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[Sir Robert Mayer, musical patron, writing in his hundredth year.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R M.') to 'Russell', boasting of being 'young & venturesome', describing plans for an American lecture tour, asking if he could use Lady Drogheda as pianist.

Author: 
Sir Robert Mayer (1879-1985), German-born British musical patron and philanthropist
Publication details: 
10 September 1979. On letterhead of 2 Mansfield Street, London W1.
£60.00

2pp, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. The content is remarkably sprightly and the handwriting firm. The letter begins: 'My dear Russell, | Telephone: no good. So I guess that you are holiday-making. | Lord Drogheda is my close friend & collaborator. His wife Joan is a pianist[.] I have heard her only when she gave her services. But she appears to practice daily, like a professional trooper.' He has advised her to 'play chamber music.

[Stanley J. Weyman, novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stanley J. Weyman') regarding his forthcoming book 'Sophia'.

Author: 
Stanley J. Weyman [Stanley John Weyman] (1855-1928), popular novelist of historical romance
Publication details: 
19 February 1900. Plâs Llanrhydd, Ruthin [Wales].
£45.00

2pp, 16mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with ruckling caused by glue from mount, traces of the paper from which adhere to blank reverses of both leaves. In a crabbed difficult hand, addressed to 'Mrs [Pugh?]', regarding his forthcoming book 'Sophia', a copy of which he will be sending the recipient, with reference to his wife, 'anxiety', and something 'characteristic'.

[Theobald Mathew ['Father Mathew'], Irish Catholic priest and temperance reformer.] Autograph biblical quotation against the drinking of wine, signed 'Theobald Mathew' and dated.

Author: 
Theobald Mathew ['Father Mathew'] (1790-1856), Irish Catholic priest and temperance reformer
Publication details: 
12 September 1843. No place.
£50.00

Rectangle of paper, cut down from a larger page, with corners trimmed at the diagonal. In fair condition, lightly aged. Laid down on a piece of card. Reads: 'It is good not to eat Flesh, or Drink Wine, or do anything whereby a Brother may be caused to stumble or be made weak. Romans C. 14. V. 21. | Theobald Mathew | September 12 1843'.

[Theodore Martin, Scottish poet and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Theodore Martin') intended as a pass for the inspection of the Shakespeare bust and pictures of 'the old celebrities of the English stage' in the Garrick Club.

Author: 
Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet and author [The Garrick Club, London]
Publication details: 
13 July 1871; 31 Onslow Square [London].
£45.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, but with slight water staining and damage to blank area at foot of second leaf. The male recipient is not named. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir | If you present the enclosed to the porter of the Garrick Club, I have no doubt all the Art Treasures of the Garrick will be open to your inspection.

[Sir Nigel Playfair, actor-manager of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.] Autograph Signature ('Nigel Playfair') on the programme for the lyric production 'When Crummles Played -' (based on characters from 'Nicholas Nickleby' by Charles Dickens).

Author: 
Sir Nigel Playfair [Sir Nigel Ross Playfair] (1874-1934), actor-manager of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith [Charles Dickens, 'Nicholas Nickleby']
Publication details: 
The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, W.6. [London] 'This (Thursday) evening, June 2nd, 1927, at 8 o'clock | Subsequent evenings at 8.30'. [Wightman Mountain & Andrews Ltd, Printers, 31 & 33, Victoria Street, S.W.]
£45.00

Four-page programme on bifolium, stapled into covers of shiny art paper. In fair condition, worn and aged, with rusted staples. Folded once. The covers are printed on the outside only. On the front are two illustrations in Georgian style, with the caption 'George Barnwell's Contrition'. On the back is a drawing of 'Portsmouth Old Theatre', 'Reproduced by kind permission of Arthur Moreland.' The small signature ('Nigel Playfair') is at top right of front cover. The first page of the programme carries five 'Producer's Notes' by 'Lessee & Manager' Playfair.

[Mortimer Menpes, Australian-born British painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer Menpes'), giving good practical advice to a young female painter whom he is convinced has 'a future'.

