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[ Edmund Blunden, English poet and critic: 'My cat has tried to autograph the Item you lent me with her paws.' ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edmund') to 'Daniel', with reference to Edmund Wilson's 'Hecate County' and Holbrook Jackson's 'To-Day'.

Author: 
Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), poet and critic, Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature six times
Publication details: 
"T. L. S." [ i.e. the offices of the Times Literary Supplement, of which he was assistant editor ] 13 February 1951.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. Written in Blunden's pleasant italic hand on the reverse of a printed compliments slip by the firm Victor Gollancz, Ltd. In fair condition, lightly aged. The note begins: 'Dear Daniel | My cat has tried to autograph the Item you lent me with her paws. I am sorry about that, for it is a list of remarkable interest as a glimpse of literary history: and thank you for sharing it with me.' Regarding Holbrook Jackson and a magazine he published between 1917 and 1923, Blunden writes: 'I wish H. J.

[ Richard Bentley the younger, London publisher: author's own copy. ] A Brief Note upon the Battles of Saintes and Mauron 1351 and 1352.

Author: 
[ Richard Bentley the younger (1854-1936), London publisher and antiquary ]
Publication details: 
Edition limited to 100 copies. Printed at Guildford in 1918. [ Billing and Sons, Ltd., Printers, Guildford, England. ]
£120.00

Bentley is without a doubt the author of this anonymous work, and the present copy comes from the Bentley Archives. viii + 67 + [1]pp., 8vo. In attractive paper-vellum quarter-binding, with red cloth boards on the cover of which the title is stamped in gilt. In good condition, lightly aged. Attractively printed, with title-page in black and red. Divided into six parts: 'Events in the Reign of Edward III', 'English Governors of Brittany'; 'Introductory: The Attack on Vannes', 'The Battle of Saintes', 'The Battle of Mauron' and 'After Mauron'.

[ Evacuation of Queen Mary College, University of London, to King's Cambridge. ] Autograph Journal of Jean Kilgour Hart, undergraduate of Queen Mary College, in two volumes, kept over a year during its evacuation to King's College, Cambridge.

Author: 
Jean Kilgour Hart (1921-2001), civil servant [ Queen Mary College, University of London; King's College, Cambridge; Girton College ]
Publication details: 
Cambridge [ Queen Mary College, University of London ]. First volume: 1 January 1942 to 9 May 1943. Second volume: 10 May 1942 to 29 April 1943.
£1,500.00

The two volumes of diaries of Jean Kilgour Hart cast light on the interesting wartime crossover between the Universities of London and Cambridge. On the evacuation of Queen Mary College to Cambridge at the beginning of the Second World War, both the College administration and male staff and students were accommodated at King’s College. Women staff and students were initially provided with accommodation at Girton College, but from 1940 they were housed in two private houses in Hills Road.

[ Sir Courtenay Mansel contests the University of Wales for the Conservatives in the 1929 General Election. ] Two printed items: an address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by Mansel, and an endorsement by D. Geraint Evans.

Author: 
Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician [ D. Geraint Evans; University of Wales, Swansea ]
Publication details: 
Both items dating from 1929 and printed by the Alexandra Printing Co., 19 Alexandra Road, Swansea'. Mansel's address 'Published by the Candidate.'
£80.00

Having briefly (1923-1924) served as Liberal Member if Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth, and stood unsuccessfully in 1924 (again as a Liberal) and 1928 (as a Conservative) Mansel made a final effort to re-enter the House of Common in the 1929 general election, contesting the University of Wales seat, again as a Conservative. Mansel came third in a three-way contest which was won comfortably for the Liberals by Ernest Evans. No copies of either item have been traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The two are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Philip Snowden, as sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, explains his conception of Socialism to 'undeserving sinner' Sir Courtenay Mansel. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Snowden') from Snowden to Mansel, describing his conception of Socialism.

Author: 
Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden (1864-1937), first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1924 and 1929-1931) [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
72 Carlisle Mansions, S.W.1. [ London ], on letterhead of 11 Downing Street. 4 December 1931.
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged and spotted. A significant letter, in which Snowden, as the sitting Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, gives a detailed explanation of his conception of Socialism, and his views on state ownership versus private enterprise. He begins by explaining that the delay in replying is due to 'the busy and anxious time I have had lately'.

[ Viscount Falkland, Governor of Nova Scotia, loses his temper.. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Falkland'), with frank, to his Steward George Brigham, giving inscructions, with a bad-tempered postscript regarding 'the old mans head and the naked boys'.

