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[ Sir Robert Phillimore, last judge of the Court of the Lord High Admiral of England. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Robert Phillimore') to 'Mr Hammond' (his clerk?), with directions regarding a copy of a letter.

Author: 
Sir Robert Phillimore [ Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore ] (1810-1885), last judge of the Court of the Lord High Admiral of England, and politician
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Arlington Street, London, S.W. 21 March [ no year ].
£35.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. Reads: 'My dear Mr Hammond | Will you cause a copy of Mr 's letter to Mr Fane to be sent, as speedily as may be convenient, to the Neutrality Laws Commiss[ion]ers'.?>

[ [Royal Navy wife in 1920s Malta. ] Autograph Diary of Muriel Margaret Medd, wife of Paymaster-Commander Walter Hall Medd, OBE, RN

Author: 
Muriel Margaret Medd [ née Beattie ] (b.1889), wife of Paymaster-Commander Walter Hall Medd, OBE, RN (1886-1952), son of Rev. George Tate Medd, Vicar of Whitchurch [ Malta; Maltese ]
Publication details: 
Entries between 1 January and 13 August 1920. In 'Collins Handy Diary for 1920.' [ London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press. ]
£400.00

230pp., in 12mo 'Collins' Handy Diary for 1920.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight damage to fore-edges of front endpaper and first two leaves. Ownership inscription on front pastedown: 'Muriel M Medd, | 123, . St. Torri, | Shema, | MALTA.' The work of a well-educated practical woman, casting interesting light on the day to day life of a Royal Navy officer's wife in 1920s Malta. Her husband is more often than not referred to as 'W.', and the couple have a daughter Anne; and 'Peter' (family dog?). Among their circle are 'the Wildishes', 'Echwarri', 'the Swanns', 'Dr.?>

[ Captain William Pryce Cumby, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm: Pryce Cumby') to the London solicitor Thomas Wiglesworth, the first regarding a repaired chronometer, the second a power of attorney.

Author: 
Captain William Pryce Cumby (1771-1837), Royal Navy, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar while commanding HMS Bellerophon [ Thomas Wiglesworth, London solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Both letters from East Hall, Middleton Tyas [ Yorkshire ]. 23 February and 1 July 1819.
£350.00

Early on during the Battle of Trafalgar, Lieutenant Cumby's captain John Cooke was mortally wounded, leaving Cumby in command of HMS Bellerophon during 'the most glorious battle ever fought at sea'. According to John Marshall's 'Royal Naval Biography' (1823): 'At this early period of the battle, the Bellerophon was closely engaged with the Monarca, as well as l’Aigle, and exposed to a distant cannonade from three other of the enemy’s ships.

Autograph Letter Signed ('P. C. Durham') to one of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, regarding his capture, with HMS Venerable, of two French warships, in a memorable action.

Author: 
Sir Philip Charles Durham [ Admiral Sir Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham ] (1763-1845), Royal Navy admiral
Publication details: 
'Venerable [ i.e. on board SS Venerable ] April 25th. [ 1814 ]'
£250.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Docketed: '25 April 1814 | R. Ad. Durham.' For the context of this letter see Durham's entry in the Oxford DNB. In December 1813 he had been sent out as commander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands station, with his flag in the Venerable. On the outward voyage, in a notable action, he had captured two large French frigates, Alcmène and Iphigénie, on 16 and 20 January 1814. The action resulted in the award in 1847, to any surviving claimants, of the Naval General Service Medal with clasp 'Venerable 16 Jany. 1814'.

[ Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven, master mariner. ] Twenty-five items from his papers: correspondence, vellum certificates, commissions, testimonials, including address signed by 79 passengers on first (maiden) voyage to Australia of SS Orient.

Author: 
Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven [ born Jocelyn Fitzgerald Trotter ] (1849-1943), master mariner in Britain and Australia, Commodore of the Orient Line
Publication details: 
[ Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd. ] England (London, Liverpool and Redhill) and Australia (New South Wales), between 1863 and 1912.
£2,250.00

Ruthven was born in Ireland, the son of Galway landowner Clifford Trotter. He was a master mariner, a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and wrote several nautical manuals. At the time of his retirement as commodore of the Orient Line of ships in 1911, Ruthven had completed forty-five years at sea and thirty years in command of Orient steamers (Orient Steam Navigation Company, Limited – hereafter OSNC).

