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[ George Richmond, portrait painter, one of William Blake's 'Ancients'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Richmond'), offering to begin a drawing after Christmas, as he regards 'all holy days as very sacred things'.

Author: 
George Richmond (1809-1896), portrait painter, in his youth one of the 'Ancients' who attached themselves to William Blake
Publication details: 
10 York Street, Portman Square [ London ]. 3 December 1851.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins: 'Any time after Jany 7th will suit me perfectly for making the drawing, before Xmas day I am afraid I could not begin it.' He has 'too great fellowship with those who labor, not to respect all holy days as very sacred things'.

[ Henry Nelson O'Neil, Russian-born British genre painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry O'Neil') to 'Dear Isabelle', inviting her to a dinner on the evening of a private view of his work at Greenwich.

Author: 
Henry Nelson O'Neil (1817-1880), historical genre painter born in Russia of British parents
Publication details: 
7 Victoria Road, Kensington [ London ]. 9 April [ '1867' added in pencil in another hand ].
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks if she and her husband will dine with him 'at Greenwich on the Private view day'. Her 'respected Parents and Sissie' will be with his party. A postscript reads: 'As I am off to Paris tonight and don't return for a week you need not (as usual) reply by return of post'.

[ Alfred Waterhouse, Victorian Gothic Revival architect. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Waterhouse') to the physician W. H. Allchin, asking him to call to see his son, 'who has a swelled face'.

Author: 
Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905), RA, Victorian Gothic Revival architect who designed Manchester Town Hall and the Natural History Museum, London [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 20 New Cavendish Street, Portland Place, W. [ London ] 5 May 1889.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to Allchin at 5 Chandos Street, W. He asks him whether it would be 'convenient to you to come across today to see my Son who has a swelled face, & whose mother thinks he is not in a condition to go outside the house'.

[ The Royal College of Surgeons of England. ] 'Letters Testimonial' certifying the qualification of Oliver Sunderland, signed by president Sir William Scovell Savory, vice-presidents John Whitaker Hulke and Christopher Heath and eight other surgeons.

Author: 
The Royal College of Surgeons of England; Sir William Scovell Savory, President; John Whitaker Hulke and Christopher Heath, Vice-Presidents
Publication details: 
The Court of Examiners of The Royal College of Surgeons of England [ London ]. 2 August 1888.
£350.00

Impressively printed in black on one side of a 58 x 43 cm sheet. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to the edge on one side, and light creasing. Impressively laid out in copperplate, beneath the College's coat of arms. The signatures are arranged in two columns, with the first two bracketted as 'Vice Presidents': '[left-hand column] J. W.

[ Lord John Manners, Marquis of Granby, army officer after whom many English pubs are named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Manners') regarding the broken health of one Lieutenant Hawkins, and his inability to rejoin his regiment in Jamaica.

Author: 
Lieutenant-General John Manners (1721-1770), Marquess of Granby, British army officer, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland
Publication details: 
Parliament Street [ London ]. 23 August 1770.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, with fraying to edges, and loss at one corner from the opening of the seal. There is a faint pencil note on three lines in another hand at the foot of the letter. The letter reads: 'Having considerd Lt Hawkins situation, and the effect the Climate of Jamaica has had upon him – I am of opinion that He is totally unable to join his Regiment, and there is great reason to fear, his health will never be such as to enable him to do duty with it, in that Island | John Manners | Parliament St. | Augst. 23d. 1770'.

[ Major-General Sir Henry James of the Royal Engineers, Director General of the Ordnance Survey. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry James.') to Sir John Fox Burgoyne, regarding Sir Emerson Tennent and 'abstracts from Meteorological observations'.

