John Moffatt (d.1830) of Failsworth [ now in Oldham ], Lancashire poet, Jacobin and tailor [ Elijah Ridings (1802-1872), poet and reformer; Henry 'Orator' Hunt (1773-1835), radical politician ]
One of the letters from Failsworth, Lancashire. The other without place, dated 7 April 1825. 'Poems dating from 1824, 1825 and 1826.
Moffatt is an interesting minor figure. In a 1924 piece titled 'Brief History of the Failsworth Pole', Rev. James Smith writes: 'The Jacobins' Club Library was kept in a room next to that in which Ben Brierley was born, and old John Moffatt, tailor, of "Crockey Hall," opposite the Pole, had charge of the Library'. Smith quotes lines which he considers 'remarkable for their patriotism', noting: 'He must have been a mild sort of Jacobin.' A total of sixteen pages, on eight leaves. On aged and worn paper, with loss at head of the first leaf of the second letter, resulting in some loss of text.
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, art collector and abolitionist
'Saty. Morning' [ no date or place ].
2pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper. An interesting letter, casting light on Roscoe's collecting activities. He begins by settling the account for 'the lists of the last Prints', before remarking: 'I observe there are only 3 circles by Domenichino - the set consists of 4, all of which you have, besides the odd print by Bartolozzi, but you have probably packed them up & cannot get at the print wanting. I have sent you the 3 prints back & deducted 16/6d.
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.
Captain J. Thompson, 'late Capt. 4th East York L[ocal]. M[ilitia].' [ John Crossley of Scaitcliffe, near Rochdale, Lancashire; Napoleon Bonaparte ]
Manchester. 12 December 1822.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The reverse of the second leaf, with seal in black wax, is addressed to 'Capt Crossley | &c &c &c | O L M', and the foot of the letter to 'John Crossley Esqre | Capt: Oldham L: M:' (Crossley, the commanding officer of the Oldham Regiment of Local Militia, built up a notable collection of military memorabilia, which was dispersed after his death.) The letter begins: 'With this you will receive the interesting little "Bijou" - Bonaparte's Star of the Legion of Honour for which I beg a place in your curious Collection.
[ John Crossley of Scaitcliffe, near Rochdale, Lancashire, collector; Napoleonic Wars ] Thomas Hampson of Rochdale
Drake Street, Rochdale. 14 October 1822.
1p., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged with strip from stub adhering to one edge. Addressed on reverse of second leaf 'To | John Crossley Esqr. | Rochdale.' Crossley, the commanding officer of the Oldham Regiment of Local Militia, built up a notable collection of military memorabilia, which was dispersed after his death.
A. Manuscripts, ten pages total, various sizes (8vo-ish), listing in two small neat hands details of Waugh's life (some repetition), titles published by Waugh and manuscript material by him. As a sample, one list records MS. Minute Book, Hy Radcliffe Committee, Notes on N. Ireland, "3 more books: - jottings of dialect phrases, ideas for stories, articles, etc."One list has the note, "In Mr Albert Sutton's Waugh collection." Perhaps Sutton is author of the following? " A catalogue of books on Shakespeare & the drama... Offered for sale by Albert Sutton...Manchester.
[ Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, by a Victorian Manchester poet ]
Dated at end: 'Manchester | September 1851.'
18pp., 4to. In contemporary card wraps with decorative paper covers and leather spine, and later printed paper label on front cover with title. Worn and aged, with some repair, but with the entire manuscript clear and legible. Each page enclosed within a red ink ruled border. On the last page of the volume is the following explanatory note: 'The preceding lines are a description in Rhyme of an Excursion to Bolton Abbey in Wharffdale, [sic] in the summer of 1851.
Sir Ashton Lever (1729-1788) of Alkrington Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire, natural history collector [ The Great Siege of Gibraltar, 1779-1783 ]
'Alkrington' [ Alkrington Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire ]. 20 October 1782.
