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[ T. Perronet Thompson, MP for Bradford: printed pamphlet. ] Catechism on the Ballot; Or, A List of Fallacies and the Answers. By Major-General Thompson, M.P. for Bradford, Author of the "Catechism on the Corn Laws."

Author: 
Major-General Thompson [ Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869) ], M.P. for Bradford, Author of the "Catechism on the Corn Laws."
Publication details: 
'Stereotype. - Third Edition.' 1859. 'Published by G. Brown, at the Offices of the Ballot Society, 5, Guildhall Chambers, Basinghall Street, London. Printed by B. D. Cousins, Helmet Court, Strand.'
£60.00

28pp., 8vo. A side-stitched pamphlet, issued without wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. At the head of the title-page is an engraving of the dove bringing the olive branch to Noah's Ark on the top of Mount Ararat. At foot of title-page: 'This publication having been reduced to its present price by the abandonment of profit and the sacrifice of the cost of the type, persons approving its contents are requested to purchase one additional copy and give away, giving the preference to individuals possessing the elective franchise. | Price Threepence.

[ Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley, Member of Parliament for Bristol. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Henry F. Berkeley') describing the prospects of war with Russia, Cobden's Peace League, and 'the Russian Embassy and its wonderful information'.

Author: 
Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley [Francis Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley ] (1794-1870), Member of Parliament for Bristol, advocate of the secret ballot
Publication details: 
Victoria Square [ Westminster ]. 17 October 1849.
£75.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter by a knowledgeable English Member of Parliament, describing Anglo-Russian relations in the period preceding the Crimean War. The recipient is not named. The letter opens: 'My dear Sir | I have called at the Foreign Office, with the Address. Lord Palmerston being about I have left it with his first Secretary Lord Eddisburg, and with a letter from myself.

[ J. Edward Jenkins, novelist and Liberal Party politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Jenkins') to Wilhelmina Maria Green, wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green, explaining why he cannot undertake any more work at present.

Author: 
Edward Jenkins [ John Edward Jenkins; J. Edward Jenkins ] (1838-1910), novelist, satirist, and Liberal Party politician, and Agent-General of Canada
Publication details: 
On lettehead of the House of Commons Library. 19 June 1898.
£30.00

From the papers of the family of the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed at bottom left to 'Mrs Wilhelmina Armstrong'. The letter opens: 'Dear Madam | I heartily wish I could see my way – but the clouds of work are growing so thick I cannot see each of them - & my elasticity is failing.' He does not dare undertake anything at the present time, but feels 'grateful & flattered by the invitation'.

[ Henry Kemhle of Grove Hill, MP for East Surrey. ] Autograph Note Signed inviting James Hunt to dine as his guest at the Salters Company.

Author: 
Henry Kemble (1787-1857) of Grove Hill, Camberwell, MP for East Surrey
Publication details: 
Grove Hill, Camberwell. 19 January 1843.
£30.00

1p.,12mo. On aged and worn paper, with wear, and closed tear to one fold.. Reads: 'Dear Sir | The Salters Company dine together on Thursday the 9th of February, when I hope to have the pleasure of your Company as my Friend'.

[ Lord Frederick Campbell, Scottish nobleman and politician. ] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr: Heath', apologising for missing him when he called.

Author: 
Lord Frederick Campbell (1729-1816), Scottish nobleman and politician, Lord Clerk Register of Scotland, and successively Member of Parliament for Glasgow Burghs and Argyllshire
Publication details: 
'Arlington Street - Saturday' [ 1806 ].
£40.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper, with strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. The leaf has been folded in two, with 'Mr: Heath' written by Campbell on one part, beneath which, in another hand are the recipient's initials 'J. H.' and the date 1819. Above this, in pencil, in a third hand: 'Ld. Fredk Campbell still living at the age of near 90'.

][ Thomas Orby Dundas, M.P. for Winchelsea, Lord of the Admiralty. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos. Orby Hunter') stating mortgage terms, with two memoranda in the case 'Creuzer v. Bishop of London', one signed 'W. Graves'.

