Winifred Selina Hardinge (1868-1914; née Sturt), Baroness Hardinge of Penshurst, wife of Charles Hardinge (1858-1944), 1st Baron, Viceroy of India 1910-1916 [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington ]
Both on letterheads of Government House, Calcutta. Dated 'Wednesday' and 'Thursday' [ 1913 ].
Both letters are bifoliums of 3pp., 12mo, with mourning borders. Both in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The two enclosed in an envelope addressed 'To | Honble. Lady Harington | 7 Middleton Street'. Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, was appointed a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, and served in that capacity until returning to England in 1913. The two letters are written to Lady Harington shortly before her final return to England.
Sir Mackenzie Dalzell Chalmers (1847-1927), judge and civil servant [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet; Sir John Edge (1841-1926), Indian judge, member of Council of India
On cancelled letterhead of the Office of the Parliamentary Council, 3 Whitehall Gardens, S.W. [ London ] 2 June 1899.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The previous day he saw Sir John Edge, who was 'formerly Ch[ief]. Justice of the North West Province and is now a member of the Indian Council at home'. Chalmers discussed Harington with Edge, who would be glad to see him 'any time at the India Office'. Chalmers encourages Harington to arrange the meeting, as Edge 'is an exceedingly good fellow & was far the best of the Indian C. J's - | He suggested that you should get a testimonial from A. T. Lawrence'.
Sir Richard Dundas Harington of Ridlington, 13th Baronet (1900-1981) [ Eton College, Windsor; John Charles Dundas Harington (1903-1980) ]
On letterhead of Eton College, Windsor. 'Saturday April 1st 1916'.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to J. C. D. Harington Esq. | 15 Wilton Street | Eaton Square | London S.W.' In fair condition, lightly aged. Considering the date of this letter, the possibility that it is a joke cannot be discounted.
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ Anti-Aircraft Corps; First World War; airships; Zeppelin ]
[ Anti-Aircraft Corps (British), First World War.]
66 x 53 cm. On wove paper. In fair condition: aged, worn and creased. The upper third of the page carries a semi-circular diagram giving measurements for the target at ranges from 500 to 3000 yards and 7000 to 3600 yards, 'Through an arc of 165°'. The lower two-thirds of the page carries text in two columns, under two headings. The first, 'Extreme Range . . .
Nathaniel Lindley (1828-1921), Baron Lindley [ Lord Lindley ], English judge, Master of the Rolls 1897-1900
On letterhead of 19 Craven Hill Gardens, Hyde Park, W. [ London ] 2 June 1899.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. A cordial and businesslike missive, reading: 'My dear Harington | Judges at least old ones like myself do not give testimonials to men at the Bar seeking appointments | But you may with pleasure say that you have my permission to refer to me & that may be of use to you; or it may not for the indian Secretary does not know me personally & he may not therefore refer to me at all'.
One page, 16mo (trimmed unevenly), signs of removal from album, minor staining, some text faded, most hard to read (either written in haste or characterusticlally illegible - or both). "You are right in [premising?] that I have many irons in the fire [also &?] that I am not [?] to be [?] [general?] use as to the [Cambridge?] [?] if there are [?] [sales?] I shall be happy to lend a hand, so far as it may be in my power."
Franklin White (1892-1975), Australian artist, teacher at the Slade Art School, London; Herbert Reginald Barbor (1893-1933) [ Shoreham Village Players; Harold Copping; William Shakespeare ]
White's letters from The Reedbeds, Shoreham, Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent. All items from 1925.
In the 1920s Shoreham – previously the home of William Blake's disciple Samuel Palmer – had become something of an artistic enclave, along the lines of St Ives. The Shoreham Village Players was the idea of the journalist and playwright Herbert Reginald Barbor (1893-1933), and the material here relates to its first production in 1925, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The artist Harold Copping (1863-1932) designed the costumes and played the part of Bottom. The play was repeated later in the year in the grounds of Dunstall Priory, home of the Shoreham Players' first president Lord Dunsany.
[ East India Company, London ] United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) of Ridlington, 8th Baronet ]
United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ East India Company, London ]. 24  January 1812. 'Cox and Son, Printers, Gt. Queen Str.' [ London ].
Printed on one side of a 74 x 52 cm piece of watermarked laid paper. Seal in red wax, under paper, at bottom-right, and two embossed tax stamps at top-left.. Docketed '25th: [sic] January 1812 | Counterpart | Covenant of Mr Edward John Harington Writer for Bengal'. No signatures. A printed document, completed in manuscript. Harington is described (with his Christian names transposed) as 'Edward John Harington of London Gentleman', and his new post given as 'Writer and Covenanter Servant at Fort William in Bengal in the East Indies'.
