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[ George Granville Bradley, Dean of Westminster. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'G G Bradley') to Sir Richard Harrington, responding to the news that Harington's son, who was 'superannuated' from Westminster School, is now 'good & useful'

Author: 
G. G. Bradley [ George Granville Bradley ] (1821-1903), Dean of Westminster and school master [ Sir Richard Harington (1835–1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterhead of The Deanery, Westminster, S.W.' Two from 18 October 1897, the other from 25 October 1897.
£90.00

The three items are in good condition, ondff lightly aged and worn. Three interesting items, responding tactfully to what would appear to be an accusatory communication by Harington, pointing out that his son has succeeded despite having been 'superannuated' from Westminster School. ONE: 18 October 1898. 4pp., 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Sir Richard Harington | I am delighted to read the two enclosures. The Winnington-Ingrams one associated with many memories of my Rugby, Marlborough, & later days!' He will send the enclosures to the Head Master, [b]ut I won't rebuke him or convey any rebuke.

[ James Beresford Atlay, writer on the law and crime. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'J. B. Atlay') to Sir Richard [ Harington ], the first regarding the Hereford Mappa Mundi, and the second the murder trial of Edmund Walter Pook.

Author: 
J. B. Atlay [ James Beresford Atlay ] (1860-1912), writer on the law and crime
Publication details: 
15 April 1895; on letterhead of the Athenaeum [ Pall Mall, London ]; and 16 February 1897; 14 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn [ London ].
£80.00

Both items in good condition. ONE: 3pp., 12mo. After a reference to 'Mr. Lang' he turns to the Hereford Mappa Mundi (his father was Bishop of Hereford): 'I am very glad you were interested in the introductory Essay to the "Mappa," and the commentary renders it easy to work out the whole thing: I once gave a lecture on it in my youth'. (The lecture was given in 1880.) A reference follows to the 'introductory dinner' at Lincoln's Inn of 'Dick' - Harrington's son Richard, the future 12th Baronet - at which he was 'in company with Bosanquet and myself'. TWO: 3pp., 12mo.

[ The Pythic Club, Christ Church, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed from B. H. Willett to Sir Richard Harington, describing this 'very old secret society in the House'.

Author: 
B. H. Willett [ Bernard Hastings Willett ] (1880-1949) of Christ Church, Oxford, cricketer [ Sir Richard Harington (1835–1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet; The Pythic Club ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford. 6 June [ 1902 ].
£45.00

3pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed 'Private & Confidential'. Harington having written to say that he does not know 'anything about the Pythic Society', Willett points out that '[a]ccording to the books of the Society you were elected to the Society on March 6th 1882. | The Pythic is a very old secret [last word underlined] society in the House being founded in 1845 by the late Lord Dufferin. | No one in the House knows of its existance [sic] except the members & if anyone finds out he has to be at once elected a member in order to secure the necessary secrecy'.

[ Edgar Tarry Adams, collector of maritime instruments. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edgar T. Adams') to 'Mr Justice Harington' (i.e. Richard Harington)

Author: 
Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), Essex brewer, artist and collector of maritime instruments [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Downing College, Cambridge. 1 February 1909.
£40.00

2pp.,12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He has been informed by 'Mr. Hill of the Victoria & Albert Museum' that Harington has 'a Backstaff'. Adams has been 'looking out for one for some years' without success and would like to purchase Harington's if he has 'no use for it. 'I think Mr. Hill mentioned to you that I had a collection of old navigating instruments & he has very kindly been trying to find a backstaff for me'. He ends in the hope that Harington will 'excuse the zeal of the collector'.

[ 'Cyril Hare', crime writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. A. G. C.') to Sir Richard Dundas Harington, arranging a meeting with reference to a 'ghastly affair at Bedford'.

Author: 
'Cyril Hare', pseudonym of crime writer and judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) [ Sir Richard Dundas Harington (1900-1981), 13th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
67 Albert Bridge Road [ London ], on cancelled letterhead of 32 Cyril Mansions, Prince of Wales Road, S.W.11. 13 August 1938.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Aged and worn, with thin line of glue causing damage to a few words of text. Addressed to 'Dear Harington'. His 'plans have all been upset by this ghastly affair at Bedford, of which you no doubt read in the papers'. He only returned from Bedford the previous night, and will have to go to the funeral there on the coming Monday, so they will have to 'put things off a bit'. He has 'arranged to fish with "Mr. Matheson" on the Didder', and suggests dates around that time for meeting.

