BLACKBURNE

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Secretarial Letter Signed ('C Vaublanc') from the French Minister of the Interior the Comte de Vaublanc [to the English Member of Parliament John Blackburne], enclosing a facsimile of Queen Marie Antoinette's last letter by Pierre Picquet.

Author: 
Vincent-Marie Viénot, Comte de Vaublanc (1756-1845), French Minister of the Interior; Pierre Picquet, engraver; John Blackburne (1754-1833), MP for Lancashire, 1784-1830; Queen Marie Antoinette
Publication details: 
Vaublanc's letter from Paris, 13 April 1816. Picquet's engraving without date or place.
£950.00

The two items are in very good condition, on lightly aged paper. Item One: Secretarial Letter, in French, by 'C Vaublanc', Vincent-Marie Viénot, Count of Vaublanc (1756-1845), 'Le Ministre Secretaire d'Etat de L'Intérieur' [French Minister of the Interior]. Paris, 13 April 1816. He is sending the 'fac simile De la Lettre de notre Infortunée Reine', and in order to dispel any doubts as to authenticity has initialled the foot of the third page.

[Printed newspaper, with halfpenny tax stamp.] Gore's Liverpool General Advertiser.

Author: 
John Gore, proprietor of Gore's Liverpool General Advertiser [John Blackburne (1754-1833) of Hale Hall, near Liverpool, and Orford Hall, Warrington, Member of Parliament for Lancashire, 1784-1830]
Publication details: 
['Advertisements taken in by J. Gore, Castle-Street, Liverpool'.] No. 1260. - Vol. XXV. Thursday, February 18, 1790. Price Three Pence Halfpenny.
£85.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. Complete, on aged and worn paper.

Autograph Note Signed from John Blackburne of Orford Hall, Warrington, threatening John Percival with legal action if he does not hand over 'ye money you collected from my tenants in Risley'. With (Percival's?) itemised account of the money.

Author: 
John Blackburne (1694-1786) of Orford Hall, Warrington, naturalist and horticulturalist [John Percival; Risley, Lancashire]
Publication details: 
Blackburne's note dated from Orford, 28 May 1746. Later anonymous note to him dated 19 August 1756.
£180.00

Blackburne's note is 1p., landscape 12mo. The leaf on which it is written has a central vertical fold, with the reverse carrying the itemised account to the left, and the anonymous note to Blackburne to the right. On aged and damp-stained paper. Blackburne's note is blunt and to the point: 'Orford May 28. 1746 | John Percival | I expect that you pay me in a weeks time ye Money you collected from my tenants in Risley on acct. of the Militia or I shall order Mr Lancaster to sue you for it, without further notice | from | Your friend | J: Blackburne'.

Eighteenth-century transcription of inscription relating to the Eleanor Cross, Geddington, Northamptonshire, filled with errors and describing its restoration in 1712. From the papers of John Blackburne of Orford Hall, Warrington.

Author: 
[Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I of England; Eleanor Cross, Geddington, Northamptonshire; John Blackburne (1694-1786) of Orford Hall, Warrington, naturalist and horticulturalist]
Publication details: 
Without place or date[1750s?].
£120.00

1p., landscape 12mo. On aged and lightly-creased laid paper ('PRO PATRIA' watermark), with chipping to extremities. On reverse, in another hand: 'At Northampton a Monument at the Inn'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Welsh poet Richard Llwyd, 'The Bard of Chester', to Sir Foster Cunliffe of Acton, sending 'the Blackburnian poem' and hoping for a reparation of 'the breach' [with John Blackburne, Tory MP for Lancashire?].

