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[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to the Duchess of Edinburgh (Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia).] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), sending her 'specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented'

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister [Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1874-1900), daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Duchess of Edinburgh as wife of Prince Alfred]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hawarden Castle, Chester. 13 December 1883.
£120.00

2pp, 12mko. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight discoloration along central horizontal fold. Addressed to 'Her Imperial & Royal Highness | The Duchess of Edinburgh'. Reads: 'Madam | At Windsor Your Imperial & Royal Highness was good enough to say I might send these specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented | Under cover of the permission thus accorded, I take the liberty allowed, and add my request that it may not entail the trouble of any acknowledgment | I have the honour to be | Your I. R. Highness's | most faithful humble servant | W E Gladstone'.

[The last Duchess of Gordon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Gordon'), from Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon to her 'own Pastor' [Stuart?], regarding religious arrangements in Huntly, and 'the extreme destitution of the district of the bread of Life'.

Author: 
Elizabeth Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (née Brodie; 1794-1864), Scottish noblewoman, wife of George Duncan Gordon (1770-1836), 5th Duke of Gordon [Huntly Lodge, Strathgole, Aberdeenshire, Scotland]
Publication details: 
Huntley Lodge [Strathbogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland], 18 May 1849.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. 78 lines of closely-written text. The Duchess became more fervently pious with the passing of the years, and the present letter bears testimony to her religious preoccupations. It begins: 'My dear Sir, | At the last meeting of the Huntley Presby. it was settled that Mr. King was to present the Petition from the Station [?] that it may be sanctioned as a Charge, if Mr. Mackray did not before the Genl.

[Louisa, Duchess of Buccleuch, regarding charity work for the Mahdist War.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Christison', asking on behalf of the Princess of Wales for her assistance in relation to a charity for British troops in Egypt and the Sudan.

Author: 
Louisa, Duchess of Buccleuch [Louisa Montagu Douglas Scott; previously Lady Louisa Jane Hamilton] (1836-1912), wife of William Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch and 8th Duke of Queensberry (1831-1914)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Dalkeith House, Dalkeith [Scotland]. 6 April 1885.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Writing with regard to the Mahdist War, she has been asked by the Princess of Wales to 'start a Sub-Committee to H. R. H's. Branch of the National Aid Society (Soudan & Egypt)', and is 'anxious to know' whether the recipient can help her 'by allowing your name to be placed on the General Committee the object of which is to collect funds to secure some further provisions for the health & comfort of the British Troops, more especially the Sick & Wounded, in that trying climate'.

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ Lord Whitworth, as British Ambassador to France. ] Autograph Note in the third person, inviting Lord Glenbervie to dinner with himself and his wife, known as the Duchess of Dorset..

Author: 
Charles Whitworth, 1st Earl Whitworth (1752-1825) [ Lord Whitworth, 1800-1813; Viscount Whitworth, 1813-1815 ], British diplomat [ Sylvester Douglas, 1st Baron Glenbervie (1743-1823) ]
Publication details: 
Hôtel de l'Empire [ Paris ]. Undated [ 1819? see note below ]..
£150.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Lord Whitworth & the Duchess of Dorset [now his wife] request the honor of Lord Glenbervie's Company at dinner to morrow [sic] at ½ past five. | Hôtel de l'Empire | Sunday morn.' Whitworth was British Ambassador to Paris. 1802-1803. Note: "After the restoration of the Bourbons in France, which as a political expedient he [Whitworth] highly approved, he visited Paris in April 1819 with the Duchess of Dorset and a numerous train."

[ Susan Euphemia, Duchess of Hamilton, daughter of William Beckford of Fonthill. ] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('S E H & B') to 'dearest dear Lolotte' (Charlotte Stuart), regarding the misfortunes of Madame Regnaudin of the Royal Academy of Music.

Author: 
Susan Euphemia Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton (1786-1859), wife of Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, and daughter of William Beckford of Fonthill [ Royal Academy of Music ]
Publication details: 
'Hamilton Palace [ Lanarkshire, Scotland ] | July 9th: [ between 1822 and 1825 ]'.
£350.00

Susan Euphemia Beckford, daughter of William Beckford of Fonthill, had married the 10th Duke of Hamilton in 1810. The recipient Charlotte Stuart (d.1867) was the daughter of Margaret, Lady Pulteney, by her first husband Andrew Stuart of Torrance. In 1830 she married Robert Harington, son of Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet. The present item is two closely written pages, 4to. On bifolium of wove paper with watermark 'C WILMOT | 1822'. In good condition, lightly aged. Closely and neatly written over 63 lines.

[ Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marie, GD de Russie et de Saxe'), in French, thanking the unnamed female recipient for the gift of a book, sending her own presents, and urging her to return to Germany.

