CENTIURY

[William Babington, Physician to Guy's Hospital.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Babington') to the surgeon Nicholas Birch, rearranging a meeting due to 'attendance this morning at Westminster Hall'.

Author: 
William Babington (1756-1833), Anglo-Irish Physician to Guy's Hospital and mineralogist [Nicholas Birch (c.1747-1833), London surgeon]
Publication details: 
17 Aldermanbury [London]. 17 July 1813.
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The breaking open of the letter has left a corner of the second leaf under the wafer. Addressed, with two postmarks, on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Birch | Surgeon | Mansell Street | Goodmans Fields'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | An attendance this morning at Westminster Hall will put it out of my power to be with you before the afternoon.

[ Henry Detmold and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Ed Detmold.') from Detmold to Forbes's mother, expressing condolences on her husband's death.

Author: 
Henry Detmold [ Henry Edward Detmold ] (1854-1924), England artist of German extraction, founder member of the Newlyn School in Cornwall [ Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (), RA, painter
Publication details: 
Arlington House, Tunbridge Wells. 11 December [ 1888 ].
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Addressed to 'Dear Mrs Forbes', and expressing his 'sincerest sympathy' in her 'present affliction'. Her sorrow will be 'shared by all who knew your late husband & appreciated his genial disposition'. From the Forbes papers, from which other Newlyn items are offered separately.

Typed Letter Signed ('G. R. Hall Caine') to Sir Thomas Moore of Hatchards bookshop, regarding 'the rehabilitation of this business'.

Author: 
Gordon Ralph Hall Caine [G.R. Hall Caine](1884-1962), Chairman and Managing Director, Argosy & Sundial Libraries Limited, of London and Liverpool [son of the novelist Hall Caine (1853-1931)]
Publication details: 
23 June 1947; on Argosy & Sundial letterhead.
£95.00

8vo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. On creased and lightly-aged paper. He is glad that Sir Thomas appreciates 'the seriousness of our position', and the reasons for asking Hatchards 'to release Mr. Edgeley to us for approximately six months in order to enable him to concentrate mainly upon the rehabilitation of this business'. Not a minor matter; according to one source the firm had '2,217 branches and 1.3 million books in circulation by 1934'.

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