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[Lady Bulwer Lytton [Rosina Bulwer Lytton], Anglo-Irish novelist, wife of Lord Lytton.] Autograph Letter in third person to 'The Editor of “The Lady's Newspaper”' [Ebenezer Landells?], sending him a letter to read over, and referring to a 'Champion'.

Author: 
Lady Bulwer Lytton [Rosina Bulwer Lytton, née Rosina Doyle Wheeler] (1802-1882), Anglo-Irish novelist, wife of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Lord Lytton]
Publication details: 
'Thurloe Cottage Old Brompton Feb 6th. [1842?]'.
£180.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. Forty-two lines of text. Letterhead of family crest in gold and red. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of white paper mount adhering to last page. Three fold lines. The editor's 'obliging Note' affords her 'sincere pleasure to have the opportunity of expressing her gratitude to him in person', and she asks him not to call some day the following week (she is 'going out of Town' the week after), but not in the morning, as she has 'much business, of a disagreeable and imperative nature to transact now'.

[The Pledge in late-Victorian Ulster.] Volume 'No. 2' of Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, in autograph of secretary George Raphael, with 'Minutes of Meetings, Rules, &c.', and 151 signatures of young people taking the 'PLEDGE'.

Author: 
Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland [George Raphael, Secretary; Rev. David McMeekin (1872-1910) of the High Kirk (Presbyterian), Ballymena]
Publication details: 
[Galgorm Band of Hope and Temperance Society, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland. 3 June 1889 to 14 April 1899.
£400.00

The present item gives a vivid description of the activities of a temperance society in the north of Ireland at the close of the nineteenth century. As a result of the efforts in Leeds of Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff, the Band of Hope was founded in 1855 to teach children the principles of sobriety and teetotalism. By 1887 – two years before the start of the present volume – it had a membership of one and a half million young people in the United Kingdom, out of a total of eight million of eligible age.

[Thomas Kelly, 'Ireland's most prolific hymn writer'.] Autograph Letter, [signature cut off and lost] discussing the popularity of his hymns, and describing how he feels 'very helpless' at the thought of trying to write 'the Hymns you wish for'.

Author: 
Thomas Kelly (1769-1855), Church of Ireland cleric and preacher, 'Ireland's most prolific hymn writer'
Publication details: 
1 January 1821. No place.
£80.00

The letter was originally a 4to bifolium. The text is complete, covering the whole of both sides of the first leaf, and with the last two words of the letter written on a small square of paper which is all that remains of the second leaf (the rest – including the valediction – having been cut away). In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with repairs in archival tape. The letter is endorsed with biographical information in pencil. The recipient, saluted as 'My dear friend', is not identified.

[Katharine Tynan, Irish poet and novelist.] Autograph Signature ('Katharine Tynan Hinkson') on valediction to letter to 'Robert Browne Esq.'

Author: 
Katharine Tynan [latterly Katharine Tynan Hinkson] (1859-1931) – 2 April 1931), Irish poet and novelist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00

On one side of 4.5 x 10.5 cm piece of paper, cut from end of letter for autograph hunter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Believe me, dear Mr Browne | Yours very sincerely | Katharine Tynan Hinkson | Robert Browne Esq.'

[Mortimer O'Sullivan, Church of Ireland clergyman and controversialist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer O Sullivan') to London bookseller Thomas Cadell, on 'anxiety felt in Dublin', publishing his work, Dublin bookseller John Miliken, the 'cause'

Author: 
Mortimer O'Sullivan (1793-1859), Church of Ireland clergyman and controversialist, Roman Catholic apostate, brother of Samuel O'Sullivan (1790-1851) [Thomas Cadell; John Miliken; Orange Order; Dublin]
Publication details: 
10 May 1827; 17 Ely Place, Dublin.
£220.00

See the entries for O'Sullivan and his brother Samuel, and for the recipient Thomas Cadell the younger (1773-1836), in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with seal in red wax and postmarks, to 'Thos Cadell Esqr | Bookseller | Strand | London'. In fair condition, aged and worn. He begins by explaining 'the circumstances in consequence of wh' the writing of the present letter 'has been so long delay'd'.

[John Tyndall, physicist who discovered the Greenhouse Effect in 1859.] Autograph Signature ('John Tyndall').