Author: 
Mortimer Menpes [Mortimer Luddington Menpes] (1855-1938), Australian-born British painter, author, and horticulturalist
Publication details: 
No date. On letterhead of the Esplanade Hotel, Bombay [India].
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper with several fold lines. Twenty-one lines of text, written lengthwise on both sides of the leaf. The name of the recipient ('Miss Haziel'? 'Miss Hajrel'?) is unclear. He offers his sincere congratulations on her picture, which is 'work which shows great promise - There is a sense of tone in the picture that was sadly missing in nearly all the other work in the show'. He urges her not to be 'sad about the work', but to 'begin working with energy from now, for I am convinced you have a future'.

[Prince Metternich [Paul Graf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht], German Ambassador in London.] Autograph Signature ('P. Metternich') to secretarial letter, in English, to Sir William Colville, asking for clarification on 'the printed Rules of Ceremony'.

Author: 
Prince Metternich [Paul Graf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht] (1853-1934), Prussian and German Ambassador in London and Constantinople [Sir William James Colville (1827-1903)]
Publication details: 
8 May 1900. With embossed letterhead of the Germany Embassy in London ('Kaiserlich Deutsche Botschaft in London').
£56.00

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of paper from mount on inner margin of recto of leaf. Folded twice. Only the signature is in Metternich's hand.

[Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart, diplomat, author, secret agent.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. H. Bruce Lockhart.') to Lloyd Humberstone, describing his book 'Your England' as a tribute to the 'broad-minded, tolerant, and humane' English.

Author: 
R. H. Bruce Lockhart [Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart] (1887-1970), diplomat, author and secret agent [Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, Secretary, University of London]
Publication details: 
16 August 1935. On letterhead of 30 Douglas Crescent, Edinburgh, 12.
£45.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his letter containing 'kind words about my book, Your England'. He did not expect anyone to agree with all he wrote in it. His aim in writing was 'to pay a tribute to the English who are the most broad-minded, tolerant, and humane of all the numerous peoples among whom I have lived.'

[General Sir Charles Edward Nairne KCB, Commander-in-Chief, India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. E. Nairne') to the widow of Major W. T. Johnson, Native Irregular Infantry, on her husband's 'daring' and her son's chances of promotion.

Author: 
Sir Charles Edward Nairne KCB (1836-1899), British Army general, Commander-in-Chief, India [Major W. T. Johnson, Native Irregular Cavalry]
Publication details: 
1 August 1896; Seaford. On his armorial letterhead.
£75.00

The recipient of the letter is Mary Amelia Johnson (née Poyser), widow of Major William Thomas Johnson (1827-1893) of the Native Irregular Cavalry. The following year would see the publication of her memoir of her husband: 'Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life | From the Letters of Major W. T. Johnson of the Native Irregular Cavalry | Edited by his Widow' (London, 1897). In addition to Major Johnson, the letter also concerns the third of his four sons, Thomas Gordon Blois Johnson (1867-1918), at the time 'a lieutenant in the 22nd Punjab Infantry'.

[Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and BBC documentary maker.] Autograph Letter Signed ('David Attenborough.') to Stephen Thomasson, responding to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
Sir David Attenborough (b.1926), much loved broadcaster and BBC natural history documentary film maker
Publication details: 
30 July 1974. On his Richmond letterhead.
£50.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with one dog-eared corner. Good firm signature to a letter written with black felt-tip pen. Reads: 'Dear Stephen Thomasson, | Thank you for your letter and the kind things you say about the programmes. | Perhaps the signature at the bottom of this letter will serve as an autograph. | Yours sincerely, | David Attenborough.'

