[ Edward Barrett Moulton-Barrett (1785-1857), father of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning ] Pownall & Cross, London solicitors; John Clayton (1792-1890), Town Clerk of Newcastle-on-Tyne, antiquary ]
Ten envelopes, 1841-1847: four from Pownall & Cross, Solicitors, No. 9 Staples Inn, London (all 1841); three from John Clayton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (all 1844); two from 'Mr. Whitehorne', Edinburgh (both 1841); one from 'Mr Abraham', London (1847).
The ten items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Folded in the customary way into packets, ranging in size from 8 x 13.5 cm. to 7 x 11.5 cm. Addressed to Barrett (seven to 'E. M. Barrett Esq', one to 'Edw. M. Barrett Esq', one to 'Edwd. M. Barrett Esq.' and one to 'E. B. M. Barrett Esq.') at his celebrated London address, 50 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square. Each envelope has a Penny Red stamp and postmarks. Two carry seals in red wax. All are docketed by Barrett, one as follows: 'Mr. Whitehorne | Octr. 27 1841 | Edinburgh | on account of an <?> | Jamaica'.
Henry Southgate (1818-1888), London auctioneer [ Southgate & Barrett, 22 Fleet Street ] and anthologist [ E. D. Girdlestone [ Edward Deacon Girdlestone ] (1829-1892) ]
Woodbine, Sidmouth, Devon. 11 May 1878.
4pp., 12mo. Two pages on bifolium with two-page postscript on loose leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind note and opinion respecting my "Many Thoughts" [ anthology of 1857 ] of which nearly 267 - tons have been sold, an odd way of putting it you will say, but such is the fact.' He is working on a 'curious and suggestive book now on Aphoristic Wisdom'. He thinks he may 'gather something' from Girdlestone's 'Collection', which he undertakes will be 'most carefully and thankfully returned'.
Wilson Barrett [ William Henry Barrett ] (1846-1904), English manager, actor, and playwright, successful in the field of melodrama
On letterhead of the Royal Princess's Theatre, London ('LESSEE & MANAGER, MR. WILSON BARRETT.'). 10 April 1884.
2pp., 12mo. On first leaf of a bifolium, the blank second leaf of which is laid down on a leaf of yellow paper removed from an album. In good condition, lightly-aged. He thanks her for her letter, '& the good opinion you express upon the performance'. He hopes to accept her invitation when he no longer labours under 'the heavy pressure of work, now rather weighing me down'.
W. F. Barrett, Professor of Experimental Physics, and Dean of the Faculty 1893-4, in the Royal College of Science for Ireland [Sir Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland (1847-1926), Liberal politician]
Dublin: R. W. Graham & Co., Printers, 12 Temple Lane (Dame Street). 1893.
30pp., 12mo. In light-green printed card wraps. In good condition, on aged paper, with rusted staples, and central vertical crease to covers. Inscribed at head of front cover: 'The Rt. Hon. A. H. D. Acland MP | with the author's respects'. (Acland served as Vice President of the Council of Education under William Ewart Gladstone and the Earl of Rosebery, 1892-1895.) With shelfmark, stamp and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library. Scarce.
[Canada, Privy Council; John Kelly Barrettt; Archbishop of St Boniface; Rev. George Bryce; William Hespeler; Alexander Polson; John Sutherland; C. Taylor; J. Dubuc; J. Bain]
Printed by Order of Parliament. Ottawa: Printed by Brown Chamberin, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1891.
55pp., 8vo. In blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and torn wraps. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Divided into nineteen sections, including affidavits of John Kelly Barrettt; Archbishop of St Boniface; Rev. George Bryce; William Hespeler; Alexander Polson; John Sutherland; and Judgments of Court in banc. by C. Taylor; J. Dubuc (Dissenting) and J. Bain.
Chalcots Estate, near Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, London [Phillip Barrett [Barret; Barrat]; William Watkins; Sir Thomas Allen; Eton College]
Dated 14 June 1615; 18 December 1615; 24 May 1632; 26 March 1639; 9 July 1655;
The five documents are all in good condition, on five half-skins, the vellum having discoloured and aged in the usual way. Eton College was granted Chalcots by Henry VI in 1448. The history of the estate is dealt with in detail in the Victoria County History for Middlesex, vol.9 (Hamstead, Paddington), which includes the following relating to the present five items: 'In 1615-16 Eton leased Chalcots and Wyldes for 21 years to Philip Barrett (d. 1630), who left it to his wife Elizabeth.
Frederick Lee Bridell (1830-1863), English painter and friend of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Without place or date.
On piece of 16 x 25.5cm paper. In fair condition, aged and spotted, with slight damp-staining to one corner, and remains of mount adhering to the reverse, on which is written in pencil: 'Sketches by Frederick Lee Bridell | born Southampton | died London 1864'. The three sketches are well finished, and placed alongside one another. The one on the left depicts a nobleman seated on a throne with a coronet on top of its backrest, his feet on a footstool, and left hand on an arm-rest, an animated look on his face.
Wilson Barrett [William Henry Barrett] (1846-1904), English actor and playwright, manager of the Princess's Theatre, London [Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine (1853-1931), novelist]
On letterhead of Hedingham, 21 Maresfield Gardens, South Hampstead, London. 28 April 1888.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Barrett writes: 'Dear Hall Caine/ | The scheme promises well. I have made an arrangement for eight weeks at the Princess's. I thought it better to fight for the play there. Will certainly have a fair chance, although there can be no <?>.' According to Barrett's entry in the Oxford DNB, he returned from the Globe Theatre 'to the Princess's, where he began work with Hall Caine on adapting The Deemster, renamed Ben-my-chree (17 May 1888).
John Kenyon (1784-1856), poet and patron, who encouraged his cousin Elizabeth Barrett's marriage to Robert Browning
Without date or place [the poem published in 1849].
2pp., 4to. 35 lines of verse. On a leaf of laid paper with watermark 'J WHATMAN | TURKEY MILL'. Paginated 13-14. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The first page begins with the line 'The shrouding soil, and give it back to air,' and the second page ends with the line 'Won it's [sic] dark truth, and Gaspar fed on such.' The verses in this manuscript are published on pp.19-21 of 'A Day at Tivoli: with other Verses' (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, Paternoster-row, 1849).
C. H. F. Barrett [Town Clerk, Metropolitan Borough of St. Pancras, London] [King George V and Queen Mary]
4to, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with chipping and closed tears to extremities. Specifically addressed to the 'District Committee for Ward 6. Comprising the Oakley Square and Ossulston Districts'. Summoning the recipient to the town hall, to deal with an 'Agenda' of six numbered points. Facsimile of the signature of Barrett, who is styled 'Honorary Secretary to the Central Executive Committee.' No copy on COPAC or in the British Library.
The photographs vary in size from 24 x 18.5 cm to 8 x 6.5 cm. The overall condition is good, with one chipped along the edges. 13 have been touched up for publication, a few quite heavily. Annotated, with dimensions, on backs.