Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927), distinguished barrister and Conservative Member of Parliament for Southport, 1900-1906, and Liverpool East Toxteth, 1910-1916
[ Liverpool. 1910 or 1916. ]
From the papers of Sir Edward Marshall Hall. The rosette, diameter 13cm., has a ruffled border of two layers of red silk, and a Conservative blue interior, diameter 7cm., with two 13 x 5.5cm. ribbons of red silk hanging down. Embroidered on the rosette in thick gold thread: 'EAST TOXTETH | M H'. Safety pin on reverse. In good condition, still bright, lightly aged and worn. Such items would have been produced by London military tailors like Gieves and Hawkes.
[ The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland; Charles Wood; the House of Commons, Westminster; John Cam Hobhouse, Lord Broughton; Chelsea Hospital, London ]
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 26 May 1834.
38 + pp., folio. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged paper, with the first leaf chipped and frayed at edges. Repaginated with a stamp 119-158. Kilmainham Hospital was a home for retired soldiers along the lines of Les Invalides, and much of the material in this paper consists of correspondence of Secretaries of State for War John Cam Hobhouse and Edward Ellice. The volume is a response to Hobhouse's proposal 'to bring into one building, and under one management, the several establishments of the in-pensioners of Chelsea and of Kilmainham hospitals.
George Tomline [ 'Colonel Tomline' ] (1813-1889), Liberal MP and amateur astronomer
On letterhead of 1 Carlton House Terrace, S.W. [ London ] 13 June 1874.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. He invites him to pay him a four-day visit at Brock Park, 'to meet many of your Liberal friends'. Note: Tomline had his observatory at Orwell Park, hence a neighbour of Ransome's (Orwell House).
Admiral George Anson Byron (1789-1868), 7th Baron Byron, cousin of the poet Lord Byron [ George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale ]
7 March 1846.
1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of glue from mount on reverse. With a large firm signature, the text reads: 'Admit the Bearer to the Gallery of the House of Lords | Byron. | Monday | March 7th 1846'.
Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn [ C. W. Williams Wynn ] (1775-1850), English politician, War Secretary under Earl Grey, 1830-1831
6 Clarges Street [ London ]. 20 March 1828.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter, addressed to an unnamed recipient, begins: 'My dear Sir | Before I quitted Office I communicated to the Court of directors the Draft of an Insolvent Bill & some letters on the subject which I had received from the Judges in India, together with a request that they might be laid before you for your opinion & observations.' He should like the opportunity to talk over the subject with him, as he considers himself 'pledged to bring the measure forward [in the House of Commons]' with the approval of the present Board.
Lord Henry Petty [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne ] (1780-1863), Chancellor of the Exchequer [ William Eden (1745-1814), 1st Baron Auckland ]
Downing Street [ London ]. 6 March [1806 or 1807].
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Should Auckland's statement become 'the subject of enquiry' it will be deemed 'perfectly satisfactory', there being 'no question as to the right of appointing a deputy, altho' there might be aas to the reduction of his salary, which was the circumstance referred to me'. The subject is one which must 'necessarily come within the view of the Committee of Finance, whose observations upon every public department it is my anxious wish that we may be enabled to anticipate'.
Charles Abbot (1757-1829), 1st Baron Colchester, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1802-1817 [ Henry Addington (1757-1844), 1st Viscount Sidmouth, British Prime Minister; John Hatsell (1733-1820) ]
Kidbrooke. 19 November 1816.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Casting interesting light on the workings of the British parliament in the Regency period. Headed by Abbot 'Private'. Docketed on reverse of second leaf, presumably by Sidmouth: 'The Speaker, | Novr. ye. 19th: 1806. | Lord Harris's Proposal | Meeting of Parliament | &c -'. He has received Sidmouth's note, and reports that 'Lord Harrowby wrote me a full account of your Meetings on Lord Harris's proposals'.
[The Trustees of the Almshouse Charity Estate and of the Fifteen Houses Charity Estate, both in Baldock, Hertfordshire]
[Baldock, Hertfordshire.] Almshouse Charity Estate: entries between 10 October 1865 and 5 July 1895. Fifteen Houses Charity Estate: 10 November 1862 and 23 September 1894. Both books signed off on 29 June 1896.