Author: 
Lucius Cary, 10th Viscount Falkland (1803-1884), Liberal politician and Governor of Nova Scotia
Publication details: 
St James's [ London ]. 14 June 1832.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with loss caused by breaking of the red wax seal, which is present on the reverse, and biographical details typed in small line at head. Frank on reverse reads: 'London June fifteen | Mr. Geo: Brigham, | Windy Hill, | Stokesly | Yorkshire.' Franked in customary fashion at bottom left: 'Falkland.' With 'FREE' postmark. The letter reads: 'Have the goodness to send the enclosed without delay to Fawcett and likewise the one I have sent for Wrightson. | Falkland. | P.S. Keep the post & rail & <?> accounts separate as you propose.

[ Lord Curzon analyses the result of the 1924 General Election, the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism. ] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Curzon') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, on Liberalism, Socialism, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill

Author: 
Lord Curzon [ George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston ] (1859-1925), Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India, 1899-1905 [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
All on House of Commons letterhead. 7 November 1924; 12 March 1926 ('Dictated 12th'); 22 June 1928 ('Dictated 21st')
£320.00

Three excellent letters, highly revealing of Curzon's political position in the 1920s. The first, in the aftermath of the 1924 General Election, discussing at length the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism; the second regarding Lloyd George's 'land swindle' and the 'crushing blow' it has dealt the Liberal Party; the third explaining the reason for the impossibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill supporting Mansel (by now a Conservative) at the hustings in the 1928 Carmarthen by-election.

[ Earl Roberts of Kandahar. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Roberts, FM.') to Lt. Col. H. Howard, Leicestershire Vice Chairman, regarding his proposed speech at 'a public meeting organised by the National Service League at the Drill Hall, Wolverhampton'.

Author: 
Earl Roberts of Kandahar [ Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts ] (1832-1914), British soldier, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces during the Second Boer War
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Englemere, Ascot, Berkshire. 20 February 1913.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condtion, lightly aged and creased. The typed text of the letter appears to be duplicated, with the salutation 'My dear Mr. Vice Chairman' added at the head, and the identity of the recipient added at the foot: '(Leicestershire) | Lt. Col. H. Howard, D.L.' The letter explains that Roberts has been asked to 'speak at a public meeting organised by the National Service League at the Drill Hall, Wolverhampton, at 8 p.m. On Friday, 14th March', with the Mayor of Wolverhampton in the chair, 'in a non-committal capacity'.

[ Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Nobel Prize winning Conservative politician. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Austen Chamberlain') as Chancellor of the Exchequer to Walter H. Long, regarding 'inspection under the Food and Drugs Acts'.

Author: 
Austen Chamberlain [ Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain ] (1863-1937) Conservative politician awarded Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating 1925 Locarno Pact [ Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long (1854-1924) ]
Publication details: 
Marked 'Private'. On his letterhead as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 8 February 1905.
£45.00

At the time of writing Long was President of the Local Government Board. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Unusual government letterhead with mourning border for death of King Edward VII. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with pin holes at top left. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Walter', and is 'on the subject of inspection under the Food and Drugs Acts'. Chamberlain announces that 'we are now very nearly agreed, and it is a pity that we should not be wholly so'.

[ Charles John Vaughan, Headmaster of Harrow School and Dean of Llandaff. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. J. Vaughan'), regarding a payment received by him from 'Rustal's Charity'.

Author: 
Charles John Vaughan (1816-1897), Headmaster of Harrow School, Master of the Temple, Dean of Llandaff, President of University College, Cardiff
Publication details: 
Leicester. 15 July 1842.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He found the recipient's 'kind letter' on his return home, and thanks him for it and for his 'good offices in procuring me the payment from Rustal's Charity'. He asks him to communicate his best thanks to the Trustees, 'at the next opportunity which may occur'.

[ Count Dmitry Guriev, Russian Minister of Finance ] Autograph Signature in Cyrillic script.

Author: 
Count Dmitry Guriev [ Dmitry Alexandrovich Guriev ] (1751-1825), Russian Minister of Finance, 1810-1823
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Russia, before 1825. ]
£120.00

The item consists of a valediction and signature in Cyrillic script, at the head of a 13 x 20 cm piece of paper, with cropped corners, cut from the end of a letter, and mounted on part of leaf from album. In fair condition, lightly-aged, and with slight staining from glue used in mounting. Laid down beneath and to the left of the signature is a 10 x 8.5 cm piece of paper on which is written, in a nineteenth-century hand: 'Letter of introduction from the Russian Minister of Finance Count Gourief to his Son General Gourief Governor of Odessa'.