Author: 
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859)
Publication details: 
'Du Belvédère près de Weymar, ce 22 May / 3 Juin 1830.'
£450.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium with mourning border. Nineteen lines of closely-written text, with valediction: 'Votre affectionnée, | Marie, GD de Russie et de Saxe'. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with minor traces of grey paper from mount adhering to edge. She begins by stating that the 'charmant ouvrage' that she sent has given her real pleasure: 'il orne ma demeure champêtre'.

[ The Duchess of Marlborough, the Earl of Godolphin, and Lord Sundon. ] Autograph Signatures ('S: Marlbrough | Godolphin | Sundon') on part of an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Sarah Churchill (1660-1744), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the great Duke of Marlborough; Francis Godolphin (1678-1766), 2nd Earl of Godolphin; William Clayton (1671-1752), 1st Baron Sundon
Publication details: 
[ Court of Exchequer, London. 17 May 1740. ]
£80.00

On an irregular piece of paper, 18cm. high and 23cm. wide at the extremities. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Torn from a larger leaf, with one side carrying manuscript additions completing printed text ('In Repayment of Loan on the Eighteenth, 2s. Aid, Anno 1739.'). In manuscript: 'The most Noble Sarah Dutchess Dowager of Marlborough, the Right Honble Francis Earl of Godolphin, the Right Honble William Lord Sundon Executors of the late most Noble John Duke of Marlborough'. The signatures are on the reverse, with more manuscript text.

[ Rev. Robert Anderson Jardine, the man who married the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. ] Album of newspaper cuttings and other material, with signed note on front cover: 'PROTESTANT CUTTINGS | PAMPHLETS & general items: | R. Anderson Jardinee'.

Author: 
Rev. Robert Anderson Jardine (1878-1950), Vicar of St Paul's, Darlington, who performed the 1937 wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Publication details: 
Cuttings dating from 1910 and 1911, and 1930.
£200.00

Jardine, dubbed by the press 'the Poor Man's Pastor', travelled to France to perform the ceremony. As a result, his vestry committee resigned and he resigned his living, emigrating to the United States. The cuttings are laid down on 19pp of a Victorian folio volume, in superior brown calf binding, tooled in gilt, with marbled endpapers, and 'HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS' stamped on the spine. As the title on the spine indicates, the volume contains the manuscript of a harmony of the gospels, covering 127pp, with the text written around columns of printed text cut from a printed bible.

[Father Basil E. Popoff, Chaplain of the Russian Embassy.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Kapoustin'

Author: 
Basil E. Popoff (d.1877), Chaplain of the Russian Embassy and to Marie Alexandrovna, Duchess of Edinburgh
Publication details: 
32 Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, W. [London]. 11 January 1870.
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly aged. Neatly and closely written. There has been a Russian Orthodox Church serving the Embassy in London since 1725, and this was a purpose-built 'Embassy Chapel' at 32 Welbeck Street from 1866 to 1922. Popoff writes that in 'the absence of my father [Eugene Popoff], who is now in St. Petersburg', he is answering Mrs Kapoustin's letter.

[Shelagh Maitland, artist's model.] Autograph Letter Signed, offering her services to the Duchess of Kent, stating she has worked for Lord Plunkett, Cathleen Mann, Simon Elwes, Sir John Lavery, T. C. Dugdale, David Jagger. With risqué autograph poem.

Author: 
Shelagh Maitland, artist's model [Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent [Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark] (1906-1968); Cathleen Mann; Simon Elwes; Sir John Lavery; T. C. Dugdale; David Jagger]
Publication details: 
40 Queensborough Terrace, W8 [London]. 19 July 1938.
£80.00

Both items are in an envelope addressed to the Duchess at 3 Belgrave Square. The envelope and its contents are on aged and creased paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Knowing that the Duchess is 'a well-known artist', she is offering her 'services as a model'. 'I was permanent model to the late Lord Plunket [sic] and have been painted by Cathleen Mann, Simon Elwes, Sir John Lavery, T. C. Dugdale, David Jagger and several other well-known painters.' She describes her appearance and asks to be granted an interview. POEM: 2pp., 12mo. In pencil. Unsigned, but clearly by Maitland.

Autograph 'Copy Letter to the King from the Princess Olive', with petition, by Royal imposter Olivia Serres, signed by her 'Olive Princess of Cumberland'

Author: 
Olivia Serres [née Wilmot] (1772-1834), English Royal imposter, claiming the title Princess Olive of Cumberrland [King William IV; Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland]
Publication details: 
Petition dated from London. February 1833.
£850.00

23pp., foolscap 8vo. On six bifoliums of laid paper with 1833 Britannia watermark of Gilling & Alllford. Good, on lightly aged and worn paper. Folded into the customary packet, and docketed on reverse of last leaf 'Copy Letter to the King from the Princess Olive'. The document was written shortly before Serres' death, and does not appear to have been published.

