[W. E. Henley [William Ernest Henley], author of 'Invictus', one of the most popular poems in the English language, and original of Long John Silver.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Steuart' [John Alexander Steuart] on the breaking of his health.

W. E. Henley [William Ernest Henley] (1849-1903), Victorian poet, critic and editor, author of one of the most popular poems in the English language, 'Invictus', and original of Long John Silver
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On letterhead of St. George's Lodge, Chesswood Road, Worthing; 1 December 1899.

2pp, 12mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, aged and a little grubby. Folded once. Twenty-seven closely-written lines. The letter is addressed to the author James Alexander Steuart (1861-1932), and refers to his recent novel 'Wine on the Lees' (1899). There is also a reference to 'the Whitefriars men', i.e. the staff of the St James's Gazette, which was published in Dorset Street, Whitefriars.

[General Sir Kenneth Anderson, commander of British First Army during Operation Torch.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Kenneth Anderson'), discussing Kenya, the 'severe crisis' in Britain, conscription. With ANS from recipient Brigadier H. H. Dempsey

General Sir Kenneth Anderson [General Sir Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson, KCB, MC] (1891-1959), commander of British First Army during Operation Torch [Brigadier Harry Hamilton Dempsey CBE (1895-1973)]
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Dun Eaglais, Kippen, Stirlingshire [Scotland]. 14 February 1947. Dempsey's note dated 10 August 1960.

Dempsey's obituary in The Times, explains how 'In April, 1945, he was appointed Brigadier I/C Administration, East Africa Command', holding the position into the following year, and retiring in December 1947 on account of ill health. For a full account of Dempsey's military career, see his entry in Catholic Who's Who, vol.35 (1952). In an eight-line Autograph Note Signed at the end of Anderson's letter, Dempsey states that Anderson 'had been my personal & immediate superior as G.O.C. in C., East Africa Command, when I was his Brigadier I/C Administration.

[ Horace Annesley Vachell, Edwardian novelist and playwright. ] Studio photograph by Swaine's, with autograph signature ('Horace Annesley Vachell.').

Horace Vachell [ Horace Annesley Vachell; H. A. Vachell ] (1861-1955), prolific popular author
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Photograph by Swaine of London and Southsea. Undated [ First World War or just after ].

Sepia-coloured studio photograph on 19 x 14 cm card. Backed on the reverse with brown paper on which are printed the details of the photographic studio responsible, Swaine's of London and Southsea. The print itself is in good condition, lightly aged and worn; the reverse is heavily-worn with traces of glue from previous mounting. Vachell has written his underlined signature in black ink diagonally upwards at the bottom right-hand corner: 'Horace Annesley Vachell.' This studio photograph of Vachell is not present in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

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