Sir Mackenzie Dalzell Chalmers (1847-1927), judge and civil servant [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet; Sir John Edge (1841-1926), Indian judge, member of Council of India
On cancelled letterhead of the Office of the Parliamentary Council, 3 Whitehall Gardens, S.W. [ London ] 2 June 1899.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The previous day he saw Sir John Edge, who was 'formerly Ch[ief]. Justice of the North West Province and is now a member of the Indian Council at home'. Chalmers discussed Harington with Edge, who would be glad to see him 'any time at the India Office'. Chalmers encourages Harington to arrange the meeting, as Edge 'is an exceedingly good fellow & was far the best of the Indian C. J's - | He suggested that you should get a testimonial from A. T. Lawrence'.
Nathaniel Lindley (1828-1921), Baron Lindley [ Lord Lindley ], English judge, Master of the Rolls 1897-1900
On letterhead of 19 Craven Hill Gardens, Hyde Park, W. [ London ] 2 June 1899.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. A cordial and businesslike missive, reading: 'My dear Harington | Judges at least old ones like myself do not give testimonials to men at the Bar seeking appointments | But you may with pleasure say that you have my permission to refer to me & that may be of use to you; or it may not for the indian Secretary does not know me personally & he may not therefore refer to me at all'.
Spencer Cowper (1670-1728), judge and Member of Parliament, tried for the murder of Sarah Stout in 1699
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 6 May 1715.
1p., on 15 x 17.5cm. Aged and worn, with loss to edges, and laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. The usual printed text, completed in manuscript, recording a payment of £25. Note: An account of the 1699 Sarah Stout murder trial, at which Cowper 'called expert medical testimony, including the famous physicians Samuel Garth and Hans Sloane, together with the anatomist William Cowper (not related)' is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB.
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge [ Royal Commission on the Selection of Justices of the Peace, 1910 ]
Harington's document undated, on reverse of letterhead of the Shire Hall, Hereford. With TLS from the Society of Chairmen and Deputy-Chairmen of Quarter Sessions in England and Wales, Guildhall, Westminster, dated 21 April 1910.
In fair condition, on lightly-aged and rolled paper, attached with a rusty safety-pin. ONE: Harington's 'Suggestion'. 5pp., 4to. The document begins with his CV as it relates to England, the last entry in which reads: 'Chairman of Herefordshire Quarter Sessions since October 18, 1880. V[ice]. P[resident]. of Society of Chairmen of Q[uarter] S[essions].
William Page Wood (1801-1881), 1st Baron Hatherley [ Lord Hatherley ], Liberal Lord Chancellor, 1868-1872 [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Document regarding closure of circuit court: 19 March 1872. Place not stated, but in envelope with London official frank. Appointment document: 28 August 1872.
ONE: 1p., 4to. Embossed with government seal at head. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'I The Right Honourable William Page Baron Hatherley, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, do hereby sanction the closing of the County Courts of the Circuit No. 34 during four weeks in the month of August next, Richard Harington Esqre., The Judge of the Same Courts, being desirous of holding Courts in the month of September next. | Hatherley C'. In envelope with Hatherley's signature ('Hatherley') at bottom-left of front, addressed in autograph to 'Richard Harington Esq | Heath Lodge | Hanwell'.
'R. Harington. Ashutosh Mukerjee. C. P. Caspersz.' [ High Court of Justice, Fort William, Bengal; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Whitbourne Court; Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864-1924) ]
'The 26th August, 1909.' [ 'Calcutta: Printed by Supdt., Govt Printing, India, 8, Hastings Street.' ]
4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, and folded twice horizontally. The report confines its attention 'to the business of the Appellate Side of the Court, no question having arisen so far as we are aware with respect to the Original Side'. The document ends with four recommendations. Scarce: no copy traced on either OLCL WorldCat, or on COPAC. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington.
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.'
Sir John Jeremie (1795-1841), British judge and diplomat, Chief Justice of Saint Lucia and Governor of Sierra Leone, whose writings contributed to the abolition of slavery.
