MARQUESS

[Sir William Napier, author of the 'History of the Peninsular War'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Napier') to 'Sir' Nicholas Trant, correcting and criticising the Marquess of Londonderry's rival history.

Author: 
General Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier], Anglo-Irish British Army officer and historian of the Peninsular War [Nicholas Trant; Charles Vane, Marquess of Londonderry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [With postmarked year 1828?]
£420.00

The present letter dates from the time of the appearance of the first volume of Napier's 'History of the Peninsular War' (1828-1840), and in it Napier criticises the recently-published rival 'Story of the Peninsular War by the late Marquess of Londonderry; with continuation by G.R.

[Lord Salisbury to Sir Reginald Brade, Under-Secretary of State for War.] Five Autograph Letters (three signed 'Salisbury') to Brade and his PS, on Army Chaplains and the Chaplain General, with a complaint of a 'scandal' over chaplains in India.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury [James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury] (1861-1947), Liberal politician [Sir Reginald Herbert Brade (1864-1933), Under-Secretary of State for War, 1914-1920]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads: three from Hatfield House, Herts; and one apiece from the War Office, Whitehall, and 20 Arlington Street, S.W.1 [London]. One from 1916, two from 1918, one headed 'Sunday' and the other undated.
£180.00

Salisbury was a Liberal politician and the son of the Prime Minister. Some background to the correspondence is supplied by the Times articles, 'The Church in War', 6 February 1918 and 'Bishops' War Session' ('Supply of Chaplains'), 10 July 1918. The five items in good condition, on 12mo bifoliums. The first two items below are addressed to Brade himself, and the other three to his private secretary. The first three letters are signed 'Salisbury', the other two are in the third person. ONE: To Brade. War Office, 'Sunday'. 3pp. Written in pencil.

[Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer.] Offprint (with photographic plate) of article: 'Speeches at the unveiling of the Shackleton Memorial'.

Author: 
Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer; Dr Hugh Robert Mill; the Marquess of Zetland; Admiral Sir William Goodenough, President, Royal Geographical Society [Charles Sargeant Jagger]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, vol. LXXIX no. 3, March 1932'. Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London and Eccles, England.
£25.00

[7]pp, 8vo, paginated [161]-167. Preceded by photographic plate of 'The Shackleton Memorial' (on the outside of the Royal Geographical Society, London), on art paper. Stitched into blue printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'At the invitation of the Memorial Committee the company assembled in the Hall of the Society at 3 p.m. On Saturday 9 January 1932. | The Most Honourable the MARQUESS OF ZETLAND, Chairman of the Memorial Committee, addressing the President of the Society, said: | […]'.

[George Hamilton Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Donegall') to a 'Friend', regarding his witnessing of a will, and remuneration for his 'moderate account'.

Author: 
George Hamilton Chichester (1797-1883), 3rd Marquess of Donegall [Earl of Belfast, 1799-1844)], Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, Lord Lieutenant of Antrim
Publication details: 
No place. 26 March 1870.
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded once.

[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to Lord Crewe, following the death of Gordon of Khartoum.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), on how he is prevented from 'fulfilling the engagement', due to 'the state of affairs in the Soudan'.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe; Charles George Gordon (Gordon of Khartoum)]
Publication details: 
On cancelled letterhead of 10 Downing Street. [Holborn? Holby?] 5 February 1885.
£180.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, folded four times. The Downing Street letterhead has been struck through, and place and date added in manuscript, possibly not by Gladstone himself, the place indistinct ('Holborn' or 'Holby'?). The letter reads: 'My dear Lord Crewe | With the greatest regret I have to inform you that an imperative call to London caused by the state of affairs in the Soudan will prevent us, to our great disappointment, from fulfilling the engagement which you had so kindly accepted. | Yours sincerely | W E Gladstone'. Gordon had died in the fall of Khartoum on 26 January.

[Sir Richard Wallace, creator of the Wallace Collection with his father the Marquis of Hertford.] Autograph Note Signed ('Richard Wallace') to 'Dr Chepmell' [i.e. the society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], regarding an election and 'Dr Grigg'

Author: 
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890)[, son of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquis of Hertford (1800-1870), founders of the Wallace Collection, London [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 105 Piccadilly, W. [London] 20 May 1874.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Dr Chepmell, | I received your note yesterday afternoon & have in consequence had much pleasure in giving my votes in favour of your friend Dr Grigg. | Your's very sincerely | Richard Wallace'.

[ Elaborate seventeenth-century French binding to cosmological work with bookplate of Marquess of Crewe. ] Corrected Manuscript ('Manuscrit Original') of the Chevalier de Jant's translation of the 'Theologie Curieuse' of Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca.

