MACGREGOR

[ Henry Wellesley, Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, and art connoisseur. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H Wellesley') to Major R. Guthrie Macgregor, praising in fulsome terms his translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
Henry Wellesley (1794-1866), Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, curator of Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Taylor Institute and art connoisseur [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ]
Publication details: 
Both from New Inn Hall, Oxford. 19 September 1855 and 27 October 1864.
£50.00

Each letter 3pp., 12mo, and each on a bifolium. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE (19 September 1855): This first letter relates to the copy of Macgregor's 'Specimens of the Greek Anthology' (privately printed, [1855]) now in the British Library, 'With an autograph letter from the Translator to Dr. Wellesley; and a Critique upon the work, by the latter, also in MS.' In the present letter Wellesley writes that he has 'read them with the greatest pleasure.

[ George Carless Swayne of Harrow School, divine and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. C. Swayne') to Major R. G. Macgregor, praising his 'Specimens from the Greek Anthology' with reference to Blackwood's Magazine and Walter Savage Landor.

Author: 
G. C. Swayne [ George Carless Swayne ] (1818-1892), divine and author, Rector of Perrivale, master at Harrow School, contributor to Blackwood's Magazine [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Perrivale Rectory near Harrow. 23 September [ no year ].
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He praises Macgregor's book for representing 'most faithfully the spirit of the original. This I take it is the chief merit of any translation.' Macgregor's 'employment in this manner so distinct from the ordinary pursuits of the leisure of an officer, proves the work to be “con amore”'.

[ Andrew Alexander, Professor of Greek in the University of St Andrews. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andw. Alexander') to Major R. G. Macgregor

Author: 
Andrew Alexander (c.1787-1859), Professor of Greek in the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
St Andrews [ Fife, Scotland ]. 15 December 1855.
£75.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. A good long letter, full of content, thanking him for a presentation copy of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' (published without date in London by Nissen and Parker). He has perused most of Macgregor's translations 'with great pleasure, & several with a sentiment which the word pleasure too coldly expresses'. He has not 'examined them critically, comparing them minutely with the Greek text, in order to satisfy myself, whether the meaning of the Authors was faithfully rendered.

[ William Hale Hale, Master of Charterhouse. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Hale') to Major R. S. Macgregor, discussing his 'Specimens of Greek Anthology' and his own position, with reference to Richard Elwyn, Edward Elder and Dean Milman.

Author: 
W. H. Hale [ William Hale Hale ] (1795-1870), Master of Charterhouse and Archdeacon of London [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869); Edward Elder (1812-1858); Richard Elwyn (1827-1897) ]
Publication details: 
Charterhouse [ London ]. 31 October 1855.
£45.00

3pp.,, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He acknowledges receipt of Macgregor's 'Specimens of Greek Anthology', of which he has 'already read the greatest part with much pleasure', and has 'felt from the translation the force of the original'. He continues: 'I do not however profess to be a critic of poetry, my thoughts & studies have not been directed that way.' He has 'placed the other copies in the hands of the two chief Schoolmasters, Dr Elder [Edward Elder (1812-1858)] and Mr Elwyn [Richard Elwyn (1827-1897)'.

[ George Murray Smith of Smith, Elder & Co., publishers of the Brontes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Smith') to Major R. G. Macgregor, praising his 'Specimens of Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
George Murray Smith (1824-1901), publisher in the London firm Smith, Elder & Co., publishers of the Brontes [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
65 Cornhill [ London ]. 19 December 1855.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Having been absent from London, he has not been able until recently to look over the copy of 'Specimens of Greek Anthology' which Macgregor sent him, but having now read some of the specimens, he cannot now 'refrain from expressing my obligation to you for the pleasure they afforded me'. He 'could not have supposed that the literal meaning of the Greek could have been rendered in so spirited a manner, and with so much appearance of ease'.

[ Henry Melvill (1798-1871), Principal of the East India Company College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Melvill'], thanking 'Major McGregor' [ Robert Guthrie Macgregor ] for two copies of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Henry Melvill (1798-1871), Principal of the East India Company College, 1844-1858, and Canon of St Paul's Cathedral
Publication details: 
East India College. 29 July 1857.
£65.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tear at head of first leaf. He thanks him for 'transmitting two copies of your “Epitaphs [sic] from the Greek Anthology” - one for myself, the other for our College Library'.

[ Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury and Headmaster of Rugby School. ] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Major Macgregor' [ Robert Guthrie Macgregor ], acknowledging receipt of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Frederick Temple (1821-1902), Archbishop of Canterbury and Headmaster of Rugby School [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Rugby. 25 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dr. Temple returns his thanks to Major Macgregor for the Greek Anthology received by Post which will be placed in the School Library. Dr Temple is much interested with the little he has been able to see of the Book.' Macgregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ Rev. Dr Bulkeley Bandinel, Bodley's Librarian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('B Bandinel | Bodleys Librarian') [ to Major R. G. Macgregor ], regarding a presentation to the Bodleian of two copies of 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'. ]

Author: 
Bulkeley Bandinel (1781-1861), Bodley's Librarian [ The Bodleian Library, Oxford; Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Bodleian Library, Oxford. 30 July 1857.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with faint stain to first page. The letter is of interest for Bandinel's reference to his education, with the recipient, under Richard Valpy (1754-1836) at Reading School.) The recipient is not named, but the letter is addressed to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869), and concerns his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology', which was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ H. Montagu Butler, ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Montagu Butler') [ to Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor ], regarding the gift to Harrow of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918), Headmaster of Harrow School, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Harrow. 28 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He thanks him for his 'very kind present to our School Library': 'The "Greek Anthology" will, I need not say, be a most acceptable addition to our treasures.' Guthrie's 'name will duly appear in our annual list of those friends who during the last twelve months have provevd themselves Benfactors to the Library'.

