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[ Mary Cholmondeley, English novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Harington', a dinner invitation with a reference to copies of a book.

Author: 
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), English novelist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Hyde Park, S.W. [ London ] 7 March [ 1899 ].
£40.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. She has pinned a short newspaper cutting regarding Major Matthew Nathan at the head, and drawn a hand pointing to it. A dinner invitation, concluding 'You had better begin to look out for second hand copies of ""' From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.

[ James Ingram, President of Trinity College, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ingram') to Rev. W. M. Kinsey , regarding a dispute over a new church to be built with 'subscriptions from the inhabitants of Henley and Peppard'.

Author: 
James Ingram (1774-1850), President of Trinity College, Oxford, antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar [ William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851), Rector of Rotherfield Greys, Welsh cleric and traveller ]
Publication details: 
Trinity College [ Oxford ]. 17 May 1846.
£50.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, aged and creased. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'The Revd. Wm: Kinsey | Rectory, | Rotherfield Greys, | Henley on Thames.', with broken seal in black wax. The letter concerns a new church to be built with 'subscriptions from the inhabitants of Henley and Peppard', with doubt whether 'the new edifice is to be a chapel of ease, or a district church'.

[ Francis Collinson, musicologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis M. Collinson'), a letter of condolence to the widow of composer Herman Finck, conveying the 'tributes' to his memory made at a meeting of the Musical Conductors' Association.

Author: 
Francis M. Collinson [ Francis James Montgomery Collinson ] (1898-1984), musical director and musicologist [ Herman Finck [born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), Anglo-Dutch composer and conductor]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Musical Conductors' Association [ London ]. 5 May 1939.
£90.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Collinson is named as Honorary Secretary of the Association on the letterhead. He begins by explaining that he has waited until after the previous day's meeting of the Association to write to her, so that he can convey 'the tributes to your late husband's memory which I felt sure would be shown at this gathering of his friends and colleagues'. 'Mr Frederick Austin as chairman referred to the great loss which we all felt in the passing of Herman Finck, and spoke of his great qualities both as a friend and as a musician.

[ George Graves, comic actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed, a warm letter of condolence to the widow of the composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
George Graves [ George Windsor Graves ] (1876-1949), English comic actor [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), Anglo-Dutch composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 96 New Cavendish Street, W.1. [ London ]. 22 [ April 1939 ].
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter is addressed to 'My poor dear', and he writes 'with deepest sympathy' with 'your terrible loss of dear Herman. I little thought that my last visit would be the last.' It is 'perhaps poor consolation' to her, but Finck's passing 'hits all his pals very hard indeed. For he was dearly loved by everybody.' He urges her to 'Be brave, my dear, & be sure we are all thinking of you in this awful time.' 'Ans:' (i.e. 'Answered') is written at the head. See Graves's entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Henry Pelham, Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Pelham') on Exchequer documen.t

Author: 
Henry Pelham (1694-1754), Whig politician, British Prime Minister, 1743-1754 [ Nathaniel Blackerby; Court of Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer [ London ]. 27 March 1716.
£220.00

1p., 8vo. Good firm signature on heavily aged and worn document, with holing at centre (not affecting the lower part of the document, carrying the signatures of Pelham and the witness Nathaniel Blackerby). A printed document, completed in manuscript, recording the receipt by 'Henry Pelham Esq' of £100, 'in my own Right and as Assnee of John Boteler Esqr'. With signature of the 'Witnesse', 'Nat Blackerby'.

[ Alan Pryce-Jones, editor of The Times Literary Supplement. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alan Pryce-Jones | as from The Times | E.C.4.') to 'Mr. Elliot' [ Hubert Elliot ], giving advice regarding his 'Heathfield MS'.

Author: 
Alan Pryce-Jones [ Lt-Col. Alan Payan Pryce-Jones ] (1908-2000), literary critic and author, editor of The Times Literary Supplement, 1948-1959
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent. 7 November [ circa 1955 ].
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'When Violet asked me first about your Heathfield MS I suggested John Murray as a suitable publisher: the young John Murray (not so young but distinct from Sir John) is an old friend of mine and a nice fellow, whose advice would be worth having.' He gives the firm's address, and suggests the name of 'an historian'. Elliot's work on George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield, Governor of Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779-1783, does not appear to have been published.