1p., landscape 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with a couple of light ink stains. A small cutting carrying a biography of Lever is laid down at bottom left. His 'intention relative to sending a Cargo of Potatoes to our brave friends at Gibraltar' has not met with the support he expected, so he is forced to 'give up the plan, the Subscription being no way adequate to the expence that would attend'. He asks Harrop to insert the list of subscribers in his newspaper, and to 'return those Gentlemen their Subscription with my best Compliments'.
John Philip Kemble, eminent English actor, manager of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden [ John Foster senior (1758-1827), Liverpool architect ]
The letter dated 'April 23d. 1802. | No. 89 Great Russel [sic] Street | Bloomsbury Square [ London ].' The copy letter of the same date, without place.
2pp., 4to. The letter takes up one side of the leaf, and the copy letter the other. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Docketted by recipient. In the letter he explains that he is enclosing 'a Letter I have had from Mr. Forster, and on the opposite Page my Answer to it.' (Forster's letter is not present as Kemble asks the recipient to return it.) He concludes: 'we both beg to be remembered to Mr. Currie'. The copy letter, headed '(Answer.)', is thirty lines long.
Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott (1858-1926), Liberal Member of Parliament for Oldham and cotton magnate [ Charles James Holdsworth; Stramongate School, Kendal; Quakers; Society of Friends ]
AE's five letters on letterheads of 30 Ennismore Gardens, S.W. [ London ] (3); and Spring Bank, Oldham (2); four of them from between 1905 and 1907, the other undated. GHE's letter on letterhead of 35 Grosvenor Road, Claughton, Birkenhead; 1903.
The six items, totalling 9pp., are in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, George H. Emmott's letter having slight wear at head. The recipient was Charles J. Holdsworth of Sunnyside, Wilmslow, Cheshire.
John Buckley & Sons, Broadhead, Saddleworth, Lancashire merchants; R. J. Farbridge & Co., Manchester merchants; John Haigh & Co., merchants, of Bradford and Huddersfield
From Saddleworth, Manchester and Liverpool, Lancashire; Cadiz, Spain; Bradford and Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Between 1808 and 1855.
23 items from the archives of the mercantile firm of John Buckley & Sons of Saddleworth. (The firm also traded as woollen manufacturers and dyers, owning mills at Linfitts and Broadhead). 22 of the items are in manuscript and one is lithographed. All in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. An interesting and informative collection, casting light on commercial practices among merchants in the north of England in the first half of the nineteenth century, with seven of the items relating to British trade with Spain during the Napoleonic Wars.
James Schofield, merchant, of Heybrook, Rochdale, Lancashire [ Henry Buckley of the firm of John Buckley & Sons, merchants, Broadheath, Saddleworth ]
[ Heybrook, Rochdale, Lancashire. ] Dating from 1842 and thereabouts.
The documents derive from the archives of the firm John Buckley & Co., merchants of Broadheath, Saddleworth, Henry Buckley (John Buckley's son) being one of the executors. The six items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Letter (or copy) from 'James Schofield' to a troublesome tenant. Undated, but on paper watermarked 1838. His determination is 'not to let the 16th. to any one but keep it in my own possession'.
Charles Swain (1801-1874), poet and engraver, Professor of Poetry at the Manchester Royal Institution [ William Jerdan (1782-1869), editor of the Literary Gazette ]
Place not stated. 17 November 1842.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The letter begins: 'As cheapness seems the chief topic at present, I send you 'something cheap' which I trust may suit the Gazette.' He asks, 'when any verse of mine appears in the Gazette', for a stamped copy.. He has 'many friends, connected with the Local press, who would quote & thus be serviceable to you'. In a postscript he tells Jerdan: 'You must please yourself about "Something Cheap" it is out of my usual way, written off hand: and I may have missed my mark.'
[ Lancashire County Cricket Club in the 'Golden Age'; Johnny, Dick and Ernest Tyldesley; Myles Kenyon; Lol Cook; Harry Makepeace, Charlie Hallows; Cec Parker ]
[ Lancashire County Cricket Club, 1920s. ]
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. The 'Lancashire XI' is on one side as follows (details in square brackets): 'M. N. Kenyon [ Myles Kenyon (1886-1960), Lancashire captain ] | R. A. Boddington [ Robert Alan Boddington (1892-1977) ] | L Green. [ Leonard Green (1890-1963) ] | H Makepeace [ Joseph William Henry 'Harry' Makepeace (1881-1952), Lancashire and England (also an international footballer ] |C. H.