[ Margot Asquith, socialite and author, wife of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Margot Oxford') acknowledging receipt of a letter and a book.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [ Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith; née Tennant ] (1864-1945), Scottish socialite and author, wife of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 44 Bedford Square, WC1 [ London ]. 13 February 1936.
£28.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Thank you very much for yr. letter & the book | Yrs | Margot Asquith | 13 Feb 36'.

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ Sir Henry Newbolt, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Newbolt') to 'Simpson' [ Dr Henry Simpson ], giving his reasons for resigning the presidentship of the Poets' Club.

Author: 
Sir Henry Newbolt [ Sir Henry John Newbolt ] (1862-1938), poet [ Henry Simpson (d.1939), founder and president of the Poets' Club, London ]
Publication details: 
No place. 12 October 1919.
£65.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He begins by stating his great appreciation of 'the kindness of the Committee – I have had a long and sympathetic experience of the Club and the relationship has been to me a happy one from first to last'. Were he able to 'fulfil the duties of the President's office' he would be 'strongly tempted to accept their generous inviation and stand for re-election.

[ Charles Deemer, American playwright. ] Typescript of unpublished play titled 'Champoeg: The Story of Old Oregon'. With typescript of review of five books on the Oregon Trail.

Author: 
Charles Deemer, American playwright, director and editor, known for his 'Oregon Plays' and adoption of 'Hyperdrama'
Publication details: 
[ Oregon, United States of America. ] Both items undated, but play from 1989, and review c.1992.
£450.00

PLAY: 81pp., 8vo. On one side each of 81 leaves of yellow paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with the first leaf a little dogeared. No cast list or other prelims, but the complete play, and with each page paginated from 1-81. First page headed: 'CHAMPOEG: THE STORY OF OLD OREGON | by Charles Deemer'. An unpublished two-act historical drama, in 35 scenes, covering a thirty-year period, with the first scene titled 'The Return of the Brigade (1829)', and the last 'Statehood (1859)'.

[Standish]The Antient Usage In Bearing of such Ensigns of Honour ... commonly call'd Arms. With A Catalogue of the present Nobility and Baronets of England. ['Catalogue of Books Printed ... Theatre in Oxford [...] sold in London, by Moses Pitt' at end.]

Author: 
[ Myles Standish; Miles Standish ] Sir William Dugdale, Garter Principal King of Arms [Catalogue of Books Printed at the Theater in Oxford; Moses Pitt, bookseller of St Paul's]
Publication details: 
The Second Edition Corrected, 1682. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Moses Pitt, and sold by Samuel Smith at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London.
£650.00

12mo, [viii] + 210 pp, together with four unpaginated pages before p. 79 and two unpaginated pages before p. 165. With fold-out list of Knights of the Garter. Includes a "Catalogue of the Nobility of Ireland". On aged paper, in worn eighteenth-century binding, modern rebacking. Ownership inscription, at head of p.1, 'Mary Standish of Standish - Her Book' (suggesting a relationship with Myles Standish, pioneer American); and a couple of ownership initials on title-page.

[ Anon.; Treaty of [Scottish] Union, 1707 ] Substantial Autograph Letter, lacking signature; A contemporary informed report and view of the Treaty of Union

Author: 
[ Treaty of Union; Act of Union; Scotland ] Anon.
Publication details: 
1706-7.
£1,500.00

Very substantial Autograph Letter by an unknown but authoritative party, missing subscription/signature page, addressed to a "My Lord", four surviving closely written pages, sm. folio, with manuscript additions and elisions, watermarks "I.C.B." and simple coat-of-arms (unfortunately not found on Google), undated [after the Treaty of Union and, to my perception, before the actual Act, late 1706, early 1707].

[ Sir J. D. Rees, British Resident, proposes a toast to the Maharaja of Travancore on Queen Victoria's birthday. ] Manuscript transcript of the speech, corrected in Rees's autograph.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharajah of Travancore, 1885-1924 ]
Publication details: 
'[...] at dinner at Residency on 31st. May [ no year, but between 1895 and 1898 ]'.
£150.00

From the papers of Sir John David Rees, who served as Resident on three occasions between 1895 and 1898. For information on Rees, (see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. The present eulogy should be evaluated in the light of another document among the Rees papers (offered separately), in which he states that 'Native rajas are unfit to be members of the House of Lords; even if they are found fit they will be of no use.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tear at head of gutter.