[ Alfred Wareing, repertory theatre pioneer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alfred Wareing'), a letter of condolence to the widow of conductor Herman Finck.

Author: 
Alfred Wareing [ Alfred John Wareing ] (1876-1942), founder of the League of Audiences and repertory theatre pioneer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The League of Audiences, London. 27 April 1939.
£65.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Your dear husband was one of my oldest and most valued friends in my Savage Club circle; his place can never be filled as you, more than any of us, know and with deep sorrow.' Wareing joined Sir Frank Benson's company in 1900. In 1909 he founded the first Citizens' Theatre in an English-speaking country. On his death The Times (13 April 1942) referred to him as 'a repertory theatre pioneer'. The word 'Answered' is written at the head. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last pieces played by the orchestra on the Titanic.

[ Regent's Canal Company, London. ] Seven items, comprising five printed circulars, an Autograph Letters Signed from secretary Edmund Leonard Snee to Sir John Edward Harington, and the autograph draft of Harington's letter..

Author: 
Regent's Canal Company, London; Edmund L.eonard Snee (1793-1864), Secretary [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Regent's Canal Company. ] Regent's Canal Office, 98, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury. [ London ] Between 1827 and 1831.
£400.00

First proposed by Thomas Horner in 1802, the Regent's Canal was incorporated by John Nash in 1811 in his plans for the development of Regent's Park. Hugely-successful in the nineteenth century despite the rise of the railways, it fell into decline in the early twentieth, but is now firmly established as an amenity of London. The seven items in the present collection are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Items ONE to FOUR are printed circulars from Snee, transmitting copies 'of the Resolutions this day passed at the General Assembly of Proprietors of the Regent's Canal'.

[ Rev. Philip Anderson, orientalist. ] Two Signed Manuscript Documents, one to Rev. R. Harington and the other to G. S. Steer, regarding his legacy from the estate of Sir John Edward Harington.

Author: 
Rev. Philip Anderson (1816-1857), Chaplain of Colaba, a Vice-President of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Publication details: 
To Harington: 'this 28th day of March 1836 at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge'. To Steer: Corpus Christi; 22 May 1837.
£120.00

For more information on Anderson, a Sanskrit scholar and founder and editor of the 'Bombay Quarterly Magazine', see his long obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine, March 1858. Both items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Manuscript legal document, signed by 'P. Anderson' and the witness 'W. R. Parker.', addressed 'To The Revd Richd Harington & Charles Balfour Esqs. Exors of the last will of Sir John E. Harington Bt. decd.' 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Sent to Harington at the 'Rectory | Old | Northamptonshire'.

[ Sir Kenelm Digby of the Home Office. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed to Sir Richard Harington, on topics including the Radnorshire Police Enquiry. With letter from secretary F. J. Dryhurst.

Author: 
Sir Kenelm Digby [ Sir Kenelm Edward Digby ] (1836-1916), lawyer and civil servant, Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Home Office,1895-1903 [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
The ten items from the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ]. One from 1895, the other nine from 1897.
£220.00

The collection of ten items (six ALsS, two TLsS, one secretarial letter signed, and one letter from Dryhurst) is in good overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. Digby's two typed letters, both 1897, are both formal letters on behalf of the Home Secretary, regarding the Radnorshire Police Enquiry, the first being the 'official thanks' (see below). The content would appear to largely concern the Radnorshire Police Enquiry.

[ Lord John Russell's private secretary, Hon. George Elliot; Italian Independence; Risorgimento ] Autograph Manuscript memorandum regarding 'Austrian Emigrants'.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell [ Lord John Russell ] (1792-1878), Prime Minister ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London, 1850s or 1860s. ]
£220.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. With a couple of minor emendations. At top left of first page Elliot has written 'Copy'. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: 'Austrian Emigration'. Begins: 'In the Austrian Code (Decree of 1832) Emigration is treated of under a distinct head. | Every Austrian Subject removing to a foreign state or remaining abroad sine animo revertendi, as the Scotch wd. express it, is held to be an Emigrant.' Most of the third page is taken up with a precis of two points 'From Proclamation of Feb.

[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport. ] With Autograph Letter Signed to Sir J. E. Harington from Charles Grevile, Bristol attorney.

