CHARGE

[Charge of the Light Brigade; Crimean War.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Ford Thursby, as one of the 'travelling Gents', describing to his parents the situation at British 'Head Quarters' in the Crimea, and 'the valley of death'.

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Charge of the Light Brigade, Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War; Rev. William Ford Thursby (1830-1893) [Habeeb Risk Allah Effendi; Sir William Codrington; Sir Henry William Barnard; Lord William Paulet]
Publication details: 
'Head Quarters | Crimea', 23 May 1856.
£450.00

W. F. Thursby - latterly Rector of Bergh Apton, Hampshire - was one of the eight children of Rev. William Thursby (1795-1884). Four of his five brothers went into the army, Colonel Sir John Hardy Thursby (1826-1901) gaining particular distinction. (The Indian Mutiny correspondence of another brother, Captain Piers Thursby (1834-1904) of the 9th Lancers, is offered separately.) An interesting long letter, written within two months of the end of the Crimean War, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on 30 March 1856, and with the British forces still in the Crimea.

[Lord Lucan, in part responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War] Autograph Signature ('Lucan') on envelope addressed to 'Captain Wyndham'.

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Lord Lucan [Field Marshal George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan (1800-1888), Anglo-Irish British Army officer, one of those responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£35.00

On front of 5.5 x 12 cm envelope. Damaged seal in red wax on reverse. The envelope has been cut down, triming the merest fraction from the opening flourish of the signature, and the breaking of the red wax seal has left it in two parts. Otherwise in fair condition, lightly aged. Firm underlined signature 'Lucan' at bottom left, beneath an equally bold 'Captain Wyndham'.

['M. de Wagner' [Jean-Emile de Wagner?], London Chargé d'Affaires of Kingdom of Württemberg.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wagner'), in English, to Sir John Coxe Hippisley, announcing his transfer to Berlin, and reporting on court news of King William I

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'M. de Wagner' [Jean-Emile de Wagner?], London Chargé d'Affaires of the Kingdom of Württemberg [Wurtemberg] [Sir John Coxe Hippisley (c.1747-1825), diplomat and politician; William I (1781-1864)]
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Berlin; 4 September 1820.
£180.00

The letter announces the transfer to Berlin of 'Monsieur de Wagner', London Chargé d'Affaires of the the Kingdom of Württemberg, resident at 42 Alpha Place, Regent's Park. The recipient Sir John Coxe Hippisley, whom George III had described as a 'busy man' and 'grand intriguer', had retired from public life two years previously, but was clearly still involved in diplomatic affairs. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium. Forty-one lines of neatly-written text, addressed to 'Sir J C Hippisley Bart. | Lower Grosvenor Street.' On aged and worn paper, with short closed tears at edges of folds.

[ M. V. Portman, '"Father" of Andaman Islanders', edits and annotates a printed 'Report of the Wreck of the British Ships "Briton" and "Runnymede.'

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M. V. Portman, Officer in charge of the Andamanese.' [ Maurice Vidal Portman (1860-1935), naval officer, and ethnologist in the Andaman Islands ]
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Without date or place. The wreck took place on the Andaman Islands on 12 November 1844. The document postdates the cyclone there in November 1891.
£450.00

Portman's obituary in The Times, 22 February 1935, is subtitled '”Father” of Andaman Islanders', and he was 'Officer in charge of the Andamanese' from 1879 to his retirement in 1901. His ethnographic activities have received some degree of attention in recent years. He wrote two books on the Andaman Islands, presented a large collection of Andaman artefacts to the British Museum, and his many volumes of photographs and papers are scattered between a number of institutions. The present item is excessively scarce, with no copy traced on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

Autograph Letter in the third person from Lord Bingham [later George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan] to Sir Francis Freeling, Secretary of the General Post Office, regarding a petition to be presented to the House of Commons. With two cuttings.

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George Charles Bingham (1800-1888), 3rd Earl of Lucan [Lord Lucan], until 1839 known by the courtesy title Lord Bingham [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary of the General Post Office]
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3 Park Place [London] 12 June 1830. One of the cuttings dating from the commencement off the Crimean War, 1853.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Lord Bingham presents his compliments to Sir Francis Freeling & will feel much obliged to him if he will be good enough to have the accompanying letter opened & returned to him free of postage as Ld. B. knows it to be a Petition to the House of Commons | Ld. B.

Signature ('Fitzroy Somerset') of Lord Fitzroy Somerset, later Lord Raglan, on frank to Colonel Brotherton.

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FitzRoy James Henry Somerset [known as Lord FitzRoy Somerset], 1st Baron Raglan [Lord Raglan] (1788-1855), British army officer [The Charge of the Light Brigade; Battle of Balaklava; Crimean War]
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Merthyr Tydvil [Wales]. 11 June 1831.
£25.00

On piece of 6.5 x 11.5 cm paper, cut from front of frank. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. With the red government postmark ('FREE | 11 JU 11 | 1831'). Reads 'London June seventh 1831 | Colonel Brotherton | Merthyr Tydvil | [signed] Fitzroy Somerset'.

Eighteenth century manuscript manorial Court Leet 'Charge in the Court Baron', engrossed on vellum, giving instructions for an enquiry to be made by a land steward into matters 'that concen the Lord's Interest'.

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[Eighteenth-century Manorial Court Leet 'Charge in the Court Baron']
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Place and date not given. [English; mid-eighteenth century?]
£160.00

Engrossed on both sides of a long strip of vellum, 18.5 x 76 cm. Written in a neat clerk's hand. The vellum is worn, with slight damage at the head, and some passages, particularly at the start, are illegible. The heading appears to be 'Court Leet Charge', and the sub-heading 'Charge in the Court Baron' appears twice. The text is strongly reminiscent to the relevant sections in Giles Jacob's 'Complete Court-Keeper, or, Land-Steward's Assistant'.

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