[Admiral John Markham, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and First Naval Lord.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Markham') to John Atkins, regarding the 'general drunken habits' of 'Mr [Miles] Burn', and the impossibility of reinstating him 'to his rank'

Admiral John Markham (1761-1827), Royal Navy officer who served in the American and French Revolutionary Wars, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and First Naval Lord, MP for Portsmouth [Miles Burn]
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Admiralty [London]. 21 August 1806.

The letter is 1p, 12mo, and is accompanied by the covering 8vo leaf, addressed to 'John Atkins Esqre | Duke Street | Westminster', with a second signature for franking. The covering leaf is endorsed: 'Admiralty August 21 1806 | Adml. Markham concerning Miles Burn that it would be impossible to get him reinstated'. Both letter and covering leaf in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with fold lines. Markham could hardly be more decisive.

[William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon and chaplain to Queen Victoria, complains of his 'demoralizing' workload.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. B Ripon') to 'Marian', explaining how pressure of work makes it impossible to meet.

William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), Bishop of Ripon and chaplain to Queen Victoria
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On letterhead of The Palace, Ripon. 13 October 1886.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Aged and grubby. Written with purple pencil. He begins by thanking her for the 'letter & two Photographs', and is 'looking forward some day to see my god child whom the photographs picture as very bonny'.

[ Edmund Law, Bishop of Carlisle. ] Autograph Signature ('E Carlisle') as frank on part of envelope, with Autograph Signature of recipient Richard Burn of Duke Street, Westminster.

Edmund Law (1703-1787), Bishop of Carlisle, Master of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge [ Richard Burn, Duke Street, Westminster ]
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No place or date.

7.5 x 13 cm piece of aged and worn paper. The address, with red 'FREE' franking postmark in red ink, reads: 'To | Mr Burn | Duke Street | Westminster | E Carlisle'. On the reverse is part of an autograph draft reply, signed 'Richd Burn'.

[Printed booklet for children, with illustrations.] The Bunch of Violets.

Anonymous [James Burns, 17 Portman Street, Portman Square, London; Levey, Robson, and Franklyn, 46 St Martin's Lane, London]
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London: James Burns, 17 Portman Street, Portman Square. 1840. [Printed by Levey, Robson, and Franklyn, 46 St Martin's Lane, London.]

19pp., 32mo. Stitched. In pink printed wraps. Lightly-aged, in worn wraps. The front cover duplicates the only different element being the central vignette. On the rear wrap is a list of twelve children's books, 'Just published, uniform in size with the present', 'The Series to be continued.' Stock engraving at head of first page, showing old man with stick at cottage door, admonishing three children, one of them crying. Final engraving shows man with hat and stick on tired horse, with accompanying dog in foreground and foliage in background.

Printed facsimile of Christmas message on headed paper.

Sir Joseph Burn [Prudential Assurance Company Ltd]
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Christmas 1921.

Burn (died 1950) was President of the Institute of Actuaries, and a leading figure in twentieth-century British insurance. Dimensions five inches by eight inches. Folded once. In good condition on good thick wove paper. Headed by company crest with motto, between 'HOLBORN | BARS' and 'CHRISTMAS | 1921'. Reads 'With heartiest Christmas & New Year Greetings to all members of the Prudential Staff. | from | Joseph Burn | General Manager | & Actuary'.

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