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[ Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar, Indian nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Ramasamy Mudr') in English to Sir J. D. Rees, on his appointment to the Viceregal Legislative Council and organising 'Todas or Badagas' dancers for the Viceroy.

Author: 
[Rajah] Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar (1840-1911), Indian merchant, politician, philanthropist, early leader of the Indian National Congress [ Sir J.D. Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator]
Publication details: 
Madras [ India ]. 12 October [ 1895 ].
£150.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining at head of second leaf. Addressed to 'The Honble. Mr. J. D. Rees, C.I.E.' A long letter, beginning with an expression of pleasure at Rees's 'appointment as an additional Member of the Viceregal Legislative Council'. His wife and 'Chota Sheriff' join him in sending congratulations. He refers to a conversation in which it was 'casually wished' that Rees would 'become connected with the Viceregal Govt. though not by such an appointment as the present one.

[a] Angling in All Its Branches, reduced to a Complete Science: Being the Result of more than Forty Years Real Practice and Strict Observations throughout the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland.

Author: 
Samuel Taylor, Gent. [ Samuel Taylor (1749-1811) of Shropshire, angler and stenographer ]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, Paternoster-row. 1800.
£350.00

xv + 298pp., 12mo. Ownership signature at head of p.vii. Internally in good condition, a tight copy on lightly-aged paper, in heavily-worn contemporary tree-calf binding, damaged at head of spine, and lacking label.

[ Benjamin Brierley, Lancastrian poet and novelist. ] Home Memories, and Recollections of a Life. [ With 'In Memoriam Poems' by John L. Owen, William Charlton, Jennie Heywood, J. Gee and Charles C. Hall. ]

Author: 
Ben Brierley, Author of "Tales and Sketches of Lancashire Life," &c. [ Benjamin Brierley (1825-1896); John L. Owen, Bowdon; William Charlton, Hulme; Jennie Heywood, Rochdale; J. Gee, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
Manchester: Abel Heywood & Son, 56 & 58, Oldham Street, London; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers' Hall Court. [ 1886 or 1887. ]
£50.00

Viii + 99 + [1]pp., 12mo. In Victorian half-binding, with dark-green calf spine and corners, and brown marbled boards. The original yellow card front cover has been bound in with the volume. It carries the price (one shilling), title, publication details, and a portrait of Brierley, and is headed 'AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH', The volume contains no library markings whatsoever, but the front pastedown carries a pink printed notice of the 'Rules of the Library' of the Bury District Co-operative Society Ltd.

[ William Cooke, privateer in American War of Independence, afterwards appointed by Washington to command of the cutter Diligence. ] Autograph Signature ('Wm. Cooke') to Autograph Bill and Receipt ('Francis Peyrimant') for 'Ship Queen of France'.

Author: 
Captain William Cooke (disappeared 1796), appointed by George Washington to the command of United States Revenue Cutter Diligence
Publication details: 
Note of receipt at foot signed by Cooke and dated from Wilmington on 12 April 1789.
£150.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketed on reverse: 'Acct. | Capt W. Cooke | £51.2.9.' A bill for wages, in Cooke's autograph, headed 'Ship Queen of France | To William Cooke . . . Dr.' Listing monies due with dates and details. For example: '7 Jan [1789] wages . . .@ 18 dollars p. mo[nth]  30.9.7' (Other sums also on 7 Jan. and 12 April.) At the foot Cooke has written "Rec[eive]d Wilmington 12th April 1789 from Francis Peyrimant the above bal[anc]e. in full. | Wm Cooke.' The year of this transaction was also the year of the French Revolution.

[ Quakers and pacifism in the eighteenth century. ] Printed form ('No. 40.'), a warrant of distress for 'one of the people called quakers', who has failed to provide a substitute to serve in the militia.