Government House, Freetown [ Sierra Leone ]. 10 January 1841.
1p., 12mo. On a bifolium, part of the second leaf of which has been torn away, but with address by Jeremie to 'Payne Esqr. | Commanding the G
'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Reads: 'Sir John Jeremie presents his compliments to Mr. Payne & begs he will do him the favor of dining with him on Tuesday at half past six o'clock.'
Sir George Jessel (1824-1883), English judge and Master of the Rolls
On his monogrammed letterhead. 19 May 1873.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He was 'much pleased' with his son's 'performance last Saturday', which he considers was entirely due to Heymann's 'excellent tuition', and he is adding an amount to the sum Heymann has charged.
John Swinton, Lord Swinton (1723-1799), Scottish judge
11 October 1798.
1p., 4to. On recto of first leaf of a bifolium, with autograph copy of Cockburn's reply on recto of second leaf. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'J. Cockburn <?> Esqr'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He has had 'a very pressing letter from the Exchequer concerning the appointment of Commissioners for the sale of the Land Tax', and not having heard from him, hope that he will accept the post, 'which I really wish you to do as you have been accustomed to that kind of Business & I know you can be of infinite service on this occasion.
Albie Sachs [ Albert Louis Sachs ] (b.1935), African National Congress activist and former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Without date or place, but between 1988, when the events described occurred in South Africa, and the publication of the book in 1990.
113pp., 8vo. On 57 leaves, stapled together, with white card backing. No title-page. Worn and aged, with first leaf detached, but in fair condition overall. In 1988, in Maputo, Mozambique, where Sachs was exiled as an ANC activist, he lost an arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb was placed in his car by agents acting for the South African Regime. Sach's memoir is an important document in the history of the South African freedom struggle. Widely praised on its publication, it received the Alan Paton Award in 1991.
Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan (1812-1885), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1868-1874, 1880-1881
34 Rutland Square, Dublin. 9 May 1870.
2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. In good condition, lightly-aged, with neat repair to a short closed tear. He is returning a memorandum, 'which is quite correct & may be acted on', and has made a payment of £380 to his account with Drummonds Bank.
John Leslie Foster (c.1781-1842), British Member of Parliament and Irish judge
Rathescar, Dunleer [Ireland]. 19 January 1830.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Docketed on reverse of second leaf. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with one dog-eared corner. He has received Wallich's letter, and thanks him for his 'great kindness in attending so effectively to my request'. Docketed in a small contemporary hand at head of first page.
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850), Lord Jeffrey, editor of the 'Edinburgh Review' [John Hunter (1801-1869) of Craigcrook, son of Professor James Hunter (1745-1837), and nephew by marriage of Jeffrey]
Craigcrook. 25 October 1849.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with closed tears unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Addressed to 'John Hunter Esqre | Auditor of Court of Sn.' Written three months before Jeffrey's death, the letter begins: 'My dear Hunter - I hope you do not think that I have been forgetful of you - or indifferent to your fortunes - or ungrateful for your very kind expressions - and I firmly believe feelings - towards me - because I may appear to have been slow in offering you my congratulations on your late appointment [as Auditor of the Court of Sessions]'.
Pierre Crabitès (1877-1943), American judge of the Mixed Courts of Egypt, and lecturer on law at Louisiana State University [Hugh Evelyn Wortham (1884-1959), biographer of Gordon of Khartoum]
Letter One: Mixed Tribunals, Cairo. 31 December 1932. Letter Two: on letterhead of the Tribunal Mixte de Caire, 28 April 1932.
Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One: 2pp., foolscap 8vo. The letter begins: 'Dear Wortham: | I had no idea years ago when you were in Cairo, that 1933 would find us issuing "Gordon" books.
John Inglis, Lord Glencorse (1810-1891), Scottish judge and Conservative politician [Taylor of Tibbermore, near Perth, Scotland; Balliol College, Oxford]
Tibbermore [near Perth, Scotland]. 16 December .
