Elizabeth Richards (1778-1863) of County Wexford, Ireland, wife of Count Frederik Willem van Limburg Stirum of Huis Ten Donck, Holland [ Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen (1850-1922); Ireland, 1798 ]
Typescript (made in the 1930s or 1940s?) of 1917 manuscript transcript by Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen of Huis Ten Donck, Holland, of her grandmother Elizabeth Richards' diary entries dating from between 27 May 1798 and 1 May 1821.
68pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The diary has been published in a scholarly edition, edited by Marie de Jong-Ijsellstein (Hilversum: Verloren, 1999), where it is described as 'an excellent example of an early nineteenth-century journal intime'. The present typescript, which appears to date from the 1930s or 1940s, is a carbon copy of a typescript of Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen's manuscript transcript of her grandmother's diary.
[ Edward Barrett Moulton-Barrett (1785-1857), father of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning ] Pownall & Cross, London solicitors; John Clayton (1792-1890), Town Clerk of Newcastle-on-Tyne, antiquary ]
Ten envelopes, 1841-1847: four from Pownall & Cross, Solicitors, No. 9 Staples Inn, London (all 1841); three from John Clayton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (all 1844); two from 'Mr. Whitehorne', Edinburgh (both 1841); one from 'Mr Abraham', London (1847).
The ten items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Folded in the customary way into packets, ranging in size from 8 x 13.5 cm. to 7 x 11.5 cm. Addressed to Barrett (seven to 'E. M. Barrett Esq', one to 'Edw. M. Barrett Esq', one to 'Edwd. M. Barrett Esq.' and one to 'E. B. M. Barrett Esq.') at his celebrated London address, 50 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square. Each envelope has a Penny Red stamp and postmarks. Two carry seals in red wax. All are docketed by Barrett, one as follows: 'Mr. Whitehorne | Octr. 27 1841 | Edinburgh | on account of an <?> | Jamaica'.
'Mrs. Cargill' [ Ann Cargill, née Brown ] (1760-1784), opera singer; 'Mrs. Bishop' [ Elizabeth Sarah Bishop, née Lyon ] (1787–1831), actress, wife of Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), composer
[ From the Morning Post, London. ] Cuttings relating to Cargill, dating from between 1777 to 1784. Those relating to Bishop and others, London, 1809-1831.
A total of 93 newspaper cuttings, 87 of which are laid down on eleven 4to leaves of wove paper, the other six cuttings being loose, with one playbill. The cuttings - around two-thirds of which relate to Cargill, most of the rest relating to Bishop - are in fair condition, lightly-aged with a handful worn, on aged leaves worn at edges. Most of the cuttings are dated, and on the few occasions the source is given it is 'M P', i.e. the Morning Post. The first leaf carries a trimmed-down playbill for a benefit performance for 'Mrs.
Elizabeth Benger [ Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger ] (1775-1827), English novelist, biographer and poet [ J. T. Smith [ John Thomas Smith ] (1766-1833), 'Antiquity Smith', Keeper of Prints, British Museum ]
Three of the letters from 13 Warren Street [ London ]. All four undated.
Four 16mo letters, three of them of one page, and the other of two pages. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. In a crabbed hand. One addressed to 'J T Smith Esqre | British Museum', and another to 'J T Smith Esqre | 22 Carmarthen Street | an answer'. Little more than short notes. In one letter to J. T. Smith she asks him for 'Mr Vance's address, for a married gentleman', in the other she tells him that 'Mrs Martin of Liverpool, whose intimate friends are yours also, [...] wishes to be indebted to your obliging attention'.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), physician and suffragette
Place not stated. [ 1874 ]
On 4.5 x 11 cm. slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged and ruckled. Good firm signature. Reads: 'Ever yours lovingly | E G Anderson'. At bottom right in another hand: '1874'. Fragment of letter on reverse: '[...] much better for his holyday [sic] & he sees Louie immensely improved. We are urging Alice to stand [...]'. The 'Alice' of the letter is her sister Alice (b.1842), and the 'Louie' her daughter Louisa (1873-1943), who would also become a doctor.