Author: 
Quakers and pacifism in the eighteenth century [ W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, Law-Printers to his Majesty; T. Cadell, Bookseller in the Strand, London; Francis Newbold (b.1768), Macclesfield surgeon ]
Publication details: 
Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, Law-Printers to his Majesty; for T. Cadell, and sold only by the said T. Cadell, Bookseller in the Strand. Late eighteenth century ('in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and [blank]').
£120.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn laid paper, 1.5" closed tear. A printed form which has not been completed in manuscript. At top right: 'No. 40.', and the royal coat of arms at head. A rare and interesting piece of pacifist and Quaker ephemera, and a testament to nonviolent resistance.

[ Angler and Flyfisherman, Austin Ridsdale of Mickley and Masham, Yorkshire; Manuscript. ] Autograph Notebook, filled with seasonal directions for making Wet Flies for Fishing (some invented by Ridsdale himself), with diagrams and illustrations.

Author: 
Austin Ridsdale [ Austin Cuthbert Ridsdale ] (d.1983) of Mickley and Aldburgh, Masham, near Ripon, Yorkshire, angler and fly-fisherman
Publication details: 
Contained in a 'Boots Home Diary and Ladies' Note Book' for 1931. [ 1930s to circa 1950s. ]
£500.00

Entries are written haphazardly at different times, on around 140pp. of a 12mo Boots 'Home Diary for 1931'. The volume is worn and shaken: a clear testimony to many years of field use. At the start the owner is named as 'Austin Ridsdale' of 'Mickley Ripon, Yorks'. This would appear to be an early address. A loosely-inserted envelope with a 1947 postmark is addressed to 'Mr & Mrs A Ridsdale | Aldburgh | Masham | Ripon'. The handwriting, workmanlike at best, varies from entry to entry. The volume constitutes a repository of a countryman's knowledge in the field of fly-fishing.

[ John Latchford and Thomas Meates, King's Messengers in the foreign service. ] Material relating to them and their families, mainly transcriptions by C. E. Meates, but with some originals. With other material including a memorandum by Lewis Hertslet

Author: 
John Latchford (1778-1833) and Thomas Meates (1768-1836), King's Messengers; Lewis Hertslet (1787-1870) of the Foreign Office [ The King's Messenger Service; C. E. Meates of the Pioneer Corps ]
Publication details: 
[ The King's Messenger Service, London. ] Original documents from the 1820s and 1830s from Paris, Brussels and the Hague;, and C. E. Meates's writing from the 1930s to 1960s.
£950.00

For an overview of the post of King's Messenger, see 'The Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy', ed. Ward and Gooch, vol.3 (1923), which states that during the two men's time in the post (i.e. in 1822) 'the number of the corps was raised to thirty-eight. Eighteen of these were placed under the immediate orders of the Foreign Office for foreign service only. They were required to be British subjects, not over thirty-five years of age, good linguists and good horsemen; and the choosing of them rested in turn with each of the three Secretaries of State'.

[ William Leighton Leitch, Drawing Master to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. L. Leitch') to the pianist and composer Clara Angela Macirone

Author: 
William Leighton Leitch (1804-1883), Scottish watercolour painter, Drawing Master to Queen Victoria [ Clara Angela Macirone (1821-1895), pianist and composer ]
Publication details: 
124 Alexandra Rd, St John's Wood [ London ]. 28 November1872.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. A spirited and characteristic letter. He begins by explaining that he has been 'exceedingly tormented with neuralgia for the last week' and is 'still very ill at ease'. He has not been 'out of doors for some time - & tis quite impossible just now'. He regrets 'missing Dear Old Mozart - & seeing you all', but hopes to 'make up for the loss by being most dreadfully pleasant'.

[ The 'Alpine Singers', Switzerland, 1840. ] Autograph 'Signatures of the Alpine Singers': Henri Augustin, 'Ferdinand Augustin aus Tirol', Wilhelm Schmidt.

Author: 
The 'Alpine Singers', Switzerland, 1840: Henri Hellwig, 'Ferdinand Augustin aus Tirol'q, Wilhelm Schmidt
Publication details: 
Torquay [ Devon, England ], 17 January 1840.
£50.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The whole page is filled in an attractive way, with the three signatures in different styles of handwriting: 'Henry Hellwig.' (in Gothic style, surrounded by flourishes), 'Ferdinand Augustin aus Tirol.' (in a modern cursive hand), 'Wilhelm Schmidt, <?>' (in a German style, the last four words not deciphered). At the foot of the page: 'Signatures of the Alpine Singers | Torquay Jany 17th 1840.'

