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[ Syed Khelafat Hussain, Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur; contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at Inns of Court ] Three printed transcripts of letters to A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal, regarding his 'complex relations with Mrs. Maloney'.

Author: 
Syed Khelafat Hussain [ Syed Khilafat Hussain ] (b.c.1870) Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Inns of Court [ A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal ]
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All dated '8-4-07'. All by 'G.I.C.P.O.', i.e. Calcutta: Government of India Central Printing Office. [ High Court of Judicature, Fort William, Bengal; Appelate Side. Letters dated 25 February, 22 and 25 March 1907. ] First letter stamped 2 June 1907.
£220.00

Each letter is on a separate leaf. The first and last are each 1p., 8vo; the middle one is 2pp., 8vo. Aged and worn. Hussain was disbarred from the Inner Temple in 1915. The labyrinthine first sentence of the first letter (25 February 1907) hardly inspires confidence: 'Your No. 553, dated the 18th February 1907, has come to hand only to-day, owing to my absence on account of Mohurrum holiday.

[ Law in Raj; India ] Printed report by 'the Committee appointed to consider the possibility of reducing the volume of judicial work and economizing the judicial power of the Court'.

Author: 
'R. Harington. Ashutosh Mukerjee. C. P. Caspersz.' [ High Court of Justice, Fort William, Bengal; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Whitbourne Court; Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864-1924) ]
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'The 26th August, 1909.' [ 'Calcutta: Printed by Supdt., Govt Printing, India, 8, Hastings Street.' ]
£100.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, and folded twice horizontally. The report confines its attention 'to the business of the Appellate Side of the Court, no question having arisen so far as we are aware with respect to the Original Side'. The document ends with four recommendations. Scarce: no copy traced on either OLCL WorldCat, or on COPAC. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington.

[ John Frederic Gill, Second Deemster of the Isle of Man. ] Two Autograph Letter Signed (both 'J. Fred. Gill') to 'Miss Jull', regarding the arrangements for her to sing at a concert at the Grand Theatre, Douglas.

Author: 
John Frederic Gill (d.1899), Second Deemster of the Isle of Man, 1884-1899 [ The Grand Theatre, Douglas ]
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of Anfield Hay, Douglas, Isle of Man; the second from Douglas. 3 and 31 December 1896.
£100.00

Both letters 2pp., 12mo. Both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with tape from previous mounting adhering along one edge (and in one case overlapping a few words, including the signature). The two letters concern a concert 'at the Grand Theatre on 7 January', 'entirely of Manx music', in which the recipient has agreed to sing. Having put her down for two songs, he sends her 'our Book, out of which all the items of the concert will be taken', with suggestions of two songs and three encores. The second letter gives details of the rehearsal in Fort Street.

[ John Bensley Thornhill, East India Company director. ] Autograph Signature ('J Thornhill'), with others, on copy of 'Receipt for Paper deposited'.

Author: 
John Bensley Thornhill (1773-1841), East India Company director and subject of a painting by George Romney
Publication details: 
Fort St George [ Madras (now Chennai), India ]. 18 August 1830.
£35.00

1p., 4to. Printed form, reading (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[Duplicate] | No. 2. | Receipt for Paper deposited. | Received of [J. MacGregor Mallock Esqre] | the undermentioned Public Securit[y] to be kept under our charge, upon the terms of the Advertisement published in the Calcutta Gazette, of the 31st December 1810.' The details of the security ('Sicca Rupees Six thousand') are then given, and beneath these the dating and signatures of Thornhill and another party. In manuscript on reverse: 'Pay over to Mr Wm.

[ Pamphlet; South Australia ] The Land Question. A brief statement of the evils of Land Monopoly, and the advantages of leasing the Public Lands of South Australia.

Author: 
Thomas Burgoyne (1827–1920), builder and politician in the early days of the colony of South Australia.
Publication details: 
D. Drysdale, Printer, Port Augusta {South Australia], [1884]
£500.00

14pp., 8vo, lacking back cover, formerly bound in miscellaneous volume, hence some staining and minor wear at spine, front cover grubby. One page printed at an angle with loss of one or two letters. No copy listed on COPAC or WorldCat but a copy available in the State Library of S. Australia. Note: Information from Wikipedia entry and its references, e.g. the obit in 'The Advertiser' (link given). For example he 'erected' the first permanent building in Fort Augusta.

[ British Army field exercises of First World War German invasion. ] 'Field Message Book' of Captain E. A. Grubbe, used in training reservists at Newhaven Fort, with maps. With ALS from Grubbe to his brother, telling of captured 'Prussian guards'.

