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[ Coulson Kernahan, English novelist, journalist and poet. ] Eleven Letters (nine in Autograph and two Typed) signed 'Coulson Kernahan', to the author C. S. Johns, mainly on literary connections, including Stephen Phillips and Philip Bourke Marston.

Author: 
Coulson Kernahan [ John Coulson Kernahan ] (1858-1943), English novelist, journalist and poet [ Cecil Starr Johns; Philip Bourke Marston; Stephen Phillips ]
Publication details: 
Nine on letterhead of Frognal, Fairlight, Hastings. One on lettehead of Fawndene, West Hill, Hastings. 1927 (6), 1928 (2) and 1930 (1). Two undated.
£500.00

For information on Kernahan, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The eleven items are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and total seventeen pages in autograph and two pages typed. Most of the letters have the year added in pencil in another hand, of the other two letters without a year, one (from Fawndene) is dated 2 January [1927]; and the other (from Frognal) has no date at all [January 1928?]. Kernahan's handwriting is difficult to decipher, and the readings from the autograph letters are tentative.

[ Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury. ] Autograph Receipt Signed ('Shaftesbury') to Messrs. Snow & Co., for 'a Box of Jewells [sic] The Property of Lady Elizabeth Palk'.

Author: 
Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury (1768-1851), Whig politician, styled the Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper to 1811, Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, 1814-1851
Publication details: 
No place. 19 June 1814.
£35.00

On small square of laid paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with loss to one corner from opening of the wafer, and tape staining to two edges. Received 19th June 1814 of Messrs. Snow & Co a Box of Jewells [sic] The Property of Lady Elizabeth Palk which was deposited with them about the latter End of June, last year - | Shaftesbury'.

[ E. F. Benson, author of the 'Mapp and Lucia' novels. ] Autograph Signature ('E. F Benson').

Author: 
E. F. Benson [ Edward Frederic Benson ] (1867-1940), English author, archaeologist and Cambridge don
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On one side of a 3 x 10 cm slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. A good firm signature, underlined, reading 'E. F Benson'.

[ E. H. Shepard, illustrator of 'Winnie the Pooh'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Ernest H. Shepard') to 'Mrs Silburn', referring to 'my favourite book "Wind in the Willows", in response to a request to purchase original illustrations.

Author: 
E. H. Shepard [ Ernest Howard Shepard; Ernest H. Shepard ] (1879-1976), illustrator of 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Wind in the Willows'
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of Woodmancote, Lodsworth, nr. Petworth; 7 September 1971. The second on letterhead of Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire; 14 September 1971.
£450.00

Both letters in good condition, lightly aged; and each 1p., 12mo. ONE: He thanks her for her letter asking him if he has any of his drawings for sale, and states that he has some book illustrations and a few drawings that he made 'for Punch when I was a member of the staff'. He continues 'I have one or two from my favourite book “The Wind in the Willows”. All the illustrations that I did for the “Pooh” books I gave to the Victoria and Albert Museum 2 years ago.' He ends: 'Perhaps you will kindly let me know how much you wish to spend on a drawing'.

[ Dame Edith Sitwell, poet. ] Autograph Signature ('Edith Sitwell') on valediction to a letter, a fragment of which is on the reverse.

Author: 
Edith Sitwell [ Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell ] (1887-1964), English poet and literary critic, with her brothers Sacheverell and Osbert one of 'the Sitwells'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

On 8 x 12.5 cm piece of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, aged and lightly spotted. On one side of the slip is the conclusion of the letter: '[...] | Yours very sincerely | Edith Sitwell'. On the other side is the following autograph fragment: '[...] kind of you to invite me to your lumcheon party on Tuesday, and I am looking forward to it so much. I have not seen you for [...]'.