[ Walter William Ouless,, leading Victorian portrait painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. W. Ouless.'), asking 'W. K. Allchin Esq | M.D. [sic, for the future Sir W. H. Allchin ]' to convey a message to Sir George Burrows.

Author: 
Walter William Ouless (1848-1933), RA, British portrait painter from Jersey [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician; [ Sir George Burrows (1801-1887), physician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Byranston Square, W. [ London ] 8 March 1886.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He writes that he has only just received Allchin's letter on his return from the country. 'Please ask Sir George Burrows to call at any hour in the day most convenient to himself.'

[ Sir Eric A. Carpenter, Chairman, Williams Deacon's Bank, Manchester. ] Six items from his papers, including two typed corrected speeches by him on the opening of the bank's new headquarters, also letter to him from Bill Lyth of Sheffield Telegraph.

Author: 
Williams Deacon's Bank Ltd, founded in Manchester in 1836 [ Sir Eric A. Carpenter [ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter ] (1896-1973); Williams & Glyn; Royal Bank of Scotland ]
Publication details: 
Williams Deacon's Bank, Manchester, 1953, 1959 and 1963.
£130.00

Williams Deacon's Bank Ltd, which was founded in Manchester in 1836 and subsequently headquartered in London, had a large network of branches in the north-west of England. It was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1930. In 1970 it was merged with Glyn, Mills & Co and The National Bank to form Williams & Glyn's Bank. Carpenter was a director of the bank for 21 years, serving as chairman for 12 years.

[ Margaret Armstrong, Lady Armstrong, gardener. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Messrs Carr' [ of the Newcastle Daily Journal ], asking them to insert a notice of the death of 'Mr. John Pratt', one of her family's servants at Jesmond Dene.

Author: 
Margaret Armstrong [ née Margaret Ramshaw ], Lady Armstrong (1807-1893), gardener, wife of William George Armstrong (1810-1900), 1st Baron Armstrong [ Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Jesmond Dene, Newcastle on Tyne. 26 December 1865.
£40.00

Margaret Ramshaw of Bishop Auckland married the industrialist William George Armstrong (1810-1900), 1st Baron Armstrong, in 1835. She played an important role in the design of the gardens at Jesmond Dene, the couple’s house in Newcastle, and later at Cragside, which is now a National Trust property. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice, and with traces of mount on blank second leaf.

[ Sir Dawson Williams, editor of the British Medical Journal. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dawson Williams') to 'Dr Milburn', regarding whether 'Dr Fred Wilson was suffering from the plague'.

Author: 
Sir Dawson Williams (1854-1928), editor of the British Medical Journal
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Medical Journal, 429 Strand, London, W.C. 25 January 1901.
£30.00

For information on Williams see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., landscape 12mo. The top half of a 4to leaf, the lower part having been torn away untidily, and with a closed tear repaired on reverse with archival tape. He thanks him for the trouble he has taken 'to obtain an answer to my inquiry. As it was not certain whether Dr Fred Wilson was suffering from plague or not, we thought it better to leave the matter indefinite.'

[ Sir Francis Grant, President of the Royal Academy. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Grant') to 'Frith' [ the artist William Powell Frith' ], regarding the delivery of a marble bust.

Author: 
Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), Scottish portrait painter, President of the Royal Academy, 1866-1878 [ William Powell Frith (1819-1909) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Academy of Arts, Trafalgar Square, W.C. London. 'Monday evening' [ post 1866 ].
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. An untidy hurried scrawl. Reads: 'My dear Frith | I find the Academy possess a cast of the marble bust of Sir <?> | I have arranged if you send to Mr Eyre it will be delivered - as to the Keeper | Ever trly | Francis Grant | Monday evening'.

[ Solomon Alexander Hart, the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy. ] Autograph Signature ('S: A: Hart RA | Secy to the Committee') to document in another hand, to the physician Sir W. H. Allchin regarding an exhibition of 'the old Masters'.

