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[Sir George Jessel, Master of the Rolls.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Jessel') to E. A. Scott, explaining why he has changed his mind about withdrawing his son [the future Sir Charles James Jessel] from Rugby School.

Author: 
Sir George Jessel (1824-1883), British judge, Master of the Rolls, the first Jew to be a regular member of the Privy Council [his son Sir Charles James Jessel (1860-1928); E. A. Scott of Rugby School]
Publication details: 
24 October 1878; Ladham House, Goldhurst.
£250.00

For Jessel's judicial high standing see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. In envelope with Penny Red and postmarks, and 'LADHAM HOUSE, | GOLDHURST' printed on the flap, addressed by Jessel to 'E. A. Scott Esq | Schoolfield | Rugby | Warwickshire'. The envelope is signed 'G. Jessel' at bottom left of cover, and the letter concludes with the same signature. He is 'glad to be able now to withdraw the notice' he gave Scott about his son Charles 'leaving Rugby'.

[Sir John Cullum, antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C.') to his brother Thomas Gery Cullum, describing a visit to Bulstrode, with references to the Duchess of Portland, Rev. John Lightfoot, and a long description of Mrs. Delaney.

Author: 
Sir John Cullum (1733-1785) of Hawstead Place, antiquary [his brother Sir Thomas Gery Cullum; Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland; John Lightfoot; 'Mrs Delaney', Mary Delany ; Bulstrode]
Publication details: 
'W. Ham [i.e. West Ham, Essex] | 10 June 1777.'
£850.00

See the entries for both brothers in the Oxford DNB, as also those of individuals mentioned in the letter: Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715-1785), the fabulously-wealthy Duchess of Portland, owner at Bulstrode of the finest natural history collection in the land (her herbarium is now at Kew); her librarian the botanist Rev. John Lightfoot (1735-1788); and her companion the celebrated 'Mrs Delaney', Mary Delany (1700-1788). 3pp, 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with postmarks, to 'T. G. Cullum Esqr | Bury St. Edmunds | Suffolk'.

[Jawaharlal Nehru [Pandit Nehru], first Prime Minister of India.] Autograph Note Signed: 'On behalf of the Government of India | Jawaharlal Nehru'.

Author: 
Jawaharlal Nehru [Pandit Nehru] (1899-1964), first Prime Minister of India
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£220.00

Evidently written out in response to a request for an autograph, centred on one side of a 9.5 x 12.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor creasing to one corner. Reads: 'On behalf of the Government of India | Jawaharlal Nehru'.

[Arthur Sidgwick, classical scholar and promoter of women's education.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Sidgwick') to Lady Cullum of Hardwick House, written in good spirits after a visit.

Author: 
Arthur Sidgwick (1840-1920), classical scholar and promoter of women's education at Oxford, brother of Henry Sidgwick [Trinity College, Cambridge; Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
1 May 1863; Cambridge.
£180.00

Arthur Sidgwick's long entry in the Oxford DNB concludes with the following assessment: 'a university liberal of rare consistency and stamina: a progressive bridging Victorian and Edwardian generations, and pre-eminent among the male dons who made a place for women's higher education in Oxford'. At the time of the present letter he was nearing the end of a 'brilliant' undergraduate career at Cambridge, with the winning of many prizes: 'In 1863 he was second in the first class of the classical tripos and fourteenth senior optime in mathematics, and was also president of the union.

[Richard Lestock, Royal Navy Admiral, as 'Commander in Chief of his Majes. Ships going to the Mediterranean'.] Warrant in a secretarial hand, signed 'Richd Lestock', appointing 'Mr. James Sheppard [...] Master of his Majestys Ship the Nassau'.

Author: 
Richard Lestock (c.1679-1746), Royal Navy Admiral, court-martialled following the Battle of Toulon
Publication details: 
'Dated on board his Majestys Ship Neptune at Sea the Seventh day of December 1741.' [While 'going to the Mediterranean'.]
£220.00

See Lestock's entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 8vo. With seal under paper. On aged and worn paper, with damage to corners caused by detaching the item from the mount to which it was glued. Apart from he signature, the whole warrant is in a secretarial hand. It is headed: 'By Richard Lestock Esqr. Commander in Chief of his Majes. Ships going to the Mediterranean'. Addressed at bottom left: 'To Mr. James Sheppard hereby appointed Master of his Majestys Ship the Nassau'. The body of the warrant consists of nineteen lines of text in the customary form, beginning: 'Mr.

