[ George Julian Harney, Chartist and journalist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('G. J. Harney' and 'G. Julian Harney') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, assessing the character of George Augustus Sala, and bemoaning the state of his health.

G. J. Harney [ George Julian Harney ] (1817-1897), Chartist and journalist [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), London bookseller and literary scholar; George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist ]
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The first from 27 St Mary's Grove, Richmond-on-Thames, Surrey.,21 August 1895. The second with placve not stated, 12 September 1895.

Dobell is not named, but the second letter contains a reference to the recipient's wife 'Mrs. Dobell'. Both letters 2pp., 12mo, and both in good condition, on lightly aged paper. ONE: 21 August 1895. Signed 'G. J. Harney.' He makes an order of books from the library of George Augustus Sala, of whom he 'cannot profess to be an admirer': 'clever, versatile, a typical journalist; but not of the stuff of Cobbett, Wooler, Hone (before he became a melancholy mad religious crank) or Hetherington – or Hunt (John).

[Trafalgar Square Riots, London, 1848.] Manuscript resolution of the Committee of the Public Order Memorial, the Marquis of Lansdowne in the Chair, regarding the abandonment of the scheme.

[The Public Order Memorial; The Trafalgar Square Riots, London, 1848; Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; Chartism; the Chartists]
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Public Order Memorial, Committee Room, British Hotel, Cockspur Street. 6 May 1848.

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Written out in manuscript on lithographed letterhead headed 'Public Order Memorial'. Reads: 'Resolved | That after mature Consideration of the Circumstances which have occurred since the objects of the Committee were first promulgated, it is expedient that no further steps be taken in furtherance of the objects proposed, and that the Contributions already received of which Her Majesty and Members of the Royal Family have subscribed One Thousand Pounds be returned to the subscribers, the expenses incurred having been discharged by the Committee'.

[Feargus Edward O'Connor, Chartist leader.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Feargus O'Connor') to

Feargus O'Connor [Feargus Edward O'Connor] (1796?-1855), Irish radical politician and Chartist leader
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L<?>. 23 August 1847.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, folded and on lightly-aged paper. O'Connor's hand is quite difficult. As far as can be deciphered, the letter reads: 'My dear Ch<?> | I was from home when yours came. I your cheque for £200 acknowledge receipt addressed to "<?>". Keep going at "<?>" I shall be in town, all next week to arrange about Bank and other things.' Postscript: 'The <?> are asking what became of you.'?>

Autograph Letter Signed from the English poet Eliza Cook, sending what she describes as a 'specimen' of her 'pothooks' and hangers': a holograph poem titled 'Impromptu on being told the death of my Mother would leave a scar on my heart'.

Eliza Cook (1818-1889), English poet and Chartist, close friend of the American writer Charlotte Cushman
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9 Gloucester Buildings, Old Kent Road [London]. 11 December 1845.

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor evidence of previous mounting. Apparently addressing an autograph hunter, she writes: 'I beg to forward you a specimen of my "pothooks and hangers" trusting you will "admire" if you honestly can. Believe I have pleasure in gratifying your request and am with truth my dear | Ever yours faithfully | Eliza Cook'. The poem, also signed 'Eliza Cook', is four lines long, beginning 'That stroke indeed would deeply gash'. There is no indication that the poem was published.

Autograph Letter Signed from the radical Thomas Cooper to fellow-Chartist William Lovett, announcing a course of lectures and criticising the Irish Chartist Feargus O'Connor. With printed handbill advertising a course of Cooper's lectures in Holborn.

Thomas Cooper (1805-1892), Chartist and religious lecturer [William Lovett (1800-1877), radical, Secretary of the London Working Men's Association and the first Chartist Convention; Feargus O'Connor]
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Letter: 134 Blackfriars Road, London; 12 February 1846. Handbill: Ostell, Printer, Hart Street, Bloomsbury. 1847.

Letter: 1p., 4to. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf, the reverse of which is addressed to 'Mr. Wm. Lovett | National Hall | 242, Holborn', with postmarks in black and red ink. Cooper begins: 'Dear Lovett | Please announce, in your bill that | "Mr.

[Printed transcript of the Chartist Petition of 1839.] Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings. Veneris, 14o die Junii, 1839. Petition (national) of the thereundersigned, for universal suffrage, &c.

[Chartist Petition of 1839; Universal Suffrage]
Chartist Petition of 1839
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[From the Journals of the House of Commons, 1839?]
Chartist Petition of 1839

Folio, 2 pp, paginated 241 and 242. Text clear and complete. On worn and aged paper, with closed tears, and repair to the margins. Circular red stamp of the Mansion House (the official resident of the Lord Mayor of London) at head of first page. The item had been folded into a package, docketed in pencil 'A', and in pen 'H.M | No. 1', and has manuscript marking to the margins.

Five items relating to the appointment of Special Constables, 'in consequence of the unsettled state of the Metropolis', including a signed warrant appointing Cater a Special Constable, as 'a tumult or riot may be reasonably apprehended'.

William Charles Cater, hatter, 56 Pall Mall, London [Parish of St James, Westminster; Riot Act; Chartism; Chartists; 1848]
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The five items produced between March and June 1848. One of them printed by T. Brettell, Rupert Street, Haymarket.

A collection of items indicating the panic felt by the bourgeoisie around the time of the Great Chartism Meeting on Kennington Common, 10 April 1848. Items Two to Five are laid down on a piece of grey paper removed from a scrapbook. Item One: Printed warrant signed by two magistrates, appointing Cater a Special Constable, it appearing, 'upon the oath of a credible witness, that a tumult or riot may be reasonably apprehended'. On one side of a piece of laid paper roughly 320 x 210 mm. Watermarked 'W H FELLOWS 1847'.

Parchment Manuscript Indenture, consisting of the counterpart lease of No. 50 Holywell Street, Strand, Middlesex, from the Revd Charles Felton Smith, Edwin Augustus Smith and others to John Bedford Leno.

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Leno (1824-94) was a printer, publisher, poet and editor, and a significant figure in nineteenth-century radicalism. In 1845, while a printer, he led a group of radical workers who started a Young Men's Improvement Society and circulated a manuscript newspaper entitled the 'Attempt'. He then became branch secretary of the local Chartists. In 1849 the 'Attempt' became a printed journal, the 'Uxbridge Pioneer'. In 1861 he was editor of the 'Poetic Magazine' and in 1881 of the 'Anti-tithe Journal'.

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