MATHER

[ Warrington Charity Ball, 1827. ] Autograph transcription by 'W. M.' [identified as William Mather] of four letters (two from 'Mr. Pt.') relating to an argument over an anonymous letter sent to Miss Gaskell at Liverpool.

Author: 
[ Warrington Charity Ball, 1827; William Mather; S. Gaskell; Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
[ Warrington, Cheshire. ] Dated between 21 January and 11 February 1827.
£30.00

2pp., 4to. On both sides of an aged and worn leaf, tipped in onto a leaf removed from an album. Closely written. The four transcriptions are without heading or explanation. A curious item, with a certain melodramatic novelistic quality. A correspondence, apparently copied out by the 'W. M.' who signs at the foot of the last transcription and is identified in pencil as 'William Mather'. It begins with a short letter which presumably gave offence because of its anonymity. This is followed by two letters from 'Mr.

[ Alexander Bain, Scottish philosopher. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Bain') to 'Miss M' [sister of David Masson?], on topics including his view on the writing of an autobiography, and John Stuart Mill.

Author: 
Alexander Bain (1818-1903), Scottish philosopher, and friend and biographer of John Stuart Mill [ David Masson [ David Mather Masson ] (1822-1907), Scottish literary critic]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen. 10 January 1874.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with strip of mount adhering to one margin and light smudging to signature. He writes playfully, expressing his gratification at the thought that his 'handiwork' has been so well received, and that she has 'at last conquered the doctrine of "Relativity." This will set you above the "erring crowd" for the remainder of your days.' Her brother David is 'not what we should wish: of all things, I hate debility.' After some personal news he turns to the reasons why he has not written an autobiography.

[The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.] Album compiled by Howard Fuller of Hove, filled with material (mainly Edwardian) relating to the Fisherman's Mission, including photographs, pamphlets, newspaper and magazine articles and ephemera.

Author: 
The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, London [Fishermen's Mission], British charitable organisation founded by Ebenezer Joseph Mather in 1881 [Howard Fuller of Hove; Sir Wilfred Grenfell]
Publication details: 
The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, Bridge House, 181 Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C. The body of the collection dating from around 1906 to 1914, but containing items from 1938 and 1952.
£450.00

Around 150 items, tipped in or laid down on 88pp. (on 59 leaves) of a 4to album. In good condition, on aged paper, with workmanlike repairs to the spine of the volume. An attractive and informative volume, gathering together material from before the Great War relating to a significant organisation in the British cultural landscape, profusely illustrated and with manuscript additions and captions.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Scottish literary biographer David Masson to John T. Baron of Blackburn, discussing some of his publications.

Author: 
David Masson (1822-1907) [David Mather Masson], Scottish biographer, literary scholar and editor, biographer of Milton and editor of De Quincey [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
6 Minto Street, Edinburgh. 20 March 1882.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, stamped and postmarked, and addressed by Masson to J. T. Baron, Esq., | 18 Griffin Street, | Wilton, | Blackburn.' He discusses 'British Novelists and their Styles' and 'Essays, Biographical and Critical', before turning to a third work. 'The sketches in Macmillan about which you enquire have not been reprinted in a collected form, & are accessible only in the old numbers of the magazine.' He gives Professor J. S. Blackie's address, and concludes: 'Accept my best thanks for the courteous expressions of your note.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('Josh: Green, Junr:') from the Boston poet Joseph Green, giving instructions regarding an 'Adventure' to his agents in Bermuda 'Mr: John Stevens & Mr: John Phillips Junr.'

Author: 
Joseph Green (1706-1780), Harvard-educated Boston merchant, poet and British Tory loyalist, friend of Mather Byles, and owner of one of the largest libraries in the city
Publication details: 
10 February 1759; Boston.
£280.00

2 pp, folio. Bifolium. A frail survival, on brittle, aged paper: a horizontal closed tear across the head and other damage has been obtrusively repaired with archival tape.

Autograph Note Signed from the historian Frederic G. Mather to R. E. Thompson, regarding his article on 'Buffalo' in the 'Encyclopaedia Americana'.

Author: 
Frederic G. Mather (1844-1925) [Rev. Robert Ellis Thompson (1844-1924), author]
Autograph Note Signed from the historian Frederic G. Mather
Publication details: 
15 November 1882; 315 Prospect St, Cleveland, Ohio, on cancelled letterhead of the Senate Chamber, Albany, State of New York.
£56.00
Autograph Note Signed from the historian Frederic G. Mather

8vo, 1 p. Good, on lightly-aged paper. A covering letter for 'the supplementary article on Buffalo' (in the 'Encyclopaedia Americana' supplements to 'Encyclopaedia Britannica', 1883-1885, the first two volumes of which Thompson was editor).

Autograph Card from Frederick Maher to J. Charles Davis of Proctor's Theatre, New York, regarding his acquaintance with the author 'Frank Forester' (Henry William Herbert).

Author: 
Frederick Mather (1833-1900), author, editor of the Chicago 'Field' and Superintendent of the New York and United States Fish Commissions [Henry William Herbert ('Frank Forester'), 1807-1858)]
Autograph Card from Frederick Maher to J. Charles Davis
Publication details: 
19 November 1893; on printed card of the New York and United States Fish Commissions, Cold Spring Harbor, N. Y.
£75.00
Autograph Card from Frederick Maher to J. Charles Davis

13 x 7.5 card. Fair, on aged paper, with minor creasing to one corner. Stamped and addressed on one side to 'Mr. J. Charles Davis | Proctor's Theatre | New York'. The unsigned card (with the words 'and United States' deleted from the heading) has partly printed text. Mather completes it in pencil, acknowledging the 'inquiry about Frank Forester' and stating that 'as a boy I knew him and shot with him but my recollections would be of no value'. He ends by saying that he will 'try to brush them up' on his 'return from the west'.

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