HENRY

[ Augustus Short, Bishop of Adelaide. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'A Short'), written while at Oxford to Rev. Richard Harington, regarding the Oxford Movement and 'Schismatics', and reporting a comment by John Henry Newman.

Author: 
Augustus Short (1802-1883), first Bishop of Adelaide, Librarian of Christ Church [ Rev. Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose;J ohn Henry Newman; the Oxford Movement; Tractarians ]
Publication details: 
Neither with place or year [ 1840s ]. One 'Wednesday. Mh. 13.'; the other 'Tuesday | June 4'.
£320.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. According to Short's entry in the Oxford DNB, he 'had many friends among the Tractarians, and wrote (but did not publish) a defence of Tract 90, though he voted for the condemnation of W. G. Ward's Ideal of a Christian Church in 1845. In 1846 he delivered at Oxford the Bampton lectures entitled The Witness of the Spirit with our Spirit'. ONE: 'Tuesday | June 4'. 3pp., 12mo. He begins by stating that he is enclosing the 'Extracts from the Tracts', together with Harington's 'paper of observations'.

[ Thomas Fairman Ordish, antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Fairman. Ordish') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, cancelling an arrangement to use its premises for his lecture for the London Shakespeare League.

Author: 
Thomas Fairman Ordish (1855-1924), antiquary, Shakespeare scholar and expert on early English theatre [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 2 Melrose Villas, Ballard's Lane, Finchley, N. [ London ] 31 March 1913.
£30.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the Society's date stamp. He has been informed by the secretary of the London Shakespeare League that 'other arrangements have been made for my Lecture, so that the official application for the loan of your Lecture Theatre will not be made'. He apologises for the trouble he has given, but was happy for 'the occasion it gave for seeing you. It was with pleasure I observed the signs of general "fitness" in you, although it was a long time since I saw you last'. He ends by asking Wood to inform 'Mr.

[ Sydney Ffoulkes, composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sydney ffoulkes'), a letter of condolence to the widow of fellow-composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
Sydney Ffoulkes, composer associated with the actor Sir Henry Irving and the BBC [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
4 Seaford Mansions, Jevington Gardens, Eastbourne. 21 April 1939.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has learnt with 'the deepest regret' of his 'old friend's passing'., and sends his condolences. He will be unable to attend the funeral service, as he had 'a bad fall & fractured two ribs'. He concludes: 'Herman was a great fellow, & nobody will ever replace him -'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ John Henry Roberts, stage and screen actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. H. Roberts'), a letter of condolence to the widow of the composer Herman Finck, containing a personal anecdote.

Author: 
J. H. Roberts [ John Henry Roberts ] (1884-1961), stage and screen actor [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 66 The Ridgeway, N.W.11. 23 April 1939.
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with a short closed tear along a fold line and small rust stain. He begins in conventional fashion, with a reference to 'Herman's countless friends', before continuing: 'As I write this there is in front of me part of a small collection of books I have each containing some personal inscription from its famous author. Among them is one from Herman. He had thought of me one evening, &, with his usual kindliness, he took a book from his collection, wrote in it, & brought it to me there & then. He spent most of that evening in my dressing room.

[ Henry Pelham, Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Pelham') on Exchequer documen.t

Author: 
Henry Pelham (1694-1754), Whig politician, British Prime Minister, 1743-1754 [ Nathaniel Blackerby; Court of Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer [ London ]. 27 March 1716.
£220.00

1p., 8vo. Good firm signature on heavily aged and worn document, with holing at centre (not affecting the lower part of the document, carrying the signatures of Pelham and the witness Nathaniel Blackerby). A printed document, completed in manuscript, recording the receipt by 'Henry Pelham Esq' of £100, 'in my own Right and as Assnee of John Boteler Esqr'. With signature of the 'Witnesse', 'Nat Blackerby'.

[ H. F. S. Morgan and Morgan & Co., 'Automobile Engineers and Agents'. ] Six letters (one by Morgan, one on his behalf and four by the company), responding to the complaints of Sir Richard Harington. With draft letter by Harington to the company.

Author: 
H. F. S. Morgan [ Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan (1881-1959), founder of the Morgan Motor Company
Publication details: 
All 6 letters on letterheads of Morgan & Co., {with photo) Automobile Engineers and Agents, Worcester Road, Mavern Link, and at 57, Foregate Street, Worcester; 3 to 29 January 1907. Harington's draft from Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 27 January 1907.
£320.00

The seven items in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting correspondence, casting light on the company's practices. Both the recipient, Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, and his son 'The Judge' - Richard Harington (1861-1931), the future 12th Baronet - came from a legal background, adding an edge to the correspondence. The six letters total 9pp., 4to. The firm appears to have had a policy of retaining the original and sending out a carbon copy, as each of the letters consists of a carbon copy of manuscript.