[Sir Frederick Pollock, distinguished jurist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Pollock') to Dr Maurice Ernest, discussing the question of arms control, preferring the term 'Limitation of armaments' to 'disarmament'.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Pollock (1845-1937), distinguished jurist and Cambridge Apostle, author of 'The History of English Law before the Time of Edward I' [Maurice Ernest, biologist; arms control; disarmament]
Publication details: 
27 April 1907. On letterhead of the Athenaeum, Pall Mall [London].
£120.00

2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded several times. Small slip of paper with printed biographical entry on Pollock laid down at top left of first page. With several corrections giving the appearance of a draft, but from the papers of the recipient, the Austrian-born biologist Maurice Ernest (1872-1955). An interesting discussion of the question of arms control by a leading jurist in the years preceding the First World War. He begins by stating: 'Limitation of armaments is, as you rightly suggest, the only practical term.

[Sir Henry Keppel, Admiral of the Fleet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry Keppel') to 'Willis' about his autobiography and the 'neuralgic pains' which he fears may kill him.

Author: 
Sir Henry Keppel ['Harry Keppel'] (1809-1904), Admiral of the Fleet who served in Opium Wars and Crimean War
Publication details: 
7 February [1900]. On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Cannes.
£80.00

1p, 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Attractive letterhead of the hotel and its surroundings. Addressed to 'My dear Willis'. Written in a shaky hand. Clearly writing in reference to his 1899 autobiography 'A Sailor's Life under Four Sovereigns', he states that he is glad that Willis is 'pleased with the book', and explains that he was 'suddenly driven' to Cannes 'by neuralgic pains'. He concludes: 'If I live to get back I should like to insert the Authors name in your Copy! Your sincere old friend | Harry Keppel'.

[John Cumberland, London theatrical publisher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Cumberland') to Charles Thompson, declining to take on his unpublished play, and discussing the question of copyright.

Author: 
John Cumberland (1787-1866), London theatrical publisher [Charles Thompson; Cumberland's British Theatre]
Publication details: 
27 October 1834. 'No. 2 Cumberland Terrace | Camden New Town' [London].
£180.00

1p, 8vo. Aged and worn. Four folds. Panel from envelope attached to reverse, with postmark and address to 'Chas. Thompson Esqr. | 34 Bedford Street | Covent Gard.' He has 'already so many unpublished Plays' in which he has 'the right of Representation', that he must 'decline making any further purchases at present'. But even if he were 'inclined to make further purchases, it would most certainly be in Copyright and not in rights to print - which I suppose is what you mean by the term Printing Copyright'. He is however still 'much obliged to you for the offer'.

[Julian Huxley, biologist, first director of UNESCO.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Julian Huxley.'), complaining of overwork, but offering to read the recipient's father's book in the vacation.

Author: 
Julian Huxley [Sir Julian Sorell Huxley] (1887-1975), evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, first director of UNESCO, brother of Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley
Publication details: 
3 June 1925. On letterhead of New College, Oxford.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient is not named. He will 'certainly get hold of' the recipient's father's book, but he will not be able to read it immediately, as he is 'overworked with term'. He will however have 'plenty of leisure in the vacation'.

[Julian Huxley, biologist, first director of UNESCO, as Secretary of Zoological Society of London.] Typed Note with cyclostyled signature, informing Dr Maurice Ernest that he does not consider the 'main thesis' of his book 'biologically justified'.

Author: 
Julian Huxley [Sir Julian Sorell Huxley] (1887-1975), evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, first director of UNESCO, brother of Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley [Dr Maurice Ernest]
Publication details: 
15 March 1941. On letterhead of the Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, N.W.8.
£50.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. Cyclostyled signature: 'Julian S. Huxley'. Addressed to 'Dr. Maurice Ernest, | New Court, | Esher, | Surrey.' He apologises for having been unable to read his book, adding: 'I am afraid I cannot feel that your main thesis is biologically justified'. It is obvious why Huxley did not look beyond the title, as the book he is clearly referring to is Ernest's 'Lives of 300 years and continual rejuvenation' (1942).

[Lady Burdett-Coutts, Victorian philanthropist and social reformer.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Blunt', regarding a meeting with his parents at 'the Rectory'.

