MILITARY

[Eric Forbes-Robertson, painter, brother of actors Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and Norman Forbes.] Fourteen items from his personal papers: including army commission and military notice and photographs, and birth, death and marriage certificates.

Author: 
Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865–1935), painter who studied in Paris with Bonnard and Vuillard, and knew Gaugin, brother of the actors Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and Norman Forbes
Publication details: 
Between 1887 and 1935. London, Jersey and other locations.
£220.00

Fourteen items from the personal papers of Eric Forbes-Robertson, relating to his birth, marriage, death and military career. The collection in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn. In orange card folder. ONE: Copy of EFR's birth certificate ('Sixteen June 1865 | Montfort House'). Islington, 6 July 1865 (copy of 21 December 1893). TWO: Copy of EFR's baptismal certificate. Islington, 9 August 1865. THREE: Printed 'Notice. | To be given to a MAN at the time of his offering to join the Army.' Completed and signed by EFR, 1 March 1887. 2pp, folio.

[Perceval Gibbon, Welsh author, to agent J. B. Pinker.] Three letters: two from Switzerland in 1914, discussing plans to become a war correspondent, and concern over Joseph Conrad; third (1917?) describing a visit to Pinker's son on the Western Front

Author: 
Perceval Gibbon (1879-1926), Welsh author and war correspondent, friend of Joseph Conrad [James Brand Pinker (1863-1922), London literary agent; his son son Eric Seabroke Pinker (1891-1973)]
Publication details: 
TLS: 'Nov 7th. [1917?] | c/o The Press Officer, | G. H. Q., B. E. F., France.' [i.e. General Head Quarters, British Expeditionary Force]. Two ALsS: 1 and 5 August 1914. On letterheads of Hotel Hilterfingen Pension, Thunersee [Switzerland].
£250.00

Gibbon was a New York Times war correspondent with the Italian Army during 1917 and 1918. He reported from the Isonzo, the Plave, the Carso, and elsewhere along the Italian front. In 1918 and 1919 he served as a Major in the Royal Marines. The main letter of the three present here was written from the Western Front on 7 November [1917?], Gibbon's agent J. B. Pinker having clearly asked him to arrange a meeting with his son, who was serving with the British Army. It is a Typed Letter Signed, 4pp, 4to, with a few autograph emendations. On four leaves of cartridge paper.

[British Army Regimental Colonels during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne.] Contemporary Manuscript of Regimental Colonels in Britain, South Britain, North Britain [Scotland], Ireland, Gibraltar and Port Mahon (Minorca), with emendations

Author: 
British Army Regimental Colonels during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne
Publication details: 
No date but circa 1715, and amended until the mid-1720s. No place [War Office, London?]
£280.00

The present early eighteenth-century document lists the heads of British Army regiments from the period of the Glorious Revolution to the accession of George I. Internal evidence suggests that it was compiled around 1715, and that it was amended until the mid-1720s. The care with which it was compiled, over a decade and in a number of hands, would appear to suggest some sort of official standing. It is on nineteen 18 x 7.5 cm leaves of laid paper, formed in ten bifoliums, now loose but originally bound together, and with traces of thread still present.

[Robert Gibb, Scottish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Gibb') to the publisher of 'Black and White Budget', W. J. P. Monckton, re. 'the incident depicted in "Saving the Colours" ["Saving the Colours: The Guards at the Battle of Inkerman"]

Author: 
Robert Gibb (1845-1932), Scottish painter; Keeper of the National Gallery of Scotland and Painter and Limner to the King [W. J. P. Monckton, publisher of the London magazine 'Black & White Budget']
Publication details: 
8 May 1901. On letterhead of 2 Bruntsfield Crescent, Edinburgh.
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Addressed: 'To W. J. P. Monckton Esq. | Publisher | "Black & White," | London'. He has just received Monckton's letter, and is enclosing a 'little pamphlet', which will give him 'a full account of the incident depicted in "Saving the Colours"'. If all is well Gibb hopes to be in London on the Monday or Tuesday of the following week, and will 'have the pleasure of calling upon you as promised'. His address will be the Thackeray Hotel, Great Russell Street.

[General Sir William Napier, Irish soldier, historian of the Peninsular War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W N') to 'Macdonald', declining to ask for rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, with resentment towards Admiral Sir William Parker.

