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[Sir George Burrows, President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Burrows') to the editor of Debrett's Peerage, R. H. Mair, with slip of his entry, completed and corrected in his autograph.

Author: 
Sir George Burrows (1801-1887), President of the Royal College of Physicians, Lecturer on Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London [Robert Henry Mair (1832-1888), editor, Debrett's Peerage]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Springfield, near Ryde, Isle of Wight; 22 August 1874.
£200.00

ONE: Letter. 1p, 16mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. He is returning 'the slip for Debretts Peerage & Baronetage, revised, corrected & with the blank spaces filled up'. He will be resident on the Isle of Wight for the next six weeks, and 'would not delay answering your communication until I return to London in October', although 'materials would have been accessible for affording further particulars'. He ends by stating that he 'always has a copy of Debrett' in his house.

Frank, with signature ('J Lawrence'), seal, and autograph address to Northcote

Author: 
John Laird Mair Lawrence (1811-1879), 1st Baron Lawrence, Viceroy of India from 1864 to 1869 [Sir Stafford Northcote]
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£23.00

Cut from an envelope into a 'T' shape, with the front panel bearing the address and signature roughly 8.5 x 22.5 cm, forming the cross stroke, and the area from the back of the letter bearing the seal, cut into a roughly 6.5 x 5.5 cm rectangle, hanging down from this like the vertical stroke of the letter. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. Reads 'To the Right Honorable, | Sir Stafford Northcote, Bart | Secretary of State for India | London | J Lawrence'. The circular red wax seal is 3.5 cm in diameter.

Typed Letter Signed to J. Gordon Murdoch, on behalf of Gilbert Murray, regarding G. K. Chesterton's candidacy for the Rectorship of Glasgow University.

Author: 
Lucy Mair [Lucy Philip Mair] (1901-1986), social anthropologist [Gilbert Murray; G. K. Chesterton; Glasgow University]
Publication details: 
3 September 1925; on letterhead of Yatscombe, Boar's Hill, Oxford.
£35.00

Landscape 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Murdoch appears to have been 'misinformed as to Professor Murray having promised to write an article in support of Mr. G. K. Chesterton.' Murray is 'unable to undertake any more writing' as he is 'extremely busy at present'. According to Mair's entry in the Oxford DNB, from 1922 to 1927 she was employed by Gilbert Murray as his secretary-assistant in League of Nations affairs. Murdoch is not named, but the item comes from a batch of his correspondence relating to Chesterton's unsuccessful 1925 candidacy for the Rectorship of Glasgow University.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Anna Brownell Jameson
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

Anglo-Irish author (1794-1860) and art critic. Paper dimensions roughly four and a half inches by two inches. Very good. From autograph album. Mounted on larger sheet of paper. Reads '[...] Oxford Street London for the next 3 weeks - Ever yours truly & affecly - | Anna Jameson'. Docketed in pencil at foot '(Legendary Art etc) | Written to my Mother - S[arah]. E[lizabeth]. S[iddons]. M[air].'

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