CHARLES

[Wilma Neruda, Moravian violinist, wife of Sir Charles Hallé.] Autograph Signature: 'Wilma Norman Neruda'.

Author: 
Wilma Neruda, Lady Hallé [born Wilhelmine Maria Franziska Neruda] (1838-1911), Moravian violinist, successively wife of Swedish composer Ludvig Norman, and Anglo-German conductor Sir Charles Hallé
Publication details: 
Without place or date [before her marriage to Hallé in 1888].
£25.00

On 10 x 15 cm piece of laid paper. Simply a bold signature, underlined, with no other text, clearly given in response to a request for an autograph. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Joseph Frederick Green, peace campaigner.] Typed Letter Signed ('J. Fredk. Green'), asking the recipient to sign a Fabian Society statement drawn up with Walter Crane, H. S. Salt, Charles Charrington, S. G. Hobson, Edward Rose.

Author: 
J. Frederick Green [Joseph Frederick Green] (1855-1932), peace campaigner, Secretary, International Arbitration and Peace Association [Fabian Society; Independent Labour Party; Waler Crane]
Publication details: 
40 Outer Temple, Strand, W.C., London. 27 January 1900.
£80.00

1p, 4to. In poor condition, aged and worn. The male recipient is not named. The letter read s: 'At a small meeting attended by Walter Crane, H. S. Salt, Charles Charrington, S. G. Hobson, Edward Rose, and myself it was considered advisable to issue to the whole Fabian Society a statement on the lines of the enclosed proof which I herewith send you. A desire has been expressed that you should sign it and if you agree to do so I should be much obliged to have your signature at an early post.

[Julia Maria Hallam, wife of historian Henry Hallam.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J M Hallam') to Lady Elizabeth Palgrave, wife of Sir Francis Palgrave, reporting in affectionate terms on her son's health at Eton College.

Author: 
Julia Maria Hallam (1783-1840), wife of historian Henry Hallam (1777-1859), sister of poet Sir Charles Abraham Elton (1778-1853) [Lady Elizabeth Palgrave [née Turner] (1799-1852)]
Publication details: 
'Eton Friday Eveng.' [With postmark dated 29 July 1837.]
£180.00

2pp, 4to. On first leaf of bifolium, the second leaf carrying the address to 'Lady Palgrave | Hampstead Green', with four postmarks, one dated 29 July 1837. In fair condition, on aged, worn and creased paper. Lady Elizabeth Palgrave was the wife of the archivist and historian Sir Francis Palgrave (1788-1861, né Cohen), and daughter of the banker, naturalist and bibliophile Dawson Turner (1775-1858) of Yarmouth.

[Charles Williams, poet and author (the Inklings), to the playwright Christopher Fry.] Autograph Letter Signed, Typed Letter Signed and Typed Card Signed (all 'C. W.'), in copy of his 'Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury', with Fry's ownership signature.

Author: 
Charles Williams (1886-1945), English poet and author, a member of the Inklings [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter from Southfield House, 1941. Typed Letter, 1942, and Typed Card, 1944, both on Oxford University Press letterheads.
£450.00

The letters are in fair condition, lightly aged; the card is discoloured and stained. Loosely inserted in a copy of Williams's 'Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury', 75 + [1]pp, 8vo, with the ownership signature 'Christopher Fry' on the front free endpaper, in worn binding with fraying at head of spine. Delightful and revealing letters, mixing personal and business (Williams worked for the Oxford University Press and Fry was published by them). ONE: ALS from Southfield House, 17 December 1941. 2pp, 12mo. Thirty lines of closely-written text, on a leaf of ruled paper torn from a notebook.

[Christopher Fry ownership inscription to a book by Charles Williams.] The House of the Octopus. [A Play in Three Acts]

Author: 
Charles Williams [Christopher Fry; the Inklings]
Publication details: 
London: Edinburgh House Press, 2 Eaton Gate, S.W.1. 1945.
£60.00

115pp, 12mo. In good condition: sound and tight, on browning War Economy paper, in green cloth with slight bloom, and in slightly worn and chipped browning dustwrapper. (The subtitle 'A Play in Three Acts' features on the dustwrapper, but not on the title-page.) Fry's ownership inscription 'Christopher Fry' is in blue ink at the top right-hand corner of the recto of the front free endpaper. A verse drama from the library of the leading twentieth-century English exponent of the genre, after T. S. Eliot.

