GOVERNOR-GENERAL

[ Lord William Bentinck, Governor-General of India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Bentinck'), as Governor of Madras, to John Heaton, describing in detail how he hopes to improve on 'the Fortune which I may make in India'.

Author: 
Lord William Bentinck [ Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck] (1774-1839), army officer, diplomat, and Governor-General of India
Publication details: 
Fort St George [ Madras, India ]. 6 January 1806.
£250.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The letter begins: 'It would very materially improve my future income if the Fortune which I may make in India could be vested in the Funds during their date of Depression which I take for granted will be the consequence of the War upon the Continent – This my wish that £30000 Thirty thousand Pounds should be laid out in the Stocks if they should fall below 57.

[ George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Auckland') to an unnamed recipient, arranging a 'walk over the manor' of Barlow.

Author: 
George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland [ Lord Auckland ] (1784-1849), Whig politician, Governor-General of India and three-times First Lord of the Admiralty
Publication details: 
Cantley [ Cantley Hall, Yorkshire ]. 8 September [ no year but paper with 1820 watermark].
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with cropped margins. Begins: 'Sir | I am shocked at just discovering that I neglected to put on Thursday into the Post Office at Sheffield a letter which I had written to you - Its object was to thank you for your obliging communication & visit and to express my regret that I had not the pleasure of seeing you - I return to Eyam on Thursday and should be very glad to visit Barlow on Friday'.

[ Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough. ] Autograph Signature ('Ellenborough') on frank to the Duke of Wellington's private secretary Algernon Greville.

Author: 
Edward Law (1790-1871), 1st Earl of Ellenborough, Tory politician and Governor-General of India, 1842-1844
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

On 7 x 12 cm. panel cut from front of envelope. In good condition, lightly-aged. All in Ellenborough's hand, it reads 'Algernon Greville Esq | Apsley House | Ellenborough'.. As required with a frank, Ellenborough's signature is between two horizontal lines, in the bottom left-hand corner.

[ Herbert John Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone. ] Autograph Signature ('Gladstone') as Governor-General of the Union of South Africa.

Author: 
Herbert John Gladstone (1854-1930), 1st Viscount Gladstone, British Home Secretary, 1905-1910, and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, 1910 -1914
Publication details: 
South Africa. 27 April 1914.
£20.00

On 9 x 13 cm piece of paper torn from bottom right-hand corner of document. In fair condition, lightly-aged. Typed document, with date added in manuscript. Reads: '<...>and and the Great Seal of the Union of South Africa at | [...] on this the [twenty-seventh] day of [April] 1914. | Gladstone | GOVERNOR-GENERAL.'

[Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, 13th Governor-General of Canada.] Typed Letter Signed ('Willingdon'), with autograph conclusion, to 'Watson', thanking him for his congratulations on his appointment.

Author: 
Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas (1866-1941), 1st Marquess of Willingdon, Liberal politician, 13th Governor-General of Canada
Publication details: 
On his monogrammed letterhead of Government House, Ottawa [Canada]. 9 January 1931.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed by hand to 'My dear Watson'. He thanks him for his 'charming letter', adding that the 'generous encouragement of all our friends is a great help to my wife and myself in undertaking this great duty and service to the Empire'. Concluding in autograph, he writes: 'I see you are still on yr. march, so come & pay us a visit in India | Yrs. sincerely | Willingdon'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Ellenborough') from Lord Ellenborough to John Forbes Royle, commending his 'Essay on the Productive Resource of India'.

Author: 
Edward Law (1790-1871), 1st Earl of Ellenborough, Tory politician and Governor-General of India between 1842 and 1844 [John Forbes Royle (1799-1858), English botanist, born in India]
Publication details: 
Grosvenor Place, London. 1 January 1841.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. He begins: 'I have just received your work on the productive resources of India for which I beg to offer you my best thanks.' The subject has always been to him 'one of the deepest interest', and he rejoices that 'a gentleman of your knowledge has directed his attention to it'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Amherst') from William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracon, to his London agent T[homas] Carr.

