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[ Samuel Cunliffe Lister, 1st Baron Masham [ Lord Lister ]. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. C. Lister') to Sir Albert Woods, regarding his Patent of Peerage.

Author: 
Samuel Cunliffe Lister, 1st Baron Masham [ Lord Lister ] (1815-1906), Bradford textile baron and inventor [ Sir Albert William Woods (1816-1904), Garter Principal King of Arms ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Swinton, Masham, Yorkshire. 26 May 1893.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering. On his return home he has found that the Patent of Peerage has arrived safely. 'I had thought "under the Sign Manual" meant the Queens signature, but I see that it only means the impression of the great seal.' Lister had been made a peer in 1891, taking his title from the Yorkshire town of Masham, close to which is Swinton Park, purchased by him in 1888.

[ Lecoq de Boisbaudran's ''méthod de dessin''. ] Manuscript letter, signed by Baron Subervie of the Légion d'honneur, [ to Lecoqde Boisbaudran ] commending the system, with a manuscript report on it, signed by the archaeologist Désiré-Raoul Rochette.

Author: 
Jacques Gervais, Baron Subervie (1776-1856); Raoul-Rochette [ Désiré-Raoul Rochette ] (1790-1854) [ Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1802-1897); Légion d'honneur; Académie des Beaux-arts ]
Publication details: 
Subervie's letter on letterhead of the Chancellerie de la Légion d'honneur [ Paris ], 20 August 1848. Désiré-Raoul Rochette's report of 17 January 1852 on letterhead of the Institut de France, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
£400.00

Both items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Small closed tear on fold of MS Report. Both in French. ONE: Subervie's letter. 1p., 8vo. Subervie considers the 'méthod de dessin', which he suggested should be put before the Légion d'honneur, to be 'infiniment superieure au precédés employé jusqu'a present pour l'enseignement du dessin'. A paragraph on 'les jeunes eleves' follows, and Subervie concludes by urging him to continue his trial, 'deja si heureux'. TWO: 'Rapport sur la méthode d'enseignement de M.

[ George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers [ Lord Rivers ]. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rivers') to the engraver John Keyse Sherwin, regarding assistance he may be able to give him in a 'Business' concerning the King's engraver.

Author: 
George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers [ Lord Rivers ] (1721-1803), Tory politician and diplomat [ John Keyse Sherwin (1751-1790), engraver and history painter ]
Publication details: 
'Stratfieldsay' [ Stratfield Say House, Hampshire .] 6 April 1783.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Addressed to 'Dear Sherwin'. He assures him of his desire to 'assist in seconding [his] wishes', explaining regarding the circumstances: 'I suppose ye honest Gentleman whom the Advertisement concerns, must have been the King's Engraver, tho' you do not say so, nor does the Advertisement import it.

[ Lord Lindley, Master of the Rolls. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nathl Lindley') to Sir Richard Harington, with regard to his application for an Indian judgeship.

Author: 
Nathaniel Lindley (1828-1921), Baron Lindley [ Lord Lindley ], English judge, Master of the Rolls 1897-1900
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 19 Craven Hill Gardens, Hyde Park, W. [ London ] 2 June 1899.
£56.00

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'.

[ William Digby, 5th Baron Digby. ] Autograph Signature ('Digby') to an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
William Digby, 5th Baron Digby (1661-1752), Irish peer
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 30 April 1716.
£60.00

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.

[ William Clayton, 1st Baron Sundon. ] Autograph Signature ('Sundon'), on part of an Exchequer receipt, 'in behalf of my Wife Ass. of Francis Dyre'.

Author: 
William Clayton, 1st Baron Sundon [ William, Lord Sundon ] (1671-1752), politician, Paymaster of the King's Private Pensions
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 18 December 1741.
£50.00

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.

[ George, Lord Carpenter. ] Autograph Signature ('Carpenter.') to an Exchequer receipt, witnessed by 'J Boucher'.