[ Victorian house sale in Herefordshire. ] Poster doubling as auction catalogue: 'The Rectory, Stoke Lacy | Catalogue of Valuable and Modern Household Furniture [...] By Order of the Adminstratrix of the late Rev. Charles Harrington.

Author: 
Oakley & Son, auctioneers, and Henry E. Oakley, printer, both of Bromyard, Herefordshire [ Rev. Charles Harington (1837-1868), Rector of Stoke Lacy ]
Publication details: 
'On 24 September 1868. [ Henry E. Oakley, Printer, Market-Square, Bromyard. ]
£180.00

Rev. Charles Harington [sic] was grandson of Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) of Ridlington, 8th Baronet, and the item is from the Harington papers. The full title reads: 'The Rectory, Stoke Lacy | Catalogue of the Valuable and Modern Furniture | Including Iron Bedsteads, Blankets and Quilts, Chests of Drawers, Mahogany and Painted Wardrobes, Dairy & Kitchen Requisites, Bacon, Whitechapel Trap, Saddles, Casks, Hurdles, & numerous Effects,| To be sold by Auction, by Oakley & Son | On Thursday, 24th.

[ Henry Vassall-Fox, Lord Holland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vll Holland.') to Rev. Matthew Marsh, Rector of Winterslow, including his own translations of his son Charles's Eton College Latin exercises, with his comments.

Author: 
Henry Richard Vassall-Fox (1773-1840), 3rd Baron Holland [ Lord Holland ], Whig politician and man of letters [ Rev. Matthew Marsh (1769-1840), Rector of Winterslow, Chancellor of Salisbury Cathedral]
Publication details: 
Falmouth. 27 October 1808.
£120.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. With frank carrying a Falmouth postmark and broken seal in black wax, addressed by Holland: 'Falmouth October twenty seven 1808 | Revd M Marsh | Winterslow | Salisbury | Holland'.

[ Student Debt in Lewis Carroll's Oxford. ] 68 items relating to the debts of Vincent Hilton Biscoe, undergraduate of Christ Church, including letters from Henry Liddell and Richard James Spiers, and a mass of tradesmen's bills, letters and receipts.

Author: 
[ Vincent Hilton Biscoe of Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet; Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; Richard James Spiers, Mayor of Oxford 1853/4
Publication details: 
Christ Church and other locations in Oxford. Between 1857 and 1863.
£2,000.00

A marvellously evocative collection, giving a clear picture of the consequences of a profligate youth in the Oxford of Lewis Carroll (Biscoe would have been well-acquainted with Dodgson as a Fellow of Christ Church at his time there). Not only does the collection provide a large number of itemised tradesmen's bills, receipts and correspondence, for everything from confectionery, cigars, wine, boating, billiards and tennis, to hats, coats, shoes and the doing-up of Biscoe's rooms, but it also shows the efforts of his father, Rev.

[ Partition of Bengal, 1905. ] Five documents expressing reservations: three printed Bengal Chamber of Commerce circulars, one bearing ALS from Sir G. H. Sutherland to judge Richard Harington; autograph memorandum by Sutherland; printed circular.

Author: 
Sir George Henry Sutherland (1866-1937), East India merchant, Sheriff of Calcutta 1901 and 1908; President of Bengal Chamber of Commerce, 1900-1901 [ Sir Richard Harington; Partition of Bengal, 1905 ]
Publication details: 
All items from 1905. Three circulars from Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Royal Exchange Buildings, Calcutta.
£400.00

Five items, in good condition, on lightly aged paper. All three Bengal Chamber of Commerce circulars (Items One to Three below) are from H. M. Haywood, Acting Secretary, to the Secretary to the Government of India, Home Department, and are uniform in layout. Each is 2pp., 8vo, on a single leaf. The first two carry the compliment stamp of the Secretary of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. ONE: Circular 'No. 1132-1905.' Calcutta, 6 July 1905.