[Christopher Fry ownership inscription to a book by Charles Williams.] The Region of the Summer Stars.

Author: 
Charles Williams [Christopher Fry; the Inklings]
Publication details: 
Editions Poetry London. 1944.
£450.00

55pp, 8vo. In fair condition, internally tight and sound, on browning paper, in lightly-worn blue cloth binding. No dustwrapper. Slight dink at head of spine. Ownership inscription 'Christopher Fry' in blue ink at top right-hand corner of recto of front free endpaper. Fry and Williams were on cordial terms, the latter working for Oxford University Press and the former being published by them.

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen'), declining an invitation to the annual dinner of the Hunterian Society of London, because of his 'state of health'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, Superintendent of the Natural History Department of the British Museum, opponent of Darwin's theory of Evolution [Hunterian Society of London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 21 January 1888.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of second leaf. The recipient is not named, but is probably the secretary of the Hunterian Society.

[Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist and friend of Charles Darwin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas H. Huxley'), a highly unusual response to an autograph hunter he names as 'Mrs. or Miss …... x ..?'

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley] (1825-1895), biologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Geological Survey of England and Wales. 28 January 1871.
£200.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of reverse of second leaf, and impinging slightly on the final 'y' of Huxley's signature. Addressed at the foot of the last leaf to 'Mrs. or Miss …...

[American Revolution;George III, Lord North, Chas. Townshend and Sir Francis Dashwood (Hell-Fire Club).] Autograph Signatures ('George R', 'North', 'C Townshend' and 'F Dashwood'), with those of Sir John Turner and Thomas Fisher, on Treasury warramt.

Author: 
King George III; Sir Francis Dashwood [Lord le Despencer] of the Hell-fire Club ('Monks of Medmenham'); Lord North, Prime Minister; Charles Townshend; Sir John Turner [Major. General John Barrington]
Publication details: 
'Given at Our Court at St. James's this 17th. Day of November 1762 In the Third Year of Our Reign.'
£4,000.00

2pp, foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. The document has three horizontal fold lines, one of which has led to wear at along the foot of Dashwood's signature. An interesting assemblage of individuals. Of the six signatories three played a significant part in the American Revolution: King George III and his Prime Minister Lord North, with Charles Townshend, who was responsible for the unpopular 'Townshend Acts', taxing the colonies and leading to the Boston Massacre.

[George Cruikshank, Victorian caricaturist, friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Signature ('Geo Cruikshank').

Author: 
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), Victorian caricaturist and book illustrator ('the modern Hogarth'), friend and illustrator of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On 2 x 8 cm slip of paper, cut from document. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on larger piece of white paper cut from leaf of an album. A distinctive, strong signature, reading 'Geo Cruikshank'. No other text. From the distinguished autograph collection of Richard Hunter, son of Ida Macalpine, whose collection of 7000 books relating to psychiatry is in Cambridge University Library.

[Sir Thomas Phillipps of Middle Hill, eccentric book and manuscript collector, complains of having been 'plundered' by a Worcester lawyer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Phillipps') to the wife of Sir Charles Hastings, in reply to an invitation.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) of Middle Hill, eccentric collector of books and manuscripts; Sir Charles Hastings (1794-1866) of Worcester, surgeon and founder of the British Medical Association]
Publication details: 
'M H [i.e. Middle Hill] 12 Aug. [no year, but after Sir Charles Hastings' 1850 knighthood]'
£350.00

3pp, 16mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Phillipps's letter (or draft letter) is a reply to a dinner invitation from the wife of the eminent Worcester physician Sir Charles Hastings. It occupies the reverse of the first leaf, and both sides of the second leaf of the bifolium. The recto of the first leaf carries the invitation, in manuscript, with the text in square brackets printed in copperplate: 'Sir Charles & Lady Hastings [Request the pleasure of] Sir Thos & Lady Phillipps' [Company at Dinner] on Thursday the 28th. Inst.

