FRANKS

[ Alfred Swaine Taylor, toxicologist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Alfred S Taylor') to 'Mr Franks' (Sir Wollaston Franks of the British Museum), regarding arsenic in his wallpaper. and on dust scraped from his books.

Author: 
Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-1880), toxicologist and medical jurist [ Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1907), British Museum curator ]
Publication details: 
St James's Terrace, Regent's Park. 6 July and 22 December 1858.
£450.00

ONE: 4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An emphatic and energetic letter. Clearly reporting on a sample of wallpaper which Franks has sent him, Taylor begins his letter: 'Your black paper is as much saturated with the arsenical colour as it can well be.' He finds the paper 'precisely similar' to that which 'occasioned the illness of Dr Halley in Harley St, - and the publication of whose letter created such alarm in the public mind' (the reference is to the letter of Dr Alexander Halley in The Times, 11 January 1858).

Autograph Letter Signed by George William Coventry, 7th Earl of Coventry, to Thomas Harrison, egarding the enclosure of Tooting Common. Together with franked envelope bearing Coventry's red wax seal.

Author: 
George William Coventry (1758-1831), 7th Earl of Coventry [the enclosure of Tooting Common]
Autograph Letter Signed by George William Coventry
Publication details: 
16 October 1819; Croome.
£145.00
Autograph Letter Signed by George William Coventry

4to, 1 p. Eleven lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for having 'appriz'd' him 'of the proposed enclosure of Tooting Common, to which I am equally hostile with the Rector, & the other principal Gentlemen who have express'd their determination to oppose the Measure'. Lady Coventry joins him in sending 'kind remembrances' to Mrs Harrison and her family. The franked envelope is a sheet of folded paper, bearing Coventry's red wax armorial seal in good condition, and postmark. It is addressed 'Pershore Octr. Seventeen | 1817 | Thomas Harrison Esqr.

Autograph Note in the third person, with signature ('Wrothsley') on frank.

Author: 
Sir John Wrothsley [Wrottesley; James Ridgeway, bookseller, Piccadilly, London]
Publication details: 
9 September 1835 [Doncaster].
£28.00

12mo, 1 p. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub adhering to the reverse of the second leaf. Reads 'Sir John Wrothsley requests Mr. Ridgway will direct his Newspapers [corrected from 'Letters'] Post Office Scarborough. The frank reads 'Doncaster September ten 1835 | Mr. Ridgway | Piccadilly | London | [signed] Wrothsley'. Divided circular Doncaster postmark in black, and frank ('FREE | 11SEP11| 1835') in red.

Autograph Signature ('W E Gladstone') on frank, addressed to Guillemard at 11 Downing Street.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Prime Minister [Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard (1862-1951)]
Publication details: 
Without date.
£25.00

The front cover of the envelope, 9.5 x 12 cm, cut away and laid down on a ruled piece of paper cut from an autograph album. A little grubby, but good. Reads 'L N Guillemard Esq | 11 Downing St. | [signed] W E Gladstone'. Signature approximately 4.5 cm long, and underlined.

Signed postal frank, addressed to his wife, with post mark and short autograph note.

Author: 
William Manning (1763-1835), M.P. for Evesham, Lymington and Penryn; Governor of the Bank of England, 1812-1814; spokesman for the West Indian merchants; father of Cardinal Manning
Publication details: 
31 May 1822; London.
£20.00

On one side of a piece of watermarked laid paper, 22.5 x 29 cm, folded to make an envelope, 9 x 21 cm. A thin strip of paper (not affecting text) has been torn away in the breaking open of the wafer, under which it still adheres. On aged, grubby paper, with a couple of pin holes and a few closed tears to extremities. Address reads 'London, May thirty first 1822. | Mrs: Manning, | West Cliff. | Brighton.' Signature, in bottom left-hand corner: 'Wm Manning.' Autograph note to one flap: 'I will take Measures about Mr: Mundy immediately | W: M/'.

Signature ('William P. Lennox') on frank to the Hon. Cecil Lawless.

Author: 
Lord William Pitt Lennox (1799-1881), English Member of Parliament and novelist
Publication details: 
9 December 1833; London. With red ink postmark.
£25.00

The front of a wove-paper envelope, 8 x 12.5 cm. Good. Reads 'London December | Ninth 1833 | Honble. Cecil Lawless | The Wick | Brighton | [signed in bottom left-hand corner] William P. Lennox'. The postmark, in red ink in the top right-hand corner, is circular, topped with a crown, and reads '9 DE 9 | 1833'.

Autograph Note Signed ('Hans Sloane') to John Fuller junior.