J. R. Planche [ James Robinson Planché ] (1796-1880), English dramatist [ his wife Elizabeth Planché (1796-1846) born Elizabeth St George; William Jerdan (1782-1869), editor of the Literary Gazette ]
'Garrick Club | Tuesday' [ 1846 ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly-creased. The letter begins: 'Four thousand thanks for the very kind manner in which you have given the notice of my dearest wife in your last number.' The notice will be extremely gratifying 'to her family and any of the many who loved her'. Mrs Planché was also a playwright, and is thought to have collaborated with her husband on a number of works.
Elizabeth Rebecca Edwin [ 'Mrs. Edwin' ] (c.1771-1854), Georgian actress who often partnered Elliston
94 Strand [ London ]. Undated.
1p., 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to '- Ward Esqr. -'. In fair condition, on aged paper. The note reads: 'My dear Sir, | Presuming an old acquaintance, I request the favour of your presenting the enclosed to the Committee'.
Josephine Butler [ Josephine Elizabeth Butler, née Grey ] (1828-1906), social reformer and women's activist
On letterhead of The Close, Winchester. 13 August [ no year ].
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. She is writing 'in accordance with a request from Mrs. Warburton', 'concerning Mlle. Schach', whose family the Butlers have known for some time. She would like to find Schach 'such a situation as we believe yours would be'. Butler describes Schach's accomplishments (a good linguist and 'ladylike and lively') but confesses that she does not hold 'strong religious convictions', although she 'is not sceptical', having been 'religiously brought up (her father was almost a saintly man)'.
Elizabeth Butler, Lady Butler [née Elizabeth Southerden Thompson] (1846-1933), English painter of military themes
On letterhead of Government House, Devonport. 16 May [ no year ].
2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, with light signs of age, and minor traces of glue from mount. Having contributed a 'little book' which 'helped the funds of the Bazaar', she thanks him for sending her 'the Holy Father's beautiful gift'. She had 'read about this Cameo in the papers before the Bazaar was opened', but 'never could have dreamt it would come into my possession'. Her husband (Lieut-General Sir William Butler) will be 'very much touched by your thus remembering us both', when she shows it to him on his return to London.
M. E. Braddon [ Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 'Mrs. John Maxwell' ] (1835-1915), Victorian novelist, author of 'Lady Audley's Secret'
On letterhead of Lichfield House, Richmond. 1 January 1878.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'With Mary Maxwell's love & best wishes, & many thanks for the charmingly illustrated Xmas book of The Children in the Wood | M. E Braddon | January 1. 1878.'
William Howitt (1792-1879), English author, spiritualist and friend of Elizabeth Gaskell
Clapton. 21 February 1847.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Written in a difficult hand, but with an accompanying contemporary manuscript transcription on a separate leaf. Addressed to 'Dear Friend'. He begins by saying that he is sending autographs, but explains that, so great is his 'horror', that it is his practice to 'destroy all that come into my hands. | Without reference to you in particular, I regard the Autograph and Album mania as the great pestilence of the day'.
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, Moorfields, London publishers known for their postcards [ Gustave Tuck; Sir Reginald Tuck; Marcus Adams (1875-1959), royal photographer; Bertram Park (1883-1972) ]
All nine on letterhead of 'Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ld., Raphael House, Moorfields, London, E.C.2. Dating from between 1928 and 1935.
11pp., 4to. Five are signed by Gustave Tuck, three by Desmond A. Tuck and one by Sir Reginald Tuck (the three men being named on the letterhead, together with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as the company's directors). Four are addressed to Adams personally, four to his firm (with one for the attention of 'Miss Dorothy Clarke'), and one to Bertram Adams, another royal photographer, with whom Adams shared premises at 43 Dover Street, Mayfair. The ornate letterhead, printed in brown, carries royal warrants and an engraving of Raphael House. On aged and worn paper, with slight damp staining.
Bertram Park [ Bertram Charles Percival Park ] (1883-1972), British photographer, author and horticulturalist [ Marcus Adams (1875-1959), royal photographer; his son Gilbert Adams (1906-1996) ]
Either on letterheads of 43 Dover Street, Mayfair ('Studios: Bertram Park, Marcus Adams Ltd., Yvonne Gregory, James Vintner.'), or the Old Shooting Box, Eastcote High Road, Pinner, Middlesex. One dated 1950, the rest from between 1954 and 1962.