[ Beulah Patterson (née Busha), kinswoman of Ezra Pound. ] Two long Typed Letters Signed (both 'aunt Beulah') to her nephew 'Tommy'

Author: 
Beulah Patterson [ née Beulah Elizabeth Busha ] (1886-1979) of Big Timber, Montana, kinswoman of the American poet Ezra Pound [ Olivia Shakespear; Dorothy Pound; Omar Shakespear Pound ]
Publication details: 
Both on her letterhead, as 'Clerk of District Court', of 'County of Sweet Grass | Big Timber, Montana'. 18 May 1945 and 19 August 1947.
£320.00

Pound was related to the Busha family through the marriage of his first cousin once removed Ida Lillian Pound (1858-1949) to Charles Thomas Busha (see 'Ezra and Dorothy Pound: Letters in Captivity, 1945-1946, ed. Omar Pound and Robert Spoo, 1999). The two letters are each 2pp., 4to. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Both closely typed on both sides, with a few autograph emendations; the second letter with an autograph postscript. 'Tommy', who at the time of the first letter is serving with the United States armed forces, is also referred to by his nickname 'Toppie'.

[ Bret Harte, American author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bret Harte') to 'Colonel Colville' [ Col. W. J. Colville ], concerning an 'Inspection' at Clarence House, and 'a sentimental pilgrimage' of 'old London'.

Author: 
Bret Harte [ Francis Bret Harte ] (1836-1902), American short story writer and poet [ Col. William James Colville (1827-1903), Comptroller of the Household of the Duke of Edinburgh ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 15 Upper Hamilton Terrace, N.W. [ London ] 12 June 1890.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue on reverse of blank second leaf. He thanks him for his 'kind remembrance', and undertakes to 'come with much pleasure to Clarence House, a little before the time of Inspection and bring two friends'. The letter concludes: 'Meantime we must not forget that you and I are going to set apart some afternoon to make a sentimental pilgrimage into the Past in some corner of old London!'

[ Commander Edward Codringtojn Hall, RN, Custos of Portland Parish, Jamaica. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Codrington Hall') to Rev. George Tate Medd, concerning his reception of Medd's son [ Walter Hall Medd ] at Kingston.

Author: 
Commander Edward Codrington Hall, RN, Custos of the Parish of Portland, Jamaica, West Indies [ George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch ]
Publication details: 
Hectors River, Portland, Jamaica. 27 February 1904.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn. Medd's son Walter Hall Medd was later a Royal Navy Paymaster-Commander, and the present letter was evidently written concerning a period of his shore leave. The letter begins: 'My dear Medd | Your boy was not able to get out here (51. miles) in the short time the fleet remained but I made it pleasant for him in Kingston.

[ Alfred Mond, Lord Melchett, industrialist, politician and Zionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Melchet [sic]') to 'My dear Anthony', regarding the Ancient Greek concept of the 'daimon'.

Author: 
Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett [ Lord Melchett ] (1868-1930), industrialist, financier, politician and Zionist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Melchet Court, near Romsey. 21 February 1928.
£120.00

6pp., 12mo, on six leaves. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by thanking him for his 'most charming letter; and an inspiration to a young man', before commenting: 'Nothing pleases me more than your letters, which occur like intellectual milestones, epitomizing, where we have lately come from and where we are going.' The rest of the letter discusses the recipients use of the Greek word '[daimon]', of which Mond approves. He begins: 'Modern languages hardly have a translation of it.

[ Rochdale and the Lancashire constituency on the eve of the passing of the Great Reform Act, 1832. ] Manuscript Document signed by 67 Rochdale freeholders, pledging to vote for John Wilson Patten in the 'Election for the County of Lancaster'.

Author: 
Rochdale, Lancashire, and the Great Reform Act, 1832 [ John Entwisle (1784-1837) of Foxholes; John Wilson-Patten, 1st Baron Winmarleigh [ Lord Winmarleigh ] (1802-1892) ]
Publication details: 
Rochdale [ Lancashire ]. 30 April 1831.
£300.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. On wove paper with watermark 'J WHATMAN | TURKEY MILL | 1828'. On aged and worn paper, with the three vertical fold lines unobtrusively strengthened with archival tape. The paper carries the signatures of 67 men, arranged on both sides in two columns, with the first page headed by the following statement in the hand of the first signatory, 'John Entwisle Foxholes' [i.e.

[ Daisy Gill and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rosalie Gill') from Gill to Forbes ('My dear Stan'), sending her condolences on the death of his father.