Author: 
Lady Burdett Coutts [Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts] (1814-1906), philanthropist, social reformer and one of the wealthiest women in England
Publication details: 
4 July 1894; on letterhead of 1 Stratton Street, W. [London]
£40.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey paper from mount adhering at head of second page. Folded once. Reads: 'The Baroness Burdett Coutts sends her kind compliments and thanks to Mr. Blunt and regrets that she is unable to avail herself of the kind proposal of his Father and Mother, as she has another engagement between the City and Chelsea, but her Ladyship hopes to be at the Rectory as near Six o'clock as possible'.

[Lady Burdett-Coutts, Victorian philanthropist and social reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Burdett Coutts -') in praise of an individual for his 'Protest against that hateful thing known as Vivisection'.

Author: 
Lady Burdett Coutts [Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts] (1814-1906), philanthropist, social reformer and one of the wealthiest women in England [Anti-Vivisection]
Publication details: 
24 March 1876; Stratton Street [London].
£65.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, but with traces of glue on blank reverse of second leaf, which has a vertical closed tear the length of a fold line in blank space beneath signature. The male recipient is not named. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | Do not think me intrusive but I cannot resist offering you in writing the warm thanks of my heart for your Protest against that hateful thing known as Vivisection'. She has read with 'feelings of thankfulness the expression of your opinion which Mr Froude stated with his own to Mr Cross'.

[Lucy Kemp-Welch, painter noted for her depiction of military horses in the Great War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lucy Kemp-Welch'), accepting an invitation from 'Cousin Florence'.

Author: 
Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), painter noted for her depiction of horses, especially during the First World War
Publication details: 
24 December 1902. On letterhead of Kingsley, Bushey, Hertfordshire.
£50.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Having found among her correspondence an unanswered letter from her cousin she apologises for the apparent rudeness, before accepting her 'kind invitation to luncheon when next we are in your neighbourhood'. She hopes that they 'may be in the Forest some time in the summer'. She ends by stating that she is enclosing an autograph for her cousin's friend.

[Mathias Sandor, Hungarian-born American artist.] Original artwork: miniature graphite drawing of an attractive fin-de-siècle woman, heading an Autograph Note Signed ('Mathiás Sándor') to 'Mr Howes Norris Jr', responding to request for autograph.

Author: 
Mathias Sandor [Mathiás Sándor] (1857-1920), Hungarian artist who settled in the United States [Howes Norris Jr, autograph collector]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue from mount on blank reverse. Central horizontal fold, not affecting the drawing. Sandor was clearly a generous fellow, and Norris was a lucky one. Sandor has responded to a request for an autograph by sending a note topped by an attractive miniature graphite drawing of the head and shoulders of an 1890s young lady, more subtle than a 'Gibson Girl', staring quizzically with the distinctive hairstyle of the period.

[James J. Davis ['Iron Puddler', 'Puddler Jim'], Welsh-born United States Republican Party Senator from Pennsylvania.] Typed Letter Signed ('James J Davis') to Sir Arthur Cope, introducing journalist (and spy?) 'Mr. William Edward Cope of New York'.

Author: 
James J. Davis [James John Davis] (1873-1947), Welsh-born United States Republican Party Senator from Pennsylvania, nicknamed 'Iron Puddler' and 'Puddler Jim' [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, artist]
Publication details: 
21 December 1925. On embossed letterhead of the Secretary of Labor, Washington.
£45.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Addressed to 'Sir Arthur Cope | London'. The letter reads: 'My dear Sir Arthur: | This will introduce Mr. William Edward Cope of New York, a member of the National Press Club, who is going abroad to do some newspaper work. He desires a brief interview with you and I bespeak for him such courtesies as you may find it convenient to render him.' The subject of the letter W. E. Cope would appear to have been a government agent.

[Frank Miles, artist, friend of Oscar Wilde, and Jack the Ripper suspect.] Autograph Note Signed ('Frank Miles') to an autograph hunter, gracefully supplying his own.

Author: 
Frank Miles [George Francis Miles] (1852-1891), artist and friend of Oscar Wilde, architect, gardener and Jack the Ripper suspect
Publication details: 
No date. 26 Tite Street, Chelsea [London].
£90.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue from mount on reverse. Folded once. Reads: '26 Tite St. | Chelsea | Pray forgive me for not having answered before | If you are glad to have my handwriting, then I am gladder to send it to you. | Frank Miles'. The house in Tite Street which Miles had E. W. Godwin build for him, and at which his friend Oscar Wilde lived as a 'boarder', was originally numbered 1, then 26, and now 44.