[Professor Richard Owen to .] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen.') to his friend the Arctic explorer Robert McCormick, warmly praising him and his work.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Superintendent, Natural History Department, British Museum, palaeontologist [Robert McCormick (1800-1890), RN, Arctic explorer, accompanied Charles Darwin in HMS Beagle]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 2 February 1884.
£500.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip from stub of mount adhering to one edge. A warm, light-hearted letter of praise, written on reading McCormick's 'Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas and Round the World' 1884. The letter begins: 'My dear Mc.Cormick, | No days of my release from Museum-duties have been spent here more agreeably & profitably than in your Society. | Having voyaged with you, shiver'd with you, shot with you, climbed with you, through your two noble Volumes; imagine the coziness of an English fire-side!!

[Sir Charles Hastings, eminent surgeon, angers Sir Thomas Phillipps.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Thomas Phillipps, regarding the Worcestershire Natural History Society, with Signed Autograph Draft of reply by Phillipps.

Author: 
Sir Charles Hastings (1794-1866), surgeon and founder of the British Medical Association [Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), collector of books and manuscripts; Worcestershire Natural History Society]
Publication details: 
Both from Worcester. 25 and 29 January 1846. Draft of Phillipps' reply dated 31 January 1846.
£450.00

Both letters in good condition, lightly aged. Both bifoliums, and both signed 'Charles Hastings'. ONE: 25 January 1846. 4pp, 12mo. He is 'glad to hear' that Phillipps is thinking of 'coming down to one of our evening meetings at the Natural History Society' (Hastings being the chairman). The date for the next meeting will be fixed on the following day, and Hastings' son, who is a member of the committee, will communicate with Phillipps. 'Our last meeting went off very well.

[ Georgina Hogarth; Charles Dickens ] Autograph Note Signed "Georgina Hogarth" to "George Lovejoy", presumably the Reading Bookseller who was also one of Dickens' correspondents

Author: 
Georgina Hogarth, sister-in-law, housekeeper, and adviser of English novelist Charles Dickens and the editor of three volumes of his collected letters after his death.
Publication details: 
[Headed] 11 Strathmore Gardens, Kensington, W, 25 April 1878
£350.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. "I am much obliged to you fro sending me copies of those two interesting letters to Mr. Charles Dickens. I will not ask you to take the trouble of sending the originals as I have not the slightest doubt of their authenticity."

[Jane Octavia Brookfield, novelist and literary hostess, close friend of William Makepeace Thackeray.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jane O. Brookfield') to the actress Leonora Wigan, regarding her 'charming house' and her son's theatrical ambitions.

Author: 
Jane Octavia Brookfield (1821-1896), novelist and literary hostess, close friend of William Makepeace Thackeray [Leonora Wigan [née Pincott] (1805-1884), actress, wife of actor-manager Alfred Wigan]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 30 Thurloe Place, S.W. [London] 24 January [1870s].
£120.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Mrs. Wigan' and begins: 'I am sorry to find that the friends I mentioned to you, have decided on another house already – but if I hear of any one else who would be glad of your very charming house, I will not fail to mention it.' She thanks her for offering to 'help Charlie some day with a word or two of advice – in case he should eventually decide on choosing the Stage as his career'. She would be 'very grateful for your valuable opinion on many points connected with it'.

[General Election of 1835: the Duke of Wellington's brother Lord Charles Wellesley defeated at Rochester by one vote.] Manuscript documents from legal team of victorious candidate T. T. Hodges, at House of Commons 'Controverted Election' committee.

Author: 
Lord Charles Wellesley; Thomas Twisden Hodges; General Election, 1835; Rochester Kent; Controverted Elections; House of Commons Committee of Privileges and Elections; Duke of Wellington
Publication details: 
House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, Westminster (London). [Rochester, Kent.] 1836 and 1837.
£500.00

Between 1604 and 1868 the House of Commons exercised jurisdiction over controverted (disputed) elections, which were usually referred to its Committee of Privileges and Elections. The Parliamentary Archives hold the Controverted Elections Court Evidence minute books for the period between 1829 and 1906. The minute books contain transcripts of the evidence laid before the committee.