Author: 
Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier] (1785-1860), Irish soldier in British Army and military historian of the Peninsular War [Admiral Sir William Parker]
Publication details: 
'Rotterdam Dec 13' [on paper with watermark date 1830].
£100.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of tape from mount adhering along one edge. Endorsed 'Genl. Wm. Napier'. On wove paper with watermark 'CANSELL | 1830'. The letter - written with energy and some resentment - refers to Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), who was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815.

[First World War conscription.] Printed third reading (Lords) bill leading to the Military Service Act, 1916: 'Military Service (No. 2.) | A Bill intituled An Act to make provision with respect to Military Service in connexion with the present War.'

Author: 
Military Service Act, 1916; First World War conscription; British Parliament
Publication details: 
'Ordered to be printed 24th January 1916.' London: Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office By Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd.'
£280.00

No other copy of this historic item - part of the hurried parliamentary process of bringing conscription to the United Kingdom for the first time - has been traced on either OCLC WorldCat or LHD (COPAC). The only other parliamentary papers relating to the Military Service Act on those databases are a single copy of the bill with committee amendments, ordered to be printed four days before the present item, on 20 January 1916, which is in the Canadian Archives; and two copies of the act itself (5 & 6 Geo. 5 c.

[The Military Accounts Department, Meerut, India.] Printed tribute by the members of the department, on the retirement of Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock, Controller of Military Accounts.

Author: 
[Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock [Edward Barnes Peacock], Controller of Military Accounts, E.C. & U.P. District, Meerut, India]
Publication details: 
At bottom left: 'MEERUT, | Dated the 28th January 1925.'
£45.00

The recipient Lieut.-Col. Edward Barnes Peacock (b.1873; fl.1955), son of Sir Barnes Peacock (1810-1890), Chief Justice of Bengal, served in the 31st Punjab Regiment. The present document is printed in dark-blue ink on 38.5 x 25 cm piece of thin wove paper. The main body of text comprises twenty-five lines in small print, enclosed in decorative border. Aged and creased, with slight loss at bottom right, taking away a small part of the border. Headed: 'To | Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock, | Controller of Military Accounts, | E. C. & U. P. DISTRICT.

[Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Fortescue', regarding 'his Letter and two petitions'.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), British Field Marshal and Prime Minister, conqueror of the French in the Peninsular Campaign, and of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo
Publication details: 
27 May 1830; London.
£100.00

2pp, 16mo. In fair condition, on aged and discoloured paper. Folded twice. Written in typically businesslike style, towards the end of Wellington's ministry, which ran from January 1828 to November 1830. Reads: 'The Duke of Wellington presents his Compliments to Mr. Fortescue. | The Duke has received his Letter and two petitions: The Duke will present that from Stratford on Avon to the House of Lords as soon as the Regulations of the House will permit.

[Bombardment of Copenhagen, 1807.] Printed pamphlet: 'An Examination of the Causes which led to the late Expedition against Copenhagen. By an Observer.'

Author: 
'An Observer' [Second Battle of Copenhagen, 1807; Bombardment of Copenhagen; Royal Navy; Napoleonic Wars]
Publication details: 
'London: Printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty, Opposite Albany, Piccadilly. 1808.' ['Brettell & Co. Printers, Marshall-Street, Golden-Square.']
£180.00

Although ostensibly neutral, Denmark participated was participating in the Continental Blockade, and under heavy pressure from the French and their Russian allies to pledge its fleet to Napoleon. As a consequence a Royal Navy fleet, under Vice-Admiral James Saumarez, bombarded the Copenhagen for a period of days in August and September 1807. The controversial action succeeded in its aims: the Dano-Swedish fleet was seized, and the sea lanes of the Baltic and North Sea were secured for the use of the British merchant fleet.

[General Sir James Simpson, Commander of British troops in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death.] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Simpson') to Lady Ann Cullum, making plans for dinner party, with reference to 'two Miss Lockharts', other guests, his dogs.

Author: 
General Sir James Simpson (1792-1868), commander of British forces in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
27 April [no year]; on letterhead of Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. From the Cullum papers, Simpson being a neighbour of the family. Having 'just come in from a longish walk', he is sorry to have missed Lady Cullum.

[John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, Churchill's 'Home Front Prime Minister' after whom Anderson Shelters are named.] Typed Letter Signed as Home Secretary to Sir James Marchant on 'the Government's plans for a war time regional organisation'.

