EQUERRY

[Thomas Garth, Equerry to George III, and alleged lover of the King's daughter Princess Sophia.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr Ford', discussing the king's forthcoming movements.

Author: 
Thomas Garth (1744-1829), British Army officer, chief Equerry to George III and alleged lover of his daughter Princess Sophia, by whom he is said to have fathered a son [Richard Ford (1758-1806)]
Publication details: 
'The Kings Mews Tuesday August 13th, 1799'.
£500.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads 'Major General Garth presents his Compliments to Mr Ford and informs Him that Their Majesties and Princesses stop to breakfast at Hartford Bridge – and once afterwards for five Minutes at Stoney Cross – The Compton Arms – between Rumsey & Kingwood.' Postscript: 'The Majr Genl: supposes Mr Ford is acquainted that The King leaves Windsor 17th next.' Ford – the son of Queen Charlotte's physician, James Ford – was clearly enquiring with regard to the king's itinerary for security purposes.

[Arthur, Duke of Connaught, to Lord Colville.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Arthur'), regarding his brother and 'smoking concerts', and an 'entrée card' for 'the Baronne & Madelle. de Fougères'.

Author: 
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942), son of Queen Victoria, Governor General of Canada [Charles John Colville, 1st Viscount Colville of Culross (1818-1903), courtier]
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of Bagshot Park, Surrey, 12 January 1886; the second and third on Buckingham Palace letterheads, and both dated 6 May 1899.
£120.00

The three letters in good condition, on lightly aged paper, each folded once. ONE: 12 January 1886. 2pp, 12mo. He is 'very anxious to know the dates of the smoking concerts' as his brother is 'leaving tomorrow', and he 'did not want to bother him with a letter & I felt sure that you would give me the information'. He ends: 'I find deep snow here'. TWO: 6 May 1899. 3pp, 12mo. His friends 'the Baronne & Madelle. de Fougères' are to be 'presented at the Drawing room of the 16th.

[ Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, Equerry to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. B. Phipps') to '<Newland?>' [ the photograph J. W. Newland or his wife? ], explaining why the Queen must decline 'the Daguerrotypes'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-1866), Equerry to Queen Victoria and Private Secretary to Prince Albert [ J. W. Newland, English daguerrotype photographer ]
Publication details: 
Windsor Castle. 18 November 1854.
£50.00

The recipient's name, given at the foot of the last page, appears to read 'Mr. L. Newland' or 'Newlaw'. This may be J. W. Newland, was an English daguerreotypist and magic lanternist who travelled from New Orleans, through Central and South America, to the Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, England, and finally to Calcutta between 1845 and 1857. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has submitted the recipient's letter to the Queen, 'together with the Daguerrotypes that accompanied it'.

[ General Sir Robert Gardiner of the Royal Artillery. ] Autograph Signed Certificate ('Robert Gardiner'), with his seal of office in black wax, appointing 'The Revd Dr. Rudge [...] Chaplain to His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold'.

Author: 
General Sir Robert Gardiner (1781-1864), Royal Artillery, Master Gunner, St James's Park, and Principal Equerry to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1816-1831 [ James Rudge of Limehouse ]
Publication details: 
Claremont. 6 August 1820.
£180.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The document is signed at the end 'Robert Gardiner', beside his seal in black wax. It reads: 'These are to certify, that The Revd Dr. Rudge, is appointed Chaplain to His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold – to have, hold and enjoy the said office, together with all rights, privileges and advantages, thereunto belonging. | Claremont, August the Sixth – One thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty. | Robert Gardiner'.

[Queen Alexandra.] Autograph Card Signed ('Alexandra') expressing thanks for flowers sent on the death of her husband King Edward VII. With Autograph Letter Signed from her private secretary Col. Sir Henry Streatfeild to Mrs. Macdougall-Rawson.

Author: 
Queen Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925), consort of King Edward VII (1841-1910); her Private Secretary Col. Sir Henry Streatfeild (1857-1938) [Mrs Macdougall-Rawson of Halifax
Publication details: 
Queen Alexandra's card: With Buckingham Palace letterhead, 20 May 1910. Streatfeild's letter: On Buckingham Palace letterhead [London]. 27 June 1910.
£80.00

ONE: (Queen Alexandra's card): With Buckingham Palace letterhead and mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The card reads: 'I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all the kind Donars, [sic] of the beautiful wreaths & flowers which were sent as tokens of affection in memory of our beloved King'. TWO (Streatfeild's letter): Signed 'Henry Streatfeild | <?> | Equerry'. 2pp., 12mo. On the first leaf of a bifolium with mourning border. In envelope with printed crown and mourning border, addressed by Streatfeild to 'Mrs. Macdougall-Rawson | Millhouse | Halifax'.

18 Autograph Letters Signed from Captain Hon. Sir Seymour John Fortescue, Equerry-in-Waiting to the Prince of Wales [the future King Edward VII], to 'Lady Edith', filled with English high society and horse- racing news and gossip.

Author: 
Captain Hon. Sir Seymour John Fortescue (1856-1942), Equerry-in-Waiting to King Edward VII, 1893-1910
Publication details: 
On the following letterheads: 23 Dover Street, London (5); Royal Yacht Osborne; H.M.S. Renown, Mediterranean; The Grove, Watford; 22, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris; Place Vendôme, Paris; Hôtel Weimar, Marienbad; Turf Club, Piccadilly. 1894-1899.
£850.00

18 long letters, totalling 106pp., 4to, and 2pp., 8vo. Fourteen signed 'Seymour Fortescue' and four 'Seymour F'. Three with the year stated by Fortescue, ten others dated in pencil in another hand. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. For biographical information about Fortescue, see the end of this entry.

Albumen carte-de-visite by the London studio of the French photographer Disdéri, showing Lord Alfred Henry Paget, Member of Parliament for Lichfield, Staffordshire, smoking a pipe.

Author: 
Disdéri (1819-1889), French photographer [Lord Alfred Henry Paget (1816-1888) of Beaudesert, Staffordshire, MP for Lichfield, Staffs, 1837-65, and Equerry to the Queen, 1837-41]
Publication details: 
4 Brook Street, Hanover Square, London. Undated [1860s?].
£120.00

The image is 9 x 5.5 cm, mounted on brown card, 10.5 x 6.5 cm, printed on both sides in red, with large facsimile of Disdéri's signature on reverse. In fair condition, somewhat aged. Page is shown seated at a table with a sculpture of a stag on it, with legs cross and the sole of his left show showing, smoking a pipe. In addition to being an MP, Paget held several positions in the Royal Household, acting as Equerry to Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1841. The present image is not among the four representations of Paget in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Two Typed Letters Signed to W. Perry, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Captain Sir Harold George Campbell
Publication details: 
29 November and 4 December 1933; both on letterhead '11, GROSVENOR CRESCENT, S.W.1.'
£32.00

British soldier and courtier (1888-1969), Equerry and Groom of the Robes to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. Both letters written in capacity as Private Secretary to the Duke of York. Both very good, though grubby, docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. LETTER ONE (one page, 12mo): 'Further to your letter of September 20th., which the Duke of York has had under his consideration, His Royal Highness desires me to tell you that he will be very pelased to be present at the Meeting at which Mr. Robert Hyde will read a paper, on February 7th. 1934.

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