Author: 
George, Lord Carpenter [ Lieutenant-General George Carpenter, 1st Baron Carpenter ] (1657-1731), Governor of Minorca and Commander-in-chief of Army in Scotland who took surrender of 1715 Jacobites
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 11 April 1752.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. On brittle, aged paper, with chipping to edges and loss to one corner and closed tear (not affecting signature. The usual printed text, with manuscript additions. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[11th] Day of [Aprill] 175[2] | Received by me [George Lord Carpenter] | Of the Honourable Thomas Townshend, Esq; One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, the Sum of [Seven Pounds] | in full of all former Directions and for [6 -] Months Annuity, due at [lady day] last past, of [14] Pounds per Annum'.

[ Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere. ] Autograph Signature ('Vere.') on Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere [ Lord Vere Beauclerk ] (1699-1781), grandson of King Charles II and Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 8 January 1765.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and with particular wear to extremities. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. (The printed name of 'the Right Honourable James Earl Waldegrave, One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer' has been amended in manuscript to 'Ld Henley', and the change initaled 'W. C.') Recording payment of £42 16s 0d on an annuity of £85. Signed at end, with the signature of the witness ''.

[ Lord Onslow, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Earl of Carlisle, First Lord of the Treasury. ] Autograph Signatures ('Ri:d Onslow' and 'Carlisle'), on Exchequer order, and of Sir Paul Methuen, Earl of Nottingham and Winchilsea, Sir William St. Quintin.

Author: 
Richard Onslow, 1st Baron Onslow [ Lord Onslow ]; Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle; Sir Paul Methuen; Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham and 7th Earl of Winchilsea; Sir William St. Quintin
Publication details: 
Order dated 11 May 1715. Receipt dated from 'Whitehall Treary [ Treasury ] Chambers the 29 Decembr. 1715.'
£250.00

(The five men are: Richard Onslow (1654-1717), 1st Baron Onslow, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle (c.1669-1738), First Lord of the Treasury; Sir Paul Methuen (c.1672-1757), diplomat and politician; Daniel Finch (1647-1730), 2nd Earl of Nottingham and 7th Earl of Winchilsea; Sir William St. Quintin (c.1662-1723), 3rd Baronet, of Harpham in Yorkshire.) On 15 x 24 cm. piece of paper (with one cropped corner) cut from a Treasury receipt book. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Maurice Thompson, 2nd Baron Haversham. ] Autograph Signature ('Haversham') to Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Maurice Thompson (1675-1745), 2nd Baron Haversham [ Lord Haversham ], soldier and Member of Parliament, Treasurer of the Excise
Publication details: 
[ Her Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 10 July 1716.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. On leaf removed from an Exchequer receipt book. On aged and worn paper. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records payment of £15 to Haversham, as 'Assee of ffrancis Carter'. Signed at foot by witness ''.

[ Lord Hatherley, Lord Chancellor of England. ] Autograph Document Signed ('Hatherley C') regarding closure of circuit court of Richard Harington, in franked envelope. With signed document ('Hatherley C'), appointing Harington to another circuit.

Author: 
William Page Wood (1801-1881), 1st Baron Hatherley [ Lord Hatherley ], Liberal Lord Chancellor, 1868-1872 [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Publication details: 
Document regarding closure of circuit court: 19 March 1872. Place not stated, but in envelope with London official frank. Appointment document: 28 August 1872.
£135.00

ONE: 1p., 4to. Embossed with government seal at head. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'I The Right Honourable William Page Baron Hatherley, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, do hereby sanction the closing of the County Courts of the Circuit No. 34 during four weeks in the month of August next, Richard Harington Esqre., The Judge of the Same Courts, being desirous of holding Courts in the month of September next. | Hatherley C'. In envelope with Hatherley's signature ('Hatherley') at bottom-left of front, addressed in autograph to 'Richard Harington Esq | Heath Lodge | Hanwell'.

[ Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone [ Lord Overstone ], banker and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Overstone') to 'G. Scharf Junr Esqr' [ the future Sir George Scharf ], regarding the possibility of a meeting in Brighton.

