[ A Royal Navy officer in China during the Second Opium War. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed from Sub.-Lieut George Tate Medd to his family, describing incidents while serving on HMS Hornet. With ten drawings by Medd of Chinese heads.

George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ The Second Opium War, 1856-1860; Second China War; Arrow War; HMS Hornet ]
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The four letters sent from China. The first from 18 July (Hong Kong) to 2 August ('Anchored off Shanghae') 1857. The other three from Canton: 4 and 18 May, and 3 July 1858.

Although not yet twenty at the time of writing, Medd was already an experienced sailor, having enlisted at the age of twelve, and seen service in the Crimean War. The four letters present here are vivid, well-written, and informative. (Medd had been educated at Dr Burney's school at Gosport, and had had a letter on the Crimean War published in the Stockport Advertiser.) Medd describes the background to the letters as follows (in Item Two below): 'I served in HM Steam sloop “Hornet” in China from July 1857 to July 1859. And was at the storming and taking of Canton city December 29th.

[A.J. Kempe, antiquary] Autograph Letter Signed "A.J. Kempe" to John Gough Nichols, printer and antiquary.

A.J. Kempe [Alfred John Kempe (1785?–1846)], antiquary.
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New Kent Road, [London], 5 Aug. 1831

Three pages, 12mo, grubby, one or two letters obscured by marking, essentially readable as follows: He thanks him for "kind attention" and is ory "that you have had the trouble of sending a second time. I sent the MS. with a view of sparing you a second message by the hands of Mr. Bradley Sent. who was passing your House this afternoon. The Archery business shall be attended to when I return from my short excursion. I do not know the Book you mention but the 'Boweman's Glory' published by Waring of the Archery Warehouse near Bedford Square is an excellent compilation.

The Arrow.

W. B. Yeats, editor [The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland; Irish literature]
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Vol.1, No.2. 24 November 1906. [Hely's, Limited, Printers, Dame St., and Acme Works, Dame Court, Dublin.]

4to, 8 unpaginated pages. In original grey printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Neat vertical fold. On worn and foxed paper, with rust to staples and slight wear and chipping to wraps. The second of the five issues to appear in Yeats's lifetime. (In the 'W. B. Yeats Commemoration Number' of Summer 1939, 'The Arrow' was described as 'an occasional, a very occasional, publication by the Abbey Theatre', with only five numbers to have appeared up to that point: 'two in 1906, one in 1907, 1908 and 1909') Contains three articles signed 'W. B.

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