Author: 
John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley (1882-1958), civil servant and politician, 'Home Front Prime Minister' in Churchill's war cabinet [Sir James Marchant (1867-1956), eugenicist and social reformer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W.1. [London] 14 February 1939.
£150.00

Anderson served as Home Secretary, Lord President of the Council and Chancellor of the Exchequer. Marchant headed the National Vigilance Association and the National Council of Public Morals. 2pp, 4to. On two leaves stapled together. In fair condition, lightly aged, with some staining from rusted staples. Folded three times. A good letter, giving an indication of civil defence preparations on the eve of the Second World War.

[Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of the Risorgimento.] Autograph Signature ('G. Garibaldi').

Author: 
Giuseppe Garibaldi [Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi] (1807-1882), Italian general and nationalist, hero of the Risorgimento who played a central part in the unification of Italy
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£120.00

On irregular slip of thin paper, roughly 2 x 6 cm. Laid down on piece of paper cut from album. In fair condition, lightly aged. Bold signature ('G. Garibaldi') with wavy underlining, possibly cut from the valediction of a letter.

[George, Viscount Townshend, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Manuscript 'Memorial of Michael Seix Gent:' to Townshend, 'desiring a Lieutenancy of Horse', endorsed with Townshend's Autograph Memorandum of his response.

Author: 
Field Marshal George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend [The Viscount Townshend] (1724-1807), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Michael Seix; Invasion of Guadeloupe, 1759, in the Seven Years' War]
Publication details: 
'presented to Lord Lieut. 21 Novr. [no year, but between 1767 and 1772].
£180.00

1p, folio.

[12th (The Suffolk) Regiment of Foot.] Manuscript 'Assignment Offreckonings [sic]' to Messrs John, Nicholas & Brice Pearse, with Clothing Board certification, signed by 3 British Army Generals: William Picton, Sir William Fawcett, Sir David Dundas.

Author: 
General William Picton (c.1724-1811); General Sir William Fawcett (1727-1804); General Sir David Dundas (1735-1820); 12th (The Suffolk) Regiment of Foot; British Army; J. C. Pleydell
Publication details: 
'From 6th July 1800: | To 5th July 1801' With certification by three General Officers of the Clothing Board, from Horseguards [Whitehall, London], 18 November 1801.
£450.00

See E. A. H. Webb, 'History of the 12th (The Suffolk) Regiment, 1685-1913' (1914). Picton was the uncle of 'the illustrious Picton', Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815), who was his sole executor and residuary legatee. The year of Picton's birth is variously reported, but the Monthly Magazine, December 1811, is among several sources reporting his death in Bond Street at the age of 87. 4pp, folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and with closed tears along the three fold lines. Endorsed on reverse of second leaf: '12th.

[British Army officer in Ireland following the Great Famine.] Diary of Captain H. M. Vaughan, 90th Light Infantry, while stationed at Ballincollig Barracks, including accounts of riots in Cork by 5000 'Paupers' and during the 1852 General Election.

Author: 
Captain Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan (c.1828-1855), Welsh British Army officer in the 90th Light Infantry; Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills, County Cork; Great Exhibition, London 1851
Publication details: 
Ballincollig, County Cork, Ireland; Llangoedmore, Wales; London; Between May 1851 and September 1852.
£1,200.00

An interesting and vivid account of a British army officer's service in Ireland in the period immediately following the Great Famine. The author is stationed at the barracks in Ballincollig, built to protect the Royal Gunpowder Mills (at the time one of the largest in the British Isles). High points include a long account of a riot at Cork during the General Election of 1852; and descriptions of a riot by 5000 'Paupers' around the 'Cork Union' and the first Irish industrial exhibition, also at Cork in 1852.

[Sir Ralph Abercromby, Scottish soldier.] Autograph Signature ('Ra: Abercromby M:Gnl | Commanding 2d Brigade') to manuscript 'Return of Pay due to the Working Parties furnished by the 2d. Brigade of British Infantry' [fighting the French in Holland].

Author: 
Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801) of Tullibody, distinguished Scottish soldier and politician; Governor of Trinidad; Commander-in-Chief, Ireland; MP for Clackmannanshire [French Revolutionary Wars]
Publication details: 
'from the 21st. To 25th. June 1793. both days inclusive'
£250.00

Abercromby's entry in the Oxford DNB, explains the context: 'As a brigade commander in the ill-fated Flanders campaign of Frederick, duke of York, he played a prominent part in the fighting, notably in July 1793 at Valenciennes, where he directed the storming parties, and in September 1794 at Boxtel, where a young lieutenant-colonel, Arthur Wellesley, later duke of Wellington, underwent his baptism of fire while covering the withdrawal of Abercromby's forces.' 1p, 4to. On bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which is endorsed. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice.

