LANSDOWNE

[ Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India. ] Three Autograph Letters, one signed ('Lansdowne'), the other two incomplete, to Sir J. D. Rees, on topics including administrative affairs, Rees's 'Tours in India', and his 'old Chief'.

Author: 
Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India [ Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927) ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of the Viceregal Lodge, Simla [ India ]. 5 September and 22 October 1897, and 29 June 1891.
£125.00

The three items are ruckled through removal from an album, and two have a layer of glue over one page. ONE: 5 September 1897. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. No signature: the first part of the letter only. The fourth page cancelled with blue pencil.

[ Sir John David Rees denounces 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'women lawyers', 'Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' and 'Reviving Hinduism'. ] Corrected draft of newspaper article showing a marked antipathy to the Indian population.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Lord Lansdowne;Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
Written in India during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship and Lord Rosebery's premiership, hence 1894.
£150.00

For information on Rees see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. From Rees's papers, and written during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship, 1888-1894, and Lord Rosebery's premiership, 1894-1895; hence in 1894. An extract from the corrected draft of an untraced newspaper or magazine article, showing marked antipathy to the native Indian population, their rights and aspirations.

[ Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles W. Dilke'), complimenting 'Bennett' on a speech, and alluding sarcastically to the Marquess of Lansdowne.

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), Radical and Liberal politician, whose career ended in disgrace [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1845-1927), 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 76 Sloane Street, S.W. [ London ]. 6 July 1906.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. An amusingly sardonic missive, addressed to 'Dear Bennett'. He was not able to compliment him the previous night on his 'excellent speech', but is 'anxious to know what was the cryptic allusion to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who had experience of arming savages? I do not believe that Fitzmaurice ever did so, unless you intended the German use of the word “savages” for below-the-gangway Radicals?'

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lansdowne') [ to the future Sir George Scharf ]

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
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Bowood [ Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire ]. 23 December [ 1859 ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition. Year not given, but with '1859' in a contemporary hand at top-right of first page. The recipient is not named, but the letter is from the papers of Sir George Scharf. It begins: 'I remember your saying in the course of last winter you would be glad an [sic] opportunity of coming to see me, & what little I have to shew you. | I conclude the Portrait Gallery as well as <?> Institutions admits of some holidays at this season'. Consequently he suggests a time when the recipient might 'spend a few days' at Bowood, if his 'engagements admit'.

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lansdowne') to the economist Nassau Senior (acting as his agent), directing him to arrange accommodation for him at Ilfracombe.

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne [ Lord Henry Petty ], British Liberal statesman [ Nassau Senior [ Nassau William Senior ] (1790-1864), economist ]
Publication details: 
Bowood [ Bowood House, Wiltshhire ]. 5 September 1837.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. With 7.5 x 12.5 cm frank cut from front of envelope, reading 'Calne September fifth 1837 | Nassau Senior Esq | Ilfracombe | Devon | Lansdowne'. In good condition, lightly aged. While Senior is known to have been a protégé of the Marquess of Lansdowne, this letter suggests that he acted as his agent. The Marquess asks him to 'secure me a lodging at the hotel at Ilfracombe or if full at any house in the town on Friday, when I expect to be there pretty early'.

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Secretarial Letter, signed 'Lansdowne | &ct. &ct.', to 'Sec[retar]y. of Commission', containing a list of 'the names of [Wiltshire] Gentlemen to be added to the Magistracy'.

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne [ Lord Lansdowne], Whig statesman
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Bowood [ Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire ]. 20 December 1861.
£65.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with a few minor rust stains. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to the Secretary of the Commission of the Peace. In the hand of a secretary, and signed by Lansdowne. Addressed by Lansdowne on reverse of second leaf 'Sec[retar]y. of Commission'. Docketed: 'Decber. 20th 1861 | Wilts | Ld. Lansdowne recd several | <?> all but the 2 parsons'.

[ Lord Henry Petty, Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Petty') to the President of the Board of Trade Lord Auckland

Author: 
Lord Henry Petty [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne ] (1780-1863), Chancellor of the Exchequer [ William Eden (1745-1814), 1st Baron Auckland ]
Publication details: 
Downing Street [ London ]. 6 March [1806 or 1807].
£65.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Should Auckland's statement become 'the subject of enquiry' it will be deemed 'perfectly satisfactory', there being 'no question as to the right of appointing a deputy, altho' there might be aas to the reduction of his salary, which was the circumstance referred to me'. The subject is one which must 'necessarily come within the view of the Committee of Finance, whose observations upon every public department it is my anxious wish that we may be enabled to anticipate'.