Autograph Letter in the third person from Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton, ordering a book from the London booksellers George Routledge & Sons.

Author: 
Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton [née Poore] (1878-1951), Duchess of Hamilton, co-founder in 1903 of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society [George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London booksellers]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Merley House, Wimborne. 28 May 1904.
£56.00

1p., 4to. Good, on aged and lightly-creased paper. 'The Duchess of Hamilton will be much obliged if Messrs G. Routledge & Sons will send her the newest edition of | A History of British Birds | by Rev. F. O. Morris | Newly revised corrected & enlarged | @ £4 - 10 - 0 | To above address -'.

Printed notice from the Vice Consul of Boulogne, informing the town's residents that 'Divine Service will be performed in his House on Christmas day'.

Author: 
[Sir William Hamilton (1788-1877), British Consul at Boulogne-sur-Mer from 1826 to 1873]
Publication details: 
'Vice Consular Office | 23rd December 1817.'
£120.00

1p., landscape 8vo (34 x 22 cm). In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities. An attractive notice, in large type, reading: 'THE VICE CONSUL hereby notifies to the British residents in Boulogne that Divine Service will be performed in his House on Christmas day. | Vice Consular Office | 23rd December 1817.' With faint circular stamp of the 'VICE CONSULAR SERVICE'. Manuscript note on reverse, in a contemporary hand: 'Duplicate of the <?> affiche in the town of Boulogne | on Saturday 24th Decr 1817'.

[Printed handbill.] Sonnet on the late Dutchess of Gordon. [By Sir Brooke Boothby.]

Author: 
[Sir Brooke Boothby (1744-1824)] [Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (1748-1812), Scottish Tory political hostess]
Publication details: 
[Circa 1810.]
£280.00

Printed on one side of a 4to leaf, to which a black mourning border has been given by hand. Well printed on wove paper. Fair, on lightly-aged and ruckled paper. The author's name is not given, and the title reads 'SONNET | ON THE LATE | DUTCHESS [sic] OF GORDON.' The poem begins: 'IS then the bright expansive spirit flown, | That wont to animate the admiring throng? | Does the fair theme of many a poet's Song | Exist in pleasing memory alone?' The poem was also printed in 'The Poetical Register, and Repository of Fugitive Poetry, for 1810-1811' (London: F. C. and J.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Bernard') from Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk, to 'Arthur', concerning the sale of land in Sheffield and elsewhere.

Author: 
Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard (1908-1975), 16th Duke of Norfolk,
Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard (
Publication details: 
13 January 1938; on letterhead of Everingham Park, York.
£56.00
Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard (

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to close relation or agent. He agrees to 'the two sales in Sheffield of £52,000 and £90,000', but does not consider 'under £200 an acre' a good price. He wonders 'whether Sandford is inclined to give a bit to get a deal through without much trouble'.

Typed Letter Signed ('Philip Hay.') to Arnold Lunn from the Private Secretary the Duchess of Kent, congratulating on her behalf Peter Kirwan Taylor for winning the Duke of Kent Cup in skiing, and sending her best wishes to the Kandahar Ski Club.

Author: 
Philip Hay, Private Secretary to the Duchess of Kent [Sir Arnold Lunn (1888-1974), British skier and mountaineer; Peter Kirwan Taylor (b.1930, designer of the Lotus Elite car); Kandahar Ski Club]
Typed Letter Signed ('Philip Hay.') to Arnold Lunn
Publication details: 
18 January 1949; on Marlborough House.
£28.00
Typed Letter Signed ('Philip Hay.') to Arnold Lunn

4to, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper. Lunn and Kirwan-Taylor were closely associated with the Ski Club of Great Britain, both compiling reports for it in 1951.

Visiting card with autograph message.

Author: 
Duchesse d'Uzes
Publication details: 
Bonnelles, 10 October 1913.
£35.00

Card, 8 x 6 cm, black border. [Printed] "Duchesse d'Uzès / Douairière" with the autograph message on both sides of the card, "Laissez-moi rire d'abord et ensuite dites-moi ce que je dois lui répondre. Avec toutes mes amitiés."

Autograph Letter Signed 'To | the Revd: Doctor Shipley | Canon of Xt: Church | Oxford | by way of London'.

