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[ Stationery for the Georgian House of Lords: William Cowper, Clerk of the Parliaments ] Manuscript Receipt, Signed twice by 'Wm Cowper', of stationery 'Delivered for His Majestys Service to The Honble. Wm. Cowper Esqre. Clerk to The House of Peers'.

Author: 
William Cowper, Clerk of the Parliaments [ i.e Chief Clerk of the House of Lords ], 1716-1740, uncle of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800) and son of the judge Spencer Cowper (1670-1728)
Publication details: 
[ Houses of Parliament, Westminster. ] Entries dated from June to August 1737.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On a single leaf of laid paper (with crown 'G R' watermark), signed at the foot of each page 'Wm Cowper'. Entries dating from 30 June to 2 August 1737. Around fifty items of stationery, placed together in twelve groups, the twelve totals amounting to £46 4s 0d. Items include paper, '5 hundred pens', ink, pencils, cloth bags, 'Tortoise penknives', 'Indian Sand', binding tape and wax.

[ Eva Luckes, nurse, Matron of the London Hospital. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Eva . C . E. Lückes. | Matron') to Winifred M. S. Parry, regarding her place as 'Probationer' at the Preliminary Training School.

Author: 
Eva Luckes [ Eva Charlotte Ellis Lückes ] (1854-1919), nurse, Matron of the London Hospital, 1880-1919
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the London Hospital, Whitechapel, E. 11 May 1912.
£90.00

2pp., 4to. Signed 'Faithfully yours | Eva . C . E. Lückes. | Matron.' In fair condition, lightly aged. On two leaves attached with a brass stud. A circular letter, addressed to 'Miss Winifred M. S. Parry, || 69, Vernham Road, | Plumstead, S.E.' Having received the references and agreement form, she informs her that her name 'has been added to our list of accepted Candidates with a view to filling a vacancy which will occur at our Preliminary Training School on June 1st 1912'.

[ Eva Luckes [ Eva Charlotte Ellis Lückes ], Matron of the London Hospital. ] Two numbers of 'Matron's Annual Letter', reviewing the year at the hospital.

Author: 
Eva C. E. Lückes [ Eva Luckes [ Eva Charlotte Ellis Lückes ] (1854-1919), nurse, Matron of the London Hospital, 1880-1919 ]
Publication details: 
Both printed 'For Private Circulation Only.' London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, E. No. 19 (April 1912) and No. 20 (April 1913).
£180.00

Uniform in layout. 40pp., 12mo. (No. 19) and 48pp., 12mo (No. 20). Stapled without wraps. Both worn and aged, with rusted staples. Small print. Both addressed to 'My dear Sisters and Nurses', and both signed in type 'Eva C. E. Lückes' and 'E. C. E. L.' Reviews of the two years, packed with information regarding significant events relating to the hospital. Each ending with a two-page 'List of the Names of our present Sisters', followed by 'Names and Addresses of old “Londoners.”', 'Copied from the Supplementary Register' (12pp. in 1912, and 14pp., in 1913). From the papers of Winifred M. S.

[ Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe, British chemist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. E. Thorpe') to 'Mrs. Green' [ Wilhelmina Maria Green ], offering encouragement and support for the publication of a scientific paper by her.

Author: 
Sir T. E. Thorpe [ Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe ] (1845-1925), British chemist, Principal of Somerset House Laboratory, and President of the British Association and Society of Chemical Industry
Publication details: 
'Headingley [ Yorkshire ]. 20 May 1885.
£50.00

The item is from the papers of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. An interesting letter, indicating a positive and encouraging response from a member of the Victorian scientific establishment to a female worker in the field. The letter begins: 'Dear Mrs. Green. | Enclosed are two notes from Dr. Armstrong relative to your paper. As I informed you I thought there was just a doubt whether the paper was exactly of a style for the Chem. Soc. Journ.

[ Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. ] Autograph Signature ('G. Cornewall Lewis') to document authorising admittance to the House of Commons.

