Goldsmith

[ The life of a Victorian Naval Cadet and Midshipman. ] Autograph Log Book of George Tate Medd, compiled during service on seven Royal Navy ships: Inflexible, Imaum, Wellesley, Alarm, Victory, Arrogant, Britannia.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ naval; maritime; HMS Inflexible, Imaum, Wellesley, Alarm, Victory, Arrogant, Britannia. ]
Publication details: 
11 June 1850 to 13 March 1853. Including service in: England (Plymouth and Spithead), the West Indian Station (Jamaica, Bermuda, Trinidad), Newfoundland, the Mediterranean (Cuba, Gibraltar, Malta).
£1,500.00

The present item is a remarkably disciplined production for a boy ranging in age from twelve to sixteen. At the beginning of the volume the author writes: 'I, George Tate Medd 4th. Son of John and Sarah Medd of Stockport, Cheshire (at the age of 12¾ years), entered Her Majesty's Navy as Naval cadet on board H.M. Ship “Impregnable” June 11th.

[ A Royal Navy midshipman in the Crimean War. ] Autograph Log Book of George Tate Medd, compiled during wartime service on HMS Rodney and HMS Sidon, and including an eyewitness account of the Battle of Alma.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ Crimean War; Royal Navy; naval; maritime; HMS Rodney; HMS Sidon ]
Publication details: 
14 March 1853 to 31 December 1854. Service in the Mediterranean (Malta, Turkey), the Black Sea (the Crimea).
£3,000.00

The first part of the volume, with entries from 14 March 1853 to 19 March 1854, describes Medd's service, under Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Charles Graham (1792-1857), on HMS Rodney (90 guns), which, as Medd states, travels 'with the combined Fleets, from Bosphorus to Sinope and back'; the second part, 20 March to 31 December 1854 , covers his time on the paddle frigate HMS Sidon, under his cousin and godfather Captain (later Admiral) George Goldsmith (1806-1888), the ship blockading (from April 1854) the coastline around the mouths of the Danube, assisting French troop transports during the

Two Autograph Letters Signed and a Holograph Poem from Khushal Chand to his 'master' [Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Barnes Peacock of the 31st Punjab Regiment], all three items written, as the author declares, 'submissively'.

Author: 
Khushal Chand, servant to Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Barnes Peacock (b.1873; fl.1955) of the 31st Punjab Regiment, son of Sir Barnes Peacock (1810-1890), first Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court
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Poem from Rawalpindi City; 28 July 1907. Letters both from Lahore; 23 May and 26 July 1912.
£120.00

The three items give a hint of a certain aspect of Anglo-India relations at the high point of the Raj. Letter One (23 May 1912): 2pp., 12mo. On aged and ruckled paper, with closed tears on second leaf along crease lines. Adressed to 'My Lord'.

Manuscript accounts relating to the Trial of the Pyx, 2 July to 29 December 1681

Author: 
Royal Mint and Goldsmiths' Company.
Trial of the Pyx
Publication details: 
1681
£1,500.00
Trial of the Pyx

1. Physical Description: 8vo, 20 pp. Ten loose leaves of watermarked laid paper. Aged, and with chipping to extremities causing occasional minor loss to text. In a neat, close Chancery hand. The leaves would appear to be sequential, with no evidence that any are lacking from the series. Docketing in a modern hand in pencil at head of recto of first leaf, which also has laid down on it a fragment of a small type-written slip: 'B/26 | <...> AL - SERIES B. | <...> 1681 - DECEMBER 1681'. Pp.1-10 (on Leaves One to Five) concern gold; pp.11-20 (on Leaves Six to Ten) concern silver.A.

Documents: Subject: Statue in London

Author: 
[ Oliver Goldsmith ]
Publication details: 
1912-1914
£150.00

A correspondence with Clement Shorter concerning the placing of a statue of Oliver Goldsmith (a replica of Foley's in Dublin) somewhere in London. Shorter had suggested this in "The Sphere", etc. The collection comprises ten letters and three related newspaper clippings, dating 7 June 1912 to 27 February 1914.

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