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[ Anne Thackeray Ritchie ] Autograph Note Signed Anne Ritchie to a Mrs Winkworth apologising for not being able to bring her children to a party.

Author: 
Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919), author, daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray.
Publication details: 
[Embossed address] Southmead, Wimbledon Park, Monday [no date].
£32.00

Two pages, 16mo, bifolium, fold marks, sl. crumpled, text clear and complete. It was a great disappointment to me that I was not well & could not bring the children up to your party as I had hoped to do very much. It was so good of you to think of us. I have been seeing Miss Winkworth at Clifton lately.

[ Charles Butler, lawyer and writer ] Autograph Note in the third person about something he was publishing in The Pamphleteer.

Author: 
Charles Butler [ (1750–1832), Roman Catholic lawyer and miscellaneous writer ].
Publication details: 
Lincolns Inn, 9 April 1825.
£45.00

One page, 12mo, fold marks (folded to form envelope with address). Mr Butler has no objection to the Pamphleteer inserting the 2nd Edition (published to day), of his Letter to the Bishop of Chester. The Bishop had sent [published] a letter to Butler in vindication of the English Protestants

[ Viscount Cranbrook ] Autograph Letter Signed Cranbrook to Lady Strangford [ Emily Ann Smythe or Emily Anne Beaufort (1826–1887), illustrator, writer and nurse, presumably about scheme to make soldiers' wives nurses.

Author: 
Cranbrook [ Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook (1814–1906), Conservative politician ].
Publication details: 
[Embossed heading] 17 Grosvenor Crescent, SW, 26 March 1881.
£45.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, large hand, good condition. Your object is excellent and the means appear to be well adapted to effect it. Short service must diminish the number of soldiers wives but [then?] ought the more readily to found a way to elevate and [?] for the advantage of their husbands & for the removal of a state of things which has not been creditable to the Service. My name in support of your scheme is at your disposal. I hardly know what kind of of pecuniary aid you require but shall be happy to contribute.

[ Edward Jesse ] Autograph Note Signed Ed Jesse to My dear Professor [not named], inviting him to dine with General Jones [...] head of the Rifles as the other guest.

Author: 
Edward Jesse [ (1780–1868), writer on natural history].
Publication details: 
East Sheen - Tuesday Ev[ening]. No date.
£35.00

One page, fold marks, very good condition. Would he dine with us next Thursday at 7 o'clock, to meet Genl Jones who distinguished himself so much in India [during the Indian Mutiny presumably] at the head of the Rifles. I have asked [?] shall play at [Cheat?] or Whist.

[ Kanchi Krishnaswamy Rao ] Autograph Letter Signed K. Krishnaswamy Rao to J.D. Rees, colonial administrator, later MP.

Author: 
Diwan Bahadur Kanchi Krishnaswamy Rao CIE (1845–1923), Indian civil servant, judge and administrator who served as the Diwan of Travancore from 1898 to 1904.
Publication details: 
Trivandrum, 22 July 1895.
£75.00

Four pages, 8vo, bifolium, closed tear at joint, sl. dingy but clear and in good condition. He is sorry that he and his colleagues can't say thank you in person for many acts of kindness as Rees is not returning to Trivandrum. But they all cherish the hope that you will be soon among them under more favourable circumstances. | I cannot adequately thanks you for the marked kindness with which you treated me, and for the support you gave to the High Court, by pointing out to the Govt of Travancore, the impropriety of criticizing the judicial acts of the Highest tribunal in the country.

[ Herbert Trench, Irish Poet ] Autograph Letter Signed Herbert Trench to Douglas Jerrold, author and editor., discussing the imminent performance of Apollo and his other favourite works.

Author: 
Herbert Trench [ Frederic Herbert Trench (1865 – 1923), Irish poet ]
Publication details: 
5 Mansfield PLace, Richmond, Surrey with Printed heading Board of Education Library. and its embossed stamp , 12 November 1907.
£90.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, sl. grubby with remnants indicatiing it was formerly tipped in an album, mainly good. He thanks him for his letter and kind expressions. I am sure to profit by your criticism, whatever it is: & I am very glad indeed to hear you approve of the book. | The first piece 'Apollo & the Seaman' is to be done at the Queen's Hall, in the dark, to 100 instruments: & 100-200 mle voices : the words to be cast upon a sheet. It is an experimental development of the Strauss programme music idea: & will be very unusual.

