DUNDAS

[ Kennet and Avon Canal Company. ] Two printed circulars, by Dundas and Page respectively, each including reports of the committee of management and statements of accounts; second featuring lithographed map by Cartwright and notice of Lord Amesbury.

Author: 
Kennet and Avon Canal Company [ Charles Dundas and Frederick Page, Chairmen; Lord Amesbury; R. Cartwright, London lithographer; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Kennet and Avon Canal Company. ] Marlborough: 20 July 1830 and 17 July 1832.
£300.00

The 57-mile canal section of the two rivers was constructed between 1794 and 1810. In the face of competition by the Great Western Railway it fell into disuse in the latter nineteenth century. A process of restoration began a hundred years later, and the canal is now a popular amenity. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Both headed on first page 'Report of the Committee of Management, of the Kennet and Avon Canal Navigation.' Both are 3pp., 8vo, on bifoliums.

[ Sir Charles Dundas and the British East Africa Protectorate. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Dundas') to his sister Hilda [ Whitaker ], sending news regarding his posting.

Author: 
Sir Charles Dundas [ Sir Charles Cecil Farquharson Dundas ] (1884-1956), colonial administrator, Governor of the Bahamas, 1933-1940, and of Uganda, 1940-1943
Publication details: 
'Kilim' [ Kilimanjaro, British East Africa Protectorate. ] 6 February 1909.
£180.00

Dundas and his sister Hilda Guilhermina Whitaker were children of the 6th Viscount Melville. See his entry in Who Was Who, and his obituary in The Times, 11 February 1956. The present item was written during his first posting, as Assistant District Commissioner in the British East Africa Protectorate, 1908-1914. He would go on to publish a book on the region, titled 'Kilimanjaro and its People' (1924). 7pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He has 'just returned from a trip to an uninhabitated [sic] place in search of people who do not exist.

[ 'Cyril Hare', crime writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. A. G. C.') to Sir Richard Dundas Harington, arranging a meeting with reference to a 'ghastly affair at Bedford'.

Author: 
'Cyril Hare', pseudonym of crime writer and judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) [ Sir Richard Dundas Harington (1900-1981), 13th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
67 Albert Bridge Road [ London ], on cancelled letterhead of 32 Cyril Mansions, Prince of Wales Road, S.W.11. 13 August 1938.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Aged and worn, with thin line of glue causing damage to a few words of text. Addressed to 'Dear Harington'. His 'plans have all been upset by this ghastly affair at Bedford, of which you no doubt read in the papers'. He only returned from Bedford the previous night, and will have to go to the funeral there on the coming Monday, so they will have to 'put things off a bit'. He has 'arranged to fish with "Mr. Matheson" on the Didder', and suggests dates around that time for meeting.

[ Sir Richard Dundas Harington of Ridlington; dancing bears in Windsor ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dickie') to his brother 'Jackie', sending news of 'Italian tramps' and dancing bears at Eton College.

Author: 
Sir Richard Dundas Harington of Ridlington, 13th Baronet (1900-1981) [ Eton College, Windsor; John Charles Dundas Harington (1903-1980) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Eton College, Windsor. 'Saturday April 1st 1916'.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to J. C. D. Harington Esq. | 15 Wilton Street | Eaton Square | London S.W.' In fair condition, lightly aged. Considering the date of this letter, the possibility that it is a joke cannot be discounted.

[ Lafayette photographic studios, London. ] Eight proofs of portrait photographs [ of Selina, Lady Hamilton, daughter of Viscount Dundas ].

Author: 
James Stack Lauder (1853-1923), Lafayette photographic studios, London [ Selina, Lady Harington (1874-1945), wife of Sir Richard Dundas Harington (1861-1931), daughter of 6th Viscount Melville ]
Publication details: 
All eight stamped 'LAFAYETTE, LONDON'. October 1905.
£80.00

The eight range in size from 14 x 10 cm to 11.5 x 10 cm. Most are heavily faded, almost to the point of indistinguishableness, but presumably recoverable using modern computer techniques. Each is stamped on the front 'PROOF TO BE RETURNED TO LAFAYETTE, LONDON'. Each with pencil note on the back identifying the sitter as 'Mrs. Harrington', with reference number and date in October 1905. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, the sitter being identified by reference from other material therein.

[ Sir Thomas Cochrane, naval officer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos J Cochrane') to the First Lord of the Admiralty Viscount Melville, regarding the need to travel to Edinburgh for the Chief Baron (of the Exchequer? a judge).