[ William Tranter, gunmaker. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Tranter') to attorney Richard Harington (the future 11th Baronet), providing a report on 1560 guns, in a dispute between 'Mr. Goldsmidth' [ for 'Goldschmidt'? ] and 'Mr. Meadows'.

Author: 
William Tranter (1816-1890), Birmingham gunmaker, inventor of the Tranter Revolver [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet (1835-1911) ]
Publication details: 
'Birmingham May 4th. 1871'.
£750.00

2pp., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with slight chipping at foot. Addressed 'To Richard Harrington [sic] Esqr | 2 Hare Court | Temple | London'. He has 'seen the guns sent by Mr. Meadows to Mr. Goldsmidth' and furnishes Harington 'with the particulars respecting them'. Of 1600 guns, 40 have been returned to Meadows 'untouched', and Tranter proceeds to give a breakdown of the whereabouts of the other 1560, beginning with '580 guns now at Mr. Goldsmidth's in the cases as they were delivered to him not opened and consequently untouched'. Other guns are at different finishers ('Messrs.

[ Sir William Palin Elderton, actuary. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W. Palin Elderton'), the first to the mathematician W. H. Besant and the second to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts

Author: 
Sir William Palin Elderton (1877-1962), actuary, President of the Institute of Actuaries [ William Henry Besant (1828-1917), mathematician; Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Quill Hall Cottage, Amersham Common, Bucks, with the address of the lettter to Besant amended to Mansion House Street, E.C. [ London ] Both 23 January 1916.
£80.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged paper, and both docketed in blue pencil. The letter to Wood with the oval date stamp of the Society. ONE: ALS to Sir H. T. Wood, 23 January 1916. 1p., 12mo. Reads: 'I hear that my friend Mr. Besant has very kindly recommended that I might be able to review Major MacMahon's new book for you but I am afraid just at present I am so frightfully full up with work that I dare not undertake anything else – Even if I had time I fear the book would be beyond me. I am very sorry I cannot help.' TWO: ALS to 'My dear Besant', 23 January 1916. 1p., 4to.

[ The 'Portugal Illustrated' of Rev. William Morgan Kinsey, 1828. ] Sections of the Autograph Manuscript; Kinsey's Portuguese passport for the trip; ALS to his sister discussing the book and itemising profits and expenses; ALS from Rev. J. W. Hughes.

Author: 
William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851) of Trinity College, Oxford, clergyman and traveller in Portugal; Rector of Rotherfield Greys [ Rev. John William Hughes (d.1850), Rector of St Clement's Holywell ]
Publication details: 
The four items from between 1827 and 1831. The letter to his sister dated from Trinity College, Oxford.
£1,500.00

For information on Kinsey, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Both editions of his book were published in London by Treuttel & Würtz; the first in 1828, the second a year later. Printed by Valpy, with illustrations by Gibbs and Pugin engraved by Cooke and Skelton, it is a product of an interesting period of English exploration of the Iberian Peninsular (Beckford's impressions of Spain and Portugal appearing in 1834).

[ Gibraltar Garrison and Chelsea Hospital. ] True copies, both signed 'Rd. Arnold', of 'Warrant for deducting 12d in the Pound', applied to Minorca and Gibraltar, and to Chelsea Hospital, and 'Abstract of the Charge of the foregoing Establishment'.

Author: 
Richard Arnold (1682-1742), Deputy Secretary at War in England, and Secretary at War in Scotland [ Gibraltar ]
Publication details: 
Without place. Circa 1730.
£450.00

On the two sides of a folio leaf of watermarked wove paper. On one side is the copy of the 'Warrant for deducting 12s. in the Pound | To | Our Rt. trusty & Wellbeloved Counsellor Spencer Lord Wilmington, Paymr. General of Our Guards, Garrisons & Land Forces in Great Britain & Forces in Great Britain & Forces abroad | And to the Paymr. General of Our said Forces for the time being', 'By His Majestys Command | G. Oxenden | Wm. Clayton | Wm. Yonge' (but not with their signatures). Certified 'A true Copy. | Rd. Arnold'.

