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[ St. Gregory's Monastery, Downside. ] A Catalogue of the Black Letter and other early Printed Books in the Library of St. Gregory's Monastery, Downside.

Author: 
Anon. [ Downside Abbey, Bath ]
Publication details: 
Without printer's details or date. [ Offprint from the Downside Review, 1880. ]
£50.00

24pp., 12mo. Paginated 1-24. Disbound printed item. In fair condition, on aged and spotted paper. Drophead title, followed by: 'This Catalogue consists of three parts. In the first part is given a list of our early printed books in chronological order; in the second, a typographical index, showing at what presses the works were produced; in the third, an alphabetical index of the authors' names.' Originally published in the first issue of the Downside Review, July 1880, pp.72-90. This offprint is scarce: the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at Cambridge, whose catalogue dates it to 1880.

Printed pamphlet: 'U. I. O. G. D. To the Memory of the first Benedictine Pope St. Gregory the Great on the occasion of the Thirteenth Centennial of his death 604-1904'. [ On front cover: 'Thirteenth Centennial of St. Gregory the Great'. ]

Author: 
'A Benedictine of Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri, U.S.A.' [ Thirteenth Centennial of St. Gregory the Great ]
Publication details: 
'Printed as manuscript'. [ Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri, U.S.A. 1904. ]
£50.00

[20]pp., 8vo. In grey printed wraps. Disbound. In good condition, but with stitching cut away and leaves loose. A collection of poems, flashily printed in gold, red and green, on shiny art paper. Covers printed in gold, red and blue. Frontispiece illustration of the subject of the collection. Scarce: only one copy on OCLC WorldCat.

Printed pamphlet: 'Weld Sermon | Downside Abbey | 1902'

Author: 
Right Rev, J. C. Hedley, O.S.B. Lord Bishop of Newport [ The Abbey Church, Downside ]
Publication details: 
[ The Secretary, Downside Abbey, Bath. ] Art and Book Company, Printers, Leamington. [ 1902. ]
£65.00

23pp., 8vo. Stitched and disbound. In good condition, lightly aged. Scarce: no copy traced on COPAC.

[ Edward VII Cornation; Printed poster giving instructions and regulations for carriages and traffic. ] Metropolitan Police. Coronation of Their Majesties King Edward VII. and Queen Alexandra, at Westminster Abbey, on Thursday, 26th June, 1902.

Author: 
E. R. C. Bradford, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; Charles T. Ritchie [ Coronation of King Edward VII, 1902; Metropolitan Police; London ]
Publication details: 
Metropolitan Police Office, New Scotland Yard, 2nd June, 1902. [ Printed by the Receiver for the Metropolitan Police Division, New Scotland Yard, London, S.W. ]
£120.00

Printed on one side of a 50.5 x 32 cm leaf of wove paper. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, folded three times. In relatively small print. Underneath the title, by 'Charles T. Ritchie': 'The following instructions for Carriages have been prepared and published in the "London Gazette" of 13th May, 1902, by direction of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, and will be strictly carried out by Police'. Eight 'Regulations to be observed on the day of the coronation' follow.

Conservative High Society in late Victorian Britain: The album of Miss Evelyn Peel, daughter of Sir Robert Peel, 1896-1899

Author: 
[Emily Peel, daughter of Sir Robert Peel III; Alice Keppel and her like]
Publication details: 
1896-1899
£1,200.00

Evelyn Emily Peel (c.1869-1960), second daughter of Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Bart (1822-1895), and Lady Emily Hay, daughter of the Marquess of Tweeddale, married the diplomat Sir (James William) Ronald Macleay (1870-1943) in 1901. Compiled in the years preceding her marriage, the album reflects Evelyn Peel's energetic and playful personality, and her position as a member of late-Victorian Conservative high society.

[ Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire. ] Manuscript 'Ground plan of Fountains Abbey', with key including 'The Church & parts thereto belonging'.

Author: 
[ Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire ]
Publication details: 
Dated 'Harrogate Octber 1839'.
£350.00

4to bifolium (on two 19.5 x 22.5 cm leaves). The 'Ground plan' is neatly drawn on the reverse of the first leaf, and the two-page key is on both sides of the second leaf, lettered A to Z, and headed 'A. B. C. D. E. F. G. The Church & parts thereto belonging'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Entries among the keys include 'I. Places groined over with stone one of which is supposed to have been the infirmary', 'K. Arches under which the River Skell runs' and 'S. Cloisters groined with stone the pillars whereof were painted - Over these was the Dormitory.

[ Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire. ] Unpublished anonymous manuscript poem of around 300 lines, titled 'Bolton in Wharfedale. A Rhyme.', describing an 'Excursion' by railway from Manchester to Bolton Abbey.

Author: 
[ Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, by a Victorian Manchester poet ]
Publication details: 
Dated at end: 'Manchester | September 1851.'
£220.00

18pp., 4to. In contemporary card wraps with decorative paper covers and leather spine, and later printed paper label on front cover with title. Worn and aged, with some repair, but with the entire manuscript clear and legible. Each page enclosed within a red ink ruled border. On the last page of the volume is the following explanatory note: 'The preceding lines are a description in Rhyme of an Excursion to Bolton Abbey in Wharffdale, [sic] in the summer of 1851.

[ J. M. Synge's 'Playboy of the Western World'. ] Front-page article from 'The Gaelic American', carrying a report of 'New York's Protest against a Vile Play!', accompanied by a caricature of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory.

Author: 
[ John Devoy (1842-1928), proprietor and editor of 'The Gaelic American', New York [ J. M. Sygne [ John Millington Synge ]; George Bernard Shaw; W. B. Yeats; Lady Gregory; The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
New York. 2 December 1911. [ 'Vol. VIII, No. 48, Whole No. 429'. ]
£50.00

The front and back covers of the newspaper are present, forming a bifolium. A frail and scarce survival. Heavily-aged newsprint, chipped and worn, with the top and bottom halves of the front page separated along a horizontal fold line. The article on Synge's play covers the first two of the six columns on the front page, with a further quarter-column on the back page.

[ Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'. ] Typed Rehearsal Script of Maggie Wadey's 1987 BBC television adaptation. (directed by Giles Foster and produced by Louis Marks)

Author: 
Maggie Wadey, scriptwriter and wife of actor John Castle; Louis Marks (1928-2010) BBC producer and scriptwriter; Giles Foster, television director; Jane Austen [ British Broadcasting Corporation]
Publication details: 
[ British Broadcasting Corporation, London. ] At head of covering page: '3rd Draft - Typed 3rd June 1986'.
£120.00

[2] + 170pp., 8vo. On 172 leaves, held together by a steel stud. In good condition, lightly aged, with discoloring to first leaf and the last seven leaves dogeared. The names of the crew are given on the first covering page, and the cast of characters (but not the names of the actors playing them) on the second. An interesting artefact, indicative of the continuing reassessment and reinterpretation of the works of one of Britain's great writers.

[Sir John Piers, 'the Bold Bad Baronet'.] Autograph Letter Signed, in French, from 'Koechy', containing itemised accounts for the upkeep (in Prussia?) of Pier's two sons, John and William.

Author: 
[Sir John Bennett Piers (1772-1845), 6th Baronet, of Tristernagh Abbey, whose seduction of Lady Cloncurry, with a 'Crim. Con.' trial of 1807, was commemorated in a poem by Sir John Betjeman]
Publication details: 
Undated, but with postmarks dated 19 July 1827.
£220.00

Piers was a thorough blackguard, who seduced Lady Cloncurry for a bet. The resulting Crim. Con. action was a notable London scandal, with Lord Cloncurry awarded the considerable sum of £20,000 in damages, which Piers payed with great reluctance. After a dishonorable sojourn on the Isle of Man, he returned to Ireland, where he built a high wall around his home to deter creditors. The present document dates from this latter period, and it is a matter of some doubt whether Koechy was paid the considerable sum owed to him for the upkeep of Piers's two sons. 3pp., 4to. Bifolium.

[Oxford Movement; E.B. Pusey, churchman, and others.] Six Autograph Letters Signed ('E B Pusey' and 'E B P') to Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser ('W. P.'), discussing his conversion to Roman Catholicism. With substantial related correspondence.