[ John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, and Sir Henry Furnese, merchant and politician. ] Autograph Signatures ('Hervey' and 'Henry Furnese') on reverse of part of Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol (1665-1751); Sir Henry Furnese, 1st Baronet (1658-1712) of Waldershare, Kent, merchant and politician; George Wanley.
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 15 June 1710.
£120.00

Part of printed Exchequer receipt, on one side of 18 x 17.5 cm piece of paper, titled 'Sir Henry Furnese Bar. in Repayment of Loan on the Twelfth 4s. Aid, Anno 1709.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On the reverse, in a clerk's hand: 'I doe hereby Assigne and transfer all my Right Title and Interest of the within order and talley thereto belonging to the Right Honble. John Lord Hervey or his Assigns'. Signed 'Henry Furnese', and beneath this, in the hand of Lord Hervey (he was created Earl of Bristol in 1714): 'June 15 1710 | Recd the Contents | Hervey'.

[ Rev. Henry Williams of Rhayader and Christ Church, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed to his brothers John and Jonathan, giving directions regarding his will, with a full-page Inscription of 'Benefactions' to be erected in Rhayader Church.

Author: 
Rev. Henry Williams (1756-1818) of Rhayader, Powys, Wale, and Christ Church, Oxford, brother of the antiquary Jonathan Williams (c.1752-1829)
Publication details: 
'Rhayader [ Powys, Wales ] 7 February 1810.'
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, creased and with a few closed tears. The letter is addressed to 'The Reverend Jonathan & John Williams, | Executors of the last Will & Testament of Henry Williams, Clerk.' A revealing personal communication, beginning: 'My Dear Brothers, | It hath pleased the Almighty to bless you with a competency of the good things of life to enable you to pass the remainder of your time with ease through this world. I dispose among you somewhat nearly to that my Father left me.

[ Sir Henry Thompson, urologist. ] Autograph Card Signed ('H Thompson') to 'Dr Lankester' [presumably the surgeon and naturalist], reminding him about a dinner invitation.

Author: 
Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), urologist, polymath and advocate of cremation
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 35 Wimpole Street, London. 13 March [ no year ].
£38.00

Cream card, blank on one side. No address or stamp. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dr Lankester, some days since I asked you to an 8 re Apl. 1. I hope you can come | Lord Avebury & others are come [sic] | Kindly let me know | yours truly | H Thompson'.

[ Sinclair Lewis, Nobel-Prize-winning American novelist. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Sinclair Lewis [ Harry Sinclair Lewis ] (1885-1951), American novelist and winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize for Literature
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£50.00

On 5.5 x 12.5 cm strip torn from the foot of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the typed words 'Sincerely yours,' is the firm bold signature 'Sinclair Lewis'.

Printed pamphlet: 'The Temporal Power of the Pope in its Political Aspect.'

Author: 
Henry Edward, Archbishop of Westminster [ Cardinal Henry Edward Manning ]
Publication details: 
London: Longmans, Green & Co., Paternoster Row; Burns, Lambert, and Oates, 17 & 18 Portman Street, W. 1866. [ London: W. Davy and Son, Printers, Gilbert Street, W. ]
£50.00

[2] + 23 + [1]pp., 8vo. Disbound wthout covers. In good condition, lightly aged. 'Notice' on page preceding main text includes the following referemce to the American Civil War: 'If the British Empire can be justified in its sway over the three kingdoms, and its dependencies, or the American Union over the Southern States, then far more surely may the right of the Pontiffs be maintained by the same arguments. The only difference I know is, that we and the Americans have bayonets of our own. The Pontiffs are unarmed.

Printed pamphlet: 'The OEcumenical Council and the Infallibility of the Roman Pontiff: A Pastoral Letter to the Clergy &c.

Author: 
Henry Edward Archbishop of Westminster [ Cardinal Henry Edward Manning ]
Publication details: 
London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1869. [ London: Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-street Square and Parliament Street. ]
£50.00

151pp., 8vo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper.

Printed pamphlet: 'The Pope and the Revolution: A Sermon, preached in the Oratory Church, Birmingham, on Sunday, October 7, 1866.

Author: 
John Henry Newman, D.D.
Publication details: 
London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1866.
£80.00

48pp., 8vo. Stitched and disbound. In fair condition, lightly aged, but with the spine strengthened with stitching in white thread. Now uncommon.

[ Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and father of 'Alice in Wonderland'. ] MS. Signed, Autograph Signature ('Henry G Liddell, | Dean of Christ Church, Oxon') on manuscript 'Vinerian Scholarship' certificate of Richard Harington.

