CARMARTHEN

[Bedwellty Colliery Explosion, 1865: street ballad in Welsh, with list of names of deceased.] Printed item titled: 'Hanes alarus am 26 o golliers a gollasant eu bywydau yn pwll glo Bedwellty, gerllaw Tredegar, Dydd Gwener, Mehefin 16, 1865.'

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[Bedwellty Colliery Explosion, 1865; Welsh street ballad; coal mining]
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Printed by 'William Thomas, Argraffydd, Caerfyrddin.' No date [late Vicvtorian].
£65.00

The title is 'Hanes alarus am 26 o golliers a gollasant eu bywydau yn pwll glo Bedwellty, gerllaw Tredegar, Dydd Gwener, Mehefin 16, 1865.' This may be translated as 'The woeful tale of 26 colliers who lost their lives in the Bedwellty coal mine, near Tredegar, Friday, 16 June 1865. 4pp 16mo (15.5 x 9 cm). Paginated [1]-4. Bifolium. Printer's slug at foot of last page. Disbound. A frail survival: aged and worn.

[Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds, Foreign Secretary who antagonised Thomas Jefferson and damaged relations with United States.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Leeds') to 'Mr Alderman Clark', regarding Duke of Rutland and Bethlem Hospital.

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Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds [Marquess of Carmarthen] (1751-1799), Foreign Secretary who antagonised Thomas Jefferson and damaged relations with the United States [Richard Clark]
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St. James's Square [London]. 5 April 1796.
£350.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to revese of second leaf, which is endorsed '5. April 1796 | Duke of Leeds.' Folded twice. Reads 'Dear Sir. | The Duke of Rutland & some of his friends being desirous of seeing Bethlem Hospital, I shall be much obliged to you for an order of admittance for His Grace & his Company. | Believe me Dear Sir | very sincerely yours | Leeds.' Richard Clark (1739-1831) was Treasurer of the Royal Hospitals of Bethlem and Bridewell.

[ Cholera outbreak in Victorian Wales: a poetry pamphlet in Welsh. ] Pryddest Ar Paul Yn Athen, Act. XVII; At Ba Un Yr Ychwanegwyd, Awdl Ar Ymweliad Y Geri Marwol A Chymru Yn 1849. Gan J. Rhys Morgan, (Lleurwg,) Aberafon.

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J. Rhys Morgan, (Lleurwg,) Aberafon [ Cholera epidemic in Wales ]
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Caerfyrddin [ Carmarthen ]: Argraffwyd Gan William Thomas, Yn Heol-Y-Bont. 1852.
£100.00

64pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Two poems, the first on a biblical topic and the second on an outbreak of cholera. Three copies on COPAC: at the National Library of Wales, Cardiff, and the British Library. Now extremely scarce.

[ Samuel Heywood of the Inner Temple. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Heywood') to 'Mr. Strong', enquiring when 'Mr. Whitbread' would like him to make an appearance at 'the Election for Bedford'.

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Samuel Heywood (1753-1828) of the Inner Temple, Serjeant-at-Law and Chief Justice of the Carmarthen Circuit of Wales [ William Henry Whitbread (1795-1867), brewer; MP for Bedford 1818-1835 ]
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'Inner Temple [ London ] - Monday. 4 oClock'. No date [ 1818 or 1820?].
£35.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on second leaf of bifolium to 'Mr. Strong | Redcross Street | Cripplegate'. He would like to be informed 'by the bearer whether the Election for Bedford comes on on Wednesday & when Mr. Whitbread wishes me to be there - If we set out tomorrow I will thank you to mention the news that I may make my arrangements accordingly'. Whitbread was the son of the celebrated brewer Samuel Whitbread.

Seven Typed Letters Signed (all 'Megan Lloyd George') from Lady Megan Lloyd George, daughter of Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George, and Member of Parliament, to J. W. Robertson-Scott, editor of 'The Countryman'.

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Megan Lloyd George [Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George] (1902-1966), daughter of Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945)
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Six from the House of Commons, Westminster, and the other from Brynawelon, Criccieth, North Wales. 1942 (2), 1943 (3), 1951 and 1957.
£160.00

Each of the seven letters is 1p., 12mo. All fair, on lightly-aged paper, and each with rust staining from paperclip in top left-hand corner of page. In the first letter she thanks him for his 'charming letter', giving her 'a warm welcome as your new colleage'. In the second letter she apologies for being unable to attend a meeting of 'the Design Panel', as she has 'a broadcast on Sunday, and the B.B.C. are clamouring to have the script on Friday'. In the third letter she thanks him for 'enclosing Proof of The Housewives' Ultimatum'.

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