Manuscripts

In excess of 500 original engravings, from the professional collection of the draughtsman Arthur F. E. Poley, and mainly done from his detailed illustrations, for advertising and other purposes, including armorial, natural history and other topics.

Author: 
Arthur F. E. Poley [Arthur Frederick Edward Poley, c. 1886-1968, English illustrator and engraver], RIBA
Arthur F. E. Poley , Designs
Publication details: 
Undated, but all English, and from the early part of the twentieth century, and mainly the 1920s.
£950.00
Arthur F. E. Poley , Designs

Poley was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Silver Medal for the 'Measured Drawings' which formed the basis of his book on St Paul's Cathedral in London, and his work is notable for its attention to detail. This collection (with very few exceptions his own work) gives a splendid indication of the nature and range of English commercial engraved illustration at the beginning of the twentieth-century. Around 150 loose 'pulls', varying in size from 18.5 x 14.5 cm to 4 x 6 cm. Including trade marks (The Cork Hat Company; Cook's World Travel Service; The Swifan; A. C.

[Printed with MS. additions] Indenture of Declaration of Trust [The Radium Institute, London]

Author: 
[Sir Frederick Treves, Ernest Cassel, R.J. Strutt (Lord Rayleigh), Lord Iveagh, J.J. Thomson et al]
Indenture of Declaration of Trust [The Radium Institute, London]
Publication details: 
20 March 1914.
£950.00
Indenture of Declaration of Trust [The Radium Institute, London]

Vellum Deed, 11pp., 4to, sewn with green ribbon, formal and elaborate deed, fold mark, some staining, but text clear and complete. Lord Iveagh and Sir Ernest Cassel to The Honourable Walter Edward Guinness Felix Cassel Esq. K.C., M.P., Sir Frederick Treves, and Others re. trust premises, patronage of the King, investments, funds, brief, staff, appointments, administration, other clauses (total 14). With: Schedules giviing Particulars of the Leasehold Hereditaments, and the said Building Agreement above referred to ... Part II.

Manuscript accounts relating to the Trial of the Pyx, 2 July to 29 December 1681

Author: 
Royal Mint and Goldsmiths' Company.
Trial of the Pyx
Publication details: 
1681
£1,500.00
Trial of the Pyx

1. Physical Description: 8vo, 20 pp. Ten loose leaves of watermarked laid paper. Aged, and with chipping to extremities causing occasional minor loss to text. In a neat, close Chancery hand. The leaves would appear to be sequential, with no evidence that any are lacking from the series. Docketing in a modern hand in pencil at head of recto of first leaf, which also has laid down on it a fragment of a small type-written slip: 'B/26 | <...> AL - SERIES B. | <...> 1681 - DECEMBER 1681'. Pp.1-10 (on Leaves One to Five) concern gold; pp.11-20 (on Leaves Six to Ten) concern silver.A.

[MS.] A State of the Matter with relation to the Amending of Money Bills sent from the Com[m]ons to the Lords.

Author: 
[Money Bills in the Houses of Parliament; the Lords exclusion from financial decisions]
[Sir Walter Raleigh; William Raven, Sea Captain]
Publication details: 
[Early 1700s].
£750.00
[Sir Walter Raleigh; William Raven, Sea Captain]

65pp., folio, marbled wrap front only, ragged. It considers the issue of money bills and the two Houses between 1661 and 1703. Pencilled note, front free endpaper verso, "Unique M.S. from Earl of Harrowby's Collection".  The writer discusses various bills and their progress though amendment and proviso, precedent, dissent, and committee, commencing with the context: "There do not appear in their Lordships Journals any thing Remarkable touching that matter till after the Restoration, when the Lords from that Time to the year 1695 frequently amended Money Bills of all kinds , , , ".

[Manuscript Notebook] "Officers of Land Forces | 1763".

Author: 
[British Land Forces in 1763]
[Manuscript Notebook] "Officers of Land Forces | 1763".
Publication details: 
[1763?]
£600.00
[Manuscript Notebook] "Officers of Land Forces | 1763".

Notebook, 7pp. used, 12mo, some staining and chipped corners but mainly good. A handwritten compilation of the commanding officers of British Land Forces at the conclusion of the Seven Years' War (The French and Indian War, 1756-1763).