4pp., 4to. Bifolium, with the last page of text cross-written over the first, and the valediction and signature cross-written over the second. In fair condition, on aged paper, with short closed tears along crease lines of the second page. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with red wax seal and postmarks, to 'John Inglis Esq | Balliol College | Oxford', and redirected to 'Loganbank'.
Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman [Lord Denman] (1779-1854), English judge, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1832-1850
50 Russell Square, London. 17 March 1831.
1p., 12mo. Good, on aged paper, with traces of grey paper mount adhering to the reverse. Reads: 'Gentlemen | I shall be much obliged by your forwarding the wine to me immediately with an account of your expences - | Your obedt servt | Tho Denman | 50 Russell Square | March 17. 1831'.
Sir Montague Smith [Sir Montague Edward Smith, PC, QC] (1806-1891), British barrister and judge, one of the last Justices of the Court of Common Pleas, and Conservative MP for Truro, 1859-1865
Temple [Inns of Court, London]. 9 December 1862.
1p., 4to (31 x 32 cm). 26 lines, signed at end 'Montague Smith | Temple | 9 Dec 1862'. In fair condition, on lighly-aged paper, with minor damp damage to one edge. Docketed on reverse '1862 | Case for the Opinion of Mr. Montague Smith', with 'Took 3 Gu[ine]as' (Smith's fee) and initials in another hand. At foot, in a third hand: 'Thomas B. Knight | 34 Lime Street | City. E.6.', and beneath this, in a fourth 'Cox | Honiton'.
Rev. Alfred Gatty (1813-1903), Vicar of Ecclesfield and Subdean of York Minister, father of Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), chief justice of Gibraltar, and of Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841-1885)
Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. 23 May 1894.
3pp., 12mo. 62 lines of text. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper; neatly written in a close hand. An affectionate letter, addressed to 'Dearest Stephen'. He begins: 'It seems a long while since I heard anything of or from you - the last news was in a letter from Alice [Stephen's wife], which Horatia [Stephen's sister] allowed me to see.' He complains jokingly that his son 'cannot be in a more trying climate than ours is this May - for it is as cold as Xmas, and the bitter cold of a settled N. E.
Sir Fitzroy Edward Kelly [Fitzroy Kelly] (1796-1880), English judge and Tory politician [J. T. Barry; the Metropolitan Association]
New Street. 9 August 1845.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. It is not 'from inattention or indifference' that Kelly has left Barry's letter unanswered. 'I think it would be inconsistent with my duty in the office which I now hold to become a member of your very excellent association'.
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), English judge, Member of Parliament for Reading in Berkshire, and author, promoter of copyright reform, and dedicatee of Dickens's 'Pickwick Papers'
Shrewsbury. 23 March [circa 1829].
On 7 x 11 cm rectangle cut from front of envelope. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with glue from mount adhering to reverse, which is docketed in pencil: 'Serjt Talfourd | Readng | Berks'. The frank reads, with the words in square brackets not in Talfourd's hand, unlike the rest: '[Shrewsbury March] Twenty three | [The Very Revd.] The Dean | Hereford | [signed] T N Talfourd'.
Thomas Wilde, first Baron Truro (1782-1855), Lord Chancellor
Dover Street; 9 January .
3pp., 12mo. Fair, on aged and worn paper. Wilde explains that he had previously written regarding the case, but 'by some accident the Letter has been mislaid (I believe) among my mass of papers, and I therefore fear it may not have reached you as I cannot learn who among the Servants dispatched it'.
Catherine Sinclair (1800-1864), Scottish novelist [Sarah, Lady Deas [born Sarah Outram], wife of Sir George Deas (1804-1887), Lord Deas, Scottish judge]
'Thursday' [April 1863]; place not stated.
12mo, 1 p. Mourning border. Twelve lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with small scrap torn away from top right-hand corner. By that evening's post, they have received 'the sad intelligence that my sister in law, Lady Camilla Sinclair has died at Thurso Castle'. Her brother Sir George Sinclair and his family 'are in great grief', and she is 'under the melancholy necessity of sending an apology' for cancelling 'our engagement to you which we had anticipated with so much pleasure'.