[ Geological Society; Charles Lyell obituary; pamphlet ] Address delivered at the Anniversary Meeting of the Geological Society of London, On the 18th of February 1876 [...] continued below

Author: 
[ Geological Society of London, 1876; Charles Lyell ] John Evans, FRS, President of the Society.
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Taylor and Francis, 1876.
£120.00

Title continued: [...] Prefaced by the Announcement of the award of the Wollaston Medal [...] The Murchison Medal [...] and the Lyell Medal and Fund [...]. [76]pp., 8vo, lacking blue front wrap, remnants of binding in miscellaneous volume of pamphlets at spine, title sl. sunned, otherwise good condition. It includes a lengthy obituary of Charles Lyell who had died the previous year. Scarce: copies held by copywright libraries and Columbia.

[Thomas Pell Platt, orientalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T P Platt'), as Librarian to the British and Foreign Bible Society, to Rev. Charles Sumner [later Bishop of Winchester], on presenting a set of volumes to 'His Majesty's library'.

Author: 
Thomas Pell Platt (1798-1852), English orientalist, Librarian of the British and Foreign Bible Society [Charles Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Winchester]
Publication details: 
Bible Society's House | Earl St. London. | Octr. 11. 1824.'
£200.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with dogeared corners. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'The Rev. C. Sumner'. Begins: 'Rev. Sir | I have been encouraged by the advice of friends to propose to you confidentially a question, to which you would much oblige me by returning a reply. The Committee of the British & Foreign Bible Society have occasionally transmitted to different quarters, as presents, a set of Copies of the version of the Holy Scripture executed by their aid, and the new edition, which they have published.

[Lewis Carroll illustrated by Elizabeth Bury.] Two Christmas keepsake private printings: 'The Hunting of the Snark' and 'The Old Man's Comforts by Robert Southey | You Are Old, Father William & The Evidence […] by Lewis Carroll'.

Author: 
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], author of 'Alice in Wonderland'; Elizabeth Bury, illustrator, wife of and collaborator with theatre designer John Bury (1925-2000); Robert Southey
Publication details: 
Neither with place or date. 'Snark' with presentation inscription from Bury to Christopher Fry dated Christmas 2003. Other volume with similar inscription dated Christmas 1999.
£800.00

Elizabeth Bury, illustrator and theatre designer, wife of and collaborator with John Bury (1925-2000), British theatre designer noted for his innovative work with Peter Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre (see his obituary in the Guardian, 15 November 2000). Two ring-bound 8vo Christmas keepsake private printings, both filled with full-page illustrations by Bury. Both inscribed by her to the playwright Christopher Fry. Both in good condition, with light signs of age. Uniform in layout, both with coloured covers of striking design.

[Rev. Charles Edward Kennaway, Vicar of Chipping Campden and Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Sabrina', ruminating on youth and age, with inscribed copy of his book 'Poems of the Rev. C. E. Kennaway, M.A.'

Author: 
Rev. C. E. Kennaway, M.A. [Charles Edward Kennaway (1800-1875), Vicar of Chipping Campden and Canon of Gloucester Cathedral]
Publication details: 
Book: London: Francis and John Rivington. Cheltenham: Henry Davies. 1846. Letter: Campden Vicarage. 30 October 1868.
£220.00

The son of Sir John Kennaway of the East India Company, Kennaway was well-connected. In 1819 Poet Laureate Robert Southey provided him with a letter of introduction to Walter Scott. ONE: 'Poems of Rev. C. E. Kennaway, M.A.' (1846). xv + 216pp, 12mo. Black leather binding, with stamp of Nisbet & Co, 21 Berners Street, London, on front free endpaper.in gilt, stamped with the words 'Bagster's Binding'; all edges gilt. Internally a good tight copy on lightly-aged paper; in worn binding, especially at the spine and hinges. Bookplate of Sarah Godley.

[Charles Ball, Scottish boxer and 'The most Experienced and Skilful Teacher of Boxing and Indian Clubs in Scotland'.] Publicity leaflet, with account of his career, testimonials, press opinions and image of Ball in his 'Indian Club Entertainment'.