Author: 
Major-General Sir Henry James (1803-1877) of the Royal Engineers, British army officer, Director General of the Ordnance Survey, 1854-1875 [ Sir Emerson Tennent (1804-1869); Sir John Fox Burgoyne]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Ordnance Map Office, Southampton. 20 November 1856.
£80.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Sir John F. Burgoyne. | Bart:'. He is sending 'a copy of the Abstracts from Meteorological observations taken at our Foreign stations, in which Sir Emerson Tennent will find the abstract from the observations taken at Columbo in the year 1853-4'. He is also sending abstracts from subsequent years which 'have not yet been printed'.

[ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter, President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. ] Corrected Typescript of a paper titled: 'The Organisation and Functions of British Chambers of Commerce', with separate section titled 'Joint Chambers of Commerce'.

Author: 
Sir Eric A. Carpenter [ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter ] (1896-1973), President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, banker and industrialist [ Association of British Chambers of Commerce ]
Publication details: 
[ Manchester (for the Association of British Chambers of Commerce?), 1950s. ]
£250.00

Totalling 17pp., foolscap 8vo. The main paper, 'The Organisation and Functions of British Chambers of Commerce', 14pp; the supplementary paper (separately paginated), titled 'Joint Chambers of Commerce', 3pp. Separating the two papers is a leaf carrying a faded duplicated image of a plan copied from The Chambers of Commerce Manual 1954-5'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with rusty staple and paperclip, and slight creasing to the last three leaves of the main paper. Minor pencil emendations throughout the main paper by Carpenter.

[ Edward William Wyon, sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward W Wyon') to R. Redpath, praising Sir Francis Chantrey as a 'great Master of Portrait Sculpture', and his statue of 'a Bishop kneeling' [ Reginald Heber. ].

Author: 
Edward William Wyon (1811-1885), sculptor [ Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1841); Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Bishop of Calcutta ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 19A Stanhope Street, Hampstead Road, N.W. London. 1 March 1867.
£100.00

Wyon studied at the Royal Academy schools from 1829, and became a celebrated sculptor, exhibiting at the Royal Academy regularly from 1831 to 1876. Among his commissions were works intended for reproduction by Wedgwood as well as numerous portrait busts. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The subject of the letter is Chantrey's 1847 statue of Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Bishop of Calcutta, now in St Paul's Cathedral in that city.

[ Fred Barnard, illustrator of Charles Dickens and Realist painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F Barnard') to Arthur Alchin, agreeing to lend pictures.

Author: 
Fred Barnard [ Frederick Barnard (1846-1896) ], illustrator of Charles Dickens and Realist painter
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Warrington House, Steele's Road, Haverstock Hill. 22 July 1883.
£60.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A florid signature with stylized underlining. Docketted on reverse of second leaf 'Answered in person'. After apologising for the delay in replying he writes: 'Of course I will lend with all pleasure the pictures | Should I be away I will leave instructions for them to be delivered to you'.

[ 'A New Work on Evolution.' ] Prospectus for the second edition of 'Fallen Angels, A Disquisition upon Human Existence - An Attempt to Elucidate some of its Mysteries, especially those of Evil and Suffering.' With printed publicity card.

Author: 
'One of Them' [ i.e. Frederick Braby ] [ Gay and Bird, London publishers ]
Publication details: 
London: Gay and Bird, 5 Chandos Street, Strand. [ 1894. ]
£35.00

The work was hugely popular, going through numerous editions between 1894 and 1907. The title is (deliberately) misleading. The work is an exploration of theological rather than biological questions, with the author stating that 'The How, Why, and Wherefore have not received the full amount of profound and reverent study that the ineffably intrinsic importance of the subject to ourselves warrants.' Lewis Carroll had a copy in his library.

[ Charles Kemble, actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Kemble.') to an unnamed recipient, sending an autograph and apologising for the delay in a charming fashion.

Author: 
Charles Kemble (1775-1854), English actor, member of a notable theatrical dynasty, joint proprietor of Covent Garden Theatre, London
Publication details: 
11 Park Place, St James's [ London ]. 12 November 1836.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: 'Sir | Having mislaid your letter of 14th. March last, you have doubtless considered me a very discourteous person - this day, in turning over a parcel of letters which had been put aside as answered, I fortunately discovered yours among the rest, requesting my Autograph, which I hasten to send you; and with many apologies for the delay, I am, Sir, | Your obedient servant | C. Kemble'.