Author: 
John Tyndall (1820-1893), Anglo-Irish physicist, celebrated for his work on diamagnetism and infrared radiation, who discovered the Greenhouse Effect in 1859 [Global warming]
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£28.00

Firm and attractive signature for autograph hunter, centred on one side of 7.5 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. No other writing. In good condition, lightly aged and creased, with labels from mount adhering to reverse.

[Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, Irish tragedian.] Autograph Note Signed ('Gustavus V. Brooke'), from the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, with seal in black wax, complying with a request [for an autograph].

Author: 
Gustavus Vaughan Brooke (1818-1866), Irish Shakespearian actor who enjoyed success in England, Ireland, America, and Australia [Royal Olympic Theatre, London]
Publication details: 
21 November 1850; Royal Olympic Theatre, London.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. On an opened-out envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper removed from an album, with seal (of a hog?) in black wax laid down above it. Both note and seal in good condition, lightly aged. The note reads: 'Royal Olympic Theatre | London | Sir | I have much pleasure in complying with your request and remain | Yours respectfully | Gustavus V Brooke | Novr 21st | 1850'.

[George, Viscount Townshend, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Manuscript 'Memorial of Michael Seix Gent:' to Townshend, 'desiring a Lieutenancy of Horse', endorsed with Townshend's Autograph Memorandum of his response.

Author: 
Field Marshal George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend [The Viscount Townshend] (1724-1807), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Michael Seix; Invasion of Guadeloupe, 1759, in the Seven Years' War]
Publication details: 
'presented to Lord Lieut. 21 Novr. [no year, but between 1767 and 1772].
£180.00

1p, folio.

[A Georgian burlesque of a ghost story.] Manuscript of 'The Ghost Story', signed by '[W Daniell?]' (William Daniell, RA?) or '[J W Daniell?] (James William Daniell, Librarian to William IV?), featuring a stage Irishman ('Emeralder'), 'O Reilly'.

Author: 
Georgian ghost story [by William Daniell (1769-1837), RA, artist? or James William Daniell (1773-1855), librarian to William IV?]; annuals; The Keepsake, London; Friendship's Offering; stage Irish
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but published in 'The Keepsake', London, 1835.
£320.00

39pp, 12mo. On twenty loose leaves removed from an album, each leaf with a stub still adhering along one edge, and the story paginated in manuscript 505-543. Signed at the foot of the final page. The signature is somewhat stylised and not entirely legible. It could read 'W Daniell', in which case it might be that of the artist William Daniell, RA. On the other hand, it may read 'J W Daniell', and be that of James William Daniell (1773-c.1855), librarian and steward of King William IV. The handwriting of the story and signature are certainly similar to those of J. W. Daniell.

[British Army officer in Ireland following the Great Famine.] Diary of Captain H. M. Vaughan, 90th Light Infantry, while stationed at Ballincollig Barracks, including accounts of riots in Cork by 5000 'Paupers' and during the 1852 General Election.

Author: 
Captain Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan (c.1828-1855), Welsh British Army officer in the 90th Light Infantry; Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills, County Cork; Great Exhibition, London 1851
Publication details: 
Ballincollig, County Cork, Ireland; Llangoedmore, Wales; London; Between May 1851 and September 1852.
£1,200.00

An interesting and vivid account of a British army officer's service in Ireland in the period immediately following the Great Famine. The author is stationed at the barracks in Ballincollig, built to protect the Royal Gunpowder Mills (at the time one of the largest in the British Isles). High points include a long account of a riot at Cork during the General Election of 1852; and descriptions of a riot by 5000 'Paupers' around the 'Cork Union' and the first Irish industrial exhibition, also at Cork in 1852.

[Countess of Blessington (Marguerite Gardiner), Irish author and literary hostess.] Autograph Note in the third person to editor Samuel Carter Hall, wishing 'to consult him, about having an Enquiry executed'.

Author: 
Marguerite Gardiner [née Power], Countess of Blessington (1789-1849), Irish author and literary hostess, beauty and lover of Count d'Orsay [Samuel Carter Hall [S. C. Hall] (1800-1889), editor]
Publication details: 
'Saturday Evening' [no place or date, but on paper with watermarked date 1831].
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of the second leaf, with broken seal in red wax, 'To / | S. C. Hall Esqre | 59 Sloane Street'. In fair condition, on aged paper. Folded by Blessington into a diamond-shaped packet. Reads: 'Saturday Evening. | Lady Blessingtons Compts. To Mr Hall, and requests that he will call on her, as soon as may suit his convenience, as she wishes to consult him, about having an Enquiry executed.'