Author: 
Henry George Liddell (1811-1898), Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, father of the original of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland', Alice Pleasance Liddell [ Sir John Edward Harington, 10th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Christ Church [ Oxford ], 31 October 1859.
£320.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Liddell's elegant signature, together with text in another hand. Reads: 'Vinerian Scholarship | This is to certify that Mr Richard Harington Bachelor of Arts Student of Christ Church in the University of Oxford has resided there and kept forty two days. | Henry G Liddell, | Dean of Christ Church, Oxon | Christ Church | October 31st. 1859.' From the Harington family papers.

[ 'The Hudson Case'. ] Manuscripts of Elliot's defence of Russell and Sir Henry Elliot in controversy over Italian ambassador Sir James Hudson, including 'unpublished part', letters by Countess Russell and Sir Henry Elliot, annotated pamphlet.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878), Prime Minister; Sir James Hudson (1810-1885); Sir Henry Elliot (1817-1907) ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] 1881, 1885 and 1886.
£1,800.00

A son of the Earl of Minto, Elliot (hereafter GSE) was Russell's brother-in-law and one of his two executors. The events described in the present collection occurred while GSE was living with Russell, who was then Home Secretary, as his private secretary; and the controversy is over the claim that the replacement of Sir James Hudson as Italian ambassador by GSE's brother, the future Sir Henry Elliot (1817-1907), was an 'act of nepotism' on the part of Russell.

[ Sir Richard Harington, acting Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1892 and 1901. ] Thirteen items relating to his tenure of office, including Letters Patent signed by Sir Henry More Jackson and Sir Robert Biddulph, passes and accounts.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, temporary Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1892 and 1901 [ Sir Henry More Jackson, Colonial Secretary; Sir Robert Biddulph, Governor; Royal Fusiliers ]
Publication details: 
[ Gibraltar, 1892 and 1901. ]
£580.00

Thirteen items from the Harington family papers. Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, was educated at Eton and Christ College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar in 1886, he practised as a barrister on the Oxford Circuit before taking up an appointment as a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, serving in that capacity until returning home in 1913. In later years he acted as Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire. The collection is in fair condition, aged and worn.

[ Katharine Ada Esdaile, art historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Katharine A. Esdaile') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, requesting access to James Barry's paintings in the Adelphi and explaining the nature of the work.

Author: 
Katharine Ada Esdaile [ née McDowall ] (1881-1950), art historian, wife of Arundell Esdaile (1880-1956), Secretary of the British Museum [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts; James Barry ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Keynes, Austenway, Gerrard's Cross. 22 January 1913.
£180.00

5pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. With the Society's oval Adelphi date stamp. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust-staining from paperclip. She begins by asking if 'there would be any difficulty in my examining Barry's paintings at the Adelphi, & taking a few notes on them. | My old friend & my husband's colleague at the British Museum, Mr.

[ Henry Ferne, Receiver General; Secret Service ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Ferne') on manuscript receipt of payment from fund 'for Secrett Service'.

Author: 
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Customs, London. ] 24 December 1701.
£220.00

1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the right-hand margin, Ferne has written: 'Three Hundred Pounds | Hen: Ferne | ple of 10200 | Pr Secret Service | 22 Decr. 1701'. At the foot of the page, in another hand: 'Witness. | Rd: Porter'.

[ Henry Newport, Lord Newport. ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Newport') to Exchequer receipt, on behalf of a number of individuals including 'ffrancess Earle'.

Author: 
Henry Newport, Lord Newport (1683-1734)
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 1 October 1707.
£50.00

1p., 8vo.. On aged and worn paper, with damage to edges. Laid out in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. The document records the receipt of £50 on an annuity, but the manuscript parts are hurriedly written by the witness '<?> Burton', and difficult to decipher.

[ Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln, as Paymaster of the Forces; ] Autograph Signature ('Lincoln') to manuscript Exchequer receipt of £25,412 5s 6d for 'his [Maj]ties. Guards, Garrisons & Land Forces' in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion.

Author: 
Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln (1684-1728), Paymaster of the Forces, 1715-1720 [ Alexander Strahan; British Army ]
Publication details: 
'Excheqr. Aprill 26th. 1716'. [ Court of Exchequer, London. ]
£350.00

1p., on 20 x 19.5 cm. piece of paper. On aged paper with wear to extremities and hole in paper affecting one word of text. Lincoln's signature has a closed tear through it. An interesting military document, financing the British Army in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. Reads: 'Excheqr. Aprill 26th. 1716 | Receiv'd from the Rt. Honble. Sr. Richd. Onslow - One of the Tellers of his Maties. Exchequer the Sum of Twenty five thousand four hundred & Twelve Pounds five Shillgs. & Six pence - in part of an order dated Febry. 8th.

[ Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston. ] Autograph Signature ('Palmerston') on Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston [ Lord Palmerston ] (1676-1757), Irish peer and politician
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 December 1756.
£100.00

1p., 8vo. Good firm signature, undamaged, at foot of aged and damaged document. Laid out in the customary style, with printed text (headed 'Annuities, 3700l. per Week.') completed in manuscript. Recording a payment of £100 on an annuity to Palmerston, who is acting as an assignee. Signature of witness 'J Eedes' at foot. Palmerston's signature, written within a few months of his death, is a little shaky.

[ Sir James Murray, lexicographer, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. A. H. Murray') to an unnamed recipient, regarding his non-authorship of a dictionary by 'John Henry Murray', Mrs. Franklin Richards, a lecture

Author: 
Sir James Murray [ Sir James Augustus Henry Murray ] (1837-1915), Scottish lexicographer, editor of Oxford English Dictionary [ New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Philological Society ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead: 'From Dr. Murray, Oxford. (Postal Address.) (Residence: Sunnyside, Banbury Road.)' 7 November 1903.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears to edges. Twenty-six lines of text, in a neat small hand.

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lansdowne') [ to the future Sir George Scharf ]

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Publication details: 
Bowood [ Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire ]. 23 December [ 1859 ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition. Year not given, but with '1859' in a contemporary hand at top-right of first page. The recipient is not named, but the letter is from the papers of Sir George Scharf. It begins: 'I remember your saying in the course of last winter you would be glad an [sic] opportunity of coming to see me, & what little I have to shew you. | I conclude the Portrait Gallery as well as <?> Institutions admits of some holidays at this season'. Consequently he suggests a time when the recipient might 'spend a few days' at Bowood, if his 'engagements admit'.

[ Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Somers.') to Lord Stanhope

Author: 
Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers (1819-1882), English peer and politician [ Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ] (1805-1875); the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Publication details: 
33 Princes Gate, Kensington. [ London ] No date. [ 1859 watermark. ]
£40.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. Reads: 'Dear Lord Stanhope | I am most unfortunately compelled to go into the country this evening, or I should not have failed to have attended the meeting of the trustees of the Nat. Portrait Gallery. | Very truly yours | Somers.' It was Stanhope who had been mainly responsible for the foundation of the National Portrait Gallery in 1856.

[ Printed item. ] Article by Richard Curle titled 'The Ray Society | Additional Notes and Reflections', in a copy of the magazine 'The Literary Repository', issued by the antiquarian bookseller J. Stevens Cox.

Author: 
Richard Curle [ Richard Henry Parnell Curle ] (1883-1968), author, friend and associate of Joseph Conrad; J. Stevens Cox, Antiquarian Bookseller, Beaminster, Dorset; H. T. Kirby
Publication details: 
No. 3 / 1954. J. Stevens Cox, Antiquarian Bookseller, Beaminster, Dorset, England.
£56.00

Complete magazine: 16pp., folio. In good condition, on lightly-aged high-acidity paper. Three-quarters of the magazine is devoted to a catalogue by the publisher.

[ John Moffatt, Lancashire poet. ] Nine unpublished Autograph Poems (six signed 'J. M.'), including abolitionist poem titled 'Lords and Slaves'. Eight contained in two Autograph Letters Signed to Elijah Ridings, the ninth annotated by Ridings.

Author: 
John Moffatt (d.1830) of Failsworth [ now in Oldham ], Lancashire poet, Jacobin and tailor [ Elijah Ridings (1802-1872), poet and reformer; Henry 'Orator' Hunt (1773-1835), radical politician ]
Publication details: 
One of the letters from Failsworth, Lancashire. The other without place, dated 7 April 1825. 'Poems dating from 1824, 1825 and 1826.
£1,800.00

Moffatt is an interesting minor figure. In a 1924 piece titled 'Brief History of the Failsworth Pole', Rev. James Smith writes: 'The Jacobins' Club Library was kept in a room next to that in which Ben Brierley was born, and old John Moffatt, tailor, of "Crockey Hall," opposite the Pole, had charge of the Library'. Smith quotes lines which he considers 'remarkable for their patriotism', noting: 'He must have been a mild sort of Jacobin.' A total of sixteen pages, on eight leaves. On aged and worn paper, with loss at head of the first leaf of the second letter, resulting in some loss of text.

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