[ James Ritchie, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, proposing a lecture on 'Methods of Controlling Mussels & other Marine growths in Sea-pipes'.

Author: 
James Ritchie (1882-1958), Scottish naturalist, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh, 1936-1952
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. 11 March 1925.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. With oval date stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. He wonders whether 'some Fellows' might be interested to 'hear an account of "Methods of Controlling mussels & other Marine growths in Sea-Pipes"'. He explains: 'The blocking of pipes by mussel growth has occurred at many parts of the coast, but the problem of devising a means of keeping the mussels in check had not been seriously tackled until I investigated the matter in connection with the new Electric Power Station of Edinburgh Corporation on the Firth of Forth at Portobello'.

[ Joseph Skelton and Rev. W. M. Kinsey's 'Portugal Illustrated'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed from Skelton to Kinsey, with detailed response by Kinsey, regarding disputed accounts for work on the book. With itemised account and memoranda by Kinsey.

Author: 
Joseph Skelton [ Joseph John Skelton ] (1783-1871), engraver [ William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851) of Trinity College, Oxford, clergyman and traveller in Portugal ]
Publication details: 
Oxford. 1829 and 1831.
£800.00

For information on Kinsey and Skelton, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. The five items in the present collection are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with chipping and wear to the extremities of Item One resulting in minor loss of text at head. The collection comprises two letters from Skelton to Kinsey regarding the substantial account between them, a detailed reply by Kinsey disputing Skelton's account, an itemised account by Kinsey of the account between him and Skelton; and memoranda by Kinsey relating to the second edition of the book.

[ Gibraltar Garrison. ] Manuscript accounts for field and staff officers in 'Establishment of the Forces and Garrison of Gibraltar | A Regiment of Foot', including Fowke's company; and 'Royal Regimt. of Fuziliers', including Hargrave's company.

Author: 
Lieutenant General William Hargrave (d.1751), Governor of Gibraltar, 1740-1749, Colonel, Royal Regiment of Fuzileers; Lieutenant General Thomas Fowke (c.1690-1765), Governor of Gibraltar, 1754-1756
Publication details: 
Without date or place. At foot of each page: 'By His Majesty's Command'. [ War Office, London. 1740s. ]
£400.00

On both sides of a folio leaf. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Paginated 47-48. The first page is headed 'Establishment of the Forces and Garrison of Gibraltar | A Regiment of Foot | Field & Staff Officers'. Giving the cost by day and year for 'Field & Staff Officers' (in margin: 'A Regiment of Foot'); 'One Company' (in margin: 'Commanded by Brigadier General Fowke'); 'The Pay of Eight Comps: more of the like Numbrs: & Rates as ye. Compy.

[ George Goudie Chisholm, Scottish geographer. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Geo. G. Chisholm') to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, enquiring about the 'qualifications as a lecturer' of 'Mr. du Plessis Chiappini'.

Author: 
Dr George Goudie Chisholm (1850-1930), Scottish geographer [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Synod Hall, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh [ Scotland ]. 10 May 1918.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with the Society's oval date stamp. The RSGS having received a recommendation, 'as a possible lecturer during the coming session', of 'Mr. du Plessis Chiappini who lectured to your Society upon "The Union of South Africa"' and Chisholm has been 'instructed to ascertain, if I can, something about his qualifications as a lecturer'. He would like to know 'how he succeeded when he lectured to your Society'.

[ 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.

[ Frederick Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Woolton') to K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to take the chair at a meeting.

Author: 
Frederick James Marquis (1883-1964), 1st Earl of Woolton, Conservative politician [ K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 68 Brook Street, London, W.1. 8 December 1948.
£45.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, with hole from paperclip at top left, and small rust spot to left-hand margin. Woolton's signature has been underlined by Luckhurst in red pencil. He thanks him for the invitation to take the chair 'at the meeting of the Society on Wednesday, 19th January, when Mr. Gray is reading a paper on "The Industrial Designer and Consumer Goods", but must decline, as he is 'already engaged for the whole of that day'.

