[Daniel O'Connell, 'The Liberator', Irish politician who fought for Catholic emancipation.] Autograph Signature ('Daniel O'Connell') as part of autograph addressing of envelope to Joseph Sturge of Birmingham, with O'Connell's green armorial wafer.

Daniel O'Connell [Dónall Ó Conaill] (1775-1847), Irish political leader who campaigned for Catholic emancipation, referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, founder of the Catholic Association
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London; 26 February 1844.

On 8 x 10 cm panel, cut from the front of an envelope, with wafer on attached strrip of paper, and all laid down on piece of leaf cut from album. In good condition, lightly aged. At the time of writing O'Connell was Member of Parliament for County Cork. Rowland Hill had abolished the franking privilege in 1840, but the signature is at bottom left, as is customary with a frank. The item does not have a franking postmark, but rather a red 'petalled' circle, enclosing 'SUN | FE 25 | 1844'. Written with a steel-nib pen, the address reads: '1844 | London 26th.

[Daniel O'Connell, 'The Liberator', Irish nationalist leader, fighter for Catholic emancipation.] Autograph Signature ('Daniel O Connell') on frank, addressed to Messrs Cox and Co, Army Agents. With correction initalled by him.

Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), Irish nationalist leader, known as 'The Liberator', fighter for Catholic emancipation
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Dublin [Ireland]. December 18 1834.

On one side of 7 x 11.5 cm piece of watermarked laid paper, cut from the letter's envelope, in his bol hand. In fair condition, though somewhat ruckled and aged. Entirely in O'Donnell's hand, and laid out in the customary fashion, with the signature 'Daniel O Connell' between two lines at bottom left. Addressed: 'Dublin December Sixteen [corrected by O'Connell 'eighteen | D O C'] | 1834 | Messs Cox & Co | Army Agents | Craigs Court | London'.

[Caroline Norton, social reformer, George Meredith's 'Diana of the Crossways'.] Autograph Letter Signed, requesting permission to attend 'some curious experiments of animal magnetism'.

Caroline Norton [Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton] (1808-1877), author and social reformer, heroine of the novel 'Diana of hte Crossways' by her friend George Gissing
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Without place or date.

1p., 16mo. With mourning border. Aged and worn, with tear to one corner and glue stains on reverse. Signed 'Caroline Norton'. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | The Prince Schomberg having told me of some curious experiments in animal magnetism which you would make this evg. I called to ask permission to witness them -'. She will 'retract' her 'petition' if he has 'no other ladies present – or if the persons on whom the experiments are made, only speak German', as she 'will not be able to understand enough of what passes'.

Printed pamphlet: 'Jubilee of Catholic Emancipation. A Paper, read in the Assembly Rooms, Bath, before the Members of the Bath Catholic Assocation. May 12th, 1879.'

Right Rev. Dr. Sweeney, O.S.B., Abbot of St. Alban's [ James Norbert Sweeney ]
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London: Burns and Oates. Bristol: Austin and Oates. 1879.

32pp., 8vo. Stitched and disbound. With printed front wrap only on brown paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, but with the first 16pp. detached from the rest. Copies on COPAC at only three locations: BL, Oxford and Cambridge.

[ Janet Achurch, actress for whom G. B. Shaw wrote 'Candida'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('JAC', i.e. Janet Achurch Charrington), to actor Robert Farquharson regarding rehearsals for a Glasgow production of Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'.

Janet Achurch [ Janet Achurch Charrington ] (1864-1916), English actress and actor-manager [ 'Robert Farquharson', stage name of Robert de la Condamine (1877-1966), English actor ]
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'Bourne Cottage | Beenham | Nr. Reading'. 6 May 1904.

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Addressed on reverse, with stamps and postmarks, to 'Robert Farquharson Esqre | Haxtead House | Bromley | Kent'. She invites him to 'run down on Saturday [...] The garden is lovely - We shall probably go ahead to Glasgow so this may be our only chance of rehearsing till the day we open in Glasgow.' She wants 'everything "just so" to soothe our feelings after the Scramble of last Thursday - surely last Thursday year!' She has found 'a wonderfully fine notice' in the Guardian newspaper, 'for the "smoothness & freshness" of our doings | ye gods!

