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[ William Sloane-Stanley of Paultons; horse-racing ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Stanley') to 'My dear Coke' [ 'Coke of Norfolk', Earl of Leicester? ], regarding horsebreeding, Lord Palmerston/ field sports, country houses, high society gossip.

Author: 
William Sloane-Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [ Paulton's Park ], Hampshire, successively MP for Oxford and Stockbridge [ Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester ('Coke of Norfolk', 'Coke of Houghton')]
Publication details: 
Paultons [ Paultons Park, near Romsey, Hampshire ]. 1 December [ no year ].
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A gossippy letter, much of the context of which has been lost. Begins: 'My dear Coke | May I trouble you to pay the inclosed Bill for me at Mattocks - I have sent you a small Bill on Coutts, which I will make payable to the Proprietor of the Museum -'. Regarding horsebreeding he notes from the newspapers 'that the hon. W. Howard has sold Hundershelf or Hengerst & Haphazard with a long Pedigree to Mr. Painter. The Abbot will no doubt have a second Dairy Maid - by the bye that sort of Butler is a very dear article -'.

[ Lord Marchmont on the anti-Catholic ('No Popery') agitation of Lord George Gordon and the Protestant Association. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marchmont') to an unnamed recipient, giving advice for 'every Friend to our Constitution'.

Author: 
Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont [ Lord Marchmont; in youth styled Lord Polwarth ](1708-1794), Scottish politician, Governor of Bank of Scotland [ Papists Act, 1778; Lord George Gordon ]
Publication details: 
London; 6 February 1779.
£135.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium, docketed on reverse of second leaf 'Popish Bill'. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins with reference to the giving of the recipient's 'Directions' to 'the Gentleman', before turning to the anti-Catholic agitation: 'As I never heard of the allarm [sic] taken about Popery, but from the News Papers, I took it to be a thing little attended to. I am assured no step is to be taken in the matter this Session. It is therefore the business of every Friend to our Constitution to prevent the Protestants from being deceived into any Acts of violence.

[ Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Marchmont'), the second concerning the 'Great Seal' and the death of Andrew Pringle, Lord Alemoor.

Author: 
Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont [ Lord Marchmont; in youth styled Lord Polwarth ](1708-1794), Scottish politician, Governor of the Bank of Scotland, 1763-90 [ Andrew Pringle, Lord Alemoor ]
Publication details: 
Both from London. 18 February 1766; 18 April 1776.
£100.00

Both letters 1p., 4to. Both on bifoliums with second leaf docketed. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: London; 18 February 1766. He begins with reference to the sending of two bills to 'Mr. Fairholme', then turns to the question of a receipt for 'Rob: Minto', which he provides, with its own signature, at the end of the letter. He then states that as a result of 'Mr Pringles Letter' he has 'lost hopes of Lord Nisbet'. Finally he says that he has 'had a Letter of form from Billie notifying Widderburn's Death'. TWO: London; 18 April 1776. Docketed 'Great Seal'.

[ Edward Morris Erskine, diplomat. ] 'Private' Autograph Letter Signed ('E. M. Erskine') to the Hon. George Elliot, regarding the death of his father the Earl of Minto, his 'grievance' against Lord John Russell, and the Risorgimento.

Author: 
Edward Morris Erskine (1817-1883), diplomat [ George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901), son of Gilbert Elliot (1782-1859), 2nd Earl of Minto ]
Publication details: 
Stockholm; 3 September 1859.
£150.00

7pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, on aged paper. First page headed 'Private'. Docketed by Elliot 'My Father's death'. An excellent letter casting interesting light on the machinations of the Liberal government. Erskine is attempting something requiring all of his diplomatic tact: sending appropriate condolences to Elliot on his father's death before turning to his 'own concerns': the putting of his case to Elliot as the brother-in-law of the Foreign Secretary Lord John Russell, on the question of his 'grievance' against Russell and the Foreign Office.