Long manuscript of an early Victorian poem entitled 'The last of the Hohen Stauffens', divided into three sections: 'Italy', 'The Morning of the Execution' and 'The Execution'. With a number of emendations and deletions.

Author: 
[Anonymous Victorian poem ('Written for Dublin about 1843') titled 'The Last of the Hohen Stauffens', on the execution of Conradine, 1268.]
 Victorian poem entitled 'The last of the Hohen Stauffens'
Publication details: 
Undated, but on paper watermarked 1841, and docketed 'Written for Dublin about 1843'.
£125.00
 Victorian poem entitled 'The last of the Hohen Stauffens'

Folio, 11 pp. On the rectos of eleven leaves of Britannia paper watermarked 'W H FELLOWS | 1841'. Held together with string. Text clear and complete. In ink, with deletions and emendations in pencil. Good, on aged paper. Docketed on reverse of last leaf. The subject of the poem is the execution of Conradine in the market square in Naples, 29 October 1268. The first section (3 pp) begins 'Italia fair Italia unto thee, | Was beauty given twice with misery, | At once the loveliest and the loveliest clime, | Thou wert the seat of Empire, and of crime; [...]'.

Anonymous Manuscript, in English, giving details of the 'Course of Procession' in a Shinto festival, Nikko, Japan, 1 and 2 June [no year], 'from Iyeyasu [i.e. Ieyasu] Shrine to Futaarano [i.e. Futarasan] Jinja' and from 'Futaarano Jinja to Tabisho'.

Author: 
[Kanaya Hotel, Nikko, Japan; Japanese; Shinto festival; Ieyasu; Futarasan Jinja]
'Course of Procession' in a Shinto festival,
Publication details: 
1 and 2 June [no year - late nineteenth century?]; on lettherhead of the Kanaya Hotel, Nikko, Japan.
£75.00
'Course of Procession' in a Shinto festival,

8vo, 3 pp. On the rectos of three letterheads of the Kanaya Hotel. The three leaves attached by string to one corner. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Headed 'Course of Procession', and divided A and B. Section A merely reads 'On the 1st of June | Three sacred cars move from Iyeyasu Shrine to Futaarano Jinja at about 5. P.M.' Section B begins 'All men clad in various costumes will be ready until 10.30 A.M. for a grand procession and at about 11.00 A.M.

Manuscript two-part petition, with signatures of numerous residents, addressed to Member of Parliament Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, in favour of the building of 'a Railway from the Town of Oswestry through Llansilin and Llanrhaiadr to Llangynog'.

Author: 
[Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 6th Baronet (1820-1885), Conservative M.P. for Denbighshire from 1841 to 1885; Cambrian Railways; Oswestry and Newtown Railway; Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch Railway]
Manuscript petition, with signatures of numerous residents (Welsh Railway)
Publication details: 
Undated (1850s?).
£300.00
Manuscript petition, with signatures of numerous residents (Welsh Railway)

In two parts, each with the first page carrying the identically-worded petition. Part One: folio, 10 pp. Part Two: folio, 8 pp. Both texts clear and complete. On heavily aged and worn paper, with part of the blank last leaf of the second part torn away.

Manuscript headed 'Coldbath Fields Case', concerning the notorious Keeper of Coldbath Fields Prison, Thomas Aris, docketed '1 Charge of peculation & Cruelty, by his Majesty's Commissioners, against Aris, in 1801. 2. Misconduct of the Magistrates.'

Author: 
Thomas Aris, Keeper of Coldbath Fields Prison
Thomas Aris, Keeper of Coldbath Fields Prison
Publication details: 
Undated [on paper watermaked '1807'.]
£280.00
Thomas Aris, Keeper of Coldbath Fields Prison

Folio, 3 pp. Bifolium. On paper watermarked 'C ANSELL | 1807'. Seventy-two lines. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper, with one short closed tear at spine. Apparently a lawyer's brief or similar legal document. Divided into parts I and II. Both parts subdivided into four parts. It begins: '1. This is 3d. Presentiment against Governor Aris, viz. two by Grand Juries, & one by a Traverse Jury. | 2. Mr. Nares a reputable Magistrate brought forward five accusations against him, in 1799, supported by five affidavits, charging him with corruption, & peculation, [...]'.