[ A Grand Regency Town House: Two Architectural Plans of 43 Berkeley Square. ] Two finished manuscript floor plans by Joseph Hobbs of the town house of Sir John Harington, 'In its present state' and 'with proposed Alterations'. With three receipts.

Author: 
[ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831); Joseph Hobbs, planmaker; Berkeley Square, London ]
Publication details: 
Both plans by 'Joseph Hobbs | 30 Margaret Street' [ Cavendish Square, London ] Both dated 'June 1815'.
£600.00

Each of the two plans is on a 46 x 60 cm piece of wove paper. Both have the name of the details of the planmaker at bottom right: 'Joseph Hobbs | 30 Margaret Street'. Two finished and professional floor plans of a grand Town House. Both items are aged, worn and creased, with closed tears, but would respond well to archival repair. ONE: 'Sir John Harington Bart | Plan of House Berkley [sic] Square | In its present state | June 1815'. In black and white, with grey shading. Five plans in a line: 'Basement', 'Parlor Floor', 'Drawing Room', 'Two Pair Floor' and 'Attic Floor'.

[ Lincoln's Inn, 1858. ] Material relating to the calling to the bar of Richard Harington (later 11th Baronet), including bill and receipt from 'The Honorable Society', 'Copy of Order', notices, correspondence from the robe maker and wig maker

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet (1835–1911) [ Michael Doyle, Steward, Lincoln's Inn; Joseph Ede, robe maker; Burton Ravenscroft and J. R. Metherell, wig makers; ]
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn [ London ]. 1858.
£220.00

10 items. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. All but the last in manuscript. ONE: 'Copy of Order on Call to the Bar', Lincoln's Inn, 'Dated Michas Term 1858.' 1p., 8vo. Signed at foot 'Ml Doyle | Steward.' Reads: 'At a Special Council there held the Sixteenth day of November, in the Twenty second year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, and in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty eight.

;[ Rainer Maria Rilke, 'unbekannte Gedicht'. ] Typescript of poem 'Die Fischer von Le Lavandou', with note describing it as an 'unbekannte Gedicht' by Rilke, from the collection of 'E. A. R.'

Author: 
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German-language poet [ Ernst Schoen (1894-1960), writer, translator and composer ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London, 1930s? ]
£200.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper, with staining from tape used to repair tears. Headed 'Literatur - Beilage' (Poetry Supplement), and preceded by the note: 'Unser Mitarbeiter E. A. R. hat uns freundlich das in seinem Besitze befindliche bisher voellig unbekannte Gedicht von Rainer Maria Rilke zum Abdruck zur Verfuegung gestellt, das wir hiermit unseren sicher dankbaren Lesern zur Kenntnis bringen.' Twenty-five line poem, under the heading: 'R. M. Rilke | Die Fischer von Le Lavandou'.

[ 'John Gawsworth', poet and 'King of Redonda'. ] Corrected Autograph Drafts of ten poems from his collection 'Marlow Hill', including the title poem and the 'suppressed' poem 'Was'. With presentation inscription as 'Abdicated' monarch 'Juan R'..

Author: 
John Gawsworth [ pseudonym of Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (1912-1970) ], poet and 'King Juan I' of Redonda [ Jean Fanchette (1932-1992), editor of the Paris magazine 'Two Cities' ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] The poems published in 1941. The presentation inscription dated 16 February 1967.
£450.00

On nine loose 12mo leaves torn from an album. In fair condition, on aged and browned paper. Wrapped by Gawsworth in a larger piece of paper, on the front of which he has written in pencil the presentation inscription: 'Kenilworth | love | from | His King | J R | 16 Feb. 1967', with the following in blue ink over the 'J R': 'Abdicated | Juan R'. 'Marlow Hill' was Gawsworth's fourth collection, self-published by his Richards Press in 1941. Three of the nine leaves carry layouts of the book's title-page and prelims, with pencil notes 'Pubd 15 Oct 1941' and '33 lines to page'.

[ L. P. Hartley, novelist. ] Two typewritten drafts of his final short story 'The Ugly Picture', one headed in autograph 'First Version | (with description of <Verdley?> picture)'.

