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[ Matthew Tindall, English Deist. ] Autograph Signature ('Matth Tindall') on an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Matthew Tindall (1657-1733), influential English Deist writer
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 21 August 1716.
£450.00

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with vertical closed tear (away from signature). Laid out in the usual style, with printed text completed in manuscript. Recording payment of three pounds on an annuity. With signature of witness 'J Thomas'.

[ Huguenot Church of St Martin Orgar, London. ] Exchequer receipt signed by ministers James Eynard and David Durand, and Elders John Bonnet, Matthew Clarmont, Philip Rigail and Peter De Visme junior.

Author: 
[ Huguenot Church of St Martin Orgar, London ] James Eynard and David Durand, ministers; John Bonnet, Matthew Clarmont, Philip Rigail and Peter De Visme junior, Elders
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 13 November 1749.
£500.00

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Laid out in the usual style, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records a payment of £12 10s 0d to the 'Ministers and Elders Of the French Church of St Martin Orgars of London as Assigned by Margin', and signed at foot by 'James Eynard Minister', 'David Durand Minister', and elders 'Jno Bonnet', 'Matthew Clarmont', 'Philip Rigail' and 'Peter De Visme junr'.

[ Robert Samuel Gregg, as Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert S Cork'), asking 'Mr Morris' to consider paying for another stained glass window in the ambulatory of William Burges's St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Author: 
Robert Samuel Gregg (1834-1896), successively Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (1878-1893), and of Armagh (1893-1896) [ William Burges ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Palace, Cork. 5 January 1880.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The window next to Morris's 'in the Ambulatory of the Cathedral' is one of three out of eighteen 'still unfilled', and he asks him to consider taking it. 'We are all anxious that the series should be completed so that the designs and the glass may be done by the same artists and thus to have it all in harmony'. He ends by asking him not to be angry with him for making the suggestion.

[ Francis Paget, Bishop of Oxford: 'I dread a Controversy at the beginning of Term.' ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Paget') to 'Dearest Bright' [ the patristic theologian William Bright ]

Author: 
Francis Paget (1851-1911), Bishop of Oxford [ William Bright (1824-1911), Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford and Deam of Christ Church ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford. 1 October [ no year, but before his consecration as Bishop of Oxford in 1901 ].
£30.00

3pp., 12mo. Grey-paper bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He begins by thanking him 'with all my heart for the kindness of a most interesting and valuable note', before describing '[t]he case of which I was trying to recall the details', that of William Whittingham (c.1524-1579), Dean of Durham. He gives his source and discusses the matter with reference to Whitgift and Fuller, giving the opinion that the argument 'surely looks like an effort to stretch & dignify an irregular laxity, and not at all like an appeal to an authorized permission'.

[ Annotated by Author ]The History of the Church of Rome. to the End of the Episcopate of Damasus, A.D. 384 (with related items).

Author: 
Edward John Shepherd, Rector of Luddesdown.
Publication details: 
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851
£250.00

Author's own copy. Pp.vxi.541, cr. 8vo, with additional "Corrections" page, hf-lea, raised bands, worn, contents good, interleaved with additional blank pages, a few of which have notes in Shepherd's hand. The book derives from the residual archive of the family of E.J. Shepherd. No copy recorded in Lambeth Palace Library Catalogue. With (from the same archive): the Accounts, 1851-1853, prepared by Longmans giving costs and sales, these in MS. but they are on the reverse of a lengthy printed statement by Longman's headed "Paternoster Row, London | January 1843. | Messrs.

[ Ruth Ellis Messenger, hymnologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ruth E. Messenger') to 'Mr. Wilshire' [ Frederick Allen Wilshire ], thanking him for providing her with an 'open sesame' to the Inns of Court in London.

Author: 
Ruth E. Messenger [ Ruth Ellis Messenger ] (1896-1993), American hymnologist [ Frederick Allan Wilshire (1868-1944), Recorder of Bridgwater ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1. Undated, but marked as 'Rec[eive]d 17 . 7. 39. [ 17 July 1939 ]'
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor rust marking from a paperclip. She writes that she and her sister have that day 'worshipped at the Temple Church and enjoyed to the full all the delights that were spread before us, in that rare environment'. His cards have 'proved an "open sesame" wherever we went', and they have 'enoyed the Hall with its associations, and indeed, every bit of the section. Just to look at the courts and walls was an experience not to be forgotten'.