Author: 
Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), Whig politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary, who successfully argued against British intervention in the American Civil War
Publication details: 
Place illegible. 1 February 1850.
£30.00

A good firm signature, appended to a document in another hand, simply reading: 'Admit the Bearer to the House of Commons'. The illegible address and date are in the same hand. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount on blank reverse.

[ Lord Harris of Belmont House. ] Autograph Note in the third person [ to his bookseller ], regarding two books sent to him.

Author: 
Lord Harris of Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent [ Lieutenant General William George Harris (1782-1845), 2nd Baron Harris, British soldier under his father in Anglo-Mysore War ]
Publication details: 
'Belmont [ i.e. Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent ] | 16th. Decr. 1841'.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, with central spike-hole and a few burn marks at foot. Reads: 'Lord Harris has just recd the Illustrations to Deserted Village, but retyrns Retsch's Othello by this night's Coach, having received a copy of it about a week since.'

[ Ben Davies, Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company: 'I have not been to the Opera once this season'. ] Autograph Letter Sigjned to the General Manager of the Royal Opera House, Neil Forsyth.

Author: 
Ben Davies (1858-1943), Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 33 Compayne Gardens, West Hampstead, N.W. 2 July 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Forsyth has drawn a pencil line through the first page, and written concerning the allocation of seats 'two tonight 3/7/06 <?>'.Davies states that he has 'not been to the Opera once this season: have never seen “Butterfly” - should be so glad if you could sent me anything for Tomorrow (Tuesday) – or better still, if you could phone me in the morning just yes or no'. Pushing his luck he ends, 'I suppose there is no chance for Wed also?'

[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ] Pamphlet titled: 'Public House Trusts and Disinterested Management in England. Experiments in Public House Reform. Illustrated Pamphlet by Fred Topham. With Introduction by Ald. G. B. Hunter, D.Sc., J.P.'

Author: 
Fred Topham; Alderman G. B. Hunter [ The Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; The Walter Scott Publishing Company, Felling-on-Tyne and London ]
Publication details: 
[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ] Second edition, 1907. Printed and Published by The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd., Felling-on-Tyne and London.
£45.00

34pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with rusty staples. Ownership inscription at head of cover of Ada H. Harrison, dated 9 May 1914. In 39 sections, listed in a full-page index, beginning with 'Earl Grey's Trust', 'Clergymen Supporters' and 'Earl Grey's Appeal for Licenses', and ending with 'Co-operation between Trusts and Temperance Legislation League', 'Trust Companies ready for Experiments' and 'The Dean of Hereford's Warning'. A temperance tract filled with local information of the situation around Newcastle.

[ 'Elizabeth Parkina' [ Elizabeth Parkinson ], American soprano. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Elizabeth Parkina') to 'Mr. Forsyth' [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ], one regarding her name on the programme..

Author: 
Elizabeth Parkina [ real name Elizabeth Parkinson ] (1878-1922), American soprano [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
Neither letter is dated. One (the earlier, circa 1905?) is addressed from Villa St Etienne, Allée Hennon, Arcachon. The other [ 1906 ] is on letterhead of 51 Bedford Court Mansions, London, W.C.
£50.00

'Elizabeth Parkina' studied under Mathilde Marchesi in Paris and made her debut in 1902 at the Opéra-Comique of Paris in ‘Lakmé’. At Covent Garden between 1904 and 1907, she appeared as Musetta in ‘La Bohème’ and Siebel in ‘Faust’, and stood in for prima donna Nellie Melba as Marguerite in ‘Faust’. She toured Australia in 1905 and retired from the stage around 1907. She died after long illness. ONE: Villa St Etienne, Allée Hennon, Arcachon. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with blue pencil line by Forsyth across first page.

H. B. Irving [ Harry Brodribb Irving ], actor-manager and criminologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B Irving') to 'Mr Forsyth [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]

Author: 
H. B. Irving [ Harry Brodribb Irving ] (1870-1919), actor-manager and criminologist; the eldest son of Sir Henry Irving [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Mr. H. B. Irving & Co. ('Under the Direction of Messrs. Nixon & Zimmerman'). 29 June 1906.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with light pencil line by Forsyth through first page. She hopes that she is not 'asking too much' in requesting 'two stalls or a box for the premiere of “Eugene Oneghin” - Friday evening'. If 'not impossible', he would like 'a lunch to be present that night. He asks to be sent word to the Garrick Club.

