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[ Octavian Blewitt, Secretary, Royal Literary Fund. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Octavian Blewitt') to 'Mr. Croker', regarding Brockedon's collection.

Author: 
Octavian Blewitt [ John Octavian Blewitt ], author and Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund [ John Wilson Croker (1780-1857); William Brockedon (1787-1854), painter, writer and inventor ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated . 'Saturday Morning.' [ No date. ]
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, tipped-in onto a piece of paper cut from an album. Reads: 'My dear Mr Croker, | Here is Brockedon's answer - I am sorry that he cannot meet your wishes - but you will see he has never exhibited the Collection even at the Graphic which he originated.' The Graphic was a club founded by Brockedon in 1833.

[ The Russian Revolution: Sir John Pollock and the Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia.] Notebook with miscellaneous entries, many of them relating to the Fund, including a draft appeal, details of individual cases/

Author: 
Sir John Pollock [ Sir Frederick John Pollock, 4th Baronet ] (1878-1963), author and journalist [ Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia; Russian Revolution ]
Publication details: 
[ 95 Bedford Court Mansions, London. ] 1920 and 1921.
£950.00

The author is not named, but this item is from the papers of Sir John Pollock, and is in his autograph. Sir (Frederick) John Pollock (1872-1963), 4th Baronet of Hatton (Eton; Trinity College, Cambridge; Harvard Law School) is a strangely-neglected figure. His brief obituary in The Times (23 July 1963) is headed 'Playwright and Author', but the best account of his career is the one he himself contributed to Who's Who. Pollock took great interest in Russian affairs, his numerous works including 'War and Revolution in Russia' in 1918, and 'The Bolshevik Adventure' the following year.

[ Arthur Davenport, librettist. ] Typed Letter Signed to composer Herman Finck regarding his appeal to the Musicias' Benevolent Fund, his career, and two books sent to E. V. Lucas of Methuen & Co.

Author: 
Arthur Davenport, librettist with H. G. Pellissier (1874-1913) and Charles Wibrow, playwright on BBC 'Children's Hour' [ Herman Finck [ Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer; E. V. Lucas ]
Publication details: 
11 Primrose Hill Road, N.W.3. [ London ] 9 April 1931.
£65.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Thirty-eight lines of text. Written with the forced Wodehousian bonhommie of a desperate man. He has had an operation at a nursing home, so the beginning of the letter needs to be taken metaphorically: 'My dear Finck, | This is a nice kettle of Fish and no mistake! | Came out of jail day before yesterday, but only on ticket-of-leave. Strict police supervision for two years - finger-prints - strawberry-marks - nothing kept secret! | However, they say they can make a job of it and my tail, such as it is, remains vertical.

[ West Dereham Church Restoration Fund, Norfolk. ] Printed appeal and 'First Subscription List', following the 'collapse of the entire roof of the nave on St. Mark's day, 1901'. With photograph.

Author: 
West Dereham Church Restoration Fund, Norfolk. [ W. Burleigh, Vicar; H. Steward and J. T. Horn, Churchwardens ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
[ West Dereham Church Restoration Fund, Norfolk. ] Appeal dated June 1901. 'First Subscription List' undated [ 1901 ].
£35.00

Both items in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: Appeal dated June 1901, headed 'West Dereham Church Restoration Fund.' Signed in type 'W. BURLEIGH, Vicar. | H. STEWARD, | J. T. HORN, | Churchwardens.' Carrying a small photograph of the ruins of the church, flanked by a description of the church, 'dedicated to St. Andrew', and its features. Beneath these the appeal begins: 'This interesting Church is now lying in ruins, simply from the effects of old age, and the consequent collapse of the entire roof of the nave on St. Mark's day, 1901.

[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund. ] Two Autograph Volumes by Honorary Secretary Charles Dibdin, including minutes, accounts, lists of offices and addresses, and corrected printed lists of Civil Service employees.

Author: 
The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London, British charity founded in 1866, now named the Lifeboat Fund [ Charles Dibdin (1849-1910), Honorary Secretary ]
Publication details: 
[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London. ] 'Charles Dibdin | Honorary Secretary | 14 John Street, Adelphi, W.C.' 1892 and 1897.
£750.00

The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund (now the Lifeboat Fund) was founded by a group of civil servants wishing to donate a single lifeboat to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. In 1866 they issued an appeal for £300 to government offices and raised the sum within a year. Since then the charity has supplied the RNLI with more than fifty lifeboats, which have saved nearly five thousand lives. The present two volumes, for 1892 and 1897, are uniform in heavily-worn halfbindings with black cloth spines and marbled boards.