Author: 
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Church of England clergyman, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford [Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser [ne Haggitt] (1824-1911), founder of Belmont Abbey]
Publication details: 
One letter dated from Christ Church, Oxford; 5 November 1852, another from 'Pusey nr. Faringdon [Oxfordshire]' and third from 'Asherne | Dartmouth [Kent]'. Wegg-Prosser's copy letter from 45 Grosvenor Place [London]; 7 May 1862.
£950.00

The Oxford Movement; E.B. Pusey and othersEdward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Church of England clergyman, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford [Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser [ne Haggitt] (1824-1911), founder of Belmont Abbey] With: a collection of letters on the same or similar subjects from various clergymen to Wegg-Prosser, converted to the Catholic Church.[Pusey] Six Autograph Letters Signed ('E B Pusey' and 'E B P') to Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser ('W. P.'), discussing his conversion to Roman Catholicism [conversion 1852].

[Norris Davidson, Irish radio producer.] Typed Letter Signed to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, regarding his own book, and the latest productions of his friend Lennox Robinson.

Author: 
Norris Davidson (1908-1998), Irish radio producer [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949); the Abbey Theatre, Dublin]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Donard, County Wicklow. 'Wednesday 27th. [1935]'
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Never having forgotten that you once asked me "What is the sense of knowing Mrs Lynd if you don't make use of her?" I am sending you a spare set of proofs of the new book. The publishers, having made me add thousands of words to it, now tell me that it is a bit too long'. The second part of the letter refers to a visit by 'Lennox [i.e. Lennox Robinson] and his wife [...] He has just been doing June in Belfast, he has Aodh de Blacam's translation, A Saint in a Hurry!

[Printed funeral service, containing ticket for the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.] Westminster Abbey. Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Laurence Olivier O.M. Baron Olivier of Brighton 1907-1989.

Author: 
[Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), English actor]
Publication details: 
Printed by Barnard & Westwood Ltd, 9 Railway Street, London N1 9EE. By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen Printers and Stationers. 'Friday 20 October 1989 | Noon'.
£100.00

16pp., 8vo. Stapled. Printed in brown on white. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. One correction in manuscript: on p.5 'Peter O'Toole' replaces the subject of the sentence 'Miss Jean Simmons carries the script used in the film Hamlet.' Other worthies involved in the service are: Douglas Fairbanks, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Dorothy Tutin, Frank Finlay, Albert Finney, Sir John Mills, Peggy Ashcroft, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness. Uncommon: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library and London Library. The ticket ('No.

[James Winder Good, Irish journalist.] Five Autograph Letters Sgned (four 'J. W. Good' and one 'J. W. G.') to Walter Riddall, mainly on Paul Henry and the offering of a play by Riddall to the Ulster Literary Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Author: 
James Winder Good (1877-1930), Irish journalist and author [Walter Riddall (1874-1914), Irish artist and writer; Robert Lynd (1879-1949), essayist; Paul Henry (1877-1958), artist; Ulster]
Publication details: 
One letter on cancelled letterhead of The Northern Whig Office, Belfast (replaced by 18 Wolseley Street); another from 108 Fitzroy Avenue; the others without place. One dated '9th June [1912]', the others undated (before Riddall's death in 1914).
£600.00

Good was educated at the Royal Academical Institution and Queen's College, Belfast. He was a reporter on the Northern Whig before moving to Dublin where he became leader-writer for the Freeman's Journal. He then became assistant editor of the Irish Statesman, and later joined the staff of the Irish Independent. Good and Riddall were part of a circle that included the essayist Robert Lynd and painter Paul Henry, and the present five items, written in an entertaining and friendly stye, cast light on the theatrical and cultural worlds shortly before the Easter Rising.

[Peter Rylands] Autograph Letter Signed "Peter Rylands" to "Brooke Robinson" (Dudley lawyer?).

Author: 
Peter Rylands, politician and wire manufacturer (Wikipedia)
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Bewsey House, Warrington, 25 Sept. 1871.
£80.00

Four pages, 12mo, remannts from tipping in album or similar, sl. grubby, text clear and complete. He discusses the previous situation of "John Gamble", a servant, who he says was 'trustworthy & obliging' in the few months he was employed by him., "He is not at all afraid of hard work but rather appears to like it but is somewhat rough in his manner & makes too much noise." He had to tell him off for this, and prefers quiet servants.