Author: 
Solomon Hart [ Solomon Alexander Hart; S. A. Hart ] (1806-1881), English artist, the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W. London. 1 December 1869.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'W. H. Allchin Esq'. The 'arrangements for the intended Exhibition of the works of the old Masters have already progressed too far' for 'any further works offered [...] on loan' to be considered for acceptance.

[ George Vicat Cole, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vicat Cole'), requesting tickets to Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Procession.

Author: 
Vicat Cole [ George Vicat Cole ] (1833-1893) ], English painter
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Little Campden House, Kensington, W. [ London ] 9 June 1887.
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is an unnamed man and the subject is Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Procession, London, 21 June 1887. Asking for tickets, if there are 'any good places left', 'to view the procession of the 21st.'

[ François Guizot, French historian and statesman. ] Autograph Signature ('Guizot') and seal, franking letter to 'Monsieur le comte de Jarnac | Chargé d'affaires de France | à Londres'.

Author: 
François Guizot [ François Pierre Guillaume Guizot ] (1787-1874), French historian and statesman [ Philippe-Ferdinand-Auguste de Rohan-Chabot (1815-1875), comte de Jarnac ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£40.00

The 19.5 x 27 cm front panel of an envelope, with the flap. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight discoloration to the cover from the three seals. In the top right-hand corner of the cover is written the word 'Particuliere'; at bottom left is the signature 'Guizot'; slightly to the left of centre is the address: 'Monsieur le comte de Jarnac | Chargé d'affaires de France | à Londres'. The three seals in black wax adhering to the flap. None has the full impression and only one is complete.

[ Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, 'The Lady with the Golden Bow'. ] Autograph Signature with a few bars of sheet music in autograph.

Author: 
Kathleen Parlow (1890-1963), musical prodigy known as 'The Canadian Violinist' and 'The Lady with the Golden Bow'
Publication details: 
'Meldreth. September 1923 -'.
£100.00

On one side of an 8 x 13 cm piece of unprinted white card. Two bars of music in her hand, followed by the word 'etc.' Beneath this, in a clear, firm hand: 'Yours very sincerely | Kathleen Parlow | Meldreth. September 1923 -'.

[ Laura Starr Canziani, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Laura Canziani') to the wife of the physician Sir W. H. Allchin, regarding an invitation and her husband's return from Paris.

Author: 
Louisa Starr Canziani [ Louisa Canziani ] (1845-1909), artist, the first woman to win a gold medal for history painting at the Royal Academy (1867) [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Kensington Palace Green, W. [ London ] 12 June [ no year ].
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She apologises for having missed Mrs Allchin's 'party at the Prince's Hall', as she had to meet her husband 'in Paris on his way home from Italy, and we were detained there longer than we had expected'. She had hoped that they both could have attended the party, but they were 'detained there longer than we had expected'. Louisa Starr married the civil engineer and industrialist Enrico Canziani (1848-1931) in Dover in 1882.

[ Alfred Elmore, Irish history and genre painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear <Lizzy?>', arranging a meeting.

Author: 
Alfred Elmore (1815-1881), Irish history and genre painter
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 1 St Albans Road, Victoria Road, Kensington. [ London ] 30 December 1867.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Elmore's handwriting makes the name of the recipient is unclear. The message reads: 'Will next Thursday suit you, to save you the trouble of writing, if I don't hear from you I shall expect you. | Wishing you a happy new year I am awways [sic] | Yours very truly | Alfred Elmore'.

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[ Aldred James Caldicott, composer. ] Autograph Signature ('Alfred J. Caldicott | Mus. Bac Cantab') with a few bars of sheet music in autograph, with words 'Unless you can think when the Song is done'.

Author: 
Alfred J. Caldicott [ Alfred James Caldicott ] (1842-1897), English composer of operas, cantatas, children's songs, humorous songs and glees
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£56.00

On 22.5 x 6.5 cm slip of paper, ruled in red and blue. In good condition, lightly aged. Beneath the line of sheet music and the accompanying words 'Unless you can think when the Song is done,' is the good firm signature: 'Alfred J. Caldicott | Mus. Bac Cantab'.