[Humphrey Lloyd, Irish physicist, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Lloyd') to Alfred Fox, regarding his 'paper on Magnetical Observations' and Fox's brother's 'instrument', i.e. Robert Were Fox's magnetic dip compass.

Author: 
Humphrey Lloyd (1800-1881), Irish physicist, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin [Robert Were Fox the Younger (1789-1877), geologist, inventor of the magnetic dip compass]
Publication details: 
Trinity College Dublin. 24 March 1835.
£220.00

The recipient was a brother of the geologist and inventor Robert Were Fox the Younger (1789-1877), whose magnetic dip compass, constructed in the previous year, is the 'instrument' referred to at the end of the letter. (Fox's compass was used by Sir James Clark Ross on his Antarctic expedition, and was later used to discover the position of the South magnetic pole.) 1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased, with traces of paper mount adhering to one edge, and repair to a closed tear with archival tape. Several folds.

[William Carleton, Irish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Carleton') to 'Mrs. Banks', responding graciously to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
William Carleton (1794-1869), Irish novelist and author
Publication details: 
Without date or place. On paper with embossed armorial 'C L B' letterhead.
£80.00

Carleton's controversial reputation is dealt with in his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. In response to a request for an autograph, he writes: 'My dear Mrs. Banks | You wish to have my humble name - You have however more than my name – You have my esteem and my highest respect – and I feel proud in [ratifying?] this by the subscription of Yours most faithfully and respectfully - | Wm. Carleton -'.

[Philip Cecil Crampton, Solicitor-General for Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('P Crampton') to 'Friend Edwards', justifying capital punishment in the context of his sentence of death on Patrick Woods for the murder of Thomas Powell.

Author: 
Philip Crampton [Philip Cecil Crampton] (1783-1862), Solicitor-General for Ireland, Irish judge, politician, proponent of temperance [capital punishment; Patrick Woods; murder of Thomas Powell, 1841]
Publication details: 
'St. Valeri [i.e. St Valery] | Bray' [Co. Wicklow, Ireland]. 24 August 1841.
£220.00

A good long letter arguing in favour of capital punishment, and discussing the temperance movement in Ireland. The main subject of the letter is Patrick Woods, who was hanged on 20 November 1841 for the murder of Thomas Powell. Woods was part of a six-man gang which murdered Powell at his house near Newtownhamilton. On behalf of a local landowner, Powell had been overseeing the building of a school on land taken from a number of Catholic families. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded three times. Sixty-two lines of text.

[Louisa Stuart Costello, Anglo-Irish miniature painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('L. S Costello') to 'Miss de Witte', discussing 'Yankee' and Scandinavian poetry, and enclosing a 'trifle' to help a family the recipient is helping.

Author: 
Louisa Stuart Costello (1799-1870), Anglo-Irish miniature painter, travel writer and author, friend of Sir Francis Burdett
Publication details: 
'Friday Evg'. No place or date.
£65.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium on light-green paper. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'My Dear Miss de Witte | Of course I found the Yankee Poems directly after You were Gone – too carefully put by. Do not put mine away too carefully – as I want You to really read them. (Poetry of France) The sad lines of Marguerite d'Ecosse (in the notes at the end) are original & perhaps will stroke You – as the mournful Subject did me.

[Castlereagh; F.W.R. Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry, as Viscount Castlereagh, rake and Tory politician.] Autograph Note Signed ('Castlereagh') regarding his presentation of petitions 'for the Abolition of Church Patronage in Scotland'.

