One page, 16mo (trimmed unevenly), signs of removal from album, minor staining, some text faded, most hard to read (either written in haste or characterusticlally illegible - or both). "You are right in [premising?] that I have many irons in the fire [also &?] that I am not [?] to be [?] [general?] use as to the [Cambridge?] [?] if there are [?] [sales?] I shall be happy to lend a hand, so far as it may be in my power."
[Embossed stamp] House of Commons LIbrary, 30 Dec. 1912.
Card, c.11 x 9cm, verson blank, minor staining, text clear and complete: "Mr John O'Connor would be pleased if Mr and Mrs Fawcett would do him the honour of dining with him at the House of Commons on Thursday next at 8 o C. RSVP | 30-12-12"
William Digby, 5th Baron Digby (1661-1752), Irish peer
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 30 April 1716.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with heavy chipping and wear at head and two holes to text, but signature clear and clean. Laid out in the usual style, with printed text competed in manuscript. Recording the receipt by Digby of £2 15s 10d, on an annuity. Filled in by the witness, whose signature is illegible.
Simon Fanshawe (1648-1716), 5th Viscount Fanshawe of Dromore [ Lord Fanshawe ], Irish peer
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 30 April 1716.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with contemporary repair by a slip of paper from another leaf from an Exchequer ledger on reverse. Laid out in the usual fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'Record' [11 April 1716] | The  Day of [April] 17 | Received by me [Simon ffanshawe now Lord ffanshawe Assigne of Sir Gge Margent] [...]'. Records a payment of £38 12s 6d on an annuity, with marginal calculations involving 'James Morgan', 'Edwd Allen' and 'Edwd Brown'.
Sir Anthony Morgan (1621-1668), English army officer and Commonwealth politician, confidante of Oliver Cromwell, with interest in Irish affairs [ Sir John Maynard (1604-1690), lawyer and politician ]
'At ye Comttee of Pt sitting in ye Inner Court of Wards this 24th 10r 1656'.
1p., 8vo. Bifolium. Addressed, on reverse of second leaf, with seal in red wax, 'for Serieant Maynard | at his Chamber at ye Temple or elswhere'. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with outer cover somewhat discoloured. He states that, as Maynard is 'a party concernd in ye Petn of Capt Ed: Lister & Joan his wife', he is desired by the committee to 'meet them in ye Inner Court of Wards' on the following Friday, 'to ye end you may not be concluded unheard'.
Richard Relhan (1754-1823), Irish botanist and classical scholar [ King's College, Cambridge ]
Cambridge. 25 August 1802.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn. Overcome by grief, Relham, a man of the cloth, urges the recipient to tell a lie. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir. | The melancholy event at Pillaw [ i.e. Pillau in East Prussia ] totally overpowered me yesterday: and the only thing to be done is to soften it as much as possible to my poor Wife; who being always averse to the scheme of sending her son to sea will, I am certain, be unable to bear this terrible accident, unless you will have the goodness as soon as you receive this, to write me a few lines to say he died of a fever at Pillaw.
William Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley of Stratton (d.1741), Master of the Rolls in Ireland, 1696-1731, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1710-1714 [ Anne and James Gendrault, Huguenots ]
Her Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 20 December 1714.
On 15 x 12 cm. piece of paper, cut from a printed document completed in manuscript. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, laid down on square of plain paper. Payment of an annuity ('for carrying on the War, and other Her Majesty's Occasions').
Mrs Oliphant [ Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant ] (1828-1897), Scottish novelist [ Anna Maria Hall [ née Fielding ] (1800-1881), author, wife of Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889), journalist ]
Willow-burn, Rosneath, Helensburgh. 25 June [1861?].
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. On lightly aged and ruckled paper, with slight damage at head of gutter. The letter would appear to concern a contribution intended for 'The Juvenile Forget Me Not', the annual Mrs S. C. Hall began editing in the late 1820s. begins: 'My dear Mrs. Hall | I sent you the story or rather the bit of a story you have - because you asked for it. Therefore if you like it, the pay is not to be considered - But at the same time if you dont like it, pray dont think of using it out of courtesy.
