[Corporal Robert Walter Miller, RAF.] 228 Autograph Letters Signed, 18 airgraphs and three telegrams to his wife, written while serving as a Second World War accounts clerk. With letters from Ralph Billings, Kenneth Hampton and Bernard Hollobone.

Corporal Robert Walter Miller, RAF; his wife Margaret Patrica Miller (nee Batchelor) of Eastbourne, Sussex [Brigadier Ralph Billings, Kenneth Hampton and Bernard Hollobone; 527 RCAF Squadron; SEAAF]
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Miller's letters from: RCAF Digby, Lincolnshire; RAF Snailwell, near Newmarket, Suffolk; with SEAAF in South-East Asia (Calcutta, India and elsewhere). 1943 to 1946. Other correspondents' letters from 1940 to 1943.

On his daughter's 1943 birth certificate (a copy of which accompanies the collection) Miller is descfibed as 'L/AC 1224106 Royal Air Force (accountants Clerk) of 40 Victoria Drive Eastbourne'. His 228 letters, 18 airgraphs and three telegrams are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Around April of 1944 Miller moves with 527 RCAF Squadron from RAF Snailwell, near Newmarket, Suffolk, to RCAF Digby in Lincolnshire, where he remains until the end of 1944. Thereafter he joins RAF SEAAF [South East Asian Air Force], serving in the vicinity of Calcutta, India.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Ada Ellen Bayly / "Edna Lyall."') by the novelist Edna Lyall (real name Ada Ellen Bayly), on the part played by illustrations in novels.

'Edna Lyall', pseudonym of the novelist Ada Ellen Bayly (1857-1903)
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On letterhead of 6 College Road, Eastbourne. 11 January 1893.

2pp., 12mo. Fifteen lines. On bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The male recipient is not named. She apologies that 'the crowd of Christmas engagements' has meant that his letter has gone unanswered until now. 'With regard to the question you ask, my feeling is that where an artist and an author can contrive to work well together illustrations are a decided improvement to novels. But it is most trying to an author to see his characters presented to the public in a way utterly unlike his own conception of them.' In her view it is 'clear gain' if a book can be 'well illustrated'.

Autograph Letter Signed from John Streatfeild, Clerk in the Home Department, Whitehall, to William Hamilton, British Consul at the Port of Boulogne, concerning the Letters Patent granting Hamilton 'the Dignity of a Knight Bachelor'.

John Streatfeild (1811-1883) of Sea Beach House, Eastbourne, Clerk at the Home Department, Whitehall [Sir William Hamilton (1788-1877), British Consul at the Port of Boulogne]
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On letterhead of the Secretary of State for the Home Department. 8 February 1873.

2pp., 4to. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Wm. Hamilton Esq'. Streatfeild has received directions from 'Mr. Secretary Bruce' granting Hamilton 'the Dignity of a Knight Bachelor of the United Kingdom'. Hamilton is to place £96 14s 6d in Streatfeild's account at Drummond's Bank in Charing Cross, 'being the Account & the Expenses attending the passing of the Patent under the Great Seal'. Streatfeild will 'proceed with the Patent as soon as you inform me whether the enclosed is your proper description'.

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