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[ Captain William Pryce Cumby, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm: Pryce Cumby') to the London solicitor Thomas Wiglesworth, the first regarding a repaired chronometer, the second a power of attorney.

Author: 
Captain William Pryce Cumby (1771-1837), Royal Navy, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar while commanding HMS Bellerophon [ Thomas Wiglesworth, London solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Both letters from East Hall, Middleton Tyas [ Yorkshire ]. 23 February and 1 July 1819.
£350.00

Early on during the Battle of Trafalgar, Lieutenant Cumby's captain John Cooke was mortally wounded, leaving Cumby in command of HMS Bellerophon during 'the most glorious battle ever fought at sea'. According to John Marshall's 'Royal Naval Biography' (1823): 'At this early period of the battle, the Bellerophon was closely engaged with the Monarca, as well as l’Aigle, and exposed to a distant cannonade from three other of the enemy’s ships.

[ Algernon Ashton, Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Algernon Ashton') to the editor of the Daily Graphic, discussing the works of Franz Lachner and the 'overrated' Tchaikovsky.

Author: 
Algernon Ashton [ Algernon Bennet Langton Ashton ] (1859-1937), English composer and Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music 1884-1910
Publication details: 
44 Hamilton Gardens, St John's Wood, London. 6 April 1903.
£80.00

3pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper.

[ Thomas Gisborne, abolitionist and member of the Clapham Sect. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T: Gisborne') offering the unnamed recipient his 'trifling interest' in 'the Staffordshire election'.

Author: 
Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846) of Yoxall Lodge, abolitionist, member of the Clapham Sect, Prebendary of Durham Cathedral [ the slave trade ]
Publication details: 
Yoxall Lodge [ ]. 12 July 1823.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, but with thin strip lacking along one edge, resulting in slight loss of text. A stylish letter. He finds it 'almost ludicrous' that 'a person whose property, such as it is, lies chiefly in another County' should have anything to say 'about the Staffordshire election', but he 'had wished' that the recipient of the letter 'might fill the present vacancy when I had not ever seen your name connected with it'. He would be pleased to be given 'an opportunity of offering' him his 'vote & the singularly trifling interest'.

[ Samuel Baldwin Rogers, Welsh metallurgist and pamphleteer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S B Rogers') regarding 'Six Petitions to the Queen', with printed pamphlet titled 'Addenda to the Samaritan Papers', and cutting of Times obituary letter by 'Y.'

Author: 
Samuel Baldwin Rogers (1778-1863), Welsh inventor, chemist, metallurgist, bookseller and pamphleteer
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter from Nant-y-glo; 24 October 1843. Pamphlet published by W. Strange, 21 Paternoster Row, London, and printed by 'J. Riley Morgan, Printer, High Street, Abergavenny.' [ 1843 ] Cutting of letter dated 14 September [1863 ].
£450.00

Rogers has been unduly neglected. He was a figure far ahead of his time.

Autograph Letter Signed ('P. C. Durham') to one of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, regarding his capture, with HMS Venerable, of two French warships, in a memorable action.

Author: 
Sir Philip Charles Durham [ Admiral Sir Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham ] (1763-1845), Royal Navy admiral
Publication details: 
'Venerable [ i.e. on board SS Venerable ] April 25th. [ 1814 ]'
£250.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Docketed: '25 April 1814 | R. Ad. Durham.' For the context of this letter see Durham's entry in the Oxford DNB. In December 1813 he had been sent out as commander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands station, with his flag in the Venerable. On the outward voyage, in a notable action, he had captured two large French frigates, Alcmène and Iphigénie, on 16 and 20 January 1814. The action resulted in the award in 1847, to any surviving claimants, of the Naval General Service Medal with clasp 'Venerable 16 Jany. 1814'.

[ Lord Dudley Stuart, politician. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to the editor of The Globe newspaper, requesting the insertion of an article.

Author: 
Lord Dudley Stuart [ Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart ] (1803-1854), politician, husband of Princess Christine Bonaparte, President of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland, Sussex Chambers, Duke Street, St. James's. 2 June 1843.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In good conditionl, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of stub along one edge. Reads: 'Lord Dudley Stuart presents his Compliments to the Editor of the Globe, and would feel greatly obliged by the insertion of the accompaning article in his Columns tomorrow (Saturday)'. The Association was founded in 1832 by the Scottish poet Thomas Campbell and the German lawyer Adolphus Bach.