G. Bernard Shaw [ George Bernard Shaw ] (1856-1950), Irish dramatist [ Pollard Crowther, London photographer ]
One of the two with the stamp of Pollard Crowther, F.R.S.A., The Studio, 186 Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
Two black and white photographs, both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: A studio photograph, 24.5 x 19.5cm., darkly lit, depicting Shaw pulling the reins of a model horse, pulling a model cart full of apples. Stamped on reverse: 'POLLARD CROWTHER | F.R.P.S. | THE STUDIO, | 106, SHAFTESBURY AVE., W.1. | PHONE REGENT 3897'. The reverse also carries pencil notes for magazine reproduction. The image is not in the National Portrait Gallery collection. TWO: Posed outdoor 21.5 x 16cm.
Robert Samuel Gregg (1834-1896), successively Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (1878-1893), and of Armagh (1893-1896) [ William Burges ]
On letterhead of The Palace, Cork. 5 January 1880.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The window next to Morris's 'in the Ambulatory of the Cathedral' is one of three out of eighteen 'still unfilled', and he asks him to consider taking it. 'We are all anxious that the series should be completed so that the designs and the glass may be done by the same artists and thus to have it all in harmony'. He ends by asking him not to be angry with him for making the suggestion.
Mervyn Archdall (1833-1913), Bishop of Killaloe [ William Edward Gumbleton (1840-1911), Irish gardener ]
On letterhead of Clarisford, Killaloe. 12 February 1898.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He is enclosing his subscription, and hopes Gumbleton 'will include this part of Munster within the scope of your benevolent efforts. Probably you have already Clare and Tipperary ladies on your list'.
Robert Browne (1844-1935), Roman Catholic Bishop of Cloyne, and President of Maynooth College [ William Edward Gumbleton (1840-1911), Irish gardener ]
Bishop's House, Queenstown. 13 April 1897.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with short closed tear and creasing to edges. He is enclosing 'a letter from Rome written by Father Costelloe. O.P. (a high authority on questions Roman archaeology and art) in reply to my inquiry about the frescoes of 'Pinturichio [sic] in photo-type. - The letter is addressed to a Domincan priest in Dublin, Fr Condon.' He expects 'a still more satisfactory account when the work is complete & published for sale', and ends with best wishes for 'a full measure of the Easter joys'.
A collection of 858 documents, dating from between 1860 and 1893, bearing a total of 800 autographs of British Members of Parliament (765 Members of the House of Commons and 35 Peers). The collection is in good condition, with the usual signs of age and wear, each item having been punch-holed by the collector (whom evidence suggests was a fellow-member) for insertion in a binder.
[ 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.
[Messrs Cramer, Wood & Co., 4-5 Westmoreland Street, Dublin branch of the London music publishers and instrument makers, founded by the musician Johann Baptist Cramer (1771-1858) and partners]
Dublin and London. 1920 to 1922.
Elegantly designed by the architect William G. Murray, the Dublin branch of Cramer, Wood & Co had a fine exterior. It is referred to in the Nausicaa episode of Joyce's 'Ulysses': 'That widow on Monday was it outside Cramer's that looked at me.' The collection of 130 items is in good condition, lightly aged and held together with its original brass stud. 19 of the items relate to Dublin Rates and the Income Tax (including an account of 'Municipal Rates 1920/1921', amounting to £639 9s 0d).
Elizabeth Richards (1778-1863) of County Wexford, Ireland, wife of Count Frederik Willem van Limburg Stirum of Huis Ten Donck, Holland [ Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen (1850-1922); Ireland, 1798 ]
Typescript (made in the 1930s or 1940s?) of 1917 manuscript transcript by Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen of Huis Ten Donck, Holland, of her grandmother Elizabeth Richards' diary entries dating from between 27 May 1798 and 1 May 1821.
68pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The diary has been published in a scholarly edition, edited by Marie de Jong-Ijsellstein (Hilversum: Verloren, 1999), where it is described as 'an excellent example of an early nineteenth-century journal intime'. The present typescript, which appears to date from the 1930s or 1940s, is a carbon copy of a typescript of Anna Elizabeth Groeninx van Zoelen's manuscript transcript of her grandmother's diary.