[ John Harland; The Guardian newspaper ] Autograph Letter Signed J Harland to Rev W. Thornber, wearing his antiquary's hat.

Author: 
John Harland [ (1806–1868), newspaper (Guardian) reporter and antiquary ]
Publication details: 
[ Printed heading ] Guardian Office, Manchester, 12 May 1852.
£45.00

Two pages, 8vo, battered and two small closed tears and fold marks, but text legible. Your packet was most welcome. What you have sent will suffice for one article. I will send a proof & the MS. when in type. You can then send me the 2nd portn. As to [Diculares?] Abbey Chartulary you are under a mistake.

[Louis Desanges; Artist ] Autograph Note Signed L. Desanges to an unnamed female correspondent, encouraging her to view a picture.

Author: 
Louis W. Desanges [ Louis William Desanges (1822 - 1887), artist ]
Publication details: 
[ Printed heading ] 16 Stratford PLace, W, 21 Feb. 1883.
£45.00

One page, 12mo, one edge rough, good condition. Should you care to see my picture of 'Egypt 1882' I shall be happy to show it to you when you may be pleased to honour my Studio with a visit. Note: Desanges's picture represented an equestrian group of all the commanders in Egypt with Wolseley in the centre. The picture was published by Henry Graves and Co. in 1884 under the title Egypt 1882.

[ Thomas Burt; working class MP ] Autograph Letter Signed Thos Burt to Watson [presumably his biographer, Aaron Watson], about a social event he can't attend, and his health.

Author: 
Thomas Burt [ (1837–1922), trade unionist and one of the first working-class Members of Parliament.]
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Northumberland Miners' Mutual Confident Association, with lines through and address changed in Burt's hand to 20 Burton Terrace (Newcastle), 17 Nov. 1906.
£56.00

Four pages, 8vo, bifolium, good condition. I rejoice that the N.L. Club is about to give you a complimentary Luncheon. The Committee asked me to propose, so to speak the Toast of the Guests. Most reluctantly I had to decline, mainly owing to the state of my health, but partly too because I am uncertain whether I can be in London in time for the function. | I trust, and feel sure, that there will be a great and appreciative gathering worthy of the guests and of the occasion. | It seems almost an age since I saw you and I have often chided myself for not calling upon you.

[W.C. Gorgas; Surgeon-General; malaria ] Signature W.C. Gorgas with title on fragment of Notepaper headed Salisbury | Rhodesia.

Author: 
William C. Gorgas [ William Crawford Gorgas KCMG (1854–1920) was a United States Army physician, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army (1914–1918).
Publication details: 
[Headed] Salisbury, Rhodesia, no date
£65.00

Part of headed notepaper, 11 x 8.5cm, good condition, tipped on to slightly larger piece of paper, as is (corner) a small clipping from a newspaper about his activity against yellow fever. Text in his hand: W.C. Gorgas. | Colonel Medical Corps U.S. Army | Panama.

[ General Colin Campbell ] Secretarial Letter Signed C Campbell | L Colonel | 98th Regt to The Quarter Master General | Horse Guards | London, asking for a Route for some of his Men.

Author: 
[ Field Marshal Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde(1792 – 1863), British Army officer (Napoleonic, Opium War, Crimea, Indian Mutiny).]
Publication details: 
Weedon Barracks, 11th May 1838.
£100.00

One page, folio, edges dusted and sl. stained, text clear and complete. Sir | The General Commanding in Chief having been pleased to approve of the Men of the 98th Regiment named in the margin, being sent to Chatham for the purpose of appearing before the Chelsea Board, I have the honor to request you will be pleased to furnish me with a Route for those men to proceed accordingly under charge of a Serjeant. Nine Privates' names are written in the left margin.

[ Florence Bell; Winter Garden ] Autograph Letter Signed Florence Bell to unnamed male correspondent about her brainchild the Winter Garden in Middlesbrough.

