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'.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
'D. St. Dec. 23. 53.' [ i.e. Downing Street, London, 23 December 1853 ]
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with short closed tears at head of both leaves. He is 'extremely concerned to hear that Mrs Harington & her children are insufficiently provided for', and while he would be happy to unite with her friends 'in any direct effort on her behalf', as far as obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court for her is concerned he is 'powerless', it being in the gift of the queen. 'Col.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [ Sir Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Official frank, London, 22 November 1870; as well as Worcester postmark, 23 November 1870.
8 x 12.5 cm envelope, embossed with government crest on flap. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Laid out in the customary way: signed on front in the bottom left-hand corner 'W E Gladstone', and addressed in autograph to 'Richard Harington Esq | Whitbourne | Worcester.' The 'LONDON OFFICIAL' red circular frank is stamped over the address, with the Worcester postmark on the reverse. Docketed by Harington at head of front cover: 'Letter enclosed given to Mrs. Biscoe'. From the Harington family papers.
Alfred Lyttelton (1857-1913), politician and sportsman, the first man to represent England at both football and cricket, Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1903-1905
Felixstowe. 30 December 1897.
2pp. 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He is not sure whether 'this billet is still open', nor 'whether it is expedient' for Harington, and thinks 'it requires a gt. deal of thinking'. He hopes to be able to talk to him about it 'at appeal day at Worcester'. Harington was appointed a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, and served in that capacity until returning to England in 1913. From the Harington family papers.
Francis Richard Charteris, 10th Earl of Wemyss [ Lord Elcho between 1853 and 1883 ] (1818-1814) [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), first Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Brome Hall [ Suffolk ]. 3 December 1859.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition. Addressed to 'Mr. Scharf;, He was unable to call on Scharf before leaving town the previous Friday, but will 'endeavour to be at the meeting of the Commission on the 8th'.
The Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P. for the University of Oxford [ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister; The Crimean War ]
Published at the Empire Office, 145, Fleet Street; and sold by all booksellers. 1855. [ J. Clayton, Printer, Crane Court, Fleet Street. ]
24pp., 12mo. Disbound stitched pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with central vertical fold. In manuscript at head of title-page: 'No 6'. Having been Chancellor of the Exchequer during the Crimean War, Gladstone had resigned with the other Peelites at the beginning of 1855. Seven copies on COPAC, but now scarce.
Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937), Conservative politician, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
With stamp of the Conservative Liberal Organisation, Headquarters Western Group, 28 Baldwin Street, Bristol. Undated, but dated to December 1920 in manuscript.
1p., folio. On aged and creased paper. With Coalition Liberal Organisation stamp at bottom right, and manuscript date 'Decr 1920' at head. The agenda is in four numbered parts, including an 'Address by the Right Honourable J. Austen Chamberlain, M.P. (Chancellor of the Exchequer)', and the proposing by T. W. H. Inskip, M.P., of F. A. Wilshire, 'Prospective Coalition Candidate Thornbury Division', with Sir George Davies in support.
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), historian and liberal politician [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
On letterhead of the Central Station Hotel, Glasgow. 5 July 1892.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Herbert, | My address will show you why I cannot have the pleasure of breakfasting with you. My poll is tomorrow [Trevelyan was MP for Glasgow Bridgeton], and the evening of the 7th. I am to speak in Inverness, and then have to come South to take part in our two South Northern Ireland contests'. He will be 'from 3 to 600 miles from London for some time to come', and will 'miss the sort of society of which the breakfast club is the quintessence'. From the papers of Sir Robert Herbert.
Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart (1803-1854), Liberal politician, husband of Lucien Bonaparte's daughter Princess Christine Bonaparte, supporter of Polish independence [ Charles Salaman (1814-1901), pianist]
34 St James's Place [ London ]. 17 July 1848.
1p., 12mo. On aged and lightly-worn paper. It will give him great pleasure to wait upon Salaman and his sister, and he will certainly do so 'unless absolutely prevented' by the House of Commons, which he hopes will not be the case. The word 'Lord' has been added in a contemporary hand before Stuart's signature.
