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[ Philip Carteret Webb, antiquary. ] Autograph Signature to part of Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Philip Carteret Webb (1702-1770), antiquary and barrister, Crown Agent in the North Briton (John Wilkes) scandal, 1763
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 27 January 1756.
£120.00

Good firm signature ('Philip Carteret Webb') on damaged leaf of paper with heavy wear to corners and edges, carrying a printed Exchequer receipt for £45, made out to Webb.

[ Partition of Bengal, 1905. ] Five documents expressing reservations: three printed Bengal Chamber of Commerce circulars, one bearing ALS from Sir G. H. Sutherland to judge Richard Harington; autograph memorandum by Sutherland; printed circular.

Author: 
Sir George Henry Sutherland (1866-1937), East India merchant, Sheriff of Calcutta 1901 and 1908; President of Bengal Chamber of Commerce, 1900-1901 [ Sir Richard Harington; Partition of Bengal, 1905 ]
Publication details: 
All items from 1905. Three circulars from Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Royal Exchange Buildings, Calcutta.
£400.00

Five items, in good condition, on lightly aged paper. All three Bengal Chamber of Commerce circulars (Items One to Three below) are from H. M. Haywood, Acting Secretary, to the Secretary to the Government of India, Home Department, and are uniform in layout. Each is 2pp., 8vo, on a single leaf. The first two carry the compliment stamp of the Secretary of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. ONE: Circular 'No. 1132-1905.' Calcutta, 6 July 1905.

[ Sir John Cope of Hanwell. ] Part of Exchequer receipt for £600,000, signed by 'J Cope'.

Author: 
Sir John Cope of Hanwell, 5th Baronet (1634-1721), MP for Banbury
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 11 March 1717.
£120.00

Part of printed Exchequer receipt, on one side of a trimmed-down 10 x 17.5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with wear to one corner. Made out to Cope, 'in Repayment of Loan on the late Vote of Credit passed the 5th Day of March, 1716, for 600000 l. to be repaid out of the first Aid to be granted this Session of Parliament', for 'Services of the Publick by Sea and Land'. Signed on reverse: '11th March 1717 | Reced in full | J Cope', with 'Witness | J Miller'.

[ Women and the Vote: Nancy Astor and Plymouth, 1919-1924. ] 38 items from Astor's election agent Mrs B. Le Cras, including signed letters from Astor and her constituency secretary C. G. Briggs, circulars, newspaper cuttings, cards.

Author: 
Nancy Astor [ Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor; Lady Astor ] (1879-1964), American-born, first female Member of Parliament to take her seat
Publication details: 
Items from Astor's Plymouth address, 3 Elliot Terrace, The Hoe, and from Plymouth Conservative and Unionist Association. Between 1918 and 1924.
£2,200.00

Collection of 38 items in good overall condition (except Item Four below), lightly aged and worn. A Several items provide good background material to an historic election campaign. Mrs B. Le Cras, wife of P. B. Le Cras of 58 Ebrington Street, Plymouth, was one of Lady Astor's agents under C. G. Briggs, and continued to campaign for her until at least 1924 (in a letter to her from that year Astor refers to 'petty disputes'). The following description is divided into 13 parts. ONE: Two Autograph Letters Signed from 'Nancy Astor' to Mrs Le Cras.

[ Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin. ] Autograph Signature ('Godolphin') on Exchequer receipt, as 'Attorney to the Mayor & Comonality of the Borough of Helston assignes of Charles Godolphin Esqr'.

Author: 
Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin (1678-1766)
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer. 7 July 1732.
£120.00

Printed Exchequer receipt made out in manuscript to 'Francis Earl of Godolphin - Attorney to the Mayor & Comonality of the Borough of Helston assignee of Charles Godolphin Esqr'. On one side of a trimmed-down leaf, 14 x 14.5 cm. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, and Sir Henry Furnese, merchant and politician. ] Autograph Signatures ('Hervey' and 'Henry Furnese') on reverse of part of Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol (1665-1751); Sir Henry Furnese, 1st Baronet (1658-1712) of Waldershare, Kent, merchant and politician; George Wanley.
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 15 June 1710.
£120.00

Part of printed Exchequer receipt, on one side of 18 x 17.5 cm piece of paper, titled 'Sir Henry Furnese Bar. in Repayment of Loan on the Twelfth 4s. Aid, Anno 1709.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On the reverse, in a clerk's hand: 'I doe hereby Assigne and transfer all my Right Title and Interest of the within order and talley thereto belonging to the Right Honble. John Lord Hervey or his Assigns'. Signed 'Henry Furnese', and beneath this, in the hand of Lord Hervey (he was created Earl of Bristol in 1714): 'June 15 1710 | Recd the Contents | Hervey'.