Manuscript Note, UNSIGNED AND UNASCRIBED, possibly diary entry, concerning trial balloon "with carburetted hydrogen"

Author: 
[Charles Green, balloonist??]
[Charles Green, balloonist??]
Publication details: 
Place not given, 9 July 1821.
£350.00
[Charles Green, balloonist??]

One page, 23 x 9, edges obviously trimmed, except left margin, which is stained as if exposed at some time. Full text as follows: "Monday 9 July 1821. Sent off a Balloon with carburetted hydrogen Gas at 4 P.M. with the Wind about N.W. [O]n Saturday Evening the 4 July this Balloon was seen falling near Cranbrook in Kent and was found the following morning consequently was suspended in the Atmosphere about 124 Hours and had apparently travelled a Space of only [gap left for no.

Long unpublished autograph poem signed by Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in 1873, beginning 'A jennet stumbled on a grassy knoll'.

Author: 
Mrs Acton Tindal [Henrietta Euphemia Harrison] (c.1817-1879), English poet [Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873)]
Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce
Publication details: 
Signed at end 'Mrs. Acton Tindal - Manor House - Aylesbury'.
£165.00
Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce

Folio, 9 pp. Unpublished. Written in landscape, with the title ('Samuel Wilberforce - DD | Bishop of Winchester | July 19th. 1873') on the first leaf and the poem on the following eight. The leaves held together with pink string. On paper watermarked 'EDWIN PARR | DULCOTE MILLS | 1861'. Text clear and complete. The commencement sets the tone of the poem, fully worthy of its subject 'Soapy Sam': 'A jennet stumbled on a grassy knoll - | And without sound or sign | Passed from Time's foremost rank a peerless Soul - | A Chief by right divine.

[Autograph Manuscript] A Little Romance of 'P.W.' ['P.W.' = Pearson's Weekly]

Author: 
William Le Queux, novelist
William Le Queux, novelist
Publication details: 
No date.
£750.00
William Le Queux, novelist

ARCTIC LAPLAND LAPPLAND LITERATURE SHORT STORY PERIODICAL

[Manuscript] A Genealogical table of the Royal Family of Scotland from Malcolm 2 to Robert 2.

Author: 
[Unknown author]
Royal Family of Scotland from Malcolm 2 to Robert 2
Royal Family of Scotland from Malcolm 2 to Robert 2
Publication details: 
[1810??]
£450.00
Royal Family of Scotland from Malcolm 2 to Robert 2
Royal Family of Scotland from Malcolm 2 to Robert 2

SCOTTISH KINGS GENEALOGY PEDIGREE MANUSCRIPT

[Manuscript notebook of an anonymous English plane spotter, containing detailed entries of planes coming in to various airports in southern England between 1947 and 1950. In notebook containing publicity material for the Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd.]

Author: 
[British plane spotting in the 1940s; Ingersoll-Rand Co. (air compressors and pneumatic tools)]
British plane spotting in the 1940s
Publication details: 
Compiled between 1947 and 1950. [Ingersoll-Rand Co., Limited, 165, Queen Victoria St., London, E.C.4]
£450.00
British plane spotting in the 1940s

12mo, 133 pp. Hundreds of neat entries, in a small hand, written lengthwise on graph-paper pages in a red-cloth 'Memoranda' book ('Compliments of Ingersoll-Rand Co., Limited, 165, Queen Victoria St., London, E.C.4.'). Good: with text clear and complete on lightly-aged paper, in the original worn red binding. Many entries are dated (with a few also giving the dates on which various planes crashed), and among the airports referred to are Northolt, Yeovil, Radlett, Cowes, Rochester, Guernsey, Jersey, Peterborough, White Waltham, Hanworth Park, Elstree, Cranfield, Luton.

[Manuscript] The Household Expenses of the family Commander G.Y. Paterson, son of Admiral Paterson, sometime Governor of Portchester Castle (DNB)

Author: 
[Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire]
Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire
Publication details: 
[Brockhurst], 10 Dec. 1882-11 Feb. 1889.
£380.00
Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire

106pp., 4to, black limp cloth, worn, remnants of paper on which is written a biblical passage in Greek on back, hinge strain, but contents clear and complete, text in an extraordinarily small neat hand, sometimes (amazingly) hard to read. The author has used a double entry system, recording Income on one side and Expenditure on the other. The balance (income less expenditure) is brought forward. Expenditure is listed daily, usually all expenses appearing on one line, nature of expenditure and outlay, and a total for the day appearing in the final column.

