[ The Guernsey Gazette; The Higher Butterfatters' League; dairy farming in the United Kingdom ]
In manuscript, but laid out as a printed book ('A "Guernsey's Own" Publication') said to be 'Specially printed by the "Guernsey Gazette"' and sponsored by the non-existant 'Higher Butterfatters' League'. Undated [ 1950s? ].
28pp., 4to. Sewn into a booklet, and bound in cream boards, with 'A "Guernsey's Own" Publication' on the front cover, and 'Sponsored by the Higher Butterfatters' League' on the back. There is no indication that the manuscript has been published. It is laid out as a printed book, with title-page (with charming illustration of the smiling cow) and dedication page reading: 'To V, M., the Honorable Patroness of the foster Mothers' Welfare Group, This book is respectfully dedicated.' The poem consists of 36 four-line stanzas, with fifteen charming vignettes.
Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant [ Mauritius; Sir John Middleton (1870-1954); Sir Herbert James Read (1863-1949) ]
Mauritius (including items on letterhead of the Department of Agriculture, Reduit) and London (including from Downing Street). Between 1912 and 1916.
For information on Stockdale, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The collection is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 21 of the 23 items are typed, one is printed and one in autograph. The material consists of professional and departmental correspondence concerning Stockdale's appointment and tenure, with the final items relating to his application for and promotion to a similar post in Ceylon. It includes an eight-page copy, tied with green string, of a communication from J. R.
Sir John Robert Chancellor (1870-1952), British colonial administrator, 20th Governor of Mauritius, 1911-1916; Trinidad and Tobago, 1916-1921 [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale (1883-1949), agriculturist ]
On letterhead of Government House, Trinidad. 28 January 1917.
For information on Chancellor and Stockdale, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. 7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, with holes from binding in margins. He congratulates Stockdale, who had been Director of Agriculture on Mauritius from 1912 to 1916, on his 'well earned promotion to Ceylon', adding that he understands his regret at 'leaving Mauritius in the middle of all your schemes'. He 'also had the same feeling when my orders came to go here, & I still think a great deal about the place and our friends'.
London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. Publisher of Works on Land, Labour, Capital, &c
63pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on aged paper. Signed in type at end 'A. W.' First page of text headed: 'The state of the Farm Labourers and Labourers generally, and their wants, adn theh neeed there is of an alteration in the present Land System.'
William Reed of Chat Moss, near Warrington, Lancashire, agriculturalist [ William Cathrall, proprietor and editor of the Manchester Times; Salford ]
'Bank Parade, Salford | June 26. 1834.'
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Cathrall | Times Office | Manchester'. In reply to a letter 'requesting from me "an account of the origin and progress of the Manchester Agricultural Society"', he states that 'any information I possess is quite at Mr. Everett's service'. He suggests two times when Everett can call on him, and he will 'endeavour to promote his views in any way in my power'.
[ Sir Robert Bateson (1782-1863), Irish Conservative politician ] [ 1816, 'the year without a summer' ]
Written from England. Note by author: 'Copy to Robt. Bateson Esq. | May 8th. 1816'.
2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged, folded into packet. 34 lines of text. He begins by expressing his pleasure on Bateson's 'kind attention in naming me one of the God Fathers to your little Boy' [the future Conservative MP Robert Bateson (1816-1843)]. He next turns to the agricultural crisis: 'The accot. you give me of the state of the North of Ireland is very distressing under these circumstances. I feel no inclination to witness it by visiting my Estate there this Summer.
[David Kauffman of East Hempfield township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Dutch; Mennonites of America]
[East Hempfield township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.] Sales on 12 November 1844 and 25 February and 10 March 1845.
For more information on the Kauffman family, see Alexander Harris's 'Biographical History of Lancaster County' (1872), pp.332-335. The family were Mennonites, and originated in Hesse. The most notable member was affluent farmer and bank president Abraham Cassel Kauffman (1799-1886), a member of the Pennsylvania legislature for the 1835, 1837 and 1843 sessions. 18pp., 8vo. Unbound. On five loose bifoliums (with remains of stitching still present). The leaves of one bifolium are separated from one another, and the order of the pages is probably disturbed.