Rev. George Croly [ (1780-1860), Irish poet; Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London booksellers ]
Two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1830. [ Printed in London by G. Woodfall, Angel Court, Skinner Street. ]
Two 8vo volumes: xviii + 352; iv + xvi + 341 +  + . Twenty engravings on classical themes in the first volume, accompanying a set of poems titled 'Gems from the Antique'. A good tight set on lightly-aged paper, the first volume unopened. In blind-tooled red cloth binding, lightly-worn and somewhat grubby, but with gilt title on spine bright. Initial 'Advertisement' reads: 'The Poems in these volumes were written chiefly in the period between 1816 and 1823.
[ Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine; William Pulteney Alison (1790-1859), Scottish physician; George Willoughby Hemans (1814-1885), architect; MacLeod Wylie, hymnologist ]
ONE: No. 252, October 1836. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh; and T. Cadell, London. TWO: No. 264, October 1837. 'Theodore Foster's Edition' and 'New American Edition'. New York: William Lewer, Publisher, Broadway, Corner of Pine-street.
Both numbers are in the distinctive Blackwood's printed covers, with illustration of George Buchanan. Both are good tight copies, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and aged wraps. All articles are anonymous, and attributions are from the Wellesley Index. ONE: No. 252, October 1836. Unopened. Several advertisements bound in front and back. 144pp., 8vo, paginated  + 437-578. Hemans' piece, paginated 459-467, is the second in the volume, and Alison's, paginated 495-514, is fourth. The volume also contains work by George Croly, D. K. Sandford, John Wilson, John Eagles and Alfred Mallalieu.
John O'Leary, editor, (Rose Kavanagh (1860-1891), W.B. Yeats et al, contributors)
Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, O'Connell Street. 1888.
Wade A289. 12mo: viii + 80 pp and errata slip. In original cream buckram binding, with title and harp decoration in gilt on front board. Black endpapers. Internally tight, on aged and spotted paper. Binding grubby, stained and worn, with slight damage at head and foot of spine. Some ink marking to the fourth stanza of the dedicatory poem to John O'Leary (p.1). Housed in a green solander box. Inscribed at head of title: 'Elizabeth Monteagle from Rose Kavanagh | June 21. 88'.
Desmond FitzGerald (1888-1947), editor, The Irish Bulletin, 1920 [ Irish War of Independence; the Black and Tans; Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, Dublin ]
[ Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin. ] Vol. 3 No. 16. 22 September 1920.
3pp., folio. Complete. On three numbered leaves. A frail survival of a historic document, heavily worn and aged, but with the text complete. Consisting of 25 accusations levelled against the British government, each beginning with 'WE ACCUSE'. Each accusation is followed by supporting citations, as the following prefatory note explains: 'The following accusations are solemnly made against the British Government. They are based upon an accumulation of evidence, of the accuracy of which there is no doubt.
Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne [ Lord Moyne ] (1905-1992), poet, novelist and brewing heir [ J. H. Dingwall [ John Hubert Dingwall ] (c.1913-2001), Wimbledon bookseller ]
On letterhead of Biddesden House, Andover [ Kent ]. 18 February 1960.
3pp., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with two punch holes for placement in album to margins of each of the three leaves. He congratulates him on his catalogue, states that he is attaching a wants list (not present) and that he is leaving it to the recipient 'to make out the account as I am not good at adding - & also dont know the postage. | The Librarian at the House of Lords showed great interest in your catalogue & is writing to you for one'. He suggests sending a copy to John Hayward, and gives his address.
James Bryce (1838-1922), Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, Ulster jurist, historian, Liberal politician and mountaineer [ Norway; Scandinavia ]
The book published in Christiana by B. M. Bentzen, 1874 (sixteenth edition).
 + 110 +  + xx pp., 16mo. With fold-out map and main body of 110pp. interleavedf. A frail survival on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with covers, map and some sections detached, spine heavily worn, and slight worming at end. Autograph inscription of 'J. Bryce' in pencil at head of title-page, and the volume is annotated with his pencil observations in a tight difficult hand. A couple of examples give a good impression of the tone.
Padraic Colum (1881-1872), Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore.
Various places, 1904-7.