Author: 
Sir Hans Sloane [later Hans Sloane-Stanley] (1739-1827), Member of Parliament for Southampton
Publication details: 
Tuesday [no date]; Stoneham. Franked, with Southampton postmark.
£20.00

12mo: 1 p. On discoloured paper slightly damaged in one corner (not affecting text) by breaking of wafer. Second leaf of bifolium carrying address and postmarks. He received Fuller's letter containing a bill of twenty pounds from his brother. 'All here join in best love to you and believe me Ever Yrs.' Addressed to 'John Fuller Esqr. Junr. | Clement Lane | Lombard St. | London | [signed] Hans Sloane'. Circular frank in red ink, 'FREE'. Postmarked in black 'SOUTH | AMPTON'. Third circular postmark in black in two parts.

Autograph Frank with address to R. Byham.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Nicholas Redington
Publication details: 
Undated, but with dated 6 and 7 December 1846 on postmarks.
£18.00

Irish administrator and Member of Parliament (1815-62). Consists of the front of the envelope, the dimensions of which are roughly five inches by three. Addressed to 'R. Byham Esq. | Ordnance Office | Pall Mall | London', and signed 'Th Redington'. Two postmarks in red ink: the first, in a circle, appears to read 'PAID | NW | 6 DE | 1846'; the second, in a circle topped with a crown, appears to read 'PAID | DE 7 | 1846'.

Autograph Signature as front of franked envelope addressed to Sir James Kempt.

Author: 
John Thomas Townshend, 2nd Viscount Sydney
Publication details: 
[1830].
£35.00

Lords of the Admiralty, the Treasury and of the Bedchamber under George III (1764-1831). On front of envelope, cut down to roughly 11 centimeters by 7 1/2 centimeters. Very good, if slightly grubby, and with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse. Kempt (1764-1854) was Governor-General of Canada. Address reads 'Lieut General | Sir James Kempt. | &c &c &c | Ordnance Office'. Signed 'Sydney.' Neatly docketed at head '1830. a Lord of the Treasury in 1800'.

Autograph Signature on front of franked envelope.

Author: 
John Thomas Townshend, 2nd Viscount Sydney
Publication details: 
27 January 1823; place indecipherable.
£20.00

Lords of the Admiralty, the Treasury and of the Bedchamber under George III (1764-1831). On front of envelope, cut down to roughly 4 1/2 inches by 3 inches. Good only: ruckled and with one closed tear not affecting signature. Blank reverse docketed in pencil and with remains of paper from previous mounting. Difficult handwriting. Reads '<?> Twenty Seventh of January | 1823 | Richd <?> Esq | Queen Street | May Fair | London | Sydney'. 'FREE | 28JA28 | 1823' stamped in red ink in circle cropped at head.

Signed Frank.

Author: 
William Huskisson
Publication details: 
31 August 1829; Kendal.
£45.00

English politician (1770-1830). 1 page. Dimensions approximately 3 inches by 5 inches. Front of envelope, mounted on piece of card. Discoloured by glue and age. Reads 'Kendal, thirty first August | 1829 | T. Lack Esqr. | &c &c &c | Board of Trade | London | W. Huskison'. Two oblong postmarks: one, in red, 'Kendal | Py Post'; the other, in black, 'TO PAY <?>'. Docketed 'Huskisson' in top left-hand corner.

Autograph Signature on frank to Philip W. Bagenal.

Author: 
Randolph Churchill
Publication details: 
3 October 1886, with red postmark reading 'OFFICIAL PAID | 3 | OC 4 | 86 | LONDON W'.
£30.00

English statesman (DNB), father of Sir Winston Churchill. One page, 16mo, front of envelope, glued to blank reverse of printed vellum fragment of Royal Humane Society document dated 17 August 1896. In good condition though grubby. Addressed to Bagenal at St Stephens Club Westminster.

frank to John Browning

Author: 
John Charles Spencer, Viscount Althorp [later 3rd Earl Spencer]
Publication details: 
envelope with two postmarks and seal in red wax, 16mo, 26 October 1836, Leamington
£35.00

English Whig statesman, relation of Princess Diana and of Prince William. The envelope is in very frail condition, torn, frayed and discoloured, with some loss. Addressed 'Leamington Oct twenty six | 1834 | John Browning Esq | Viscount Althorp | Downing Street | London | Althorp'. The postmark on the front is in red ink, with a crown topping a circle containing 'FREE | 27OC27 | 1834'; the postmark on the reverse is in black ink, with 'LEAMINGTON' in a circle containing 'OC26 | 1834'. Red wax seal bearing Althorp crest on reverse.

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