[ Victorian campaign for a national system of labour exchanges. ] Printed pamphlet: 'A National Labour Bureau with Affiliated Labour Registries, and the Evidence given thereon before the Royal Commission on Labour.'

Author: 
E. T. Scammell, Honorary Secretary of the Exeter and District Chamber of Commerce [ Victorian campaign for a national system of labour exchanges ]
Publication details: 
Published by A. Wheaton & Co., Booksellers, Fore Street, Exeter. 1893.
£120.00

16pp., 8vo. Stapled pamphlet. Aged and worn, with all text intact. Dedicated 'To | Nathaniel Lewis Cohen, Esq., | Founder of the First | Free Labour Registry | in England.' The text begins: 'A National Labour Bureau, with Affiliated Labour Registries, | Is one of the pressing needs of the time.

[ Mutiny on HMS Winchester, 1854, and initiation ceremony for blue jackets. ] Proof of the start of an article, including a diary of 'The Winchester's Last Commission' and extract from letter by Sir Charles Fellowes.

Author: 
Anon. [ HMS Winchester and Admiral Sir Charles Fellowes (1823-1886), Commander in Chief, Channel Fleet; mutiny ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date, but after Fellowes' death in 1886.
£180.00

This item appears to be a proof of the first eight pages of an unpublished 'account of the mutiny' on board HMS Winchester in the South China Seas in 1854 (while on its way to take part in the Second Burmese War, in which the Winchester's captain Granville Gower Loch (1813-1853) would be killed). The mutiny, which was quashed by Rear Admiral Fleetwood Pellew (1789-1861), is described by the author of the present item as the ship's 'skeleton in the cupboard'. The text breaks off before the mutiny takes place, with the Winchester having left Point de Galle, and on its way to Trincomalee.

[ Sir Andrew Noble, Scottish physicist. ] Offprint of paper titled 'A Sketch of the History of Propellants'. [ With account of discussion featuring H. A. Greer, Herbert B. Rowell, Professor Archibald Barr and Sir James Williamson. ]

Author: 
Sir Andrew Noble, Bart., K.C.B., F.R.S., D.Sc., Sc.D., D.C.L. [ Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland; H. A. Greer; Herbert B. Rowell; Professor Archibald Barr; Sir James Williamson ]
Publication details: 
Reprinted from the Transactions of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (incorporated). Glasgow: Fraser, Asher & Co. Ltd., Printers and Publishers, 164 Howard Street. 1909.
£50.00

20pp., 12mo. Stapled in grey printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged, in worn wraps. The paper was 'Read 4th August, 1909.' Containing five tables.

[ The Earl of Albemarle, as Lord Bury. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bury') to 'Major Richardson', regarding the arrangements [ by the National Rifle Association ] for the visit of the 'Belgians' [ Belgian Volunteers ] to Wimbledon.

Author: 
[ Lord Bury ] William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle (1832-1894), styled Viscount Bury between 1851 and 1891, British soldier and politician [ National Rifle Association ]
Publication details: 
8 St Martin's Lane [ London ]. 10 July 1867.
£45.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On behalf of 'the Executive Committee', he thanks him and 'the Sub Committee' for the letter 'reporting the conclusion of the arrangements for Reception of the Belgians at Wimbledon', and declares the arrangements satisfactory. The letter concludes with a resolution of the Executive Committee, requesting the Sub Committee 'to continue their labours in this department until after the Departure of the Belgians from Wimbledon'.

[ Royal Navy commission to 'Her Majestys Steam Ship the Simoom'. ] Appointing Lieutenant Peter Mackenzie Godfrey, on vellum and signed by Admirals Sir Alexander Milne and Lord FitzHardinge, and by First Secretary of the Admiralty John Parker.