[Sophia Johnstone, Marchioness of Annandale.] Autograph Signature ('S Annandale') to 'Tack [i.e. contract] betwixt The Marchioness of Annandale And Peter Grahame'. Also signed by Grahame and two witnesses.

Author: 
Sophia Johnstone [née Fairholm] (1668-1716), Marchioness of Annandale (buried in Westminster Abbey), wife of William Johnstone (1664-1721), 1st Marquess of Annandale
Publication details: 
'Att Moffat the Nyntenth day of May one thousand seven hundred and sixten years'.
£180.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. On bifolium of watermarked paper. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight wear to foredges. Two small stamps (one 'Tenn Pence Quire') and official blind stamp. 48 lines of closely-written text, in a chancery hand. Regarding a lease for an uncertain location. Signed by 'S Annandale', 'Petter [sic] Grahame', and witnessed by 'Ja: Moir' and 'John Grahame'. Docketted on reverse of second leaf 'Tack betwixt | The Marchioness of Annandale | And | Peter Graham | 1716'.

[Chandos Leigh, 1st Baron Leigh.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Leigh') to 'Mr. Brodie', regarding a 'rather singular letter' he has received from one of his parishoners, offering his services as a shoemaker at a prison.

Author: 
Chandos Leigh (1791-1850), 1st Baron Leigh, of Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, minor poet, cousin of Jane Austen and friend of Byron and Leigh Hunt
Publication details: 
57 Portman Square, London. 14 July 1849.
£150.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient presumably held a living near Leigh's Warwickshire mansion Stoneleigh Abbey (said to be the model for Sotherton Court in his cousin Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park'). Leigh apologises troubling Brodie 'with the enclosed rather singular letter which I have received from one of your Parishioners'.

Autograph Signature ('C Godolphin.') of Charles Godolphin, Member of Parliament for Helston, and brother of Sidney, Earl of Godolphin, on printed Exchequer Receipt, made out by him in autograph.

Author: 
Charles Godolphin (c.1651-1720), Member of Parliament for Helston and one of the Commissioners of the Customs, buried in Westminster Abbey, brother of Sidney, Earl of Godolphin
Publication details: 
[Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer, London.] 22 January 1707.
£56.00

1p., small 4to. On aged and lightly damp-stained paper, with wear and closed tear to extremities. Three counter-signatures in bottom left-hand corner faded with damp. The document begins (with manuscript additions in square brackets): 'Record [15 Janry 1707] | Numb.

Autograph Letter Signed, in the third person, from 'Mrs Harford', guest of Mrs Martin of Camden, Chiselhurst, asking 'Mr Wilson' to procure her a ticket 'to see the preparations in the Abbey' [for the coronation of Queen Victoria?].

Author: 
Mrs Harford (possibly Louisa Harford, née Louisa Hart Davis, wife of John Scandrett Harford) [Mrs Frances Martin (d.1863) of Camden, Chislehurst, wife of John Martin (d.1832), MP for Tewkesbury]
Publication details: 
'Chislehurst [Kent]. | June 22 [1838?].'
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Considering the fact that Mrs Harford states that she is staying at the home of Mrs Martin, and that Mr Martin died in 1832, it seems probable that the letter refers to the preparations for the coronation of Queen Victoria, which occurred on 28 June 1838. The letter reads: 'Mrs Harford understanding that people are admitted to see the Preparations in the Abbey & thinking it probable that Mr Gillen may have been employed in the decoration, will be very much obliged to Mr Wilson if he could procure her a Ticket to see them.

Manuscript Victorian directions for a servant in a large establishment, giving twenty instructions, primarily regarding cleaning.

Author: 
[Directions for a nineteenth-century English servant; Victorian domestic service]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [England, 1860s?]
£60.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. On piece of watermarked laid paper. The first page reads: 'Not to call out to any of the servants but to go up to them when wanted or to ring the call bell. | Care about curtains & chairs - wear white cotton gloves to touch them with | Open shutters gently so as not to disturb the family. | Dont talk loud or laugh loud. - where there are many servants the noise is disagreeable & never allowed.' Towards the end: 'In setting your candle down see that there is nothing over it - such as a picture frame or ornament of any kind -'.

