[ William Cunningham, Archdeacon of Ely, Scottish economist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm. Cunningham') to an unnamed party, explaining why he must decline his invitation to co-operate, despite the 'flattering invitation' of the Delegates

William Cunningham (1849-1919), Archdeacon of Ely, Scottish economist [ Harvard University ]
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Both from Trinity College, Cambridge. 9 and 12 October 1899.

The two letters were written on Cunningham's return from America, where he had been lecturing in economic history at Harvard. Both are in good condition, lightly aged. Both are addressed from Trinity College, Cambridge. ONE: 9 October 1899. 2pp., small 4to. He has 'just returned to England after a long absence'. He appreciates 'the honour you have done me in asking me to cooperate in such a work', but regrets 'that it is impossible for me to undertake anything of the kind at present'. TWO: 12 October 1899. 4pp., small 4to.

[ Ely and Littleport Riots, 1816. ] Printed pamphlet: 'An Account of the Trials and Execution of the Ely and Littleport Rioters in 1816. By C. Johnson, (Lay Clerk of Ely Cathedral.)

C. Johnson, (Lay Clerk of Ely Cathedral) [ Ely and Littleport Riots, 1816; Shelton, Tibbitts & Co., Printers, Ely, Lincolnshire ]
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Ely: C. Johnson, Bookseller and Stationer, High Street. 1893. [ Shelton, Tibbitts & Co., Printers, Ely. ]

[2] + 77 + [7] pp., 12mo. In grey printed wraps with alternative title: 'An Account of the Ely and Littleport Riots, 1816. By C. Johnson.' Heavily aged and worn, in chipped worn wraps, with rusted staples. Seven pages of advertisements by various Ely firms at rear, including a full-page advertisent for the volume's 'Artistic Printers' ('Your Business is estimated by the Quality of the Printing you use.'). Now scarce.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C Merivale') from the historian Charles Merivale, Dean of Ely Cathedral, to Rev. A. Williams.

Charles Merivale (1808-1893), Dean of Ely Cathedral, author of 'A History of the Romans under the Empire' (1850-1862)
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Dawlish. 15 July 1885.

2pp., 12mo. 15 lines. In very good condition. He begins by apologising for not being able to assist Williams. 'I do not know of any book on the subject of the Teachers of the Apostolical age - of course very little indeed can be known about them. The ecclesiastical historians such as and of course a hundred others would I suppose give you all the references that would be of use to you.'?>?>

Case of the Rector of Doddington.

James Dashwood (d.1815), Rector of Doddington, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire [Lord Rous, later Earl of Stradbroke]
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Wisbech: Printed and Sold by J. White. Sold also by Rivingtons, St. Paul's Church Yard; Hatchard, Piccadilly; and Gale and Curtis, Paternoster-row, London. 1811.

8vo: 36 pp. Stitched. In original grey wraps. Text clear and entire on aged and spotted paper, with staining to first leaf. Wraps heavily stained and worn. Title written out in a modern hand on front wrap. Scarce. Four copies on COPAC: at the British Library, Bodleian, Cambridge and Durham. According to one source the subject concerns 'the author's dispute with Lord Rous, later Earl of Stradbroke, regarding his right to the living of Doddington; includes correspondence with Rous'.

Three printed plans (numbered 1, 2 and 3) each entitled "Plan of Property in the Isle of Ely belonging to the Master, Fellows and Scholars of Clare College, Cambridge. To be sold by auction by Messrs. Bidwell & Sons. June, 1912."

Bidwell & Sons, Surveyors & Auctioneers [Clare College, Cambridge; Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire]
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All three plans by Bidwell & Sons, Surveyors & Auctioneers, Ely; & 11, Benet Street, Cambridge. 1912.

Each plan printed in black on one side of a piece of paper, with areas picked off in blue, green, orange, pink and yellow. Plan No. 1: 72 x 86 cm. Plan No. 2: 88 x 68 cm. Plan No. 3: 76 x 89 cm. The first two very good on lightly aged and creased paper; the third as the first two apart from some wear along a crease resulting in two areas of loss each roughly 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 cm. The various properties (over seventy lots) are numbered, with names of the proprietors of neighbouring estates given.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho. Roffen.') to Thomas Adams of Alnwick, Northumberland; with the Bishop of Rochester's episcopal seal, in red wax.

Thomas Dampier (c.1749-1812), Bishop of Ely and book collector [Bishop of Rochester from 1802 to 1808]
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Harley Street, Septr. 14. 1802.'

4to: 1 p. Very good on the first leaf of a bifolium. A third quarto leaf carries the address, in Dampier's hand, with his franking signature 'free | T. Rochester.' Also the oval seal, c.3 cm high, a clear impression in red wax. 24 lines of text. Interesting letter. Dampier begins by thanking Adams for 'your Congratulations to me on my Promotion to the See of Rochester.

The cruise of the gyro-car.

Herbert Strang [pseudonym of George Herbert Ely and C. J. L'Estrange]
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London: Henry Frowde, Hodder & Stoughton. [No date, but circa 1914.]

Octavo. 243 pages. Frontispiece illustration. In original red cloth embossed binding. Poor copy: rear endpapers split, binding grubby, pages foxed. Presentation inscription on verso of flyleaf dated October 1914.

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