Author: 
L. P. Hartley [ Leslie Poles Hartley ] (1895-1972), English novelist and short-story writer
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Circa 1972. ]
£350.00

'The Ugly Picture' was L. P. Hartley's final short story. It appeared in the Christmas issue of the Spectator, 23 December 1972, a few days before his death. There is a synopsis in Adrian Wright's 'Foreign Country: The Life of L. P. Hartley' (1996). Neither of the two drafts present here corresponds with the published version, whose ending, for example, has been heavily reworked from the ending to the later of the two drafts. The two items are both in good condition, each on loose leaves (one side only) of paper attached with a safety pin.

[ F. T. Prince, poet and critic. ] Small miscellaneous autograph notebook, including an entry on his 'conversion', and an early draft of a 'would-be Byronic' poem. With signed note by Prince calling it 'typical of notebooks I carried about for years'

Author: 
F. T. Prince [ Frank Templeton Prince ] (1912-2003), poet and critic
Publication details: 
No place. References to 1974 and 1983, and with note dated 1998.
£750.00

According to his obituary in the Guardian, 2003, after a long period of neglect, Prince was rediscovered b the New York School, and by the end of his life had 'come to be regarded by writers as diverse as Geoffrey Hill and the American innovator John Ashbery as one of the most significant poets of the 20th century'. 40pp. of closely-written text in a small (13.5 x 9 cm) 'Lion Brand' notebook. Stapled, in card covers. In fair condition, aged and worn.

[ George MacBeth, Scottish poet, ] Mimeographed typescript of five poems ('The Castle | after Le Chastel d'Amours', 'The Last Will', 'Bats', 'The Heir', 'A Ritual'), signed 'George MacBeth'.

Author: 
George MacBeth [ George Mann MacBeth ] (1932-1992), Scottish poet and novelist
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Mid-sixties? ]
£180.00

5pp., foolscap 8vo. Paginated [1]-5. On three leaves of wove paper, stapled together. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Good firm signature ('George MacBeth') in blue ink at head of first leaf. Each poem signed in type at end 'George MacBeth'. 'The Castle | after Le Chastel d'Amours' (p.1): seven three-line stanzas, first stanza: 'Tell me the broad moat of | Love's castle: | Sloth.' 'The Last Will' (pp.1-2): twenty-two three line stanzas and a single final line, first line: 'In the name of God, amen. I, Harold, | [...]'.

[ 'John Gawsworth', poet and 'King Juan I' of Redonda. ] Typescript of long poem 'The Passions of Juan | (Missives and Missiles)', with autograph emendations and signed note.

Author: 
John Gawsworth [ pseudonym of Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (1912-1970) ], poet and 'King Juan I' of Redonda [ Jean Fanchette (1932-1992), editor of the Paris magazine 'Two Cities' ]
Publication details: 
No place or date. [ London, circa 1961. ]
£350.00

9pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on nine leaves of worn and creased paper, the first leaf white, the others green. Minor emendations throughout. The poem is in five sections: 'The Exhortation' (beginning: 'In the crook of my arm | Rest again, nest again.

[ Edward Lucie-Smith, poet and art critic. ] Two mimeographed typescripts: one with five poems (first, 'A Tropical Childhood'; last, 'To be justified'), the other a commentary on each poem, signed at head: 'one of 24 | No 2: Edward Lucie-Smith'.

Author: 
Edward Lucie-Smith (born 1933), wrtier, poet and art critic
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Mid-sixties? ]
£200.00

Each of the two typescripts is on two leaves of foolscap stapled together. The two in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: First page headed 'Poems by Edward Lucie-Smith'. 4pp., 8vo, paginated [1]-4. The five poems are: 'A Tropical Childhood' (p.1), first line: 'In the hot noons I heard the fusillade'. 'On looking at Stubbs's “Anatomy of the Horse”' (pp.1), first line: 'In Lincolnshire, a village full of tongues'. 'Rubens to Helene Fourment' (pp.2-3), subtitle: 'The picture is La Pelisse, now in Vienna', first line: 'Now sinking towards age, I paint your rising,'.

[ Unpublished story 'improvised' by Bertolt Brecht, and translated in his presence by Ernst Schoen. ] Typescript of English translation by Schoen of text of Brecht story titled 'Caviar. | By Brecht.'