Author: 
Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport, Wales; Ralph Ruscoe, Principal Clerk ; Charles Grevile (1788-1862), attorney [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Wales. ] Ruscoe's circular from 'Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Office, Newport, May 21st, 1849.'
£280.00

The company opened canals from Newport to Pontypool and to Crumlin in 1796. It was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1875, and a passenger service from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff still runs. Three items with covering paper on which Sir J. E. Harington has written in ink: 'Sir J E Harington | Monmouthshire Ry & Canal Papers', with the following added in pencil: 'May 21 1849. | Asking my consent to take new shares - | No.' All items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Grevile to Harington. Bristol; 13 June 1849. 2pp., 4to.

[ George Atherton Aitken, civil servant and man of letters. ] Autograph Note Signed ('George A Aitken') to Sir Richard Harington

Author: 
George Atherton Aitken (1860-1917), civil servant and man of letters [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Bart ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W. 30 June 1897.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Aitken is 'desired by Mr. Digby [his superior at the Home Office, the future Sir Kenelm Digby (1836-1916)] to forward to you a copy of the Workmen (Compensation for Accidents) Bill, as amended in Committee, together with the Amendments put down for consideration at the Report stage'. Aitken is described in his obituary in The Times, 19 November 1917, as 'one of the first authorities on the Queen Anne period of English literature'.

[ Goldschmidt v Meadows: Victorian justice and 1600 guns. ] Autograph Corrected Manuscript 'Draft Award' by arbitrator Richard Harington, 'In the matter of a reference between Bernard Goldschmidt & John Meadows'. ]

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet (1835-1911) [ John Meadows, Birmingham gunsmith; Bernard Goldschmidt, merchant ]
Publication details: 
[ Lincoln's Inn, London. ] 'Dated the [ blank ] June 1871'.
£150.00

11pp., folio. On eleven leaves of wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, the leaves attched with a rusty pin. An unsigned draft, with deletions and emendations throughout, and the date left incomplete at the end. The document begins: 'To all to whom these presents may come I Richard Harington of Lincoln's Inn in the County of Middlesex Esq. Barrister at law send greeting'.

[ George Young, Shrewsbury Quaker land surveyor. ] Coloured manuscript map on vellum of 'Lands at the Holly Bush and the Dales in the Chapelry of Knightwick and County of Worcester Belonging to Isabella Hodges'.

Author: 
George Young (1750-1820) Shrewsbury Quaker land surveyor [ Isabella Hodges, Worcester landowner ]
Publication details: 
'Survey'd & Drawn by George Young Worcester 1776.'
£220.00

On one side of a 58 x 39 cm. piece of vellum. In fair condition, rolled, and lightly aged and worn. An finished production, with elegant lettering and compass. Maps showing the lands – which adjoin those of Lord Foley – at the Holly Bush to the left side, and those at the Dales to the right. Title in the middle of the page, beneath which is a table of 24 locations, from 'Far Meadow' to 'Orly Spring', colour coded to the two parts of the map: 'Green | Yellow | Red | Blue | Sea Green'. The table quantifies the amount of 'Arable | Pasture | Orchards | Hop Yards | Coppice', with totals.

[ Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, poisoner, artist and art critic. ] 13 items from his biographer W. C. Hazlitt's papers, including two letters apiece from J. B. Wainewright and W. H. Whitear, one from A. G. Allen, two photographs of Linden House.

Author: 
[ Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), poisoner, artist and art critic; William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913); John Bannerman Wainewright (1871-1929); Walter Henry Whitear; A. G. Allen ]
Publication details: 
London and Oxford. Between 1891 and 1907.
£550.00

Wainewright has the questionable distinction of being the first English murderer to employ strychnine; he was in addition an interesting author (contributing to the London Magazine in its heyday), a capable artist, a connoisseur, dandy, friend of Charles Lamb and patron of William Blake.

[ Christ Church, Oxford, at the time of Lewis Carroll. ] Six accounts for 'battels' and other expenditure run up by the son of Dodgson's schoolfellow Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, with two receipts signed by the steward 'A H D Acland'.

Author: 
[ Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland (1847-1926), Liberal politician; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington; Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) ]
Publication details: 
Christ Church, Oxford. The eight documents dating from between 1879 and 1883.
£200.00

Six of the eight items in good condition, lightly aged and worn; the other two showing heavier signs of age and wear. The six sets of accounts from the 'Steward's Office' - for various terms between Christmas 1879 and Christmas 1882 - are each described by Harington on the reverse as 'Battels'. All six are printed forms, over a single 8vo page, headed 'Christ Church' and laid out in the same style, and completed in manuscript with the details of the expenditure of 'Mr Richard Harington' (the last being the greatest, at £49 12s 7d).