[Sir William Birdwood, Field Marshal and Commander in Chief, India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. R. Birdwood.'), thanking a 'dear Old Colonel' and 'old Sandhurst Instructor' for congratulations, discussing his career, praising 'real good comrades'.

Author: 
Sir William Birdwood [William Riddell Birdwood] (1865-1951), Field Marshal in the British Army and Commander in Chief, India]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Thurlby Hall, Newark-on-Trent. 7 June 1925.
£75.00

2pp, 4to. Aged and worn. Possibly relating to Birdwood's elevation, in January 1923, to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. The letter begins: 'My dear Old Colonel, | I have only today received your kind congratulations – via India!' He thanks him, adding that he appreciates his best wishes 'very much indeed, coming as they do from my old Sandhurst Instructor & therefore are of my very oldest service friends'.

[Jan Kemp, Boer War general.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Kemp'), in Afrikaans, to the British officer commanding at Olifants Nek, regarding Lord Kitchener's permission to General Botha to obtain medicines.

Author: 
Jan Christoffel Greyling Kemp (10 June 1872 – 31 December 1946) was a South African Boer officer, rebel general, and politician [Second Boer War; South Africa; General Kitchener]
Publication details: 
In the Field [South Africa]; 1 August 1901.
£450.00

1p, 4to. Written in pencil on a piece of tissue paper, stamped in one corner with leaf number 675. Aged and wrinkled, with fraying to edges, but text clear and complete. Folded twice. A scarce survival, such thin paper, used for security reasons, not faring well in the passage of time. The signature is Kemp's, the rest of the document being in a secretarial hand. An interesting document – which would seem to indicate that the British were employing a more conciliatory approach following Emily Hobhouse's revelations in her June 1901 report on British concentration camps.

[Royal East India Volunteers, London.] Autograph Regimental Orders for 1st Regiment, Signed by 'H Dickinson Capt & Adjt of Regt | R. E. S. V.', 'By Command of Colonel Scott' [i.e. David Scott, East India Company director and chairman]

Author: 
Royal East India Volunteers, London [David Scott (1746-1805), Scottish merchant, Director and Chairman of the East India Company and MP; Captain Henry Dickinson; Charles Lamb; India House]
Publication details: 
'1st Regt. R. E. I. V. [i.e. Royal East India Volunteers, London]'. 31 January 1800.
£350.00

According to 'The Correspondence of David Scott, Director and Chairman of the East India Company', C. H. Phillips ed. (1951), two regiments of Royal East India Volunteers were formed in 1796, 'to defend the City of London. They were largely recruited from the India House staff, and Scott acted as Colonel of the first regiment'. This is the period during which the celebrated essayist Charles Lamb was working at India House. See also Margaret Makepeace, 'The Royal East India Volunteers: The ‘Union of Civil and Military Dependence’ (2010). The document is 1p, 8vo., and headed 'Regt Ors.

[General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart, Commander in Chief in India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. A. Lockhart') to 'Mrs. Johnson', regarding 'the Memoir of the late Major Johnson' and the good reports of her two sons.

Author: 
General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart (1841-1900), Commander in Chief in India, who commanded against the Afridis and Mohmands, and conducted the Tirah Expedition
Publication details: 
Simla; 6 September 1899. On red oval government letterhead of the Commander in Chief in India.
£56.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of tape from mount adhering to one edge, and overlapping onto loop of last letter of Lockhart's signature. Folded once. Expansive stylized signature. He is obliged to her for sending him 'the Memoir of the late Major Johnson'. He intended to postpone his reply to her letter until after he finished reading the book, but he is too busy to 'read it through for a few days – and meanwhile you might wonder that you received no acknowledgment'. A 'cursory glance' indicates that the book will please and interest him.

[Sir George Thomas Napier, distinguished soldier.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Napier') to 'Captn. Hamilton', regarding his request for a position, and quoting from a letter from Secretary at War Fox Maule.