[ Sir Daniel Cooper, Australian merchant and first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Daniel Cooper') to 'My dear James',arranging a meeting, enquiring about a lost £580, and giving family news.

Author: 
Sir Daniel Cooper (1821-1902), Australian merchant and philanthropist, first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, and philatelist
Publication details: 
'London | 20 Prince's Gardens | 6th. Decr. 1861'.
£100.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketted on reverse of second leaf of bifolium: 'London 6th. Decr. 1861 | Sir Daniel Cooper', and beneath this in pencil 'Australian Bart.' The letter has an embossed armorial motif at its head. Written to a family member or close friend, the letter begins: 'I will meet you at the Bank of New South Wales on Monday at One O'Clock when I hope Mr. Ludlow will also be able to give me the statement for Thomas -'. He asks him to inform him 'what has become of the £580 alluded to in the enclosed letter'.

[ Maud Earl, painter of dogs. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Maud Earl.') to 'Sir William' [i.e. the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], confirming an engagement on the following day.

Author: 
Maud Earl [ Maud Alice Earl ] (1864-1943), British-American artist noted for her paintings of dogs [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
On lettehead of Bloomfield Studios, 13 Bloomfield Place, S.W. [ London ] 27 July [ no year ].
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir William | Many thanks for your letter | We will be with you tomorrow Tuesday by 11. o'c'.

[ Laurence Olivier: Michael Stroud reveals 'Larry's last words'. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Michael') to the costume designer Ivan Alderman, reporting an anecdote about Laurence Olivier's death told to him by the actress Anna Cartaret.

Author: 
Michael Stroud (1934-2015), actor with the National Theatre, and director [ Laurence Olivier [ Lord Olivier ] (1907-1989), actor and director; Ivan Alderman (1910-2002), costume designer ]
Publication details: 
70 St James, Shaftesbury, Dorset. 29 July [ 1989 ].
£80.00

2pp., 8vo. In envelope addressed to 'Mr Ivan Alderman, | 2 Brook Green Flats, | Dunsany Road, | London W14'. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Bessie MacArthur, Scottish poet. ] Fourteen letters and three cards, all in autograph, to Brian Lambie of the Biggar Museum, with one typed poem in Scots ('Folk'), one holograph poem ('"Bits and Pieces"'), and three other autograph items.

Author: 
Bessie J. B. MacArthur [ Bessie Jane Bird MacArthur, née Bisset ] (1889-1983), poet and dramatist of the Scottish Renaissance [ Brian Lambie (1930-2014) of the Biggar Museum, Lanark ]
Publication details: 
Thirteen letters and one card from 4 Glencairn Crescent, Edinburgh 12 (the first with the address on a letterhead); the other letter without place. Thirteen of the letters written between 13 July 1975 and 6 January 1978. The other items undated.
£680.00

MacArthur's work features and is discussed by Byrne and McMillan in 'Modern Scottish Women Poets' (2003). Lambie is the subject of a long obituary in The Scotsman, 21 January 2015. Twenty-two items. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The following description is divided into six parts. ONE: 14 Autograph Letters Signed and 3 Autograph Cards Signed to Lambie. The 17 items of correspondence are variously signed 'Bessie MacArthur' (7), 'Bessie J. B. MacArthur' (6), 'B. J. N. McA.' (4). The letters total 32pp., in various formats.

[ Helen Burness Cruickshank, suffragette and Scottish Renaissance poet. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Helen B Cruickshank') to Brian Lambie, curator of the Biggar Museum, granting permission for use of a poem, and discussing other matters.