[ Susan Euphemia, Duchess of Hamilton, daughter of William Beckford of Fonthill. ] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('S E H & B') to 'dearest dear Lolotte' (Charlotte Stuart), regarding the misfortunes of Madame Regnaudin of the Royal Academy of Music.

Author: 
Susan Euphemia Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton (1786-1859), wife of Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, and daughter of William Beckford of Fonthill [ Royal Academy of Music ]
Publication details: 
'Hamilton Palace [ Lanarkshire, Scotland ] | July 9th: [ between 1822 and 1825 ]'.
£350.00

Susan Euphemia Beckford, daughter of William Beckford of Fonthill, had married the 10th Duke of Hamilton in 1810. The recipient Charlotte Stuart (d.1867) was the daughter of Margaret, Lady Pulteney, by her first husband Andrew Stuart of Torrance. In 1830 she married Robert Harington, son of Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet. The present item is two closely written pages, 4to. On bifolium of wove paper with watermark 'C WILMOT | 1822'. In good condition, lightly aged. Closely and neatly written over 63 lines.

[ H. F. S. Morgan and Morgan & Co., 'Automobile Engineers and Agents'. ] Six letters (one by Morgan, one on his behalf and four by the company), responding to the complaints of Sir Richard Harington. With draft letter by Harington to the company.

Author: 
H. F. S. Morgan [ Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan (1881-1959), founder of the Morgan Motor Company
Publication details: 
All 6 letters on letterheads of Morgan & Co., {with photo) Automobile Engineers and Agents, Worcester Road, Mavern Link, and at 57, Foregate Street, Worcester; 3 to 29 January 1907. Harington's draft from Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 27 January 1907.
£320.00

The seven items in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting correspondence, casting light on the company's practices. Both the recipient, Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, and his son 'The Judge' - Richard Harington (1861-1931), the future 12th Baronet - came from a legal background, adding an edge to the correspondence. The six letters total 9pp., 4to. The firm appears to have had a policy of retaining the original and sending out a carbon copy, as each of the letters consists of a carbon copy of manuscript.

[ Lord Muir Mackenzie, as Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'K. Muir Mackenzie') to Sir Richard Harington, with two long autograph drafts by Harington, all on the subject of County Court registrars.

Author: 
K. Muir Mackenzie, Lord Muir Mackenzie [ Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir Mackenzie ] (1845-1930), barrister, civil servant, politician; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet
Publication details: 
Muir Mackenzie's three letters on House of Lords letterheads; 7 January and 21 May (two) 1897. Harington's drafts from Whitbourne Court, Worcester (the second on cancelled letterhead of County Court Office, Kidderminster); 3 January and 17 March 1897
£180.00

The five items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Muir Mackenzie to Harington, 7 January 1897. 3pp., 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Sir Richard | The Lord Chancellor and his predecessors for many years have declined to sanction the appointment of joint registrars except in places where the amount of business requires two registrars; that is to say, if the business at Stourbridge is such as to require two Colles, it would still require a colleague for Colles Junr.

[ General Sir Alexander Godley, Governor of Gibraltar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alex J Godley') to 'Elliot' [ Hubert Elliot] regarding a proposed life of Lord Heathfield.

Author: 
General Sir Alexander Godley [ Sir Alexander John Godley ] (1867-1957), Commander of New Zealand and Australia Divison in Gallipoli Campaign, Governor of Gibraltar [ Hubert Eliott; Lord Heathfield ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Mill House, Boxford, Newbury, Berks. 14 September 1955.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased with a short closed tear. Addressed to 'Dear Elliot [sic]'. The subject of the letter is George Augustus Elliot, 1st Baron Heathfield, who was Governor of Gibraltar (as was Godley) during the Great Siege of 1779-1783. Godley begins by informing him 'that David Erskine still contemplates the possibility of a full Life of Lord Heathfield'. He has done 'all I can to ensure it by having been the instigator of the two short efforts by Eveline Godley & Dosie Brinton & by having got into touch with you regarding a writer'.

[Rev. Dr Richard Harington, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. ] Seven documents relating to his clerical career, six with seals, including signed documents by Richard Bagot, Bishop of Oxford, and Herbert Marsh, Bishop of Peterborough.