Author: 
Sir George Thomas Napier (1784-1855), distinguished British army officer who served in the Peninsular War and commanded the army of the Cape Colony [Major-General William Craig Emilius Napie]
Publication details: 
Geneva. 11 July [1855].
£56.00

The letter must have been written in 1855, as Fox Maule (later Earl of Dalhousie) was appointed Secretary of State for War on 8 February of that year, and Napier died on 16 September. 4pp, 16mo. Bifolium with black border. Loss to part of second leaf caused by removal from mount, resulting in loss of a few words of text, otherwise in good condition. Begins: 'In consequence of a letter from my Son William of your regt. [i.e. the King's Own Scottish Borderers] stating your wish to be appointed a Paymaster to the Out Pensioners, I wrote to my friend Mr Fox Maule the Secy.

[Sir Edward Blakeney, Field Marshal.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Blakeney') to [Folington?], regarding Sir John Wilson and an application from 'Mr Ferrier' of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

Author: 
Sir Edward Blakeney (1778-1868), Field Marshal in the British Army, Commander-in-Chief in Ireland [Royal Hospital, Chelsea; Sir James Wilson]
Publication details: 
Chelsea [Royal Hospital, Chelsea]. 16 January 1863.
£160.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with strip of paper from mount adhering at foot of reverse. The recipient's name is not decipherable, but he appears to have been a royal equerry. Blakeney hopes that he 'got safe home last night', and thanks him 'for giving me the pleasure of your Company'. He is enclosing a letter from Sir John Wilson (1780-1856) 'who is forwarding an application from Mr Ferrier the Quarter Master of this Establishment in favour of an application to obtain admission into the Cambridge [?]'.

[Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Dundas, Royal Navy officer who distinguished himself at Trafalgar.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Dundas') to Sir John Philippart, regarding his writing of an article for the Naval and Military Gazette.

Author: 
Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Dundas (1765-1841), Royal Navy officer in American War of Independence, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and at Battle of Trafalgar [Sir John Philippart]
Publication details: 
Falkirk. 11 January 1832.
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of mount, and red wax seal, adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is franked (the franker's name and signature illegible) to 'Sir John Phippart [sic] | &c &c | No 8 New Burlington St'. Slight loss to one corner of second leaf, from breaking open of seal, with damage to one word of text.

[Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.] Autograph Card Signed ('E R Fremantle') to 'Dr. B. Guisburg', suggesting a meeting.

Author: 
Sir Edmund Fremantle [Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle] (1836-1929), Royal Navy officer and influential naval tactician; Commander-in-Chief in China, and at Devonport [Plymouth]
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead of 44 Lower Sloane Street, S.W. [London]; 'Thursday Evg' [postmark date 11 May 1917].
£35.00

Card with printed stamp. In fair condition, lightly aged. Central vertical fold line and two punch holes at head. Addressed to 'Dr. B. Guisburg | 18 King's Bench Walk | EC 4', with address corrected in another rhand to 3 Downside Crescent | Haverstock Hill | London | N.W.' Begins: 'Dear Dr. Guisburg, | I wrote you a letter – no a PC this morning, sending it to the Controller of Shipping Office St James' Park'. That being the wrong address, he now attempts to arrange a meeting for lunch.

[Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.][Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.] Autograph Note Signed ('E R Fremantle'), inviting 'Henderson' and family to a Christmas dinner.

Author: 
Sir Edmund Fremantle [Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle] (1836-1929), Royal Navy officer and influential naval tactician; Commander-in-Chief in China, and at Devonport [Plymouth
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Commander-in-Chief's Office, Devonport; 16 December [between 1896 and 1899].
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with typed biographical details at head. Reads: 'My dear Henderson, | If you have not made other arrangements we hope you Mrs H & Judy will join our Christmas party for dinner. We shall be a small party, | Yours sincerely, | E R Fremantle'.

[Donald Monro, Physician General to the Army.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D. Monro. | Physician to the Army.') [to Thomas Cadell the elder, London bookseller], proposing terms for a revised edition of his 'Account of the Diseases'.

Author: 
Donald Monro (1727-1802), Physician General to the Army, and medical author [Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802), London bookseller, successor to Andrew Millar (1705-1768)in the Strand]
Publication details: 
'Cox-Heath [Coxheath military camp near Maidstone, Kent] | Septr 21st – 1779.'
£450.00

The recipient is not named, but as the letter makes clear it is Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802), successor to the celebrated bookseller Andrew Millar (1705-1768) in the Strand. Millar was one of the booksellers concerned in the first edition of Monro's 'Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British Military Hospitals in Germany' ('London: Printed for A. Millar, D. Wilson, and T. Durham, in the Strand; and T. Payne, at the Mews-Gate.') The letter casts light on the relationship between author and publisher in the eighteenth-century London book trade. 2pp, 4to.