Author: 
Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone [ Lord Overstone ] (1796-1883) of Overstone Park, Northampton, British banker and politician [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895); National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Overstone Park, Northampton. 20 November 1856.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition. At the time of writing Scharf was on the verge of appointment as first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Regarding a note he has received from Scharf he writes that the following Monday he goes 'thro' London direct to Brighton. This movement I fear does not hold out much facility for our meeting - but if your business carries you to Brighton you will find me at the Bedford Hotel.'

[ William Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley of Stratton. ] Autograph Signature ('Berkeley') on part of an Exchequer receipt, as 'Executr. of Ann Gendrault assignee of James Gendrault.

Author: 
William Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley of Stratton (d.1741), Master of the Rolls in Ireland, 1696-1731, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1710-1714 [ Anne and James Gendrault, Huguenots ]
Publication details: 
Her Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 20 December 1714.
£120.00

On 15 x 12 cm. piece of paper, cut from a printed document completed in manuscript. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, laid down on square of plain paper. Payment of an annuity ('for carrying on the War, and other Her Majesty's Occasions').

[ The Duchess of Marlborough, the Earl of Godolphin, and Lord Sundon. ] Autograph Signatures ('S: Marlbrough | Godolphin | Sundon') on part of an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Sarah Churchill (1660-1744), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the great Duke of Marlborough; Francis Godolphin (1678-1766), 2nd Earl of Godolphin; William Clayton (1671-1752), 1st Baron Sundon
Publication details: 
[ Court of Exchequer, London. 17 May 1740. ]
£80.00

On an irregular piece of paper, 18cm. high and 23cm. wide at the extremities. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Torn from a larger leaf, with one side carrying manuscript additions completing printed text ('In Repayment of Loan on the Eighteenth, 2s. Aid, Anno 1739.'). In manuscript: 'The most Noble Sarah Dutchess Dowager of Marlborough, the Right Honble Francis Earl of Godolphin, the Right Honble William Lord Sundon Executors of the late most Noble John Duke of Marlborough'. The signatures are on the reverse, with more manuscript text.

[ Printed House of Lords publication. ] Case and Pedigree on behalf of Henry De Vere Vane, of 74, Eaton Place, In the County of London, claiming to be Baron Barnard of Barnard Castle, in the Peerage of England, on his claim to the said title, [...]

Author: 
[ Henry De Vere Vane, 9th Baron Barnard of Barnard Castle (1854-1918); House of Lords, Lords Committee of Privileges ]
Publication details: 
In the House of Lords, Before the Lords Committee of Privileges. [ Trower, Freeling, & Parkin, Lincoln's Inn. ]
£120.00

(The title ends: '[...] the said title, honour, and dignity.') 52pp., folio. With large fold-out 'Pedigree of the Barony of Barnard'. In brown printed paper covers with red ribbon spine. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in worn and chipped wraps. Mainly consisting of 'Proofs to be adduced in support of the case of Henry De Vere Vane, claiming to be Baron Barnard of Barnard Castle, on his claim to the said peerage'. and an appendix in five parts. On the death in 1890 of the 4th Duke of Cleveland, the line of succession to the dukedom was left unclear.

The corsair, a tale.

Author: 
Lord Byron
Publication details: 
1814. London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars, for John Murray, Albemarle-street.
£95.00

1st edition, 2nd issue. 8vo. In original plain grey wraps. Fly leaf and half-title. Pages: xi + 100 + 4 pages of publisher's advertisements (dated February 1814). Without the words 'THE END' or the publisher's imprint on the last page. In poor condition: grubby, frayed and stained, and with loss to one corner each of rear wrap and to last leaf of advertisements. Also lacking, as a result of the partial removal of an ownership inscription, a small strip along the top edge of the title-leaf, but with inscription 'Sophia F. Stewart - 1814'.

[ Bryan Guinness, Lord Moyne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bryan') to 'Dear Hubert' [ Wimbledon bookseller J. H. Dingwall ], placing an order and making suggestions.

