William Radclyffe [né Radcliffe] (1770-1828), Rouge Croix Pursuivant at the College of Arms and convicted forger [Robert Surtees (1779-1834), antiquary and historian of his native Durham; Fairfax]
Cannon Row [London]; 11 February 1828.
2pp., 4to. 36 lines of closely-written text. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Surtees | I wrote you some months ago to ask a question or two about the Quarterings of Lambton, but receiving no reply I presumed you had nothign worth sending or that you never got my Lre which was sent via Tennison.
John Edwin Cussans (1837-1899), antiquary, author of 'Handbook of Heraldry' and 'History of Hertforshire'
Letters One and Two from 179 Junction Road, N. [London]; 11 May and 25 September 1879. Letter Three on letterhead of 4 Wyndham Crescent, Junction Road, N.; 21 April 1880. Account of Sarratt: Wyndham Crescent; 2 February 1880.
The four items in good condition, on lightly-aged and dusty paper. Letter One (11 May1879): 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Begins in typical high-spirited style: 'To morrow (Monday) I shall be at Radlett, and shall forward by train to you, at St Albans Station, Midland, the proof sheets of Dacorum, which I shall not expect you to return until you become the First Lord of the Admiralty. Then, I shall.' Letter Two (25 September 1879): 2pp., 12mo, and 1p., 8vo. Bifolium.
James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), playwright and Somerset Herald
On letterhead of Heronden Hall, Tenterden. 23 May 1870.
On piece of paper 10cm square. In fair condition, on aged paper, laid down on piece of grey card, to the reverse of which is attached a card with a contemporary manuscript biographical note on Planché. Apparently unpublished, the poem reads: 'I give the note - I say no more | Though poor the offering be. | My Autograph is all the store | That I have left for thee | [signed] J: R: Planché | 23d May 1870.'
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She has delayed writing 'till she could send the seal of the late Bishop (which she would like returned at Mr. Johnson's convenience)'. As it is 'the original, and therefore recorded', she thinks 'it would be as well to adhere to it'. She does not have ' a coloured sketch, so cannot answer the questions but doubtless all information would be given by the College of Heralds'. She concludes by stating that she is 'very pleased that a memorial will be raised to her old friend Dr. Hill, in the Parish where he worked so long and so well.'
Sir William Dugdale, Garter Principal King of Arms [Catalogue of Books Printed at the Theater in Oxford; Moses Pitt, bookseller of St Paul's]
The Second Edition Corrected, 1682. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Moses Pitt, and sold by Samuel Smith at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London.
12mo, [viii] + 210 pp, together with four unpaginated pages before p. 79 and two unpaginated pages before p. 165. With fold-out list of Knights of the Garter. On aged paper, in worn eighteenth-century binding, lacking spine, and with front board and title-leaf almost detached from rest. Ownership inscription, at head of p.1, 'Mary Standish of Standish - Her Book'; and a couple of ownership initials on title-page.
James Coleman, Genealogical & Topographical Bookseller, of High Holborn and Tottenham
22, High Street, Bloomsbury, London, W.C.: 1867, 1873 (2), 1874; 9, Tottenham Terrace, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, N.: 1881, 1882 (4), 1883 (4), 1884 (2), 1885 (2), 1886 (4), 1887. S. and J. Brawn, printers.
All items octavo, stitched and unbound. Page range between 16 and 32. Each catalogue carrying an illustration on the front cover. The condition of the collection is variable. All items on aged paper: some dogeared or with closed tears, and a handful with damp and other staining. Several catalogues annotated in a contemporary hand, and one with an entry cut out. Coleman's speciality was 'Heraldry, Genealogy, Topography', and the first three catalogues are headed 'Pedigrees!
Francis Rawdon-Hastings (1754-1826), 1st Marquess of Hastings; Sir Isaac Heard (1730-1822), Garter Principal King of Arms
Heard's letter: February 1790; College of Arms. Copy of petition without date or place.
Letter: Foolscap (32 x 20 cm), 1 p. Text clear and complete. 4 lines. In poor condition: on aged paper with chipping and closed tears. Male recipient not named. Heard finds 'no Objection to the Prayer of the annexed Petition of the Right Honble Lord Rawdon that he and his Issue may take and bear the Surname and Arms of Hastings.' Petition: Foolscap (32 x 20 cm), 1 p. Text clear and complete, the body of the petition consisting of twenty lines. On aged, brittle paper, with closed tears along fold lines, and chipping to extremities.
Alfred Scott-Gatty (1847-1918), Garter Principal King of Arms at the College of Arms [genealogy of the Vicars and Vickers families of South Yorkshire]
Ecclesfield Vicarage, Sheffield. 1876.'
4to volume (leaf dimensions 23 x 18.5 cm). Written out in Gatty's neat close hand over 96 full pages of a brown cloth notebook with decorative enadpapers. With 30 extra 4to pages of notes, and three loose family 8vo leaves of family trees. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding with split hinges. With title page and names underlined in red throughout.
James Robinson Planché [J. R. Planché] (1796-1880), English playwright and herald
Saturday [no date]; Michael's Grove Lodge [Brompton].
12mo, 1 p, 11 lines. Very good. He begins by giving R. J. Smith's Brompton address. He was 'delighted to hear of Lord Powis' and hopes 'there is no mistake about it'. 'Remember in printing his Title he is a Knight of the Garter. - On the back of our 2nd. No. I see Lord Southampton printed as "the Earl of Southampton"!' Asks the recipient's view of the previous day's 'Times': 'And look at the Morning Post to day.'
Ralph Griffin, Secretary, Society of Antiquaries of London
10 June 1921; on the Society's letterhead.
One page, 12mo. Grubby, discoloured, stained and with slight wear to head. Apparently a circular with word 'Dorset' inserted in manuscript. Enquires on behalf of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries 'whether it would be agreeable to you that your name be submitted to the Society for the office of Local Secretary of Dorset for the quadrennial period ending 23rd April 1925'. Signed 'Ralph Griffin'.
William Lennox Lascelles Fitzgerald de Ros, 23rd Baron de Ros [CONSTABLE OF THE TOWER OF LONDON]
9 June 1868; stamped 'Tower of London'.
Constable of the Tower of London (1797-1874). The recipient, the dramatist James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), was Somerset Herald. Two pages, 12mo. In good condition although slightly discoloured and with creased corner and indentation from paperclip. An interesting letter casting light on the nineteenth-century management of one of the world's foremost historical sites.
Antiquary (1842-1918). 2 pages. Paper dimensions: roughly 8 inches by 5 inches. Folded, creased and somewhat grubby. He is planning to print an index of all the names in Dugdale, 'for the purpose of devoting the proceeds to a fund for building a school in this village, in which fund we are £250 short of builders' expenses'. Gives details of prices and enquires whether he 'may put your name on my list'. Apologises for sending a printed circular: 'I have so many to send, and so much to do in compiling the Index, I should not be able to write to every one whom I think it may interest'.