[ Sir Kenelm Digby of the Home Office. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed to Sir Richard Harington, on topics including the Radnorshire Police Enquiry. With letter from secretary F. J. Dryhurst.

Author: 
Sir Kenelm Digby [ Sir Kenelm Edward Digby ] (1836-1916), lawyer and civil servant, Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Home Office,1895-1903 [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
The ten items from the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ]. One from 1895, the other nine from 1897.
£220.00

The collection of ten items (six ALsS, two TLsS, one secretarial letter signed, and one letter from Dryhurst) is in good overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. Digby's two typed letters, both 1897, are both formal letters on behalf of the Home Secretary, regarding the Radnorshire Police Enquiry, the first being the 'official thanks' (see below). The content would appear to largely concern the Radnorshire Police Enquiry.

[ Lord John Russell's private secretary, Hon. George Elliot; Italian Independence; Risorgimento ] Autograph Manuscript memorandum regarding 'Austrian Emigrants'.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell [ Lord John Russell ] (1792-1878), Prime Minister ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London, 1850s or 1860s. ]
£220.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. With a couple of minor emendations. At top left of first page Elliot has written 'Copy'. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: 'Austrian Emigration'. Begins: 'In the Austrian Code (Decree of 1832) Emigration is treated of under a distinct head. | Every Austrian Subject removing to a foreign state or remaining abroad sine animo revertendi, as the Scotch wd. express it, is held to be an Emigrant.' Most of the third page is taken up with a precis of two points 'From Proclamation of Feb.

[ Kennet and Avon Canal Company. ] Two printed circulars, by Dundas and Page respectively, each including reports of the committee of management and statements of accounts; second featuring lithographed map by Cartwright and notice of Lord Amesbury.

Author: 
Kennet and Avon Canal Company [ Charles Dundas and Frederick Page, Chairmen; Lord Amesbury; R. Cartwright, London lithographer; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Kennet and Avon Canal Company. ] Marlborough: 20 July 1830 and 17 July 1832.
£300.00

The 57-mile canal section of the two rivers was constructed between 1794 and 1810. In the face of competition by the Great Western Railway it fell into disuse in the latter nineteenth century. A process of restoration began a hundred years later, and the canal is now a popular amenity. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Both headed on first page 'Report of the Committee of Management, of the Kennet and Avon Canal Navigation.' Both are 3pp., 8vo, on bifoliums.

[ George Young, Shrewsbury Quaker land surveyor. ] Coloured manuscript map on vellum of 'Lands at the Holly Bush and the Dales in the Chapelry of Knightwick and County of Worcester Belonging to Isabella Hodges'.

Author: 
George Young (1750-1820) Shrewsbury Quaker land surveyor [ Isabella Hodges, Worcester landowner ]
Publication details: 
'Survey'd & Drawn by George Young Worcester 1776.'
£220.00

On one side of a 58 x 39 cm. piece of vellum. In fair condition, rolled, and lightly aged and worn. An finished production, with elegant lettering and compass. Maps showing the lands – which adjoin those of Lord Foley – at the Holly Bush to the left side, and those at the Dales to the right. Title in the middle of the page, beneath which is a table of 24 locations, from 'Far Meadow' to 'Orly Spring', colour coded to the two parts of the map: 'Green | Yellow | Red | Blue | Sea Green'. The table quantifies the amount of 'Arable | Pasture | Orchards | Hop Yards | Coppice', with totals.

[ Lord Muir Mackenzie, as Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'K. Muir Mackenzie') to Sir Richard Harington, with two long autograph drafts by Harington, all on the subject of County Court registrars.