Author: 
Rosalie Gill [ known as Daisy Gill ] (d.1898) and Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, English artists of the Newlyn School, Cornwall
Publication details: 
53 Avenue d'Iéna, Paris. No date [ c. December 1888 ].
£60.00

According to one source: 'Known as Daisy, American-born Rosalie Gill arrived in St Ives in 1887. She spent much time in Newlyn, where she enjoyed the theatrical productions of the Newlyn artists, contributing an oil painting to the West Cornwall Art Union exhibition in Penzance in September that year. She eventually returned to St Ives in 1890, and exhibited a St Ives title at the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition. She died in Paris in 1898.' 2pp., 12mo. Oddly laid out on one side of a folded 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged and creased.

[ James Dredge Jr, civil engineer and co-editor of 'Engineering'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Dredge') to 'Willy' [ presumably Stanhope Forbes of Newlyn's brother -see note below], condolences on death of his father, ruminating on mortality.

Author: 
James Dredge Jr (1840-1906), English civil engineer and co-editor with William H. Maw of the periodical 'Engineering'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Engineering: An Illustrated Weekly Journal, Edited by William H. Maw and James Dredge', 35 & 36 Bedford Street, Strand, London, W.C. 8 December 1888.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Letterhead in black and red ink. In fair condition, aged and worn, with creasing at head. A sensitive letter of condolence, beginning: 'Dear Willy | I was so shocked to hear on Thursday of the great loss you have sustained, and I hesitated to write to you, for letters of condolence are such empty useless things. But on the other hand I dont want you to suppose that I feel indifferent to anything that touches you so closely & deeply.

[ John Payne Collier, Shakespearian critic and forger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Payne Collier') to James Orchard Halliwell [ J. O. Halliwell-Philipps ], clearing up a misunderstanding regarding payment for his [ Shakespeare Society ] 'Reprints'

Author: 
John Payne Collier (1789-1883), Shakespearian critic and forger [ James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps [ born James Orchard Halliwell ] (1820-1889), antiquary; Shakespeare Society ]
Publication details: 
Maidenhead [ Berkshire ]. No date.
£105.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, slghtly aged, with small smudge to signature. Collier produced his first Shakespeare Society reprint in 1841. On the reverse of the second leaf Halliwell-Phillipps has written, presumably to an autograph collector: 'Is this any use to you?' Addressing himself to 'Dear Halliwell', Collier begins by informing him that he is returning his 'P[ostage]. Stamp'. He asks him not to be 'affronted', explaining: 'What I meant by any printed note was, that each recipient of my Reprints, who wished to continue, should send me another P[ost]. O[ffice].

[ Lady Margaret Sackville, poet and children's author, mistress of Ramsay MacDonald. ] Nine Autograph Letters Signed and two Autograph Card Signed (all 'Margaret Sackville') to her agent C. F. Cazenove, regarding manuscripts of fairy tales and poems.

Author: 
Lady Margaret Sackville (1881-1963), poet and children’s author, daughter of Earl De La Warr, second-cousin of Vita Sackville-West, mistress of Ramsay MacDonald [ C. F. Cazenove, literary agent ]
Publication details: 
One from Lupton, Churston, Devon. The other ten on letterheads: Inchmery, Exbury, Southampton (6); 2 Magdala Place, Edinburgh (2); Old Lodge, Ashdown Forest, Nutley, Sussex; Copthorne, Fawley, Southampton. Between 1905 and 1907.
£500.00

Written (perhaps appropriately) in a somewhat childish hand.

[ Percy Craft and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Percy R. Craft') from Craft to Forbes, sending condolences on the death of his father.

Author: 
Percy Craft [ Percy Robert Craft; Percy R. Craft ] (1856-1934) and Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, English artists of the Newlyn School, Cornwall
Publication details: 
Pyne Villa, St Ives, Cornwall. 7 December 1888.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Craft and his wife have 'just heard with surprise of the great loss' Forbes has 'so suddenly sustained', and send their 'sincere sympathy for you in so sudden a bereavement'. They extend their condolences to Forbes's mother, and Craft explains that his wife has not written to her personally, as she did not wish 'to add to the burden that unfortunately she is now compelled to bear'. From the Forbes papers, from which other Newlyn items are offered separately.

[ Philip Saville, 'the Orson Welles of the small screen'. ] Two Autograph Notebooks by the pioneering British director: first with account of making of 'Hamlet in Elsinore', second with plot, dialogue, notes, for 'Stop The World, I Want To Get Off'.