Author: 
Sir Thomas Cochrane [ Sir Thomas John Cochrane ] (1789-1872), British naval commander [ Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851), First Lord of the Admiralty ]
Publication details: 
Plymouth Docks. 2 October 1812.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He received Melville's letter that morning, 'and should the Chief Baron from whom I have not yet heard consider my attendance necessary I shall with the greater pleasure go down to Edinburgh and render him every support in my power.' He would however prefer to 'find any person to pair off with'.

[ Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Melville') to an unknown recipient, commenting on his Indian 'narrative', with recollections of Warren Hastings and Sir Philip Francis.

Author: 
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811), Scottish Tory politician [ Warren Hastings; Sir Philip Francis ]
Publication details: 
Duncra [ Lothian ]. 24 November 1806.
£180.00

3pp., 4to. In good condition, each of the two leaves in neatly-trimmed remains of a windowpane mount. Due to illness and the dissolution of parliament he is only now able to 'return the Manuscript you was so good as to send to me. I have carefully perused it immediately upon my return here. I have no alterations or observations to make upon it; the Narrative is clear and the compilation of facts judicious'.

[ General John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun, Scottish politician and soldier. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hopetoun') to Viscount Melville, respecting the fitting up of a part of the Old Palace at Linlithgow for the county meetings.

Author: 
General John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun [ Lord Niddry ] (1765-1823), Scottish politician and British Army officer [ Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville ]
Publication details: 
Hopetoun House. 23 May 1819.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged, on two leaves each neatly cut out of a windowpane mount. Headed 'Private'. Docketted by the recipient: 'Resp[ectin]g. the fitting up a part of the Old Palace at Linlithgow for the County Meeting'. He describes the applications he has made to the Lords of the Treasury and the Prince Regent, and a correspondence between the Keeper of the Palace and the Secretary of State. 'Your Lordship is aware that the Building is a complete Ruin; & of no use whatever, it its present state to any one [...]'.

[ David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mansfield') to the Duke of Portland, sometime Prime MInister, regarding the resignation of 'Dr Campbell' and the arrangements for his pension.

Author: 
David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield (1727-1796) [ The Viscount Stormont between 1748 and 1793 ], politician and diplomat [ William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland; Dr Thomas Campbell ]
Publication details: 
'Kenwood Tuesday afternoon | July 28 [ 1793 ]'.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'D. of Portland'. The date '93' has been added in a contemporary hand beside 'July 28'. Knowing Portland, he feels that 'Dr Campbells Interests cannot be safer' than in his hands. He is transmitting a letter of resignation, to be used whenever Portland thinks proper.

[ Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, as Lord Advocate. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Dundas') to an unnamed recipient, regarding whether he Duke of Buccleugh or Sir Laurence Dundas is to be Governor of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Author: 
Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville and Baron Dunira, Scottish advocate and Tory politician [ Royal Bank of Scotland; Duke of Buccleuch; Sir Laurence Dundas ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 20 February 1777.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged paper, with light staining and wear at foot. The letter concerns the question of whether the Duke of Buccleugh or Sir Laurence Dundas is to be Governor of the Royal Bank. In his view there are no other candidates, and he hopes 'our Friend George Fairholme will not go astray upon that question'. Knowing that Fairholme is 'particularly attached to Lord Marchmont', he has written to him, and quotes part of the 'flattering' reply he has received.

[Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Dundas') to an unnamed recipient, discussing 'Lord Polwarths Letter', Sir John Paterson, 'Mr Scott', and an 'unfortunate' influence on a father and son.

Author: 
Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville and Baron Dunira, Scottish advocate and Tory politician [ Lord Polwarth; Sir John Paterson ]
Publication details: 
Savile Row [ London ]. 4 December 1779.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. He writes that he had 'heard the Report propagated by Sir John of your having given different accounts to the Father & the son', but considering the source he did not believe it, and 'the excerpts of Letters' directly refute it. 'I am extremely pleased with Lord Polwarth's Letter to you & as to any thing else I think you have no reason to feel any regret'.

[Lawrence Dundas, 1st Marquess of Zetland.] Thirty-three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Zetland') to the portrait painter Shirley Slocombe. With eight letters from Lady Zetland, and drafts of two of Slocombe's letters and two accounts by him.

Author: 
Lawrence Dundas (1844-1929), 1st Marquess of Zetland, of Aske Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire, British Conservative politician [Charles Llewellyn Shirley Slocombe (1872-1935), portrait painter]
Publication details: 
Twenty-two on letterhead of Aske, Richmond, Yorkshire; eight on letterhead of 10 Arlington St, London SW. The other eleven from various addresses. Between 1897 and 1911.
£450.00

The collection is in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Zetland's letters total 26pp., 8vo; 19pp., 12mo; 1p., 16mo. The theme is the painting and engraving of a portrait of Zetland by Slocombe, and the correspondence casts an interesting light on the relations between patron and artist in late nineteenth-century England, with the drafts of Slocombe's two letters, and his accounts for painting and engraving, adding to its value.

