[ Lever Brothers in the French Congo. ] Five Typed Letters Signed (all 'W H Lever') from the future Viscount Leverhulme to the French cotton magnate Jules Siegfried, on the Kouliou NIari Company in the French Congo, and French wartime achievements.

William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925), soap manufacturer and philanthropist [ Jules Siegfried (1837-1922), French industrialist; Lever Brothers, Port Sunlight; the French Congo ]
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Four on letterheads of Port Sunlight, Cheshire; the fifth on letterhead of Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough, Cheshire. 1 September 1913 to 28 March 1917.

Each of the five is 1p., 4to. The first three have mourning borders. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. In the first letter (1 September 1913) he expresses delight that Siegfried has 'agreed to join the board of the Kouliou [sic, for 'Kouilou'] Niari Company'.

Inventaire des documents provenant de la mission Frantz Cornet au Congo (1948-49) et conservés au Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale a Tervuren.

Marcel Luwel [Frantz Cornet; the Belgian Congo; Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale; Belgium]
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1960: Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer. Classe des sciences morales et politiques. Mémoires in-8o. Nouvelle série. Tome XXIV, fasc. 1. (Histoire). Rue de Livourne, 80A, Bruxelles 5. [Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale.]

8vo: 87 pp. In original light-green printed wraps. Internally very good. Front wrap with minor spotting and slight damage to one corner. Presentation copy, signed on title 'To Mrs. H. Stanley from M. Luwel | 14. XI. 1960.' Inventory divided into ten sections, beginning with 'Baptist Missionary Society' and 'Missions protestantes au Katanga', and ending with 'Uele'. Uncommon: copies at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, University of London and SOAS.

Autograph Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Richard Edward Dennett [CONGO FREE STATE]
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20 May 1916; on letterhead '3 PARLIAMENT HILL MANSIONS, | HIGHGATE ROAD, N.W.'

Editor (1857-1921) of the manuscript newspaper 'Congo Mirror', who 'drew attention to irregularities in Congo Free State, 1886; [...] and accused Congo officials of murders and atrocities; with help he carried on the agitation until the Congo Reform Association was formed; in a series of letters to the African Mail entitled the Lower Congo he pointed out the injustice of the French rule and the concessionnaire system in Congo Francais' (Who's Who). Three pages, 12mo. On grey paper. Very good. Docketed in pen and green pencil.

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