[ The Indian Budget of 1897: Sir John David Rees and James Fairbairn Finlay discuss the 'intimation that public indignation meetings are contemplated'. ] An exchange of two ALsS from Rees and two ALsS from Finlay, discussing action to be taken.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author; James Fairbairn Finlay (1852-1930), Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department), 1891-1903
Publication details: 
Finlay letter on letterhead of the Financial Secretary, Calcutta. [ Rees writing from Madras, India. ] 27 and 29 January 1897.
£180.00

At the time of writing Finlay was Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department, and Rees was Additional Member of Governor-General of India’s Council.In January 1897 the Madras region was in the grip of famine, and there was widespread disquiet in the province on rumours of an announcement in the forthcoming budget of the Government of India of the lowering of a financial subsidy.

[ Lady Constance Wenlock, wife of Lord Wenlock, Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Constance Wenlock') to J. D. Rees, on his appointment as Resident in Travancore and Cochin, with official copy of Lord Wenlock's letter of confirmation.

Author: 
Lady Constance Mary Wenlock [ nee Lascelles ] (1852-1932), wife of Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock (1849-1912), Governor of Madras, and daughter of Earl of Harewood [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
Lady Wenlock's letter on letterhead of Government House, Ootacamund. No date [ circa April 1895 ]. Copy of Lord Wenlock's letter from Port St George 13 April 1895.
£90.00

ONE: Lady Wenlock's letter to 'My dear Mr. Rees'. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. 'I am sure you could hardly be more glad that [sic] I was when I heard this appointment was satisfactorily settled. I was miserable at the prospect of you & Mary going on in the same routine here for months without this desireable [sic] change'. After all Rees's wife has 'gone through' it is particularly important for her to have a 'thorough change': it is inevitable that she should 'suffer from just now after so much sorrow & fatigue'.?>

[ Henry Wellesley, Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, and art connoisseur. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H Wellesley') to Major R. Guthrie Macgregor, praising in fulsome terms his translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
Henry Wellesley (1794-1866), Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, curator of Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Taylor Institute and art connoisseur [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ]
Publication details: 
Both from New Inn Hall, Oxford. 19 September 1855 and 27 October 1864.
£50.00

Each letter 3pp., 12mo, and each on a bifolium. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE (19 September 1855): This first letter relates to the copy of Macgregor's 'Specimens of the Greek Anthology' (privately printed, [1855]) now in the British Library, 'With an autograph letter from the Translator to Dr. Wellesley; and a Critique upon the work, by the latter, also in MS.' In the present letter Wellesley writes that he has 'read them with the greatest pleasure.

[ Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury. ] Autograph Receipt Signed ('Shaftesbury') to Messrs. Snow & Co., for 'a Box of Jewells [sic] The Property of Lady Elizabeth Palk'.

Author: 
Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury (1768-1851), Whig politician, styled the Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper to 1811, Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, 1814-1851
Publication details: 
No place. 19 June 1814.
£35.00

On small square of laid paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with loss to one corner from opening of the wafer, and tape staining to two edges. Received 19th June 1814 of Messrs. Snow & Co a Box of Jewells [sic] The Property of Lady Elizabeth Palk which was deposited with them about the latter End of June, last year - | Shaftesbury'.

[ Blanche Atkinson; Ruskin; RSPB ] Leaflet entitled "A Woman's Question", about the "slaughter of birds for ornament"

Author: 
Blanche Atkinson [ Blanche Isabella Atkinson (1847-1911) novelist and author of children’s books, correspondent/friend of John Ruskin ]
Publication details: 
Ty'n-y-Ffynon, Barmouth. March 1896
£150.00

Two pages, 8vo, fold marks, some wear on a fold mark, grubby, bottom edge chipped, all text legible. Bottom of verso, copies obtainable from the author of from "The Hon. Sec. of the Society for the Protection of Birds, Mrs. F.E. Lemon [...]" No copy on COPAC etc.

[ Bret Harte, American author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bret Harte') to 'Colonel Colville' [ Col. W. J. Colville ], concerning an 'Inspection' at Clarence House, and 'a sentimental pilgrimage' of 'old London'.