Author: 
[ Lord FitzHardinge ] Maurice Frederick FitzHardinge Berkeley, 1st Baron FitzHardinge (1788-1867); Sir Alexander Milne (1806-1896); John Parker (1799-1881), First Secretary of the Admiralty
Publication details: 
The Admiralty [ London ]. 10 February 1852.
£80.00

Printed on one side of a 28 x 34 cm piece of vellum, and completed by Parker in manuscript. With the customary tax stamp and embossed Admiralty seal. In good condition, with the customary aging and wear of the vellum. Headed 'By The Commission for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland &c.' Godfrey's seniority is given as 30 August 1841, and the document is signed by 'J Parker', 'M. F. F. Berkeley' and 'Alexr Milne'. The word 'Commissioned' is written at the foot.

[ The London College of Educational Dance Training (later the London College of Dance). ] Printed prospectus from 1946, with one letter from the principal Grace Cone, and four from vice-principal Anita Heyworth, to Phrosso Pfister.

Author: 
[ The London College of Dance [ The London College of Educational Dance Training ]; Grace Cone; Anita Heyworth; Phrosso Pfister (1922-2013) ]
Publication details: 
The London College of Educational Dance Training, The Lodge [ Rawdon Hall ], Holyport, near Maidenhead, Berkshire. 1944, 1945 and 1946.
£220.00

The London College of Educational Dance Training opened at Rawdon Hall in 1944, merged with Middlesex University in 1994, and shut in 2003. Grace Cone, the first principal, retired in 1966, and was replaced by her vice-principal Anita Heyworth. Heyworth retired in 1973 and was replaced by Phrosso Pfister. Pfister had become a student at the college in 1945, following war service with the SOE in Egypt and Italy, and had become a staff member in 1949. The present collection of five items is from Pfister's papers.

[ Samuel Coley (1825-1880), Professor at Headingley Theological College, 'the Illustrative Preacher'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Bro [i.e. 'Brother Minister'], regarding a 'Missionary Meeting for New Radford'.

Author: 
Samuel Coley (1825-1880), 'the Illustrative Preacher', Methodist Professor at Headingley Theological College, Leeds
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Headingley Theological College, Leeds ]
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition. Reads: 'My dear Bro [meaning in this case 'Brother Minister'] | Our own Missionary Meeting for New Radford will be on that same evening. I should not wonder if Mr Taylor will not rather want to borrow you than lend me. You will see that I cannot accede to your wish or it would please me to do it.'

[ Sir Andrew Napier, Irish politician and father-in-law of Dame Nellie Melba. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andw. Armstrong') to 'the Reporter of the Globe Newspaper', correcting an error regarding his voting in the House of Commons.

Author: 
Sir Andrew Armstrong (1786-1863), Irish politician, MP for King's Country, and Receiver General of Stamps in Ireland, father-in-law of Dame Nellie Melba
Publication details: 
House of Commons [ London ]. 8 June 1841.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf 'To the Reporter of the Globe Newspaper'. He points out that in 'the Division which took place last night upon the Belfast and Cave-hill Railway Bill' his name 'was placed in the Majority whereas it should have been in the Minority', and he asks him to correct the error.

[ Sir John Rhys, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Rhys') to 'Morris', regarding his inability to give a paper at his 'excursions', with reference to 'Lloyd' and 'Anwyl'.

Author: 
Sir John Rhys (1840-1915), Welsh scholar, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University [ Sir Edward Anwyl (1866-1914); Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947) ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Jesus College, Oxford. 16 July 1903.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to inner margin. Morris's 'excursions are very tempting' and he will try to go, 'but do not put me down for a paper on Friday evening or any other evening as I cannot produce one'. He suggests that Morris 'press Lloyd and Anwyl both of whom have lots of things to say'. He will 'try to say something as may occur to me but no regular paper'. His wife will not be able to go, but one of his daughters might do so. 'If the weather is favourable it ought to be very enjoyable, but if the contrary alas! what then?'