Author: 
Helen B. Cruickshank [ Helen Burness Cruickshank ] (1886-1975), suffragette and Scottish Renaissance poet [ Brian Lambie (1930-2014) of the Biggar Museum, Lanark ]
Publication details: 
Both on her letterhead, 4 Hillview Terrace, Corstorphine, Edinburgh. 21 September and 22 November 1973.
£200.00

Lambie is the subject of a long obituary in The Scotsman, 21 January 2015. Both items 2pp., 4to. Both in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: 21 September 1973. She has 'heard good accounts' of the Gladstone Court Museum, and a friend 'now promises me to motor me there some time soon. At 81, I am no longer able to go “under my own steam”'. She agrees to let him use her poem 'Background' in a Christmas card, but would like to see the design before printing.

[ Arthur Wellesley Batson, composer, artist and cleric. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Wellesley Batson') to 'Johnnie', whom he has seen in Marlow Church, causing him to reminisce about their time at Whitbourne.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley Batson (1852-1917), composer, artist and cleric, Rector of Ringstead, Norfolk
Publication details: 
Ringstead Rectory, Lynn. 16 July 1890.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'My dear Johnnie - | I saw you in Marlow Church the Sunday before last & recognised you although when I saw you last you had long curls falling on your shoulders 10 years ago!' He hopes to meet with him if he is still at Marlow when he goes there again. 'Edward stayed here for a week a short time ago.' The letter concludes: 'I often think of my Whitbourne days & Barkie & the good times we had.' From the papers of the Harington baronets of Whitbourne Court. Batson was a student of theology at Oxford in 1881.

[ Sir William Evans on the [secret] ballot, 'secret voting', 'evils of intimidation'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T W Evans') to Rev. W. Griffith, expressing 'serious doubt' on the question, and explaining his reasons for abstaining to vote on it.

Author: 
Sir William Evans [ Sir Thomas William Evans ] (1821-1892) of Allestree Hall, Liberal Party politician, Member of Parliament for Derbyshire South
Publication details: 
Allestree Hall [ Derbyshire ]. 11 April 1859.
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He declares his belief that he will 'act well in accordance with what I stated on the nomination day in 1857, by pursuing the course followed by me since I have been in parliament, & abstaining from voting either way on the ballot'. The subject is one concerning which he feels 'great difficulty': 'I fully appreciate the evils of intimidation & bribery which the ballot is intended to cure, although I hope that they are gradually diminishing & will be still further diminished when we have fewer small constituencies'.

[ Thomas George Bonney, geologist. ] Autograph Signature ('T. G. Bonney | Secretary') to duplicated document, asking Alexander Ramsay to serve on a committee of the British Association for the Advancement of Science with ten other named members.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [ Thomas George Bonney ] (1833-1923), English geologist, President of the Geological Society of London [ Alexander Ramsay; British Association for the Advancement of Science, London ]
Publication details: 
British Association for the Advancement of Science, 22 Albemarle Street, London. 28 November 1882.
£100.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifiolium. Mimeographed document in purple ink. The date, Ramsay's name and Bonney's signature are added in Bonney's autograph. The Association's council, 'acting under the powers conferred upon them by the General Committee in accordance with their Report, have appointed a Committee [...] to carry into effect the recommendations of the portion of the Council Report accepted by the General committee'. A 'List of the Committee' is on the second page, the eleven members headed by 'Mr. H. G. Fordham (Secretary)' and featuring 'Mr. Francis Galton' and 'Mr. A. Ramsay'.

[ William Hayman Cummings, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, to musicologist R. A. Streatfield. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'William H. Cummings') regarding Handel and a controversy in the Morning Post on 'Cannons' and Duke of Chandos.

Author: 
William Hayman Cummings (1831-1915), Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, tenor, organist at Waltham Abbey [ Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919) of the British Museum, musicologist ]
Publication details: 
All from Sydcote, Dulwich, S.E. [ London ] Between 25 September 1913 and 20 February 1914.
£120.00

The six letters in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first five on grey paper, the sixth on white paper with mourning border. The first letter (25 September 1913) reads: 'Your letter in yesterday's "Morning Post" reminded me of your fine book on Handel. I read it on its publication, and it is always close at hand as I write in my study. But, alas, I am in my 83rd year and my memory is not what it was. I ought to have looked at what you said before writing to the M. P. In any case, I thank you for taking part in the fray, which I think is not being quite fairly fought.

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