BRODIE

[The last Duchess of Gordon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Gordon'), from Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon to her 'own Pastor' [Stuart?], regarding religious arrangements in Huntly, and 'the extreme destitution of the district of the bread of Life'.

Author: 
Elizabeth Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (née Brodie; 1794-1864), Scottish noblewoman, wife of George Duncan Gordon (1770-1836), 5th Duke of Gordon [Huntly Lodge, Strathgole, Aberdeenshire, Scotland]
Publication details: 
Huntley Lodge [Strathbogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland], 18 May 1849.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. 78 lines of closely-written text. The Duchess became more fervently pious with the passing of the years, and the present letter bears testimony to her religious preoccupations. It begins: 'My dear Sir, | At the last meeting of the Huntley Presby. it was settled that Mr. King was to present the Petition from the Station [?] that it may be sanctioned as a Charge, if Mr. Mackray did not before the Genl.

[ Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. ] Printed Certiicate of Enrollment of Frederick Lewis Clementson, signed by President, John Goldwyer Andrews, Vice-Presidents Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie and Samuel Cooper and the seven members of the C

Author: 
Royal College of Surgeons of England, London [ Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie; Sir William Lawrence; Honoratus Leigh Thomas; Samuel Cooper; John Goldwyer Andrews; George James Guthrie ]
Publication details: 
The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. Certificate dated 6 May 1844.
£250.00

The certificate is grandly printed in grey and black on one side of a 54 x 37.5 cm piece of thick wove paper, with the College's engraved coat of arms at the head. It is in fair condition, aged and worn, with some discolouration to the blank reverse. It carries two embossed stamps and the statutory government tax stamp.

[ George Brodie, Scottish historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Richard Griffin and Co., discussing Lord Brougham and the last volume of his 'Lives of Men of Letters of the Time of George III'.

Author: 
George Brodie (c.1786-1867), Scottish Whig historian and lawyer [ Lord Brougham [ Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux ] (1778-1868), Lord Chancellor ]
Publication details: 
20 Northumberland Street [ London ]. 4 December 1856.
£50.00

6pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Brodie's hand is not easy to decipher, but the letter is fulsome in its praise of Brougham and his latest work. Brodie begins by acknowledging the receipt of 'the last volume of Lord Brougham's Works published by you', a copy of which he had 'previously got as a subscriber'. He continues: 'In my poor apprehension it is even, if possible, superior to its predecessor, & more than justifies the character I formerly ventured to sketch of that illustrious individual', He continues in his praise, with reference to 'Dean Swift', 'Captn.

[ Benjamin D'Israeli, grandfather of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. ] Autograph Signature, with those of Francis Bradley Brodie of Dublin, George Hughes and Richard Bayly, Notary Public, on a legal document concerning a bequest to Brodie.

Author: 
Benjamin D'Israeli (1730-1816), Italian-born London merchant, grandfather of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield; Francis Bradley Brodie of Dublin, George Hughes; Richard Bayly ]
Publication details: 
No place. 17 April 1784.
£180.00

1p., folio. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper with slight loss to top left-hand corner. Laid out in the typical fashion of the period, with embossed tax stamp in top left-hand corner, and Bayly's stamp as notary public on square of paper over wafer.

[Chandos Leigh, 1st Baron Leigh.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Leigh') to 'Mr. Brodie', regarding a 'rather singular letter' he has received from one of his parishoners, offering his services as a shoemaker at a prison.

Author: 
Chandos Leigh (1791-1850), 1st Baron Leigh, of Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, minor poet, cousin of Jane Austen and friend of Byron and Leigh Hunt
Publication details: 
57 Portman Square, London. 14 July 1849.
£150.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient presumably held a living near Leigh's Warwickshire mansion Stoneleigh Abbey (said to be the model for Sotherton Court in his cousin Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park'). Leigh apologises troubling Brodie 'with the enclosed rather singular letter which I have received from one of your Parishioners'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the animal painter Gourlay Steell ('the Scottish Landseer') to eccentric art patron John Christie of Cowden

Author: 
Gourlay Steell (1819-1894), animal painter, 'the Scottish Landseer' [John Christie (1822-1902) of Cowden, art patron and eccentric; William Brodie (1815-1881), Scottish sculptor]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh. 1 November 1881.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Thirty lines. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount at head of second page. Steell is enclosing 'a catalogue of the most recent works of the kind you desire', and points out that 'the short biographical sketches of deceased Scottish artists, in connection with our catalogue, was only printed [last word underlined] by Messrs. Constable'. He ends by offering his 'warmest wishes for the married couple' - in 1881 Christie's seventeen-year-old daughter Alice married Robert King Stewart, KBE, of Murdostoun Castle, Lanarkshire.

Autograph Note Signed to Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie the younger.

Author: 
John Romilly, 1st Baron Romilly
Publication details: 
6 February 1862; 6 Hyde Park Terrace, W.
£30.00

English lawyer (1802-74) and Master of the Rolls, 1851-73. The recipient (1817-80) was a noted chemist. Two pages, 16mo. Very good, but sumwhat dusty and grubby. Reads 'My dear Sir Benjamin | I am much oblig'd to you for your kind. [sic] I am not aware of the circumstance, or rather the rule you mention or I should not have committed thte 'indiscretion' of asking you to sign my sons recommendation'. Signed 'John Romilly'.

Autograph Letter Signed to [Anne,] Lady Brodie.

Author: 
Sir Robert Harry Inglis
Publication details: 
7 Bedford Square | Jan. 30. 1854'.
£28.00

British Tory politician (1786-1855). The recipient was the wife of the noted surgeon Sir Benjamin Brodie the elder (1783-1862). He thanks her for 'the valuable present which you have conveyed to me through Lady Inglis. The subject is one of the deepest interest; and your honoured father ['Serjeant Sellon, a lawyer of repute', according to the DNB] will have treated it with corresponding devotion as well as learning'. He sends his regards to her husband, and signs 'Robert H. Inglis'.

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