[ Samuel Cunliffe Lister, 1st Baron Masham [ Lord Lister ]. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. C. Lister') to Sir Albert Woods, regarding his Patent of Peerage.

Samuel Cunliffe Lister, 1st Baron Masham [ Lord Lister ] (1815-1906), Bradford textile baron and inventor [ Sir Albert William Woods (1816-1904), Garter Principal King of Arms ]
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On letterhead of Swinton, Masham, Yorkshire. 26 May 1893.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering. On his return home he has found that the Patent of Peerage has arrived safely. 'I had thought "under the Sign Manual" meant the Queens signature, but I see that it only means the impression of the great seal.' Lister had been made a peer in 1891, taking his title from the Yorkshire town of Masham, close to which is Swinton Park, purchased by him in 1888.

[ R. E. B. Crompton, inventor and electrical engineer. ] Autograph Card in the third person, paying his subscription to the Royal Society of Arts.

R. E. B. Crompton [ Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton ] (1845-1940), British inventor, electrical engineer and industrialist [ Crompton & Co. ]
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On letterhead of Thriplands, Kensington Court, W. [ London ] 31 January 1901.

On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm. grey card with embossed letterhead. In good condition, lightly aged. Docketted and with Royal Academy of Arts stamp. 'Lt. Colonel Crompton begs to enclose a cheque in payment of his subscription and will be greatly obliged to the Secretary if he will send him a form to enable his Bankers - Messrs. Barclay & Co. to pay the subscription in future.' Crompton's firm Crompton & Co. was one of the world's first large-scale manufacturers of electrical equipment.

[Albion Iron Works, West Bromwich.] Autograph Letter Signed from the proprietor Walter Williams to London bankers Messrs Thomson Hankey & Co, regarding the purchase of 'nails & chains' for casks.

Walter Williams of Rose Inn, proprietor of Albion Iron Works, West Bromwich [Messrs Thomson Hankey & Co, London merchant bankers]
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Albion Iron Works, Westbromwich [West Bromwich]. 21 June 1844. With 'WEST BROMWICH' postmark.

1p., 4to. Bifolium, addressed on the reverse of the second leaf to 'Messrs. Thomson Hankey <& Co> | Merchants | 7 Mincing Lane | London'. The second leaf is also docketed, and carries two circular postmarks, one from 'WEST BROMWICH'. Williams writes that he has returned to find 'an enquiry about the nails & chains'. He gives a price below which he cannot go, adding: 'I must be paid for the Casks: but if a quantity of nails had been wanted I would have given my trouble on the other things, as I should have made a profit on the nails'.

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