Author: 
Jacques de Jant [ le Chevalier de Jant ] (1626-1676); Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca (1506-1580); Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe, Liberal politician and book collector; cosmology
Publication details: 
Without place or date (a seventeenth-century manuscript of a work published in Dijon by Pierre Palliot in 1666).
£4,000.00

189pp., small 4to (23.5 x 16 cm). Each page ruled with red lines, with the text written in a clear, neat and pleasing hand, with extensive annotation to the ample margins, and a few emendations to the main text. In light-brown full-leather binding, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Internally in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with top corner of front free endpaper slightly cropped. Binding in good condition, with some wear to corners.

[ Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster, as Earl Grosvenor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Grosvenor.) to the Bond Street bookseller John Andrews, regarding the disposal of tickets for 'the French Play'.

Author: 
Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster [ also 2nd Earl Grosvenor ] (1767-1845), Member of Parliament and prominent London landowner, developing the areas of Belgravia and Pimlico
Publication details: 
15 Grosvenor Street [ London ]. 'Monday 27th. June' [ no year ].
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with red wax seal, to 'Mr. Andrews | Bookseller | New Bond St.' (BBTI has John Andrews at 167 New Bond Street from before 1831 to 1857.) The letter reads: 'Mr. Andrews - | As the French Play is popular you may be able to transfer to other Customers one or two of the Tickets you have taken for me this evening.

[ Lord Castlereagh, Tory politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Castlereagh') on frank addressed to Captain Wood, 10th Hussars, Kilkenny.

Author: 
Lord Castlereagh [ Frederick Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry ] (1805-1872), Tory politician, Member of Parliament for County Down
Publication details: 
'London June Twenty Four 1833'.
£25.00

On 7.5 x 12 cm piece of paper, cut from the front of an envelope. With frank postmark in faint red ink. Laid out in the customary fashioin, with the date and address reading 'London June Twenty Four 1833. | Captn. Wood | 10th Hussars | Kilkenny', with 'Castlereagh' at bottom left.

[ Lord John Manners, Marquis of Granby, army officer after whom many English pubs are named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Manners') regarding the broken health of one Lieutenant Hawkins, and his inability to rejoin his regiment in Jamaica.

Author: 
Lieutenant-General John Manners (1721-1770), Marquess of Granby, British army officer, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland
Publication details: 
Parliament Street [ London ]. 23 August 1770.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, with fraying to edges, and loss at one corner from the opening of the seal. There is a faint pencil note on three lines in another hand at the foot of the letter. The letter reads: 'Having considerd Lt Hawkins situation, and the effect the Climate of Jamaica has had upon him – I am of opinion that He is totally unable to join his Regiment, and there is great reason to fear, his health will never be such as to enable him to do duty with it, in that Island | John Manners | Parliament St. | Augst. 23d. 1770'.

[ John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend, as Viscount Raynham. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Raynham') to an unnamed party, regarding 'Mr. Ewart's motion [...] for the abolition of the punishment of death'.

Author: 
John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend (1831-1899), styled Viscount Raynham [ Lord Raynham ] between 1855 and 1863 [ William Ewart (1798-1869), Radical politcian; capital punishment ]
Publication details: 
11 Grosvenor Square [ London ]. 14 June 1856.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with some glue staining to blank reverse of last leaf. He presented, as requested, 'on the day of Mr. Ewart's motion the petitions which you forwarded to me for the abolition of the penalty of death', and apologises for not informing the recipient of the fact sooner: 'it has led you to believe that I have not received them.

[ Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Crewe'), regarding 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure'.

Author: 
Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe [ Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes ] (1858-1945), Marquis of Crewe, Liberal politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 18 February 1914.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A typed document, headed 'PRIVATE', with Crewe writing in autograph the number '18' from the date, the address to 'Dear Sir Richard', and the valediction 'Yours sincerely | Crewe'. In what is presumably a duplicated document sent to around thirteen individuals (see below), Crewe explains that he is 'anxious to receive the opinion and advice' of 'a few authorities' on the question of 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure', 'from the point of view of general legal principles and special Indian experience respectively'.

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lansdowne') [ to the future Sir George Scharf ]

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Publication details: 
Bowood [ Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire ]. 23 December [ 1859 ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition. Year not given, but with '1859' in a contemporary hand at top-right of first page. The recipient is not named, but the letter is from the papers of Sir George Scharf. It begins: 'I remember your saying in the course of last winter you would be glad an [sic] opportunity of coming to see me, & what little I have to shew you. | I conclude the Portrait Gallery as well as <?> Institutions admits of some holidays at this season'. Consequently he suggests a time when the recipient might 'spend a few days' at Bowood, if his 'engagements admit'.

