1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on the reverse of the second leaf, with red wax seal and postmark, to '- Stevens Esqr | Surgeon | Redborn'. The letter reads: 'Sir Astley Cooper presents his compliments to Mr Stevens and would feel obliged, if he could bring him the Pheasants on Sunday next, as the place he intends keeping them in will not be ready till then -'.
Colonel Ernest Astley Edmund Lethbridge (1864-1943) of The Firs, Headington Hill, Oxford, and his brother Sir Wroth Lethbridge (1863-1950), 5th Baronet, of Westaway House and Winkley Court, Somerset
The fourteen letters written between April and August 1940. All from Headington Hill, Oxford (ten on letterheads).
Colonel Lethbridge commanded the 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and was mentioned in despatches twice, and decorated several times, during service in the Great War. For more information about the two brothers, see their entries in 'Who Was Who'. Totalling 8pp., 4to; 30pp., 12mo. The ten 12mo letters are in good condition, lightly-aged, while the four 4to letters are aged and worn, with chipping to extremities.
Horatio Walpole (1723-1809), 4th Baron Walpole, 2nd Baron Walpole of Wolterton, created Earl of Orford in 1806
4to: 3 pp. A bifolium, mounted onto a larger piece of paper by a strip along the inner margin of the verso of the second leaf. Separated horizontally into two parts by a central tear which has been neatly repaired with archival tape, but with the 39 lines of text clear and entire. A signficant letter regarding the political climate in the County of Norfolk in the period preceding the general parliamentary election of 1768.
Surgeon, Astley Cooper's mentor (DNB), author of medical works. Three pages, 8vo, crude repairs to tears on folds, laid down, text clear and complete. He writes, "That disorder in a horse which constitutes a Roarer, is caused by a membranous projection in a part of the wind pipe (technically called the larynx). It is a consequence . . . [he continues ] . . . "A Roarer is not therefore a diseased horse . . . When a horse is in strong action, his breathing becomes proportionatley quickened . . . and thus the roaring noise is produced.
10 June 1913; on crested letterhead 'THE VICARAGE, | EAST RUDHAM.'
British archaeologist, anthropologist and numismatist (1856-1930). Two pages, 12mo. Very good. Docketed and bearing R.S.A. stamp. He is forwarding a cheque for his subscription of two guineas. 'My wife & I hope to be present at the Conversazione on the 17th., but I am hardly ever able to get to a meeting. | Do you think an architectural or archaeological Paper wd. be out of place on some evening?' Signed 'H. J. Dukinfield Astley'.