Henry Thomas Cockburn (1779-1854), Lord Cockburn, Scottish lawyer, judge and author, Solicitor General for Scotland, 1830-1834 [Edinburgh Review]
14 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh; 8 November 1833.
12mo, 1 p. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. Addressed, with broken red wax seal, on verso of second leaf. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Knowing of Bell's 'attachment to the Civil Law', he invites him to a breakfast, where he will 'meet with Justinian, & a few select jurists'.
John Romilly, 1st Baron Romilly (1802-1874), English judge, the last Master of the Rolls to sit in Parliament
4 August 1868; 14 Hyde Park Terrace.
On slip, 5 x 9.5 cm, cut from the head of a letter. Fair, on lightly-discoloured grey paper. The reverse reads '14 Hyde Park Terrace | 4 Aug 1868 | Sir | I regret that my engagements at the end of September & the beginning <...>', and the reverse reads 'the promotion of Social Service | I am your obedient | [signed] Romilly'.
[Malta Union Club; Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1895 to 1905]
[1893.] Printed at the "Malta Chronicle Office," 80 Strada Sta. Lucia.'
16mo, 20 pp. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with the pamphlet folded once. The Club's 25 rules are preceded by a list of the Committee of Management. Ownership inscription of L. Barnes-Lawrence at head of front wrap, but annotated and amended throughout in Gatty's hand. From the residue of Sir Stephen H. Gatty's papers. A scarce piece of Malta ephemera: no copies at the British Library or listed on COPAC (although the latter does carry a record for a 1903 edition).
The Bread and Cheese Club, Melbourne, Australia [Joseph P. Quaine (d.1970), bookseller; Judge Alfred William Foster (1886-1962)]
No. 5. Melbourne, 1st November, 1945. [Printed by J. Roy Stevens. Mebourne.]
4to, 4 pp. Bifolium. Complete issue, paginated 17-20. Good, on aged paper. The first page announces J. D. Corbett ('Writer of "Canberra Commentary" in "The Argus") as guest speaker ('And he's sure to be good'). The first of two articles on the second page is the report of a speech by 'His Honor Judge Foster'. The second article, under the heading 'A Blood and Thunder Merchant', is an interview, with small photograph, with 'the Sanguinary-minded Fellow J. P.
22 January 1918, on letterhead 'DEAN PARK HOUSE | EDINBURGH'.
Scottish judge (1857-1942). One page, 12mo. Black-bordered. In good condition. Thanks Menzies for the copies of the Society's journal. 'I have ceased to have any active connection with the Copper Company, but I found Professor Carpenter's Lecture very interesting, although it is pretty technical - | I hope you and your wife are keeping well'. Signed 'Edw T Salvesen'.
Sir Charles Lennox Peel (1823-1899), Knight Clerk of the Council [Order in Council]
i 78316 7400. - 9/93. [September 1893] Wt. P. 953. E. & S. [Eyre & Spottiswoode.]
8vo, 8pp. Unbound. Stitched as issued. Text complete and clear. Good: lightly-aged and creased. The order is on pp.1-3. Followed by (over five pages): 'SCHEDULE', consisting of 'Circuits of the Judges. Civil and Criminal.', 'Autumn Circuit. Criminal Business Only, except where otherwise stated.' and 'Easter Circuit.'
Sir William Scott [William Scott, Baron Stowell; Lord Stowell] (1745–1836), judge and politician [Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757-1844), British prime minister]
25 July 1818; Earley Court [Berkshire].
12mo: 3 pp. Good, on lightly aged paper. Small spike hole through both leaves of the bifolium. Text clear and entire. Execrable hand. Begins 'I certainly shall not secede from my conditional Promise'. Paragraph describing the weather ('The Heat of the Weather here is intolerable.') 'I agree entirely with respect to the Character of our worthy departed friend. It is a great loss to this Part of the Country.'