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[ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, Whig statesman. ] Document with Autograph Signature ('Shaftesbury') to Sir Robert Long, regarding the payment of an annuity to David Walter, Groom of the Bedchamber.

Author: 
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683), Whig statesman [ Sir Robert Long (1600-1673) ]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 22 November 1672.
£500.00

1p., small 4to. Irregular shaped leaf of paper, aged and worn, laid down on a piece of paper 21 cm. square. Fourteen lines of text in a secretarial hand, regarding the payment of an annuity of £500 to 'David Walter - Esqr. one of the Groomes of his Mats. Bedchambr.' Signed at bottom right by Shaftesbury, and addressed at bottom left by the secretary 'To oure loving freind Sr. Robt. Long Bart. Audr. of the Receipt of ye. Excheqr.'

[Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.] Autograph Note, initialed 'W', to his groom 'Henry', instructing him to 'send off the Old Northampton Mare; and Young Copenhagen'.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington
Publication details: 
Walmer Castle. 8 September 1839.
£280.00

1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: Walmer Castle | Septr. 8 1839 | Henry | I beg that on receipt of this you will send off the Old Northampton Mare; and Young Copenhagen or any other that is in condition to travel & send as according to the Note, on the other side

&c W | Let them have Knee Caps'. 'Young Copenhagen' was named after Wellington's celebrated stallion Copenhagen (1808-1836), on whom he rode at the Battle of Waterloo.

Two Typed Letters Signed to W. Perry, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Captain Sir Harold George Campbell
Publication details: 
29 November and 4 December 1933; both on letterhead '11, GROSVENOR CRESCENT, S.W.1.'
£32.00

British soldier and courtier (1888-1969), Equerry and Groom of the Robes to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. Both letters written in capacity as Private Secretary to the Duke of York. Both very good, though grubby, docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. LETTER ONE (one page, 12mo): 'Further to your letter of September 20th., which the Duke of York has had under his consideration, His Royal Highness desires me to tell you that he will be very pelased to be present at the Meeting at which Mr. Robert Hyde will read a paper, on February 7th. 1934.

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