[Frederick Yates, actor-manager of the Adelphi Theatre.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fred. H. Yates.'), accusing actor Thomas Cooke of breaking his word by mounting a production of Fitzball's 'Red Rover', whose copyright he owns, outside Edinburgh.

Author: 
Frederick Yates [Frederick Henry Yates] (1797-1842), actor and proprietor with Charles Mathews of the Adelphi Theatre, London, husband of Elizabeth Brunton [Thomas Potter Cooke (1786-1864), actor]
Publication details: 
18 January 1830. 'Theatre Royal | Adelphi' [London].
£120.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tears and thin vertical strip of paper on reverse of second leaf, which carries a seal in black wax and Yates's address to 'T. P. Cooke Esqre. | 28 Manchester Street | Manchester Square'. An interesting letter regarding a Victorian stage dispute. In an understated style, Yates makes a serious accusation: Cooke has broken his word over the manuscript of Fitzball's play 'The Red Rover' (Yates had produced the piece with himself in the title role in 1828, and would do so again in 1831).

[George Holyoake, radical editor who coined the terms 'secularism' and 'jingoism'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. J. Holyoake') to 'Watson'

Author: 
George Holyoake [George Jacob Holyoake] (1817-1906), radical editor who coined the terms 'secularism' and 'jingoism'
Publication details: 
25 March 1900. Eastern Lodge, Brighton.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. Only the conclusion of the letter is in Holyoake's hand. It carries an unusually large and bold signature. In reply to a letter of Watson's he states that he was not aware of the 'paper in the Westminster Gazette [...] until four days after its appearance'. He asks him to send 'the Leader referring to its appearance which you mention', and commends Watson's son for bringing it to his notice. Holyoake does not know if the matter has 'been mentioned elsewhere in Newcastle'.

[Harold Wilson, Labour prime minister.] Christmas card, signed by Wilson, his wife Mary and son Giles, together with his foreign secretary George Brown and his wife Sophie, who writes a message in German.

Author: 
Harold Wilson (1916-1995), Labour prime minister; his wife Mary Wilson (1916-2018); his son Giles Wilson; George Brown (1914-1985), Labour politician; his wife Sophie Brown [Sophia Levene] (1911-1990)
Publication details: 
1966. Christmas card by Lum & Feher Press, Honolulu.
£100.00

In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Christmas card with unusual image of the three wise men (in Roman helmets) seen from behind, following the guiding star as it leads them across a Hawaian beach to the hut in which the birth of the messiah is occurring. Printed message in card in Hawaian and English. The reverse of the second leaf has nothing printed on it other than the publisher's slug, and at the head the prime minister has written 'Happy Christmas'. Beneath this, one above the other, are the five signatures: 'Harold Wilson | Mary Wilson. | Giles Wilson.

[Horace Smith, poet and friend of Shelley, author with his brother Joseph of the 'Rejected Addresses'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Horatio Smith'), playfully thanking Joseph Blunt for making him 'a present of a pair of horns'.

Author: 
Horace Smith [Horatio Smith] (1779-1849), poet, author his brother Joseph Smith of the 'Rejected Addresses' (1812), friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley [Joseph Blunt]
Publication details: 
3 November 1831. Brighton.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. On bifolium. Twenty lines of text. In fair condition, aged and worn, with chipping and short closed tears to extremities. Folded twice. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Joseph Blunt Esqre.' Signature underlined with a flourish.