[Edward Pusey, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B Pusey') to 'Mary', a servant, regarding the sending of books and fixing of a leak in the roof.

Author: 
Edward Pusey [Edward Bouverie Pusey] (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford and leading figure in the Oxford Movement [Christ Church]
Publication details: 
15 November [no year]; on letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford.
£56.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded once. A nice letter, providing an insight into domestic arrangements in nineteenth-century Oxford, and the more mundane doings of an elevated soul. Begins: 'Mary, | Will you look in the glass room my sitting room. I think that on the right part of the bookshelf there are 3 copies of S. Augustine's Confessions. Will you be so good as to send them to me'. Turning to another matter he writes: 'I do not know any good glazier at Malvern who could do such a job, as the roof of that room in which I sit.

[King George V of Hanover.] Secretarial Letter Signed ('George R'), in English, to the dancing partner of his youth Lady Ann Cullum, giving news of his family and court. With two letters to Lady Cullum from Count Linsingen, and royal seal in red wax.

Author: 
George V [Georg V] (1819-1878), last king of Hanover, cousin of Queen Victoria; Carl Baron von Linsingen (1822-1872) [Lady Ann Cullum, widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
King George V's letter: 28 November [1865]; Herrenhausen. Count Linsingen's two letters: 12 November and 18 December 1865; both from Hanover.
£750.00

Four items, all in good condition, lightly aged, the three letters with stubs and labels used in mounting in an album. In addition to the pleasant picture they paint of the court gathered around the blind king in the last year of his kingdom's existence (with an interesting reference to the new palace he had built his wife at Marienburg), the three letters indicate a surprisingly cordial state in nineteenth-century Anglo-German relations.

[Cecil Wilson, Bishop of Melanesia.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cecil Wilson, | Bishop'), for publication, 'to the Editor of the Tonbridgian', concerning 'our work in Melanesia'.

Author: 
Cecil Wilson (1860-1941), Anglican cleric and county cricketer (Kent), third Bishop of Melanesia and second Bishop of Bunbury, Western Australia
Publication details: 
3 October 1899; Norfolk Island [Melanesia].
£850.00

5pp, 8vo. On bifolium and single leaf of thin ruled paper. In fair condition, on lightly aged and discoloured paper. Closely written, in a not-entirely legible hand, with the first page having the underlined heading: 'to the Editor of the Tonbridgian'. (The Tonbridgian was the magazine of Tonbridge School, where Wilson was educated, and the letter was presumably published as intended.) The letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I promised when in England last year that I would send a letter sometimes about our work in Melanesia.

[Henry Sidgwick, Utilitarian philosopher, Knightbridge Professor of Moral Philosophy at Cambridge University.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Professor Park'

Author: 
Henry Sidgwick (1838-1900), utilitarian philosopher and economist, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Cambridge University [Professor Edwards Amasa Park (1808-1900) of Andover, American theologian]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hill Side, Chesterton Road, Cambridge. 7 August 1878.
£120.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Signed 'Henry Sidgwick' and addressed to 'Professor Park'. 31 lines of text in Sidgwick's close hand. Having just returned from Switzerland, Sidgwick offers tardy thanks for the papers Park forwarded to him, 'especially for the interesting statement contained in the one on Honour Logic'. He is 'much gratified' by what Park says on his 'work on ethics': 'I have thought more than once of throwing the substance of it into the form of a text-book.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Presentation Inscription, with Signature ('W W Hunter').

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India and Oxford 'Rulers of India' series
Publication details: 
Oaken Holt. 1895.
£20.00

On 12mo leaf, intended to be inserted in a book. In good condition lightly aged and worn. Centred on the page the inscription reads: 'With the author's kind remembrances. | W W Hunter. | Oaken Holt. | 1895.' The reverse is blank.