Author: 
Philip Saville (1930-2016), 'the Orson Welles of the small screen', pioneering British film and television director, associated with Harold Pinter, Jane Arden, Diana Rigg, Bob Dylan, Pauline Boty
Publication details: 
Both with Saville's London address, 28 Finchley Road, NW8. Both volumes undated, but the first around 1964, and the second around 1966.
£850.00

These two items date from the 1960s, a period during which Saville was a notable 'face' on the London scene: he dated the 'Avengers' actress Diana Rigg and the Pop artist Pauline Boty, and flew Bob Dylan to Britain for his first acting role.

Edward VII's socialist mistress 'Daisy' Greville, Countess of Warwick, argues for the abolition of the aristocracy as hereditary landowners. ] Corrected Typescript, signed 'Frances E Warwick.', of an article titled 'We Must Go'.

Author: 
Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick [ Frances Evelyn Greville, Countess of Warwick, née Maynard ] (1861-1938), campaigning socialist and mistress of Edward VII
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Published in the Daily Chronicle, 12 April 1917, under the title 'Why the State should Own the Land', and reprinted in the journal 'Land Values', May 1917. ]
£300.00

[1] + 8pp., 4to. On one side each of nine leaves, held together with a brass stud. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with the first page (carrying only the title and with pencil note 'Ordered') detached.

[ Henry Detmold and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Ed Detmold.') from Detmold to Forbes's mother, expressing condolences on her husband's death.

Author: 
Henry Detmold [ Henry Edward Detmold ] (1854-1924), England artist of German extraction, founder member of the Newlyn School in Cornwall [ Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (), RA, painter
Publication details: 
Arlington House, Tunbridge Wells. 11 December [ 1888 ].
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Addressed to 'Dear Mrs Forbes', and expressing his 'sincerest sympathy' in her 'present affliction'. Her sorrow will be 'shared by all who knew your late husband & appreciated his genial disposition'. From the Forbes papers, from which other Newlyn items are offered separately.

[ Henry Richmond Droop, Victorian Mathematician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. R. Droop') [ to E. Meyrick Goulburn, Dean of Norwich ], presenting a copy of his book 'The Edwardian Vestments', and discussing its contents. With the book itself.

Author: 
Henry Richmond Droop, M.A., of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law; Formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge [ H. R. Droop (1832-1884), mathematician ] [ Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897)]
Publication details: 
Letter: addressed from 1 New Square, Lincoln's Inn [ London ]. 1 February 1882. Book ('Reissued with supplementary notes.'): Published in London by Hatchards, Piccadilly, 1876.
£400.00

LETTER: 8pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, and tipped-in onto the half-title of Item Two below.

[ Arthur Alfred Burrington and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arthur Burrington') from Burrington to Forbes, sending his condolences on his father's death.

Author: 
Arthur Burrington [ Arthur Alfred Burrington ] (1856-1924) and Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, English artists of the Newlyn School, Cornwall
Publication details: 
Bridgwater [ Somerset ]. 7 December 1888.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'My dear Forbes | It is impossible to tell you how shocked and grieved I was at receiving such sad news this morning. | It came to me as the greatest surprise and I can hardly realize that it is true that this terrible blow has come upon you all.' He had wanted to write to Forbes's mother, but could only 'say again what I have already said'. He continues: 'My thoughts go back to Newlyn and I think of the many pleasant hours I spent with your Mother and Father and I can hardly believe that one is gone.

[ Arthur Hill Hassall, public health pioneer. ] Secretarial Letter, Signed 'Arthur. H. Hassall', to T. H. Huxley, presenting a copy of his 'The Narrative of a Busy Life', with the book and a manuscript copy of a letter from him to Lord Rayleigh.

Author: 
Arthur Hill Hassall (1817-1894), physician and microscopist, pioneer in the field of public health [ Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), biologist; Lord Rayleigh and the Royal Society ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Hassall to Huxley: 3 Alpenstrasse, Lucerne (on cancelled letterhead of Corso dell'Imperatrice, San Remo), 23 September 1893. Copy Letter from Hassall to Rayleigh, same details. Book: Longmans, Green, & Co., London and New York, 1893.
£650.00

All three items in good condition, lightly aged, with the book in worn and spotted binding. ONE: Letter from Hassall to 'Professor Huxley', in the hand of 'an amanuensis' and signed by him. 3pp., 12mo. Tipped-in onto the half-title of Item Three below. He begins by explaining that he has 'directed Messrs. Longmans' to forward a copy of his book (which he describes as 'a brochure') to Huxley.