[ R. R. Pope [ Richard Rodney Pope ], Judicial Commissioner, Chota-Nagpur ] [ Sir Richard Harington, judge; Birsa Munda (1875-1900), Indian tribal freedom fighter; Chota Nagpur ]
'G. I. C. P. O. - No. 305 H. C. Mis. - 19-8-01. - 10.' [ i.e. Calcutta: Government of India Central Printing Office. 19 August 1901. ]
 + 41pp., folio. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with the outer half of a fold-out map at the end lacking. The front page reads: 'Criminal Bench. | Reference under Section 374 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, | No. 30 of 1901. | Appeal No. 593 of 1901. | Chota-Nagpur. | [Ranchi.] | Letter No. 2229R, dated the 29/30th July 1901, from the Officiating | Judicial Commissioner of Chota-Nagpur. | Proceedings of the Court Session. | In the case of | The King-Emperor, . . . . . .
[ Alexander Cotton of Landwade Hall, Camrbidgeshire; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington ] Cheffins, auctioneer, Saffron Walden, Essex
Mr. Cheffins, On Friday, June 8th, 1900, At the Auction Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, London, E.C. [ W. Thompson, Printer, Market Place, Saffron Walden. ]
Victoria County History, Cambridgeshire, Volume 10, describes how, on the death in 1812 of Admiral Sir Charles Cotton, Landwade Manor 'passed to his son Sir St. Vincent Cotton who came of age in 1822. In 1850 he sold Landwade to Alexander Cotton, probably his younger brother (b. 1804).
William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941), Scottish artist and aesthete
On letterhead of 14 Cheltenham Terrace, Kings Road, S.W. [ London ] 20 December [ 1927 ].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed 'Ackd | 12/12/27 | J F', and with Ranken's name written out in a neat contemporary hand at the foot of the second page. After apologising for the delayed response he writes that he is 'much flattered' by the recipient's suggestion that he join his 'well-known & important Society', and will have much pleasure in submitting his name for election.
Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield (1858-1940), English metallurgist and steel magnate, discoverer of manganese steel and inventor of silicon steel [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
On letterheads of 22 Carlton House Terrace, S.W. [ London ] Between 30 March 1915 and 24 January 1916.
Each of the six letters is 1p, 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. With the Society's stamps and annotations. On topics including the printed version of a paper given by Hadfield and the offer to the society of a paper by his friend 'Mr E. P. Reynolds of Bournemouth' (whose father 'Mr E. Reynolds […] was the mainspring of the Engineering side of Messrs Vickers, Sheffield').
Phyllis Hartnoll (1906-1997), theatre historian, musicoloist, poet and publisher [ Barry Duncan [ Horace Alexander Barry Duncan ] (1909-1985), London theatre historian ]
Three of the letters on Oxford University Press letterheads. Other items addressed from her home, Hobbits, Nether Westcote, Kingham, Oxon. 1945 and 1946.
Nine items. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Heavily annotated by Duncan. The letters (each 1p. long, two in 4to and two in 8vo) concern her orders and wants'. On 23 April 1945 she writes: 'I find on looking through the Play Pictorial bound volumes that No. 28 His Highness My Husband is missing. It is not a very important one, in fact I don't remember hearing of the play before, but if you happen to have a copy among your single numbers, I should be glad to have it, in order to complete the volume.
Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson (1828-1896), English physician, medical author, sanitary reformer and temperance campaigner
Without place and date.
1p., landscape 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with strip of discoloration affecting Richardson's signature. The text concerns 'the numbers of the Madras Journal [which] have not yet turned up'. Accompanied by an unattrtibuted newspaper cutting of Richardson's obituary, laid down on a leaf removed from a notebook.
Sir John Peter Grant (1807-1893), Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal, 1859-1862, and Governor of Jamaica, 1866-1874
Without place. 1868.
On 6 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, laid down on slightly-larger piece of paper (part of leaf from an album). Grant's distinctive forward-sloping signature at centre. At top of paper: '<...> Reign, Annoque Domini 1868.' Beneath the signature, in a contemporary hand: 'Sir John Peter Grant Lieut-Governor of Central Provinces of India during Mutiny. [sic] Governor-General of Jamaica born 1807'.