[ 'Ben Greet' [ Sir Philip Barling Greet ], Shakespearean impressario and 'an ardent opera goer'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Ben Greet') to Neil Forsyth, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, requesting boxes and commenting on productions.

Author: 
'Ben Greet' [ Sir Philip Barling Greet ] (1857-1936), Shakespearean actor, director, impresario, manager of Old Vic Theatre, London [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
One from 20 Buckingham Street WC [ London ], on letterhead of 'The Ben Greet Players', 14 July [no year]. The other from 2 The Terrace, Camden Square. 17 August [no year].
£80.00

ONE: On letterhead of 'The Ben Greet Company', addressed from 20 Buckingham Street, WC [ London ]. 14 July [ no year ]. 2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with the first page carrying pencil scorings and a short note by Forsyth. The first paragraph reads: 'If business will permit can I have one of the small boxes for Monday night. You generally let me have something during the Season. I've been a very regular Gallery & Amphitheatre and stallite this season.' He continues: 'You've got a genius in Frau , & you sd keep her. Everyone is raving about her.?>

[ Whitelaw Reid, American Ambassador to the United Kingdom. ] Typed Letter Signed to Col. H. V. Higgins of the Grand Opera Syndicate, Covent Garden, comparing his opera box unfavourably with the one he had in Paris.

Author: 
Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), proprietor of the New York Tribune, historian, Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 1892 election, American Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Dorchester House, Park Lane, W. [ London ] 5 September 1905.
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He is sending a copy of a note his secretary has 'just sent about an opera box for the next season. | The box we were able to get this year contrasted so poorly with my old "loge entre les colonnes" in Paris that I am afraid my personal tastes would be about as well satisfied without one!' He feels sure that 'with this long notice and with a friendly word' from Higgins, 'something better can be done'. One of the grandest residences in London, Dorchester House was rented by Reid as the American Embassy from 1905.

[ Giulia Ravogli and Sofia Ravogli, Italian opera singers. ] Autograph Note [ in the hand of Giulia Ravogli ] Signed 'Giulia and Sofia Ravogli', to 'Mr Neil Forsyth' of the Royal Opera House, requesting a box for 'Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons'.

Author: 
Giulia Ravogli (1866-1941), contralto, wife of Harrison Cripps; her sister Sofia Ravogli (1865-1910), soprano, Italian opera singers [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Bentinck Mansions, Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, W. [ London ] 28 June 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The note- which is signed 'Giulia and Sofia | Ravogli' - is in the hand of Giulia Ravogli. It reads: 'We send to you our kind remembrances and we should be very pleased if you could spare a box for us for Monday evening next. "Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons -', In his 2012 biography of Dame Clara Butt, Maurice Leonard writes that Giulia was 'an unusually tall contralto', who formed 'a sort of operatic double act' with her sister the soprano Sofia Ravogli, the two women 'appearing in Norma, Aida and many other works together.

[Printed booklet by K. M. Briggs.] Stories Arranged for Mime | By K. M. Briggs | Number 2 | Whuppity Stoorie'

Author: 
K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] (1898-1980), English folklorist, author of the Dictionary of English Folk-Tales [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Made and printed in Great Britain by Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. [No date.]
£35.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Stapled. In green printed wraps with illustration on cover. In very good condition, very lightly-aged with slight rusting to the two staples. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copac lists sets of the three volumes in the series at the British Library, National Library of Scotland and Oxford, and a single copy of this number at the National Library of Wales.

[Printed booklet by Elspeth Briggs, sister of the folklorist K. M. Briggs.] The Constant Gardener | A Play in One Act | By Elspeth Briggs'.

Author: 
Elspeth Briggs, sister of the folklorist K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. No date.
£35.00

36pp., 12mo. In cream printed wraps with illustration on the front cover. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with slight spotting to covers. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copies on COPAC at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford and Trinity College Dublin.

[ Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury. ] Autograph Receipt Signed ('Shaftesbury') to Messrs. Snow & Co., for 'a Box of Jewells [sic] The Property of Lady Elizabeth Palk'.

Author: 
Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury (1768-1851), Whig politician, styled the Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper to 1811, Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, 1814-1851
Publication details: 
No place. 19 June 1814.
£35.00

On small square of laid paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with loss to one corner from opening of the wafer, and tape staining to two edges. Received 19th June 1814 of Messrs. Snow & Co a Box of Jewells [sic] The Property of Lady Elizabeth Palk which was deposited with them about the latter End of June, last year - | Shaftesbury'.

[ Bret Harte, American author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bret Harte') to 'Colonel Colville' [ Col. W. J. Colville ], concerning an 'Inspection' at Clarence House, and 'a sentimental pilgrimage' of 'old London'.

Author: 
Bret Harte [ Francis Bret Harte ] (1836-1902), American short story writer and poet [ Col. William James Colville (1827-1903), Comptroller of the Household of the Duke of Edinburgh ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 15 Upper Hamilton Terrace, N.W. [ London ] 12 June 1890.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue on reverse of blank second leaf. He thanks him for his 'kind remembrance', and undertakes to 'come with much pleasure to Clarence House, a little before the time of Inspection and bring two friends'. The letter concludes: 'Meantime we must not forget that you and I are going to set apart some afternoon to make a sentimental pilgrimage into the Past in some corner of old London!'

[ Austen Chamberlain; Parliamentary business ] Typed Letter Signed ""Austen Chamberlain" to "Harmsworth", [Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth (1869 –1948), businessman & Liberal politician. Concerning health and parliamentary protocol.

Author: 
Austen Chamberlain [ Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, KG (1863–1937), statesman].
Publication details: 
[Official headed notepaper] 11 Downing Street, Whitehall, S.W., 2 May 1922.
£45.00

One page, cr. 8vo, fold marks, very good condition."I am sorry to hear that you are still l;aid up and unable to return to the House [Parliament] but you are quitre right to take no risks by returning too early. I hope that you will not think of coming back until your doctor advises that it is safe for you to do so. | There is only one suggestion that I should like to make. The Questions addressed to the Foreign Office are usually of some importance and it does not seem desirable that they should be handed over to one of the Whips to answer.

[ Anthony Wedgwood Benn, Labour politician: 'You shouldn't believe the rubbish you read in the press'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tony Benn') to 'Mrs Kingham', describing his 'life-style' and family.

Author: 
Tony Benn [ Anthony Wedgwood Benn, quondam Viscount Stansgate ] (1925-2014), Labour politician
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 16 November 1979.
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Obtrusive stamp at head giving the date of receipt as 28 November 1979, with this date queried in ink. Benn's signature underlined by the recipient in thin red ink. Reads: 'Dear Mrs Kingham: | Forgive the delay. | My life-style is that of a very hard-working M.P. with a wife who teaches & writes & 4 children educated at comprehensive schools. | You shouldn't believe the rubbish you read in the press.'

[ Philip Hermogenes Calderon), historical genre painter, ] Autograph Letter Signed and two Autograph Notes Signed (all 'Philip H Calderon') to Dr W. H. Allchin, one about a medical appointment and another Allchin's electinon as an Athenaeum member.

Author: 
Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-1898), English historical genre painter, of Spanish and French extraction
Publication details: 
One from Burlington House, and another on letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London. None dated with year.
£60.00

The three items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 'Saturday' [no date]. Burlington House. 1p., 12mo. On grey paper with mourning border. Addressed to 'Dear Doctor'. Allchin arranged to go to see him on the following Monday or Tuesday. 'I find I shall be receiving new students from 9.30 to 11 on Monday - Can you therefore keep your visit for Tuesday?' TWO: ANS. Addressed to 'Dear Dr Allchin'. Monday, 23 April [ no year ]. On Athenaeum letterhead, and clearly concerning Allchin's election as a member.