[ George Isaac Huntingford, Warden of Winchester College and Bishop of Hereford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. I. Hereford.') to an unnamed recipient.

Author: 
George Isaac Huntingford (1748-1832), Warden of Winchester College, and successively Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Hereford
Publication details: 
Winchester College. 6 January 1830.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He is 'greatly obliged [...] for the purpose' with which he has been 'favour'd [...] with intimation', but it 'never was in my thoughts to be an Annual Subscriber to the Pension Fund'. He will pay any expense 'the Conductors of the Institution have incurred in expectation of his being a subscriber.

[ Ofspring Blackall, Bishop of Exeter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Ofspr. Exon') to his brother, directing the purchase of £500 in South Sea stock.

Author: 
Ofspring Blackall (1655-1716), Bishop of Exeter, religious controversialist [ The South Sea Bubble, 1711-1720 ]
Publication details: 
Westminster. 18 February 1712 [ 1711 O.S. ].
£600.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Westminster Feb. 18. 1711/12. | Sr | I desire you will buy and accept five Hundred Pounds Stock in the Capitall Stock of the Company of Merchants of Great Britain trading to the South Seas for my Account and in my name; which will oblige | Sr | Yor. Affect. Brother & Servt | Ofsp. Exon'. Annotated in a nineteenth-century hand at bottom-left: 'Dr Ofspring Blackall.' At the time of writing the South Sea Company had only just been created. It would collapse spectacularly in 1720.

[ Henry Goss Custard, organist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Goss Custard'), regarding the 'Specification of the Liverpool Cathedral Organ'.

Author: 
Henry Goss Custard, organist of Liverpool Cathedral
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Canning Street, Liverpool. 2 March 1926.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He writes with evident pride regarding, beginning by explaining that the specification of the organ 'was originally drawn up by Mr. Ridley the nephew of the Donor, but it has been considerably modifiied by me since then'. When the building is finished, it is not intended to supplement the organ 'by another at the West End'.

[ Thomas Keyworth, Congregational minister and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Keyworth') to George Offor, describing a circumstance relating to the use of tablets by children in 'our school'.

Author: 
Thomas Keyworth (1782-1852), author, Congregational minister, and philanthropist [ George Offor (1787-1864), literary editor and book collector
Publication details: 
[ Sleaford, Lincolnshire. ] No date [ 1840s? ].
£125.00

3pp., 4to. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr Offor | NB Please to pay the Twopenny Postage of the Letter to 169 Fleet St & charge it in my account.' Docketted 'Mr Keyworth. | Sleaford'.

[ George Edmund Street, architect. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Rev. Sidney Pelham, regarding the restoration of his Norwich church, St Peter Mancroft.

Author: 
George Edmund Street (1824-1881), 'High Victorian' architect and architectural theorist [ Rev. Sidney Pelham (1849-1926), Vicar of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, and Canon of Norwich Cathedral ]
Publication details: 
No place. 13 July 1880.
£65.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with thin trace of stub adhering to one edge. An interesting letter, giving an insight into the practicalities of Victorian church restoration. The letter begins: 'My impression was that I had advised your Committee by word of mouth about repairing the stonework. In restoration of old decayed stonework as it is impossible to describe in any specification every stone that requires renewal, it is always certain that some amount of misconception will arise between yr Cont[racto]r.

[ George Isaac Huntingford, as Bishop of Hereford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. I. Hereford') to 'Mr. Hayter', arguing against 'the extreme Impropriety' of what he sees as a liturgical innovation.

Author: 
George Isaac Huntingford (1748-1832), Warden of Winchester College, and successively Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Hereford
Publication details: 
No place. 20 October 1823.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. 23 lines of text. In fair condition, slightly aged and worn, with some repair with archival tape. Offering an interesting insight into everyday ecclesiastical management in Regency England. The letter begins: 'I cannot find, what I once sent to you as having been well educated, a printed paper. The purport of it was to shew the extreme Impropriety of laying a stress on the word "Us", in the sentence "Lord have mercy upon Us".