[ Sir Michael Foster, physiologist. ] Engraved form of the Royal Society of London, Burlington House, signed by 'M. Foster' as Secretary, acknowledging receipt of numbers of Alexander Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll'.

Author: 
Sir Michael Foster (1836-1907), physiologist and Secretary, Royal Society of London [ Alexander Ramsay ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Society of London, Burlington House. 15 June 1882.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with loss to a few words of engraved text. A good piece of Royal Society ephemera: a nicely engraved form, with ornate letterhead. Addressed to 'A. Ramsay Esq | FGS', and signed 'M. Foster'. Acknowledging Ramsay's 'mark of consideration' in sending 'Scientific Roll. Vol. 1. Nos. 4-7'.

[ Mona Caird, Scottish novelist, suffragist and theosophist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mona Caird') to 'Dr. Chapman', regarding the publication of her letter on 'Marriage in England' in a paper edited by 'Mr. Stanton' [ Theodore Stanton? ].

Author: 
Mona Caird [ Alice Mona Caird; née Alice Mona Alison; married name Alice Mona Henryson-Caird] (1854-1932), Scottish novelistt, proponent of women's suffrage, and theosophist [ Theodore Stanton ]
Publication details: 
'On letterhead of Northbrook, Micheldever [ Hampshire ]. 10 October 1888.
£120.00

The 'Mr. Stanton' referred to in the letter is presumably the journalist Theodore Stanton, son of the abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (1805-1887) and his wife the suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902). 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Some time ago I half promised to write a letter to an American paper whose Editor is the brother of a friend of mine, & who lives in Paris.

[ Rosamund Lehmann ] Autograph Letter Signed "Rosamund Lehmann" to a "Miss Murray"

Author: 
Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990), British novelist, associated with the Bloomsbury Group
Publication details: 
[Headed] Llanstephan House, Llyswen, Brecon, 13 August 1939.
£56.00

Three pages, 12mo, good condition."Mrs Lynd's [ Sylvia Lynd, author ] letter about the Femina Committee followed me here where I am spending a few days. The onlky objection I can see to inserting the word 'formerly' before F.V.H. [Femina - Vie Heureuse ] is that the title of the Prize Committee would be even more unwieldy than it already is!- but of course I am in favour of trying to settle the difference between the two French committees, and hope Mrs Lynd will write the letter she suggests in her letter. I must admit that I didn't realize there were two [underlined] French committees."

[ Algernon Blackwood, celebrated author of ghost stories. ] Autograph signature.

Author: 
Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951), author noted for his ghost stories
Publication details: 
No place. 1914.
£30.00

On a 10.5 x 11 cm piece of paper, with torn edges, laid down on a piece of thicker paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Good firm signature, clearly written in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'Yours sincerely | Algernon Blackwood | 1914.'

[ Edward Churton (1800-1874), Hispanist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edw. Churton') to an unnamed party

Author: 
Edward Churton, Archdeacon of Cleveland, and Hispanist
Publication details: 
'Crayke nr. Easingwold. | Feb. 29. 1868.'
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has 'dutifully employed a portion of this odd [last word underlined] day in the year' looking over his accounts, and finds that his 'Subscription for last Year to the Ch[urch]. Build[in]g. Soc[iet]y. was not paid'. He thinks the former local secretary for the area has retired, 'or has left off reminding the Subscribers when their Subsc[riptio]ns. become due'. He encloses 'what is meant to represent' his subscriptions for the present and previous years.

[ Harry Gregory Hast, English tenor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Gregory Hast') to 'Mr Streatfeild' [Cyril Streatfeild of the Queen's Hall] regarding a visit to Pembroke College, Cambridge, twenty years before.