[George Nesse Hill, surgeon, Brunonian psychiatrist, asylum keeper.] Two Autograph Letters, one signed ('G N Hill | Secy'), one in the third person, to John Davy, military surgeon, brother of Sir Humphrey Davy, on the Medical Society of Chester.

Author: 
George Nesse Hill (1766-1831) of Alcaston Manor, Chester, Cheshire, surgeon, champion of Brunonian psychaitry and asylum keeper [John Davy (1790-1868), army surgeon, brother of Sir Humphrey Davy]
Publication details: 
[Chester.] 30 August and 30 October 1827.
£500.00

Bynum and Porter, in their 'Brunonianism in Britain and Europe' (1988), describe Hill – keeper at one point of two asylums – as a 'substantial figure [...] a champion of Brunonian psychiatry'. For the recipient John Davy (1790-1868), anatomist and physiologist, brother of Sir Humphrey Davy, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Two letters, both in good condition, attached to one another along one edge, with thin strip from mount adhering. Both letters are bifoliums, and both have had the second leaf, trimmed along the fore-edge, resulting in each case to slight loss to the address.

[George IV as Prince Regent, and former Prime Minister Lord Sidmouth as Home Secretary.] Warrant, signed 'George P R' and 'Sidmouth', appointing 'George Philips Esqr. Captain in the York Chasseurs', with signatures of Robert Lukin and Thomas Butts.

Author: 
George IV as Prince Regent; Lord Sidmouth [Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth] (1757-1844), Prime Minister; Thomas Butts (1757-1845), patron of William Blake; Robert Lukin; York Chasseurs
Publication details: 
'Given at Our Court at Carlton House the Sixteenth Day of March 1815 In the Fifty fifth Year of Our Reign.'
£400.00

On one side of a 29 x 39 cm piece of vellum. In fair condition, with the usual discoloration found in vellum. A printed document, completed in manuscript, with a good example of George IV's signature as Prince Regent ('George P R') at top left. The royal seal has been removed from the space beneath the Prince Regent's signature. The signature of the Home Secretary ('Sidmouth') is at bottom right, somewhat faded. The document is a warrant appointing 'George Philips Esqr. Captain in the York Chasseurs', 'Commanded by Our Trusty and Welbeloved Major General Hugh Mackay Gordon'.

[Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Elizabeth') to Anna Maria Dashwood, regarding an offer from Lord Cathcart to place her father Sir Henry Dashwood's eldest son in the Life Guards.

Author: 
Princess Elizabeth (1770-1840), daughter of George III, Landgravine consort of Hesse-Homburg, artist [Anna Maria Tottenham-Loftus, Marchionesss of Ely; Sir Henry Watkin Dashwood; Lord Cathcart]
Publication details: 
Weymouth; 15 September 1799.
£500.00

The recipient Anna Maria Dashwood (1785-1857) was the daughter of Sir Henry Watkin Dashwood (1745-1828), and was fourteen years old at the time the letter was written. In 1810 she would marry John Loftus (1770-1845), 2nd Marquess of Ely. An Anne Dashwood – presumably a relation – had been a maid of honour of Princess Elizabeth's mother Queen Charlotte. The letter is written in the most affectionate terms, and concerns an offer by William Cathcart (1755-1843), 1st Earl Cathcart, to place Sir Henry Dashwood's eldest son Henry George Mayne Dashwood (1782-1803) in the Life Guards. 5pp, 4to.

[Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederick') to 'Grenville' [William Wyndham Grenville, future prime minister], regarding war and 'opportunity of humbling France', Welch Fusiliers, Allerton, buying a town house.

Author: 
Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827), second son of George III, heir to George IV, reformer of the British Army [William Wyndham Grenville, Lord Grenville (1759-1834), Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Allerton Maleverer [sic]; 14 October 1787.
£500.00

An interesting intimate letter from the Duke of York, credited with having done more to reform the British Army than any other man, to the future Prime Minister Grenville, who at the time was Paymaster General of the Forces. Of particular note is the Duke's desire to go to war, 'for I am sure we never have had for these two Centuries so favourable an opportunity of humbling France'. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. Folded three times. Sixty-one lines of text.

Syndicate content