HONITON

[Jerom Murch of Honiton, Devon clockmaker.] Autograph Signature ('Jerom Murch') with seal in red wax, on part of testamentary document.

Author: 
Jerom Murch (d.1802) of Honiton, Devon clockmaker
Publication details: 
20 May 1791.
£56.00

On strip of laid paper (roughly 9 x 21 cm.) cut from contract. The signature 'Jerom Murch' is firm and bold, with an indistinct armorial seal in red wax to the right. The text on the reverse reads: '[…] Bequests therein contained) give and bequeath unto me the said Jerom Murch the Sum of Twenty pounds to be paid me within Six Months next after her death and by her said Will nominated and appointed Benjamin Stocker of Honiton aforesaid Brazier William John Tucker of the same place Clerk Courtenay Gidley of the same place Gentleman and the said Jerom Murch […]'.

[ Election Agent 1885/Coroner's Letters ] Two substantial Letter Books of Charles E. Cox , Solicitor & (Deputy) Coroner (Honiton, Devon).

Author: 
Charles E. Cox, Solicitor, Election Agent (1885), later Coroner (Honiton, Devon)
Publication details: 
1885--1890, 1898-1907.
£950.00

Two volumes, original hf.lea, worn, one with spine detached, with label "Letter Book" (both volumes) and "CEC | 2" [Charles E. Cox] and "CEC | 4". Vol. 2 has 1006 leaves, tissue paper, recto only used (last leaf numbers filled in by hand) all used, and Vol.4 has 1000 leaves (again recto only used), only 660 leaves used, first page missing, others damaged, tissue paper, indicating a cessation of activity whatever the cause - death?).

Autograph Manuscript Signed ('Montague Smith') by Edward Montague Smith [later Sir Edward Montague Smith], Member of Parliament for Truro, giving his legal opinion on a property dispute for Thomas B. Knight of Lime Street, London, and Cox of Honiton.

Author: 
Sir Montague Smith [Sir Montague Edward Smith, PC, QC] (1806-1891), British barrister and judge, one of the last Justices of the Court of Common Pleas, and Conservative MP for Truro, 1859-1865
Publication details: 
Temple [Inns of Court, London]. 9 December 1862.
£150.00

1p., 4to (31 x 32 cm). 26 lines, signed at end 'Montague Smith | Temple | 9 Dec 1862'. In fair condition, on lighly-aged paper, with minor damp damage to one edge. Docketed on reverse '1862 | Case for the Opinion of Mr. Montague Smith', with 'Took 3 Gu[ine]as' (Smith's fee) and initials in another hand. At foot, in a third hand: 'Thomas B. Knight | 34 Lime Street | City. E.6.', and beneath this, in a fourth 'Cox | Honiton'.

Circular letter, printed in facsimile of Wellington's handwriting; dated, addressed, and with the gaps filled in in Wellington's hand to Robert Aberdein.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish soldier and politician, the vanquisher of Napoleon Bonaparte [Robert Henry Aberdein (died 1860), Coroner for East Devon]
Publication details: 
31 July 1851; London.
£56.00

12mo, 3 pp. Good. Folded twice and with the blank verso of the second leaf of the bifolium a little grubby. A formal letter in the third person, declining to present a petition to the House of Lords, on the grounds that 'The Duke has no relation whatever with [Honiton]'. The date, and the words 'Mr Aberdein', 'Honiton', ', which he retains' and 'Robert Aberdein Esq' are in Wellington's hand.

Autograph Signature ('Will: Yonge').

Author: 
Sir William Yonge (1693-1755), 4th Baronet, Whig politician and poet
Publication details: 
Without date [but docketed '1755'] or place.
£28.00

On piece of paper roughly 2.5 x 4.5 cm. Good, on lightly discoloured paper. Docketed on reverse '1755'.

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