Author: 
Florence Bell [ Florence Eveleen Eleanor, Lady Bell, wife of Hugh Bell, ironmaster, stepmother of Gertrude Bell ]
Publication details: 
[Headed ] 95 Sloane Street, S.W., 2 July 1908.
£45.00

Three pages, 12mo, foxing and faint staining, text clear and complete. I am much obliged for your letter of June 30th, which reaches me here this morning. I am delighted at the interest you express in the Winter Garden, and should be very glad, if, as you kindly suggest, I may from time to time forward communications to you on the subject, - or on any other of the same kind.- It must of course be a great help to the Movement that a morning paper with a large circulation should give sympathy and support to it.

[ William Trumbull, Statesman ] Autograph (Clipped) Signature Will. Trumbull only.

Author: 
Sir William Trumbull [ (1639–1716), statesman ].
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£20.00

Clipped signature, 6 x 3.5cm, tipped onto sl. larger piece of paper, good condition

[ George Thomson, friend of Burns ] Autograph Letter Signed G. Thomson to W.F. Watson, bookseller of Prince's Street, with a sportive invitation to dinner. (also invited David Scott(

Author: 
[George Thomson [(1757–1851), noted collector of the music of Scotland, music publisher, and a friend of Robert Burns.]
Publication details: 
Leith Links, 3 John's Place, Tuesday 4 Jany (docketed, adding 1848).
£180.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, formerly in an album, tipped onto strip of album page, as is the addressed envelope (no postal marks), good condition. My dear Sir | If as I hope you are disengaged on Friday [underlined] next come and partake of a quiet family dinner with us at 5 o'clock, you will confer much pleasure on us, and will I trust meet honest David Scott with whom we will discuss high & important matters. As an inducement to him to do me that favour I have ventured to tell him that I hope he will meet you. | Prytheee then let us not be disappointed. Postscript, asking What of Mr Black?

[ Robert Wilson, Irish poet, associated with Yeats circle ] A large archive of Wilson's letters, manuscripts and typescripts preserved by his brother, MLawrence.

Author: 
R.N.D. Wilson [ Robert Noble Denison Wilson (1899-1953) ], poet
Publication details: 
1918-1952
£18,000.00

Iseult, - into your nameSo great a wonder came,As I said it, there, on the hillThat I seem standing still,Watching your loosened hair,On the beaten top of the hillStream in the crying airCall to the crying wind-'Who can love for the mind?' R.N.D. Wilson, from 'The Hill' (Holy Wells of Orris)A large archive of Wilson's letters, manuscripts and typescripts (with other related material including a draft of his will) preserved by his family.

[ Stephen Fox; Court of Charles II ] Signature only Ste. ffox.

Author: 
Stephen Fox [ Sir Stephen Fox (1627–1716), royal administrator and courtier to Charles II, and politican, richest commoner in the three kingdoms ]
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00

C.5 x 2cm, laid down on larger piece of paper, docketed Sir Stephen Fox a Lord of the treasury in the Reign Chas II 1679. Grandfather of C.J. Fox.

[ Ursula Torday; pseud. Charity Blackstock ] Three Typed Notes Signed Charity Blackstock to Miss [Eileen] Cond, inveterate collector of novelists' signatures.

Author: 
Ursula Torday (1912 – 1997), writer of c. 60 gothic, romance and mystery novels 1935 - 1982. Pseudonyms include Charity Blackstock.
Publication details: 
Flat 4, 6/8 Blandford Street, W1, 1965-1967
£35.00

Total 3pp, 12mo, very good condition, [1965] thanking her for reading her and sending the requested signed bookplate; [1966] sending another signed bookplate, pleased that she reads her books, and anticiapting the publication of her next (with a different publisher); [1967] another signed bokplate is being sent, with thanks for faithful readership.

[ Eric Linklater ] Typed Letter Signed Eric Linklater to Ashmore [Basil Ashmore, theatre director and author?] about a play submitted to his judgment and his adapting de Maupassant.

Author: 
Eric Linklater [[ Eric Robert Russell Linklater (1899–1974), Welsh-born Scottish poet, writer of novels, short stories, military history, and travel books ]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Pitcalzean House, Nigg, Ross-Shire, 17 November 1954.
£35.00

Two pages, 12mo, good condition.I was very glad to hear from you again though that doesn't mean I can do anything about your play. I can't. I think it's very amusing and I like it. But I've been struggling for months past with three separate ideas, and each is refractory and unwilling to come to life; so the thought of adding a fourth is ttoo frightening. | Surey you - ingeniuos as you were with Marlowe - can be as ingenious with de Maupassant? There must be one of his short stories which would fitt in, to give you a secondary theme, and let you make a full-length play out of the two of them?

