[ Joseph Blanco White (born José María Blanco y Crespo), Spanish author and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Blanco White') to 'Miss Jordan', giving advice regarding her Spanish studies, and revealing his attutude to his native language.

Joseph Blanco White [ born José María Blanco y Crespo ] (1775-1841), Spanish author and poet settled in England, associated with the Oxford Movement
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Place not stated [ Oxford ]. 5 July 1829.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with small strip of mount obscuring part of a couple of words on reverse of second leaf. A good letter of forty-nine lines, revealing White's attitude to his native language. He is answering her queries regarding her Spanish studies, and is sending a 'small parcel' to 'lay the foundation' of her 'Spanish Library'. He explains: 'You need not be shocked at the apparent weight of the obligation. I never read a Spanish book if I can help it. It is too painful for me, and I really wish I could forget the language.

[ Lord Adolphus FitzClarence, Royal Navy rear admiral and son of King William IV and Mrs. Jordan. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Adolphus FitzClarence') to an unnamed admiral, declining an invitation to a dinner party.

Lord Adolphus FitzClarence (1802-1856), Royal Navy rear admiral, illegitimate son of King William IV [as Duke of Clarence] and actress Dorothy Jordan [ Mrs. Jordan ] (1761-1816)
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'St. James's Palace | Monday [ no date ]'. On letterhead of royal crest.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with one short closed tear. Reads: 'St. James's Palace | Monday | My dear Admiral | I sincerely regret being engaged for Saturday or I should have had much pleasure in joining your party | Yours Most Truly | Adolphus FitzClarence'.

[Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell, as Secretary of State for War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Cardwell') to the Member of Parliament for Hackney Charles Reed, regarding the depriving of the commission of Lieutenant Jordan.

Edward Cardwell (1813-1886), 1st Viscount Cardwell, Liberal politician [Sir Charles Reed (1819-1881), successively Liberal MP for Hackney and St Ives]
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On letterhead of the War Office [Whitehall]. 9 August 1870.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Reed was a collector of autographs, and has written his accession mark in a small hand at the foot of the first page. Headed by Cardwell 'Private'. He begins: 'Lt. Jordan, having so far committed himself, as to be undergoing imprisonment under the sentence of the High Court of Justice in India, and his antecedents having been far from uniformly favourable, - His Royal Highness asked me to concur in a recommendation which he proposed to submit to the Queen that Lt. Jordan's services be dispensed with.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Mathews') from William Mathews of Oxford to Edward Jones, enclosing a list for publication of names of prominent society figures, forwarded to 'Walthers' [John Walter?] of the Times Office.f

William Mathews of Oxford [Edward Jones (1752-1824), Welsh harpist and antiquary?; John Walter (c.1739-1812), first editor of The Times?]
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Oxford; 3 February 1791.

Letter: 1 p, 4to. On the recto of the second leaf of what was originally a bifolium, but with the first leaf (around a quarter of which has been torn away) detached. On aged paper. Addressed, on recto of first leaf, to 'Mr. Edd: Jones, No 6. | Little Titchfield Street | Gt. Portland Street | London.' With two postmarks (both in black ink; one reading 'OXFORD') and a black wax seal. The reverse of the second leaf has the forwarding address 'Times Office | Printing House Square | Blackfriars', with 'Walthers' above it. Letter reads 'Dr.

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