[ Mary Howitt, Quaker poet, author of 'The Spider and the Fly'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Irish author Samuel Lover

Author: 
Mary Howitt [ née Botham ] (1799-1888), Quaker poet, author of 'The Spider and the Fly' [ Samuel Lover (1797-1868), Irish author ]
Publication details: 
The Hermitage, Highgate Rise. 14 August [ no year ].
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'it was such a delight to my daughter & myself to hear your beautiful songs last evening that we wish such a happiness was possible for us very often - And as certain old proverbs present themselves to our mind such as - "Ask & have" - "The world belongs to the bold," &c - I think the most straight forward way is to act upon them - & hence I write.' She proceeds to invite him to 'a little social gathering' ('not a party') at 'a very small house - which may be compared either to a nutshill or a bird's nest'.

[ Robert Wilson Shufeldt, American ornithologist and white supremacist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. W. Shufeldt') to Alexander Ramsey, regarding the 'Scientific Roll'.

Author: 
Robert Wilson Shufeldt (1850-1934), American ornithologist and white supremacist [ Alexander Ramsey ]
Publication details: 
From Fort Wigate, New Mexico. 28 January 1886.
£320.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A presentation copy of the 'Scientific Roll' has 'just come to hand, as I have been snowed in at this point for a long time': 'if my purse were only as willing as my spirit I would put the shoulder to the wheel with you. It is a splendid work, and I look for the remaining parts with great interest.' He ends by asking to be put down as a subscriber. Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll: A Bibliography, Guide and Index to Climate' appeared between 1880 and 1884, and 'Scientific Roll and Magazine of Systematized Notes' appeared between 1890 and 1900.

[Australia; Art; Panorama; Gold Fields ] Autograph Note Signed ('J. S. Prout') to James S. Lamb, acceding to a request of his.

Author: 
J. S. Prout [ John Skinner Prout ] (1805-1876), English artist who spent eight years in Australia [ Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia ]
Australia
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia, 309 Regent Street (next the Polytechnic). 2 September 1852.
£500.00
Australia

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of grey paper from mounting along one edge on reverse. The letterhead features, at top left, an attractive engraving of an early version of the Australian coat of arms: it consists of a a shield bearing the cross of St George with five stars on it, supported by an emu on the left and kangaroo on the right, with the motto 'Advance Australia' at the foot and a coronet above with a sun rising from it. The note reads: 'Sir | I have much pleasure in acceeding to your request and | Am Sir | Your Obt Servt | J. S. Prout'.

[ Joseph Ady, fraudster. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ady') to 'Mrs Jackson', giving details of funds he claims are due to her, and attacking Sir Peter Laurie for 'Malice'; on reverse of one of his lithographed fradulent circulars.

Author: 
Joseph Ady (1775-1852), Quaker fraudster [ Sir Peter Laurie (1778-1861), Lord Mayor of London ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place [ 1846 or later ].
£220.00

For details of Ady and his methods, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is on one side of a 9.5 x 22 cm piece of paper.

[ Edmund Yates, journalist and newspaper proprietor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edmund Yates.') to an unnamed recipient, assessing the character of the London publisher William Tinsley.

Author: 
Edmund Yates [ Edmund Hodgson Yates ] (1831-1894), Scottish journalist and author, friend of Charles Dickens, proprietor of The World newspaper [ William Tinsley (1831-1902), London publisher ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Post Office. 19 November 1868.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small closed tear unobtrusively repaired. Reads: 'Take the enclosed note to Mr. Tinsley, 18 Catherine Sreet, Strand, a very rough but thoroughly clever and enterprising publisher, and tell him what you require. If possible, I trust he will meet your views'. According to Yates's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'In 1867, after leaving Temple Bar, he edited a new monthly, Tinsley's Magazine, but fell out with the proprietor who believed Yates was overpaying contributors, including himself. His official salary was by now £520 p.a.

[ Lord Garvagh, Irish politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Garvagh') on part of Autograph Letter to 'Mr Lackington', i.e. the London bookseller George Lackington (or James?), with reference to 'Pictures' being 'turned out of doors'.

Author: 
George Canning, 1st Baron Garvagh [ Lord Garvagh ] (1778-1840), Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry [ George Lackington (1777-1844), London bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£45.00

On 8 x 18.5 cm piece of paper cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged and creased, with thin strip of staining from mount at head. The signature side reads: '[...] but it might not be on Saturday, as on that day my House will be in a bustle - | I remain | Your Obedt: Humle: Servt | Garvagh | To | Mr Lackington | [...]'. The other page reads: '[...] letter in its first arrival - and to day I presume is not one that either yourself or Mr Dry could wish the Pictures to be turned out of doors in.'