[The Melville Monument, Edinburgh.] Manuscript 'Minute of a Meeting of the Committee of Subscribers to the Monument recently erected by the Navy to the Memory of the late Lord Viscount Melville.' By 'D. M.' [Admiral Sir David Milne?]

Author: 
'D. M.' [probably Admiral Sir David Milne (1762-1845)] [Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville; Melville Monument, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 24 January 1827.
£120.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. With covering leaf docketted: 'Minute of a Meeting of the Committee of Subscribers to the Monument recently erected by the Navy to the Memory of the late Lord Viscount Melville - held 24 January | 1827'. The document begins with a list of those present: 'Admiral Sir David Milne K.C.B. | Captain Tait R.N. | Captain Stoddart R.N. | Captain Dalyell R.N. | and | Michael Linning Secretary | Admiral Sir David Milne in the Chair'. The minute ends '(signed) D. M.', and is presumably the work of Milne, and in his hand.

[Dr Robert Steavenson of Newcastle upon Tyne.] Manuscript copy of his bill to the trustees of Lieutenant James Boyd, itemising disbursements (mainly clothing). With signed note by David Williamson [later Lord Balgray] and signatures of two trustees.

Author: 
Dr Robert Steavenson (1756-1828) of Newcastle upon Tyne [John Dundas, WS, and James Bruce, Trustees of Lieutenant James Boyd; Lieutenant General Robertson]
Publication details: 
Dated from Northumber[land] Street [Newcastle upon Tyne]. With short signed note by David Williamson [later Lord Balgray], dated Edinburgh [Scotland], 4 August 1813.
£40.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed: 'Trustees of Lieut. J. Boyd or Executors of Lieut. Genl. Robertson on account of Mr. Boyd | To Dr Stevenson'. Docketted on reverse: 'Copy | Account | Due by the Trustee of Lieut: J. Boyd to Doctor Steavenson | 1813 | Compd. J.W.' and 'Genl. Robertsons Trustees Order | by you for Remitting

Autograph Letter Signed ('L: D: Campbell') from Captain Lawrence Dundas Campbell [to either of his publishers Thomas Cadell or William Davies], concerning the placing of advertisements for two of his books.

Author: 
L. D. Campbell [Captain Lawrence Dundas Campbell], editor of the Asiatic Annual Register [Thomas Cadell, jnr (1773-1836); William Davies (d.1819)]
Publication details: 
St. Alban's Hotel, St. Alban's Street [London]. 'Wednesday' [circa 1808].
£45.00

1p., 4to. Spike hole. In good condition, on aged dusty paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, I must request, as a particular favour, that you will advertise both the "Reply" and the "Letter on the Charges &c" in all the Morning and Evening papers both on Friday, and on Monday next. | I am | Dear Sir, | Very faithfully yours | L: D: Campbell'.

Autograph Letter Signed from 'Chas. Hamilton', informing Henry Dundas that 'Doctor Morris of Parliament Street' has cured three men 'labouring under the same disorder which now afflicts our gracious Sovereign [King George III].

Author: 
Charles Hamilton (1753-1828), 8th Earl of Haddington [Michael Morris (d.1791) MD; Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville; the madness of King George III; John Sheldon (1752-1808), anatomist]
Publication details: 
Without place or date, but written during the King's first attack, 1788-1789.
£220.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Text complete, on aged paper with a number of closed tears repaired with archival tape. The second leaf of the bifolium, lacking a strip at the top, is docketed 'Dr. Morris of Parliament Street's Success in curing Persons afflicted with Complaints similar to that which His Majesty labours under'. Considering the political content at the end of the letter, the author is probably Charles Hamilton, at the time of writing known by his courtesy title of Lord Binning.

Autograph Letter Signed ('N: Wm. Wraxall:') from the diarist and politician Sir Nathaniel William Wraxall congratulating Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville 'on the Event of the late Business [i.e. impeachment] in Westminster Hall'.

Author: 
Sir Nathaniel William Wraxall (1751-1831), diarist, politician and traveller [Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville; Sir John Macpherson (c.1745-1821), Governor-General of Bengal]
Publication details: 
'Brompton. (Sir John Macpherson's) | Monday. 30th. June, 1806.'
£125.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with one minor damp stain. Dundas was the last ever British minister to be impeached. He was acquitted of corruption charges on 12 June 1806.

Autograph Letter Signed ('M Callcott') from the traveller and author Maria Callcott [previously Maria Dundas and Maria Graham] to the antiquary Edward Vernon Utterson.