[ George Isaac Huntingford, Warden of Winchester College and Bishop of Hereford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. I. Huntingford') to an unnamed recipient

Author: 
George Isaac Huntingford (1748-1832), Warden of Winchester College, and successively Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Hereford
Publication details: 
'W. C. [ i.e. Winchester College ]'. 16 February 1818.
£65.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight damage on removal from mount and traces of tape adhering. He has been referred to 'the Oldest Table of Fees' by 'Mr. Lane', and quotes information from the table given by Lane. He asks the recipient to 'search the Proper Office; send me a Copy of such Certificate; & of Any Proceedings had in consequence of it'.

[ George Edmund Street, 'High Victorian' architect. ] Autograph Note Signed to Rev. Drummond Rawnsley, acknowledging payment [ for work on his Lincolnshire church, Saints Peter and Paul, Shiplake ].

Author: 
George Edmund Street (1824-1881), 'High Victorian' architect and architectural theorist [ Rev. Robert Drummond Burrell Rawnsley (1817-1882) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 51 Russell Square, W.C. [ London ]. 11 February 1867.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of paper from mount on blank reverse. Acknowledging a cheque for £21 1s 0d, in payment of his account.

[ Thomas Guthrie, Church of Scotland minister and philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Hanbury', regarding the receipt of money, and 'Derby's Bill'.

Author: 
Thomas Guthrie (1803-1873), Church of Scotland minister and philanthropist
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 2 April 1859.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight loss to two words from damage at margin. The first paragraph reads: 'I know enough of siness never to put off acknowledging receipt of money - I got your kind letter this morning with the enclosure - You are more considerate than many people, for which I send you my best thanks.' The second paragraph relates to 'Derby's Bill', which Hanbury has 'recycled', and concerning which Guthrie asks 'What next & next?' Guthrie's entry in the Oxford DNB describes him as 'one of the greatest of Free Church leaders'.

[ Pamphlet ] Incorporated Society for Promoting the Enlargement, and Repairing of Churches and Chapels. The following reports, papers, plans &c may be obtained at the Office, 7 Whitehall, London. [ With related material, total 3 items ]

Author: 
Incorporated Society for Promoting the Enlargement, and Repairing of Churches and Chapels
Publication details: 
Two items undated, with no imprint [c.1856]. The third item was printed by William Brackett, Printer, Parade, Tunbridge Wells, [1857]
£80.00

ITEM ONE: Incorporated Society for Promoting the Enlargement, and Repairing of Churches and Chapels, Pamphlet, 4pp. 12mo, fold marks, good condition, unbound, listing reports, papers, plans &c to be found at the Office, 7, Whitehall, London; ITEM 2: The Co-operative Society (instituted. A.D.

[ Theresa Harriet Beney, pianist, composer and organist of Christ Church, Folkestone. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Theresa Beney') to an unnamed female recipient, making arrangements for her to accompany the singer Richard Green in a recital.

Author: 
Theresa Beney [ Theresa Harriet Beney ] (b.c.1860, fl.1936), Organist of Christ Church, Folkestone, pianist and composer [ Richard Green, English baritone singer ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4H, Blenheim Mansions, Marylebone Road, N.W. [ London ] 20 April 1900.
£80.00

On both sides of a grey 8.5 x 11 cm. card. She writes that she forgot to tell her in her reply to her note 'that Mr. Rich. Green is an old friend of mine & sings my songs admirably. If I am accompanying he wd. probably like to know - before making his selection of songs for May 5.' She wishes to know whether she is to 'book the date at your earliest convenience'. She is leaving town for a week, 'but letters will be forwarded'. Beney disappears from view in 1936.

[ Rev. Dr Thomas Chalmers, Scottish churchman. ] Autograph Signature ('Ths Chalmers').

Author: 
Rev. Dr Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), Scottish churchman
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On 4.5 x 14 cm. strip of paper, cut from the conclusion of a letter. Laid down on a piece of cloth, with 8 x 6 cm. engraved portrait and slips with captions. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'I am | My dear Sir | Yours most truly | Ths Chalmers'. In another hand at top right: '"Dr. Chalmers"'.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Charity Sermon, Preached at the Bavarian Chapel, London, in aid of he Associated Catholic Charitiees, on Mid-Lent Sunday, 1829. By the Rev. J. W. Kirwan, P.P. and Vicar of the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Galway.