[ Lord John Manners, Marquis of Granby, army officer after whom many English pubs are named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Manners') regarding the broken health of one Lieutenant Hawkins, and his inability to rejoin his regiment in Jamaica.

Author: 
Lieutenant-General John Manners (1721-1770), Marquess of Granby, British army officer, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland
Publication details: 
Parliament Street [ London ]. 23 August 1770.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, with fraying to edges, and loss at one corner from the opening of the seal. There is a faint pencil note on three lines in another hand at the foot of the letter. The letter reads: 'Having considerd Lt Hawkins situation, and the effect the Climate of Jamaica has had upon him – I am of opinion that He is totally unable to join his Regiment, and there is great reason to fear, his health will never be such as to enable him to do duty with it, in that Island | John Manners | Parliament St. | Augst. 23d. 1770'.

[ Victorian education. ] Pamphlet: 'The Philosophy of Education. A Lecture delivered at Sutherland House, Notting Hill, On Thursday, the 15th of August, 1850.

Author: 
Trevethan Spicer, M.A. LL.B. of Gray's Inn, Esq., Barrister-at-Law [ Sutherland House, Notting Hill ]
Publication details: 
London: Trelawney Saunders, 6, Charing Cross. 1850.
£35.00

16pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Stitched with green ribbon into paper wraps, with the title in manuscript on the front cover and the name 'J. Dias'. A conventional and moralistic treatment, the author's view being that 'Education ought to be at once moral, intellectual, aesthetical, religious, and social'. Quotations from 'Bulwer', Southwood Smith, Godwin, 'Dr. Combe', 'Bishop Beveridge'. No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The British Library has copies of the eighth and twelfth editions, and University College London has a copy dated 1853.

[ Skellfield School, girls' boarding school, Ripon, North Yorkshire: autograph poems by the first intake of students, 1877 and 1878. ] The album of Mary A. Hinchcliffe, containing autograph poems and prose 'From Her Fellow Students'.

Author: 
Skellfield School, girls' boarding school, Ripon, North Yorkshire, founded in 1877 [ Mary A. Hinchcliffe ]
Publication details: 
[ Skellfield School for Girls,] Ripon, North Yorkshire. 1877 and 1878.]
£450.00

Skellfield School was founded as a girls' boarding school in 1877 at Alma House, the former residence of Thomas Stubbs, Governor of the House of Correction. It occupied the building until 1927, when it transferred to Baldersby Park, at Topcliffe, near Thirsk. Naomi Jacob was a day pupil. It closed in 1970. For further information on the school see Yates, 'The History of Skellfield School 1877-1929'. 80pp., 4to. In attractive purple cloth binding, all edges gilt, with gilt decoration on spine and front cover. In good condition, in good tight binding whose purple is fading to lavender.

[ Sir Denis Le Marchant, as Joint Secretary to the Treasury. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Denis Le Marchant') to J. Blackburn, requesting him to insert an 'Address & the reply of Her Majesty' in the Globe newspaper.

Author: 
Sir Denis Le Marchant (1795-1874), Clerk of the House of Commons; Liberal MP for Worcester; Under Secretary of State for the Home Department [ Samuel Blackburn, editor of The Globe newspaper, London
Publication details: 
'Treasury | 9 August [ circa 1841 ]'.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'J. [sic] Blackburn Esq'. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | If this Address & the reply of Her Majesty has not already appeared in the Globe, perhaps you will insert it.' Le Marchant was Clerk of the House of Commons from 1850 to 1871.

[ Henry Charles Hoare of Fleet Street, London banker. ] Autograph Letter Signed [ to John Bowyer Nichols, editor of the Gentleman's Magazine ], correcting biographical details [ in an obituary of Sir R. C. Hoare ].

