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[Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, statesman who headed the Carlisle Peace Commission in the American War of Independence.] Autograph Signature ('Carlisle.') to warrant appointing Thomas Evans 'Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate'.

Author: 
Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle (1748-1825), statesman who headed 1778 Carlisle Peace Commission in American War of Independence; Viceroy of Ireland; guardian to Lord Byron
Publication details: 
'given under my hand This first Day of January One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Three in the Twenty third Year of His Majesty's Reign'.
£300.00

On one side of 30 x 30.5 cm piece of vellum. Tax stamp embossed on strip of blue paper attached to left margin. In fair condition, aged and worn as is customary with vellum. Folded twice. Endorsed 'Warrant | Thomas Evans | Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate'. Signed at bottom right: 'Carlisle.' Written in a secretarial hand, and addressed 'To My very loving Friend The Clerk of His Majesty's Household Attending'.

[Printed pamphlet.] Twelve Sonnets composed during a period of blindness by Thomas Bruce Dilks.

Author: 
Thomas Bruce Dilks (1866-1949), poet and local historian [East Gate Press, Bridgwater, Somerset]
Publication details: 
East Gate Press, Bridgwater. 1938.
£35.00

14pp., 12mo. Stitched into grey paper wraps, with white label printed in black and red on front cover. In fair condition, lightly worn and aged. The titles are: 'The Sea Bird at Dawn | January, 1937', 'Wonder', 'On my Father's Collection of Seaweeds', 'The Water Gate, Bridgwater Castle', '"Barchester"', '"We trusted that it had been he." (dated 'Good Friday, 1938'), 'The Third Day | Narrative of Cleopas' (dated 'Easter, 1938'), 'The Victorians', 'Robert Blake', 'Keats', 'John Richard Green' and 'To my Nurse | June, 1938'.

Manuscript Letter, signed on behalf of the London solicitors 'Moncrieff Webster & Thomson', informing Laurence Davidson, Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, that 'P. White' of Paddington is ' a regular swindler'.

Author: 
Moncrieff, Webster & Thomson, solicitors, 1 Old Palace Yard [Lawrence Davidson, WS, Edinburgh; P. White of Paddington, swindler]
Publication details: 
1 Old Palace Yard, Whitehall. 23 April 1831.
£56.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with postmarks and docketing, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Lawrence Davidson Esq | W.S. | Edinburgh'. The solicitors write that they received that morning 'your letter requesting us to make enquiry as to the character of P.

Autograph Letter Signed ('M Ross') to Spottiswoode & Robertson, regarding her neighbour Wyndham Lewis being 'In a fidget' about insurance.

Author: 
Lady Mary Ross [Spottiswoode & Robertson, Solicitors; Wyndham Lewis; Park Lane, Grosvenor Gate, London]
Publication details: 
31 March 1830; Park Lane, Grosvenor Gate, London.
£45.00

12mo, 2 pp. Fifteen lines of text. Clear and complete. On aged and stained paper, with 3.5 cm closed tear in gutter, corner torn with no loss of text. Addressed, with postmark and remains of red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf. Docketed 'Lady Mary Ross | Park Lane 31 March 1830 | ans. 17 Apl'. Her neighbour 'Mr Wyndham Lewis' is 'In a fidget, as to Insurance'. She hopes it has been regularly paid, and 'must trust to yr not allowg it to be neglected'. She believes the insurance is 'for the House only & that I did not wish furniture'. According to the 'Survey of London', No.

The Bardic Chair Poem. London, 1926. [The Burial of David Livingstone.]

Author: 
[Rev. George Walton Keesey (c.1875-1936), 'known to many as the "Congregational Bishop of East London"'] [David Livingstone; Metropolitan Free Church Federation Eisteddfod, 1926.]
Publication details: 
London: Forest Gate Press, The Grove, Stratford, E.15. [1926?]
£120.00

8vo, [19 pp]. In original grey printed wraps. On lightly aged paper, with unevenly trimmed edges, and in slightly worn wraps. Short ink inscription at head of front wrap. INSCRIBED by the author's wife 'To my very dear Daughter Marian In happy memory of dear Pater the Author May 4th. and May 24th. 1936'. Full-page illustration of the 'Metropolitan Free Church Federation Eisteddfod, 1926. Grand Bardic Chair Presented by John Weir, Esq.' A curious mixture of pagan and Christian.

Athens aflame.

Author: 
An Philibin, pseud. [i.e. John Hackett Pollock]
Publication details: 
No date (1923?); Dublin: Martin Lester Limited.
£100.00

4to. 24 pages. In original brown printed wraps. In poor condition: paper frayed, worn and discoloured, front and back wrap separately detached. Number 97 of 350 copies. Pollock (1887-1964) was a novelist, poet and one of the founders of the Gate Theatre.

Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr Twining'.

Author: 
Richard Westmacott (1799-1872), English sculptor
Publication details: 
31 January 1862; 1 Kensington Gate.
£56.00

12mo, 2 pp, 18 lines. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. 'Mr. Westmacott presents his Compts and has to acknowledge Mr Twinings polite letter'. Its delivery has been delayed 'owing to its incorrect address', 'Mr W. having left Wilton <& Co.?>. (and quitted the practice of his profession) for some years'. As for 'Engravings and Photographs' of Westmacott's works, 'very few were made'. Most of these were 'ill done', although he does name one with which he was satisfied. Consequently Westmacott cannot 'assist Mr. Twining in his object'.

Engraved Trade Card in form of receipt.

Author: 
James Crokatt, Fleet Street bookseller
Publication details: 
Undated [circa 1740]
£225.00

Dimensions roughly one and a half inches by two inches. One page, blank verso. Tipped in on piece of yellow paper. Within ruled border. An attractive item, with an illustration of key at head. Beneath this, in copperplate, 'Bought of I: Crokatt | at the Golden Key near | ye. Inner-Temple-Gate | Fleet-Street.' Crokatt, an associate of Dodsley, with whom Samuel Johnson worked, traded from the 1720s to the 1750s.

Engraved trade card.

Author: 
Thomas Payne, London eighteenth-century bookseller.
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£150.00

On thin laid paper roughly two and three-quarter inches by three and three-quarter inches wide. Good clean image, on aged paper with slight wear in bottom left-hand corner. Enclosed by a border. Reads, in a variety of hands, 'Thomas Payne | BOOKSELLER, | Near the South Sea House | BISHOPSGATE-STREET | LONDON. | Sells all Sorts of Stationary [sic] Wares.' According to BBTI the Thomas Payne who was at this address in 1750 may possibly be the eminent bookseller Thomas Payne I (1719-99) of the Mews Gate.

Three manuscript orders authorising payments, and three typewritten orders cancelling payments.

Author: 
The Duchy of Cornwall [ MESSRS COUTTS & CO., BANKERS ]
Publication details: 
All dating from 1912.
£250.00

4to and 8vo. Somewhat grubby and creased, but in good condition otherwise. The six items, all addressed to Messrs Coutts & Company, are, in chronological order: ITEM 1, 5 manuscript pages, 4to, headed 'Duchy of Cornwall, | Buckingham Gate, S.W. | 1912.

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