'The Late Mr. James Watson, Formerly Librarian of the Portico, in Manchester' [ The Theatre Royal, Manchester ]
1st part ('The Spirit of the Doctor'): Manchester: Printed for the Editors, by George Cave. 1820. 2nd part ('The Humors of Trim').Printed by J. Phenix, Manchester, in the Year 1820, and First Year of the Reign of His Majesty, King George the Fourth.
The full title reads: 'The Spirit of the Doctor; comprising Many Interesting Poems; selected from the original manuscript of the Late Mr. James Watson, Formerly Librarian of the Portico, in Manchester; and commonly called Doctor Watson. [Four-line quotation in Latin from Terence.] To which is prefixed A Lithographic Portrait of the Doctor; with a short memoir of his life: And various Anecdotes relative to Him - After, and to which are subjoined The Humors of Trim, [Two-line quotation from Sterne].;151pp [xxxvi + 51 + 64]., 8vo. Lithographic portrait of author as frontispiece.
2pp., 4to. Possibly the first leaf only of a bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The engraved illustration, which heads the first page, is roughly 8.5 x 12 cm in size, and depicts a distant view of the College, framed between trees, with a respectable couple gazing down from the foreground. The text, in small print, is in 21 numbered sections, arranged under the three headings: 'Regulations concerning the Admission of Students', 'Course of Education' and 'Terrms'.
'O Felley Fro Rachde' (i.e. 'A Fellow from Rochdale') [ Frederick Holding (1817-1874), artist; Lancashire dialect; E. Wrigley and Son, Rochdale printers ]
'Rachde: Printed by Wrigley un Son; sowd be Hamilton, Adums and Co., Lundun; Abel Heywood un John Heywood, Manchester; un o th' Booksellers e' th' Kuntrey Besoide. 1864.' [ E. Wrigley and Son, Printers by Steam Power, Rochdale.' ]
viii + 108pp., 12mo. In pink paper wraps, with fancy front wrap with ornate border engraved with scenes from the book, and price given as 'NOBBUT A SHILLIN.' Aged and worn, in heavily-worn wraps, with front wrap detached. Frontispiece and 'Pratty Pikters' by Frederick Holding (for whom see the DNB entry of his brother Henry James Holding), engraved by Lancton. The volume ends with an eight-page 'Glossary of Lancashire Words and Phrases'. Uncommon: the only two copies on OCLC WorldCat and COPAC at the British Library and Rylands in Manchester.
Liverpool Anti-Monopoly Association [ Thomas Thornely, M.P.; Free Trade; Smith, Rogerson, and Co., Liverpool printers ]
Second edition. Liverpool: Printed by Smith, Rogerson, and Co., 44, Lord Street. 1843.
40pp., 12mo. Disbound and without wraps. On aged and lightly damp-stained paper. The report begins (p.5): 'The Object of the Liverpool Anti-Monopoly Association, as expressed in its constitution, is "The annihilation of all Monopolies in Trade and Commerce, and especially the total and immediate Repeal of the Bread and Provision Taxes.' Pp.36-37 carry, in small print, the 'List of Members for 1842'; the 'Council for 1843', with 'THOMAS THORNELY, Esq., M.P.' as president, is on p.3.
48pp., 12mo. Disbound with free endpapers.In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Nicely printed, with all edges gilt. Dedication 'To the Friends and Admirers of William Roscoe, assembled to commemorate theh Centenary of his Birth, this Edition of the Memoir, by Dr.
W. Brailsford of Longholme [ James Everett (1784-1872), Wesleyan minister and Manchester bookseller ]
Longholme [ Manchester ]. 24 September 1832.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse to 'Mr. Everett | Market Street | Manchester'. Brailsford has been 'desired by the Missionary committee connected with this place to write you & earnestly to request the favour of yr. Services at their approaching Anniversary which is fixed for Monday Oct. 22nd. by preaching a preparatory Sermon on the Sunday eveng. Oct 21.