[ Curzon of Kedleston ] Autograph Note Signed Curzon to an unnamed correspondent, about membership of the Abergavenny Habitation of the Primrose League.

Author: 
George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859 – 1925), Statesman, sometime Viceroy of India etc.
Publication details: 
[Embossed insignia of the House of Commons], 31 March 1886
£40.00

One page, 12mo, black-bordered, bifolium, staining (from soaking away from album leaf)/ I shall be very glad to allow my name to be proposed as a member of the Abergavenny Habitation of the Primrose League. [...]

[ Marie Carolina Duchesse de Berry ] Autograph Signature Marie Caroline Dsse de Berry with date.

Author: 
Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Sicile, duchesse de Berry (Maria Carolina Ferdinanda Luise,1798 – 1870), Italian princess (Bourbon) .
Bourbon Princess
Publication details: 
Senise, 27bre 1857
£80.00
Bourbon Princess

Paper, 10 x 12cm, topped by small head in bas relief, below which a seal and text: Senise 27bre 1857 | Marie Caroline Dsse de Berry. See image.~80~AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT CNorton DUCHESSE DE BERRY HOUSE OF BOURBON~ ~0~OL59~ ~ ~ ~ ~

[George St Clair, FGS; Palestine Exploration Fund] Autograph Letter Signed George St. Clair to wm Stoate, Esq. satisfying a request for autographs from the Palestine Exploration Fund correpondence.

Author: 
George St Clair, FGS (Palestine Exploration Fund)
Publication details: 
[Headed] Palestine Exploration Fund, 104 Sussex Road, Seven Sisters' Road, London, N., 2 January 1874.
£50.00

Two pages, 8vo, bifolium, one leaf laid down on sl. larger piece of paper docketed Geo. St Clair (Lecturer),fold marks, good condition. Text: He acknowledges receipt of stamps for a photograph of which he has no distinct recollection. Continues I enclose several autographs such as I have been able to lay my hand on & am only sorry that pressure of business prevents a full examination of thethousands of letters whcih have acumulated round me to see whether I have any others which I could spare & which would at the same time be worth your acceptance.

[ Caroline Norton, social reformer ] Autograph Address label (or subscription to letter?) with brief Note.

Author: 
Hon. Caroline Norton [Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan; 1808 – 1877), social reformer and author.
Caroline Norton
Publication details: 
No date, 36 Russell Square.
£90.00
Caroline Norton

Paper 14 x 5cm, tipped on to slightly larger piece of paper, some staining but clear. Text: 36 Russell Square || Editor of the 'Field' | 346 Strand || corrected proof for press | with Honble Mrs Norton's Compliments. Possibly the subscription clipped from a letter. See image.

[ Margaret Gatty; children's author] Autograph Note Signed Margaret Gatty to Stephen [perhaps her grandson, Stephen Herbert Gatty?]

Author: 
Margaret Gatty [ Margaret Gatty (1809–1873), children's author and writer on marine biology. Some of her writings argue against Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species.
Publication details: 
Ecclesfield, 26 May [1860[8?]]
£45.00

One page, 12mo, staining and ink blots but text clear and complete, laid down on larger piece of paper, docketed The late Mrs. Margaret Gatty (writer for children) Editor of Aunt Judy's Magazine.

[ Wilma Norman-Neruda, violinist ] Autograph Letter Signed Wilma Norman Neruda to Miss Lucy [ Lewis; presumably a child ]

Author: 
Wilma [ Wilhelmina ] Norman-Neruda, Moravian violinist immortalised by Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet
Publication details: 
[ Headed ] 20 Linden Gardens, Bayswater, W., Saturday [ no dat e].
£50.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, sl. stained, fold mark, good condition. With envelope.Text: It is very kind of your mother to ask me to go to the theatre tonight - unfortunately I have an engagement and it prevents me from accepting the kind invitation for which I am very sorry as I should have liked nothing as much than going with you - and admire your [ aunt? ]! | Once more I must thank you for the lovely roses you gave me yesterday. The envelope is addressed to Miss Lucy Lewis.