Author: 
K. Muir Mackenzie, Lord Muir Mackenzie [ Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir Mackenzie ] (1845-1930), barrister, civil servant, politician; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet
Publication details: 
Muir Mackenzie's three letters on House of Lords letterheads; 7 January and 21 May (two) 1897. Harington's drafts from Whitbourne Court, Worcester (the second on cancelled letterhead of County Court Office, Kidderminster); 3 January and 17 March 1897
£180.00

The five items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Muir Mackenzie to Harington, 7 January 1897. 3pp., 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Sir Richard | The Lord Chancellor and his predecessors for many years have declined to sanction the appointment of joint registrars except in places where the amount of business requires two registrars; that is to say, if the business at Stourbridge is such as to require two Colles, it would still require a colleague for Colles Junr.

[ General Sir Alexander Godley, Governor of Gibraltar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alex J Godley') to 'Elliot' [ Hubert Elliot] regarding a proposed life of Lord Heathfield.

Author: 
General Sir Alexander Godley [ Sir Alexander John Godley ] (1867-1957), Commander of New Zealand and Australia Divison in Gallipoli Campaign, Governor of Gibraltar [ Hubert Eliott; Lord Heathfield ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Mill House, Boxford, Newbury, Berks. 14 September 1955.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased with a short closed tear. Addressed to 'Dear Elliot [sic]'. The subject of the letter is George Augustus Elliot, 1st Baron Heathfield, who was Governor of Gibraltar (as was Godley) during the Great Siege of 1779-1783. Godley begins by informing him 'that David Erskine still contemplates the possibility of a full Life of Lord Heathfield'. He has done 'all I can to ensure it by having been the instigator of the two short efforts by Eveline Godley & Dosie Brinton & by having got into touch with you regarding a writer'.

[ Walter Long, 1st Viscount Long, as President of the Board of Agriculture. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Walter H. Long') to Sir Richard Harington, on proposed measures to 'exterminate Rabies & Hydrophonbia'. With draft reply by Harington.

Author: 
Walter Long [ Walter Hume Long ], 1st Viscount Long [ Lord Long ] (1854-1924), Conservative politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Both Long's letters on letterhead of the Board of Agriculture, 4 Whitehall Place, S.W. [ London ]. 2 September 1897 and undated [ received 11 September 1897 ]. Harington's draft letter from 'W[hitborne]. C[ourt]. W[orcester].' 8 September 1897.
£150.00

The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Long to Harington, 2 September 1897. 2pp., 12mo. He thanks him for his 'courteous letter' and is sending 'another memo. dealing with points raised by you'. He continues: 'We, of course, do not imagine that our orders and procedure are beyond criticism or are faultless - but we are supported by the Committee, & by the large majority of experts.

[ Henry Vassall-Fox, Lord Holland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vll Holland.') to Rev. Matthew Marsh, Rector of Winterslow, including his own translations of his son Charles's Eton College Latin exercises, with his comments.

Author: 
Henry Richard Vassall-Fox (1773-1840), 3rd Baron Holland [ Lord Holland ], Whig politician and man of letters [ Rev. Matthew Marsh (1769-1840), Rector of Winterslow, Chancellor of Salisbury Cathedral]
Publication details: 
Falmouth. 27 October 1808.
£120.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. With frank carrying a Falmouth postmark and broken seal in black wax, addressed by Holland: 'Falmouth October twenty seven 1808 | Revd M Marsh | Winterslow | Salisbury | Holland'.

[ Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dundonald') to Lady Harington, expressing condolences on her husband's death.

Author: 
Lieut-Gen. Douglas Cochrane [ Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane ],12th Earl of Dundonald (1852-1935), British Army general [ Lady Selina Louisa Grace Harington [ born Melville ]]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fernwood, Victoria Road, Wimbledon Park, S.W.19. [ London ] 3 February 1931.
£30.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Just a word of sympathy in your troubles. Life is full of sorrow. I hope that you will get away to where there is sunshine - Again you have all my sympathy and my kindest thoughts'. Lady Harington, wife of Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, was a daughter of the 6th Viscount Melville. From the Harington family papers.

[ F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. ] Autograph signature ('Birkenhead') removed from document.

Author: 
F. E. Smith [ Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead ] (1872-1930), Lord Chancellor
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

Good firm signature, underlined. In good condition, on 5 x 9 cm piece of paper.

[ Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn, Lord Chancellor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Al. Wedderburn') to an unnamed recipient

Author: 
Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn (1733-1805), Lord Chancellor, 1793-1801, Scottish lawyer
Publication details: 
Cavendish Square [ London ]. '4 o Clock' [ no date ].
£180.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, and with the neat remains of windowpane mount adhering to the edges. He writes that 'Sir Harry Erskine had applied to the Duke of Ancaster for a passport Ticket for me, but He has just now informed me That He has had an Answer from his Grace about another Ticket but no notice taken of his application for the Pass Ticket. This embarrasses me exceedingly as I have engaged myself with a party who go from the Abbey to the Hall and I should be infinitely obliged to you if you happen to be enough acquainted with the D.

[ John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, and Sir Henry Furnese, merchant and politician. ] Autograph Signatures ('Hervey' and 'Henry Furnese') on reverse of part of Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol (1665-1751); Sir Henry Furnese, 1st Baronet (1658-1712) of Waldershare, Kent, merchant and politician; George Wanley.
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 15 June 1710.
£120.00

Part of printed Exchequer receipt, on one side of 18 x 17.5 cm piece of paper, titled 'Sir Henry Furnese Bar. in Repayment of Loan on the Twelfth 4s. Aid, Anno 1709.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On the reverse, in a clerk's hand: 'I doe hereby Assigne and transfer all my Right Title and Interest of the within order and talley thereto belonging to the Right Honble. John Lord Hervey or his Assigns'. Signed 'Henry Furnese', and beneath this, in the hand of Lord Hervey (he was created Earl of Bristol in 1714): 'June 15 1710 | Recd the Contents | Hervey'.

[ Anne Godolphin, Lady Godolphin. ] Autograph Signature ('A: Godolphin') on Exchequer receipt, with signature of witness 'W Noble'.

Author: 
Lady Anne Godolphin [ born Anne Marie FitzWilliam ] (1722-1802), Lady Godolphin, wife of Francis Godolphin (1706-1785), 2nd Baron Godolphin [ Lord Godolphin ]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. January 1791.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. Printed Exchequer receipt for £25, headed 'Annuities 3700l. per Week', made out to 'Lady Godolphin | Assignee'. In fair condition, on aged paper worn and creased at extremities.

[ Lord Whitworth, British diplomat. ] Manuscript Exchequer receipt for £2000, signed by 'Chas: Whitworth' ('Lord Whitworth Ambassador and Plenipotentiary at Cambray'), in the hand of the witness 'Tho: Lowther'.

Author: 
Charles Whitworth, 1st Baron Whitworth [ Lord Whitworth ] (1675-1725), British diplomat [ Thomas Lowther; Court of Exchequer, London ]
Publication details: 
Court of Exchequer, London. 5 March 1724.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed 'Recordr 4 Mar'. Begins: 'Recd of the Rt. Honble the Lord William Powlett one of the four Tellers of the Recet of his Majys Excheqr the Sum of Two Thousand pounds in farther Parte of an Order dated the 18 day of ffebry 1724'.

[ Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere. ] Autograph Signature ('Vere.') on part of Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere (1699-1781), known as Lord Vere Beauclerk until 1750, British peer and politician
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 27 July 1764.
£150.00

Part of printed receipt made out to Vere, on one side of a trimmed-down 18 x 12.5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Recording the receipt of £42 10s 0d, on behalf of 'Lady Vere & Hble Aubrey Beauclerk'.

[ Lord Perry, first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Britain. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Perry.') to K. W. Luckhurst of the Royal Society of Arts, regarding an invitation to become a member.