[ Alan Pitt Robbins, news editor of The Times. ] Signed Copy of Typed Letter to the theatre impresario Prince Littler, regarding the possibility of a charity performance of 'My Fair Lady', and the Festival Dinner of the Newspaper Press Fund.

Author: 
Alan Pitt Robbins (1888-1967), news editor of The Times, 1909-1953; secretary of the Press Council, 1954-1960 [ Prince Frank Littler [ born Prince Frank Richeux ] (1903-1985), theatre impressario ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Newspaper Press Fund, Bouverie House, Fleet Street, London. 21 October 1957.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins with a reference to W. Macqueen-Pope, 'who has been a close friend of mine in the worlds of journalism and the theatre for more years than either of us may wish to remember - at least forty'. Having applied unsuccessfully for seats at the premiere of 'My Fair Lady' he suggests a 'special performance' for 'those members of the journalistic profession who fall by the wayside'.

[ Lady Carmichael-Anstruther and the Polish Children Rescue Fund. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. C. Anstruther') to 'Mr Blake', discussing the activities of the organisation.

Author: 
Lady Fay Carmichael-Anstruther [née Fay Sibyl Marie Rechnitzer], wife of Sir Windham Eric Francis Carmichael-Anstruther (1900-80) [ Polish Children Rescue Fund, London; Second World War Poland ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Polish Children Rescue Fund (British Committee for Polish Welfare), 1 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London. 21 February 1945.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Written in a small close and neat hand. In good condition, on lightly aged paper.

[ Sir Walter Scott. ] Manuscript (Autograph?) Copy of Letter from Lord Montagu of Boughton, 'as Chairman ad interim of the Sub-Committee of the Abbotsford Fund', to 'Monsr. le Baron Ompteda', regarding a 'very handsome Subscription from Hanover'.

Author: 
Henry Montagu-Scott (1776-1845), 2nd Baron Montagu of Boughton [ Baron Ompteda; Freiherr von Ompteda; Sir Walter Scott; Abbotsford Fund ]
Publication details: 
Hamilton Place [London]. 10 July 1833.
£180.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Almost certainly in Montagu's own hand. Headed 'Copy' and ending '(signed) Montagu | Chairman Sub. Com. | Abbotsford Subn.' Addressed to 'His Excellency Monsr. le Baron Ompteda'. Acknowledging receipt of a letter from Ompteda wnich informed him of 'the very handsome Subscription from Hanover of £170. 10/ to which their Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Langravine of Hesse Homburg have contributed so liberally'.

[Pamphlet; Palestine] A Brief Geographical Account of the Survey of Western Palestine

Author: 
Trelawney Saunders
Publication details: 
Published by the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, [London], 1882.
£220.00

Pamphlet, 19pp., 8vo, disbound, library marks on title page. "Read before the Geographical Section of the British Association at York in 1881." The survey included the territory of modern-day Israel. No copy on the market currently (except PODs). Seven copies recorded on COPAC/WorldCat: Glasgow, Aberdeen, NL Israel, NSW, 2 USA.

[The Hallé Orchestra, Manchester.] Typewritten 'Memoranda re Hallé Concerts', with signature of one of the three founding guarantors of the Hallé Concerts Society, Gustav Behrens, including a chronology (1857-1912) and section on the 'Pension Fund'.

Author: 
Gustav Behrens, close friend of Sir Charles Hallé, and one of the three founding guarantors, after Hallé's death, of the Hallé Concerts Society [The Hallé Orchestra, Manchester]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [The Hallé Orchestra, Manchester. Circa 1912.]
£220.00

4pp., 4to, on four leaves held together with a brass stud. Typewritten in purple, with underlining in red. In good condition, on lightly-aged and folded paper. The first two entries read: '1857 During the famous Art Treasures Exhibition held in Manchester in 1857, the late Sir Charles Hallé formed and conducted a Band which played at the Exhibition. | 1858 On Saturday January 30th, Hallé commenced his own Concerts under the title: | [First Season] MR. CHARLES HALLÉ'S GRAND ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS.

[Gregory Thurston Bedell, Bishop of Ohio.] Letter in a secretarial hand, signed ('G. T. Bedell | Bishop of Ohio.') to the Lord Mayor of London [Sir Henry Isaacs], sending a cheque for $100 'to your collection for "the China Famine Relief Fund"'.