[Thomas Clarkson, abolitionist.] Autograph Signature ('Thomas Clarkson') with valediction to a letter.

Author: 
Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), abolitionist, a founder of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, friend of William Wordsworth
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£30.00

See the entry on Clarkson in the Oxford DNB. The present autograph is on an irregular slip of thin cream paper, roughly 2 x 7.5 cm. Laid down on piece of paper cut from album. In fair condition, lightly aged, with vertical crease. Cut from the end of a letter, with a good tight signature with short zig-zag underlining, the slip reads: 'Yours truly | Thomas Clarkson'.

[William Ewart Gladstone ('The Grand Old Man'), Liberal Prime Minister.] Autograph Signature ('W Gladstone') as frank, on panel cut from front of envelope, addressed by Gladstone to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£45.00

5.5 x 10 cm piece of paper, cut from the front of an envelope. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Immediate | The | Lord Archbishop of Canterbury | W Gladstone'. The signature is in the customary place, in the bottom left-hand corner.

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Cullum, enclosing a long translation by Samuel Birch of inscriptions on an Egyptian statue in the British Museum, annotated by Owen and with transcription of letter to him by Birch.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, first Director of Natural History Museum, opponent of the theory of evolution [Samuel Birch (1813-1885), Egyptologist; Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Owen's letter to Lady Cullum dated from Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park, 5 May 1867. Transcription of Birch's letter to Owen dated from British Museum [London], 9 July 1860.
£850.00

An interesting item in the field of Victorian Egyptology. The subject is what Owen describes here as 'one of the oldest Statues of an Egyptian Notable in the British Museum'. Its current Museum Number is EA103, and it has been in the Museum since 1835, but the details of its acquisition are unclear. In his translation Birch calls the sitter 'the Royal Scribe, Amenhelp', but the current BM description begins: 'Scribal statue of Amenhotep son of Hapu: of black grano-diorite. Hieroglyphic texts are inscribed on the papyrus unrolled on his lap and on the statue plinth.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Wheeler' [S. E. Wheeler of the Oriental Club] regarding the Oxford 'Rulers of India Series' and his 'Imperial Gazetteer of India'.

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India [Stephen Edward Wheeler (1854-1937)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cherwell Edge, Oxford. 26 March 1890.
£150.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The second leaf has two punch holes, away from any text. Folded once. The subject of the letter is the 28-volume 'The Rulers of India' series, which Hunter edited for the Oxford University Press. His own biography of Lord Dalhousie appeared in 1890, and he followed this, as he explains in the letter with a life of Lord Mayo (1891). Despite the statement in the letter, the life of Lord Lawrence was written by Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, rather than by Richard Temple, who contributed the volume on James Thomason.

[George Peabody, American financier and 'the father of modern philanthropy'.] Autograph Letter in the third person, explaining that an attack of gout prevents him from accepting the invitation of 'Mr Mackinnon'.

Author: 
George Peabody (1795-1869), American financier and 'the father of modern philanthropy' [Mackinnon; Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
'Palace Hotel | 1 July – [no year]'.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a piece of paper cut from an album owned by the Cullum baronets of Hardwick House, with whom - other papers reveal - Mackinnon was associated, possibly as land agent. The letter, in Peabody's shaky hand, reads: 'Mr Peabody presents his Compliments to Mr Mackinon [sic] and regrets that owing to an attack of gout he was unable to avail himself of Mr: Mackinnon's [sic] kind invitation for the evening of the 29th. Ulto. - - Mr Peabody returns to Scotland in a few days to be absent for the season.