Dame Adelaide Anderson [ Dame Adelaide Mary Anderson ] (1863-1936), Australian-born Briitish campaigner against child labour, Principal Lady Inspector of Factories, 1897-1921
On letterhead of 36 Gloucester Court, Kew Road, Kew, Surrey. 8 November 1930.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed in manuscript above text of letter. The typed portion reads: 'Dame Adelaide Anderson presents her compliments and is very glad to receive the card of invitation to the Lecture by Laurence Binyon LL.D. on Persian Painting, to which she looks forward to [sic] on Wednesday, 19th November, at 8.30 p.m.' Autograph addition: 'Her address is now as above (not as hitherton, 21 Allen House, Allen Street, Kensington)'.
Dame Eva Turner (1892-1990), English soprano opera singer, born in Oldham, Lancashire
Without date and place.
14 x 9 cm black and white postcard. In good condition, lightly aged.. A head and shoulders image, with Turner's face looking to the left, looking downwards, hands clasped under her chin. Inscribed at foot: 'To Mr A Watt | Best Wishes | Eva Turner'.
Devon County Cricket Club, founded 1899; Dorset County Cricket Club, founded 1896
[ Dorset v. Devon cricket match. ] 22 and 23 August 1924
On one side of a 16 x 20 cm leaf torn from an album. In fair condition, lightly aged. The signatures of the eleven Devon players in column along the left-hand edge, and those of the Dorset players in a column along the right-hand edge. Details of the match and players are hard to find. Here is a tentative reading of the Devon signatures: 'F H Canok | A R Strephardy | W F Light | S Blakeney | K G E<?> | E. G. Trench | J R Carter | C R Russell | <?> | G H H Sherlock | E A S<?>'. And a similarly-tentative reading of the Dorset signatures: 'E. C. Walby | W Harrison | W. J. Knight | M. B.
Katharine Ada Esdaile [ née McDowall ] (1881-1950), art historian, wife of Arundell Esdaile (1880-1956), Secretary of the British Museum [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts; James Barry ]
On letterhead of Keynes, Austenway, Gerrard's Cross. 22 January 1913.
5pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. With the Society's oval Adelphi date stamp. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust-staining from paperclip. She begins by asking if 'there would be any difficulty in my examining Barry's paintings at the Adelphi, & taking a few notes on them. | My old friend & my husband's colleague at the British Museum, Mr.
Charles Laughton (1899-1962), English stage and film actor, director and producer [ Oscar-winning Hollywood screen actor ]
Dated 12 May 1939. Without place.
On 9 x 11 cm piece of card, with rounded edges, laid down on grey paper (part of leaf from an album). Good signature, 5.5 cm high and 8 cm wide. At head of card, in another hand: 'CHARLES LAUGHTON 12.5.39'.
C. R. Enock [ Charles Reginald Enock ] (1868-1970), sociologist and economist [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts; Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner ]
Fourteen letters on letterhead of Valley Croft, Northwood, Middlesex; four on letterhead of Valley Croft, Northwood, Middlesex. 1913 (6), 1914 (10), 1916 (2), 1918 (1), 1925 (2) and 1926 (1).
The letters total 26pp., 12mo. The collection in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One letter from 1914 on letterhead of the Royal Geographical Society, London. The first signed 'C. Reginald Enock | (CE : F.R.G.S)', the others signed 'C. R. Enock'. The present correspondence attests to the breadth of vision of a powerful and imaginative thinker, whose futuristic schemes for the 'scientific “re-colonisation of England”' melding imperialism and modernity drew in the involvement of Lord Milner.
William Digby, 5th Baron Digby (1661-1752), Irish peer
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 30 April 1716.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with heavy chipping and wear at head and two holes to text, but signature clear and clean. Laid out in the usual style, with printed text competed in manuscript. Recording the receipt by Digby of £2 15s 10d, on an annuity. Filled in by the witness, whose signature is illegible.
Wolfert van Hemert [ Wolf Van Hemert ] (1703-1786), Dutch merchant in London [ Herman Vander Keer; Adriaen Verstolk ]
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 28 September 1765.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with damage and loss along one edge (not affecting signature). Set out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'Annuity for Life, 1746. | Record' [24 Septr. 1765] | Received the  Day of [Septr.] 176 by me [Wolf Van Hemert Atty to Herman Vander Heere, & Adriaen Verstolk'. Recording a payment of £45 on an annuity. Witness signature of ' Newland'. Van Hemert was born in Amsterdam and is buried in Austin Friars churchyard, London, with a memorial to him inside the church. London.?>
St Thomas's Hospital, Southwark, Surrey: Richard Finch [ Richard ffinch ] [ Sir Edmund Turner [ Sir Edmond Turnor ] ]
[ Tally Court, Court of Excise, London ('His Majesties Hereditary Revenue of Excize'). ] 24 May 1682.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with slight chipping to edges, and some light damp damage. The usual printed document, completed in manuscript. Begins (manuscript text in square brackets): 'Received of the Officers of the Tally-Court, one Tally levied on His Majesties Hereditary Revenue of Excize [...] due unto [St. Thomas Hospitall in Southwark] for one quarter of a Year ended at [Lady Day 1681] [...] granted unto [them] by Assignment from [Sr. Edmond Turnor Knt.] out of the Yearly Rent, or Sum of [-275lb 11s] payable unto the said [Sr. Edmond Turnor] [...]'.