Author: 
Thomas Orby Hunter (c.1716-1769), of Crowland, Lincolnshire, and Waverley Abbey, Surrey, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea and a Lord of the Admiralty [Gibbs Crawfurd; Creuzer v. Bishop of London]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [ London ]. 18 March 1762.
£65.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. Hunter's letter, on the recto of the first leaf, reads: 'I write you this letter to inform you, that I agree to the proposal you made to me yesterday, that the growing Interest on the Mortgage shall be four and a half Per Cent, to Comence [sic] from the dates the last payments were due upon.' On the reverse of the first leaf are two memoranda in the court case 'Creuzer agst. Bp, London'. The first, signed by 'W. Graves', states that 'This paper Writing was produced & shewn to Mr. Richd. Burn at the time of swearing his Afft. in this Cause the 10th.

[ Sir John Pender, Manchester textile merchant and submarine telegraph cable pioneer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno Pender') [ to the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], explaining why he cannot dine with 'the Directors of your Company'.

Author: 
Sir John Pender (1816-1896), Scottish textile merchant in Manchester and submarine telegraph cable entrepreneur [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
'Manr. July 10/65', i.e. Manchester, 10 July 1865.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. A square has been cut away at thee head of the leaf (probably to remove Pender's monogram), otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient is not named but it is the physician Sir William Henry Allchin. The letter reads: 'On my arrival here last evening I found an invitation from the Directors of your Company to dine with them at Richmond on the 17th. inst. I regret that I will not be in Town at the time. The Card I fear by some mistake reached my hands late.' From the Allchin papers.

['I am alive': Edmund Haviland-Burke corrects an 'unpleasant' error in Walford's 'County Families'. ] Autograph Letter Signed from 'E. Haviland-Burke' to Robert Hardwicke, publisher of Edward Walford's 'County Families of the United Kingdom'.

Author: 
Edmund Haviland-Burke (1836-1886), MP for Christchurch, great-grandnephew of Edmund Burke [ Robert Hardwicke (1822-1875) ]
Publication details: 
Union Club [ London ]. 6 April 1864.
£50.00

The letter is addressed to Hardwicke, as publisher of the second edition of Edward Walford's 'County Families of the United Kingdom' (1864), a footnote to whose entry on 'HAVILAND-BURKE, Edmund, Esq.' states that he 'Died whilst these sheets were at press.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with small square torn from a corner of the first leaf, causing loss to one word of text. Annotated: 'Burke | Answered'. Haviland-Burke writes with impressive self-control: 'Sir | My attention has been drawn towards the mention of my name in a Book called the “County Families” by Mr.

[ Poetry of the Victorian Raj. ] Printed leaflet . Poem titled 'A Member of Council's Farewell to Simla'.

Author: 
[ Simla, summer capital of the Raj; British India; Indian ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
[ Simla, India. ] 'October 1895.'
£120.00

2pp., 4to. On the first leaf of a bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with the first page carrying some minor offsetting of black ink from a letter, and the recto of the blank second leaf bearing traces of mount. A poem of 52 lines, arranged in 13 quatrains. A gently humorous valediction. The first stanza reads: 'Farewell to thee, Simla! Yes, farewell for ever!

[ Henry Drummond, politician and and apostle of the Irvingite Church. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Lord Bishop', appealing for support from the clergy in the forthcoming General Election.

Author: 
Henry Drummond (1786-1860), banker, Member of Parliament, one of the founders of the Catholic Apostolic or Irvingite Church
Publication details: 
St. James's Place [ London ], on House of Commons letterhead. 6 April 1859.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by reminding him that he has 'generally announced to your Lordship, my intentions of standing for the County as soon as my canvass had begun'. He finds 'on the present occasion all the Dissenters most rabid against me for having fought the battle of Church Rates, Tythes & the necessity of a national Church, against Mr , Fox & Sir J. Trelawny'.?>

[ Edward Disbrowe, Vice-Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'E Disbrowe') to Lord Valentia, concerning the presentation to the Queen at Windsor of his 'Voyages and Travels to India'.

Author: 
Edward Disbrowe (1754-1818), MP for New Windsor and Vice-Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte [ George Annesley, 2nd Earl of Mountnorris (1770-1844), styled Viscount Valentia, 1793-1816 ]
Publication details: 
The first letter without place or date; the second from Windsor, 16 August 1809.
£200.00

Both items 1p., 8vo. Both in fair condition, on aged paper. ONE: Without date or place. If Valentia is 'likely to be detained in the Country' it might be best to order the book to be forwarded to Disbrowe, and he will 'present it to Her Majesty in your Name - I have no Doubt the Queen will be highly gratified by so valuable a present'. TWO: Windsor; 16 August 1809. He has 'had the Honor of receiving The Queens Commands' to thank Valentia 'for the very valuable present of a very fine Edition of Your Work. It will cut a very conspicuous Figure in Her Majestys Library'.