Author: 
Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne [ Lord Moyne ] (1905-1992), poet, novelist and brewing heir [ J. H. Dingwall [ John Hubert Dingwall ] (c.1913-2001), Wimbledon bookseller ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Biddesden House, Andover [ Kent ]. 18 February 1960.
£50.00

3pp., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with two punch holes for placement in album to margins of each of the three leaves. He congratulates him on his catalogue, states that he is attaching a wants list (not present) and that he is leaving it to the recipient 'to make out the account as I am not good at adding - & also dont know the postage. | The Librarian at the House of Lords showed great interest in your catalogue & is writing to you for one'. He suggests sending a copy to John Hayward, and gives his address.

[ Rev. Henry George de Bunsen, Vicar of Lilleshall. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H G de Bunsen') to 'Mr Clarke | Hodnet', discussing the motives behind collecting autographs.

Author: 
H. G. de Bunsen [ Henry George de Bunsen ] (c.1819-1885), Vicar of Lilleshall, 1847-1869, son of Christian Karl Josias Bunsen [ Baron Bunsen ] (1791-1860), Prussian ambassador in London, 1841-1854
Publication details: 
Donington Rectory, Albrighton, Wolverhampton. 15 September 1875.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Replying to a request for autographs, he is sending 'an Envelope addressed by my Father' and (writing in a postscript) another 'addressed to me by the Dean of Westminster', but he 'cannot give you one of the great Niebuhr'. He agrees with Clarke's 'feeling as to possessing something coming from, or belonging to some great or good man. It is a link - as is the signature of a loved friend or companion, with the unseen world.' He enquires after Clarke's health, and recalls 'calling at your School once - & another time at your house'.

[ Henry Fox, 1st Lord Holland. ] Autograph Signature ('H Fox'), with those of George Lyttelton ('G Lyttelton') and Richard Arundell ('R Arundell').

Author: 
Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland of Foxley [ Lord Holland ] (1705-1774); George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton [ Lord Lyttelton ] (1709-1773); Richard Arundell; John Lesingham
Publication details: 
Orford, 27 May 1746.
£60.00

On 16 x 6.5 cm strip of paper, cut from financial document. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed to 'Mr. Townshend' on one side, with signature of witness 'Jno. Lesingham', with the signatures of 'H Fox', 'R Arundell' and 'G Lyttelton' on the other, with date 27 May 1746, next to the word Orford, and below part of a sentence relating to 'Duty on Candles'.

[ Lord Russell of Killowen, Lord Chief Justice of England. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Russell of Kn.') to 'Mr. Williams', regarding the correct arrangement of dinner guests.

Author: 
Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832-1900), Lord Chief Justice of England
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Mr. Williams, | Pray arrange Guests in the correct order whatever that is. I shall have frequent opportunities I hope of meeting the good Bishop.'

[ Lord Grenville, prime minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G.') to 'My dear Charles', stating the British Government's position with regard to the French Revolution and Duke of Orleans, and with reference to a letter from 'Mr. Croker'.

Author: 
Lord Grenville [ William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville ] (1759-1834), Whig prime minister [ John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), Tory politician and writer ]
Publication details: 
Dropmore. 27 May 1823.
£220.00

3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, neatly cut out of a windowpane mount. A 'slight return' of his 'complaint' has disqualified him from all attention to business, or he would 'gladly have availed myself of the opportunity which Mr Croker's letter seemed to offer, to enter into some details upon the subject, which I should not be sorry to leave behind me - and I still hope to do so when health & strength return as I trust they will'.

[ Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Alfred Emmott') to 'Holdsworth', undertaking to present a petition to the House of Commons.

Author: 
Alfred Emmott (1858-1926), 1st Baron Emmott, Oldham cotton magnate and Liberal politician
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Horton, Chipping Sodbury. 9 April 1904.
£28.00

In good condition, with slight crease to one corner. Informing him that he will be 'very glad to present your petition when the House re-opens'.

[ Lord Raglan, British commander during the Crimean War. ] Autograph Signature ('Fitzroy Somerset') as frank on front of envelope addressed by him to Lt-Col. Richard Jones of the Royal Horse Artillery.