William Reed of Chat Moss, near Warrington, Lancashire, agriculturalist [ William Cathrall, proprietor and editor of the Manchester Times; Salford ]
'Bank Parade, Salford | June 26. 1834.'
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Cathrall | Times Office | Manchester'. In reply to a letter 'requesting from me "an account of the origin and progress of the Manchester Agricultural Society"', he states that 'any information I possess is quite at Mr. Everett's service'. He suggests two times when Everett can call on him, and he will 'endeavour to promote his views in any way in my power'.
61 + pp., 16mo. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged paper. The last three pages carry advertisements of works by Waugh and Benjamin Brierley. Waugh's investigations in 'a quiet tract of country on the eastern border of Lancashire, lying in a corner, formed by the junction of the rivers Mersey and Irwell', involves him in meetings with ordinary folk, whose speech in the local dialect is recorded. Uncommon: five copies on COPAC, variously dated to 1867 and 1868.
Helen Faucit [ Helena Saville Faucit, latterly Lady Martin ] (1817-1898), English actress
42 Albany Street, Edinburgh. 20 February [no year].
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Her engagements will keep her in Scotland for three weeks, after which she intends to 'return direct to London'. Sheffield is too far out of her way, and would 'prove tiresome & expensive'. Should she visit Manchester 'at Easter or Whitsuntide' she would have no objection to performing in Sheffield for a couple of nights.
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, connoisseur, abolitionist [ William Henry (1774-1836); John Ferriar (1761-1815), author of 'The Bibliomania' ; Manchester Infirmary ]
Allerton [ Liverpool, Lancashire ]. 6 February 1815.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with the seal neatly cut away resulting in damage to a couple of words of text. Roscoe has felt 'sincere sorrow' on receiving Henry's letter conveying the news of the death of Ferriar (a colleague of Henry's at the Manchester Infirmary). 'I had flattered myself that after all apprehensions from the alarming attack which he some time since experienced had been entirely removed, in which opinion I had been confirmed by his Letters on the subject of Mrs.
W. R. Greg [ William Rathbone Greg ] (1818-1881), English essayist, born in Manchester, member of the Metaphysical Society, London [ Sir Richard Quain (1816-1898), Irish physician ]
'Park Lodge | Tuesday.' [no year]
2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount on blank second leaf. He was attended in his illness by 'Mr. Quain of 32 Cavendish Square', and he 'liked him much. But it was many years ago, and I forget what I wanted him for. But he was sensible & business-like.' He and his wife would have called on him 'as we came up from the Lubbocks', but she was 'too tired by two very busy days, when it came to the time'.
Benjamin Whitworth (1815-1893), Liberal and Home Rule politician, born in Manchester, who served as an Irish Member in the British Parliament [ Rev. Charles James Wilding (1824-1908) of Bewdley ]
22 Daleham Gardens, Hampstead, N.W. [ London ]. 11 April 1885.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Addressed to 'Rev. C. J. Wilding | Hartley Vicarage, | Bewdley.' Setting out his view that 'any property belonging to the Church in Edward the Fourth's timee became public property on the transfer to the nation by Henry the Eighth at the Reformation', with reference to the 'Gift or Settlement of 1675'. He concludes: 'I should reply to your question "Would you disendow a living thus endowed"? - No.'
John Caley (1760-1834), English antiquary, Secretary to the First Record Commission [ Dr Adam Clarke (1760-1832) of Milbrook, Lancashire, Methodist minister and antiquary ]
Grays Inn [ London ], 19 March 1811.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with negligible traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse of the leaf. Addressed to 'Dr Clarke | Harper St.' After explaining that the Commissioners of the Public Records want lists of the new plates for the first volume of 'Foeder', and another list of 'the old ones necessary to be re engraved', reminds him that he promised the latter list 'in September last'.