Author: 
Gregory Thurston Bedell (1817-1892), third Episcopal Bishop of Ohio [Sir Henry Isaacs, Lord Mayor of London; The China Famine Relief Fund, 1889]
Publication details: 
From Nice, France. (On letterhead of the Diocese of Ohio.) 25 January 1889.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. Reads: 'Dear Sir, and His Honor, the Lord Mayor of London. | Your appeal has this hour met my eye. Be so good as to add the enclosed $100, to your collection for "the China Famine Relief Fund." Messrs. Brown, Shipley, & Co, are in the habit of cashing my check on Bank of New York; it it is desired.' With oval stamp of the City bankers Brown Shipley & Co., and initaled note of the converted sum, '£20 7s 3d'.

[Printed item.] Fund for Advanced University Education and Research. Report of the Executive Committee.

Author: 
Brassey, Chairman; Richard Farrant, Treasurer; T. Gregory Foster, Secretary [Fund for Advanced University Education and Research in connection with University College, London. (University of London.)]
Publication details: 
[Privately printed. University College, London.] Dated (p.4) 'December 1902.'
£100.00

12pp., 4to. Stitched. No covers. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Stamp, label and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Library, London. The report by Brassey, Farrant and Foster, covers pp.1-4. It is followed (pp.5-6) by a 'Table showing requirements of respective departments', a 'List of professorships and lectureships requiring endowments (pp.7); a 'First list of subscriptions' (pp.8-10) and a 'Second list of subscriptions' (p.11).

[Lady Muriel Paget.] Typed Letter Signed to Ernest Frederick Gye, congratulating him on his diplomatic posting to Tangier.

Author: 
Lady Muriel Paget [Lady Muriel Evelyn Vernon Paget, née Finch-Hatton] (1876-1938), humanitarian relief worker [Ernest Frederick Gye (1879-1955), diplomat, son of Ernest Gye and Dame Emma Albani]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'British Subjects in Russia Relief Association (1930)'. 30 January 1933.
£90.00

1p., 4to. On aged paper, with slight damage at margin and head, not affecting text. She congratulates him 'on the news that I have read in this morning's paper'. She is sorry 'that there are probably no D.B.S. in Tangier', but hopes that 'some day you will go "en poste" to U.S.S.R.' She concludes by thanking him 'for all that you have done to help us with the work for D.B.S. in Russia'.

[Lady Muriel Paget.] Typed Letter Signed to Ernest Frederick Gye, congratulating him on his diplomatic posting to Tangier.

Author: 
Lady Muriel Paget [Lady Muriel Evelyn Vernon Paget, née Finch-Hatton] (1876-1938), humanitarian relief worker [Ernest Frederick Gye (1879-1955), diplomat, son of Ernest Gye and Dame Emma Albani]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'British Subjects in Russia Relief Association (1930)'. 30 January 1933.
£90.00

1p., 4to. On aged paper, with slight damage at margin and head, not affecting text. She congratulates him 'on the news that I have read in this morning's paper'. She is sorry 'that there are probably no D.B.S. in Tangier', but hopes that 'some day you will go "en poste" to U.S.S.R.' She concludes by thanking him 'for all that you have done to help us with the work for D.B.S. in Russia'.

[Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland.] Printed prospectus, headed 'Baptist Union Annuity Fund.', for 'The Baptist Union Annuity Fund for Retired Ministers, and ministers' Widows and Orphans.'

Author: 
[Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland; The Baptist Union Annuity Fund for Retired Ministers, and ministers' Widows and Orphans]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [c.1875].
£90.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with closed tears along a central vertical fold. The first three pages carry 32 numbered rules, on the topics: Titles; Design; Management; Membership; Subscriptions; Benefits; Repayments; Funds; Disputes; Alteration of Rules; General. The last page carries three tables (first two regarding 'Ministers' and last on 'Widows & Orphans'), headed 'Schedule of Subscriptions and Payments'. Scarce: no copy located on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The Times of 12 October 1875 carries a report of the passing of the resolution by 'Rev. Mr.

[The United Relieving Officers' and Masters' of Workhouses Superannuation Society.] Printed notice of a meeting to found the Society, describing its objects and rates of payment. Signed by temporary secretary William Scudding.

Author: 
The United Relieving Officers' and Masters' of Workhouses Superannuation Society [William Scadding or Scudding, 'Secretary, pro. tem.']
Publication details: 
Thame [Oxfordshire]. 6 November 1837. 'Bradford, Printer, Thame.'
£95.00

2pp., 4to. On first leaf of a bifolium, with reverse of second leaf addressed (with postmarks) to 'The Relieving Officers | Basingstoke Union | Hants'. In good condition, on aged paper. The document carries the signature of 'Wm.

Typed Letter Signed from Arnold Wesker to Renee Hellman of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, regarding his 'favourite recipe'.