[ Morgan John O'Connell, Member of Parliament for Kerry. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. J: O'Connell') to the Postmaster General the Earl of Lichfield

Author: 
Morgan John O'Connell (1811-1875), Irish politician, Member of Parliament for Kerry, 1835-1852, half-brother of Daniel O'Connell ('The Liberator') [ Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield (1795-1854) ]
Publication details: 
14 Manchester Buildings, Westminster. 15 May 1840.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Recommending for employment in the Post Office 'Mr. Paul Scollard, who is a young man of most respectable connexions, but whose circumstances are such as to render a very humble situation an object to him - If a vacancy should soon occur in the Letter Carrying Department, I would respectfully solicit the appointment from Your Lordship for him'.

[ Charles Gilpin, Quaker MP for Northampton, pacifist, abolitionist and author. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'Mr E Whittingham', regarding his movements the following day. With newspaper cutting of obituary and engraved portrait.

Author: 
Charles Gilpin (1815-1874), Quaker Member of Parliament for Northampton, abolitionist, pacifist and author
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 'May 8th. | 1.30 AM!!' No year.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged with minor burn mark to fore-edge. Reads: 'Dear Mr E Whittingham, | I fear I cannot be in St as usual tomorrow - I will endeavour to run down in the course of the day -'. The newspaper cutting of an obituary of 'The Late Mr. Charles Gilpin' is unattributed and undated. The portrait, apparently cut from the same newspaper, is 14 x 13 cm., and depicts the head and shoulders of 'The Late Mr. Charles Gilpin, M.P.', looking rather dazed.?>

[ William Roupell, forger and fraudster. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Roupell'), expressing thanks for support in his campaign to be re-elected Member of Parliament for Lambeth.

Author: 
William Roupell (1831-1909), forger and fraudster, Member of Parliament for Lambeth, 1857-1862, ruined in the Roupell Case
Publication details: 
Roupell Park, Brixton. 28 April 1859.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. Possibly produced in court, as docketed at head: 'facsimile | printed 1st & 3rd' (the present item is not a facsimile). The male recipient is not identified. He wishes to reiterate his thanks 'for the hearty support and valuable assistance you have so kindly tendered in securing my Reelection as one of your Representatives for the Borough of Lambeth'.

[ Sir John Mowbray, Member of Parliament for Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R Mowbray') to Lady Hunter, giving reasons why her friend 'Mr Wiles' should vote for Lord Chandos and the Conservatives in the forthcoming General Election.

Author: 
Sir John Robert Mowbray [formerly Cornish], 1st Baronet (1815-1899), Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Oxford University for over thirty years
Publication details: 
Warennes Wood [ Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire ]. 28 June 1859.
£35.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks her to say, 'in answer to the enquiries of Mr. Wiles that Lord Chandos comes forward as a Member of the Conservative party & a supporter of Lord Derby in opposition to the heterogenous combination found under Lord Palmerston'.

[ Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Winchilsea. ] Autograph Signature ('Winchilsea') to Exchequer receipt, as 'Executor of the Lady Coventry Assignee Sr Cha Dutton'.

Author: 
Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Winchilsea (1657-1726), Ambassador to the Porte and Member of Parliament, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of Her Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 22 July 1713.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. . Aged and worn, with some contemporary repair (from another Exchequer leaf), with the last letter of Winchilsea's signature cropped. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records the receipt of £18 from an annuity by 'Heneage Earle of Winchilsea (formerly calld Heneage Finch) Executor of the Lady Coventry assignee of Sr Cha Dutton'. With signature of witness 'Chas Rogers'.

[ Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere. ] Autograph Signature ('Vere.') on Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere [ Lord Vere Beauclerk ] (1699-1781), grandson of King Charles II and Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 8 January 1765.
£150.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and with particular wear to extremities. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. (The printed name of 'the Right Honourable James Earl Waldegrave, One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer' has been amended in manuscript to 'Ld Henley', and the change initaled 'W. C.') Recording payment of £42 16s 0d on an annuity of £85. Signed at end, with the signature of the witness ''.