[Archdeacon Coxe, historian, gives instructions to the parliamentary printer Luke Hansard.] Autograph Letter in the Third Person to 'Mr Hansard'

Author: 
Archdeacon Coxe [William Coxe, Archdeacon of Bemerton] (1748-1828), historian and Anglican cleric [Luke Hansard (1752-1828), London printer after whom publication of parliamentary debates is named]
Publication details: 
15 December 1805; Bath.
£60.00

2pp, 18mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with a couple of emendations. The subject is Coxe's 'History of the House of Austria', which was 'Printed by Luke Hansard and Sons, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, in the Strand'. The letter begins: 'Mr. Coxe wishes to keep back for a week or two sheet 3z, because he intends to divide the first Volume into two parts; and therefore desires Mr Hansard not to strike off that Sheet; and will trouble Mr Hansard to transfer the commencement of Ferdinand's reign from p 542.

[Ebenezer Elliott, 'the Corn Law Rhymer', poet and reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed, offering his poem 'Win-Hill' to the editor of the Monthly Magazine, stating that his 'children like it', and apologising for not having 'kept the politics out'.

Author: 
Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849), 'the Corn Law Rhymer', poet and reformer who founded the Sheffield Mechanics Anti-Bread Tax Society [Monthly Magazine, London]
Publication details: 
No date [1833]. Sheffield.
£100.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, but with thin strip torn away from head, including date. Laid down on piece of card. Large firm signature ('Ebenezer Elliott'). Begins: 'D Sirs - | I send you for the Monthly Magazine, Win-hill, or The Curse, a poem. My children like it, so I conclude it is not without merit. I wish I could have kept the politics out, but they would be in. If it should not suit you, you would very much oblige me by endeavouring to return it to me by the 15th of June next. I am, D Sirs, Yours very truly | Ebenezer Elliott'. 'Win-Hill; or, The Curse of God.

[Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, Conservative politician; Lord Derby.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stanley') to 'Lees', describing an Irish shoot and political machinations regarding a vote on 'the invasion of India'.

Author: 
Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby (1826-1893), Conservative politician, twice Foreign Secretary and twice Colonial Secretary
Publication details: 
11 December 1878. Ennistimon, County Clare [Ireland].
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with strip of glue from mount at top-left of first page. He has not written to Lees since he told him 'that capital joke of the extraction of a ball from your cheek'. He has been 'for a week's shooting at Granard's, Byng & Tottenham & others there most days 8 guns, one day 11. We killed from Tuesday to Saturday with inclusive 602 head of which 86 Woodcocks'. He describes the weather and positioning of guns.

[Frances Power Cobbe, social reformer, anti-vivisectionist and women's suffrage campaigner. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis P Cobbe') to 'Miss Cole', discussing 'Mr Raj' of the 'Church of One God - India', who is studying at London University.

Author: 
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and women's suffrage campaigner
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper with traces of glue from mount on reverse of second leaf. The letter begins: 'Dear Miss Cole - | It is kind of you to invite Mr Raj - I have forwarded yr message to him, & told him to answer it himself. He is a very good young man studying just now for his degree in London University - a friend of [Kesemb Amrinder Senj?] & a member of the [Brahur Somcij?] (Church of the One God - of India)'. She knows nothing else about him, but 'the [Brahures?] all come to him by right'.

[Lord Napier, Second Afghan War, Great Game.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Napier & Ettrick') from Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier, to orientalist William Nassau Lees, regarding his view of Lord Mayo's policy on 'defence of Khelat and Affghanistan'.

Author: 
Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier and 1st Baron Ettrick (1819-1898), Scottish diplomat, Ambassador to United States [William Nassau Lees (1825-1889), orientalist; Lord Mayo, Viceroy of India]
Publication details: 
16 January [1878]. Ravensbury, Ascot, Berkshire.
£125.00

See Napier's entry in the Oxford DNB (he is not to be confused with Lord Napier of Magdala). On the death of Lord Mayo in 1872, Napier acted as Viceroy of India for a little over three months, before the arrival of Mayo's successor Sir John Strachey. The present letter was written in the first months of 1878, six years after Mayo's death, follows the publication in The Times of a letter Napier had written defending Mayo's policy regarding the 'defence of Khelat and Affghanistan [sic]', against the criticisms of Mayo's predecessor as Viceroy, Lord Lawrence (previously Sir John Lawrence).

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