The two volumes in matching green cloth quarter-bindings, with marbled covers (one set green and the other brown). Both affected by damp at the head, and in worn bindings, but in acceptable overall condition, with text entirely legible. Two interesting and informative documents of local and social history. ONE (Almshouses Charity): 64pp., tall 8vo. In manuscript on cover: 'ALMSHOUSES CHARITY ACCOUNTS'. Among the signatories are two Rectors of Baldock, W. J. Skilton and John D. Nairne, and T. Rigby Kewley, Thomas G. Simpson and Frederick Archdale.
[Sir Charles Barry, R.A., Gothic revival architect, designer of the Palace of Westminster] [Albert Edward Bullock, ARIBA?; Royal Institute of British Architects, London]
Without date or place [Royal Institute of British Architects, London. [Circa 1905.]
 + 34 + pp., 8vo. Each page on the recto of a leaf, and all 44 leaves held together by a brass stud. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Ownership or authorship inscription at foot of title page: 'Albert E. Bullock | 45 Fairlawn Av: | Chiswick.' With occasional manuscript emendations, apparently in the same hand.
[Reformatory and Industrial Schools Committee; British parliamentary report, 1896; Houses of Parliament]
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. London: Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1896.
382pp., foolscap 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with the first and last leaves chipped and worn at extremities, and the spine repaired with brown paper. Shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.
[Employment of Children Act; British parliamentary report, 1903; House of Commons; child labour; street trading]
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd., Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty. [10 September 1910.]
23pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched. On aged and worn paper, with short closed tear to first leaf at foot of spine. Shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Purple stamp on reverse of first leaf: '10 SEP 1910'. Divided into three sections: Warrants of Appointment; Majority Report; Minority Report. The 'Majority Report' section under the following main headings: Origin and Course of Inquiry; General Results of the Investigation; Remedies and Recommendations; Summary of Recommendations and Conclusions. A large part of the document discusses 'Street Trading'.
[Ministry of Education for Northern Ireland; Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart (1878-1949), 7th Marquess of Londonderry, Minister of Education (Northern Ireland) from 1921 to 1926]
Ordered by the House of Commons to be Printed. Belfast: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office on behalf of the Government of Northern Ireland. [1922.]
104pp., 8vo. In blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, with rusted staples and one dogeared corner. Shelfmarks, stamps and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce.
[Ministry of Education for Norther Ireland; Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart (1878-1949), 7th Marquess of Londonderry, Minister of Education (Northern Ireland) from 1921 to 1926]
Belfast: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office on behalf of the Government of Northern Ireland. [1921.]
126pp., 8vo. In blue printed wraps. On aged and lightly damp-stained paper, in heavily chipped and worn wraps, with rusted staples. Shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce.
[British House of Commons Bill on Irish Education, 1896; Gerald William Balfour, 2nd Earl of Balfour (1853-1945)]
Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 5 May 1896. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. [1896.]
5 + pp., crown 8vo. Stitched. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamps and shelfmarks of the Education Department Library. Scarce: no copies (other than microform) on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.
[British House of Commons Bill on Irish Education, 1896; Gerald William Balfour, 2nd Earl of Balfour (1853-1945)]
Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 7 August 1896. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.
19 + pp., crown 8vo. Stitched. In good condition, lightly-aged and with slight staining at head of back cover. With stamps and shelfmarks of the Education Department Library. Scarce: no copies (other than on microfilm) on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.
Lewis Wyatt [Lewis William Wyatt] (c.1777-1863) [John Preston Neale (1780-1847), architectural draughtsman]
Suffolk St. [London]. 13 October 1825.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Confounding John Preston Neale, author of the ' Views of the seats, Mansions, Castles, etc. of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland' (1819-1823) with the poet Henry Neale (1798-1828) he writes: 'Having seen and admired yr. work on the Seats of the Nobility &c. I feel gratified that Lord Foresters House has fallen under your notice.
George Olive of Messrs Mant & Bruce, attorneys, Bath [The Bath Gas Company Bill, House of Commons, 1837; C. H. Capper; H. J. Mant of Bath]
Olive's letter: Without place [London] or date [docketted 7 July 1837]. Capper's receipt: Birmingham. 19 February 1838.