6 ALsS, one ACS, one Autograph Poem and two photographs. 3 letters from 30 Chelmsford Road, Ranelagh, one from the Rugby Road, Ranelagh, and one from Marlborough Road, Sonnybrook; three of the letters dated between 2 Sept.1904 and 17 Nov. 1907. One letter without date or place, but written from Dublin, perhaps in 1904. Card postmarked 24 Nov. 1905. Card and two envelopes addressed to 'Miss Sylvia Dryhurst'. The letters total 7pp, 4to; 4pp, 12mo. WITH: A Love Letter.
Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832-1900), Lord Chief Justice of England
On embossed letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice. 'Monday' [ no date ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Mr. Williams, | Pray arrange Guests in the correct order whatever that is. I shall have frequent opportunities I hope of meeting the good Bishop.'
Edwin Sandys (d.1708), Irish engraver and Dublin printer [ The Act of Union, 1707 ]
'London Printed, and Re-Printed in Dublin by Edwin Sandys, at the Custom-House Printing-House in Crane-Lane, 1707.'
12pp, small 4to. Disbound. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In small type and double column. An item of surprising rarity considering its historical importance: no other copy traced, either on ESTC, WorldCat, COPAC or at the National Library of Ireland. Sandys, who has been described as 'the earliest engraver of any importance in Ireland', was also notable as the printer from 1705 of the 'Dublin Gazette'. The previous year he had published 'Articles of the Treaty of Union, agreed on by the Commissioners of both Kingdoms, on the 22d of July, 1706' (ESTC N471342).
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ E. C. Bentley [ Edmund Clerihew Bentley ] (1875-1956), author ]
14 Devonshire Hill, Hampstead. 19 June 1913.
4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A magnificently impassioned letter, written to a family friend, a colleague of her husband's on the Daily News. The letter begins in stirring style: 'I propose to sulk till Home Rule is passed. I have set my heart on that Bill. It isn't a particularly good Bill, but it is called "Home Rule" & I would put my right - no - at any rate my left hand into a fire to see that catch-cry cleared out of the world forever. It is the only thing that will cure the Unionists of their cowardice.
Pauline Niven [ born Mary Pauline Thorne-Quelch (d.1968) ], wife of the Scots-Canadian novelist Frederick Niven [ Frederick John Niven ] (1878-1944) [ Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet ]
202B Victoria Street, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. 23 September 1943.
8pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter, written four months before the death of her husband. She begins: 'Dearest Sylvia - | I meant to write to you last month because I am one of those tiresome people who remember anniversaries & it was in August that you both came down to the Windermere to see us.
Henry Grattan (c.1746-1820), Irish nationalist politician
No place. 1 April [ 1815 ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. Headed in a contemporary hand 'Read', with the date '1815'. The note reads: 'Dear Sir | I beg to return you my warm thanks for your very kind & obliging letter which has made me very happy & conferd [sic] on me a great favor | I Have Dear Sir | the honour to | be with great | thanks your | faithful humble srvt | Henry Grattan'.
James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862), Irish dramatist and actor [ Beilby & Knotts, Birmingham; William Spencer Northhouse, editor, 'The Free Press', Glasgow newspaper ]
'July 1828 | Port Bannatyne | near Rothsay | Island of Bute | N[orth]. B[ritain].' [ Scotland. ]
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, with some repair, and traces of stub from mount still adhering. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks, to 'Messrs Beilby & Co | Printing Ink Manufacturers | Birmingham'. On the same page, in another hand: 'Mr Reuben Sparks.' Knowles's entry in the Oxford DNB gives the context. In 1816 he 'moved to Glasgow, where he established and ran a school for nearly twelve years [...] In 1823 and 1824 he added to his income by conducting the literary department of the Free Press, a Glasgow paper which advocated liberal and social reform.
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist [ Maire Gaister; Swatantryaveer Savarkar [ Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ] (1883-1966), Indian nationalist ]
Undated. On cancelled letterheads of 3 Hampstead Mansions, Heath Street, N.W [ Circa 1909 or 1910. ]
3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on three leaves of aged paper. Docketted on third leaf by Maire Gaister: 'I don't know if Robert Lynd ever sent a copy of this letter to Irish Freedom or if they printed it.