Author: 
Percival Perry [ Percival Lea Dewhurst Perry ], 1st Baron Perry [ Lord Perry ] (1878-1956), English motor vehicle manufacturer, first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Britain
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 88 Regent Street, London, W.1. 23 October 1947.
£30.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Name in block capitals in red pencil and stamped date at head, with holes to one corner from stapling. The 'matter' of the invitation to Perry to join the Society has 'been delayed because I have been the victim of very distressing domestic illness'. He is sending the completed application, but explains that he has been 'ordered to winter abroad', and is 'leaving for the Bahamas within the month, and will not 'be back in England until the Spring of next year'.

[ Keith Murray, Lord Murray, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford,. ] Typed Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed (both 'Murray of Newhaven'), the letter declining to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the note regarding a meeting there.

Author: 
Keith Anderson Hope Murray, Baron Murray of Newhaven [ Lord Murray ] (1903-1993), agronomist, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of the Leverhulme Trust Fund, 21-23 New Fetter Lane, London, E.C.4. Letter dated 11 January 1967; note dated 9 November 1965.
£30.00

LETTER: 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Docketed in red and blue ink. He is grateful for 'the Council's very kind invitation to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts', and would have been happy to accept, except that he is 'intending to move from London into the country at a fairly early date', and 'would, therefore, be unable to take advantages [sic] of this Fellowship'. He hopes the Society will 'appreciate the reasons for my reducing rather than increasing my ties in London'. NOTE: 1p., landscape 12mo. Addressed to 'Mr. Samson', Assistant Secretary.

[ Frederic Thesiger, Viscount Chelmsford. ] Autograph Signature ('Chelmsford').

Author: 
Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford [ Frederic Thesiger, Lord Chelmsford ] (1868-1933), Governor of Queensland, Governor of New South Wales, Viceroy of India
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£30.00

On 3 x 10 cm piece of grey paper. Laid down on 9 x 11.5 cm piece of card. In fair condition, aged and a little dusty. Neat and crisp signature, cut from a letter, and reading: 'Faithfully Yours | Chelmsford'. Also laid down on the card is a brief biographical cutting.

[ James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Caithness') to <James Kennard?> of Bedford, regarding his 'Plan of a plough'.

Author: 
James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness [ styled Lord Berriedale, 1823-1855 ] (1821-1881), Scottish Liberal politician, scientist and inventor.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Weston House, Shipston-on-Stour. 1 January 1864.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He letter begins: 'The last time I had the pleasure of being at your Works, was with The Duke of Sutherland, & Mr. Maconnell then of the L. & N. W. Rail. I am now anxious to see you on a matter of business, & if you are at home, I propose to go to Bedford on Thursday next, the 7th. Jany.' He gives details of how he proposes to travel, before explaining his object as to 'show you the Plan of a plough. I have tried it in a rough way, & it seems to save much <?>, & to do good work.

[ George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Auckland') to an unnamed recipient, arranging a 'walk over the manor' of Barlow.

Author: 
George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland [ Lord Auckland ] (1784-1849), Whig politician, Governor-General of India and three-times First Lord of the Admiralty
Publication details: 
Cantley [ Cantley Hall, Yorkshire ]. 8 September [ no year but paper with 1820 watermark].
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with cropped margins. Begins: 'Sir | I am shocked at just discovering that I neglected to put on Thursday into the Post Office at Sheffield a letter which I had written to you - Its object was to thank you for your obliging communication & visit and to express my regret that I had not the pleasure of seeing you - I return to Eyam on Thursday and should be very glad to visit Barlow on Friday'.

[ Sir George Warrender of Lochend, as Lord of the Admiralty. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Warrender') to an unnamed recipient

Author: 
Sir George Warrender [ Sir George Warrender of Lochend, 4th Baronet (1782-1849), Scottish politician nicknamed 'Sir Gorge Provender', Lord of the Admiralty, 1822-1828
Publication details: 
Admiralty [ London ]. 10 April [ no year ].
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper. Reads: 'My Dear Sir | Mr Macpherson Grant the Member for Sutherland wishes to see the Dock Yard at Woolwich tomorrow and you will oblige me very much by directing that he & his party may be admitted into the Dock Yard. | I am My Dear Sir | every Yours truly | G. Warrender'.