[ Marquis of Salisbury, British Prime Minister. ] Part of Autograph Letter to the Bishop of Peterborough, with signature ('Salisbury').

Author: 
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts. Date not present [ post 1870 ].
£30.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-spotted and aged paper with Joynson watermark dated 1870. The text, addressed to 'The Rt Rev. The Lord Bishop of Peterborough', reads: '[...] for the Church. Without these I fear, the Chapel Service alone will not keep up the Christian character of the College teaching. | Believe me | Yours faithfully | Salisbury'.

[ Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway, 2nd Marquess of Hertford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hertford') to Sir Robert Bateson Harvey, requesting his political support.

Author: 
Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway, 2nd Marquis of Hertford [ previously Viscount Beauchamp ] (1743-1822), British peer and politician
Publication details: 
Suffolk, 29 October [ 1806 ].
£80.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. In good condtion, lightly aged. Addressed, with part of red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Sir Robert Bateson Harvey Bt | Langley Park'. He is 'perfectly aware' of his 'having not the smallest pretention to apply' to Harvey, but is encouraged 'by the friendly support which you gave to Mr Macnaughten at the general election in the county of Antrim to beg a continuance of your support and assistance on the present occasion'. Previously represented Lisburn and Antrim in the 1770s. See Wikipedia for details of his political career (not revealing about 1806 though).

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Record of the Speeches and List of Guests at the Luncheon given by The Spectator in Honour of Mr. J. L. Garvinn to commemorate his completion of 21 years as Editor of The Observer. Mr. Evelyn Wrench in the Chair.

Author: 
J. L. Garvin [ James Louis Garvin ] (1868-1947), editor of the Observer [ Arthur Henderson; David Lloyd George; the Marquis of Londonderry; Evelyn Wrench ]
Publication details: 
At Stationers' Hall [ London ]. 14 November 1929. [ Roffey & Clark, Ltd. Printers, 12, High St., Croydon. ]
£90.00

43 + [1]pp., 8vo. Strapled ino printed card wraps. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in aged and worn wraps with rusted staples. Over 24 pages the speeches by Henderson, Lloyd George and the Marquis of Londonderry are reported in full, as is that of the chairman, quoting letters he has received from Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, Viscount Rothermere, General Smuts and several others. This is followed by a five-page list of guests, and a final seven-page 'Extract from "The Observer" of Sunday, Nov. 17, 1929', titled 'The Soul of a Newspaper'.

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lansdowne') to the economist Nassau Senior (acting as his agent), directing him to arrange accommodation for him at Ilfracombe.

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne [ Lord Henry Petty ], British Liberal statesman [ Nassau Senior [ Nassau William Senior ] (1790-1864), economist ]
Publication details: 
Bowood [ Bowood House, Wiltshhire ]. 5 September 1837.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. With 7.5 x 12.5 cm frank cut from front of envelope, reading 'Calne September fifth 1837 | Nassau Senior Esq | Ilfracombe | Devon | Lansdowne'. In good condition, lightly aged. While Senior is known to have been a protégé of the Marquess of Lansdowne, this letter suggests that he acted as his agent. The Marquess asks him to 'secure me a lodging at the hotel at Ilfracombe or if full at any house in the town on Friday, when I expect to be there pretty early'.

[ Ulick John de Burgh, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clanricarde') [to W. de Boinville]

Author: 
Ulick John de Burgh (1802-1874), 1st Marquess of Clanricarde [ Lord Dunkellin; the Earl of Clanricarde ], Irish Whig politician [ W. de Boinville ]
Publication details: 
Portumna [ Ireland ]. 14 January [1850s].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He thanks de Boinville and his family for their 'kind wishes & feelings': 'I have thank God, quite recovered from my accident'. He is sorry that de Boinville and his wife 'have been suffering', and hopes to see them on his return to London. One of a batch of letters addressed to de Boinville in the 1850s.

[ Henry Brougham, Lord Brougham, Whig Lord Chancellor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Brougham') to the Marquess of Clanricarde

Author: 
Henry Peter Brougham (1778-1868), 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux [ Lord Brougham; H.P. Brougham ], Whig Lord Chancellor of Great Britain [ Ulick John de Burgh (1802-1874), 1st Marquess of Clanricarde ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. 'Saturday Mg | Private'.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with 6cm vertical closed tear to first leaf, affecting a couple of words. The reverse of the second leaf carries a broken seal in black wax, and is addressed to Clanricarde. The letter begins: 'My dear Ld C: | We are in a great difficulty at the H. of Lords today for want of a third Peer.' He will esteem it a great favour if Clanricarde 'will come at ten and enable me to go on with the Causes - for otherwise there will be the whole expence thrown upon the packs'.