[ William Hepworth Thompson, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. H. Thompson'), accepting a copy of Major R. G. MacGregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
William Hepworth Thompson (1810-1886), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, classical scholar [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Trinity College, Cambridge. 2 November 1864.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He asks him to accept his 'best thanks for your He accepts MacGregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' (published without date in London by Nissen and Parker) and adds: 'I entirely share your admiration for the better specimens of Greek Epigrammata Literature, which I trust that your elegant Translations will help to rescue from such undeserved neglect'.

[ Gilbert Ainslie, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Major Macgregor', regarding his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Gilbert Ainslie (1793-1870), Master of Pembroke College, and twice Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Pembroke College, Cambridge. 31 October 1864.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has just received a copy of Ainslie's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' from the London booksellers Messrs. Macmillan, together with MacGregor's 'obliging note'. The book will be placed in the College library, and Ainslie begs leave, 'in the name of our Society, to return you many thanks for it'. Macgregor's 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker.

[ Robert Scott, Master of Balliol, co-compiler of the 'Liddell and Scott' Greek-English lexicon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Scott | Master of Balliol') to Major R. G. MacGregor, on the gift of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Robert Scott (1811-1887), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and co-compiler of the 'Liddell and Scott' Greek-English lexicon [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Balliol College, Oxford. 24 October 1864.
£65.00

1p.,12mo. In good condition. Scott writes that he has 'just received, through Messrs. Parker, the volume of your Translations from the Greek Anthology which you have kindly requested me to place in the Library of Balliol College'. He thanks him on behalf of the College, and assures him that the book will be so placed, 'according to your desire'. MacGregor's tranlsation was published in London without a date by Nissen and Parker. Scott's co-compiler Henry Liddell was the father of 'Alice in Wonderland'.

[ John David Macbride, Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. ] Autograph Note Signed ('J D Macbride') | Principal of Magd: Hall' ], [ to Major R. G. MacGregor] acknowledging the receipt of a copy of translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
J. D. Macbride [ John David Macbride ] (1778-1868), Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, later Hertford College [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Oxford. 27 October 1864.
£75.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Sir | I beg to thank you for a copy of your Greek Anthology which I shall deposit as your gift in the Hall Library of this Society.' Macgregor is not named, but the item comes from a batch of his papers. His 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker. Macbride oversaw the move (completed in 1822) of Magdalen Hall from alongside Magdalen College to the site of the defunct Hertford College, after which it was renamed in 1874.

[Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ch MacGregor Qr') to 'O.C. Jagdalah', writing from Afghanistan [during the Second Anglo-Afghan War?] and instructing him to 'send a sufficient party to hold Seh Baba'.

Author: 
Major-General Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor (1840-1887), Quartermaster General in India [Captain Tucker, Political Officer in Jamrood Fort, Afghanistan; Second Anglo-Afghan War, 1878]
Publication details: 
'548 | Kabul 28 Decr [1878]'.
£250.00

1p., 8vo. On grey paper. Aged and worn, with chipping, glue stains and remains of gummed label. Laid down on leaf removed from album. The document reads: '548 [i.e. the number of the despatch] | Kabul 28 Decr | To O.C. Jagdalah. | In continuation of this office No 544 the O.C. is directed to request he will at once arrange to send a sufficient party to hold Seh Baba. | He is also to arrange to escort the <?> sent with Capt Tucker as far as Lataband or Butkhak if necessary, on their return journey. | They should return on Wednesday'.

Manuscript Journals containing accounts of an Englishman's (or Scotsman's) two fishing trips to Canada, the first in 1874 and the second in 1876, primarily to Quebec and New Brunswick.

Author: 
Walter A. MacGregor [Canada; Quebec; New Brunswick; freshwater; salmon fishing]
 MS Diary Englishman's (or Scotsman's)  two fishing trips to Canada
Publication details: 
1874 and 1876-7.
£1,250.00
 MS Diary Englishman's (or Scotsman's)  two fishing trips to Canada

Both volumes 4to, and uniform in dark-green leather bindings. A total of 195 manuscript pages. The journals reveal the author to be a man of leisure and means, fully able to induldge his taste for freshwater fishing, at camps with 'canoemen', cook, and canoes. The English sections indicate that he was a clubman, that he worked in the City (with possible business interests in Liverpool), and lived in West London with (sister?) 'Lola' and his mother. 'Alick', presumably a brother, is occasionally mentioned. (It may be that he was the Walter A.

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