[Trafalgar Square Riots, London, 1848.] Manuscript resolution of the Committee of the Public Order Memorial, the Marquis of Lansdowne in the Chair, regarding the abandonment of the scheme.

Author: 
[The Public Order Memorial; The Trafalgar Square Riots, London, 1848; Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; Chartism; the Chartists]
Publication details: 
Public Order Memorial, Committee Room, British Hotel, Cockspur Street. 6 May 1848.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Written out in manuscript on lithographed letterhead headed 'Public Order Memorial'. Reads: 'Resolved | That after mature Consideration of the Circumstances which have occurred since the objects of the Committee were first promulgated, it is expedient that no further steps be taken in furtherance of the objects proposed, and that the Contributions already received of which Her Majesty and Members of the Royal Family have subscribed One Thousand Pounds be returned to the subscribers, the expenses incurred having been discharged by the Committee'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Jeremy Bentham's amanuensis Richard Doane to the French revolutionary Marc-Antoine Jullien at Paris, conveying information about Bentham, the Earl of Shelburne and E. Dumont; with list of works sent to Jullien by Bentham.

Author: 
Richard Doane (1805-1848), barrister and amanuensis and editor of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832); Marc-Antoine Jullien (1775-1848), protégé of Robespierre; Pierre Étienne Louis Dumont (1759-1829)]
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Queen's Square Place, Westminster; 14 November 1825.
£580.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip from mount adhering to margin of verso of second leaf, which is addressed to 'Mr. M. A. Jullien de Paris.' Printed slip from nineteenth-centrury catalogue describing the item laid down on first leaf. Doane begins 'My dear Sir, | Through the medium of M. George (whom I have had the pleasure of seeing since I wrote you last) I send de la part de M. Bentham the following works'. A list of thirteen items follows, from 'Christomathia 2 vols' to 'European Magazine for April 1823'. 'Those which are marked thus * Mr. B. wd.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Henry Shorthouse') to 'Mr. Barrow'.

Author: 
Joseph Henry Shorthouse (1894-1903), English author, best known for his book 'John Inglesant'
Publication details: 
27 April 1882; on letterhead Lansdowne, Edgbaston.
£45.00

12mo, 3 pp. Very good, with a strip of cream paper from previous mounting adhering to the blank verso of the second leaf of the bifolium. He has 'received a Catalogue of the Friends Book Society's Annual Sale held by your and Mrs Barrow's kind invitation'. He and his wife 'should have enjoyed being present very much: if for no other reason, yet in remembrance of thirty years ago, when I used to enjoy the Sales exceedingly', but they will be 'in London on the day fixed'. Shorthouse was born into the Society of Friends, but joined the Church of England.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne, Whig politician and abolitionist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£15.00

Dimensions of paper roughly one and three-quarter inches by five and a quarter wide. Aged, ruckled, and with traces of glue from previous mounting on reverse. Reads 'Your very faithful | servt | Lansdowne', and on reverse, '<...> as if I did so I shou<...> | be referred to the answer <...>'.

Autograph Letter Signed to Hugh Nettlefold, with initaled pencil reply.

Author: 
Joseph Henry Shorthouse [Hugh Nettlefold; Edgbaston, Warwickshire]
Publication details: 
2 November 1886; on letterhead 'Lansdowne, Edgbaston.'
£35.00

English novelist (1834-1903), influenced by Ruskin and Pre-Raphaelitism, author of the influential 'John Inglesant'. Three pages, 12mo. Very good. The recipient Hugh Nettlefold (1858-93) was a screwmaker residing in Hall Field House, Sir Harrys Rd, Edgbaston. Reads 'We shall be very pleased to see you and your friend to tea tomorrow [^ Wednesday] at five o'clock. I will take care to be at home at that Time & shall be quite disengaged until six oclock <...> regards from my wife'. Signed 'J. Henry Shorthouse'. Nettlefold replies 'I will call for you about 1/4 to 5 tomorrow.

Autograph Letter in the third person to the City [of London] Remembrancer.

Author: 
Sir Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne
Publication details: 
Berkley [sic] Sq[uar]e. | May 12th.' [no year, but post 1809].
£24.00

Aristocrat and politician (1780-1863). Two pages, 4to. Grubby, stained and creased. Several folds. Remains of mount adhering to one edge, and with small piece of glued paper at foot of verso. Formal letter in the third person. 'The Marquis of Lansdowne presents his compliments to the City Remembrancer, & will be happy to present the petition of the Corporation of the City this day as requested. The House of Lords in consequence of the event of yesterday is to meet this day at two oclock, & may possibly adjourn soon afterwards.

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