Part-Manuscript] Publishing Agreement Signed by parties for The Royal Nursery A.B.C. Book [childrens's book] with publisher, Edward Chapman (formerly Chapman & Hall),

Author: 
Anthony R. Montalba [A. Whitehill), author (apparently Swedish father of sculptress Henriett Montalba)
Publishing Agreement Signed by parties for The Royal Nursery A.B.C. Book
Publication details: 
[London], 2 November 1848
£95.00
Publishing Agreement Signed by parties for The Royal Nursery A.B.C. Book

One page, folio, part-printed, part manuscript, edges chipped, small closed tears on fold marks and at top and bottom edges, some staining but text clear and complete. The document gives the terms they agree, and Montalba has added I acknowledge the receipt of £50 the signatures for which [?] various sums stand in the cash book-as payment for the wood cuts for the above work & which is to [be] charged in the account | ARMontalba. Note: According to the BLC this work was written by A.Whitehill, translating Montalba.

Draft manuscript, docketed 'Answers to Queries', giving detailed information (by a secretary for a British minister?), regarding the nature and set-up of the newly-restored Bourbon government in post-Napoleonic France.

Author: 
[The Bourbon government in post-Napoleonic France; 1816; Duke of Wellington; British Foreign Office]
The Bourbon government in post-Napoleonic France
Publication details: 
On paper with Britannia watermark and 'W M | 1816'.
£450.00
The Bourbon government in post-Napoleonic France

Folio, 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On aged and creased paper, with some wear and chipping to extremities. Previously folded into a packet docketed in a contemporary hand 'Answers to Queries'. The first page begins with 'Ansr. 1.', a list of ten ministers, from '1. The Duke of Richelieu President of the Council of Ministers & of the Privy Council & Min: Sec: of State having the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.' and ending with '10. Director general Count Pradel'. P. 1 also features 'Question 2 | Answer A', beginning 'The Members of the Govt.

Original Typescript of an anonymous poem entitled 'The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation.' ['The Ludlow Alphabet. An Adaptation.']

Author: 
[The Ludlow Hunt; fox-hunting; field sports; Sir William Michael Curtis (1859-1916)]
The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated. [Before 1906.]
£165.00
The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation

4to, 6 pp, with a seventh leaf carrying the title 'The Ludlow Hunt Alphabet. An Adaptation.' (The title at the head of the poem itself is 'The Ludlow Alphabet. An Adaptation.') A genuine typescript, and not a reproduction. A poem of 128 lines, divided into 32 4-line stanzas. Fair, on aged paper, with the last leaf laid down on a leaf of an autograph album, with traces of a newspaper cutting on the reverse. Consisting of playful references to members of the Hunt, arranged alphabetically. First stanza: 'A's for Allcroft, on chestnut | With frontlet of blue.

Manuscript, on paper watermarked 1810, a detailed table titled 'Present <Stat>ement of His Majesty the King of Prussia's Army'.

Author: 
[The Prussian Army (Königlich Preußische Armee), 1810]
Present <Stat>ement of His Majesty the King of Prussia's Army
Publication details: 
[Circa 1810.]
£325.00
Present <Stat>ement of His Majesty the King of Prussia's Army

Landscape folio leaf (32.5 x 40.5 cm), 1 p. On paper watermarked 'JOHN HALL | 1810'. Neatly ruled to make a complex, detailed table, in three columns of 31 rows each. The table has a central vertical fold, with the left hand side of the reverse mounted on a leaf removed from an autograph album. In poor condition, with around an eighth of the total area of the paper and text lacking, mostly from the bottom right-hand corner. Despite the loss the table (presumably prepared for the British War Office) contains a mass of valuable information.

Part Printed, part Manuscript Passing Certification, that H.A. Norman is fully capable of filling the situation of a Lieutenant in His Majesty's Fleet. Signed by Three Captains.