[ Colonel E.C. Ross; Persia ] Autograph Note Signed E.C. Ross to a Miss Talbot discussing the autograph and photo of the Nawab [not present] he is sending her, and the Nawab's concern over his sons' education.

Author: 
E.C. Ross, sometime Political Resident in the Persian Gulf.
Publication details: 
[Printed motto] 42 RYork Cresct, 17 September [no year given].
£90.00

Four pages, 12mo, but about 20 lines to a page (large sometimes illegible hand), very good condition. Text: Herewith I send the autograph & photograph of our friend the Nawab [Haider Ali?]. | My wife has given him the photos you sent for which he is very much obliged. | He is anxious to know the probably cost of [french edication?] or with reference to his two nephews whom he thinks of sending to England to be educated. Will you kindly ask Mr Talbot if he will send me an estimate which I will forward.

[Frederick Yeates Hurlstone] Autograph Statement-cum-Letter headed Private and signed F.W. Hurlstone, to unkonown correspondent (perhaps an agent?)discussing his current work and activities.

Author: 
F. W. Hurlstone [ Frederick Yeates Hurlstone (1800–1869), portrait and historical painter ]
Publication details: 
No place or date [1842?]
£180.00

One page, cr. 8vo, fold marks, small tear with no loss, faint staining, text clear and complete. Text: Private | I am afraid the melancholy circumstances at Manchester will operate unfavorably on the Exhibition [of 1842?] both as to the number of pictures sent and the visitors and sale.

[ T.G. Bonney, geologist ] Autograph Letter Signed T.G. Bonney to G. St Clair [George St Clair of the Palestine Exploration Fund etc]] apparently setting up a lecture.

Author: 
T.G. Bonney [Thomas George Bonney FRS (1833–1923) was an English geologist, president of the Geological Society of London]
Publication details: 
Rugeley, 1 Oct. 1872
£85.00

Two pages, 12mo, fold marks, very good condition, with addressed envelope laid down on slightly larger piece of paper with note of writer.

[ Trafford Smith, Lieutenant-Governor, Malta [ Typed Letter Signed Trafford Smith to Miss Felicity Ashbee, apparently giving her influential contacts for her travels.

Author: 
Trafford Smith, Lieutenant-Governor, Malta
Publication details: 
The Palace, Valletta, 14 August 1958.
£40.00

One page, 8vo, fold marks, very good condition. Text: I enclose two letters from Maitland, the Malta Area Manager of Shell, whose sway extends over the Shelkl Company in Tripoli, one addressed to yoy and the other to the Tripoli Manager. | I have probably done you wrong in saying that this is the first time you are visiting an Arab country, but anyway your presumed naivete will, I hope, only make them the more helpful. | I hope it all works out, and that you find Libya as rewarding as I did.

[Charge of the Light Brigade; Crimean War.] Autograph Letter Signed from William Ford Thursby, as one of the 'travelling Gents', describing to his parents the situation at British 'Head Quarters' in the Crimea, and 'the valley of death'.

Author: 
Charge of the Light Brigade, Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War; Rev. William Ford Thursby (1830-1893) [Habeeb Risk Allah Effendi; Sir William Codrington; Sir Henry William Barnard; Lord William Paulet]
Publication details: 
'Head Quarters | Crimea', 23 May 1856.
£450.00

W. F. Thursby - latterly Rector of Bergh Apton, Hampshire - was one of the eight children of Rev. William Thursby (1795-1884). Four of his five brothers went into the army, Colonel Sir John Hardy Thursby (1826-1901) gaining particular distinction. (The Indian Mutiny correspondence of another brother, Captain Piers Thursby (1834-1904) of the 9th Lancers, is offered separately.) An interesting long letter, written within two months of the end of the Crimean War, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on 30 March 1856, and with the British forces still in the Crimea.

[ Henry B. Tristram; Darwin interest ] Autograph Message Signed Hy B. Tristram to a Dr Almond.

Author: 
Henry B. Tristram [Henry Baker Tristram FRS (1822–1906) clergyman, Bible scholar, traveller and ornithologist, early supporter of Darwin (later opposed)
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00

Piece of paper, 15 x 11cm, somewhat foxed without obscuring text, laid down on a slightly larger card. Text: Or (if preferred) | Dr. Almond | With the respectful compliments | of the author || Hy B. Tristram |

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