Henry Larkin (1820-1899), friend and biographer of Thomas Carlyle [ Frederick Chapman of Chapman and Hall, London publishers ]
Both items from 6 Farriano Cottages, Leighton Road, NW. [ London. ] 23 January and 1 February 1865.
Both letters are 3pp., 12mo, and both bifoliums. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting couple of letters, with Larkin advising the engraver on how to extract payment from the publishers, while stressing in both letters that he does not wish his own name mentioned. The first letter begins: 'The Printer has had the Woodcut and printed it, so you can go ahead!
L. Carlyle Lyon [ Dr Louis Carlyle Lyon (d.1970) ], Assistant Secretary, Osler Club, London [Nehemiah Asherson (1897-1989), English physician and Librarian of the Medical Society of London ]
From Lyon's private address, 42 Corringway, Ealing, W5 [ London ]. 29 December 1951.
1p., folio. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with leaf from diary tipped in onto blank reverse. Signed 'L. Carlyle Lyon', addressed by Lyon to 'Mr. Asherson' with seasonal greetings in autograph. Heavily annotated with notes by Asherson. Begins: 'You are cordially invited to attend (with a friend or friends) the "Pneumonia Evening" of the OSLER CLUB (President, Mr. V. Zachary Cope, F.R.C.S, in the Chair) on FRIDAY, January 11th, at 7.45 p.m. at the Medical Society of London, 11, Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, W.1. | Speakers: Lord Horder, G.C.V.O.: "Osler and Pneumonia".
Carlyle's signature cut from letter dated 'Scotsbrig, 30 Decr, 1853 -'. The poem without place or date.
The two items are both laid down on an 11.5 x 21 cm piece of paper, cut from an autograph album. In fair condition, with light signs of age. Carlyle's signature on 3.5 x 14 cm piece of paper, reading 'T. Carlyle | Scotsbrig, 30 Decr, 1853 -'.
Liverpool Anti-Monopoly Association [ Thomas Thornely, M.P.; Free Trade; Smith, Rogerson, and Co., Liverpool printers ]
Second edition. Liverpool: Printed by Smith, Rogerson, and Co., 44, Lord Street. 1843.
40pp., 12mo. Disbound and without wraps. On aged and lightly damp-stained paper. The report begins (p.5): 'The Object of the Liverpool Anti-Monopoly Association, as expressed in its constitution, is "The annihilation of all Monopolies in Trade and Commerce, and especially the total and immediate Repeal of the Bread and Provision Taxes.' Pp.36-37 carry, in small print, the 'List of Members for 1842'; the 'Council for 1843', with 'THOMAS THORNELY, Esq., M.P.' as president, is on p.3.
William Hanna (1808-1882), son-in-law of Rev. Dr Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), theologian, economist and leader of the Church of Scotland
Proofs of a book that was published by Thomas Constable and Co., Edinburgh, 1849-1852.
These proof sheets to the fourth and last volume (1852) of Hanna's 'Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Thomas Chalmers', derive from the Chalmers family through Mrs Anne Chalmers Bennet Clark, and are marked in manuscript at the head of the first page 'This Chapter has not [last word underlined] been sent out.' 24pp., 8vo. Three unbound signatures, paginated 439-462. In fair condition, aged and worn.
[The Public Order Memorial; The Trafalgar Square Riots, London, 1848; Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; Chartism; the Chartists]
Public Order Memorial, Committee Room, British Hotel, Cockspur Street. 6 May 1848.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Written out in manuscript on lithographed letterhead headed 'Public Order Memorial'. Reads: 'Resolved | That after mature Consideration of the Circumstances which have occurred since the objects of the Committee were first promulgated, it is expedient that no further steps be taken in furtherance of the objects proposed, and that the Contributions already received of which Her Majesty and Members of the Royal Family have subscribed One Thousand Pounds be returned to the subscribers, the expenses incurred having been discharged by the Committee'.
James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), historian [Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907), American abolitionist and Unitarian clergyman]
On letterhead of 5 Onslow Gardens, S.W. [London] 5 June [no year].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He has 'desired Longman to send you half-a dozen copies of the magazine'. Conway can 'either sent them as they are, or cut your own article out'. Froude would prefer the first option, '& will of course bear the expense & the Postage'. The letter ends with Froude making a dinner invitation.
16pp., 8vo. Disbound. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Steel engraved portrait of Carlyle on title-page. Clearly produced immediately following Carlyle's death, as the commencement indicates: 'On a cold wintry Monday morning in February the Times announced that Thomas Carlyle was seriously ill.
Henry James Nicoll, Scottish man of letters [Thomas Carlyle]
Letter, 7 April 1881, 'Lumsden, by Aberdeen'; book, Edinburgh: Macniven & Wallace, Princes Street, 1881.