Author: 
William Pitt Amherst (1773-1857), 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan, Governor-General of India, 1823-1828
Autograph Letter Signed ('Amherst') from William Pitt Amherst
Publication details: 
7 August 1830; Grosvenor Street, London.
£75.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('Amherst') from William Pitt Amherst

4to, 1 p. Twelve lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to Carr at 28 John Street, Bedford Row. Two postmarks in red ink, including one from 'Duke St M[anchester] S[quare]'; with Amherst's seal in black wax. Regarding 'Mr. Fowler's interview with the Tenants' and what to do with his 'Bankers Check Book' during his absence in Montreal.

Engraved Ticket of Admission 'For the Trial of Warren Hastings Esq.', twenty-eighth day, illustrated with the crest of Deputy Great Chamberlain Burrell. Signed 'Stamford.', with the Earl's seal in red wax.

Author: 
Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of Bengal [Peter Burrell (1754-1820), 1st Baron Gwydyr; George Harry Grey (1737-1819), 5th Earl of Stamford; impeachment; trial]
Publication details: 
[Circa 1789.]
£225.00

On one side of a piece of laid paper, 18.5 x 14 cm. Aged and grubby, with closed tears and slight loss to top left-hand corner. Laid down on piece of brown paper. Larger than the ticket allowing the bearer to 'Pass and Repass'. The engraved crest ('Sub Libertate Quietem'), roughly 9 x 6 cm, has above it the words, 'For the Trial of Warren Hastings Esq.', and beneath it 'Peter Burrell Dy. Great Chamberlain'. Beneath this a laurel wreath and the words 'Twentyeighth Day'. Stamford's signature, at the foot, has to its left the red wax seal, with the faint impression of his crest.

An Act to empower the Legislature of Canada to alter the Constitution of the Legislative Council for that Province, and for other Purposes. [11th August 1854.]

Author: 
British Act of Parliament, 1854, regarding the Canadian Legislature [Canada]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1854.
£195.00

8vo, 3 pp. Paginated [1233] to 1235. Disbound bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with small hole in gutter. Headed with the royal crest and 'ANNO DECIMO SEPTIMO & DECIMO OCTAVO VICTORIAE REGINAE.' and 'CAP. CXVIII.]

Autograph Signature ('Ellenborough') on part of document.

Author: 
Edward Law (1790-1871), 1st Earl of Ellenborough, Tory politician (Lord Privy Seal, 1828-9, and Governor-General of India, 1842-4)
Publication details: 
Without date [1830] or place.
£25.00

On piece of laid paper (roughly 8.5 x 17 cm) cut from letter. Aged and discoloured, with one 3 cm vertical closed tear (not affecting text). Slight loss to final flourish underneath signature. The text and signature are in different hands. Reads '<...> our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty, in the first year of Our reig | By His Majesty's Command, | [signed] Ellenborough'. On the reverse: '<...> the Faith, to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting.

Autograph Note in the third person to William Henry Kearsley Wright (1844-1915), Plymouth Borough Librarian, naval historian and antiquary.

Author: 
John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquis of Lorne [Marquess of Lorne] and Duke of Argyll (1845-1914), Governor-General of Canada
Publication details: 
21 October 1875. Kensington [i.e. Kensington Palace].
£25.00

12mo: 1 p. Very good on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'The Marquis of Lorne presents his compliments to Mr Wright and thanks him for the copy he has sent him of "The Spanish Armada." Wright's 'The Spanish Armada: a descriptive historical poem' was published in Plymouth by G. P. Friend in 1874.

Autograph Note in the third person to autograph collector 'Mr. Barker'.

Author: 
Arthur William de Brito Savile Foljambe, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1870-1941), 1st Governor-General of New Zealand
Publication details: 
27 November 1908; 44 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW. [on embossed House of Lords letterhead].
£30.00

Two pages, 12mo. Very good. A formal letter written in the third person. 'Lord Liverpool presents his compliments to Mr. Barker and in answer to your [sic] letter regrets that his father has been dead two years and therefore he cannot comply with Mr. Barker's request for his signature.'

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'.

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