[ Anne Godolphin, Lady Godolphin. ] Autograph Signature ('A: Godolphin') on Exchequer receipt, with signature of witness 'W Noble'.

Author: 
Lady Anne Godolphin [ born Anne Marie FitzWilliam ] (1722-1802), Lady Godolphin, wife of Francis Godolphin (1706-1785), 2nd Baron Godolphin [ Lord Godolphin ]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. January 1791.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. Printed Exchequer receipt for £25, headed 'Annuities 3700l. per Week', made out to 'Lady Godolphin | Assignee'. In fair condition, on aged paper worn and creased at extremities.

[ Allan Wilkie, Shakespearian actor-manager in Australia. ] 24 Autograph Letters Signed to the theatre historian Allan Duncan, discussing his life and career in England and Australia, with copies of 18 of Duncan's replies, and nine other items,.

Author: 
Allan Wilkie (1878-1970), Anglo-Scottish Shakespearian actor-manager in England and Australia; Barry Duncan Duncan [ Horace Alexander Barry Duncan ] (1909-1985), theatre historian and bookseller
Publication details: 
The first five from 42 Mount Edward Road, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland; 17 of the others (including 7 on his letterhead) from Montford House, Rothesay; the other one from Edinburgh. Between 11 January 1965 and 15 October 1969.
£1,750.00

It is safe to say that no Shakespearian actor travelled as widely as Allan Wilkie, and few can surely match the number of his performances. Although born in Liverpool, Wilkie considered himself Scottish ('a young Scots boy'). Inspired by Osmond Tearle, he took to the stage, learning his craft with Ben Greet's company. The Times obituary of 'Mr. Allan Wilkie | Shakespearian actor-manager', 8 January 1970, describes how, after six years as a touring actor-manager in England, Wilkie took his troupe to India, China and Japan, 1911-1913.

[ Lord Whitworth, British diplomat. ] Manuscript Exchequer receipt for £2000, signed by 'Chas: Whitworth' ('Lord Whitworth Ambassador and Plenipotentiary at Cambray'), in the hand of the witness 'Tho: Lowther'.

Author: 
Charles Whitworth, 1st Baron Whitworth [ Lord Whitworth ] (1675-1725), British diplomat [ Thomas Lowther; Court of Exchequer, London ]
Publication details: 
Court of Exchequer, London. 5 March 1724.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed 'Recordr 4 Mar'. Begins: 'Recd of the Rt. Honble the Lord William Powlett one of the four Tellers of the Recet of his Majys Excheqr the Sum of Two Thousand pounds in farther Parte of an Order dated the 18 day of ffebry 1724'.

[ Abraham Newland, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. ] Autograph Signature ('A Newland') on part of Exchequer receipt

Author: 
Abraham Newland (1730-1807), Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, 1782-1807, whose name became a nickname for a banknote
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 23 July 1785.
£120.00

On one side of a trimmed-down piece of paper, 19.5 x 12 cm. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Record a payment of £20 to 'Abrah Newland Cashier appointd by the Court of Chancery to receive the Acct of Thos Anguish Esqr Acct Generl of the said Court Assee'.

[ Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere. ] Autograph Signature ('Vere.') on part of Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere (1699-1781), known as Lord Vere Beauclerk until 1750, British peer and politician
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 27 July 1764.
£150.00

Part of printed receipt made out to Vere, on one side of a trimmed-down 18 x 12.5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Recording the receipt of £42 10s 0d, on behalf of 'Lady Vere & Hble Aubrey Beauclerk'.

[ Rev. Henry Williams of Rhayader and Christ Church, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed to his brothers John and Jonathan, giving directions regarding his will, with a full-page Inscription of 'Benefactions' to be erected in Rhayader Church.