Author: 
Rev. J. W. Kirwan [ John William Kirwan (d.1849), first President of Queen's College, Galway ]
Publication details: 
London: Keating and Brown, Duke-street; and Booker, New Bond-street. 1829.
£120.00

[2] + 18pp., 8vo. Disbound. Aged and worn, with first and last leaves separated. In a two-page dedication 'To Nicholas Kirwan, Esq. York Place, Portman Square', Kirwan explains that the 'following Discourse was delivered to promote the Education of the Catholic Poor of this Metropolis [i.e. London]. It is published to assist in procuring a similar blessing for an impoverished parish in the most Western part of Ireland.' No copy listed on COPAC, one (Missouri) on WorldCat.

[ Rev. John White Chadwick, American author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John W. Chadwick.') to 'Mrs. Ames', inviting himself to dinner.

Author: 
Rev. John W. Chadwick [ Rev. John White Chadwick ] (1840-1904), American writer and Unitarian minister
Publication details: 
624 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. 16 January 1894.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Begins: 'Dear Mrs. Ames - | You know you invitted me to stay with you once on a time & I couldn't come. Now can you not square the accounts by inviting me to come next Tuesdayy Evening, Jan. 23!' He is reading a paper on 'Luria' at the Browning Club that afternoon, and would like 'a quiet evening with you & Charles & Edith'.

[ James Kelly, Bishop of Newfoundland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J B Newfoundland'), regarding the recently-deceased Edward Feild.

Author: 
James Kelly [ James Butler Knill Kelly ] (1832-1907), Bishop of Newfoundland [ Edward Feild (1801-1876), second Bishop of Newfoundland ]
Publication details: 
Newfoundland. 5 September 1876.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Addressed to an unnamed woman ('My dear Madam'). On embossed letterhead. Feild, the subject of the letter, is not named. Kelly begins by acknowledging the recipient's letter, sent through 'Mrs Feild', before continuing: 'Some years have now elapsed since I had the pleasure of meeting & being introduced to you at the meeting which the Master of Clare [i.e. the Cambridge college] was kind enough to allow me to address in the Combination Room of my old College.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Heresy Hunters and the Heresy Hunters' Song. Respectfully Inscribed to the Baffled Inquisitors.

Author: 
[ William Robertson Smith (1846-1894), Scottish theologian, Professor of Hebrew at Aberdeen Free Church College
Publication details: 
'No. 2. Bon-Accord Rhymes and Ballads. ] Aberdeen: George Middleton, Skene Square. 1878.
£80.00

Smith's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the background to this pamphlet, explaining that he was 'commissioned to write some articles on biblical subjects for the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the first two of these appeared in 1875—‘Angel’ in volume 2 and ‘Bible’ in volume 3. These articles marked a turning point in his career. The Bible was regarded by the Free Church of Scotland as ‘the supreme rule of faith and life’, and so anything that might seem to undermine its authority was bound to arouse opposition.

[ Hugh Macleod, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Glasgow University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H: Macleod'), to Charles MacIntosh, praising his late father's qualities.

Author: 
Hugh Macleod (1730-1809), DD, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Glasgow University
Publication details: 
College [ University of Glasgow ]. 29 July 1807.
£100.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with broken seal in black wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Charles MacIntosh Esqr - &c &c'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He apologises for being 'unable to attend to pay the usual last Duty to the Remains of your excellent Father & my Friend', but assures MacIntosh that 'no man more sincerely laments his Departure than I do'. He ends in the hope that 'the great & gracious God may sanctify this Dispensation to all concerned'. Signe 'Your much afflicted but very faithful & obedt. Humble Sert. | H: Macleod | College | 29 July 1807'.

[ Richard Heber, Bishop of Calcutta. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R Calcutta') to Rev. W. Parish, asking for news of his wife and Miss Stow, following the death of his curate Martin Stow.

Author: 
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Bishop of Calcutta [ Rev. W. Parish; Martin Stow ]
Publication details: 
With note by recipient dated 22 July 1824.
£56.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed: 'Rev W Parish | R C.' For the background to this letter, which concerns the death of Heber's curate Martin Stow, see George Smith's biography of Heber (London: John Murray, 1895). The letter begins: 'My dear Sir, - | I am still here & in great perplexity at not receiving any letter from my wife or Miss Stow. It has occurred to Mr Masters that your Brother who is an excellent correspondent may have written to you since the news of poor Stow's death reached Calcutta'.