Autograph Card Signed ('Herbert E Ryle') from Herbert Edward Ryle, Dean of Westminster, to 'Mr. Johnson', explaining to him the consequences of his missing lectures at Queens' College, Cambridge, because of the 'flu' ('that detestable "pestilence"').

Author: 
Herbert Edward Ryle (1856-1925), Dean of Westminster from 1911 to 1925, who composed the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey [Queen's College; Cambridge]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Lodge, Queen's College, Cambridge. 25 January 1898.
£40.00

On both sides of a card with a mourning border. Good, on lightly-aged grey card. If Johnson does not miss more than two lectures he will be in no danger of 'losing a certificate through failure of attendance'; if he misses three, 'it becomes a serious, but not hopeless question. Four absences would certainly disqualify'. Ryle will put a note against Johnson's name, 'that you have been made captive by the "flu"', and trusts that he will 'soon be released from the grip of that detestable "pestilence"'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'T Gambier Parry') from Thomas Gambier Parry, to 'Mr. Moore' [B. T. Moore], regarding repairs to Tewkesbury Abbey, both lamenting that the paint he chose for the roof has turned to the colour of 'disgraceful mud'.

Author: 
Thomas Gambier Parry (1816-1888), benefactor and art collector [Benjamin Thomas Moore (d.1896), for 38 years churchwarden of Tewkesbury Abbey; Ven. Hemming Robeson]
Publication details: 
ONE: on letterhead of the United University Club, Pall Mall East, S.W. [London]. 8 February 1885. TWO: on letterhead of Highnam Court, Gloucester. 16 October [1885?].
£120.00

ONE: 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of glue from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Parry begins by exclaiming: 'What a grand example your activity at Tewkesbury is!' Whatever Moore means by 'the Construction of the Cloister walk - and other important business', Parry regrets that his 'obligations in London' will not allow him to join the Abbey Committee. He continues: 'I wish "bad times" did not put another thing out of my Power w[hic]h.

[Printed order of service.] Westminster Abbey. The Funeral Service of the late Thomas Hardy, O.M. Monday, January 16th, 1928. 2 p.m.

Author: 
[Funeral service of Thomas Hardy, 1928]
Publication details: 
Vacher & Sons, Ltd, Westminster House, S.W.1.
£120.00

9pp., 12mo. Unbound pamphlet of five leaves. Fair, on aged paper, with rust to staple. Gives the two pieces played 'Before the Service', 'The Sentences', 'The Lesson', 'Hymn', 'The Nunc Dimittis' and 'The Blessing'. Scarce: the only copy on COPAC at the British Library, with a further four copies on WorldCat.

[Printed handbill poem by 'B. B.'] On a favourite Dog, interred in the Grounds of Dryburgh Abbey, MDCCCXIV. [With Victorian photograph of a dog.]

Author: 
'B. B.' [Sir Brooke Boothby (1744-1824)?] [Dryburgh Abbey, property of David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan]
Publication details: 
Date and publisher not stated. [Scotland, circa 1814?]
£400.00

Poem: On one side of a piece of 12mo paper. Fair, lightly-aged and a little ruckled, with traces of gum from previous mounting on the blank reverse. The 12-line poem is written in heroic couplets, and begins 'POOR, faithful animal, adieu! - | To Nature's kind affection true, | For fourteen years, thy grateful heart, | Devoted, play'd its humble part.' At the end a contemporary hand has ascribed the poem to 'B. B.', and the same hand gives the date as 'September 3d'.

Two engravings of the Commemoration of Handel, Westminster Abbey, 1784: one of the 'View of the Orchestra Organ &c erected [....] under the Direction of Mr. James Wyatt'; the other of Wyatt's 'magnificent Box erected for their Majesties'.

Author: 
[The Commemoration of George Frideric Handel in Westminster in 1784; James Wyatt; the European Magazine]
Two engravings of the Commemoration of Handel
Publication details: 
From the European Magazine, 1784.
£180.00
Two engravings of the Commemoration of Handel

Both engravings 8vo. Both by W. & J. Walker, from drawings by J. Dixon. Both impressively detailed, with that of the Royal Box showing crowds of fashionable people in the foreground. Both engravings are clear an complete, but with creasing from folding into the European Magazine. Both a little grubby, an with wear to the margins. The engraving of the organ has a strip of backing along the left-hand margin, and that of the royal box is mounted in a paper windowpane.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'A. L. Baldry') to C. R. Grundy, editor of the Connoisseur, on the subject of the Royal Academy.