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), London publisher and campaigner for women's rights ]
No place. 28 April 1871.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, and slightly creased at foot. He apologises for being unable to attend a meeting, 'which I had given up, hearing that Sir C. Trevelyan had, already, promised to undertake the duty'. As president, he must attend 'an important Lecture' at the Victoria Institute, 'the Committee having fixed the day, supposing me to be free'.
Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey (1836-1918), Governor of Victoria, Liberal politician, yachtsman and freemason
On letterhead of Heythrop, Chipping Norton. 19 February 1876.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'I have just come down here, and find my brother's hounds are hunting on Tuesday. I venture therefore to ask, if I may be allowed to change my plans, and to dine with you on Thursday next, instead of Tuesday.' He concludes by explaining why he hopes the change may not be inconvenient.
Viscount Palmerston [ Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston ] (1784-1865), Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
[ No place or date. ]
On 8 x 18 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age. Large firm signature (roughly 2.5 x 6 cm.) on page reading: 'Your Lordships | most obedient | humble Servant, | Palmerston'. Fragment of text on reverse reads: '[...] give the necessary directions for issuing to that Gentleman or his Assigns the sums which may from time to time become due to him. | Mr. Rendall's Salary will [...]'.
Sir Albert Spicer (1847-1934), industrialist and Liberal Party politician, successively Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs and Hackney Central
On letterhead of 10 Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ] 9 July 1906.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his congratulations on 'the honour His Majesty has conferred upon me', adding 'The kind and generous way in which the announcement has been received by our friends has been most gratifying to my Wife and myself.'
Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), English politician and social reformer, Member of Parliament for Derby, and originator of the celebrated 'Plimsoll Line'
Place and date not stated.
On 4 x 13.5 cm. strip of paper, cut from the front panel of an envelope. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'John Head Esq | Ransome Sims & Head | Ipswich', with the underlined signature 'Samuel Plimsoll' at bottom left.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Party politician, four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Place and date not stated. [ 1859? ]
On 2.5 x 11.5 cm. piece of paper, cut from front panel of envelope. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Lower part of address present, reading 'Gt Grimsby | Grantham'. Circular frank in red ink over this, reading 'FREE | 8 JY 8 | 18<5?>9'. Good firm signature underlined at bottom left: 'W E Gladstone'.
George Tomline [ 'Colonel Tomline' ] (1813-1889), Liberal MP and amateur astronomer
On letterhead of 1 Carlton House Terrace, S.W. [ London ] 13 June 1874.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. He invites him to pay him a four-day visit at Brock Park, 'to meet many of your Liberal friends'. Note: Tomline had his observatory at Orwell Park, hence a neighbour of Ransome's (Orwell House).
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Liberal politician, philanthropist and social reformer
No place. <3?> January 1854.
1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. His return to London having been delayed, he regrets that he 'lost the tea-party'. He would be 'glad to know what is due on the account'.
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.
Lord Odo Russell [ Odo William Leopold Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill ] (1829-1884), British diplomat, first British Ambassador to the German Empire [ Rev. Frederick Cox (1821-1906), Dean of Hobart ]
On letterhead of 2 Audley Square, May Fair, W. [ London ] 'Wednesday' [ 1868 ].
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with glue stains and slight damage to second leaf from mounting. At the time of writing Cox was curate at Wantage. Russell begins the letter by stating that he will be visiting his mother and will not 'return to Watford before Friday night. - On Saturday morning I hope I may have the good fortune of finding you at home to talk over matters in connexion with my marriage on the 5th. of May.' (to Lady Emily Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon). He thanks him for taking his room at the Clarendon Hotel, before concluding.
Mrs. Humphry Ward [ Mary A. Ward (1851-1920), novelist ] [ Jerome K. Jerome ]
Addressed from 'Stocks, Aldbury, Tring.', and dating from between 10 and 17 January 1910. Published by Smith, Elder, & Co, London, and printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd, London.
A total of 41pp., 4to. Complete run of ten issues (a second edition, expanded to 63pp., appeared in the same year). In black cloth binding, with manuscript note on front pastedown: 'George H M Ricketts - | Lent to Mr Blackman with a hope that he will read it & circulate it amongst his friends.' Eight of the ten numbers are of 4pp.; one (no.4) is of 6pp; and another (no.10) of 3pp. Uniform in design and all printed in blue ink.