Author: 
Charles Ball, Scottish boxer and 'Professor' of St James' Royal School of Arms, Edinburgh [University Gymnasium, Edinburgh; Fettes College; Gymnastic Academy, Greenock]
Publication details: 
St James' Royal School of Arms, 28 St James' Square, Edinburgh. Undated (circa 1893).
£120.00

4pp, 4to. Bifolium, printed in brown on cream paper. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, folded twice. The first page is headed, beneath the royal crest, 'St James' Royal School of Arms, | 23 ST JAMES' SQUARE, EDINBURGH, | Professor Chas. Ball, | Master of the Art of Self-Defence, | “The most Experienced and Skilful Teacher of Boxing and Indian Clubs in Scotland.” - Vide Press. | Fifteen years Tutor in the University Gymnasium, Edinburgh; Tutor in Fettes College; | and formerly Tutor in the Gymnastic Academy, Greenock, etc.' An elegant production in late-Victorian typographic style.

[Charles P. Chiniquy, Roman Catholic apostate, defended by Abraham Lincoln in an 1855 libel action.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Chiniquy') to 'Mr E. Butler', regarding the selling of indulgences by 'the Church of Rome', with reference to his books.

Author: 
Charles P. Chiniquy (1809-1899), excommunicated Canadian Catholic priest, defended by Abraham Lincoln in an 1855 libel action, who became a Presbyterian minister and denounced his former faith
Publication details: 
Protestant Educational Institute, 38 Parliament Street, London. 14 May 1883.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight glue staining from mount along one edge. In reply to an 'honored letter' from Butler, Chiniquy writes: 'I hasten to tell you that It was formelly, [sic] as it is, to day, the practice of the Church of Rome to sell for money the indulgences, or remission – not of the Sins - but of the penalty of the Sins. They deny it boldly – But their denyations [sic] do not prevent the fact from being true.' He gives details of two books by others Butler should get, 'and you will have the proofs'; and follows this with two titles of his own.

[C. L. F. de P. Barentin, Keeper of the Seals to Louis XVI of France.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Barentin'), in French, (to the Procureur Général?), regarding an appeal for clemency which Barentin intends to make to the king.

Author: 
Charles Louis François de Paule de Barentin (1738-1819), French statesman, Keeper of the Seals of France to Louis XVI at the time of the Revolution
Publication details: 
Dated from Versailles. [1789]
£600.00

2pp, 4to. On leaf tipped-in onto a piece of light-green card from an album, at head of which is attached a printed slip: 'BARENTIN C. L. F. de P. | Born 1738. Died 1819. | KEEPER OF THE SEALS TO LOUIS XVI.' The letter is undated, but the year '1789' has been added in pencil in a nineteenth-century hand. (That same year, following the Storming of the Bastille, Barentin was dismissed by the king.) Nineteen lines of closely-written text. Addressed at bottom left of first leaf to 'M le P Gl' (Monsieur le Procureur général?).

[Charles Causley, Cornish poet.] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Charles Causley') to Ian McPherson, discussing proposed readings, and the difficulty of fitting in 'teaching and writing comitments with other activities'.

Author: 
Charles Causley [Charles Stanley Causley] (1917-2003), Cornish poet [Ian McPherson]
Publication details: 
All three on Causley's letterhead, 2 Cyprus Well, Launceston, Cornwall. 9 December 1974; 20 July 1975; 2 December 1976.
£200.00

All three 1p, landscape 12mo. All in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 9 December 1974. He thanks him for 'the invitation […] But as I'm teaching full-time here now, this would be very difficult to arrange as far as schools visits would be concerned. (I asked the Arts Council to take my name off the schools list, but they don't seem to have done so).' He suggests a 'reading during the holiday break, perhaps. One aimed principally at adults, I mean.' The 'London Poetry Secretariat/Arts Council link-up' might 'provide some kind of subsidy'.

[Sir William Napier, author of the 'History of the Peninsular War'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Napier') to 'Sir' Nicholas Trant, correcting and criticising the Marquess of Londonderry's rival history.

Author: 
General Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier], Anglo-Irish British Army officer and historian of the Peninsular War [Nicholas Trant; Charles Vane, Marquess of Londonderry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [With postmarked year 1828?]
£420.00

The present letter dates from the time of the appearance of the first volume of Napier's 'History of the Peninsular War' (1828-1840), and in it Napier criticises the recently-published rival 'Story of the Peninsular War by the late Marquess of Londonderry; with continuation by G.R.

[Karl Johan Andersson [Charles John Andersson], Swedish explorer in Africa.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chs. J. Andersson'), in English, suggesting that his London publisher 'Mr. Blackett' advertise that the Swedish king has given him a medal.