Author: 
Lord Raglan [ FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan; Lord FitzRoy Somerset ] (1788-1855), British army officer, commander during the Crimean War
Publication details: 
'Dover December twenty six 1845'.
£25.00

On one side of 7.5 x 12 cm piece of paper cut from front panel of envelope. Postmarked 'Shooters Hill | Penny Post'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Laid out in the customary fashion, all in his hand, and reading: 'Dover December twenty six | 1845 | Lt. Colonel Richd Jones | R Horse Artillery | Woolwich | Kent | Fitzroy Somerset'.

[ Baron August von Cetto, Bavarian diplomat. ] Autograph Signature ('Cetto').

Author: 
Baron August von Cetto [ August Freiherr von Cetto ] Bavarian diplomat
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 1.5 x 5 cm strip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Cut from letter.

[ Sir Hamilton Seymour, diplomat. ] Calling Card, carrying an Autograph Note to 'Baron Ward' on seating arrangements.

Author: 
Sir Hamilton Seymour [ Sir George Hamilton Seymour ] (1797-1880), British diplomat
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

For more on Seymour, who held diplomatic posts in Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Russia, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The 4.5 x 7.5 cm card carries the words 'Sir Hamilton Seymour | Ministre d'Angleterre' in copperplate. Above this Seymour has written, in a difficult hand, what appears to be: 'My dear Baron Ward | I want you to shew your finess [sic] in your placing Machen & Mr Caird. | Yrs.'

[ Lord Odo Russell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('ODO Russell') to Rev. Frederic Cox, regarding arrangements to meet to 'talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May'.

Author: 
Lord Odo Russell [ Odo William Leopold Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill ] (1829-1884), British diplomat, first British Ambassador to the German Empire [ Rev. Frederick Cox (1821-1906), Dean of Hobart ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 2 Audley Square, May Fair, W. [ London ] 'Wednesday' [ 1868 ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with glue stains and slight damage to second leaf from mounting. At the time of writing Cox was curate at Wantage. Russell begins the letter by stating that he will be visiting his mother and will not 'return to Watford before Friday night. - On Saturday morning I hope I may have the good fortune of finding you at home to talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May.' (to Lady Emily Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon). He thanks him for taking his room at the Clarendon Hotel, before concluding.

[ Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro, Lord Chancellor of England. ] Autograph Signature ('Tho. Wilde').

Author: 
Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro (1782-1855), Lord Chancellor of England
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On 1 x 4.5 cm. slip of paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. A good clear signature, neatly underlined, with the cross-stroke of the initial T looping down in calligraphic style. A few words of text from the letter on the reverse.

[ Lord Amherst, Governor General of Canada. ] Autograph Signanture ('Amherst.').

Author: 
Lord Amherst [ Field Marshal Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst ] (1717-1797), British army officer, conquerer of New France, Governor of Virginia, and Governor General of Canada
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

On one side of an 8 x 16.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a document, and reading: 'I have the honour to be | My Lord, | Your Lordship's | most obedient and | most humble servant | Amherst.' On reverse in another hand 'The first & great Lord Amherst'. Amherst is notorious for his use of biological warfare against Native American tribes in Canada in 1763.

[ Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, Liberal politician. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Aberdare').

Author: 
Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare [ Lord Aberdare ] (1815-1895), Liberal politician, British Home Secretary, 1868-1873
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Duffryn, Mountain Ash, South Wales. 10 March 1891.
£25.00

On letterhead, cropped down to 7.5 x 9 cm. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'March 10. 91 | B. C. | Alas! I am rusticating! | Aberdare'.

[ Lord De Tabley, Victorian poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'De Tabley') to 'Herbert', both regarding a 'breakfast club' at the recipient's house.

Author: 
John Warren, Lord De Tabley [ John Byrne Leicester Warren, 3rd Baron De Tabley ] (1835-1895), poet, numismatist and botanist
Publication details: 
Both from 62 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, SW [ London ]. 3 July 1892 and 18 April 1894.
£80.00

ONE: Letter. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He cannot attend the breakfast club, as he is to be best man to a friend in Wimbledon at that time. He is 'rather too old for the character but all his other friends are married'. He would 'prefer the chat but, alas, it cant be managed'. TWO: Note. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with slight damage at foot. He regrets that, being out of town, he will be unable to 'join the breakfast club' at the recipient's house.

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