[ John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute. ] Manuscript indenture, signed by 'Cardiff' (with his seal), Dutens and Jacmar: 'Escoffment of a Cottage at Collierly in the County of Durham | The Right Honourable John Lord Cardiff to Mr. John Smith.'

Author: 
John Stuart (1744-1814), 1st Marquess of Bute (as John, Lord Cardiff) [ Louis Dutens (1730-1812), French author; David George Jacmar (d.1896) of the Auditor's Office; Thomas Shafto of Witton Gilbert ]
Publication details: 
[ Regarding Collierley, County Durham. ] 1 July 1780.
£150.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Laid out in the customary fashion, with two tax stamps, one embossed and the other in black ink. Signed 'Cardiff' beside a good impression of his seal in red wax. Witnessed by 'L. Dutens' and 'D G Jacmar'. The indenture is 'Between The Right Honourable John Lord Cardiff of Cardiff Castle in the County of Glamorgan of the first Part John Smith of Wilton Gilbert in the County of Durham Gentleman of the second Part and Thomas Shafto of Dunston in the said County of Durham Esquire off the third Part'.

[ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. ] Secretarial Letter, signed 'Lansdowne | &ct. &ct.', to 'Sec[retar]y. of Commission', containing a list of 'the names of [Wiltshire] Gentlemen to be added to the Magistracy'.

Author: 
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne [ Lord Lansdowne], Whig statesman
Publication details: 
Bowood [ Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire ]. 20 December 1861.
£65.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with a few minor rust stains. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to the Secretary of the Commission of the Peace. In the hand of a secretary, and signed by Lansdowne. Addressed by Lansdowne on reverse of second leaf 'Sec[retar]y. of Commission'. Docketed: 'Decber. 20th 1861 | Wilts | Ld. Lansdowne recd several | <?> all but the 2 parsons'.

[ Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tavistock') to '<Lucan?>' [Lord Lucan?], regarding Lord Brougham's response to Lord Grey's Reform Bill cabinet.

Author: 
Francis Russell (1788-1861), 7th Duke of Bedford, styled Marquess of Tavistock, 1802-1839 [ Lord Brougham [ Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux ]; the Great Reform Bill, 1832 ]
Publication details: 
No place. 27 May [1832?].
£38.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with short closed tear at head of gutter. He states that 'Ld B. [ i.e. the Lord Chancellor, Lord Brougham] was the first member of Ld Grey's Cabinet who objected to the cabinet to which the Reform Bill was carried', adding of Brougham that 'his opinion of one year, or of one week, are not those of another'. He does not believe that there is any 'reason to expect a dissolution at present but the Tories are very anxious, & its difficult to say what their may be'.?>

[ The Marquess of Hertford and Sir Robert Bateson-Harvey. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hertford') from the Marquess to Bateson-Harvey, regarding parliamentary activities in Antrim. With autograph copy of Harvey's reply, signed 'Rob: B Harvey'.

Author: 
Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway (1743-1822), 2nd Marquess of Hertford; Sir Robert Bateson-Harvey (c.1747-1825) of Killoquin, County Antrim, Ireland
Publication details: 
Hertford's letter: London, 29 April [1807]. Copy of Bateson-Harvey's reply: Langley Park. 30 April 1807.
£120.00

Hertford's Letter: 1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken seal in read wax, 'To | Sir Robert B. Harvey Bt'. In good condition, lightly aged, with closed tear caused by breaking open of seal. Reads: 'The dissolution of Parliament will I trust apologize for the liberty I take in requesting the continuance of your friendly offices in the county of Antrim, but I cannot apply for a new favor without expressing my obligations for those already conferred, and of assuring you that I remain most truly, Sir, Your faithful & very humble Servant'.

[ Richard Le Poer Trench, 2nd Earl of Clancarty. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clancarty') to Emily Napier, regarding 'the Coleridge Charity'.

Author: 
Richard Le Poer Trench (1767-1837), 2nd Earl of Clancarty, 1st Marquess of Heusden, Irish peer and politician [ Emily Napier ]
Publication details: 
Garbelly [ Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland ]. 20 May 1824.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. Very good on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse, with Clancarty's broken seal in red wax and two postmarks, with Clancarty's frank: 'Ballinasloe May twenty 1824 | Miss E. Napier | St. Albans | Herts | England | 2 | Clancarty'. He writes that immediately on his return to Ireland he 'applied to Edwd. Pakenham about the Coleridge Charity, & finished with him your Account'. He is sending Pakenham's answer, 'which has been delayed by the reasons which you will find in it.' It appears to him to be 'quite satisfactory'.

[ Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Westminster') to the Earl of Gainsborough, regarding the 'competency for the situation of House Steward' of Charles Seammen.

Author: 
Richard Grosvenor (1795-1869), 2nd Marquess of Westminster [ Charles George Noel (1818-1881), 2nd Earl of Gainsborough ]
Publication details: 
Grosvenor House, W. [ London ] 15 July 1867.
£38.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, but with damage at head of outer sides caused by removal from grey paper mount. While Seammen worked for him he found him to be 'good tempered, obliging & trustworthy - He left me last year owing to an illness which, at the time, precluded his having the same efficient control over the Household that he had hitherto exercised'. He explains the reason for making 'a change', and is sending 'an excellent Character with him, of 14 years, from Lord Ravensworth'.

[ Lord Henry Petty, Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Petty') to the President of the Board of Trade Lord Auckland

Author: 
Lord Henry Petty [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne ] (1780-1863), Chancellor of the Exchequer [ William Eden (1745-1814), 1st Baron Auckland ]
Publication details: 
Downing Street [ London ]. 6 March [1806 or 1807].
£65.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Should Auckland's statement become 'the subject of enquiry' it will be deemed 'perfectly satisfactory', there being 'no question as to the right of appointing a deputy, altho' there might be aas to the reduction of his salary, which was the circumstance referred to me'. The subject is one which must 'necessarily come within the view of the Committee of Finance, whose observations upon every public department it is my anxious wish that we may be enabled to anticipate'.

[Rowley Lascelles, antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed to John Thomas Smith (Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum), asking that his son be allowed to copy out a pedigree in the Harleian Collection for Marquess Wellesley.

Author: 
Rowley Lascelles (1771-1841), antiquary and archivist whose employment by the Record Commissioners for Ireland ended in controversy [John Thomas Smith (1766-1833), Keeper of Prints, British Museum]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [Between 1816 and 1833.]
£65.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium, with the verso of the second leaf addressed to 'J. T. Smith esqr.' In fair condition, on aged and worn paper.

[Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire.] Autograph Card Signed ('Devonshire') to Rev. P. L. Underhill of Wolverhampton, regarding the 'Park and House' [Chatsworth?].

Author: 
Spencer Compton Cavendish (1833-1908), 8th Duke of Devonshire [Lord Cavendish of Keighley; Marquess of Hartington], Liberal peer
Publication details: 
With postmark of Lismore [Ireland]. 16 May 1893.
£35.00

Small (7.5 x 10.5 cm) card. Aged and creased, and with remains of labels from mount on address side. Addressed to 'Rev P. L. Underhill | 5 George's Vicarage | Wolverhampton'. Reads: 'The Park and House are open to visitors on every day except Sundays. | Devonshire | 16/5/93'.

[Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, 13th Governor-General of Canada.] Typed Letter Signed ('Willingdon'), with autograph conclusion, to 'Watson', thanking him for his congratulations on his appointment.

Author: 
Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas (1866-1941), 1st Marquess of Willingdon, Liberal politician, 13th Governor-General of Canada
Publication details: 
On his monogrammed letterhead of Government House, Ottawa [Canada]. 9 January 1931.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed by hand to 'My dear Watson'. He thanks him for his 'charming letter', adding that the 'generous encouragement of all our friends is a great help to my wife and myself in undertaking this great duty and service to the Empire'. Concluding in autograph, he writes: 'I see you are still on yr. march, so come & pay us a visit in India | Yrs. sincerely | Willingdon'.

[Lord Alfred Douglas.] Unsigned Typed Copy of letter [to the editor of an English national newspaper], regarding a 'very ill-natured review' of his autobiography by the Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, and recalling his time at Winchester School.

Author: 
Alfred Douglas (1870-1945), author, poet and translator, whose liason with Oscar Wilde brought about the latter's downfall [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd]
Publication details: 
Royal Court Hotel, Sloane Square, S.W.1. [London] 19 April 1929.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Apparently unpublished. He complains of Lynd's 'very ill-natured review of my "Autobiograp[hy] [...] She makes the ridiculous statement that "a child" at a public school is "at most on speaking terms with five percent of his contemporaries". What utter nonsense. When I was at Winchester in my last two years I was "on speaking terms" with every boy in the school, and I was on intimate terms with at least 100 out of the 400 of which the school consisted. | What on earth can Mrs Lynd know about public schools?

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