[ Lord Francis Leveson-Gower, later Earl of Ellesmere. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F Leveson Gower') to Viscount Melville, as Chief Secretary for Ireland, regarding the post of Vice Admiral for the Province of Munster.

Author: 
Lord Francis Leveson-Gower [ later Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere ] (1800-1857), Conservative politician and patron of the arts [ Robert Saunders–Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851) ]
Publication details: 
London. 30 March 1830.
£180.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: 'Lord Frs. Lewson [sic] Gower | 30. Mar: 1830 | Vice Admiral for the Province of Munster'. Headed 'Private'. He was unable to answer Melville's letter 'without previous communication with the Ld Lieutt'. In response to Melville's 'question whether there is any Peer in the Province of Munster to whom it would be proper to offer the vacant Vice Admiralty jurisdiction, I have now to communicate the Ld Lieuts opinion, in which Mr Peel concurs, that it would be admirable to offer it to Ld Donoughmore'.

[ Lord Adolphus FitzClarence, Royal Navy rear admiral and son of King William IV and Mrs. Jordan. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Adolphus FitzClarence') to an unnamed admiral, declining an invitation to a dinner party.

Author: 
Lord Adolphus FitzClarence (1802-1856), Royal Navy rear admiral, illegitimate son of King William IV [as Duke of Clarence] and actress Dorothy Jordan [ Mrs. Jordan ] (1761-1816)
Publication details: 
'St. James's Palace | Monday [ no date ]'. On letterhead of royal crest.
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with one short closed tear. Reads: 'St. James's Palace | Monday | My dear Admiral | I sincerely regret being engaged for Saturday or I should have had much pleasure in joining your party | Yours Most Truly | Adolphus FitzClarence'.

[ Thomas Spring Rice, Lord Monteagle, Whig politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monteagle.') to the anonyumous author of a book on decimal coinage, discussing the question and that of 'a common system of international coinage'.

Author: 
Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon (1790-1866), Irish-born British Whig politician,
Publication details: 
Putney Lawn; 2 July 1859.
£500.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with traces of grey paper mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Thirty-seven lines of text. The letter is written to the anonymous author of 'Decimal coinage. The plan of the mathematicians rejected by commercial and practical men' (London: Ridgway, 1858), who has sent his work to Monteagle.

[ 'The Hudson Case'. ] Manuscripts of Elliot's defence of Russell and Sir Henry Elliot in controversy over Italian ambassador Sir James Hudson, including 'unpublished part', letters by Countess Russell and Sir Henry Elliot, annotated pamphlet.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878), Prime Minister; Sir James Hudson (1810-1885); Sir Henry Elliot (1817-1907) ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] 1881, 1885 and 1886.
£1,800.00

A son of the Earl of Minto, Elliot (hereafter GSE) was Russell's brother-in-law and one of his two executors. The events described in the present collection occurred while GSE was living with Russell, who was then Home Secretary, as his private secretary; and the controversy is over the claim that the replacement of Sir James Hudson as Italian ambassador by GSE's brother, the future Sir Henry Elliot (1817-1907), was an 'act of nepotism' on the part of Russell.

[ Samuel Cunliffe Lister, 1st Baron Masham [ Lord Lister ]. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. C. Lister') to Sir Albert Woods, regarding his Patent of Peerage.

Author: 
Samuel Cunliffe Lister, 1st Baron Masham [ Lord Lister ] (1815-1906), Bradford textile baron and inventor [ Sir Albert William Woods (1816-1904), Garter Principal King of Arms ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Swinton, Masham, Yorkshire. 26 May 1893.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering. On his return home he has found that the Patent of Peerage has arrived safely. 'I had thought "under the Sign Manual" meant the Queens signature, but I see that it only means the impression of the great seal.' Lister had been made a peer in 1891, taking his title from the Yorkshire town of Masham, close to which is Swinton Park, purchased by him in 1888.

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