[ Adela Verne, pianist and composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed recipient

Author: 
Adela Verne [ born Adeline Victorine Pauline Wurm ] (1877-1952), English pianist and composer, born in Germany
Publication details: 
Clareville Lodge, South Kensington. 18 October 1901.
£220.00

4pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. She lays before the recipient, apparently a newspaper man, 'a scheme which I intend to carry out very shortly', beginning: 'The works of British composers have as you know hitherto not received their fair share of attention at Pianoforte Recitals.

[ Sir Chih-Chen Lo-Feng-Luh, Chinese ambassador to London during the Boxer uprising. ] Autograph Signature ('Chih Chen Lofengluh') given while in office.

Author: 
Sir Chih Chen Lofengluh [ Sir Chih-Chen Lo-Feng-Luh; Sir Chihchen Lofengluh ] (c.1850-1903), Chinese ambassador to London during the Boxer Rebellion
Publication details: 
London; 2 January 1899.
£120.00

On 6.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from a larger document. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Chih Chen Lofengluh | 2nd. January 1899. | London'. There appears to be a circumflex above the 'en' of 'Lofengluh'. There are a variety of transliterated spellings for Lo-Feng-Luh's name. Lo-Feng-Luh was thoroughly anglicised. According to his (possibly syndicated) obituary in the Mercury, 15 June 1908: 'Sir Chih Chen Lo Feng-Luh, K.C.V.O., was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Emperor of China to Russia.

[ Sir Lowry Cole, Governor of Mauritius. ] Autograph Note in the third person to Sir George <Naylor?>, confirming that he will attend the coronation [presumably of William IV ].

Author: 
Sir Lowry Cole [ Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole ] (1772-1842), Irish army officer, politician and Governor of Mauritius [ Sir George Naylor ]
Publication details: 
Grosvenor Place [ London ]. 23 June [ no year - 1830? ].
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Sir Lowry Cole presents his Compliments to Sir George Naylor & will have the Honor to obey his Majestys Commands by attending the Coronation | Grosvenor Place | 23 June'.

[ Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine, Russian bacteriologist described by Lister as "a saviour of humanity". ] Two Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Card Signed (all 'W. M. Haffkine') [ to editor ], regarding his entry in Men of the Times.

Author: 
Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine [ born Vladimir Aaronovich Chavkin ] (1860-1930), Russian bacteriologist described by Joseph Lister as "a saviour of humanity"
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of the Buckingham Palace Hotel [ London ]. All dating from July 1899.
£850.00

A Ukrainian Jew, Haffkine found his early career obstructed by his refusal to convert to the Russian Orthodox Church. He emigrated and worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he developed an anti-cholera vaccine that he tried out successfully in India. He is recognized as the first microbiologist to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague. He tested the vaccines on himself. The three items in good conditon, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 2pp., 12mo. He has been 'away from town', but now hopes to send 'a note on my work' within the week. 'It wd.

[ Poultney Bigelow, American journalist and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed describing his 'Canoe Voyage' on the Danube, and his future movements as guest of the Kaiser

Author: 
Poultney Bigelow (1855-1954), American journalist and author
Publication details: 
Addressed from 'Canoe "Caribee" - on the Danube - near Hungarian Frontier - July 21. 91.' [ 1891 ]
£320.00

1p., 8vo. Aged and worn. Bigelow was educated at a preparatory school in Potsdam, and was a childhood playmate of the Kaiser and his younger brother, and maintained a friendship with them throughout their lives. On his death at the age of 98 he was the oldest Yale alumnus, and the oldest member of the Athenaeum club in London.

[ John Camden Hotten, London bookseller. ] Signed Autograph inscription ('Jno Camden Hotten') to Charles Welford., on hf title of his 'Literary Copyright'.

Author: 
John Camden Hotten (1832-1873), London bookseller [ Charles Welford ]
Publication details: 
No place. 24 October 1871.
£65.00

On the half-title of his self-published anonymous 'Literary copyright: seven Letters addressed by Permission to the Right Hon. the Earl Stanhope' (1871), now a loose leaf in 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Printed in the centre of the page are the words 'Literary Copyright.' Above this Hotten has written, in his stylised hand: 'To Charles Welford | with the respects of | Jno Camden Hotten | 24 Oct. 1871.'