Author: 
Bret Harte [ Francis Bret Harte ] (1836-1902), American short story writer and poet [ Col. William James Colville (1827-1903), Comptroller of the Household of the Duke of Edinburgh ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 15 Upper Hamilton Terrace, N.W. [ London ] 12 June 1890.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue on reverse of blank second leaf. He thanks him for his 'kind remembrance', and undertakes to 'come with much pleasure to Clarence House, a little before the time of Inspection and bring two friends'. The letter concludes: 'Meantime we must not forget that you and I are going to set apart some afternoon to make a sentimental pilgrimage into the Past in some corner of old London!'

Edward VII's socialist mistress 'Daisy' Greville, Countess of Warwick, argues for the abolition of the aristocracy as hereditary landowners. ] Corrected Typescript, signed 'Frances E Warwick.', of an article titled 'We Must Go'.

Author: 
Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick [ Frances Evelyn Greville, Countess of Warwick, née Maynard ] (1861-1938), campaigning socialist and mistress of Edward VII
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Published in the Daily Chronicle, 12 April 1917, under the title 'Why the State should Own the Land', and reprinted in the journal 'Land Values', May 1917. ]
£300.00

[1] + 8pp., 4to. On one side each of nine leaves, held together with a brass stud. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with the first page (carrying only the title and with pencil note 'Ordered') detached.

[ Henry Richmond Droop, Victorian Mathematician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. R. Droop') [ to E. Meyrick Goulburn, Dean of Norwich ], presenting a copy of his book 'The Edwardian Vestments', and discussing its contents. With the book itself.

Author: 
Henry Richmond Droop, M.A., of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law; Formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge [ H. R. Droop (1832-1884), mathematician ] [ Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897)]
Publication details: 
Letter: addressed from 1 New Square, Lincoln's Inn [ London ]. 1 February 1882. Book ('Reissued with supplementary notes.'): Published in London by Hatchards, Piccadilly, 1876.
£400.00

LETTER: 8pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, and tipped-in onto the half-title of Item Two below.

[ Stanhope Forbes, RA, Irish-born Cornish painter, 'Father of the Newlyn School'. ] Seven Autograph Letters Signed ('Stan') to his mother following the death of his father, describing life in Newlyn, his wife, dealings with the artist Norman Garstin.

Author: 
Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, Irish-born Cornish painter, 'Father of the Newlyn School' [ Norman Garstin ]
Publication details: 
Five from Bellevue, Newlyn, the other two without place. One dated 1 January 1889 and another 2 January 1889; the others without year.
£600.00

For information about Forbes, see Elizabeth Knowles's 2017 biography. A total of 27pp., on seven 12mo bifoliums, each with a mourning border. The collection in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Seven letters, six of them addressed to 'Dearest Mother' and the other to 'My dearest Mother'. The seven letters are all written around the end of 1888 and beginning of 1889, and reflect Forbes's concern at his mother's low spirits following the death of his father. There are two letters from 30 December [1888].

[ H. H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Card to his 'Darling' [ i.e. his wife Margot Asquith ]

Author: 
H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith ] (1852-1928), Liberal Prime Minister [ Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith [ née Tennant ] (1864-1945) ]
Publication details: 
'Fr. 27 Ap 06' [ i.e. 27 April 1906 ] On embossed House of Commons letterhead.
£80.00

Written in autograph on both sides of a blank 9 x 11 cm card, with embossed House of Commons device at top left of first page. In good condition, lightly aged. It begins: 'Darling – I am too busy to-day to write. The house is nearly finished, & (I believe) came this morning, as she has no pied à terre. Bob also arrived from his fishing, wh. improved at the end. goes off this evening to Winchester.' He gives the initials (indecipherable) of the individual at whose house he dined two nights before, '& went up to see the Bart & talked with him for some time.?>?>

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

[ Charles Neate, Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ch. Neate') to Lord Valencia, offering to show his 'Yankee' friend around Oxford.

Author: 
Charles Neate (1806-1879), Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford, and Member of Parliament for Oxford [ Lord Valencia [ Arthur Annesley, 10th Viscount Valentia ]; Oriel College ]
Publication details: 
'Oxford & Cam Club' [ London ]. 16 July [ no year ].
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with reverse of second leaf laid down on leaf removed from album. Valentia's father had been, like Neate, a Member of Parliament for Oxford. The letter begins: 'Dear Lord Valentia. | I am sorry it so happens that I was away, and shall be till next Monday - when I return home <?> to <?> street for the next six Weeks'.

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