[David Garrick, celebrated eighteenth-century actor.] Autograph Manuscript of an original poem by him 'upon the reception Ld. W – k [i.e. Warwick] & his Daughter Lady Louisa gave us at his Castle.' (First line: 'My Lord & Lady thus receive You,')

Author: 
David Garrick (1717-1779), the greatest English actor of the eighteenth century, playwright, influential theatre manager and producer, pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£600.00

On one side of 12 x 17 cm piece of paper. Laid down on piece of paper removed from album. In fair condition, aged and spotted. A note on the mount in a Victorian hand states that the item is 'Autograph of David Garrick | For Lady Cullum'. (The item derives from the papers of Lady Ann Cullum, widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House.) At the head of the page is the title: 'upon the reception Ld. W – k | & his Daughter Lady Louisa | gave us at his Castle.' Beneath this is the poem, in two four-line stanzas: 'My Lord & Lady thus receive You, | After so warm an Invitation!

[Edward Vernon, celebrated admiral.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Vernon'), offering his services to William Archer of Coopersale [in attempt to stand for parliament?], with comment 'it is Impossible to live this Indolent life much longer'.

Author: 
Admiral Vernon [Edward Vernon] (1684-1757), celebrated Royal Navy officer after whom Washington's plantation Mount Vernon was named [William Archer (1677-1739) of Coopersale]
Publication details: 
7 August 1729; Chatham.
£800.00

See Vernon's entry in the Oxford DNB, and the recipient William Archer's in the History of Parliament. 1p, folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. With franking signature to address on reverse of second leaf: 'For William Archer Esqr: at | his Seat, at Coopersale, near | Epping. | in | Essex | ffree | E Vernon', and small postmark. Endorsed: 'Aug 7th 29 Mr Vernon on getting in Blagrave | Berks:'. The letter is closely written over twenty-six lines.

[Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary leader whose ideas inspired the 'risorgimento'.] Autograph signature ('Joseph Mazzini') with London address.

Author: 
Giuseppe Mazzini ['Joseph Mazzini'] (1805-1872), Italian revolutionary leader, proponent of the unification of Italy, whose ideas inspired the 'risorgimento'
Publication details: 
Undated, but between 1851 and c.1853. 15 Radnor Street, King's Road, Chelsea.
£320.00

In 1837 Mazzini moved to London, where he would spend most of his adult life, numbering among his acquaintances Dickens, George Meredith, Swinburne, John Stuart Mill, and the Carlyles. Mazzini moved to the address given on this item (a four-room flat over a post-office found for him by Jane Carlyle) in February 1851, following his return to London after time in the Roman Republic, and then nearly a year spent in hiding in Switzerland and Paris. He remained at the address for around two years.

[Charles Babbage, 'the father of the computer'.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr MacKinnon' [William Alexander Mackinnon, MP for Rye], expressing regret at not being able to call on him.

Author: 
Charles Babbage (1791-1871), 'the father of the computer', mathematician, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a digital programmable computer [William Alexander Mackinnon]
Publication details: 
Dorset Street, Manchester Square [London]. 1 July 1864.
£650.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a piece of paper cut from an album compiled by Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House. Reads: 'Mr Babbage much regrets that he was unable to have the pleasure of waiting on Mr MacKinnon on Wednesday last.' Babbage's correspondence identifies the recipient as William Alexander Mackinnon (1789-1870), Member of Parliament for Rye, Fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

[Thomas Hughes, politician and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho. Hughes') to 'Bricknell', regarding the threat of resignation (from the Athenaeum?) by 'the good but peppery & impulsive D[octo]r.'

Author: 
Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), politician and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'
Publication details: 
7 June 1775. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club [London].
£320.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Clearly and firmly written. The letter would appear to concern an individual who is threatening to resign his membership of the Athenaeum Club, and ends with reference to proxy voting for new members. Hughes begins by reporting that he has 'already written to the good but peppery & impulsive Dr. of whom I am as fond as you are'.

[Frederick Burnaby, adventurer, balloonist, Times war correspondent, British Army intelligence officer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fred Burnaby'), requesting that 'Edward' accept an article by a female mountaineer, and referring to Randolph Churchill

Author: 
Frederick Burnaby [Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby] (1842-1885), adventurer, balloonist, Times war correspondent, British Army intelligence officer [Randolph Churchill]
Publication details: 
15 October 1884. On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Birmingham.
£750.00

Burnaby is the beau idéal of the Victorian military adventurer. 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. A hurried letter, with a couple of deletions. Written a few months before Burnaby's death. He explains that a 'mutual friend' has asked him 'to submit to you the enclosed article – on mountaineering – She does not wish her name to be mentioned – hence I must not divulge it.' Should the article not be wanted he asks for it to be returned to him at Somerby Hall, Oakham, 'in the course of the next two or three days'.