[ Sir Robert Brown, 1st Baronet, of Westminster. ] Autograph Signature ('Rob Brown.') to Exchequer document.

Author: 
Sir Robert Brown (d.1760), 1st Baronet, of Westminster, Member of Parliament for Ilchester
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 1743.
£60.00

Good firm and signature, repaired on reverse, on aged, worn and damaged page. Laid out in the usual fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records payment to Brown on an annuity, as Assignee of Charles Williams'.

[ Sir Albert Spicer, Liberal Party politician. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Albert Spicer') to A. D. Snow, responding to congratulations on his receiving his baronetcy.

Author: 
Sir Albert Spicer (1847-1934), industrialist and Liberal Party politician, successively Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs and Hackney Central
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ] 9 July 1906.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his congratulations on 'the honour His Majesty has conferred upon me', adding 'The kind and generous way in which the announcement has been received by our friends has been most gratifying to my Wife and myself.'

[ Samuel Plimsoll of the 'Plimsoll Line'. ] Autograph Signature franking letter.

Author: 
Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), English politician and social reformer, Member of Parliament for Derby, and originator of the celebrated 'Plimsoll Line'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 4 x 13.5 cm. strip of paper, cut from the front panel of an envelope. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'John Head Esq | Ransome Sims & Head | Ipswich', with the underlined signature 'Samuel Plimsoll' at bottom left.

[ Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. ] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Astor') to 'Mr. Spender'

Author: 
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952), American-born English politician and newspaper proprietor, Member of Parliament for Plymouth
Publication details: 
With letterhead 3 Elliot Terrace, The Hoe, Plymouth. 9 December 1913.
£35.00

On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm. grey card. He thanks Spender for 'having given yesterday's meeting & proceedings generally such a full report in the W. M. News'. He considers that the report will 'help those who could not be present to realise the solemnity & depth of feeling which existed'.

[ Rev. Frederick William Verney, English Secretary, Siamese Legation, London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederick Verney') to Sir Albert Woods, on the sending of 'the Rules of the Order of Victoria & Albert for transmission to the King of Siam'.

Author: 
Rev. Frederick William Verney (1846-1913), Siamese diplomat and Liberal Party Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
"Address | The Siamese Legation. | 23 Ashburn Place | S.W. [ London ] | 17 Sept: 1892.'
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of glue along one edge. He thanks him for 'so kindly procuring permission to send me the Rules of the Order of Victoria & Albert for transmission to the King of Siam'. He asks 'what Foreign Orders are given to women', and would like to know how to 'get at the rules which give these'.

[Michael Hicks Beach, MP for Cirencester.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. Hicks Beach, regarding the settling of the account of an unnamed tradesman.

Author: 
Michael Hicks Beach (1760-1830) of Williamstrip Park and Beverstone, Gloucestershire, and Netheravon, Wiltshire, Member of Parliament for Cirencester, 1795-1818
Publication details: 
Williamstrip Park, Fairford. 2 June 1816.
£40.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper with small spike hole at centre. Reads: 'Sir/ I have mislaid your account and as I shall not go to Town again this spring I must desire you will make out another bill and sent [sic] it to Williamstrip, & I will send you a draft on my Banker.'

[Michael Angelo Taylor, Whig Member of Parliament.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M A. Taylor') to an unnamed recipient, expressing pleasure at the fact that a prosecution under his own act has been dropped.

Author: 
Michael Angelo Taylor (1757-1834), English Whig Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
Richmond. 3 January 1834.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'Sir | It gives me sincere Pleasure to learn that The Information against you was quashed. The Offence charged, does not come either within The Letter or The Spirit of my Act. I am only vexed that you have had so much Trouble.' Taylor's connection with the Metropolitan Paving Act of 1817, led to it being referred to as 'Michael Angelo Taylor's Act', but it is unclear which act he is referring to in this letter.

[John Wilks, Liberal politician.] Autograph Letter Signed to James Silk Buckingham, regarding his own reasons for retiring from Parliament, and Buckingham's coming 'extensive undertaking' (a tour of North America).

