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[ Walton Adams, pioneering photographer and British Israelite racist. ] Collection relating to the Second Coming of Christ and the Great War, including typescripts and drafts of 21 articles, autograph notes, cloth map, model of the Great Pyramid.

Walton Adams [ Arthur Walton Adams ] (1842-1931), pioneering British photographer, co-inventor of the dry-plate process [ British Israelites; Knights of Tara; millenarianism ]
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Dolwyn, Kidmore Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, and Delamore, Parkstone Avenue, Lower Parkstone, Dorset. One article dated 20 August 1917, and the others from around the time of the Great War.

The collection consists of 21 typewritten articles, with some drafts of the same; two folders of miscellaneous typed and autograph texts, a cloth map, a folding card model of 'The Pyramid' and a diagram of the 'City & Temple to scale'. BACKGROUND: Walton Adams, the founder of a family of notable British photographers and artists, including his son Marcus (1875-1959) and grandson Gilbert (1906-1996), was at his death 'believed to be the oldest professional photographer in the country' and 'the first photographer to use dry plates' (see his obituary, Times, 15 June 1934).

[ General Sir Charles Grey, Private Secretary to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Grey'), on behalf of Prince Albert, to unnamed individual, regarding gifts of a photograph of Folkestone Harbour, and a book on Malta.

General Sir Charles Grey (1804-1870), Private Secretary to Albert, Prince of Wales, and Queen Victoria
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Buckingham Palace [London]. 20 February 1858.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Thanking him for 'the Photograph of Folkestone harbour, & the volumes you have sent on the subjects of Malta, & the Order of St. John. [by Major-General Whitworth Porter (1827-1892) of the Royal Engineers]'. Prince Albert had intended to buy the book, but will take pleasure in accepting the copy the recipient of the letter has 'had so handsomely bound'.

Offprint of article in the 'Penrith Observer' by A. W. Rumney, concerning his ancestor Thomas Rumney, Mellfell, Watermillock, titled 'Old Time Local Life. A Cumberland Farmer's Out-goings A Hundred Years Ago.'

A. W. Rumney [Thomas Rumney, Mellfell, Watermillock; Cumberland farming in the Georgian period; Miss Emma Clark Abraham (1850-1934) of Liverpool and Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston; T. F. Hofland]
Cumberland farming in the Georgian period
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From the Penrith Observer, 14, 21 and 28 November and 5 December 1911.
Cumberland farming in the Georgian period

Five columns of text, each 51 cm long, on one side of piece of paper, 42 x 57 cm. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. An autograph note on the reverse by Miss E. C. Abraham of Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, states that the item was sent to her its author A. W. Rumney, whose presentation inscription ('With best wishes for Xmas | AWR') is at the head of the article. The first column discusses the accounts which cover the remaining four columns, dating from 'the year of Waterloo' 1815. The entry 'Sept. 2, Pd. for Mrs. Hofland's packages per wagon ... ... ...

Fragment of Autograph Letter Signed to her 'Cousin'.

Barbara Hofland
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Without date or place.

Author (1770-1844) and friend of Miss Mitford. Paper dimensions roughly three and a half inches by one inch. Slightly discoloured, creased, and with one small closed tear. Read 'Believe me dear friend, | your truly affectionate Cousin | B Hofland'.

Document Signed to the Duke of Kingston

John Gilbert, Bishop of Salisbury (1693-1761)
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Summons on the command of the King to a meeting of the Knights of the Garter the following day.

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