Thirteen Typed Letters Signed: seven to Marcus Adams, four to Gilbert Adams, and one apiece to 'Miss Farr' and 'Mr Murray'. Totalling 16pp., and with eight on Dover Street letterheads, and five on Park's personal Pinner letterheads. Five signed 'Bertram', one 'B.P.'', the other seven 'Bertram Park'. The thirteen items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear.
'Uncle Ben' [ Mrs. Rhoda Elizabeth White (c.1820-1866, née Waterman [ Rhoda White ]]
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 346 & 348 Broadway. London: 16 Little Britain. 1858.
343pp., 8vo, with sixteen-page publishers' catalogue at rear. Frontispiece and six full-page illustrations (one for each story). In blue cloth, with decorations in gilt on boards, and gilt titles on spine, all edges gilt, and attractive patterned endpapers. In fair condition, on aged paper, rebacked. Inscription on reverse of frontispiece reads: 'To Mary Charnock, | from the Author, | Mrs Rhoda E. White, | with every kindest wish.
'Mrs. Cecil Chesterton' [ Ada Elizabeth Chesterton, née Ada Eliza Jones ] (1869-1962), journalist and sister-in-law of the writer G. K. Chesterton [ Gilbert Keith Chesterton ] (1874-1936)
Without place or date, but after the demise of the 'New Witness' in 1923, and before G. K. Chesterton's death in 1936.
3pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged, worn and browned paper. Ada Chesterton worked with her brother-in-law while assistant editor of the 'New Witness'. Her admiration for his talents was fully reciprocated, G. K. Chesterton describing his sister-in-law as 'brilliant'. It begins: 'Very much has been written and said of G. K. C. the poet, the pamphleteer, the genius of paradox, who holds the attention of his listeners by his dazzling sleight of words. I am going to write of him from a different angle - G. K. C. the journalist as he is known and gauged in Fleet Street.
Bessie Charles [ Elizabeth Rundle Charles ] (1828-1896), author of 'The Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family' (1862)
7 Victoria Street, Westminster. 'Sunday' [no date].
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. Declining a dinner invitation and expressing regret at not being able to call, being 'very much occupied'.
John Jay Chapman (1862-1933), American author, husband of Elizabeth Astor Winthrop Chanler (1866-1937) [Kenneth Macgowan (1888-1963), President, Harvard Dramatic Club]
On letterhead of Sylvania, Barrytown-on-Hudson [New York state]. 3 November 1910.
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He writes that he will be 'most delighted to read the play under the auspices of the Dramatic Club'. He suggests a date, 'as being the farthest off & giving time generally', but if another is preferable, he 'can attend'. If Macgowan 'will fix the day and let know [sic] - (in case Monday is a bad day)', he will 'follow your decision'.
Mary C. Wolstenholme, Secretary, Married Women's Property Committee [John Hinde Palmer; female suffrage; Victorian feminism]
[Married Women's Property Committee.]
p., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, disbound. Wolstenholme's letter, dated '63, FINBOROUGH ROAD, S.W., | February 15th, 1873.', on the recto of the first leaf; and the 'DIRECTIONS' on the recto of the second. The letter begins: 'The "Married Women's Property Act (1870) Amendment Bill" No. I, introduced by Mr. Hinde Palmer, stands as the first order of the day for Wednesday next, the 19th inst., and will, if it passes the second reading on that day, be put down for committee on Friday, the 21st inst.' No copy traced, either on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat.
18 + pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, no wraps, disbound. Authors named at end as: 'JOSEPHINE E. BUTLER, Liverpool. | ADA SMITH, (Factory Worker,) Nottingham. | ELIZABETH C. WOLSTENHOLME, Congleton. | DINAH GOODALL, (Factory Worker,) Leeds. | EMILIE A. VENTURI, London.' Apparently no copy on market currently.
 + 16pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. No copy of this proof on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. Three copies of the report on OCLC WorldCat, and none on COPAC or at the British Library.
[Married Women's Property Committee.] 'A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall, Manchester.' Undated [1874 or later].
2pp., 8vo. Handbill with drophead title, and the first page headed: 'Copies of this Leaflet, price 8d. per 100 post free, and of all other papers issued by the Committee, may be had from the Secretary, Mrs. WOLSTENHOLME ELMY, Congleton, Cheshire.' In good condition, lightly-aged, disbound. No copy on COPAC or at the British Library. One copy on OCLC Worldcat.