Author: 
Henry Charles Hoare (1790-1852) of Fleet Street, London banker, father of Sir Henry Ainslie Hoare [ John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863), printer and editor of the Gentleman's Magazine ]
Publication details: 
Fleet Street [ London ]. 11 September 1838.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Handwriting practice in a nineteenth-century hand on the blank reverse of the second leaf. He 'must beg to correct' Nichols's 'intended Paragraph' (in the Gentleman's Magazine obituary of Sir Richard Colt Hoare) on the question of 'my Father's Christian names'. He has written 'Hugh Henry', 'which must be reversed to Henry Hugh'. He proceeds to give a transcription of how 'the paragraph will run': 'The Baronetcy devolves on his eldest Half-Brother Henry Hugh Hoare Esqr. the head of the eminent banking house in Fleet St.

[ Charles Rose Ellis, 1st Baron Seaford, defender of slavery in the British Parliament. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Ellis'), giving his opinion of the probable effect of 'any attempt to establish the order of Jesuits in England'.

Author: 
Charles Rose Ellis, 1st Baron Seaford (1771-1845), British politician of Jamaican extraction, a prominent defender of slavery in the House of Commons
Publication details: 
Rome. 28 March 1818.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on slightly-aged paper. Docketed 'Mr Ellis M.P. | Rome 28 March /18'. (Ellis was MP for Seaford at the time.) The letter begins: 'My dear Sir John | You ask my opinion on the Papers which you have been so good as to send for my perusal. That opinion is worth very little.

[ Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum' (for 'patients of the higher classes'), Sunbury, Middlesex. ] Printed Leaflet advertising Halliford House, headed by an engraving by Arthur Willmore.

Author: 
Dr Joseph Seaton, Scottish physician and author, proprietor of Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum', Sunbury, Middlesex [ Arthur Willmore (1814-1888), engraver ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.[ Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex. 1840s. ]
£250.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, repaired on the blank reverse with tape. the engraving ('Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex', 'Drawn & Engraved by A. Willmore') is clear and undamaged. Beneath the engraving are 29 lines in small print, beginning: 'This beautiful and secluded Residence, standing in a small Park of nearly thirty acres, is appropriated to the reception of a limited number of patients of the higher classes, who may be suffering from Mental and Nervous affections, and who are under the constant personal superintendence of Dr.

[ William Ewart, Radical politician and penal reformer, and Hansard. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Ewart') to 'Mr: Hansard', regarding the proof of his 'speech on Capital Punishment. With Autograph Note in response on reverse.

Author: 
William Ewart (1798-1869) of Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Radical politician and penal reformer [ Hansard, Printer to the House of Commons ]
Publication details: 
Otterington House, Northallerton. 24 July 1850.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks to be sent 'the proof of my speech on Capital Punishment for correction'. In a postscript he writes: 'Possibly one copy may have been sent already to my house in London. In that case, can you send another here, as I cannot easily make the Servant in London understand about the Paper.' On the reverse an initialled autograph note is written in red ink: 'Mr Ewart has sent us another letter since; will you have the kindness to send this in advance immediate | '.

[ Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles W. Dilke'), complimenting 'Bennett' on a speech, and alluding sarcastically to the Marquess of Lansdowne.

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), Radical and Liberal politician, whose career ended in disgrace [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1845-1927), 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 76 Sloane Street, S.W. [ London ]. 6 July 1906.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. An amusingly sardonic missive, addressed to 'Dear Bennett'. He was not able to compliment him the previous night on his 'excellent speech', but is 'anxious to know what was the cryptic allusion to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who had experience of arming savages? I do not believe that Fitzmaurice ever did so, unless you intended the German use of the word “savages” for below-the-gangway Radicals?'

[ James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James W Lowther'), on his retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons, stating that he is not going to publish his reminiscences, considering it 'very improper'..

Author: 
James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater (1855-1949), Speaker of the House of Commons, 1905-1921
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 9 May 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and folded twice. He states that he has 'no intention at present of writing or publishing any reminsicences', having always 'held a very strong view against the modern system of gentlemen who have been employed in official & confidential positions rushing into print the moment they have left their situations.' For Lowther's career see his entry in the Oxford DNB. In 1921 he retired as speaker, on being created Viscount Ullswater and appointed GCB.

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