[ Joseph Butterworth, legal bookseller and politician. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Jos: Butterworth') regarding the interest taken by Thomas Jeffery of Portsea in 'the Convicts in the hulks'.

Author: 
Joseph Butterworth (1770-1826), legal bookseller and politician [ Thomas Jeffery of Portsea; transportation ]
Publication details: 
Bedford Square [ London ]. 28 January 1826.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and with creasing at foot. Reads: 'Thos Jeffery | 7 Conway Row | Half way Houses | Portsea | takes an active part in visiting the Convicts in the hulks & wd be most thankful for some tracts | Jos: Butterworth | 28 Jany 1826 | Bedford Square'. At the head of the page, in another hand: 'Rec'd £1. 1. 0'.

[ George Huntly Gordon. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'D. Meran' of the Globe newspaper, offering him a revierw of '2 little books on the German Spas'.

Author: 
George Huntly Gordon of His Majesty's Stationery Office, friend of William Wordsworth
Publication details: 
'Stationery Office | Pimlico'. 4 August [ no year, on paper watermarked 1841 ].
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditon, lightly aged and worn. He asks him 'to give insertion, among your literary notices, in the Globe, to the enclosed account of 2 little books on the German Spas, which I have just concocted. The author is a friend of mine, but I assure you, on my honour, I have not said one word more in praise of his Treatises than they deserve. To convince you of this I will send you the one on the “Homburg Spas” if you have time to read it – and you may give it to any friend going to Germany.

[ Harold Coster, 'Photographer of Men'. ] Typed Letter Signed "Howard Coster", to Secretary of Authors' Syndicate Ltd, accompanied by typed list of his sitters, and brochure containing portraits of G. K. Chesterton, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James,.

Author: 
Howard Coster [ Howard Sydney Musgrave Coster ] (1885-1959), 'Photographer of Men', London
Publication details: 
Letter from 8 and 9 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2. [ London ] 2 April 1930. The brochure containing portraits from the 'Supplement to 'The Bookman'" Christmas, 1929.
£350.00

The items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight rusting from a paperclip. ONE: TLS from Coster to the Secretary, The Authors' Syndicate Ltd., London. 2 April 1930. 1p., 8vo.

[ Lord William Bentinck, Governor-General of India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Bentinck'), as Governor of Madras, to John Heaton, describing in detail how he hopes to improve on 'the Fortune which I may make in India'.

Author: 
Lord William Bentinck [ Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck] (1774-1839), army officer, diplomat, and Governor-General of India
Publication details: 
Fort St George [ Madras, India ]. 6 January 1806.
£250.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The letter begins: 'It would very materially improve my future income if the Fortune which I may make in India could be vested in the Funds during their date of Depression which I take for granted will be the consequence of the War upon the Continent – This my wish that £30000 Thirty thousand Pounds should be laid out in the Stocks if they should fall below 57.

[ James Hall of Walthamstow, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Benjamin Bloomfield, asking for a copy of his 'Cottage Poems' to be presented to the Prince Regent.

Author: 
Rev. James Hall (c.1754-1844) of Chestnut Walk, Walthamstow, poet [ Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron Bloomfield (1768-1846), soldier and Private Secretary to the Prince Regent ]
Publication details: 
Long Itchington by Southam, Warwickshire. 8 February 1817.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, neatly inserted into a windowpane mount. Bloomfield, 'somewhat more than a year ago', laid 'before the Prince Regent at Sudbourne Hall, two small productions' of Hall's, and he now wishes, 'as they are my mite to the good of my Country, Cottage poems also to be laid before him'. He feels that the 'concluding little poem' in the collection 'cannot displease his Royal Highness'. No copy of the original edition of Hall's 'Cottage Poems' is listed on COPAC, and only one copy, at Oxford, of the new edition of 1820.

[ Robert Scott, Master of Balliol, co-compiler of the 'Liddell and Scott' Greek-English lexicon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Scott | Master of Balliol') to Major R. G. MacGregor, on the gift of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
Robert Scott (1811-1887), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and co-compiler of the 'Liddell and Scott' Greek-English lexicon [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Balliol College, Oxford. 24 October 1864.
£65.00

1p.,12mo. In good condition. Scott writes that he has 'just received, through Messrs. Parker, the volume of your Translations from the Greek Anthology which you have kindly requested me to place in the Library of Balliol College'. He thanks him on behalf of the College, and assures him that the book will be so placed, 'according to your desire'. MacGregor's tranlsation was published in London without a date by Nissen and Parker. Scott's co-compiler Henry Liddell was the father of 'Alice in Wonderland'.