[Nineteenth-century English or American agricultural poetry; Victorian rural verse; provincial literature; working class writing]
Without place or date. [1840s?]
10pp.,, 8vo. On five leaves torn from a notebook. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. A creditable effort, showing the influence of Gray's 'Elegy' and Goldsmith's 'Deserted Village', describing the unnamed farm hand's funeral, and reflecting on the virtues and hardships of the poor. Begins: 'From yonder peaceful and secluded dell, | Snug in the bosom of th'encircling hills, | The perfumed Zephyr bears a passing knell, | And melancholy o'er the Soul distils.
Printed in brown on one side of a 25 x 18.5 cm piece of cream paper. In very good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the heading is a 6 x 9 cm engraving of the machine, followed by twelve lines of description, and the prices for eleven different versions of the machine. The firms address is at the foot, with the printers' slug outside the border in the bottom right-hand corner. From the archive of Cheney & Sons, 'General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury'.
Printed on one side of a 25 x 20 cm piece of pink paper. In very good condition, lightly aged. With 6.5 x 15 cm engraved illustration of the trolley, carrying a sign for the 'WIMBLEDON LOCAL BOARD', followed by: 'Fitted with wood naves, Drabble's patent arms and boxes, with brass oil caps, springs, and cross check spring, oak frame-work, and strong elm boards in bottom.' Beneath this the prices and dimensions, and capacity of five sizes of the trolley, with 'Extras, if required' below. The firm's address is at the foot, with the printers' slug centred beneath this outside the border.
Printed in black on a 25 x 20 cm piece of grey paper. In very good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the title is a 5 x 11 cm engraving of the cart, followed by a seven-line description, and the prices for five sizes of the cart, with the capacity of each in gallons. The firm's address is at the foot, with the slug centred below it outside the border. From the archive of Cheney & Sons, 'General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury'.
[Pattison family of farmers in the Bishop Auckland area of County Durham] [Farming in Georgian England]
Newcastle: Printed by and for S. Hodgson. 'For the Year M.XCCCI . The Forty-seventh edition.'
The manuscript material is on 109pp. of the 12mo printed diary. On aged paper, with manuscript entirely legible, but some staining to printed matter, in original worn calf binding. The manuscript paints a vivid picture of the life of a prosperous Georgian agriculturalist in all its aspects, from itemised financial accounts to country pastimes and the weather. It is presumably in the hand of George Pattison, whose name is given prominence among those of other members of the Pattison family written out over two pages at the rear of the volume.
Captain James Williamson (d.1796) of Dollar Mains, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and the 25th Regiment of Foot [inventory of farming utensils]
[Dollar Mains, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.] 9 December 1796.
1p., foolscap 8vo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Docketted with title and date on reverse. The list is headed: 'Decr. 9th 1796 Inventory of farming utensels [sic] at Dollar mains belonging to Mr Williamson'. Listing, in two columns, 46 items from '2 Carls | 1 Pair of Cart wheels' to 'about 1000 Stones of hay' and 'about 8 Balls of oats unthreshed'. At foot of page: 'NB A number of the above articles purchased since Capn.Williamson came to Dollar'.
Alfred Musty [Matthew Henry Cochrane (1823-1903), Canadian industrialist and breeder of livestock]
Huntingville, Eastern Townships, Province of Quebec, Canada. 29 September 1883.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. 77 lines of text. In good condition, on aged paper, with a little wear and a few closed tears along folds. He begins by describing his 'prospects': 'My first year in Canada I stayed with Mr. Bridges, during which time I got a pretty fair knowledge of the country. I then decided to speculate on a woodland Lot of Fifty Acres, price Five Hundred Dollars.
Paul Bing of Vancouver, Canada [North American agriculture; farming; Jens Bing; Sweden; Swedish; Scandinavian]
One of the letters without place, the other three from Vancouver, Canada, two of them addressed from 4194 West 11th Avenue. 25 July, 24 September and 3 and 11 October 1944.