Author: 
Maria Callcott (1785-1842) [n
Publication details: 
London; postmarked 26 May 1829.
£60.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with oval red postmark and broken red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf of bifolium to 'E. V. Utterson Esqre | 32 York Terrace | Regents park'. She writes that she and her husband are 'sorry to have so bad an account of Mrs Utterson', whom she will visit 'when she can see her friends'. 'Mr. Callcott [the landscape painter Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844)] was in York Terrace yesterday but having forgotten your number & finding you denied at three or four doors he began to think you had moved or that I had given him a wrong direction'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Melville') from Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville to Lady Popham, widow of Admiral Sir Home Riggs Popham, described by her as a 'cold hearted answer'.

Author: 
Robert Dundas (1771-1851), 2nd Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1812-1827 [Admiral Sir Home Riggs Popham (1762-1820)]
Autograph Letter Signed ('Melville') from Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville
Publication details: 
Melville Castle; 23 September 1820.
£175.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('Melville') from Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville

4to, 2 pp. On bifolium. Twenty-two lines. Text clear and complete. In good condition, on aged paper. Lady Popham has written her opinion of the letter on the reverse of second leaf: 'Lord Melvilles cold hearted answer -'. To modern eyes the letter would appear to be a model of tact. Melville begins by expressing 'deep regret' at 'the late most afflicting addition to the loss you had already sustained' (the Admiral had died three weeks before).

The Abbotsford Subscription.

Author: 
R. A. Dundas, Secretary, Royal Society of Literature [Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist and poet]
Publication details: 
St. Martin's Place, Dec. 7, 1832.'
£80.00

Disbound. Octavo: four pages. Good: slightly aged and with some creasing to extremities. Thirty-one lines of text, followed by a double-column list of subscribers, and amounts subscribed.

Warrant (commission), signed by 'Melville', 'J. Osborn' and 'H. Hotham' as Lords of the Admiralty, and 'John Barrow' as Second Secretary to the Admiralty, appointing Paterson 'Vice Admiral of the Blue Squadron of His Majesty's Fleet'.

Author: 
Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville; Sir John Osborn; Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Hotham; Sir John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty [Admiral Charles William Paterson (c.1756-1841)]
Publication details: 
12/08/19
£650.00

On one side of a piece of vellum, dimensions 28 x 33 cm. Folded three times to make eight rectangles. Red wax seal under paper in top left-hand corner, embossed with the Admiralty anchor. One blue 5s stamp in left-hand margin, with '£5: 7: 6' and an illegible signature above it in manuscript. Small paper stamp on the reverse. Text clear and complete on lightly discoloured vellum. The body of the document is printed over thirteen lines, with the specific information added in manuscript.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Melville') to Captain Paterson of the Puissant.

Author: 
Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville [Lord Melville] (1771-1851), First Lord of the Admiralty [Admiral Charles William Paterson (c.1756-1841)]
Publication details: 
12 August 1812; Admiralty.
£250.00

4to: 1 p. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. 'I have great satisfaction in acquainting you that a Commission has this day been signed promoting you to the Rank of Rear Admiral of the Blue.' Docketed by Paterson twice on the otherwise-blank reverse '12 Augt. 1812 | Lord Melville informing me I am made Rear Admiral of the Blue'.

Autograph Letter Signed to William Smith.

Author: 
Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville
Publication details: 
2 July 1820; Wimbledon.
£135.00

Statesman (1771-1851); First Lord of the Admiralty, 1812-27, after whom Melville Sound was named. Three pages, quarto. Very good if a tad grubby.

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville
Publication details: 
Downing Street | Saturday. 12. O Clo | 2. 3. 1799'.
£65.00

Scottish advocate and statesman (1742-1811). One page, quarto. Bifoliate on good laid paper watermarked 1798. Grubby and somewhat ruckled, and with small printed notice neatly pasted in bottom right-hand corner. 'My Dear Sir | I have your letter, and should be glad to see you before you see Lord Liverpool or any other Person. Will you dine with me tomorrow. | Yours sincerely | Henry Dundas'.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Uncle Billy'.

Author: 
Lawrence John Lumley Dundas, second marquess of Zetland, as Earl of Ronaldshay [FREEMASONRY]
Publication details: 
10 January 1916; on letterhead '38, GROSVENOR STREET, | W.'
£50.00

Indian administrator, politician and author (1876-1961). 3 pages, 16mo. Grubby, but in good condition overall. Signed 'Ronaldshay'. He has received the letter and is in London 'for the Compulsory Service bill at the H of C.' He asks that he be not recommended for the 'Grand Superintendantship of the Royal Arch'. 'It would bore me to tears! But in addition to this I have as much future work to discharge as I can manage.' He is sorry to learn that his uncle's eyes have been troubling him, and hopes 'that there is nothing seriously wrong'.

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