[ A. A. Samuel, taxidermist in Victorian India. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'J. D. Rees' (i.e. the future Sir John David Rees), complaining that he is being blamed for work on a rotten skin.

A. A. Samuel, taxidermist in Victorian India ('late Government Central Museum') [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
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On his letterhead: 'A. A. Samuel, Taxidermist, late Government Central Museum, 142, Mount Road, Nungumbaukum.' [ Madras, India. ] 6 December 1897.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and browned paper, with traces of mount adhering on reverse. He complains that he is being blamed for his work, when the skin has been sent to him was in a 'rotten', 'putrefied' and 'decomposed' state: 'I tried my best with it. If the skin were given to me soon after it was stripped the hair cannot wear out […] With all my best possibility with it I could not rectify the smell. The mistake is not on me but it is in the condition when it was given to me.' He boasts that he is 'known here as one who could do a best work. If not gentlemen will not engage.

[ Andrew Ainslie Common, English astronomer and astronomical photographer. ] Typed Letter Signed ('A. A. Common') to the Sandwich bankers Messrs Emmerson & Co., with receipt, regarding golf balls purchased from Ramsay Hunter of St. George's Golf Club

A. A. Common [ Andrew Ainslie Common ] (1841-1903), astronomer and astronomical photographer [ Ramsay Hunter, Scottish greenkeeper and 'architect' of the [Royal] St George's Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent]
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Both letter and receipt from Eaton Rise, Ealing. W. [London] 31 March and 12 May 1900.

For more information on Common, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Both items on aged and worn paper. ONE: Typed Letter Signed. 31 March 1900. 1p., 4to. 'I bought a gross of balls of Hunter and paid for them on the understanding that I should take them as I wanted them'. He has a rough idea how many he has had, and will be 'able to say exactly when I look in my locker'. He ends by asking the firm to refer to Hunter's books regarding the matter. TWO: Typed Receipt, signed by Common over two red Inland Revenue penny stamps. 12 May 1900. 1p., 4to. 'Received of Messrs Emmerson & Co.

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