The four letters total 76pp., 4to. In very good condition, neatly written on lightly-aged paper. All signed 'Paul' (two preceded by 'Your old brother'). Three of the letters are addressed to 'My dear Jens' and the other 'Skål, Frater Amantissime!' The second letter is addressed from 'The Bing House in which live Lyn Bing and Porg [sic] Bing, Vancouver, Canada'. Bing refers to the four letter as 'the 5th. of the Epistles', indicating that one is missing from the sequence.
[Greenway Court agricultural college for women, Kent, 1908-1924, founded by Miss Baillie-Hamilton and Edith Bradley (c.1859-1943), first Warden of Lady Warwick Hostel [later Studley College], Reading]
[The Mercia Dairy and Poultry Farm] Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, Weald of Kent. Undated [circa 1918].
1p., 8vo. Printed in blue on shiny art paper. In good condition, slightly-aged. Headed: 'Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, Kent', followed by a 7 x 10 cm photograph of the 'Dining Room, Greenway Court'. The text begins 'Miss Edith Bradley and Miss Baillie-Hamilton receive a few Resident Students at Greenway Court, to train for practical work in Dairy and Fruit Farming, Market Gardening and Bee Keeping.' Details of the 'complete course' are given, and of the fees. 'The Farm consists of Fifty Acres of Orchards, Pasture and Arable.
[National Union of Agricultural Workers, Alfred C. Dann (1893-1953), General Secretary] [Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell]
Most items dating from the period of the National Union of Agricultural Workers conference, 1948.
Having been expelled from the Communist Party in 1941, Driberg joined the Labour Party in 1945; he would be elected to the National Executive throughout 1949-72 and was chairman of the party in 1957-8. The collection is in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with occasional minor rust staining from paperclips. ONE: Autograph Notes by Driberg of 'Bradwell local information'. 12pp., 12mo, on a total of eight leaves of House of Commons notepaper.
William Williams Mather (1804-1859), geologist, Vice-President and Professor of Natural Science in Ohio University [Luther Tucker (1802-1873), editor, Genesee Farmer; Michael B. Bateham (1813-1880)]
Columbus, Ohio; 28 January 1851.
1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He writes that he has 'received the package containing the Cultivator up to the end of 1850', and that he will pay him after the Ohio State Board of Agriculture meeting on 13 February. He suggests exchanging 'he Western Agriculturalist with the Cultivator that year. 'It has, I presume, been sent to you by the publisher. The first number is not a fair specimen of what the work is intended to be, either in variety of matter, or in the style of mechanical execution; but hope the work will improve on acquaintance'.
James Ogilvy (c.1714-1770), sixth Earl of Findlater and third Earl of Seafield, Scottish peer [William Strahan (1715-1785), M.P. and King's Printer; Arthur Young (1741-1820), agriculturalist]
Albemarle Street, London; 4 May 1770.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf 'To | Mr. Strahan | His Majestys Printer. | New Street Shoe lane | Fetter lane'. The Earl writes that the letter will be delivered to Strahan by 'the young Farmer whom I mentioned to you'. He wishes 'that he may put his hand to work, and at the same time see things in the Stile of a man, who may have afterwards an Extensive Farm under his Direction'. He would like him to be 'recommended to Mr. Young, who will direct him what is proper to be done in Hertfordshire'. He asks Strahan to 'procure from Mr.
[English hop market report, 1853; Victorian Kent and Sussex agriculture]
27 September 1853; 241 Borough, London.
4to, 1 p. Twenty-six lines. Text clear and complete. On grey paper. Small spike hole. Aged and lightly-creased. Describes the 'forbodings' which have been realised following 'the heavy rains and floods of the previous Autumn'. 'From 2000 to 3000 Pockets have already come to Market, and these are making, in samples of Sussex £8 to £9, the Cut, and in Kents £8. 8/. to £10. 10/. to £12;- mouldy and blighted, much lower. | Nothing choice in East or Mid Kents has, as yet, made its appearance, [...]'.