Author: 
Edmund Alexander Grubbe (b.1857), Captain in the 88th Connaught Rangers [ 8th (Reserve) Battalion, City of London Rifles; Post Office Rifles ]
Publication details: 
FIELD MESSAGE BOOK: 'Army Book 153', Waterlow & Sons Ltd, London. With stamp of '8th. (Reserve) Batt., City of London Rifles'. Newhaven Fort, East Sussex: December 1914 to June 1915. LETTER: from London and Paris Hotel, Newhaven; 2 December 1914.
£450.00

FIELD MESSAGE BOOK: Landscape 8vo notebook with 43pp of manuscript, in a number of different hands (one of them apparently Grubbe's), including seven full-page maps, with two further pages of carbon copies, preceded by 3pp. of printed text titled 'Field Message Book / (For the use of Dismounted Regimental Officers and Non-commissioned Officers of Cavalry and Mounted Infantry.)' In pencil and ink on graph paper pages. In detachable brown cloth cover, with explanatory label ('Cover for Army Book 153').

[H.M. Lazelle] Autograph Letter Signed"H.M. Lazelle", to "The Hon. Norman Mac Gregor, Lloyds, London, E[?], England" about the latter's brother, deceased.

Author: 
Lieut.-Colonel H.M. Lazelle, Acting Inspector General, Vancouver Barracks, Washington State [Henry M. Lazelle]
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Lieut.-Colonel H.M. Lazelle, Acting Inspector General | Headquarters Department of the Columbia, | Office Acting Inspector General [...], 25 Jan. 1887.
£280.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, small closed tear not affecting text, some staining but text clear and complete.He acknowledges receipt of his "favor" and books which are "doubly valued since he through whose friendship they were sent is gone.

[Manuscript] The Household Expenses of the family Commander G.Y. Paterson, son of Admiral Paterson, sometime Governor of Portchester Castle (DNB)

Author: 
[Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire]
Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire
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[Brockhurst], 10 Dec. 1882-11 Feb. 1889.
£380.00
Household Expenses, 1880s; Brockhurst House, Gosport, Hampshire

106pp., 4to, black limp cloth, worn, remnants of paper on which is written a biblical passage in Greek on back, hinge strain, but contents clear and complete, text in an extraordinarily small neat hand, sometimes (amazingly) hard to read. The author has used a double entry system, recording Income on one side and Expenditure on the other. The balance (income less expenditure) is brought forward. Expenditure is listed daily, usually all expenses appearing on one line, nature of expenditure and outlay, and a total for the day appearing in the final column.

Autograph Notebook by Frederick Leman Whelen, containing biographical matter, some on the Stage Society. Including lists of individuals (some Jewish) with whom Whelen was interned at Fort de Romainville and Drancy, Paris, during the Second World War.

Author: 
Frederick Leman Whelen (1867-1955), Fabian socialist author and founder of the Stage Society [Drancy Internment Camp; Nazi Germany; holocaust; concentration camps]
F.L. Whelen, Fabian author, founder of  Stage Society, Notebook
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1939 to circa 1941.
£400.00
F.L. Whelen, Fabian author, founder of  Stage Society, Notebook

Small 4to, 140 pp. Paginated by Whelen. Notebook of good laid paper, in boards covered in patterned paper, with the word 'BIOGRAPHICAL' in faded red manuscript at head of front cover. Text neatly written and clear and complete. Good: internally sound and tight on lightly-aged paper; in worn and chipped boards. The flyleaf is dated 1939, with Whelen's addresses given as the Royal Societies Club, St James's St, and 5 Place de la Taconnerie, Geneva.

Signed Letter in secretarial hand to the Quartermaster General, Horse Guards.

Author: 
Sir William Schaw Cathcart, 10th Baron and 1st Viscount and Earl Cathcart
Publication details: 
Salton Hall January 27 1810'.
£125.00

Scottish soldier and diplomat (1755-1843). Four pages, octavo. Good, though grubby on discoloured paper, and a little frayed about the edges. Concerns 'the Subject of Issues which are made by the Barrack Department in North Britain to the Forces stationed in this Part of the United Kingdom, but which are not sanctioned by The King's Warrant'. '[...] | I conceive the Establishment of Regimental Schools to be highly conducive to the good of His Majesty's Service, and peculiarly so in the case of 2d.

Typed Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Hormasji Peroshaw Mody, K.B.E.
Publication details: 
27 February 1939; on letterhead 'BOMBAY HOUSE, | FORT, BOMBAY.'
£28.00

Indian politician (born 1881); Acting Governor of Bombay, September 1947; Governor of the United Provinces, 1949-52. One page, quarto. Docketed and stamped. Apologises for late reply ('owing to absence from Bombay and other reasons') and has pleasure in accepting 'the invitation extended to me to be nominated for Fellowship of your Society'. Signed 'H. P. Mody'.

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