Author: 
Karl Johan Andersson [Charles John Andersson] (1827-1867), Swedish explorer in Africa, hunter, ornithologist, travel writer [Henry Blackett (1825-1871), London publisher (Hurst & Blackett)]
Publication details: 
14 Cecil Street, Strand [London]. 26 June 1856.
£450.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with fold lines. Annotated up one margin: 'Writer of Travels &c'. Andersson writes: 'Dear Mr. Blackett, - | I enclose a literal translation of a paragraph extracted from one of the best Swedish newspapers, by which you will see that the King has honoured me with a medal. If you think that this paragraph may be of any use to you when advertising the 2d. Edition of “Lake Ngami”, it is quite at your service. Of course you may put it any [sic] language you may think proper. | Yours faithfully | Chs. J. Andersson.' Apparently a scarce autograph.

[Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, grandmother of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Adam', regarding the Duke's attendance at a parliamentary 'Committee on the Vane Estate Bill'.

Author: 
Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill [Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane] (1822-1899), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the seventh Duke, John Spencer-Churchill (1822-1883), and grandmother of Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Blenheim Palace, Oxon. 26 July 1861.
£65.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She asks Adams to inform her 'what day has been fixed for the Committee in the Vane Estate Bill' (in which she clearly has a family interest), continuing: 'When the Duke of Marlborough saw Mr Adam with Lord Redesdale last night he understood that Tuesday next was the day on which he was to be present in order to give his consent to the Bill; he has since heard from Mr. Wagstaff to say that Friday or the following Monday will be the earliest day on which the Bill can be committed.

[Sarah Macready, actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready and stepmother of William Charles Macready.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah M'Cready', asking to be sent a playscript for performance at a benefit at the Theatre Royal, Bristol.

Author: 
Sarah Macready or M'Cready [née Kathleen Desmond] (c.1789-1853), actress and theatre manager, wife of William Macready or M'cready (1755-1829), and stepmother of William Charles Macready (1793-1873)
Publication details: 
Bristol, 22 April 1831.
£90.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, in worn windowpane mount removed from album, with several folds. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Sir/ | I received yours of the 19th and should have answered it by return but I having also written on that day was the answer to it – I now ask can you send it down by the Mail either on the Saturday or Sunday the 23 or 24 if not all the play the 2 first Acts. I wish to have the parts written out quick as possible or I shall not be able to get it played on the Monday the 2nd of May'.

[Lady Emily Shackleton on the death of her husband Sir Ernest Shackleton.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs. Gray', [New Zealander], describing the 'shattering blow', the memorial, other matters. With carbon typescripts of 2 poems by Shackleton.

Author: 
Lady Emily Shackleton [née Emily Mary Dorman] (1868-1936), wife of the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
Publication details: 
First letter on letterhead of 14 Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, 26 April 1922. Second letter on letterhead of Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex, 3 July 1930. Two poems undated.
£1,500.00

The four items are in good condition, lightly aged. Both letters signed 'Emily Shackleton'. ONE: ALS, 26 April 1922. 2pp, 4to. On paper with mourning border. Written three months after Shackleton's death (5 January 1922), of a heart attack, while moored at South Georgia with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition. She begins by thanking Mrs Gray for her 'kind letter' and 'the Rosemary'.

[Catherine Frances Macready, actress and wife of William Charles Macready, to homeopathist Dr F. F. H. Quin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C F Macready') inviting Quin to dinner, with signed postscript requesting 'Powders' for her 'Nose & Legs'.

Author: 
Catherine Frances Macready [née Atkins] (1823-1852), actress, first wife of the actor-manager William Charles Macready (1793-1873) [Dr. Frederick Foster Hervey Quin (1799-1878), homeopathic doctor]
Publication details: 
'5 Clarence Terrace [London] | Wedy. Morg.' [No date, on paper with watermarked year 1837.]
£250.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium, with the letter on the recto of the first leaf, and a long postscript on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged, folded twice. A friend of Charles Dickens and his circle, and physician to Queen Victoria's uncle Prince Leopold, Quin founded the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1849. The letter invites Quin to 'dine with us on Tuesday the 23rd. Inst at a quarter before seven o' clock'. The pith is in the two postscripts: 'P.S.

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