Author: 
Richard Llwyd (1752-1835), Welsh poet and antiquary, known as 'The Bard of Chester' [Sir Foster Cunliffe (1755-1834) of Acton Park, near Wrexham; John Blackburne (1754-1833), of Hale Hall]
Publication details: 
Bank Place, Chester. 27 April [1821?].
£450.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf to 'Sir Foster Cunliffe Bar - | Acton | Wrexham'. Chester postmark dated 27 April [1821?]. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He is enclosing 'the Blackburnian poem which arrived this morning by the Carrier -' (the poem is not present). The second paragraph reads: 'Classical Rats are voracious - they read with a vengeance - yet I hope that the breach is not beyond the powers of reparation'. From the papers of John Blackburne, through the antiquary Dr James Kendrick.

Correspondence of John Blackburne of Hale Hall, Tory MP for Lancashire for 46 years, relating to his campaign during the 1807 General Election, comprising 27 letters from 21 individuals and 4 items by Blackburne, including an address to the electors.

Author: 
John Blackburne (1754-1833), of Hale Hall, near Liverpool, and Orford Hall, near Warrington, Lancashire
Publication details: 
Of the 31 Items, one is written from London and another from Cheshire, the rest from Lancashire. All dating from 1807
£850.00

A supporter of William Pitt, and later of the Liverpool ministry, Blackburne was regarded as an assiduous - if lacklustre and increasingly eccentric - country member. The present collection provides a valuable insight into the network of mercantile figures (e.g. cotton magnate Henry Sudell) and members of the local gentry (Sir Nicholas Ashton, Sir Henry Philip Hoghton) required to return Blackburn to parliament at a particularly difficult election, with reports and advice coming from various quarters.

[Printed poster headed 'To the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of the County Palatine of Lancaster', announcing that after forty-five years as Member of Parliament for the borough, John Blackburne will not be standing again as a candidate.

Author: 
John Blackburne (1754-1833), of Hale Hall, near Liverpool, and Orford Hall, near Warrington, Lancashire
Publication details: 
Signed and dated in type at foot: 'JOHN BLACKBURNE. | HALE, | November 12th, 1829.' [Hale Hall, near Liverpool, Lancashire. 1829.]
£250.00

The poster, in the mixture of typeface and font size characteristic of the period, is 31 x 25 cm, and headed: 'TO THE | Gentlemen, | CLERGY, | AND | FREEHOLDERS | OF THE | County Palatine of Lancaster.' Signed and dated in type at foot: 'JOHN BLACKBURNE. | HALE, | November 12th, 1829. Printed on one side of a piece of wove paper, and with one central horizontal fold.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W C Hazlitt') from the author and bibliographer William Carew Hazlitt, grandson of the essayist William Hazlitt, to autograph hunter John Baron of Blackburn, discussing his published writings.

Author: 
William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), author and bibliographer, grandson of the essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830) [John J. Baron of Blackburne, autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
Barnes Common, Surrey. 18 July 1882.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. In envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed to 'John J. Baron Esqr. | 48 Griffin St. | Witton | Blackburne | Lancashire'. Although Hazlitt's handwriting is legendarily attrocious, the reader escapes lightly on this occasion. Hazlitt regrets that he has no copy of either of the books Baron names, as he 'printed only a few copies for presents. Nor have I any photograph of myself.' He is 'extremely glad that the perusal of my publications' has 'proved agreeable' to Baron.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Victorian author Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne ('Gertrude M Ireland Blackburne'), to 'Mr. Parker', concerning autographs, including those of Charlotte Yonge and James Payne.

Author: 
Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne (b.1861), author, daughter of John Ireland Blackburne (1817-1893), M.P. for South-West Lancashire, 1875-1885 [James Payne; Charlotte Yonge; Richard Monckton Milnes]
Letter Signed from the Victorian author Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne
Publication details: 
15 September 1886; on letterhead of Roodee Lodge, Chester, Lancashire.
£85.00
Letter Signed from the Victorian author Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 32 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. In answer to a request for autographs, she has 'some duplicates somewhere, but tonight I send you only three cards', as she has 'no letters of Miss Yonge that I should like to part with'. She names the authors of the 'three signed postcards' (not present) as: James Payne ('Editor of Cornhill, author of many novels'), Charlotte Yonge and Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton.

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