Author: 
Catherine Douglas (née Hyde), Duchess of Queensberry and Dover (1701-1777), aristocratic beauty and literary patron [Jonathan Shipley (1713-1788), Bishop of St Asaph]
Publication details: 
Ambresbury [Amesbury]; 22 January [13 February] 1755.
£750.00

4to: 3 pp. Bifolium. On neatly-repaired aged paper, with archival paper covering the two inner pages. Fifty-four lines of text, all clear and entire. Remains of black wax seal, with crest, on verso of second leaf, which carries the address and is docketed 'Maragna Mohammed'. A long letter in two parts, the second part beginning on the verso of the first leaf, which is headed 'now Febry: 13'.

Document signed by these four parties, part printed, part manuscript.

Author: 
Earl Marchmont, Thomas [ Secker ] Archbishop of Canterbury, Beversham Filmer, J. Stephens.
Publication details: 
15/11/58
£250.00

One page, 4to, one small tear, staining, pinholes, text clear and complete. The four parties acknowledge receipt of £62.10 in their office aas "executors of Sarah late Duchess of Marlborough assignee of John Rudghe as per margin. In the margin, in manuscript is a list of years 1828-1838 with a list of yearly sums which add up to the £62.50 they are acknowledging. The list has the name John Rudge next to it. They received the money from James Earl Waldegrave (written in ms.

Printed Exchequer receipt for annuities, with manuscript insertions, signed by the Duchess and a witness.

Author: 
Adelaide Talbot (died 1726), Duchess Dowager of Shrewsbury [Adelhida, daughter of the Marquis Palleotti of Bologna]
Publication details: 
12 January 1720; [London].
£80.00

One page, octavo. Good, on aged paper with slight fraying and a few small closed tears at extremities. 'Received by me [Adelaide Dutchess Dowager of Shrewsbury Ass[ign]ee of Wm. Harvey] of the Honourable George Parker Esq; One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, the Sum of [Twenty five pounds] [...]'. Signed 'Adelaide Shrewsbury' and witnessed by 'Hen: Gardie'. Adelaide was (according to the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica) married to Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury (1660-1718) in 1705.

Autograph Letter to the Duchess of Beaufort.

Author: 
Frederick William Hervey, 5th Earl and 1st Marquis of Bristol
Publication details: 
St. James's Square | June 23rd. 1853'
£35.00

English aristocrat (1769-1859). Apparently cropped, but with no loss to text. Dimensions of paper roughly four inches square. Grubby and lightly stained. Docketed in pencil. A formal letter in the third person. Reads 'Lord Bristol presents his Compliments to the Duchess of Beaufort, & sends her Grace the enclosed Paper which came directed by mistake to him this Morning -'.

7 original photographs by Gerald Guttman.

Author: 
The wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Publication details: 
23/07/86
£150.00

The pictures, which vary in size from 3 inches by 5 inches to 3 inches square, are crudely pasted to a piece of grey card, beneath a heading made up of three pieces apparently cut out of newspapers or magazines and reading 'Royal Wedding Day | 23 July | Andrew & Sarah 1986'. All seven pictures appear to be cropped, and several bear traces of glue. Corners dogeared. In pencil on reverse 'Photographs by Gerald Guttman (= photographer)'. Four pictures, apparently taken from the television, feature the royal couple.

Autograph Signature on cover of franked envelope.

Author: 
Francis Paul Charles Louis Alexander Württemberg, Duke of Teck
Publication details: 
1874 (postmark '<...> ANGFORD | NO 1 | 74').
£25.00

Anglo-German aristocrat (1837-1900), father of Queen Mary. Dimensions roughly 4 1/2 inches by 4 inches. In good condition, though somewhat grubby. Remains of glue and paper from previous mount on reverse. Addressed to his wife (1833-97) 'Her Royal Highness | the Princess Mary | Duchess of Teck | Richmond Park | East Sheen | Surrey | Teck'. Envelope carries stamped Penny Red in poor condition.

Autograph Signatures.

Author: 
Edward VIII [as Duke of Windsor] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Publication details: 
Without date or place [but docketed in pencil 'May 1956']
£450.00

King of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the seas, and Emperor of India (1894-1972), and his wife (1896-1986) for whom he renounced the throne. On a piece of paper, dimensions roughly 2 1/2 inches by 3 inches. With minor spotting , but in good condition, neatly attached to a piece of card, which carries thin yellow horizontal stripes, and is of dimensions roughly 5 inches by 10 inches, to the right of a large picture of the smiling couple in old age, carrying a French caption (from a magazine).

autograph letter in the third person to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Duchess of Leeds
Publication details: 
3pp, 16mo, 11 August 1904, on letterhead 11 Grosvenor Crescent, S.W.
£20.00

She 'cannot apologise enough for having left his letter of May 29th so long unanswered'. It was supposed to be answered 'on her return from Italy' but was mislaid. She hopes Slocombe will 'forgive the unintentional rudeness'.

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