Author: 
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German author; Ernst Schoen (1894-1960), writer, translator and composer, friend of Walter Benjamin
Publication details: 
[ London, after 1933. ] Schoen has written in pencil at top of first page: 'E. Schoen, | 32, Belsize Park, | N. W. 3.'
£350.00

6pp., 4to. On six leaves of aged and worn paper, with tape repair to margin of first leaf. Not present in Brecht's 1967 collected works. The translator Ernst Schoen was a friend of Walter Benjamin and collaborated with Brecht, Eisler and Webern. He emigrated to London in April 1933, and worked for the BBC until returning to Germany in 1952. The present typescript was auctioned by Sotheby's a number of years ago along with other emigrant documents. At the time the following handwritten text (not present here) was attached: 'This story was improvised by Brecht at the House of the vendor.

[ Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marie, GD de Russie et de Saxe'), in French, thanking the unnamed female recipient for the gift of a book, sending her own presents, and urging her to return to Germany.

Author: 
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859)
Publication details: 
'Du Belvédère près de Weymar, ce 22 May / 3 Juin 1830.'
£450.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium with mourning border. Nineteen lines of closely-written text, with valediction: 'Votre affectionnée, | Marie, GD de Russie et de Saxe'. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with minor traces of grey paper from mount adhering to edge. She begins by stating that the 'charmant ouvrage' that she sent has given her real pleasure: 'il orne ma demeure champêtre'.

[ 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.

[ Student Debt in Lewis Carroll's Oxford. ] 68 items relating to the debts of Vincent Hilton Biscoe, undergraduate of Christ Church, including letters from Henry Liddell and Richard James Spiers, and a mass of tradesmen's bills, letters and receipts.

Author: 
[ Vincent Hilton Biscoe of Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet; Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; Richard James Spiers, Mayor of Oxford 1853/4
Publication details: 
Christ Church and other locations in Oxford. Between 1857 and 1863.
£2,000.00

A marvellously evocative collection, giving a clear picture of the consequences of a profligate youth in the Oxford of Lewis Carroll (Biscoe would have been well-acquainted with Dodgson as a Fellow of Christ Church at his time there). Not only does the collection provide a large number of itemised tradesmen's bills, receipts and correspondence, for everything from confectionery, cigars, wine, boating, billiards and tennis, to hats, coats, shoes and the doing-up of Biscoe's rooms, but it also shows the efforts of his father, Rev.

[ Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet, Puisne Judge in India. ] Items from his papers, including carbon typescripts of his 'Observations' on 'Sir J. G. Barnes' Committee', and of the resolutions thereon by the Worcestershire Incorporated Law Society.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (1861-1931), Puisne Judge in India, High Sheriff of Herefordshire, 1918 [ John Gorell Barnes, 1st Baron Gorell (1848-1913), Committee on County Courts, 1908 ]
Publication details: 
Harington's 'Observations' dated from Whitbourne Court, Worcester, 12 November 1908. The other carbon dated 23 November 1908. The other five items undated.
£180.00

Seven items. The first two are ink stained but still entirely legible, otherwise the material is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Carbon typescript (7pp., 8vo) headed 'Observations by Sir Richard Harington on the questions submitted to the Judges of County Courts and others by Sir J. G. Barnes' Committee.' Dated from Whitbourne Court, Worcester, 12 November 1908. Docketed by Harington: '1908 | County Courts | Observations by Sir Rd. H.' With a few minor autograph emendations. Giving detailed answers to four questions.

[ Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. ] Typed Letter Signed, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, to Mrs. B. Le Cras, defending Sir Eyre Crowe against the charge of being too soft on the Germans.

Author: 
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952), American-born English politician and newspaper proprietor [ Sir Eyre Crowe (1864-1925), diplomat ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Ministry of Food, Palace Chambers, Westminster, London, S.W.1. 23 January 1919.
£65.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. His reply to her letter has been delayed by his 'absence in Paris on official business'. He is 'satisfied that the attacks upon Sir Eyre Crowe are based upon entire ignorance of the facts'. Crowe 'has always held strongly anti-German views and expressed himself officially in this sense as long ago as 1908'. Astor understands 'that the Kaiser personally requested his removal from the Foreign Office for this reason on more than one occasion'.

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