The letter is 12mo, 2 pp, 30 lines. In good condition, with the text clear and entire, and with wear to 0.5 cm strips at head and tail (not affecting the text) where the letter overlaps the top and bottom of the book. The blank second leaf of the bifolium is laid down on the verso of the book's half-title. Nicoll begins by apologising for sending 'a copy of the cheap edition' ('the cloth copies of the second edition are not yet ready, and I do not know when they will be out').
J. A. Froude [James Anthony Froude] (1818-1894), historian, son of Robert Hurrell Froude (1771-1859), Archdeacon of Totnes
Dartington. Undated, but written before his father's death in 1859.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium, on grey paper embossed with crest. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf and with part of the paper to which it was attached still adhering to the blank reverse. He begins by declaring that he is 'much vexed' over a mix-up about a parcel of books 'I wrote expressly to London to desire that they might be sent here. As there is no help for it now I must beg you to believe it was not through carelessness of mine'. He asks her to send them on to Dartington, and to let him know the cost, which he will remit in postage stamps.
David Masson [David Mather Masson] (1822–1907), Scottish literary critic and historian
16 Regents'Villas, Avenue Road, [London?}, 12 May 1856
Two pages, 12mo, letter inset into larger page, both sides visible, good condition. Masson has been introduced to a Mr J. Stuart Glennie by Professor Blackie, and talking about a matter of importance, in which he has also been seeking to interest Mr. Carlyle and others whom you know. It seems that a movement is in progress, & insuch a way as almost certainly to issue in success, for the establishment on Limited Liability principles of a new daily newspaper. At present the chief promoters of he paper are liberal & influential nonconformists; but Mr.
Viola Meynell [Viola Meynell Dallyn] (1885-1956), English writer [Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962)]
1 May 1956; on letterhead of Humphrey's Homestead, Greatham, Pulborough, Sussex.
12mo, 1 p. Eight lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with slight trace of mount on reverse. In reply to his address of 'gracious lady' she must reply 'gracious sir'. She is 'so pleased' to get his commendation of her 'The Best of Friends: Further Letters to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell', and is sending his letter on 'to Sir Sydney, who has long been bed-ridden', as she knows it will give him pleasure.
William Maccall (1812-1888), Scottish writer and lecturer [W. S. Sonnenschein & Co.]
14 November 1882; Stanhope Cottages, Bexley Heath.
4to, 1 page and 12mo, 2 pp (single 4to leaf, folded as to give two 12mo pp on one side). Thirty-seven lines of text. Maccall is 'willing to accept any proposal which is reasonable and just' concerning his 'Christian Legends' (published by Sonnenschein in 1882), and also 'to make sacrifices for the sake of obliging [...] As the one manuscript is about twice the length of the other - I speak from memory, - it might honestly claim better remuneration'.
James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), English historian [John Leycester Adolphus (c.1794-1862), barrister and writer]
12 November [no year, but before 1863]. On embossed letterhead of 8 Clifton Place, Hyde Park, London.
12mo: 2 pp. Sixteen lines of text. Good. He is 'very anxious to be introduced' at the Literary Society and 'to take advantage of [Adolphus's] kindness in proposing' him. Gives reasons for not having attending any of the Society's dinners.
Adam Black (1784-1874), Scottish publisher and Liberal politician [William Ewart Gladstone; Thomas Carlyle; Benjamin Disraeli]
11 November 1865; Edinburgh.
12mo: 1 p. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. Good. Reads 'Sir | Mr. Gladstone having resigned the Rectorship of the Edinburgh University the Students have today elected Mr. Carlyle as his successor in opposition to Mr. D'Israeli [sic] -'.
Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875), English civil servant and author
Undated (but post 1868); on Privy Council Office letterhead.
12mo: 1 p. Good, with four fold lines. Helps held the post of Clerk of the Privy Council from 1860 until his death. In large letters beneath the oval blue Privy Council crest reads 'Life of | Las Casas | 2 copies for | [signature] A Helps'. The handwriting is bold and the signature is underlined with a flourish.
10 August [no year]; on letterhead 'THE MOLT, | SALCOMBE, | KINGSBRIDGE.'
English historian (1818-94). Two pages, 12mo, on grey paper. In very good condition, with traces of previous mounting on verso of otherwise-blank second leaf of bifoliate. He is flattered by the offer, but cannot 'take part at the opening of your Session'. 'Mr Graham wrote to me at your desire. I had to tell him as I hope he will have informed you, that my uncertain health forbids me to make any distant engagements | more than once when I have given such promises I have been unable to fulfil them and I have therefore found it necessary to decline once for all'. Signed 'J A Froude'.