Lord Braybrooke [ Richard Griffin [formerly Neville], 3rd Baron Braybrooke ] (1783-1858), politician and editor of the diaries of Samuel Pepys
Audley End, Saffron Walden. 19 January 1875.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lighthly-aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I beg to enclose a cheque for the Sum of £10 . 10 . and shall feel obliged by yr returning to me a Receipt for the same | I remain | Yours truly | Braybrooke'. In another hand at top right: 'Answd'.
[ Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), Liberal politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] [ Marianne, Lady Monteagle, wife of Thomas Spring Rice (1790-1866), 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon ]
Grove Mill, Watford, Hertfordshire. No date.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Ends abruptly at the end of the fourth page, and without signature. For the period an unusually frank expression of distress, apparently over the death of his wife's elder daughter He thanks her for calling on him with books - 'when you so kindly came to that House though I had intended so very much to see you I felt all my courage fail - & that I s[houl]d. only distress you & do myself harm if I saw you'.
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle, Liberal statesman [ Rear-Admiral Sir John Hindmarsh (1785-1860), first Governor of South Australia ]
[ London, between1852 and 1854, when Newcastle was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. ]
On both sides of a 16 x 20 cm piece of laid paper. In good condition, with light signs of age.Newcastle's signature is bold and firm, underlined with a flourish; the rest of the document is in the hand of a secretary. On one side it reads: 'I have the honor to be | Sir, | Your most obedient | humble servant | Newcastle'. On the other: '[...] No. 1 explaining the nature of the Fund from which you proposed to defray the expense of repairing a Powder Magazine and constructing a Store House in Heligoland and I have now | Leiut: Governor | Sir John Hindmarsh | &c. &c. &c.'
[ National War Aims Committee, London; David Lloyd George, Liberal prime minister ]
'No. 33', 'Published by the National War Aims Committee, at 54, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1.' [ Report of address by the Prime Minister 'to delegates of the British Trade Unions at the Central Hall, Westminster, on January 5th, 1918.'
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'No. 33' in top right-hand corner of first page, which is headed by National War Aims medallion featuring George slaying the dragon. The two central papers carry 'The Prime Minister's Declaration', with headings: 'What we are NOT fighting for', 'What we ARE fighting for' ('In Europe', 'In Asia and Africa', 'General', 'Conclusions'. The back page carries 'Endorsements of the Prime Minister' by Clemenceau, Albert Thomas, President Wilson, Arthur Henderson, J. H. Thomas, Lord Lansdowne and Ramsay Macdonald.
Published by Authority of the British Government. Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office by Harrison, Jehring & Co., Ltd., 11-15, Emerald Street, London, W.C.1. [ 1918 ].
12pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'This Statement was delivered to a meeting of the Representatives of Labour called to consider the question of further efforts for the prosecution of the war.
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne [ Lord Henry Petty ], British Liberal statesman [ Nassau Senior [ Nassau William Senior ] (1790-1864), economist ]
Bowood [ Bowood House, Wiltshhire ]. 5 September 1837.
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'.
Admiral Sir Charles Napier [ Admiral Sir Charles John Napier ] (1786-1860), Royal Navy officer and Liberal Member of Parliament
Place and date not stated.
On 6 x 11.5 cm strip of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. Reads: 'Yours truly | Chas Napier'. On the lower part of the page, in another hand: 'Signature of Admiral Sir Chas. Napier'. Presumably cut from a letter in response to a request for an autograph.
Lord Nugent [ George Nugent-Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent of Carlanstown ] (1788-1850), Irish Whig politician and writer
Without place or date. On paper watermarked 'P EVERITT | 1827'. First published in London in 1830.
9pp., folio. On five leaves of aged and worn paper. Heavily reworked, with numerous deletions and additions. Headed 'The Confessions of A [amended from 'The'] Suspicious Gentleman. | by Lord Nugent'. The present short story was first published in 'The Musical Bijou' for 1830, and was reprinted in 'The Polar Star' (abridged) and 'New York Mirror', before being collected in an anthology by Nugent and his Wife, 'Legends of the Library at Lilies, by the Lord and Lady there' (London: Longman, 1832), pp.51-91.