Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet [ Elliott & Fry, London photographers ]
Both cartes de visite by Elliott & Fry, 55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London, England. [ 1868. ]
Both photographs 9 x 6 cm, laid down in the customary fashion on 10.5 x 6.5 cm card. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On the mounts beneath the photographs are the usual details of the photographer. In one case a facsimile of Longfellow's signature has been printed in the same place. Both mounts also have the studio's details on the reverse. On the mount carrying the facsimile signature, the printer is named as Marion & Co. of London and Paris. Both photographs are head and shoulders shots of the poet, formally attired in white shirt, waistcoat and jacket.
Maxine Elliott (1868-1940), American actress and businesswoman, wife of comedian Nathaniel Carl Goodwin (1857-1919) [ Jackwood House, Shooters Hill, Kent ] (see Wikipedia)
On letterhead of the Stenton, Philadelphia. 26 April 1898.
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper. She begins by thanking him for his 'altogether charming letter', before explaining that she and her husband 'expect to be in England about the middle of June if we escape capture by the Spaniards in [ Spanish-American War being waged ] and shall hope for the pleasure of welcoming you to "Jackwood" often'. She ends by sending her regards, along with those of 'Nat and the small sister'. The 'small sister' was Gertrude, and Jackwood was the Goodwins' mansion in Kent.?>
Thomas Elliott, perfumer in Regency London [ Temple of Fashion, No. 32, Rathbone Place ]
Elliott's Temple of Fashion, No. 32, Rathbone Place, London. [ Around the period between 1814 and 1823. ]
Printed in black on one side of a piece of 11 x 7 cm card. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Text in a mixture of fonts and types characteristic of the period, with royal patent coat of arms. Text reads: 'Elliott's Long-Established Repository, and Temple of Fashion, No. 32, Rathbone Place, London, For Ladies' and Gentlemen's inimitable Head Dresses and Perruques, Patent Exact Imitation of Nature, The Hair appearing as if growing on the Skin, such as will deceive the eye of every Observer; and Ornamental Hair in all its Devices, of the First Fashion.
W. Macqueen-Pope [Walter James Macqueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre manager and historian [Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965), Irish ghost hunter]
On his letterhead, 5-6 Coventry Street, W1. [London] 6 December 1951.
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with cropped margins. He begins by explaining that O'Donnell's letter has been sent to him 'from Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on the staff of which I am and whose whose [sic] historian I am too'. He continues: 'I fear a night vigil would be of little use so far as the Ghost is concerned. He is a day time visitant. Never yet has he been seen before 9 a.m. or after six p.m. Between those hours - frequently.' He refers O'Donnell to the 'full account' in his book 'Theatre Royal'.
Sir Claude Aurelius Elliott (1888-1973), headmaster of Eton; Jack Herbert Driberg (1888-1946), Lecturer in Anthropology, Cambridge University, 1934-42 and brother of Labour MP Tom Driberg (1905-1976)
Elliott's letter on letterhead of Fernwood, Wimbledon Park, London SW; 17 September [no year]. Driberg's book: London: Frank H. Morland, 16 Park Mansions, Fulham, S.W. 1908.
ONE (Elliott's letter): 3pp., 12mo. 34 lines. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, loosely attached to the title-leaf of the book by a small piece of gummed paper. The letter begins: 'My dear Driberg | I ought to have acknowledged your letter sooner, but I only received it on my return from abroad, and since then I have been busy struggling with the arears which always accrue during absence.' He thanks him for sending his 'son's little volume', which he has read 'with much interest & congratulate him on the neat & modest appearance he has made in print'.
Thomas Elliott Ogilvie (1751-1831) of Chesters, Roxburghshire, friend of Sir Walter Scott [Charles Erskine, Writer [solicitor], Melrose, Scotland]
Chesters [Roxburghshire]. 2 November 1809.
Ogilvie is described by Lockhart as one of Sir Walter Scott's 'chief friends among his country neighbours'. 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Charles Erskine Esqr | Melrose', and docketted by Erskine: 'About Branseholm Sale of Furniture &c'.
The Hon. Donough O’Brien (1879-1968), genealogist, fourth son of Edward Donough O'Brien, 14th Baron Inchiquin [Elliott O'Connell (1872-1965), ghost hunter]
Letter One: on letterhead of 2 Upper Berkeley Street, Portman Square, W1 [London]. 25 February 1940. Letter Two: The Vicarage, Abingdon, Berkshire. 12 April 1948.
Letter One: 1p., 12mo. Signed '(Hon) Donough O'Brien'. Good, on aged paper, with a couple of short closed tears at head. Addressed to 'Elliott O'Connell Esqre of The Red House, Guilsborough, Northants.' He is sending him a copy of his 'Genealogical Table of the Princes of Ireland', 'in a cardboard-roll to see': 'The descents are from the Common Ancestor, Milesius, King of Spain and Ireland'. The price is two pounds, and he believes that 'it is the first time that the 23 lines have been set out on one Chart and in their appropriate places of Geniture, and over so distant a period of time'.
Richard Hengist Horne [born Richard Henry Horne] (1802-1884), English poet, author of 'Orion'
Note: 21 Beauvoir Street, Portland Place, London, on his crested letterhead; 10 November 1869. Portrait: 'Photographed by Elliott and Fry, London'.
Note: 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly-aged, laid down on paper with traces of glue to one margin. In response to a request for an autograph it reads: 'Novr 10/69 | 21 Beauvoir St | Portland Place | London. W. | Dear Sir | I send this in accordance with your request to Mr Lacy.' | I am | Dear Sir | Yours | R. H. Holden Esqre'. Engraving: On 14 x 10.5 cm paper, laid down within border on 21 x 14 cm paper. Good: Photogravure 11 x 8 cm image cut from a magazine. Showing a bearded Horne in old age, with velvet writing cap.
William Everett (1839-1910), American Democratic congressman for Massachusetts' Seventh District, [Charles William Eliot (1834-1926); Harvard University]
15 January 1869; 96 Washington Street.
12mo, 3 pp. 42 lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Small ink stain at foot of reverse of blank second leaf (not affecting text). Interesting letter, revealing of the politics surrounding appointments within nineteenth-century Harvard. The 'Lectureship' having been 'carried throough', Everett repeats his 'very special request that in some way the Undergraduates may have an opportunity of attending the course - This I regard as vital'. Reports the view of 'Mr. Eliot' on the idea that Everett 'desired to be on the staff of instructors at Harvard'.
Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965), Irish author best-known for his works on ghosts and the supernatural
25 October 1913; on letterhead of the Authors' Club, 2 Whitehall Court, [London] S.W.
8vo, 1 p. On aged, dusty paper, with slight loss (roughly 1.25 x 0.25 cm) in a vertical strip at foot, affecting one word of text. Difficult hand. He wonders whether the recipient 'will consider an article or tale from me on my special subjects "experiences in haunted houses" & "Future Life for Animals".' He refers him 'to my works in Whos Who 1911-3 which will give you an idea of the amount I have already written on the superphysical.' Last sentence hard to decipher.
Ivor James, Registrar of The University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]
Cardiff: Daniel Owen and Company, Limited. 1890.
12mo: [iv] + 88 pages. Unbound. In original olive printed wraps. PRESENTATION COPY to 'Dr. Elliott | With kind regards', with around a dozen manuscript emendations. On aged paper, with loss to front wrap and spine. Each page, including the front wrap, within ruled red border. COPAC lists only five holdings.