[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets. ] Two printed forms, proofs completed in manuscript, one with diagrams, the other 'Private Signals for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom [...]'.

[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets, signals of 1812 ]
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[ Royal Navy. ] Dating from May 1812, with later notes referring to cancellation in March 1818.

Four items, in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight creasing. ONE: Printed form, partially completed in manuscript. On one side of 31.5 x 19.5 cm piece of laid paper with Britannia watermark. Headed: 'PRIVATE SIGNALS for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom, Commanded by Lieutenants, viz.' Above the heading, in manuscript: 'Proof | See letter 1st. October 1812.

Letter in a secretarial hand, signed ('W. G. Romaine') by William Govett Romaine, written on the day of his appointment as Second Secretary to the Admiralty, to E. J. Maude of Leeds, re. towing of gunboats with 'high-pressure Engines' (China service)

W. G. Romaine (1815-1893) [William Govett Romaine], Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty, London [Edward James Maude, The Old Hall, Knostrop, Leeds]
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Admiralty, S. W. 7 May 1857.

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged grey paper. The words 'Admiralty, S.W.' and 'I HAVE received and laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your letter of the' are printed, with the rest written by a secretary, apart from Romaine's bold, firm signature. According to the letter Maude's letter of 5 May was 'addressed to Lord Panmure', and suggested 'the expediency of towing to their destination the Gun Boats, with high-pressure Engines, about to be employed on service in China'. Maude is addressed as 'E. J. Maude Esqre. | The Old Hall | Knostrop | Leeds'.

Advertisement card for 'Southampton, Cowes, and Portsmouth Steam Packets. The Earl of Malmesbury, J. H. Knight, Jun. Commander, [...] His Majesty's Post Office Packet Medina, J. H. Knight, Commander'.

J. Coupland, Southampton printer [Captain J. H. Knight; steam packet boats; naval and maritime; the Medina; the Earl of Malmesbury]
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J. Coupland, Printer, Southampton.

Printed on both sides of a piece of card roughly 11 x 7.5 cm, good, with text and illustration clear and entire, on grubby and lightly stained paper. The same engraving of a steam packet at sea at head of both sides of each card. Attractively printed, and giving times and fares.

Anonymous manuscript entitled 'An Account of the Racings and other doings of the Shrewsbury Rowing Club commencing in 1861.'

Shrewsbury Rowing Club
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Without date or place, but circa 1865.

35 pages, 8vo. In very good condition. In purple pebbled cloth binding with yellow endpapers. In a number of different hands. The first entry, dated 19 May 1861, reads 'A Meeting of the Club was held at the "Fox" E. Tipton Esqre in the Chair to arrange and form the crews to race for the 4-oar Challenge Cup and were chosen as follows: [crews' names]'. The last entry is dated 7 September 1864. The last eleven pages consist of detailed descriptions of various boats and boat types (e.g. 'Heavy Dinghy 15 ft (Viscount Boyne)', 'Heavy Fishing Punt (Sir G.

Typed Letter Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, School for the Art of Theatre, 7, John Street, Adelphi, London.

Sir Alfred Fernandez Yarrow
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12 January 1916; on letterhead 'HOMESTEAD, | HINDHEAD, | SURREY.'

English engineer and naval architect (1842-1932). One page, 4to. Good, but lightly creased and slightly discoloured at foot. Bears the stamp of the Royal Society of Arts, of which Wood was the Secretary. Thanks Wood for his 'kind telegram of congratulation' (presumably on his knighthood).

Typed Letter Signed to K. W. Luckhurst, Royal Society of Arts.

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2 November 1957; on letterhead '4, Quay Hill, | Lymington, | Hampshire.'

British naval architect (died 1969). One page, quarto. Folded three times. Very good, but lightly creased. Docketed in ink. Probably relating to the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, of which Giles was a leading member. 'Your views rather coincide with mine, reinforced by a more careful read through of the literature over the weekend. In particular one noticed a falling off in quality of those elected in the last year as compared to the previous.

Britannia; or, The moral claims of seamen stated and enforced. An essay, in three parts.

Rev. John Harris
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London: Thomas Ward and Co., 1837. Second thousand.

8vo. Pages: half-title, xix + 195. Ownership inscription of 'Chrisr. Cole 1837' at head of title. Modern rebacking with new endpapers, but retaining original blind-stamped boards. Paper heavily foxed. Binder's ticket of John Gardner, Borough Green and paper wallet containing long cutting on Chartism at rear. An impassioned appeal for the alleviation of the condition of the English seaman.

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