Author: 
Rev. Henry Williams (1756-1818) of Rhayader, Powys, Wale, and Christ Church, Oxford, brother of the antiquary Jonathan Williams (c.1752-1829)
Publication details: 
'Rhayader [ Powys, Wales ] 7 February 1810.'
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, creased and with a few closed tears. The letter is addressed to 'The Reverend Jonathan & John Williams, | Executors of the last Will & Testament of Henry Williams, Clerk.' A revealing personal communication, beginning: 'My Dear Brothers, | It hath pleased the Almighty to bless you with a competency of the good things of life to enable you to pass the remainder of your time with ease through this world. I dispose among you somewhat nearly to that my Father left me.

[ Sir William Craven of Winwick. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wil Craven') to the Earl of Craven, describing his efforts 'both in Leicestershire and Darbyshire' to acquire horses 'fitt for your Lords[hi]ps: coach'.

Author: 
Sir William Craven (1634-1707) of Winwick, Northamptonshire [ William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608-1697), one of its Lord Proprietors of the Colony of Carolina ]
Publication details: 
'Winwick [ in Northamptonshire ] ye 16th: of May 1679'.
£320.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper with the bottom outer corner of both leaves worn (and professionally repaired with paper backing) with consequent loss of text around Craven's signature. The name of the recipient 'Craven' has been partly cut away in the address in Craven's hand on the reverse of the second leaf: 'For the Right Honoble: William Earle of C one of the Lords of His Majtyes: most Honoble: Privy Councel at his house in Drury Lane | London'.

[ Le Comité de Montagnards d'Ecosse. ] Manuscript 'Chopy' [Copy] of communication in French to 'Le Premier Gentilhomme de la Chambre du Roi', regarding the presentation of a volume of Ossian's poems 'en langue celtique' to the King of France.

Author: 
[ Comité de Montagnards d'Ecosse, 1815 [ Committee of the Mountaineers of Scotland; ]; nineteenth century Scottish mountain climbing ]
Publication details: 
'Paris le 27 December 1815'.
£320.00

1p., 8vo. Headed 'Copy' and with a Britannia watermark implying an official origin. On aged and worn paper with chipping and loss at head and tail. Reads: 'Monsieur | Le Comité de Montagnards d'Ecosse ayant deputé My Lord , Les Colls. Macdonall et Mackenham et Mr James Hamilton pour faire l'hommage a Sa M. Le Roi de France d'un exemplaire original des Poesies d'Ossian en langue celtique L'Ambassadeur d'Angleterre profitte de l'intervention de Mr. Le Premier Gentilhomme de la Chambre pour faire connaitre cette intention a Sa Majesté et prier S. Exce.?>

[ Sinclair Lewis, Nobel-Prize-winning American novelist. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Sinclair Lewis [ Harry Sinclair Lewis ] (1885-1951), American novelist and winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize for Literature
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£50.00

On 5.5 x 12.5 cm strip torn from the foot of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the typed words 'Sincerely yours,' is the firm bold signature 'Sinclair Lewis'.

[ Sir Henry Thompson, urologist. ] Autograph Card Signed ('H Thompson') to 'Dr Lankester' [presumably the surgeon and naturalist], reminding him about a dinner invitation.

Author: 
Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), urologist, polymath and advocate of cremation
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 35 Wimpole Street, London. 13 March [ no year ].
£38.00

Cream card, blank on one side. No address or stamp. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dr Lankester, some days since I asked you to an 8 re Apl. 1. I hope you can come | Lord Avebury & others are come [sic] | Kindly let me know | yours truly | H Thompson'.

[ Norman Robertson, Canadian High Commissioner in London. ] Typed Letter Signed ('N A Robertson') to Sir Harry Lindsay, Chairman of the Council, Royal Society of Arts accepting an invitation to become a Fellow.

Author: 
Norman Robertson [ Norman Alexander Robertson; N. A. Robertson ] (1904-1968), Canadian diplomat, twice High Commissioner in London, one of Mackenzie King's advisers
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Office of the High Commissioner for Canada, Canada House, London. 22 December 1947.
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Robertson's name in capitals in blue pencil at head. In response to the invitation he writes: 'I should be grateful if you would convey to the Council my thanks for the honour which they have done me in extending this invitation. It gives me great pleasure to accept, and I enclose herewith the application form which you were kind enough to forward.' Note in pencil in another hand at bottom right.

[ Lord Perry, first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Britain. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Perry.') to K. W. Luckhurst of the Royal Society of Arts, regarding an invitation to become a member.

