H. M. Milner [ Henry M. Milner ], English playwright noted for his melodramas
Without place or date. [ London, circa 1823. ]
Apparently the only survival of this full version of the melodrama, which was performed at the Coburg Theatre in London in 1823. David Worrall discusses the play in his 'Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment'' (Routledge, 2015), noting that 'the play text now survives only in an edition "Adapted to Hodgson's Theatrical Characters"' (c.1825), a version aimed at children's toy theatres'. On the rectos of 36 leaves, sewn together at spine. The versos of three pages give directions regarding 'Stage arrangement'.
W. Taylor of Plumstead [Rev. William Ernest Taylor (1856-1927), Swahili scholar?] [Sir Thomas Lynedoch Graham (1860-1940); Cape Colony; South Africa; Lord Milner; Sir Gordon Sprigg]
Plumstead. 12 June 1902.
2pp., foolscap 8vo. 54 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged and worn paper. Addressed to 'The Hon. T. L. Graham, M.L.C., Prime Minister's Office, Cape Town.' Taylor begins by thanking Graham for his 'courteous letter' and is pleased to find that he has not been misunderstood. 'While siding with Dr. Smart it was on purely personal grounds that I wrote you. I cannot say that a number of your constituents differ from you; I do not know.
Alfred Milner (1854-1925), 1st Viscount Milner [Lord Milner] [The Corporation of the City of London; freedom of the city; Guildhall]
Tuesday, 23rd July, 1901.'
4tp bifolium: 3 pp. Text clear and complete on aged and lightly-creased paper. The first page is headed by the crest of the City of London. Gives the timetable for the ceremony, and the routes to be followed by the holders of 'three distinct Cards [white, pink and blue] assigning seats in different localities'. 'The Prime Warden and Wardens of the Fishmongers' Company will present Lord Milner with the Freedom.
William Onslow (1853-1911), 4th Earl of Onslow, British Conservative politician (as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies) [Joseph Chamberlain; Sir Alfred Milner]
15 March ; on Colonial Office letterhead.
4to: 2 pp. Mourning border. Good, though a little grubby with fold lines and tear from spike hole at inner corners. Date, address and signature by Onslow, the rest in a secretarial hand. He received Raglan's letter of 25 February, 'forwarding an application from Mr. Llewllyn Phillips for employment in South Africa'. 'Mr. Chamberlain has hitherto refused to forward applications for employment to the High Commissioner, except in cases where Sir Alfred Milner has specially asked for candidates'.
Milner Connorton Gray, industrial artist and graphic designer (1899-1997) [The Royal Society of Arts]
The collection is in very good condition, with a few staple and pin holes. Gray's letters are signed 'Milner Gray' and occasionally 'Milner'. All but the first two, which are on Society of Industrial Artists letterheads, are on Design Research Unit letterheads. An early letter (5 April 1949), to Kenneth Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, apologises for and explains a 'difficulty' which has arisen 'over the fees we estimated for completing the necessary working drawings and supervising construction of the permanent display screens for the Society's headquarters'.
17 April 1897; on letterhead '47, Duke Street, | St. James's. S.W.'
English politician and colonial administrator (1854-1925), made a viscount for his services during the Boer War, and Secretary of War in Lloyd George's World War I coalition government. One page, 12mo. Folded twice. Very good. Presumably written on Milner's appointment as Chairman of the Inland Revenue. Reads 'My dear Watkins | I am just off. Many thanks for you kind leter. Among the many letters of congratulation & good wishes, wh. have come to me, none are more welcome than those of old College friends.' Signed 'A. Milner'.