[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 'the Prince of Preachers'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. H. Spurgeon'), to a newspaper editor, regarding a meeting at the Tabernacle. Together with a Negretti and Zambra carte de visite with facsimile signature.

Author: 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), 'the Prince of Preachers', popular Particular Baptist preacher [Passmore & Alabaster, Paternoster Row publishers; Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace photographers]
Publication details: 
Letter: 5 November [no year, but after 1861]. Nightingale Lane, Balham, Surrey. Undated carte de visite 'Photographed by Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace' and published by Passmore & Alabaster, Paternoster Buildings, London, E.C.
£180.00

See Spurgeon's entry in the Oxford DNB. He was accorded one of the first of the LCC Blue Plaques at his address, 99 Nightingale Lane, but it does not state when he lived at that address. He opened his Metropolitan Tabernacle, then the largest building in England for public worship, at the Elephant and Castle in 1861. Letter: 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Dear Sir, | Next Sunday evening, Nov 10 my people will again stay away from the Tabernacle that strangers may find room. Please allow me to intimate this in your columns.

[Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.] Unpublished historical study in typescript, titled 'The Friars in England. An Essay'.

Author: 
Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. [Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.]
Publication details: 
Birmingham, 1908.
£320.00

Title-page: 'The Friars in England. | An Essay | by | Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. | Birmingham – 1908.' Duplicated typescript, printed on versos only. [1] + x + [1] + 209pp, 4to. With hand-drawn plans on two leaves at rear (the first, 'Site of the Blackfriars of Leicester'; the second, 'Carmelite Friary at Hulne' and 'Dominican Friary at Norwich'. In half binding of black leather spine and corners, with purple cloth boards, title in gilt on front cover, floral printed endpapers. Tightly copy, in good condition, on lightly aged paper, in lightly worn binding with slight discoloration to cloth.

[Sir D'Arcy Power, eminent surgeon.] Three Autograph Letters Signed and Autograph Card Signed to Pepys scholar Edwin Chappell, with copy of a printed address by him titled 'Mr. Samuel Pepys', and two press cuttings.

Author: 
Sir D'Arcy Power (1855-1941), eminent surgeon and medical historian, President of the Samuel Pepys Club [Edwin Chappell (1883-1938), Pepys scholar and maritime historian]
Publication details: 
Letters and card between 1931 and 1936; three from London and one from Northwood, Middlesex. Printed address 'on behalf of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society', [1927]. Press cuttings from 1936 and 1941.
£120.00

Seven items. The collection in good condition, lightly aged. The three letters and card all in autograph, and all signed 'D'Arcy Power'. ONE: ACS. 4 December 1931. Letterhead of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Addressed to Chappell's Blackheath address. He jokes: 'My best thanks for Pepys & “Will's” which I have really marked & inwardly digested. It reminds me a little of the Athanasian Creed that one Will's should become Three.' TWO: ALS. 16 October 1933. On letterhead of 10A Chandos Street, Cavendish Square.

[Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953.] Typed and Autograph Drafts by playwright Christopher Fry, of prose and poetry for his screenplay of the documentary film 'A Queen Is Crowned'.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953; Laurence Olivier; Rank Organisation, London]
Publication details: 
[Production by the Rank Organisation, London. Released in 1953.]
£950.00

Seven items from the Christopher Fry papers, relating to the film 'A Queen Is Crowned', which was a British box office hit in coronation year, and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. At the time of writing Fry was at the height of his popularity: around this time he had four plays running in the West End at once. 'A Queen Is Born' - billed as 'The only full-length feature of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II' - was made in Technicolour, produced by Castleton Knight for the Rank Organisation, with music by Guy Warrack, and with Fry's script narrated by Laurence Olivier.