Author: 
Gregory Hast [Harry Gregory Hast ] (1862-1944), English tenor and music teacher, founder of the Meister Glee Singers [ [Frank] Cyril Streatfeild (1869-1935) of the Queen's Hall, London ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, The Orchard, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead. 15 May 1912.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair conditIon, aged and with soot marks to the side bearing the signature. He thanks him for his 'charming letter', adding: 'Yes, I well remember the visit to Pembroke College Cambridge | 20 years agone - my word!' The letter ends: 'Yes, do come.' Hast published 'The Singer's Art: Letters from a Singing Master' in 1925.

[ John Harmon Charles Bonté, Professor of Legal Ethics at the Hastings College of the Law. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J H C Bonté') to Alexander Ramsay, praising his periodical 'The Scientific Roll', and offering to contribute to it.

Author: 
J. H. C. Bonté [ John Harmon Charles Bonté ] (1831-1896), Professor of Legal Ethics at the Hastings College of the Law, Secretary of the Board of Regents of the University of California
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University of California, Berkeley. 12 November 1882.
£65.00

1p., 4to. Aged and worn, with tear along fold line repaired on reverse with archival tape. He lists the numbers of the Scientific Roll he has just received through the Smithsonian Institution, and has spent the last hour looking them over. 'The idea of the work is superb. - Just what is needed. The execution is fine, and I shall enjoy and profit by your work.' Ramsay has done him 'a great favor which will be reciprocated as soon as possible'. He is 'making original researches' which he believes 'will be of value', and will write to Ramsay again.

[ Admiral Sir Lewis Jones, Governor of Greenwich Hospital. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lewis T Jones') to 'Mr Wills', paying his subscription to 'the South Hants Archery Society'.

Author: 
Admiral Sir Lewis Jones [ [ Admiral Sir Lewis Tobias Jones ] (1797-1895), Governor of Greenwich Hospital and Commander-in-Chief, Queenstown
Publication details: 
'Down End Fareham | May 14th 1875'.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, with small stain from mount at head of leaf. He is sending a postal order for eleven guineas, 'being the Subscription of Miss Jones & myself to the South Hants Archery Society fm 1875'. He ends in the hope that Wills and his wife have enjoyed their 'trip on the Continent'.

[ 'Arthur Sketchley' (i.e. George Rose), 'Mrs Brown' and the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A. Sketchley') to 'Jno. Kinloch Esq', requesting 'A Box for this evening'.

Author: 
'Arthur Sketchley', pseudonym of George Rose (1817-1882), dramatist, creator of the once-celebrated 'Mrs Brown' [ The Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London. 5 November 1864.
£30.00

Having left the Church of England for Roman Catholicism, Rose had had a number of well-received plays produced on the London stage before the huge success of his creation 'Mrs Brown'. 'Mrs Brown at Home and Abroad' was performed at the Egyptian Hall in 1864, and the 'Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music & Romance' refers to 'Mr. Arthur Sketchley's snug little auditorium at the Egyptian Hall' for a performance of 'Mrs Brown at the Play'.

[ William Hale Hale, Master of Charterhouse. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Hale') to Major R. S. Macgregor, discussing his 'Specimens of Greek Anthology' and his own position, with reference to Richard Elwyn, Edward Elder and Dean Milman.

Author: 
W. H. Hale [ William Hale Hale ] (1795-1870), Master of Charterhouse and Archdeacon of London [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869); Edward Elder (1812-1858); Richard Elwyn (1827-1897) ]
Publication details: 
Charterhouse [ London ]. 31 October 1855.
£45.00

3pp.,, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He acknowledges receipt of Macgregor's 'Specimens of Greek Anthology', of which he has 'already read the greatest part with much pleasure', and has 'felt from the translation the force of the original'. He continues: 'I do not however profess to be a critic of poetry, my thoughts & studies have not been directed that way.' He has 'placed the other copies in the hands of the two chief Schoolmasters, Dr Elder [Edward Elder (1812-1858)] and Mr Elwyn [Richard Elwyn (1827-1897)'.

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