AMHERST

[ Lord Amherst of Hackney, collector of Egyptian artefacts.] Autograph Note in the third person to the publishers Swan Sonnenschein & Co., regarding underpayment for a masonic book.

Author: 
Lord Amherst [William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney (1835-1909)] Conservative politician, book collector and collector of Ancient Egyptian artefacts [Swan Sonnenschein & Co.]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Didlington Hall, Brandon, Norfolk. 18 August 1894.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. Aged and worn with slight damage at head. Reads: 'Lord Amherst of Hackney regrets that he should have caused Messrs Swan Sonnenschein & Co inconvenience by have [sic] drawn the cheque for the “Hole crafte & Felawship of Masons” for £1. instead of £1 – 1 – 0. Lord Amherst encloses a P.O for 1/-'.

[ Lord Amherst, Governor General of Canada. ] Autograph Signanture ('Amherst.').

Author: 
Lord Amherst [ Field Marshal Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst ] (1717-1797), British army officer, conquerer of New France, Governor of Virginia, and Governor General of Canada
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

On one side of an 8 x 16.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a document, and reading: 'I have the honour to be | My Lord, | Your Lordship's | most obedient and | most humble servant | Amherst.' On reverse in another hand 'The first & great Lord Amherst'. Amherst is notorious for his use of biological warfare against Native American tribes in Canada in 1763.

[ Joseph Quincey Adams junior, Shakespeare scholar. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Joseph Q Adams'), thanking Henry Guppy, Librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, on behalf of the trustees of the Folger Shakespeare Library, for various favours.

Author: 
Joseph Quincy Adams junior (1880-1946), Shakespeare scholar and first director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington [ Henry Guppy (1861-1948), Librarian, John Rylands Library, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington. 12 October 1943.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with small coffee stain in margin at head. He begins by thanking Guppy for the 'gift of the numerous "Transactions," including the beautiful volume "The English Bible in the John Rylands Library"': 'To our bibliographers as well as to our readers these works will be of the utmost value.' He writes that the war 'has put a temporary stop to our publishing', but that 'we have ambitious plans for the future, and every volume we issue will go promptly to you'. He also thanks him for 'printing my little article on the Shakespeare Signature'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Joshua Leavitt, editor of the American Anti-Slavery Society's newspaper the Emancipator, to Professor Benjamin Silliman, asking whether Edward Hitchcock, President of Amherst College, had assisted him 53 years before.

Author: 
Joshua Leavitt (1794-1873), clergyman and editor of the Emancipator, the official organ of the American Anti-Slavery Society [Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864), chemist; Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864)]
Publication details: 
New York; 1 March 1864.
£130.00

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Amherst') from William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracon, to his London agent T[homas] Carr.

Author: 
William Pitt Amherst (1773-1857), 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan, Governor-General of India, 1823-1828
Autograph Letter Signed ('Amherst') from William Pitt Amherst
Publication details: 
7 August 1830; Grosvenor Street, London.
£75.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('Amherst') from William Pitt Amherst

4to, 1 p. Twelve lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to Carr at 28 John Street, Bedford Row. Two postmarks in red ink, including one from 'Duke St M[anchester] S[quare]'; with Amherst's seal in black wax. Regarding 'Mr. Fowler's interview with the Tenants' and what to do with his 'Bankers Check Book' during his absence in Montreal.

Autograph Signature of William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst ('Amherst') on frank addressed to 'Robert Barrie Esqre. Captain of H.M.S. Pomone'.

Author: 
William Pitt Amherst (1773-1857), 1st Earl Amherst, British diplomat and colonial administrator (sometime Ambassador Extraordinary to China) [Captain Sir Robert Barrie (1774-1841) of HMS Pomone]
Autograph Signature of William Pitt Amherst
Publication details: 
Undated.
£35.00
Autograph Signature of William Pitt Amherst

On rectangle of paper, 11 x 5.5 cm, cut from front frank. Aged and spotted, with closed tear at head repaired on reverse with archival tape. The whole in Amherst's hand, with his signature (as usual on frank) in bottom left-hand corner between two horizontal lines. Launched in 1805, the Pomone was a 38-gun Leda-class fifth rate Royal Navy ship, built by Josiah and Thomas Brindley at Frindsbury. She saw action during the Napoleonic Wars, primarily in the Mediterranean, and was wrecked off the Needles in 1811.

Two Letters in a Secretarial Hand, one of them signed by Amherst ('Amherst'), both to the Rev. Charles William Tonyn (d.1805) of Radnage, Bucks.

Author: 
Jeffrey Amherst, first Baron Amherst (1717-1797), field-marshall, conqueror of Canada
Publication details: 
The signed letter: 18 June 1781, Whitehall. The unsigned letter: 9 March 1782, Whitehall.
£400.00

The signed letter: 4to, 1 p. 11 lines of text. With the address on a separate and similarly-sized leaf. Franked 'War Office | ', and bearing two circular postmarks, one of them in red with the word 'FREE'. Good, on aged and creased paper. Assuring Tonyn that it will give him 'much pleasure' to recommend Tonyn's nephew George Augustus Tonyn for an army commission, 'as soon as I may be able to do it consistently with the very great number of Applications which I have already on my hands'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed to [the Hon.] Mrs [Alicia Margaret Tyssen] Amherst.

Author: 
Augusta Noel (nee Keppel)
Publication details: 
9 May [no year] and 'Friday' [no date] [but both 1885]; on 29A Grosvenor Square letterheads.
£45.00

English author (1838-1902). The recipient was later Baroness Rockley. Both items are very good. They can be dated from the reference to the Noel's mother (nee Susan trotter, died 1885) and the mourning border. ITEM ONE (three pages, 12mo): 'I send you a very rough little story, for the Children's Hospital book. I do not know whether it will suit your purpose, but I must just let it go as it is.

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