Olive's Letter: 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'H. J. Mant Esq | 2 Wood St | Queen Square | Bath'. The letter is without place or date. Olive has written the letter on behalf of the Bath attorneys Mant & Bruce (he states at the conclusion that 'Mr Bruce requested me to write to save him the trouble'), who are acting for an interested party (Capper?).
[Victorian satirical handbill; Lord Randolph Churchill; William Ewart Gladstone; Charle Stewart Parnell; Prorogation of Parliament, 1881]
Without date or place, but accompanied by annotation in contemporary hand dating it to 1881.
Printed in black on piece of purple paper, 27 x 14 cm. In good condition, laid down on a leaf removed from a contemporary album, with the date '1881' written beside it. The first paragraph sets the tone: 'LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL rose to ask Her Majesty's Government a question as to the state of Public Business, and the probable date of the Prorogation of Parliament.
William Nichols, photographer and Farm Bailiff at Felix Hall, Essex, the country house of Sir Thomas Burch Western
Without place or date. [Felix Hall, Essex; 1860s.]
An evocative collection of photographs, in which, unusually, a Victorian servant has been allowed to make a record of his masters, their country house, and household. The 53 photographs are laid down on 17 leaves of a contemporary stitched 4to album. In fair condition, lightly-aged, and with the brown marbled wraps of the album detached and separated from one another. Three of the photographs are lacking from the album.
[British Act of Parliament: 'An Act for Relief of Poor Prisoners for Debt or Damages', 22 November 1695]
London: Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, deceas'd, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. 1695.
 + 14pp., 8vo, with the text paginated 349-359. Disbound. Good, on aged paper. At the head of the title, in a contemporary hand: 'Relief of poor prisoners'. The title carries the royal crest, and reads in full: 'Anno Regni Gulielmi II. Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiberniae, Septimo & Octavo. | At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Two and twentieth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1695.
Graham Bower [Sir Graham John Bower, RN] (1848-1933), Irish-born British colonial official, Imperial Secretary to High Commissioners for Southern Africa, 1884-1897 [Parliament; House of Lords]
Without place or date. [South Africa, 1880s or 1890s.]
2pp., 4to. On the rectos of the two leaves of a bifolium. Signed in type at end 'GRAHAM BOWER.' On laid paper with 'SOUTHERN CROSS | FINE QUALITY' watermark, suggesting, with the typographic style, that it was written during the period of that he served as Imperial Secretary. Very good, on lightly aged and creased paper.
Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury (1780-1845), Speaker of the House of Commons [Thomas Moulden Sherwood]
Palace Yard. 6 February 1828.
1p., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with unobtrusive closed tear and evidence of previous mounting on reverse. The letter reads: 'The Speaker presents his Compts to Mr Sherwood, and begs to return his best thanks for the work he has just received - The Speaker feels assured that Mr Sherwoods experience in and attention to the Private business of the House will have enabled him to collect much useful information on this subject so important to the Public at large | Palace Yard | Feby. 6 | 1828'.
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), Liberal politician and essayist [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
On letterhead of 70 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, SW. 2 September 1917.
2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. A very funny letter, written in the style that became known as 'birrelling'. He begins: 'Dear Sir. | I admire the enthusiasm which from the depths of an Office bearing the historically-ominous title of "Ministry of Food", & lodged in a once ducal mansion, can dictate (in type) so spirited a letter as your's [sic] of the 27th. ult. I wish I could believe in your vision of Three hundred Boys shouting Come - to an (almost) Septuagenarian Lecturer. It is of course all nonsense.
Samuel Sydney Silverman (1895-1968), Labour politician and opponent of capital punishment [Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley (1895-1978), 1st Baron Chorley, legal scholar and Labour politician]
On House of Commons letterhead. 4 June 1956.
1p., 4to. 14 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed in manuscript to 'Dear Chorley'. Silverman has been 'considering the position which will arise on the assumption which I think we may now make with some confidence that the Death Penalty Abolition Bill will soon pass its third reading in the House of Commons'. He has had a number of letters of support from the House of Lords, 'in particular from Astor and Templewood'.