Author: 
[ Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose College; Richard Bagot (1782-1854), Bishop of Oxford; Herbert Marsh (1757-1839), Bishop of Peterborough; Isham Vere; William Strong
Publication details: 
Oxford, Northampton, Peterborough. One from 1829, one from 1830, five from 1833.
£280.00

The seven items in good condition, lightly aged. All seven documents are printed and completed in manuscript with Harington's details and signatures. One item (Three below) on vellum, the others on paper. Six items (all but the last) with seals under paper, three of them (One to Three) hanging. OME: By Richard [Bagot], Bishop of Oxford, recording the admission of Harington 'into the Holy Order of Deacons', 20 December 1829. Signed by Bagot, with his hanging seal under paper.

[ Sir Harry Bodkin Poland and Sir Richard Harington on the Criminal Evidence Act, 1898. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Poland to Harington and Autograph Draft of Letter from Harington - with two autograph riders by Poland - to the Attorney General..

Author: 
Sir Harry Bodkin Poland (1829-1928), barrister; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) [ Sir Richard Webster [ Richard Everard Webster, 1st Viscount Alverstone ] (1842-1915), Attorney General, 1895-1900 ]
Publication details: 
Poland's letter to Harington on letterhead of 28 Sloane Gardens, S.W. [ London ]; 1 May 1897. Harington's draft letter to the Attorney General from 87 Eaton Terrace, S.W. [ London ]; 2 May 1897.
£220.00

The background to the present correspondence is dealt with exhaustively in C. J. W. Allen's 'The Law of Evidence in Victorian England' (1997) and David Bentley's 'English Criminal Justice in the 19th Century' (1998), chapters 17 ('The Campaign for a Prisoners' Evidence Act') and 18 ('Reform'). ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Poland ('Harry Bodkin-Poland') to Harington ('His Honour Judge Sir Richard Harington Bart.'). 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Tariff Reform and the Hop Industry in Kent. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Sir Richard Harington to Frederick Neame, Hop Grower and member of the Hop Industry Tariff Commission. With circular by Neame accompanied by copy letter from W. A. S. Hewins

Author: 
Frederick Neame junior, Macknade Farm, Faversham, Kent [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Neame circular: The Offices, Macknade, Faversham [ Kent ]; January 1907. Copy Letter from Hewins: The Tariff Commission, 7 Victoria Street, London. 27 November 1906. Harington to Neame: on letterhead of Whitbourne Court, Worcester. 13 January 1907.
£56.00

Three items from the papers of Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Harington Bt.') to Neame. With date stamp 13 January 1907. 2pp., 12mo. It's presence among the Harington papers suggests that the letter was never sent.

[ Beatrice Cecilia Harington, sitter to Lewis Carroll and first Head of St Margaret's House, Bethnal Green. ] 12 Autograph Letters Signed, seven of them to her brother Richard Harington, and four to the widow of her cousin Sir Richard Harington.

Author: 
Beatrice Cecilia Harington (1852-1936), sitter to and friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson [ Lewis Carroll ], first Head of St Margaret's House, Bethnal Green [ Brasenose College, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
Seven letters and a card to her brother between 1897 and 1910. Four letters to her nephew's widow, 1931. From: St Margaret's House, Bethnal Green; 15 Bardwell Road, Oxford; Bishop's House, Jerusalem; Mapperley Hall, Nottingham; Grand Hotel, Varese.
£320.00

Beatrice Cecilia Harington was one of the two daughters of Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. As children she and her sister Alice Margaret (1854-1901) were befriended by Lewis Carroll, who photographed them. Neither of the two girls married, but both were associated with the Settlement Movement in London's East End. Beatrice was the first Head of St. Margaret's House, Bethnal Green, which, according to her Times obituary, was 'the first church settlement for women' in the capital'.

[ Zeppelin raid over Bethnal Green, Sept. 1915; Lewis Carroll ] Autograph Letter Signed, Beatrice Cecilia Harington, Head of St. Margaret's House, to her nephew 'Dick' [ Sir Richard Harington ], describing the raid and its effect on Bethnal Green.