Author: 
Arnold Wesker (b.1932), English playwright of the 'kitchen sink' school [Renee Hellman; Imperial Cancer Research Fund; Alan Bates]
Publication details: 
27 Bishops Road, London N6. 11 October 1965.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He asks her whether she means by 'a favourite recipe' one 'which I know of that others are likely not to know of? Or just one that I like but might well be familiar?' He ends by suggesting that she try asking Alan Bates, 'who I think has a secret recipe'. He gives an address for the actor.

TLS ('Henry') from sculptor Henry Moore to art collector Hans Juda, concerning an Inland Revenue 'ruling (which I think applies only to me)'. With autograph directions from Moore's house Hoglands to Hoddesdon, and copies of four letters by Juda.

Author: 
Henry Moore [Henry Spencer Moore] (1898-1986), English sculptor [Hans Juda [Hans Peter Juda] (1904-1975), art collector, publisher of the magazine 'The Ambassador']
Publication details: 
Moore's letter and the directions on separate Hoglands letterheads, the letter dated 29 March 1973 and the directions undated. Copies of four Juda letters dated 13 May 1965, 23 March and 3 April 1973, and 29 August 1974.
£500.00

ONE: Typed Letter Signed ('Henry') from Moore to Juda ('Dear Hans'). On letterhead of Hoglands, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts. 29 March 1973. 1p., 12mo.

[Pamphlet/Handbill/Prospectus] Rules and Constitution

Author: 
The Subject Races International Committee
The Subject Races International Committee
Publication details: 
[1908]
£225.00
The Subject Races International Committee

4pp., 4to, bifolium, good condition. It includes a list of the executive elected for 1908 (H.W. Nevinson, Mrs N.F. Dryhurst and others) and of "Names of Affiliated Socities ... with their Representatives" (including the Aborigines Protection Society, Friedns of Russian Freedom, Georgian Relief Committee, National Council of Ireland and others). A space has been left for "Co-opted Members". P.3 comprises "The Rights of Subject Races", four clauses including adherence to the Hague Convention of 1907. P.4 is blank. No listing on COPAC or WordCat but informative references on Googlebooks.

[Pamphlet/Handbill/Prospectus] Rules and Constitution

Author: 
The Subject Races International Committee
The Subject Races International Committee
Publication details: 
[1908]
£325.00
The Subject Races International Committee

4pp., 4to, bifolium, good condition. It includes a list of the executive elected for 1908 (H.W. Nevinson, Mrs N.F. Dryhurst and others) and of Names of Affiliated Socities ... with their Representatives (including the Aborigines Protection Society, Friedns of Russian Freedom, Georgian Relief Committee, National Council of Ireland and others). A space has been left for Co-opted Members. P.3 comprises The Rights of Subject Races, four clauses including adherence to the Hague Convention of 1907. P.4 is blank. No listing on COPAC or WordCat but informative references on Googlebooks.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Walter Besant M.A. | Secretary') from Sir Walter Besant, as Secretary of the Palestine Exploration Fund, to an unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), Secretary, Palestine Exploration Fund, 1868-1885
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), Secretary, Palestine Exploration Fund, 1868-1885
Publication details: 
1 August 1870; 9 Pall Mall East, on letterhead of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
£130.00
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), Secretary, Palestine Exploration Fund, 1868-1885

4 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 51 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The General Committe have asked Besant to thank the recipient for his 'kind assistance during the last year, and to express their hopes that your sympathy with the objects which they have at heart will still continue'.

Printed handbill, addressed 'To the Members of the Wesleyan-Methodist Societies', headed 'Worn-out Ministers' and Ministers' Widows' Auxiliary Fund'.

Author: 
James Wood and John Scott, Treasurers, and Thomas Eastwood, Secretary, Wesleyan-Methodist Societies [Worn-out Ministers' and Ministers' Widows' Auxiliary Fund]
Publication details: 
[London?] 20 August 1848.
£23.00

12mo, 2 pp. On single leaf. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with stitch marks along one margin. No copy on COPAC.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W Ebor') to Stratford Canning, by whom it is docketed with a draft of his reply.

Author: 
William Thomson (1819-1890, Archbishop of York [Stratford Canning (1786-1880), 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe]
Publication details: 
17 May 1865; on letterhead of 41 Portman Square, W. [London]
£56.00

12mo, 1 p. On bifolium, with Stratford Canning's docketing on the reverse of the second leaf. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub from mounting adhering to one edge. A 'strong wish is entertained' that Stratford Canning's name 'be added to the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund'. He is enclosing a paper 'which will show its nature'. Canning notes that the letter was 'Ansd. 18 | No objection to be a member of the Committee provided I incur no responsibility beyond that of throwing an occasional mite into the subscription fund.'