[Married Women's Property Committee.] No printer [but probably by A. Ireland & Co., Manchester]. [1881.]
3pp., 8vo. Drophead title, followed by a list in two columns of names of 28 members of the Committee, including 'DR. PANKHURST' and 'MRS. PANKHURST', below which are names and addresses of treasurer and secretary. Text begins: 'Mr. J. HINDE PALMER, M.P., Q.C., will, immediately upon the meeting of Parliament on the 6th of January, re-introduce the Married Women's Property Acts Consolidation Bill, [...]'. The third page is headed 'WANTED, THREE HUNDRED POUNDS' and dated 'January, 1881.' Regarding an offer of £50 by 'Mr. R. B.
[Married Women's Property Act, 1873; Elizabeth C. Wolstenholme; J. G. Shaw Lefevre; John Hinde Palmer; Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer]
Manchester: Alexander Ireland & Co., Printers. 1873. [At foot of last page: 'Copies of this pamphlet may be had from Miss WOLSTENHOLME, 63, Finborough Road, London, S.W.']
22pp., 8vo. Disbound, and with title-leaf loose, otherwise in good condition, lightly-aged. J. G. Shaw Lefevre, as well as Gregory, Lopez, O. Morgan, Staveley Hill, W. Fowler, W. S. J. Wheelhouse, P. H. Muntz, H. C. Raikes, and the Attorney General. Three copies on COPAC, and three on OCLC WorldCat. No copy currently on the market.
Violet Helen Attlee [née Millar] (1896-1964), Countess Attlee, wife of Clement Attlee (1883-1967), 1st Earl Attlee, Labour Prime Minister; Elizabeth Sayer, later Cooper, Downing Street secretar
On letterhead of the Prime Minister. Sayer's apology: 30 March 1950. Violet Attlee's reply on the same day.
1p., on 20.5 x 8.5 cm slip, headed by the Prime Minister's official letterhead. Sayer's apology is headed 'Mrs Attlee', and she writes that she feels she 'must apologise in writing for the mistake I made over the arrangements for giving your two seats to the Misses Trevor', hoping that it did not cause inconvenience and promising not to do the like again. Violet Attlee's reply, headed 'Miss Sayer', is at the head of the letter: 'Please don't worry. It is quite a relief to me to find that somebody besides myself makes mistakes! | W H A 30/3'.
Lichfield House, Richmond upon Thames, owned by novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon [Mrs Maxwell] (1835-1915), Sir Henry George Norris (1865-1934), MP, Henry Lascelles (1690-1753), MP and slave owner
[Relating to Lichfield House, Sheen Road, Richmond upon Thames.] London; between 1914 and 1933.
Lascelles bought Lichfield House in 1729, and committed suicide there in 1753. The enormous success of Braddon's novels 'Lady Audley's Secret' (1862) and 'Aurora Floyd' (1863) allowed her to buy Lichfield House, where she too died. It was demolished in the 1930s. ONE: Manuscript indenture on vellum. 'Mrs. M. E. Maxwell to G. M. Maxwell Esq | Conveyance of freehold property known as "The Homestead" Sheen Road Richmond Surrey'. 10 June 1914. 4pp., 8vo, with covering page. Laid out in usual fashion, bound with green ribbon with tax stamps, Land Registry stamp, and two seals in red wax.
Sir Egerton Brydges [Samuel Egerton Brydges] (1762-1837), writer and genealogist [Lee Priory Press; Mrs Chapone; Francis Grose; Joseph Ritson; Isaac D'Israeli; Dr Charles Symmons; Horace Walpole]
Without date or place, but published in 'The Metropolitan' magazine, London, July 1832.
On both sides of a 33 x 12.5 cm strip of paper. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with tiny part of mount adhering to one corner, and the merest loss to another. 'Egerton Bry' is written in another small hand in light pencil at the head. The Osborn Collection at Yale possesses what its catalogue entry describes as a 'probably incomplete' section of the manuscript, ' purporting to be the memoirs of a certain John Fitznigel Clavering, whose career and interests bear a strong likeness to those of Brydges himself'. The Yale cataloguer is unaware that 'Clavering's Auto-Biography.