Author: 
Frederick William Robert Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry (1805-1872), styled Viscount Castlereagh 1822-1854, Anglo-Irish nobleman, rake and Tory politician
Publication details: 
'H. of Cs. [i.e. House of Commons] | Thursday.' No date, but on paper with 1840 watermark.
£56.00

For information on Castlereagh, who in his rakish youth was known as ‘Cas’ or ‘Young Rapid’, see his entry in the History of Parliament. In 1833 he is said to have sired a child by the celebrated actress Madame Vestris, leading Lady Holland to comment that he was 'enchanted at his feat’. Queen Victoria considered him unfit for any serious responsibility. He inherited the family trait of mental instability (Lord John Russell commenting that‘he talks, but does not seem mad’) and spent his last years incarcerated. 1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[James Johnson, Physician Extraordinary to King William IV.] Autograph Testimonial Signed ('James Johnson, M. D | Physician Extry to the King.') for Horatio Goodday.

Author: 
James Johnson [James Johnstone] (1777-1845), Irish physician, surgeon and author, Physician Extraordinary to King William IV [George Fincham, London surgeon; Horatio Goodday]
Publication details: 
Suffolk Place, Pall Mall [London]. 18 December 1835.
£280.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased, on thin Whatman wove paper, with wear to edges. Reads: 'I was acquainted, for some years, with Mr. Horatio Goodday, while he was residing as a pupil, with my friend Mr. Fincham, of Spring-Gardens, [i.e. the surgeon George Fincham] and had many opportunities of observing his excellent moral qualities and professional acquirements. Mr. Fincham has always expressed himself as highly pleased with the excellent conduct of his pupil.'

[R. N. D. Wilson, Irish poet.] Autograph talk on James Joyce [for Radio Éireann?], both biographical and critical .

Author: 
R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet and author [James Joyce]
Publication details: 
[Radio Éireann, Dublin, Ireland?] Undated, but after Joyce's death in 1941.
£950.00

25pp, 4to. On 25 loose leaves of ruled paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with small punch hole to corner of each leaf. Edited down with deletions in pencil and ink. Pencil timings in the margin indicate that the talk was to last forty minutes. An entertaining and percipient talk by an Irish poet who was himself closely involved in the literary and artistic world of Dublin while a student at Trinity College in the period immediately following the First World War, and a close associate of W. B. Yeats, Francis Stuart and Iseult Gonne.

[Francis MacManus, Irish novelist and broadcaster.] Typed Letter Signed, as General Features Officer, Radio Éireann, to poet R. N. D. Wilson, proposing a programme consisting of a reading of his work, introduced by Austin Clarke.

Author: 
Francis MacManus (1909-1965), Irish novelist and broadcaster [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet; Austin Clarke (1896-1974)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Radio Éireann, Dublin; 9 October 1951.
£320.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Typed Letter Signed, addressed to Wilson, at Wolverhampton School, Wolverhampton, England. He explains that Radio Éireann is 'at present broadcasting a series of poetry programmes which consist of readings of poems with Irish writers, with introductions and commentaries by Austin Clarke'.

[William Bedell Stanford, Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin.] Typed Poem titled 'Undertone' (first line: 'When the landfolk of Galway converse with a stranger,'), with Autograph Signature 'W B. Stanford | Trinity College | Dublin'.

Author: 
W. B. Stanford [William Bedell Stanford] (1910-1984), Irish classical scholar and Senator, Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, 1940-1980; Chancellor of the University, 1982-1984
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£180.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, with slight creasing to extremities, on a leaf of 'Onion Skin' paper. A sixteen line poem in three stanzas, beneath which is written, boldly and in pencil: 'W B. Stanford | Trinity College | Dublin'. The poem is one of Stanford's best and best-known, and features in Donagh MacDonagh's 'Poems from Ireland' (1944) and Brendan Kennelly's 'Penguin Book of Irish Verse' (1970). The present version exhibits no variations from the text printed by Kennelly.

[Sir Shane Leslie, Irish author and diplomat, cousin of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Shane Leslie'), regarding 'Count Paul Strzeletski', the Polish Bureau of Information, and 'the question of a Polish Colony after the war'.

Author: 
Sir Shane Leslie [Sir John Randolph Leslie] (1885-1971), Irish author and diplomat, cousin of Winston Churchill, supporter of Home Rule [Sir Pawel Edmund Strzelecki; Polish Bureau of Information]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Headquarters, B. Zone, Home Guard, 107, Sloane Street, S.W.1.' [London.] 10 March 1941.
£100.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, on thin paper. He thanks the recipient – who is not named – for taking the trouble to send him 'the detailed information of Count Paul Streletski', i.e. Sir Pawel Edmund Strzelecki (1797-1873). He explains that 'The Polish Bureau of Information are very anxious to have a popular memoir or even an article in the Times published to show how great a part Streletski played not only in London but in Empire affairs.

