[ Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson, church architect, ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles A. Nicholson'), with printed circular by his mother, both regarding the fire at the family home, The Grange, Totteridge, Hertfordshire.

Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson, 2nd Baronet (1867-1949), English church architect; his mother Lady Sarah Elizabeth Nicholson (born Keightley), wife of Sir Charles Nicholson, 1st Baronet (1808-1903)
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His autograph letter dated 26 February 1899; no place. Her printed circular from 'Totteridge, Herts.'; undated.

See the entries on the two baronets in the Oxford DNB. For the context of this item see Times, 23 February 1899, reported: 'A MANSION BURNT. - Early yesterday morning the mansion of Sir Charles Nicholson, of Totteridge, three miles from Barnet, caught fire, and before effective help could be rendered from Barnet, Edgware, or Hendon it was entirely burned out.

[ Sir Fleetwood Dormer of Lee Grange, in Quainton, Bucks. ] Autograph Signature ('Fleetwood Dormer'), 'for Sr. John Busby', to Excise receipt.

Sir Fleetwood Dormer (1658-1723) of Lee Grange, in Quainton, Buckinghamshire [ Sir John Busby (1630-1700) of Addington ]
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'His Majesties Hereditary Revenue of Excise', Tally-Court. [ Court of Excise, London. ] 12 March 1681.

1p., 12mo. On aged paper, with particular wear to one corner. Laid out in the usual style, with printed text completed in manuscript. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[12th. March 1681] | Received of the Officers of the Tally-Court, one Tally levied on His Majesties Hereditary Revenue of Excise, containing the Sum of [three pounds] due unto me for one Quarter of a Year ended at [Michas 1682] [...]'. Signed at the foot: 'Fleetwood Dormer | for Sr. John Busby'. Busby married Mary Dormer, a kinswoman of Fleetwood Dormer of Lee Grange.

Autograph Journal, by Amy Mary Irving Driberg, mother of the Labour Party politician Tom Driberg [Baron Bradwell], titled 'Tom - School' and containing entries on his schooldays.

Amy Mary Irving Driberg [née Bell] (d.1939), of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, mother of Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell] (1905-76), journalist and Labour Party politician
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Entries dating from 27 September 1910 to 30 July 1918.

14pp., 12mo. In ruled notebook bound in black cloth. Titled 'Tom - School' at head of first page, with small section cut away from the front cover to make this visible. In fair condition on lightly-aged paper, with one slightly dogeared corner and light staining to blank leaves at the rear. Written while Driberg was between the ages of five and thirteen, and with the handwriting more untidy towards the end.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml Roberts') from the philanthropist and abolitionist Samuel Roberts of Park Grange, Sheffield, to the poet James Montgomery.

Samuel Roberts (1763-1848) of Park Grange, Sheffield, silversmith, author and philanthropist, abolitionist and friend of William Wilberforce [James Montgomery (1771-1854), poet and hymn writer]
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Park Grange, Sheffield, Yorkshire; 20 April 1837.

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with broken seal in black wax, on verso of second leaf, to 'James Montgomery Esqr'. 80 lines of text. He has been twice that day to Montgomery's Sheffield mansion the Mount 'to enquire about you - the first time in vain, and the second nearly so. There they are much as heretofore - but Miss Sarah meaning to write sermons you may have it before this.' Roberts declares: 'I think the present great Lions of the town are myself and mad dogs - perhaps you may think that they might be included under one head - yes - if that head was yours!

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