie Broisat (1846-1929), French actress with the Comédie-Française
Publication details: 
'Dimanche soir' [ no place or date ].
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Gracefully declining an invitation.

[ The Bolshevik Revolution and the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service (American Expeditionary Force Siberia). ] Eleven Autograph Letters Signed from George Fainstone in Russia to his wife Helené [ in England ].

Author: 
George Fainstone [ Yosel Fainstein ] (d.1956), of the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service, American Expeditionary Force Siberia [ Bolshevik Revolution ]
Publication details: 
Between 20 March 1917 and 14 September 1918. One on letterhead of 'American Engineering Corps with the R. R. S. [ Russian Railway Service ]'. From Tomsk, Odessa, Vladivostok and other parts of Russia.
£220.00

As part of American involvement in the Russian Civil War, the Russian Railway Service Corps was formed by President Wilson to operate the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Details regarding the author are sketchy. In 1929 the London Gazette reported the naturalisation of 'Fainstein, Yosel (known as George Fainstone); Russia; Upholsterer and Furniture Manufacturer; 16, Ravenscroft Avenue, Golders Green, Middlesex. 20 August, 1929.' Fainstone died in England in 1956 and his wife Helene six years later. Ten more of his RRS letters, all dating from 1918, are in the Imperial War Museum.

[ Prince Constantin Czartoryski, Polish patriot. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Pce. Constantin Czartoryski'), in French, requesting that a letter be forwarded to his brother who is en route to Italy.

Author: 
Prince Constantin Czartoryski [ Konstanty Adam Czartoryski ] (1777-1866), Polish patriot who served under Napoleon, raising a regiment at his own expence
Publication details: 
Paris, 26 September 1819.
£250.00

For more information on Czartoryski, see his entry in the Annual Register for 1860, p.407. 1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient is not named, but is an Italian-speaker, as the letter is docketted 'Parigi 1819 | 26 Sett. | Princp. Cost. Czartoryski'. Fifteen lines of text, requesting, in florid tones, that a letter be forwarded to his brother, 'qui doit être dans ce moment ci à Livourne pour y faire prendre des bains'.

[ Sir Hamilton Seymour, diplomat. ] Calling Card, carrying an Autograph Note to 'Baron Ward' on seating arrangements.

Author: 
Sir Hamilton Seymour [ Sir George Hamilton Seymour ] (1797-1880), British diplomat
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

For more on Seymour, who held diplomatic posts in Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Russia, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The 4.5 x 7.5 cm card carries the words 'Sir Hamilton Seymour | Ministre d'Angleterre' in copperplate. Above this Seymour has written, in a difficult hand, what appears to be: 'My dear Baron Ward | I want you to shew your finess [sic] in your placing Machen & Mr Caird. | Yrs.'

[ Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('B. Disraeli').

Author: 
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Conservative Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£80.00

On 3 x 12.5 cm. slip of paper, cut from a document. In fair condition, on aged paper with light signs of damp. At bottom left and underlined, reading: 'B. Disraeli'. At top right is part of what appears to be the word 'Thos.' (for 'Thomas').

[ Jane Porter, English novelist. ] Part of Autograph Letter from 'Miss Porter' to 'Monsr. Ventouillac'.

Author: 
Jane Porter (1776-1850), English novelist [ Louis Théodore Ventouillac (1798-1834), Professor of French Literature at King's College, London ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

On both sides of 7 x 11 cm. piece of paper, cut from a letter. On one side is the address: 'Monsr. Ventouillac | to the care of Master Morgan | From Miss Porter -'. And on the other a fragment of the letter: '<...> that the same volume will be so presented to him, by the Revd Mr. Pole and Mr. Ventouillac. Miss P - hopes Mr. V - <...> success in his <...>'.

[ Albert Charles Seward, botanist and geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. C. Seward') to Sir Frank Stockdale, regarding his promotion to a post at Ceylon [ Sri Lanka ], with reference to the Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya and Father Le Goc.

Author: 
A. C. Seward [ Albert Charles Seward ] (1863-1941), English botanist and geologist [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Botany School, Cambridge. 27 February 1917.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. On aged and marked paper with closed tear and creasing to one corner, and makeshift punch-holes to margin. Addressed to 'Dear Stockdale'. Having spent four years as Director of Agriculture on Mauritius, Stockdale had been promoted to a post in Ceylon, and Seward sends his 'hearty congratulations' on what seems to him 'a most attractive move. I spent a few hours in the Peradeniya Gardens in 1914 & was delighted with them.' Seward 'felt sad at meeting a director who was not a botanist', and it was with satisfaction that he read of Stockdale's promotion.

[ Samuel Plimsoll of the 'Plimsoll Line'. ] Autograph Signature franking letter.

Author: 
Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), English politician and social reformer, Member of Parliament for Derby, and originator of the celebrated 'Plimsoll Line'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 4 x 13.5 cm. strip of paper, cut from the front panel of an envelope. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'John Head Esq | Ransome Sims & Head | Ipswich', with the underlined signature 'Samuel Plimsoll' at bottom left.

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