Author: 
Percival Perry [ Percival Lea Dewhurst Perry ], 1st Baron Perry [ Lord Perry ] (1878-1956), English motor vehicle manufacturer, first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company in Britain
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 88 Regent Street, London, W.1. 23 October 1947.
£30.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Name in block capitals in red pencil and stamped date at head, with holes to one corner from stapling. The 'matter' of the invitation to Perry to join the Society has 'been delayed because I have been the victim of very distressing domestic illness'. He is sending the completed application, but explains that he has been 'ordered to winter abroad', and is 'leaving for the Bahamas within the month, and will not 'be back in England until the Spring of next year'.

[ Reginald Allender Smith, archaeologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Reginald A. Smith.') to the Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding a meeting, and extra copies of a paper.

Author: 
Reginald A. Smith [ Reginald Allender Smith ] (1873-1940), archaeologist, Keeper of British and Medieval Antiquities, British Museum [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities and Ethnography, British Museum. 5 June 1907.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With the Society's stamp. He is 'most obliged' for the 'generous response to my application for extra copies' (presumably of a lecture by him) for 'friends or critics'. If the recipient is 'interested in developments' he should 'attend the meeting on June 21st at 8.30'.

[ James Faed, Scottish artist. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'G. Ashley Dodd Esqre', thanking him for a 'great favour' and 'privilege'.

Author: 
James Faed (1821-1911), Scottish artist
Publication details: 
'<GlenCoe'?> 23 July 1870.
£25.00

1p., 16mo. On bifolium. On aged paper with small strip of damp at foot, affecting the signature. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I beg you will accept my sincere thanks for the great favour you have conferred upon me, this morning, a privilege I cannot here sufficiently acknowledge | I am your obedient | James Faed'.

[ Keith Murray, Lord Murray, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford,. ] Typed Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed (both 'Murray of Newhaven'), the letter declining to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the note regarding a meeting there.

Author: 
Keith Anderson Hope Murray, Baron Murray of Newhaven [ Lord Murray ] (1903-1993), agronomist, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of the Leverhulme Trust Fund, 21-23 New Fetter Lane, London, E.C.4. Letter dated 11 January 1967; note dated 9 November 1965.
£30.00

LETTER: 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Docketed in red and blue ink. He is grateful for 'the Council's very kind invitation to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts', and would have been happy to accept, except that he is 'intending to move from London into the country at a fairly early date', and 'would, therefore, be unable to take advantages [sic] of this Fellowship'. He hopes the Society will 'appreciate the reasons for my reducing rather than increasing my ties in London'. NOTE: 1p., landscape 12mo. Addressed to 'Mr. Samson', Assistant Secretary.

[ Frederic Thesiger, Viscount Chelmsford. ] Autograph Signature ('Chelmsford').

Author: 
Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford [ Frederic Thesiger, Lord Chelmsford ] (1868-1933), Governor of Queensland, Governor of New South Wales, Viceroy of India
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£30.00

On 3 x 10 cm piece of grey paper. Laid down on 9 x 11.5 cm piece of card. In fair condition, aged and a little dusty. Neat and crisp signature, cut from a letter, and reading: 'Faithfully Yours | Chelmsford'. Also laid down on the card is a brief biographical cutting.

[ 1930s romantic fiction on an inter-racial theme. ] Autograph Manuscript of unpublished novelettte set in India and England by Gwladys Hilda Edmunds: 'When Races Clash'.

Author: 
Gwladys Hilda Edmunds [ Romantic fiction ]
Publication details: 
11 Church Road, Penarth, Glamorganshire, Wales. Undated [ 1930s. ].
£200.00

110pp., 4to. Paginated to 108, with 58a and 66a. In red exercise book with 'Gwladys Hilda Edmunds | 11 Church Road | Penarth, Glam.' on cover. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, in creased covers. Inside the front cover Edmunds has written 'Roughly 15,000 words'. A fair copy with a handful of corrections and emendations. An unpublished work of romantic fiction, unusual for the light it casts on the attitudes of the period towards race and colonialism.

[ Dolf Wyllarde [ Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes ], popular female novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Letters Signed (all three ''Dolf Wyllarde') requesting information to assist her in the writing of her books.