[ Lord Macartney and John Hoole, translator of Tasso. ] Leaf removed from album, with an autobiographical inscription in Latin in Macartney's autograph on one page, and an unpublished translation of the poetical part of it by Hoole on the other,.

Author: 
George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney [ Lord Macartney ] (1737-1806); John Hoole (1727-1803), translator of Tasso and Ariosto, Principal Auditor at India House, member of the circle of Samuel Johnson
Publication details: 
Without place. 1786.
£850.00

On an 8vo leaf, removed from what would appear to be Hoole's journal. Aged and brittle, with wear to extremities. One page carries an autograph transcription by Macartney of an autobiographical Latin inscription in prose and verse, to which is appended a signed note by Hoole: 'given me by his Lordship | JH.' The other page carries an unpublished six-line translation by Hoole, translator by trade (Tasso) of the poetical section of Macartney's inscription.

[ John David Macbride, Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. ] Autograph Note Signed ('J D Macbride') | Principal of Magd: Hall' ], [ to Major R. G. MacGregor] acknowledging the receipt of a copy of translations from the Greek Anthology.

Author: 
J. D. Macbride [ John David Macbride ] (1778-1868), Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, later Hertford College [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Oxford. 27 October 1864.
£75.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Sir | I beg to thank you for a copy of your Greek Anthology which I shall deposit as your gift in the Hall Library of this Society.' Macgregor is not named, but the item comes from a batch of his papers. His 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' was published without date in London by Nissen and Parker. Macbride oversaw the move (completed in 1822) of Magdalen Hall from alongside Magdalen College to the site of the defunct Hertford College, after which it was renamed in 1874.

[ Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, Chancellor of the Exchequer, poet and friend of Sir Isaac Newton. ] Autograph Signature ('Halifax') on part of financial document.

Author: 
Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax (1661-1715), Chancellor of the Exchequer, poet and friend of Sir Isaac Newton
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 8 November 1711.
£80.00

On 4.5 x 8 cm piece of paper, cut from a financial document. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of grey paper mount on reverse. At the foot of the slip Halifax has signed: 'Examd. P. Halifax'. Above this, in another hand, is recorded the date and a sum of money.

[ Charles Robert Maturin, author of 'Melmoth the Wanderer'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. R. Maturin') to William Spooner, writh reference to a 'friendly letter' by Sir Walter Scott, and his family's 'romantic' history.

Author: 
Charles Robert Maturin [ C. R. Maturin ], Irish writer of gothic novels and plays, best-known for 'Melmoth the Wanderer'
Publication details: 
No place [ Dublin, Ireland ]. 15 August [ no year ].
£600.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn. The breaking open of the wafer has resulted in slight loss at the beginning of Maturin's signature. Addressed on reverse to 'William Spooner Esqre | at Mr Millikin's | Grafton Street'. (His not writing of 'Dublin' implies that he is writing from the same place.) Maturin was the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, who adopted the name 'Sebastian Melmoth' during his self-exile on the continent.

[ Frances Power Cobbe, social reformer, anti-vivisectionist and women's suffrage campaigner. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis P Cobbe') to Lady Bowring, inviting her and her friends ('Huxleys, Lyells & others') to meet Julia Ward Howe and husband.

Author: 
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and women's suffrage campaigner [ Sir John Bowring; Julia Ward Howe ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ before 1872 ].
£250.00

2pp., 12mo. On lightly-aged paper with a number of vertical fold lines. The reference to Sir John Bowring dates the letter to before his death in 1872. With reference to Julia Ward Howe (author of the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic') and her husband Samuel Gridley Howe she writes: 'Dr. & Mrs. Howe of Boston whose names you are sure to know (philanthropist poetess) are coming to take a four oclock cup of tea with us on Thursday, the day after to morrow - We are asking a few your [sic] friends Huxleys, Lyells & others to meet them - & it would give us much pleasure if you & Sir John Bowring wd.

[ William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Dr J. B. Brown

Author: 
William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector
Publication details: 
'Islington - | 102 Upper Street'. 10 October 1839.
£120.00

H2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with the blank second leaf placed in a windowpane mount. The letter gives a good impression of Upcott's questionable character, well-described in Janet Ing Freeman's entry on him in the Dictionary of National Biography. It reads: 'My friend will not part with his Autograph of O. Cromwell – He purchased it for 5 Guineas – the usual price – To his signature in my possession is attached that of his Secretary Thurloe – by no means a common Autograph – Dr. R.

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