Author: 
[Naval Examination]
Naval Examination
Publication details: 
Signed on board Bellerophon at Malta, 10 March 1837.
£125.00
Naval Examination

One page, folio, foxed, four small tears with no textual loss, fold marks, text legible and complete. It refers to the order for the examination being given by Admiral Sir Josias Rowley, gives details of his career in the Royal Navy (ship, entry, discharged, time, etc columnised), mention of certificates from his Captains (see #s9958-9962 in my inventory), statement of his competence, signed by three examining Captains naming their ships (Bellerophon , Samuel Jackson, Revenge, William Elliott, and Asia, William Fisher.

Reference in secretarial hand Signed G Trefusis (Captain, HMS Sapphire)

Author: 
Captain Hon. George Rolle Walpole Trefusis, Captain, Royal Navy
Captain Hon. George Rolle Walpole Trefusis
Publication details: 
No place given, 5 Jan. 1833.
£45.00
Captain Hon. George Rolle Walpole Trefusis

One page, c.18 x 11cm, trimmed, some foxing, but text clear and complete. As Commander of he Sapphire, he's certifying that H. A. Norman served as College Volunteer on the Sapphire from 10 Oct. 1832 to [15 Jan. 1833] with diligence, sobriety, etc.

Reference probably in secretarial hand Signed HJCodrington (Commander of the Orestes, later Admiral)..

Author: 
H.J. Codrington, sometime Admiral
H.J. Codrington, sometime Admiral
Publication details: 
[Orestes] At Sea, 30 April 1836
£56.00
H.J. Codrington, sometime Admiral

One page, 20 x 16cm, some staining, but text clear and complete. As Commander of he Orestes he's certifying that Henry A. Norman served as midshipman on the Sloop Orestes from 7 Dec. 1835 to the date hereof and conducted himself with diligence, sobriety & attention, and was always obedient to command.

Reference in secretarial hand Signed Jas.R.Dacres (Captain, HMS Edinburgh)

Author: 
James Richard Dacres, Royal Navy, Captain
Reference in secretarial hand Signed Jas.R.Dacres (Captain, HMS Edinburgh)
Publication details: 
HMS Edinburgh, Malta Harbour, 6 Dec. 1835
£56.00
Reference in secretarial hand Signed Jas.R.Dacres (Captain, HMS Edinburgh)

One page, c.20 x 16cm, some foxing, but text clear and complete. As Commander of he Sapphire, he's certifying the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy that H. A. Norman served as Midshipman on the Edinburgh from 18 Nov. to [1 Dec. 1835] with diligence, sobriety, etc.

Manuscript document recording details of the fees to be paid to Clerks of the Court for their various duties.

Author: 
[Legal Fees; Clerks of the Court]
Manuscript document recording details of the fees to be paid to Clerks
Publication details: 
Staffordshire, 7 October 1729
£280.00
Manuscript document recording details of the fees to be paid to Clerks

C.32 x 41cm, part Latin, mainly English, closed tear and minor loss on fold marks. Presumably one of the copies ordered to be delivered to the High Constable and other JPs. The first few Latin lines give occasion (Quarter Sessions), place, date, and names of officers of the Court (Justices of the Peace presumably), including John Wedgwood, of the Pottery Family, Francis Elde (Stafford M.P.), and Joseph Girdler, MP in the First British Parliament.

[An Inquisition "taken" at the sign of the Plough, Welley Rocks, Cheddleton, Staffs, enquiring into the wilful murder of Eliza Hogan

Author: 
[Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"]
Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"
Publication details: 
18 June 1844.
£225.00
Coroner's Court Inquisition into "wilful murder"

Indenture, 55 x 35cm, some damage at folds but mainly good, text clear and complete. It gives information about the court including the people who were to enquire into the murder, all of whom have signed the document. The Coroner was John Cattlow. A person unknown had poisoned some bread with white arsenic.

[Vellum indenture.] Grant of the Custody of the person and management of the real and personal Estate of Maria Anna Zachary Spinster a Lunatic unto Charles Claridge Gentleman'.