William Clayton, 1st Baron Sundon [ William, Lord Sundon ] (1671-1752), politician, Paymaster of the King's Private Pensions
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 18 December 1741.
On 12.5 x 17 cm. piece of paper. Aged and worn at one edge, but signature and surrounds clear and strong. Records the receipt, by 'Wm Ld Sundon in behalf of my Wife Ass. of Francis Dyre', from an annuity.
Sir Jeffrey Elwes [ Sir Jeffry Elwes; Sir Jeffery Elwes ] (c.1695-1776) of Hoddesdon, Treasurer to the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, 1724-1776 [ Robert Waters; William Nicholls ]
[ The Treasury, London. ] 20 December 1775.
On 36.5 x 19 cm. piece of paper. Elwes' signature is on the reverse, with the following in another hand: '20th Decemr. 1775. | Recd in full'. Beside Elwes' signature are those of the witnesses: 'Robt. Waters' and 'Wm. Nicholls'. Text on recto, with 'Sir Jeffry Elwes Kt.' in right-hand margin, beginning: 'Order is taken this 12 day of Decr. 1775 By Virtue of his Majesty's Genl. Letters of Privy Seal bearing date the 5th.
Sir John Cope of Hanwell, 5th Baronet (1634-1721) and his son of the same namel, 6th Baronet (1673-1749)
[ The Treasury, London. ] 13 February 1715 and 14 May and 3 July 1717.
On 14.5 x 16.5 piece of paper. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Laid out on the recto in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript, and being an order for payment on 13 February 1715 to 'Sr. John Cope Bart.' (i.e. the 5th Baronet), 'in Repayment of Loan on the Sixteenth 4 s. Aid, Anno 1716.' On the reverse is a cropped manuscript text, signed by the 5th Baronet 'Jo: Cope', assigning 'all my Right. Title & Interest. in this Order. Unto Sr John Cope Junr. Kt and to his Assignes', dated 14 May 1717.
Sir Robert Dashwood, 1st Baronet (1662-1734), Tory politician [ Thomas Fountaine ]
[ Receipt of Her Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 10 April 1712.
1p., on 22 x 17.5 cm. piece of paper. Aged and worn with slight loss and glue staining (not affecting the signature), and laid down on part of leaf cut from an album. The usual printed text, completed in manuscript, beginning (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'ankers Annuities out of 3700l. per Week Excise. | ecord' [2d Apr. 1712 ] | Numb. [1109. 33s: P Ann] | The [10th.] Day of [April] 17 | Received then by me [Sr. Robt. Dashwood Assignee of Thomas ffountaine Esqr] [...]'. Signed at foot by Dashwood and the witness 'Tho Bubb' (the latter stained).
Spencer Cowper (1670-1728), judge and Member of Parliament, tried for the murder of Sarah Stout in 1699
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 6 May 1715.
1p., on 15 x 17.5cm. Aged and worn, with loss to edges, and laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. The usual printed text, completed in manuscript, recording a payment of £25. Note: An account of the 1699 Sarah Stout murder trial, at which Cowper 'called expert medical testimony, including the famous physicians Samuel Garth and Hans Sloane, together with the anatomist William Cowper (not related)' is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB.
Simon Fanshawe (1648-1716), 5th Viscount Fanshawe of Dromore [ Lord Fanshawe ], Irish peer
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 30 April 1716.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with contemporary repair by a slip of paper from another leaf from an Exchequer ledger on reverse. Laid out in the usual fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'Record' [11 April 1716] | The  Day of [April] 17 | Received by me [Simon ffanshawe now Lord ffanshawe Assigne of Sir Gge Margent] [...]'. Records a payment of £38 12s 6d on an annuity, with marginal calculations involving 'James Morgan', 'Edwd Allen' and 'Edwd Brown'.