[ Blandford Fletcher and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Blandford Fletcher') from Fletcher to Forbes, on the occasion of his father's death, discussing the low state of his fortunes and health.

Author: 
Blandford Fletcher [ William Teulon Blandford Fletcher ] (1858-1936) and Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, English artists of the Newlyn School, Cornwall
Publication details: 
The Mill, Steventon, Berkshire. 9 December 1888.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A splendid long letter in a close hand, revealing and informative, written a year after Fletcher had completed his masterpiece 'Evicted', painted at Steventon, and the first painting acquired by Queensland Art Gallery in 1895. Addressed to 'My dear Forbes', the letter begins: 'Your letter reached me yesterday having been sent on from home to the above address | Yes! Indeed you have my deepest sympathy.

[ Charles Cowden Clarke, Shakespearian scholar and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Cowden Clarke') to J. MacCabe (Scottish journalist?), thanking him for his 'punctuality in the matter of the Newspaper Report of my last Lecture'.

Author: 
Charles Cowden Clarke (1787-1877), Shakespearian scholar and author, friend of John Keats and Charles and Mary Lamb
Publication details: 
Alma Hotel, Edinburgh. 16 March 1856.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind punctuality in the matter of the Newspaper Report of my last Lecture'. He cannot give MacCabe 'a positive direction, as to my movements', and thus asks him to 'send a copy of the paper to "Mrs. Cowden Clarke No. 27 Porchester Terrace Bayswater, London:" to whom I should have forwarded it, had I received it from you'. He will still see the report on his arrival home. He concludes with renewed thanks, and 'every Kind wish for your health and worldly prosperity, (your other-worldly, I doubt not of)'.

[ Arthur Boyd Houghton, artist. ] Printed invitation from Gilbert Dalziel, as editor of 'Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday', to view Houghton's 'The Exit of Useless Mouths from a Besieged City', set within an engraving of a detail from the painting.

Author: 
A. B. Houghton [ Arthur Boyd Houghton ] (1836-1875), artist and illustrator; Gilbert Dalziel [ Gilbert Georger Dalziel ] (1853-1930), illustrator and editor of 'Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday'
Publication details: 
'to be presented to the readers of "Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday"'. Messrs. Vicars Bros., 5 Eagle Place, Piccadilly, S.W. [ London ]. No year [ 1872 ].
£32.00

Printed in black, on a 16 x 12.5 cm light-brown ground, on one side of a 21 x 17.5 cm piece of laid paper. In poor condition, aged and heavily worn, with closed tears repaired with archival tape. Made out in manuscript to 'S. A. Forbes Esq'. The text, engraved onto the plate, features in a column towards the bottom right of the print. Surrounding the text, to the left and above, is the engraved detail from the picture, showing a mediaeval town, with a woman leaning out of a window, watching a great column of people being led away (from top right to bottom left) by a soldier with a pike.

[ Stanhope Forbes, RA, Irish-born Cornish painter, 'Father of the Newlyn School'. ] Seven Autograph Letters Signed ('Stan') to his mother following the death of his father, describing life in Newlyn, his wife, dealings with the artist Norman Garstin.

Author: 
Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, Irish-born Cornish painter, 'Father of the Newlyn School' [ Norman Garstin ]
Publication details: 
Five from Bellevue, Newlyn, the other two without place. One dated 1 January 1889 and another 2 January 1889; the others without year.
£600.00

For information about Forbes, see Elizabeth Knowles's 2017 biography. A total of 27pp., on seven 12mo bifoliums, each with a mourning border. The collection in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Seven letters, six of them addressed to 'Dearest Mother' and the other to 'My dearest Mother'. The seven letters are all written around the end of 1888 and beginning of 1889, and reflect Forbes's concern at his mother's low spirits following the death of his father. There are two letters from 30 December [1888].