Author: 
John Wilks (1776-1854), English Whig and Liberal politician, father of the swindler 'Bubble Wilks' [James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855), Cornish author, orientalist, and Member of Parliament]
Publication details: 
Worthing. 2 September 1837.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Want of health induced me to retire from Parliament in opposition to the wishes of my kind constituents and hurrying me from Town as soon as my votes had been given for the Liberal candidates at the Kent Surrey Essex and Middlesex Elections - unavoidably deprived me of the interesting though mournful pleasure of attending your final lecture at Finsbury Chapel.

[Henry Brook Parnell, 1st Baron Congleton.] Autograph Note in the third person, as 'Sir Henry Parnell', to 'Mr Mandel'.

Author: 
Henry Brooke Parnell (1776-1842), 1st Baron Congleton [Sir Henry Parnell], Irish writer and Whig politician
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 22 February 1828.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Sir Henry Parnell presents his Compliments to Mr Mandel, & begs to acknowledge the receipt of his letter. But he has not leisure at present to examine the contents of it. | Feb: 22: 1828'.

[Osman Ricardo, MP, son of the economist David Ricardo.] Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed recipient, cancelling his subscription to a Circulating Library, while complaining of lack of attention.

Author: 
Osman Ricardo (1795-1881), Member of Parliament for Worcester (1847-1865), son of the economist David Ricardo (1772-1823)
Publication details: 
Bromesberrow Place, Tewkesbury. 4 January [post 1842].
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On paper with the 1842 watermark of R. Turner of Chafford Mills.In fair condition, aged, and with a central spike hole. He has received the ten books, and is returning them 'by the night mail', and will return 'the box of books' later, 'as unfortunately a courier only passes here but on certain days in the week'. Changing tone, he continues: 'I beg that my name may not be put down as a subscriber this year to the library; for I feel after the number of years we have been subscribers that we might have had the 5th Vol of Mad.

[Humphrey Ewing Crum-Ewing, Scottish Liberal politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H E Crum Ewing') to the agents Messrs Maitland & Graham, regarding his reluctance to put his name to the 'Greenock Police & Water Bill'.

Author: 
Humphrey Ewing Crum-Ewing (1802-1887), Scottish Liberal Member of Parliament from 1857 to 1874
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the House of Commons Library, 21 February 1865.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He has received a note from his friend 'Provost Grieve', asking him to 'allow my name to be put on the back of the Greenock Police & Water Bill, along with Mr Dunlop'. If this were a formality he would readily agree, 'But I find some of my own Constituents have severe alarm about the water part - and I would prefer that you would get some other Member of the House - Mr Bouvene is interested as representative of Pt Glasgow which is to receive the benefit of the water'.

[James Ewing of Strathleven House, Dumbartonshire.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Ewing') to his sister Mrs Elizabeth Hyde of Bath, expressing relief on his removal from Parliament. On printed address 'To the Electors of Glasgow', after losing election

Author: 
James Ewing (1784-1853) of Strathleven House, Dumbartonshire, Member of Parliament for Wareham, 1830-1831, and Glasgow, 1832-1835
Publication details: 
Letter dated 'Glasgow February 9, 1835'. Address by 'BELL AND BAIN, PRINTERS [Glasgow]', and dated 'QUEEN-STREET, January 15th, 1835.'
£240.00

Letter and address are on a foolscap 8vo bifolium, with the address covering the first three pages, and the letter the reverse of the second leaf, which also carries the address ('Mrs Hyde | 31, Henrietta Street, | Bath', forwarded to Kew and then 10 New Street, Margate) with ten postmarks and a red wax seal. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with a few nicks and short closed tears along folds. LETTER: 1p., foolscap 8vo. Addressed to 'My dear Elizabeth'.

[Sir Thomas Dyke Acland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos. Dyke Acland') to an unnamed recipient, explaining how he has ceased to make charitable payments to the widow of an artist 'labouring under loss or decay of sight'.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787-1871), successively Conservative Member of Parliament for Devonshire and North Devon
Publication details: 
From the Waterloo Hotel, on his crested letterhead. 10 June 1863.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of glue from mount along one edge. A hurried letter, illegible at points. 'You will see the name of yr. respectable at the end of the enclosed Petition from My Own Hand. She has no right to refer to me for any further knowledge of herself and her husband, or his position of art - than that of my having understood him to be an artist in a state of much distress, labouring under loss or decay of sight, & that I for some years I might almost , I gave him occasional relief.

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