GENTLEMAN

[ Sir William Martins, Gentleman Usher. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to actor-manager Benjamin Webster, asking him to arrange a performance of a farce at the Adelphi Theatre 'at the rather earnest wish of a former Lord Chamberlain'.

Author: 
Sir William Martins (c.1787-1874), Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State [ Benjamin Webster [ Benjamin Nottingham Webster ] (1797-1882), actor-manager; Adelphi Theatre, London ]
Publication details: 
St James's Palace [ London ]. 16 February [ no year, but on paper watermarked 1844 ].
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condiion, on aged and worn paper. Marked 'Private', and written with an urgency suggesting the involvement of royalty behind the request. The letter begins: 'Sir William Martins presents his Compliments to Mr Webster and at theh rather earnest wish of a former Lord Chamberlain entreats Mr Webster, if it be practicable to allow the Farce of "Powder & Ball" to be played at the Adelphi one evening this Week either Wednesday Thursday or Friday'. He will 'explain further' and writes 'in case he should not be fortunate enough to meet Mr Webster at the Theatre'.

[Jack Buchanan, Scottish actor and theatre manager.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jack Buchanan'), thanking an unnamed recipient for his 'expression of appreciation', and noting the 'wonderful reception' of his musical 'Sunny' in Manchester.

Author: 
Jack Buchanan [Walter John Buchanan] (1891-1957), Scottish stage and screen actor and theatre manager
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Midland Hotel, Manchester. 27 September 1926.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his 'letter and expression of appreciation - judging by the wonderful reception of "Sunny" in Manchester I am hopeful of its success in London.' He is enclosing 'the two photos asked for' (not present).

[Dinah Maria Craik, Victorian novelist, author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D M Craik') to 'Mrs Western', regarding the taking-in of 'Isabel' and an outbreak of scarlet fever.

Author: 
Dinah Maria Craik [née Mulock] (1826-1887), novelist, best-known for 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Corner House, Shortlands, Kent. 12 September 1882.
£90.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. 57 lines of closely-written text. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. She begins by exclaiming 'I have been so very sorry for you!', before urging her correspondent to 'keep quarantine'. 'But about Isabel? [...] I would gladly take her to stay here as I have done beforetime - but there are some impediments - we must have complete separation between our house & yours - Mr Harris's dread is indescribable - he lost his wife & (I think) two sisters with scarlet fever. I think they wd.

[Manuscript] Account book of Charles Garnett of Bonehills, Tamworth,

Author: 
[Charles Garnett]
Publication details: 
1839 to 1848
£280.00

Manuscript account book containing a wealth of detail, helping to build up a picture of the household of an affluent member of the Victorian middle-class (see 'Garnett of Wyreside' in Burke's Landed Gentry). The son of an East India Company civil servant, Charles Garnett (1811-1899), of Bonehills, Tamworth, and latterly of the manor house, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, was a member of the Middle Temple, and Justice of the Peace for the counties of Stafford and Warwick.

[book] Scientific Boxing. By James J. Corbett. Together with hints on training and the official rules. Photograph poses by Jimmy Britt, Billy Britt, Frankie Neil and Kid Murphy, George McFadden and Danny Duane. [with photographs of notable boxers]

Author: 
James J. Corbett [James John 'Gentleman Jim' Corbett, heavyweight champion of the world; boxing, pugilism, Jimmy Britt; Billy Britt; Frankie Neil; Kid Murphy; George McFadden; Danny Duane]
[book] Scientific Boxing. By James J. Corbett
Publication details: 
[1905.] Richard K. Fox, Franklin Square, New York City.
£95.00
[book] Scientific Boxing. By James J. Corbett

12mo, 110 + [xvi] pp. Lacking the cover carrying picture of Corbett, and leaf carrying pp. 1-2, which should have the photo of Richard K. Fox on the second page. Stapled. In poor condition, on stained art paper. Foreword ('Boxing as a science') with facsimile of Corbett's signature on p.23. The other 48 full-page photographic illustrations are present, including three portraits of Corbett ('Gentleman Jim' and 'Pompadour Jim), James J. Jeffries ('Champion of the World'), Fitzsimmons and Jeffries, John L.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W Knollys | Lt Genl') to J. Maitland, on the presentation of an address to the Prince of Wales by the Church of Scotland.

Author: 
General Rt. Hon. Sir William Thomas Knollys (1797-1883), Treasurer and Comptroller of the Household of the Prince of Wales, 1862-1877 [General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; J. Maitland]
Publication details: 
25 March 1863; Buckingham Palace.
£65.00

4to, 2 pp. Good, on lightly-aged laid paper, with small area torn away from top corner (not affecting text). Docketed at head in an Edwardian hand: 'From Lieutt Genl. Sir William Knollys to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the occasion of the Prince of Wales' marriage | Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales [Edward VII]'.

Printed 'Regulations for the Admission of Gentlemen Cadets into the Royal Military College, near Bagshot. January 1st, 1852.' With one other printed item and four manuscript items relating to John Miller Dickson's attempt to join the British army.

Author: 
William Dickson; John Miller Dickson; General Henry Shadforth [Royal Military College, Bagshot; British army; military history]
Publication details: 
The printed 'Regulations' 1852; the other printed item is dated 1851; the four manuscript items between 1852 and 1854.
£125.00

The collection is in good condition, with occasional light creasing. The 'Regulations' ('ON HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE') consist of four pages printed on a folio bifolium. The other printed item, in facsimile handwriting, dated '15.11.51' (and dated in manuscript 'Horse Guards 1st.

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