[ William Allan, Quaker scientist and abolitionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Allan') to R. H. Marten

Author: 
William Allan (1770-1843), Quaker scientist and abolitionist [ R. H. Marten [ Robert Humphrey Marten ] (1763-1839) of Broadway House, Plaistow, City merchant and Baptist minister ]
Publication details: 
No place. 19 November 1827.
£80.00

Allan was an associate of Humphry Davy and Luke Howard. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by sending his condolences to Marten's family 'on the present severe trial with which it has pleased Providence to visit you' (the death of the second of Marten's three wives?), and continues with pious sentiments: 'To you the Stroke, although expected, must be heavy – but it is some consolation, that the amiable Sufferer is released from Pain, & from the troubles of this Life, and is gone to receive her reward'. Eight lines follow in the same tone.

[ Fleet Street in the Thirties: Sir Robert Donald of United Newspapers and Ernest Outhwaite, editor of Leeds Mercury, Viscount Rothermere, Lord Harmsworth, Ernest Benn. ] TLsS from Donald and Outhwaite; copies of Rothermere and Benn letters.

Author: 
Sir Robert Donald (1860-1933), editor, Daily Chronicle, and Managing Director, United Newspapers; Ernest Outhwaite, editor, Leeds Mercury [ Viscount Rothermere; Lord Harmsworth; Ernest J. Benn ]
Publication details: 
Donald: on letterhead of 12 Thorney Court, Palace Gate, W.8. [ London ] 24 March 1932. Outhwaite: on letterhead of La Dragonniere, Cap Martin, A.M. 8 April 1930. Rothermere copies from 1929 and 1930. Benn copy from 1932.
£150.00

Six items from the Rothermere papers, on disparate subjects, casting light on the workings of 1930s Fleet Street. In good condition, lightly aged. The six are described below in chronological order. ONE: Typed Copy of letter, '(sgd) ROTHERMERE', to Donald. Hotel Splendide, 105 Piccadilly, W.1. 12 November 1929. 1p., 4to. The letter begins: 'My dear Donald, | I quite understand all the peculiar difficulties with which you are surrounded in connection with the Anglo-Foreign Newspapers Ltd.

[ S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, urging Sir J. D. Rees to use his appointment to the Legislative Council to further 'Indian well being and stability'.

Author: 
S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
'Sevin Coil street, | Karamanai, | Trivandram.' [ Sivan Kovil Street, Karamana, Trivandrum, India ] 22 October 1895
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed 'To | The Honourable J. D. Rees C.I.E.'. He begins by tendering his 'sincerest congratulations' on Rees's 'election to His Excellency the Viceroy's legislative Council'. Rees has 'already given ample proof' of his 'innate love, wisdom and vigor [...] in the way of Indian progress and prosperity', and his 'well-merited elevation has thrown open […] more abundant opportunities to initiate measures of reform for Indian well being and stability'.

[ Sir James Knowles, Victorian architect and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Knowles') to Sir J. D. Rees, on his article on 'Hindoo marriages' and marriage of 'Loder' [Lord Wakehurst] and 'Lady Louise' [Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk].

Author: 
Sir James Knowles [ Sir James Thomas Knowles ] (1831-1908), Victorian architect and journalist, editor of 'The Nineteenth Century' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen Anne's Lodge, St. James's Park, S.W. [ London ] 17 October 1890.
£65.00

For information on Knowles see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and Priscilla Metcalfe's monograph (OUP, 1980). 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The handwriting is not entirely straightforward. He sends 'a thousand thanks' for Rees's 'admirable' article 'on Hindoo marriages', for which he is enclosing a cheque for twenty pounds. He hopes Rees approves of the title.

[ H. H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Card to his 'Darling' [ i.e. his wife Margot Asquith ]

Author: 
H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith ] (1852-1928), Liberal Prime Minister [ Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith [ née Tennant ] (1864-1945) ]
Publication details: 
'Fr. 27 Ap 06' [ i.e. 27 April 1906 ] On embossed House of Commons letterhead.
£80.00

Written in autograph on both sides of a blank 9 x 11 cm card, with embossed House of Commons device at top left of first page. In good condition, lightly aged. It begins: 'Darling – I am too busy to-day to write. The house is nearly finished, & (I believe) came this morning, as she has no pied à terre. Bob also arrived from his fishing, wh. improved at the end. goes off this evening to Winchester.' He gives the initials (indecipherable) of the individual at whose house he dined two nights before, '& went up to see the Bart & talked with him for some time.?>?>

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