Author: 
Beatrice Cecilia Harington (1852-1936), sitter to and friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson [ Lewis Carroll ], first Head of St Margaret's House, Bethnal Green [ Zeppelin Raids, World War One ]
Publication details: 
St. Margaret's House, Bethnal Green, E. [ London ] 13 September 1915.
£56.00

Beatrice Cecilia Harington was one of the two daughters of Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. As children she and her sister Alice Margaret (1854-1901) were befriended by Lewis Carroll, who photographed them. Neither of the two girls married, but both were associated with the Settlement Movement in London's East End. Beatrice was the first Head of St. Margaret's House, Bethnal Green, which, according to her Times obituary, was 'the first church settlement for women' in the capital'.

[ A Herefordshire Murder Case, 1891. ] Manuscript copy of a report by 'E. Marriott Cooke', addressed to Sir A. K. Stephenson, Solicitor to the Treasury, on 'the mental condition of Charles Sanders', accused of the murder of Walter Steers, infant.

Author: 
E. Marriott Cooke [ Sir Edward Marriott Cooke] (1852-1931), Commissioner in Lunacy [ Charles Sanders, Herefordshire murderer; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Worcester County and City Asylum, Powick near Worcester. 3 December 1891.
£135.00

The case to which the present item refers is the subject of Chapter 16 of Nicola Sly's 'Herefordshire Murders' (2010). The trial of Charles Sanders for the wilful murder of the thirty-two month-old Walter Steers, before Mr Justice Day, opened at the Herefordshire Winter Assizes on 3 December 1891. He was found guilty and hanged at the end of the month. The present item is from the papers of Sanders defence barrister, Richard Harington (the future 12th Baronet, of Ridlington), whose 'impassioned speech in favour of his client' was not enough to save him from the gallows.

[ Walter Long, 1st Viscount Long, as President of the Board of Agriculture. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Walter H. Long') to Sir Richard Harington, on proposed measures to 'exterminate Rabies & Hydrophonbia'. With draft reply by Harington.

Author: 
Walter Long [ Walter Hume Long ], 1st Viscount Long [ Lord Long ] (1854-1924), Conservative politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Both Long's letters on letterhead of the Board of Agriculture, 4 Whitehall Place, S.W. [ London ]. 2 September 1897 and undated [ received 11 September 1897 ]. Harington's draft letter from 'W[hitborne]. C[ourt]. W[orcester].' 8 September 1897.
£150.00

The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Long to Harington, 2 September 1897. 2pp., 12mo. He thanks him for his 'courteous letter' and is sending 'another memo. dealing with points raised by you'. He continues: 'We, of course, do not imagine that our orders and procedure are beyond criticism or are faultless - but we are supported by the Committee, & by the large majority of experts.

[ John Samuel Agar, portrait painter and engraver. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. S. Agar') to Rudolph Ackermann, apologising for the poor quality of 'Fashions' [ie. fashion plates] executed on his behalf by 'Mr. Cheesman', and discussing Pistrucci's

Author: 
John Samuel Agar (1773-1858), painter and engraver [ Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), London book and print seller; John Vendramini (1769-1839), engraver; Benedetto Pistrucci (1793-1855), medallist ]
Publication details: 
Stafford Place [ 59 Stafford Place, Pimlico, London ]. 24 January 1822.
£220.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with two postmarks (one of Pimlico), to 'R. Ackermann Esqre | 101. Strand -'. On aged and worn paper, with one short closed tear. A good letter, full of content revealing of Ackermann's business and the art trade in general. The first paragraph reads: 'I am extremely sorry the last Fashions have not met your approbation. The inflamed state of my eye rendered it impossible for me to engrave them myself, and I calculated on the known talent of Mr. Chsman [i.e. Thomas Cheesman (1760-1834)] to be my substitute.

[ Sir Roland Vaughan Williams, judge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Roland L. Vaughan Williams') to [Sir Richard] Harington, declining an invitation in affectionate style.

Author: 
Sir Roland Vaughan Williams [ Sir Roland Lomax Bowdler Vaughan Williams ] (1838-1916), judge and uncle of the composer [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Judge's Lodgings, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 5 August 1897.
£35.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He is forced to decline an invitation as he has 'a long list here' and has 'for a year past had to husband my strength': 'I know you would kindly wish me to do what I feel best for my well being': 'I hope you will not think me ungrateful I have such a pleasant recollection of your kindly feelings towards me and my brothers Arthur & Watty in days gone by that I should be very sorry if you thought I did not appreciate your kindness in asking me'. Both Vaughan Williams and Harington were educated at Christ Church College, Oxford.

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