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[ John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend, as Viscount Raynham. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Raynham') to an unnamed party, regarding 'Mr. Ewart's motion [...] for the abolition of the punishment of death'.

Author: 
John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend (1831-1899), styled Viscount Raynham [ Lord Raynham ] between 1855 and 1863 [ William Ewart (1798-1869), Radical politcian; capital punishment ]
Publication details: 
11 Grosvenor Square [ London ]. 14 June 1856.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with some glue staining to blank reverse of last leaf. He presented, as requested, 'on the day of Mr. Ewart's motion the petitions which you forwarded to me for the abolition of the penalty of death', and apologises for not informing the recipient of the fact sooner: 'it has led you to believe that I have not received them.

[ William Ewart, Radical politician and penal reformer, and Hansard. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Ewart') to 'Mr: Hansard', regarding the proof of his 'speech on Capital Punishment. With Autograph Note in response on reverse.

Author: 
William Ewart (1798-1869) of Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Radical politician and penal reformer [ Hansard, Printer to the House of Commons ]
Publication details: 
Otterington House, Northallerton. 24 July 1850.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks to be sent 'the proof of my speech on Capital Punishment for correction'. In a postscript he writes: 'Possibly one copy may have been sent already to my house in London. In that case, can you send another here, as I cannot easily make the Servant in London understand about the Paper.' On the reverse an initialled autograph note is written in red ink: 'Mr Ewart has sent us another letter since; will you have the kindness to send this in advance immediate | '.

[Royal Commission on Capital Punishment, 1950.] Published 'Minutes of Evidence' on Day 13 ('Howard League for Penal Reform Dr. Denis Hill and Dr. F. H. Taylor') and Day 27 ('Howard League for Penal Reform').

Author: 
[Royal Commission on Capital Punishment, 1948-1953] [Sir Ernest Gowers, chairman; Gowers Report, 1953; British parliamentary papers; hanging]
Publication details: 
Both items: London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1950.
£80.00

Two stapled pamphlets, uniform in layout, each with the ownership signature of M. Rooff at head of title. Day 13: [2] + 35pp., paginated 279-313, folio. Day 27: [2] + 25 pp., paginated 591-616. Substantially Howard League views, and mainly concerned with 'The Experience of Abolition in other Countries'. Both in fair condition, aged and worn, and each with particular wear to the title leaf.

[Sir James Graham, Home Secretary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R G Graham') to unnamed recipient, announcing his decision to remit the death sentence passed on Robert Sandys of Stockport, convicted of poisoning his children.

Author: 
Sir James Graham [Sir James Robert George Graham] (1792-1861), 2nd Baronet, Tory Home Secretary, 1841-1846 [Robert Sandys of Stockport, poisoner]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 24 April 1842.
£180.00

The case was fully reported in The Times, with the issue for 14 April 1842 reporting the pronouncing of the sentence of death on 'Robert Sandys, a stout built Irishman, having a pale and haggard appearance, who was found guilty at the last assizes for this county [Chester] of the diabolical murder of his children by poison, in order to obtain a few pounds from a burial society of which he was a member'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed 'Private' by Graham.

[Hilary Nicholas Nissen.] Duplicated typescript address to the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, titled 'Brief Remarks on the Punishment of Death by H. N. Nissen - Sherriff of London 1864.'

Author: 
H. N. Nissen [Hilary Nicholas Nissen (b.c.1813) of 13 Mark Lane, stationer], Sheriff of the City of London, 1863 and 1864 [G. H. Palmer; National Association for the Promotion of Social Science]
Publication details: 
'H. N. Nissen | Sheriff. | 20th Sept. 1864.' [Reformatory Section, National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, York.]
£180.00

An abridged abstract of this item, by 'Mr. Tallack', appeared in the Social Science Review, N.S. Vol.2 (July-December 1864), pp.421-422, but the present full version of the address, as delivered, is unpublished. 3pp., foolscap 8vo. On three leaves of laid Britannia paper by Conqueror of London. Held together with a brass stud, and with the last leaf laid down on a page removed from an album. With a few manuscript corrections. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The address is written in a vivid but not entirely coherent style, and begins: 'I have been invited by the Secretary, G. H.

