[William Wilberforce, politician and abolitionist.] Autograph Signature to Secretarial Letter appointing a proxy to vote for 'the vacant office of Physician' to the Public Dispensary.

William Wilberforce (1759-1833), politician, philanthropist, and leading abolitionist [Sir James Alderson (1794-1882), President of the Royal College of Physicians; Carey Street Dispensary, London]
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'Highwood Hill Middx | 21st. Novr 1827'.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and with slight damp staining at head, and with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. The text, in a secretarial hand, reads: 'I hereby appoint [blank] (a governor of the Public Dispensary) to give my vote in favour of Dr Alderson a Candidate for the vacant office of Physician to that Institution.' Beneath this is Wilberforce's firm signature, with address and date in his autograph: 'W Wilberforce | Highwood Hill Mddx | 21st Novr 1827'. Wilberforce and Alderson both hailed from Kingston upon Hull.

[John Rudge Harding, actor.] Fifteen Autograph Letters Signed ('J. Rudge Harding' and 'Rudge') to actor 'Anmer Hall' [Alderson Burrell Horne]

John Rudge Harding (1862-1932), English actor [Alderson Burrell Horne ['Anmer Hall'] (1863-1953), actor-manager and owner of the Westminster Theatre]
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Most from 34 Elm Park Mansions, Park Walk, Chelsea. Three on letterheads of the British Red Cross Society, 83 Pall Mall. Two on letterhead of the Green Room Club, 49 Leicester Square. Undated (one from 1917 and the rest from around the same time).

The fifteen items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Totalling 19pp., 12mo; 4pp., 8vo; 1p., 4to. Eleven signed 'Rudge', three 'J. Rudge Harding', and one 'J. Rudge H.' Ten addressed to 'My dear Alderson', four to 'My dear Horne', and one to 'My dear Alderson Horne'. A friendly, chatty correspondence.

Five documents relating to the application of Lord Chorley for the lectureship in Evidence, Procedure and Criminal Law at the Inns of Court School of Law, including letters of recommendation from Lord Wright and Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders.

Robert Alderson Wright (1869-1964), Baron Wright [Lord Wright, Master of the Rolls, 1935-37]; Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders (1886-1966) [Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley (1895-1978), 1st Baron Chorley]
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London. 1952.

The five items are in good condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper. Items One and Two: Typed drafts of a 'Statement of Qualifications', headed 'Lord Chorley's application for appointment to the lectureship in Evidence, Procedure and Criminal Law.' Both 2pp., 4to. Slightly different in layout, and with few (if any) textual differences. After describing his career Chorley writes: 'Although my chief legal study has been commercial law I had experience of teaching Evidence, Procedure and Criminal Law at the Law Society's School.

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