[Monk Gibbon, 'The Grand Old Man of Irish Letters'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monk Gibbon'), to 'Prof Brunbaugh', regarding 'a copy of a short poem' he has made for her, and the reason for his 'rudeness' in replying to his letter late.

Author: 
Monk Gibbon [William Monk Gibbon] (1896-1987), Irish poet and prolific author, dubbed 'The Grand Old Man of Irish Letters', second-cousin of William Butler Yeats
Publication details: 
24 Sandycove Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin. 10 November 1970.
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-creased grey paper. Addressed to 'Dear Prof Brunbaugh'. He explains that Brunbaugh's letter of 19 September 'went into a large collective envelope marked “For attention”', adding 'You can guess what that means. It is lucky ever to have come out.' He has 'made a copy of a short poem' for Brunbaugh, and hopes that he will go and see him when he next comes to Ireland.

[Walter Starkie, Irish author, Hispanic and Romany scholar.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Christopher Fry regarding Spanish translation, W. B. Yeats and Abbey Theatre; with five letters from Geoffrey Cumberlege of OUP, two from G. W. S. Hopkins.

Author: 
Walter Starkie (1894-1976), Irish author, Hispanic and Romany scholar; Geoffrey Cumberlege (1891–1979); Gerard Walter Sturgis Hopkins (1892-1961) [Christopher Fry (1907-2005); Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
All items dating from 1955. Two of Starkie's three letters from Madrid, the other on letterhead of the Athenaeum, London. Seven letters on letterheads of the Oxford University Press, London.
£1,350.00

Fourteen items, including three letters from Starkie and seven letters from the Oxford University Press – five of them from Geoffrey Cumberlege and two from G. W. S. Hopkins – and copies of two letters from Cumberlege to Fry's agent Emanuel Wax, and a copy of a letter from the OUP to Starkie. All dating from 1955. The collection is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The three Starkie letters are all in autograph, and total 7pp. The first two are written from Madrid, and the last from the Athenaeum in Pall Mall.

[Sir Edward Blakeney, Field Marshal.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Blakeney') to [Folington?], regarding Sir John Wilson and an application from 'Mr Ferrier' of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

Author: 
Sir Edward Blakeney (1778-1868), Field Marshal in the British Army, Commander-in-Chief in Ireland [Royal Hospital, Chelsea; Sir James Wilson]
Publication details: 
Chelsea [Royal Hospital, Chelsea]. 16 January 1863.
£160.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with strip of paper from mount adhering at foot of reverse. The recipient's name is not decipherable, but he appears to have been a royal equerry. Blakeney hopes that he 'got safe home last night', and thanks him 'for giving me the pleasure of your Company'. He is enclosing a letter from Sir John Wilson (1780-1856) 'who is forwarding an application from Mr Ferrier the Quarter Master of this Establishment in favour of an application to obtain admission into the Cambridge [?]'.

[Trinity College Dublin.] Two printed degree lists (by M. W. J. Fry and C. H. Rowe, Procurators), both headed 'Comitia Hiemalia'. One including the honorary doctorate bestowed on W. B. Yeats ('Yeats, Guilelmus [sic] Butler').

Author: 
Trinity College Dublin [W. B. Yeats and R. N. D. Wilson, Irish poets; Matthew Wyatt Joseph Fry and Charles Henry Rowe, Procurators]
Publication details: 
Trinity College Dublin, 1922. Both headed: 'Termino S. Michaelis. | Habita Die Vicesimo Decembris, | MCMXXII.'
£300.00

From the papers of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), whose Trinity degree is recorded in Item Two. Two nice pieces of Trinity ephemera, with Yeats's receipt of an honorary degree (with unfortunate misprint) adding interest. Both items printed on blue paper, and both in fair condition, lightly aged. Both headed 'Comitia Hiemalia | Termino S. Michaelis. | Habita Die Vicesimo Decembris, | MCMXXII. | Nomina Candidatorum.' Both giving lists of names, in small type, grouped under the Latin names of the various degrees they are receiving. ONE: 2pp, folio.