[Printed pamphlet.] [Drophead title:] The Roman Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829. How it was carried through Parliament; and the Necessity for its Repeal.

[Charles Stirling, MA] [Anti-Catholicism; Protestantism; Roman Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829]
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Without place or date. [London : Chas. J. Thynne, [1901?]]

32pp., 12mo. Unbound, and presumably lacking the wraps carrying the details of author and publisher. A rabidly anti-Catholic tract, proposing 'DISESTABLISHMENT AND COMPLETE DISENDOWMENT to render the noxious system impotent for evil', and stating that 'A PROTESTANT PARLIAMENT animated by the noble spirit of that Parliament which met at Westminster on November 3, 1640, is required to deal effectively with the perilous condition of affairs by which we are now confronted.' In poor condition, dogeared, on aged paper, with closed tear to spine and back leaf.

[Broadside] Civil and Religious Liberty. THe following Letters, by Sir John Maxwell Tylden, are submitted to the consideration of the MEN OF KENT.

[Sir John Maxwell Tylden; Broadside; Catholic Emancipation]
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George Wood, Printer (herald Office) High Street, Canterbury [1828 [Milsted, 18 Oct. 1828].

One page, folio, fold marks, closed tears at fold, stained at edges, mainly good condition. Two letters, one addressed "To the Right Honorable Lord Haris, the pother "To the Opponents of Emancipation", both expressing trenchant opinions pro Catholic Emancipation, the Catholic Relief Act being passed in 1829. Tylden also had radical views on Reform.

Printed facsimile of circular letter to clergymen from 'A J B Beresford-Hope', as Chairman of the Marriage Law Defence Union', writing in opposition to the Married Women's Property Rights Act of 1882.

Sir Alexander James Beresford Beresford Hope (1820-1887), conservative politician [the Marriage Law Defence Union; the Married Women’s Property Rights Act of 1882]
Beresford-Hope, facsimile letter,  Marriage Law Defence Union
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18 September 1883. 20 Cockspur Street, London SW.
Beresford-Hope, facsimile letter,  Marriage Law Defence Union

12mo, 1 p. In good condition. Laid down on a page removed from an album. Addressed to 'Rev. and Dear Sir', and calling the recipient's attention to an 'enclosed appeal' (not present), and asking that he 'would kindly put it up in your Church'. 'It speaks for iself and I can only add that the efficiency of the opposition to the disastrous change of law must greatly depend on the means at the disposal of those who are contending for an old domestic purity.'

Handbill, produced by opponents of Catholic relief, headed 'CATHOLIC EMANCIPATION. | THE HUSBANDMAN & VIPER.'

[Catholic emancipation; Alnwick; Joseph Graham; Earl Grey, Howick Hall]
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Undated [c.1829?]. 'J. Graham, Printer, Alnwick.'

On one side of a piece of wove paper, 27.5 x 22 cm. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with some light off-setting of the text. An attractive piece of ephemera, with the text presented in a variety of types and point sizes. Reads 'CATHOLIC | EMANCIPATION. | [short thin-thick rule] | THE | HUSBANDMAN & VIPER. | [short thin-thick rule] A HUSBANDMAN found a Viper al- | most frozen to death; he took pity on | the poor Reptile, and placed it in his | bosom, where it soon recovered; and | its first act was to sting [last word in italics] its Deliverer. | The APPLICATION I leave to | Sir C- H-.

Autograph Letter Signed "Vassall Holland".

Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, statesman.
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No place or date.

Three pages, 8vo, bifolium, small closed tear, remnants of tipping in,mainly good condition. He has received a letter and petition from his correspondent. He explains his confinement to home through gout, and also the procedure by which the petition would be presented ("as the petition of yourself & the trustees") to the House of Lords (technicality).

4 ALSs probably all to "Mr Smith" (addressed on two)

Henry Rosehurst.
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13 May and 20 July 1813, 17 Nov. 1817, 3 May 1821

Bishop of Norwich. (1813) "The application of civil sanctions, of any kind, to religious opinion, has always appeared to me contrary to sound policy, to just reasoning, and to the revealed Word of God.". The Pope is his "Holy Brother". He says that he will vote for his correspondent's bill for Catholic Emancipation which is before Parliament. The abstract was before the Bishops. He wonders what view the Bench will take, says that not many Bishops will support him, and questions the timing.

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