Author: 
Dolf Wyllarde [ pen name of Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes ] (1871-1950), popular female novelist [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
The first two from addresses in Crown Hill, South Devon; the third from Oldmixon Manor, near Weston Super Mare, Somerset. 1913, 1915 and 1924.
£120.00

Lowndes was educated at King's College, London, and trained as a journalist. She published two volumes of verse (1911, 1920) and more than forty volumes of fiction between 1897 and 1939. See her entry in Who Was Who. The present three items are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. In the first two Wyllarde has written 'F.R.G.S.' after her signature. All three carry the Society's stamp. ONE: ALS. 11 February 1913. 2 Belgrave Villas, Crown Hill, South Devon. 2pp., 12mo. She desires an early copy of 'Mr. J.

[ Austen Chamberlain ] Autograph Signature with date only

Author: 
Austen Chamberlain, Statesman.
Publication details: 
28/6/17
£23.00

Page of album, 16 x 12.5cm, green, signs of removal along one sl. jagged edge, good condition.

[ County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London, ] Four printed items (proposals, notice) and four manuscript items, including three Autograph Letters Signed from Managing Director J. T. Barber Beaumont to Sir John Edward Harington.

Author: 
County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London [ John Thomas Barber Beaumont (1774-1841), artist and philanthropist; Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831), 8th Baronet, of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
County Fire Office and Provident Life Office, London, Between 1817 and 1828.
£100.00

Eight items. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Beaumont's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the background: 'In 1806 Barber successfully launched the Provident Life Office, and in the following year the County Fire Office. With the support of landed gentry and West End bankers, the County grew within twenty years to become the fifth largest fire insurer in Britain.

[ Alfonso Merry de Vol ] Bold Autograph Signature only.

Author: 
Alfonso Merry de Vol, Spanish diplomat.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£23.00

On page extracted from an autograph album, 16 x 12.5cm, faint pink, one edge jagged, good condition.

[ The Severn Fishery Board and the Board of Agriculture. ] 23 items from the papers of Board member Sir Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court, mainly concerning his opposition to a 'Provisional Order', including correspondence, drafts, publications,

Author: 
[ Severn Fishery Board; Board of Agriculture, Whitehall, London'; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Whitbourne Court, Worcestershire; Victorian freshwater fishing; salmon fishing; angling ]
Publication details: 
Board of Agriculture, Whitehall [ London ]; and the Severn Fishery Board. One item from 1886-1887; the others from between 1907 and 1910.
£220.00

23 items relating to the Severn Fishery Board. The collection is generally in good condition, but with a few items (One below for example) damaged and discoloured. The material derives from Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Whitbourne Court, Worcestershire, an ex-officio member of the Severn Fishery Board. It mainly concerns his opposition to a 'Provisional Order asked for by the Worcestershire County Council, to deal with the Severn Fisheries and all Rivers & Waters within the area' (quoted from Four below). The following description is in fourteen parts.

[ James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Caithness') to <James Kennard?> of Bedford, regarding his 'Plan of a plough'.

Author: 
James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness [ styled Lord Berriedale, 1823-1855 ] (1821-1881), Scottish Liberal politician, scientist and inventor.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Weston House, Shipston-on-Stour. 1 January 1864.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He letter begins: 'The last time I had the pleasure of being at your Works, was with The Duke of Sutherland, & Mr. Maconnell then of the L. & N. W. Rail. I am now anxious to see you on a matter of business, & if you are at home, I propose to go to Bedford on Thursday next, the 7th. Jany.' He gives details of how he proposes to travel, before explaining his object as to 'show you the Plan of a plough. I have tried it in a rough way, & it seems to save much <?>, & to do good work.

[ Joseph Younger, Georgian actor. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Jos. Younger'), the first to an unnamed recipient regarding the death of a soldier, and the second to the soldier's father, 'Mr. Finlay'.

Author: 
Joseph Younger (c.1734-1784), English actor
Publication details: 
First letter: 'London April 2d. 1782' and 'No. 6 St. Martin's Street | Leicester Fields.' Second letter: 'Liverpoole [sic] | Augt. 26th. 1782.'
£120.00

Both in fair condition, on aged paper, and each with the upper inner corner torn away, resulting in slight loss of text. ONE: To unnamed recipient, 2 April 1782. 2pp., 4to. The letter begins: 'I am requested by my worthy friends Mr. & Mrs.

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