[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Autograph Signature with frank on front panel of envelope addressed by him to the Earl Talbot. With his engraved crest.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers')
Publication details: 
Franking stamp with date 8 April 1830.
£35.00

Neatly written out by Peel on a 7 x 11.5 cm rectangle, cut from the front panel of an envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album. All in Peel's hand, and reading: 'Private & Confidential | To | The Right Honble. | The Earl Talbot | Ingestrie | Stafford'. Peel's signature 'Robert Peel' (he would inherit the baronetcy the following month) is between two lines in the customary position at bottom left, with the stamp in red ink at top right. Laid down to the left of this item is a 3 x 2 cm piece of paper carrying the engraved crest, with the word 'Peel' printed below it.

[Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi], Archbishop of Paris, memoirist.] Autograph Note Signed, in French, to unnamed recipient, recommending the 'Sr de filene'.

Author: 
Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi] (1613-1679), Archbishop of Paris, memoirist, agitator in the Fronde [Louis XIII; Louis XIV]
Publication details: 
'A Commercy le 5 Decembre 1668'.
£850.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub of mount adhering to one edge and several neat fold lines. The six lines of the document are pressed up at the top of one page, and the hand is difficult to modern eyes. It appears to read: 'Je vous recommande de tout mon coeur les interets du Sr de filene et reprends [?] cette occasion de vous assurer de la passion que [?] de vous servir.' The handwriting accords with other examples, and the words of the signature are not entirely clear, appearing to read: 'J [F?] Cardinal de Rets. [sic]'

[The Pledge in late-Victorian Ulster.] Volume 'No. 2' of Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, in autograph of secretary George Raphael, with 'Minutes of Meetings, Rules, &c.', and 151 signatures of young people taking the 'PLEDGE'.

Author: 
Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland [George Raphael, Secretary; Rev. David McMeekin (1872-1910) of the High Kirk (Presbyterian), Ballymena]
Publication details: 
[Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland. 3 June 1889 to 14 April 1899.
£400.00

The present item gives a vivid description of the activities of a temperance society in the north of Ireland at the close of the nineteenth century. As a result of the efforts in Leeds of Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff, the Band of Hope was founded in 1855 to teach children the principles of sobriety and teetotalism. By 1887 – two years before the start of the present volume – it had a membership of one and a half million young people in the United Kingdom, out of a total of eight million of eligible age.

[Charles Mackay, Scottish poet, journalist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas Mackay') to Rev. G. Bainton, granting permission to publish a letter.

Author: 
Charles Mackay (1814-1889), Scottish poet, journalist, and author of 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds' [Rev. George Bainton (1847-1925)]
Publication details: 
12 October 1887; 47 Longridge Road, South Kensington [London].
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight nick at gutter of bifolium. Addressed 'To | Revd G Bainton.' Reads: 'Dear Sir | You are quite at liberty to publish my letter. - If it finds its way into the papers, I should be obliged if you would kindly forward me a copy. | Ever yours truly | Chas Mackay'.

['M. de Wagner' [Jean-Emile de Wagner?], London Chargé d'Affaires of Kingdom of Württemberg.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wagner'), in English, to Sir John Coxe Hippisley, announcing his transfer to Berlin, and reporting on court news of King William I

Author: 
'M. de Wagner' [Jean-Emile de Wagner?], London Chargé d'Affaires of the Kingdom of Württemberg [Wurtemberg] [Sir John Coxe Hippisley (c.1747-1825), diplomat and politician; William I (1781-1864)]
Publication details: 
Berlin; 4 September 1820.
£180.00

The letter announces the transfer to Berlin of 'Monsieur de Wagner', London Chargé d'Affaires of the the Kingdom of Württemberg, resident at 42 Alpha Place, Regent's Park. The recipient Sir John Coxe Hippisley, whom George III had described as a 'busy man' and 'grand intriguer', had retired from public life two years previously, but was clearly still involved in diplomatic affairs. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium. Forty-one lines of neatly-written text, addressed to 'Sir J C Hippisley Bart. | Lower Grosvenor Street.' On aged and worn paper, with short closed tears at edges of folds.

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