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[ William Sweetland Dallas, zoologist, 'collaborateur to Darwin'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Dallas') to 'G. Masters', agreeing under duress to allow a visit to the Geological Society collection, the scope of which he discusses.

Author: 
W. S. Dallas [ William Sweetland Dallas ] (1824-1890) of the Geological Society, zoologist, friend and 'collaborateur' to Charles Darwin, as also Huxley, Owen and Lyell
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Geological Society, Burlington House, W. [ London ] 19 May 1882.
£300.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by conveying his irritation that Masters had arranged 'a visit to the Society's Museum' without consulting 'the authorities'. However, as the notices have been distributed, and 'the party will be a very small one, we must do the best we can'. He asks to be informed, 'by return of post, what you think will interest your friends, in order that the drawers may be got out & prepared for their inspection'.

[ Frances Power Cobbe, social reformer, anti-vivisectionist and women's suffrage campaigner. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis P Cobbe') to Lady Bowring, inviting her and her friends ('Huxleys, Lyells & others') to meet Julia Ward Howe and husband.

Author: 
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and women's suffrage campaigner [ Sir John Bowring; Julia Ward Howe ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ before 1872 ].
£250.00

2pp., 12mo. On lightly-aged paper with a number of vertical fold lines. The reference to Sir John Bowring dates the letter to before his death in 1872. With reference to Julia Ward Howe (author of the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic') and her husband Samuel Gridley Howe she writes: 'Dr. & Mrs. Howe of Boston whose names you are sure to know (philanthropist poetess) are coming to take a four oclock cup of tea with us on Thursday, the day after to morrow - We are asking a few your [sic] friends Huxleys, Lyells & others to meet them - & it would give us much pleasure if you & Sir John Bowring wd.

[ Arabella Buckley, author and science educator. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arabella B Fisher') to 'Miss May', arranging a meeting.

Author: 
Arabella Buckley [ Arabella Burton Buckley, married name Arabella Burton Fisher ] (1840-1929), author and science educator, secretary to Charles Lyell [ Charles Darwin; Alfred Russel Wallace ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fircroft, Park Town, Oxford. 17 February 1910.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. She has been informed by 'Miss Mildred Jones' that May is 'an out-student at one of the Oxford colleges, and that you would probably like to come and see me'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Chauncey B. Tinker') from the Boswell scholar Chauncey Brewster Tinker, Professor of English Literature at Yale University, concerning the proposed presentation of a manuscript by Charles McCamie of West Virginia.

Author: 
Chauncey Brewster Tinker (1876-1963), Professor of English Literature at Yale University, and authority on James Boswell and Doctor Samuel Johnson
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Yale College Department of English. 8 October 1924.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. With stamped and postmarked envelope, addressed by Tinker to 'Chas. Mc.Carnie, Esqr., | Natl. Bank of W. V. Bldg, | Wheeling, W. V.' Tinker considers that 'The MSS.

Autograph Letter Signed from the geologist and reformer Leonard Horner to his daughter Lady Mary Lyell, widow of Sir Charles Lyell, quoting letters from Thomas Longman and the son of Macvey Napier about an Edinburgh Review article on W. H. Prescott.

Author: 
Leonard Horner (1785-1864), Scottish geologist, father of Lady Mary Lyell (1808-73), wife of Sir Charles Lyell [William Hickling Prescott; George Ticknor; Thomas Longman; Macvey Napier]
Publication details: 
17 Queen's Road West, Regent's Park, London; 31 July 1860.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Closely and neatly written. 45 lines of text. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting item, pulling together several strands of nineteenth-century Anglo-American literature. Having received a letter from his daughter telling him that George Ticknor (1791-1871) of Boston was 'desirous of knowing who was the author of an article in the Edinburgh Review on a work of Mr Prescott', Horner has written to the publisher 'Mr Longman as the most likely person to give or get me the information'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Aleyn Lyell Reade') from A. L. Reade, author of 'Johnsonian Gleanings' to fellow-Johnsonian Charles McCamic, with reference to Professor Albert W. Smith, Dean of Sibley College, Cornell University.

Author: 
A. L. Reade [Aleyn Lyell Reade] (1876-1953) of Blundellsands, genealogist and author of 'Johnsonian Gleanings' (11 vols, 1909-1952) [Charles McCamic; Albert William Smith; Samuel Johnson]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Treleaven House, Blundellsands, near Liverpool; 30 September 1924.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Reade is pleased that McCamic has returned safely from his travels, and that they 'extended as far as Venice'. He is sending the 'Barber book' by book post, and gives the price. 'A few weeks ago I had Prof. Smith from Cornell University [Albert William Smith (1856-1942), Dean of Sibley College] to see me: he is a good Johnsonian.' He has had a letter in the TLS, and asks McCamic to send his own 'Johnsonian papers'. He sends his regards, 'in which the rest of the circle join'.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On piece of paper roughly one inch by three and a half inches wide. Good, with glue staining to reverse. Reads 'Yours sincerely | Rod. I. Murchison | P.S. | <...>. On reverse (which is docketed in pencil) 'I <...> | that when Lord Palmeston died he had in his <...> 80 applications <...>'.

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