Author: 
Alfred Lys Baldry (1858-1939), painter and art critic (Globe, Studio), author of a work on the Wallace Collection [Cecil Reginald Grundy (1870-1944), editor of the Connoisseur; the Royal Academy]
Publication details: 
5, 10 and 27 May 1921. All three on letterhead of Wolmer Road, Marlow Common, Marlow, Bucks.
£125.00

All three letters 12mo: the first of three pages, and the last two one page apiece. Texts clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One: Sir Henry Vansittart Neale will be pleased to allow Grundy 'a look at his pictures' at Bisham Abbey. Gives directions. Discusses Grundy's letter in the Daily Express, complaining about the 'crowding out' of pictures at the Royal Academy.

Small archive of 22 Typed Letters Signed ('Frank Baines') and one Autograph Letter Signed, to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, with documents including a draft speech by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, with Baldwin's emendations.

Author: 
Sir Frank Baines (1877-1933), British architect, Director of Works, Her Majesty's Office of Works [Stanley Baldwin]
Publication details: 
1927 to 1928; on letterheads of the Director of Works, H.M. Office of Works, and 34, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2. [London].
£450.00

The collection is in very good condition, on slightly aged and dusty paper. Several items bear the Society's stamp. An interesting and significant correspondence. The letters, in a variety of formats from 12mo to foolscap, are often long, and are written in an informal tone. Indicating Baines's deep involvement in the Society's affairs, they most significantly concern an appeal, organised by Baines on behalf of the Society, 'for the preservation of the cottage architecture of Great Britain', with the backing and involvement of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Le Despencer') to an unnamed correspondent (a neighbouring landowner?).

Author: 
Francis Dashwood (1708-1781), 11th Baron Le Despencer, politician and rake; member of the Hellfire Club; founder of the Monks of Medmenham Abbey
Publication details: 
Hanover Square, London, 7 May 1779
£550.00

4to: 1 p. 10 lines of text. Good, on lightly aged paper. Text clear and entire. Docketed on the reverse of the otherwise-blank second leaf of the bifolium. See preceding letter on same subject (#8136). He hoped to have met his correspondent "ar WestWycombe" to discuss the cottage occupied by a "poor man" which may be on a neighbour's land. A "trifling affair". "I did nequire about it last summer, and was told that it was built on the waste by some poor man and I suppose some small fine might have been set on it by the Jury at my Court as a trespass on the waste.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Le Despencer') to a member of the Tonyn family.

Author: 
Francis Dashwood (1708-1781), 11th Baron Le Despencer, politician and rake; member of the Hellfire Club; founder of the Monks of Medmenham Abbey
Publication details: 
24 February 1774; Manchester Square, London.
£650.00

4to: 1 p. 9 lines of text. Good, on lightly aged paper, with a light stain affecting a couple of words. Text clear and entire. Docketed on the reverse of the otherwise-blank second leaf of the bifolium. Concerning his and Tonyn's positions as magistrates. 'I never can conveniently at this time of the year stay above a day at W Wycombe at one time'. Were he in the county he would 'attend you on Saturday in Easter Week, and I believe I shall, but to make a journey on purpose to attend a petty sessions at my time of life cannot be expected'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Le Despencer') to a member of the Tonyn family.

Author: 
Francis Dashwood (1708-1781), 11th Baron Le Despencer, politician and rake; member of the Hellfire Club; founder of the Monks of Medmenham Abbey [Admiral Charles William Paterson (c.1756-1841)]
Publication details: 
8 February 1776; Hanover Square, London.
£750.00

4to: 1 p. 7 lines of text. Docketed on the reverse. Good, on lightly aged paper. That day he went to the Admiralty 'in hopes of meeting Lord Sandwich in order to recommend Mr Paterson [later Admiral Charles William Paterson] to his good will', but he did not see him. When he does, he will 'certainly say everything in that young Gentlemans favor', and he will 'say the same to Lord Howe if I can catch sight of him'. 'Our last news from America are not unfavorable in some respects.'

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