Corrected Typescript of lecture on 'Bygone Tortures and Punishments' by Claude Hurst Peter, Town Clerk of Launceston, Cornwall, with letters in response to request for assistance from Peter from 11 individuals including Achille Bazire and H. G. Conor

Author: 
Claude Hurst Peter (1852-1927), solicitor and Town Clerk of Launceston, Cornwall [Achille Bazire; Alfred F. Robbins; Robert Barnard; John William Gordon; George Penrose; Christopher L. Coulard]
Publication details: 
From London, Oxford and Launceston, Cornwall. 1906 and 1907.
£550.00

The twelve items (typescript of lecture and eleven letters) are in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Peter's lecture was given in aid of the Dunheved Standard Fund at Launceston Town Hall on 11 February 1907, 'Fully Illustrated by numerous Limelight Pictures'. The typescript, tied with pink ribbon, is 43pp., foolscap 8vo. With numerous emendations, deletions and additions in manuscript. The first page carries a 'Syllabus' of the two topics.

[Printed pamphlet.] [Drophead title] The Claims of Capital considered. By William Browne.

Author: 
William Browne [of Montreal, Canada] [John Lovell (1810-1893), Canadian printer and publisher; John Stuart Mill]
Publication details: 
'Published by JOHN LOVELL, Montreal, and Rouse's Point, N.Y.' [1870?]
£180.00

16mo, 36pp. Printed in small type. Disbound. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. A separate title-page may have been printed on a front wrap, now lacking. The pamphlet begins in stirring style: 'The conflict between labor and capital becomes more and more the struggle of the age. On both sides there are titanic powers engaged in what appears to be headlong and indiscriminating war. There may be now and again a lull in the contest - there may be some kind of truce proclaimed - some good sort of people may approach the combatants andn induce them for a season to lay down their arms.

Typed Letter Signed ('Sydney Silverman') from Labour Party Member of Parliament Samuel Sydney Silverman to Lord Chorley, discussing what action to take if the Death Penalty Abolition Bill passes its third reading in the House of Commons.

Author: 
Samuel Sydney Silverman (1895-1968), Labour politician and opponent of capital punishment [Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley (1895-1978), 1st Baron Chorley, legal scholar and Labour politician]
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 4 June 1956.
£45.00

1p., 4to. 14 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed in manuscript to 'Dear Chorley'. Silverman has been 'considering the position which will arise on the assumption which I think we may now make with some confidence that the Death Penalty Abolition Bill will soon pass its third reading in the House of Commons'. He has had a number of letters of support from the House of Lords, 'in particular from Astor and Templewood'.

Capital punishments unsanctioned by the gospel and unnecessary in a Christian state. A letter to the Rev. Sir John Page Wood, Bart., B.C.L.

Author: 
The Rev. Henry Christmas, late of St. John's College, Cambridge. [CAPITAL PUNISHMENT]
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., Cornhill. 1846. 'CITY STEAM PRESS, LONG LANE: D. A. DOUDNEY.'
£85.00

Octavo. 22 pages. Disbound pamphlet from the Churchill Babington collection. Good, though on slighly discoloured paper and with first and last pages somewhat grubby.

Printed notice, signed 'AMBROSE MOORE' regarding 'Children in Silk Mills', together with covering manuscript letter, signed 'Grout & Co.', and envelope, addressed to William Wilshere, M.P.

Author: 
The Victorian Silk Trade [Child Labour, Factories' Act].
Publication details: 
The notice: 'LONDON, Milk Street, | 8th March, 1844.'; the letter: 'Silk Mills | Gt.. Yarmouth | 9th.. March 1844'.
£95.00

Wilshere (1804-67) was M.P. for Great Yarmouth William, MP for Great Yarmouth between 1837 and 1846). The notice: 2 pages, 4to. In very good condition despite minor spotting and two closed tears caused by folding. The letter: 1 page, 8vo. In very good condition. The envelope (addressed to 'W. Wilshere Esqr. M. P. | 12 Stratton Street | Piccadilly | London') in very good condition with red wax lion seal and postmarks. Postage stamps removed. The letter urges Wilshere to 'support the view of the Case of of [sic] the Silk trade taken by the writer Mr Ambrose Moore'.

Die Klassengegensätze von 1789 Zum hundertjährigen Gedenktag der grossen Revolution.

Author: 
Karl Kautsky
Publication details: 
1889; Stuttgart: J. H. W. Dietz.
£150.00

One of the best-known theoreticians of the Second International (1854-1938). Subtitled 'Separat-Abdruck aus der "Neuen Zeit", Heft 1-4, 1889.' 79 pages, 8vo. In original grey printed wraps. Paper browning and with some fraying to corners of prelims, but good and tight with last gathering unopened. Wraps discoloured, with some wear and loss. Rear wrap, with publishers advertisements on outside, loose.

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