[Rev. William Andrew Wilson, Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine.] Corrected Typescripts of two drafts of an account of 'my Month Among the Americans' (New York, Baltimore, St. Louis, Washington, Boston, Niagara) and Canada.

Author: 
Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, father of the poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953)
Publication details: 
Beginning on the last day of Wilson's Atlantic crossing, Liverpool to New York, 9 to 17 August 1905; ending at the start of the return journey on the Majestic, one month later.
£780.00

Three carbon typescripts, each with extensive autograph emendations. All three in good condition, lightly aged. Comprising two substantially-different drafts of an article titled 'America', the second draft with a supplemental five-page section titled 'Niagara'. Well-written, entertaining, lightly-humorous accounts of a trip to America and Canada in 1905. ONE and TWO ('America'). The first (earlier?) draft of 'America' is 21pp, 4to, paginated in manuscript with manuscript title; the second (later?) draft is 19pp, 4to, paginated in type, with the title at the head of every page.

[Sir Joseph Noel Paton, Scottish artist, sculptor and poet.] Holograph (signed 'Noël Paton') of his apparently-unpublished poem 'Under the Stars'; with Autograph Letter in third person to 'Master W. A. Wilson', pointing out that he is 'a Scotsman'.

Author: 
Sir Noël Paton [Sir Joseph Noel Paton] (1821-1901), Scottish artist, illustrator, sculptor and poet
Publication details: 
Both holograph and letter dated 16 January 1887. Letter from 33 George Square, Edinburgh.
£120.00

Both items in fair condition, foxed and lightly aged. No indication has been discovered that the poem was published. ONE: Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Master W. A. Wilson'. 1p, 12mo. Reads: 'Sir Noël Paton has very great pleasure in responding to Master W. A. Wilson's friendly and well-written request for his Autograph. He desires to note however, that he is a Scotsman, not an “Englishman!”' Paton's compliment was perhaps backhanded, as the recipient 'Master W. A.

[William O'Brien, Irish nationalist politician and editor.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Edwards', stating, following his 'Tyrone Victory', that 'our Liberal friends' were right 'in trusting Mr. Parnell and his party' in the 1885 general election.

Author: 
William O'Brien (1852-1928), Irish nationalist politician, editor of the Irish National Land League journal 'United Ireland', associated with Parnell and Home Rule
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'United Ireland, Dublin.' 14 December 1885.
£280.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Written after his successful return as Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Tyrone South. Headed 'Private' and signed 'William O Brien'. Begins: 'My dear Mr Edwards | Of all the letters of congratulation I received on our Tyrone victory, there was not one that gave me more pleasure than your kind note.' He would have answered sooner, had the 'fatigue of the contest' not 'proved a little too much' for him, and it would have given him 'particular pleasure' to make Edwards's acquaintance.

[Winifred Mary Letts, Anglo-Irish poet and playwright.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Winifred M. Verschoyle') to 'Mrs. Brown', praising the wife of the poet R. N. D. Wilson, while giving her assessment of a children's poetry competition.

Author: 
Winifred Mary Letts [married name Winifred Mary Verschoyle] (1882-1972), Anglo-Irish poet and playwright
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 19 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin; 6 April [no year].
£200.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Folded twice. She presumes that the recipient 'may like to have my report at once for the prizes', and asks for it to be sent back in order to type it up. 'The Children's verse is', she finds, 'very even in quality which has made it so hard to judge as I feel that age must fairly be considered as between say 10 & 15.' She has decided on '10 years old as first place', despite the fact that 'the verses were not as poetical as the poem on Eclipses or the Windy Day'. Several of the children, she thinks, 'may do so much better.

[Annie Besant, author, socialist and campaigner for women's rights.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Annie Besant'), declining to speak in Belfast as 'the town is so bigoted'.

Author: 
Annie Besant [née Wood] (1847-1933), author, socialist, theosophist and campaigner for women's rights
Publication details: 
On her letterhead ('Memo. from Annie Besant'), 19 Avenue Road, St John's Wood, London NW; 4 September 1890.
£220.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition. Folded once. Letterhead in red, with fancy lettering, particularly Besant's name. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | I cannot travel all the way to Belfast to speak in a small room. I am sorry the town is so bigoted, but it can't be helped. | Sincerely | Annie Besant'. From the papers of the family of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953).

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