Autograph Letter Signed to Dollman.

Author: 
John Hassall (1868-1948), English illustrator
Publication details: 
10 November 1906; on letterhead of 88 Kensington Park Road, W. [London]
£56.00

8vo, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-spotted paper, lightly-creased and with small closed tears at edges of central crease. From the context of other items in the same collection, this letter relates to an 'Artists general Benevolent Banquet' (for which Dollman was acting as steward). Hassall writes that the previous year he 'got into trouble through giving subscriptions to stewards of other society's than the R[oyal]. I[nstitution].', so that 'if there's to be an R. I. table this year I must support it for all I'm worth'.

Fourteen signed deeds relating to the Bank of China's London office ['Locally Employed Staff Provident Fund', 'Regular Chinese Staff Provident Fund', 'Pinfang Hsia Esq. and others']. Together with three other signed documents and two chequebooks.

Author: 
Pinfang Hsia (c.1902-1970), Trustee of the Bank of China, London office [Regular Chinese Staff Provident Fund; Local Employees Provident Fund]
Publication details: 
The deeds date from London, between 1949 and 1953. The three other documents from London, 1951. The stubs in the two chequebooks are also dated 1951.
£150.00

From the papers of Pinfang Hsia, whose death ('Bank of China aide') was recorded in the New York Times of 23 December 1970.In the 1961 'Diplomat's Annual' the Bank of China's head office was said to be in Peking, China, with the London office at 147 Leadenhall Street. The collection is in good overall condition, with all texts clear and complete on lightly-aged paper. The fourteen deeds are customary English legal documents of the period, all typewritten and filled in in manuscript, with the dimensions of each around 37 x 24 cm. Some are attached with green ribbon.

Autograph Signatures of Colburn, Shee, North and Colnaghi, removed from Artists' Benevolent Fund application.

Author: 
Henry Colburn (1784-1855), bookseller and publisher; Sir Martin Arthur Shee (1769-1850), President of the Royal Academy; Peter North; Dominic Colnaghi (1790-1879), printseller
Publication details: 
1841
£28.00

On one side of a piece of paper roughly 8 x 12.5 cm. Good, lightly aged. Reads ' Henry Colburn | 13 Gt Marlborough Street | Martin Arthur Shee | Peter North 22 Soho Square | Dominic Colnaghi'. Fragment of docketed manuscript record of the case on the reverse: '<...> 830 | <...>nes O'Connor | <...>ent Case | <...>y 12th. 1841'.

The causes of death among the assured in the Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society from 1874 to 1894 inclusive.

Author: 
Claud Muirhead, M.D., F.R.C.P.E.
Publication details: 
Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark, Limited. 1902.
£50.00

4to. Pages: viii + 103. Appendix consisting of nine detailed actuarial tables. Tight copy, in grubby, stained and worn printed paper boards. From the library of the librarian of the Medical Society of London, Nehemiah Asherson, and with the Society's oval stamp on the verso of the title. Small circular label on front board.

Autograph Signatures on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Andrew Robertson, Dominic Paul Colnaghi, Martin Henry Colnaghi, Rudolph Ackermann, [C] Turner, Samuel Woodin
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£85.00

On a piece of aged, creased paper roughly five inches square, with some fraying to extremities. Reads '<...> an artist. & his case as one <...> | Andrew Robertson | D Colnaghi | M. H. Colnaghi | R Ackermann | CTurner | John | Saml Woodin'. Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), bookseller; Dominic Paul Colnaghi (1790-1879), print dealer; M. H. Colnaghi (1821-1908), picture dealer and collector; Andrew Robertson (1777-1845), Scottish miniature painter. From a collection of material relating to the Artists' General Benevolent Fund.

Autograph Signatures on fragment of document.

Author: 
William Behnes; George Robins
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

Behnes (died 1864) was a sculptor, and Robins (1778-1847) a flamboyant auctioneer. Very good, on piece of paper roughly two inches by three and a half. From a collection of Autograph Signatures cut from petitions to the Artists' General Benevolent Fund. Blank reverse.

Autograph Signatures on fragment of document.

Author: 
Henry William Pickersgill; Thomas Uwins
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£18.00

Pickersgill (1782-1875) and Uwins (1782-1857) were both English artists who exhibited at the Royal Academy. Very good, on a piece of grey paper roughly two inches by four. From a collection of Autograph Signatures cut from petitions to the Artists' General Benevolent Fund. Blank reverse.

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