[ Rev. Edward G. Falconer, vicar of Old Newton: printed attack on 'the Archbishops and Bishops who preside over the Church to-day'. ] An Open Letter to His Majesty the King on the Appalling and Distressing State of The Church of England.'

Author: 
Edward G. Falconer [ Edward George Falconer ] (c.1850-1948), vicar of Old Newton, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Publication details: 
Old Newton Vicarage, Suffolk. July 1932.
£120.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Title in large type on first page and text on central two pages.

[ Printed book. ] Esther and Ahasuerus: An Identification of the Persons so named. Followed by a History of the thirty-five Years that ended at their Marriage. With Notes and an Index to the two parts: Also an Appendix.

Author: 
Richard Edmund Tyrwhitt, M.A., retired India Chaplain
Publication details: 
London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. 1868.
£120.00

xii + 959pp., 8vo. With three fold-out family trees. Two continuously-paginated volumes bound together, and including title-leaf to second volume. In fair condition, aged and worn. In worn contemporary grey buckram half-binding, with marbled covers. A weighty piece of biblical exegesis. A family copy of an uncommon book, the volume descending to Tyrwhitt's relation Thomas Colmer.

[ William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Boyd Carpenter') to 'Professor Lang' [ probably William Robert Lang ] regarding George Thomas Shettle and the lack of 'spiritual ideals' evidenced in the Great War.

Author: 
William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria [ Professor William Robert Lang (1870-1925) of the University of Toronto; George Thomas Shettle (1861-1936) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 6 Little Cloisters, Westminster. 30 January 1918.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. He begins by apologising for being unable to give any information regarding Shettle, who 'only came into Ripon Diocese in 1911, theh year in which I resigned'. He is unacquainted with Shettle's books, none of which are credited to him in Crockford's. He agrees with Lang's 'letter & notes on Church & Education matters': 'the War is constantly disclosing how far astray our Education & Church method has been.

[ Hal Collier, Victorian popular dramatist. ] Typescripts, with autograph additions, of three of melodramas: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril"; 'The Broken Rosary' and 'The Secret Panel'.

Author: 
Hal Collier, Victorian popular playwright, author of melodramas
Publication details: 
One play with stamp of 209 Northumberland Road, Southampton, the other two without place. All three undated [ Edwardian ].
£1,250.00

Collier was the author of a number of melodramas and farces in the period between the Boer War and the Great War, including one written in conjunction with F. H. Dudley, but little is to be discovered about him, with no mention of these three titles. All three items in fair condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn bindings. ONE: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril" A Drama in FOUR acts written by Hal Collier'. [1] + 45pp., 4to. Stitched into grey paper wraps. With pencil emendations throughout, including extensive deletions.

[ W. E. Gladstone. ] Printed handbill, titled 'To Members of Convocation. - A few facts concerning Mr. W. E. Gladstone.' Reverse headed: 'The Case of the Dissenters' Chapels' Bill.'

Author: 
[ William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister; The Dissenters' Chapel Bill, 1844 ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London? Circa 1846. ]
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition on a lightly-aged leaf of wove paper. The recto gives a list of some of Gladstone's speeches and actions on religious matters between 1834 and 1846, beginning with 'IN 1834, MR. W. E. GLADSTONE, then recently returned to Parliament, first made himself known to the public by his speech against the admission of Dissenters into the Universities.' The page ends: 'In 1846, MR. W. E.

[ John G. MacWalter, novelist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('J. G. MacWalter') to Archbishop of Westminster Nicholas Wiseman, regarding a new newspaper, and a 'petty war waged against you' by 'Grant of the "Advertiser" and Seeley of the "Herald"'.

Author: 
John G. MacWalter [ J. G. Mac Walter ] of Dorchester, novellist and writer on Ireland [ Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865), Archbishop of Westminster ]
Publication details: 
Dorchester [Dorset]. 10 and 18 August 1854.
£145.00

The two items each 4pp., 4to, and bifoliums. Both on the same grey paper. ONE: 10 August 1854. Signed 'J G MacWalter' and addressed to 'My Lord Archbishop'. He hopes that the Archbishop's 'health is quite restored and that the petty war waged against you will have no ill effect upon it. I received a long abusive letter on the subject which I boldly refused to insert.

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