[Herbert Padwick, Chairman, War Agricultural Committee, West Sussex Branch; First World War; British farming; women and agriculture]
The three 'War Agricultural Committee' reports: 16 November and 22 December 1915, and 9 February 1916. 'War Agricultural Executive Committee' report: 29 January 1917. All meetings held at the Council House, Chichester [West Sussex Committee].
All four items clear and complete, on lightly-aged and creased paper. Item One: Report of WAC meeting of 16 November 1915. Folio, 6 pp. Includes 'Reports from District Sub-Committees' and section on 'Enlistment as to Skilled Agricultural Labourers'. Also section on 'Women's County Committee'. Item Two: Report of WAC meeting of 22 December 1915. Folio, 4 pp. Sections on 'Instruction in milking to women' and 'Employment of women on farm work'. Signed in type as Chairman by Padwick. Item Three: Report of WAC meeting of 9 February 1916. Folio, 4 pp. Signed in type as Chairman by Padwick.
George Child-Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey (1773-1859), husband of the political hostess Sarah Sophia Child-Villiers [née Lady Sarah Sophia Fane], Countess of Jersey (1785-1867) [Hampton Court Palace]
24 March 1842; Berkeley Square, London.
12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. Twenty-one lines. Text clear and complete. On discoloured paper. Begins 'I think if you go into The Park at Hampton Court you will easily satisfy yourself that I am justified in withholding my consent to its being stript of its turf'. He considers that 'positive injury [will be] done to the Pasture', and as 'it is expected that we should maintain Deer to the number of 500. or more & that we endeavour to obtain from the feeding of Cattle some portion of the rent payable to Lady Bloomfield', consent cannot be given 'to diminish the food in the Park'.
[Note under title} "These are distributed, gratuitously, by the Writer to promote the great and important cause of National Agricultural Improvement." Pamphlet, sewn as issued, pp., cr.8vo, some staining and aging fold marks, chipping, closed tear on first page, text complete. Ownership inscription, "R.L. Orlebar", member of the squirearchy. Obviously in a much expanded form, Mechi turned this material (14pp.) into a full-scale book, published 1845 (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans.
G. A. L. Wilson [Bald Blair Estate, New South Wales, Australia]
Sydney: David Harold Paisley, Government Printer - 1938.
8vo: 6 pp. Stapled pamphlet. Text clear and complete. On aged and creased paper. For Wilson 'the most important aspect of the question' is 'the conversion of unsound country to sound country [...] It is a recent discovery, and, while ten or fifteen years ago one would have wiped the proposal before the House right off the slate, on the ground that the land is unsuitable for closer settlement, one to-day welcomes it.' Red-ink 1 cm accession stamp of the Webster Collection on reverse of blank final leaf, numbered 4188. No copy in the British Library, on COPAC, or on WorldCat.
[The British Piscicultural Company, Limited.; Jean Jacques Marie Cyprien Victor Coste (1807-1873)]
Undated, but the company 'Incorporated under the Companies' Act, 1862.'
On both sides of a folio leaf (dimensions 42 x 26.5 cm). On aged and lightly creased and spotted paper. Proposing to raise 'CAPITAL, £50,000, in 5,000 SHARES of £10 each.' Details of Directors; Bankers; Auditors; Brokers; Solicitors; Secretary, (pro tem.); and Offices left blank.
The letter: 17 December 1913, on letterhead '7, HERTFORD STREET, | MAYFAIR, W.'; the carbon copy: 17 December 1913, no place.
Motorcycle, motorboat and motorcar racer (1868-1940), leading figure in the motor business, 'in farming established the largest pedigree pig-breeding business in the United Kingdom [...] winner of many classic cycle races, the only British winner of the Gordon Bennett race, the International Harmsworth Motor Boat Trophy and the Championship of the Sea at Monaco [...] holder for over 17 years of 24 hours' motor-car record of 1581 miles' continuous driving, in this country, and then beaten by his own car' (Who's Who). Both items one page, quarto.