Author: 
[Maria Anna Zachary; Shepherd]
Grant of the Custody of the person and management of a Lunatic
Publication details: 
27 September 1838.
£250.00
Grant of the Custody of the person and management of a Lunatic

Striking vellum document, 60 x 75 cm. Docketed on reverse. 32 lines of text, ruled with red lines, with ornate engraved decorative border along three sides, headed in large letters 'Victoria by the Grace of God', and depicting the young Queen, the royal crest, a crown held by a cherub, blind justice, and other images. Tax stamp in margin and frayed ribbon at foot. On 9 September [V Geo.

[Printed with MS additions] [No. 9] Early Membership Certificate for the Glasgow Renfrewshire Society.

Author: 
[William Shortridge, Glasgow Merchant]
Early Membership Certificate  for the Glasgow Renfrewshire Society.
Publication details: 
Glasgow, 17 Feb. 1769.
£350.00
Early Membership Certificate  for the Glasgow Renfrewshire Society.

One page, c.19.5 x 24cm, laid down on larger page, spotted and dulled but attractive, with text and illustration (Glasgow coat-of-arms augmented). Text: (MS in square brackets] No. [9] Glasgow [17th Feby] 17[69] | [William Shortrige (sic) Merchant in Glasgow] is this day admitted a Member pf the GLASGOW RENFREWSHIRE Society, having paid dues accordingly. [John Hamilton] Preses. | [James Shaw] Collector.

Manuscript Warrant, written on behalf of Admiral Lucius Curtis and signed by him, to Lieutenant Henry A. Norman of HMS Rodney, appointing him lieutenant on the surveying vessel Bonetta.

Author: 
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Lucius Curtis (1786-1869), 2nd Baronet, KCB [Lieutenant Henry A. Norman]
Manuscript Warrant, written on behalf of Admiral Lucius Curtis
Publication details: 
'Given on board the Ceylon at Malta the 3rd. day of July 1847'.
£65.00
Manuscript Warrant, written on behalf of Admiral Lucius Curtis

Folio, 2 pp. On first leaf of bifolium. Neatly written out by a secretary and signed by Curtis and 'W. H. Brown, acting secretary'. Headed 'By Sir Lucius Curtis, Bt. CB. Rear Admiral of the Red Second in Command of H.M. Ships and Vessels, on the Mediterranean Station and Senior Officer during the Absence of the Commander in Chief on Special Service.' Directing Norman to join 'Her Majesty's Surveying Vessel Bonetti' as Lieutenant, 'until the pleasure of Vice Admiral Sir William Parker the Commander in Chief shall be known'

[Manuscript] Minute Book of the Stourbridge Citizen's League, 1919-1921.

Author: 
[Citizen's League; the British Empire Union]
Minute Book of the Stourbridge Citizen's League, 1919-1921.
Publication details: 
Stourbridge, 1919-1921.
£135.00
Minute Book of the Stourbridge Citizen's League, 1919-1921.

"Nature Note Book", 24pp. used, card covers slightly damaged, 4to, from the formation on 17 Nov. 1919, later meetings on: 26 July 1920, 19 Nov. 1920, January 1921, 10 & 19 Jan. 1921 (Rules Committee), 27 Jan. 1921, 3 Feb. 1921, 22 Feb. 1921,information about members, committee members, aims publicity etc. ENCLOSED: 1. Membership Card of the Stourbridge and District Citizens' League, being the Stourbridge Branch of the British Empire Union, not filled in. 2.

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Manuscript bill, in French, for one day's lodging food and drink of Admiral Lord Keith during his period supervising the embarkation of Wellington's army, headed 'Mémoire pour Mr. L'amiral recommencé le 25 juin 1814'

Author: 
George Keith Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith (1746-1823), British admiral
Manuscript bill, in French, for one day's lodging food and drink of Admiral Lord
Publication details: 
25 June 1814.
£180.00
Manuscript bill, in French, for one day's lodging food and drink of Admiral Lord

8vo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Docketed on reverse 'pour agit | Salles'. Initial bill of eleven items, from '1 jour de Logement 36 [francs]' to café et thé 12 [francs]', amounting to 306 francs. According to the Oxford DNB, 'In April 1814, with Napoleon on his way to Elba, Keith was at La Rochelle supervising the embarkation of Wellington's army for its return to England. He was back at Plymouth on 29 July and hauled down his flag.' This is added to a running bill for 8027 francs, with two extra items (including 'Domestiques'), making a total of 8618 francs.

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