[ Edgar Tarry Adams, collector of maritime instruments. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edgar T. Adams') to 'Mr Justice Harington' (i.e. Richard Harington)

Author: 
Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), Essex brewer, artist and collector of maritime instruments [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Downing College, Cambridge. 1 February 1909.
£40.00

2pp.,12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He has been informed by 'Mr. Hill of the Victoria & Albert Museum' that Harington has 'a Backstaff'. Adams has been 'looking out for one for some years' without success and would like to purchase Harington's if he has 'no use for it. 'I think Mr. Hill mentioned to you that I had a collection of old navigating instruments & he has very kindly been trying to find a backstaff for me'. He ends in the hope that Harington will 'excuse the zeal of the collector'.

[ Lord Adolphus FitzClarence, Royal Navy rear admiral and son of King William IV and Mrs. Jordan. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Adolphus FitzClarence') to an unnamed admiral, declining an invitation to a dinner party.

Author: 
Lord Adolphus FitzClarence (1802-1856), Royal Navy rear admiral, illegitimate son of King William IV [as Duke of Clarence] and actress Dorothy Jordan [ Mrs. Jordan ] (1761-1816)
Publication details: 
'St. James's Palace | Monday [ no date ]'. On letterhead of royal crest.
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with one short closed tear. Reads: 'St. James's Palace | Monday | My dear Admiral | I sincerely regret being engaged for Saturday or I should have had much pleasure in joining your party | Yours Most Truly | Adolphus FitzClarence'.

[ A Royal Navy engineer in the Far East and Pacific, 1882-1891. ] Account book of George Parsons, latterly Chief Engineer of HMS Champion, recording his personal and professional expenses on various tours of duty.

Author: 
George Parsons, nineteenth-century Royal Navy Chief Egineer on HMS Champion [ Naval and Maritime ]
Publication details: 
Between August 1882 and May 1891. At locations including Port Said, Alexandria, Portsmouth, London, Suez, Malta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Tokyo, Vladivostock, Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Esquimault, Honolulu, Halifax. Further accounts,1889-1911.
£320.00

73pp., in a 12mo account book with printed red rules, in dark marbled boards with black cloth spine. Internally in fair condition, aged and worn, in heavily worn binding. Inscribed 'G. Parsons' twice on front endpapers. (Parsons' Royal Navy certificates as an assistant engineer (1872) and engineer (1878) are held by the National Archives.) The present volume contains a full set of accounts, 1882-1891, over 52pp.; less-detailed accounts, 1898-1911, over 8pp.; desultory accounts over 5pp., including two-pages of the 'Furniture Fund | H.M.S.

[ The life of a Victorian Naval Cadet and Midshipman. ] Autograph Log Book of George Tate Medd, compiled during service on seven Royal Navy ships: Inflexible, Imaum, Wellesley, Alarm, Victory, Arrogant, Britannia.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ naval; maritime; HMS Inflexible, Imaum, Wellesley, Alarm, Victory, Arrogant, Britannia. ]
Publication details: 
11 June 1850 to 13 March 1853. Including service in: England (Plymouth and Spithead), the West Indian Station (Jamaica, Bermuda, Trinidad), Newfoundland, the Mediterranean (Cuba, Gibraltar, Malta).
£1,500.00

The present item is a remarkably disciplined production for a boy ranging in age from twelve to sixteen. At the beginning of the volume the author writes: 'I, George Tate Medd 4th. Son of John and Sarah Medd of Stockport, Cheshire (at the age of 12¾ years), entered Her Majesty's Navy as Naval cadet on board H.M. Ship “Impregnable” June 11th.

[ A Royal Navy officer in China during the Second Opium War. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed from Sub.-Lieut George Tate Medd to his family, describing incidents while serving on HMS Hornet. With ten drawings by Medd of Chinese heads.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ The Second Opium War, 1856-1860; Second China War; Arrow War; HMS Hornet ]
Publication details: 
The four letters sent from China. The first from 18 July (Hong Kong) to 2 August ('Anchored off Shanghae') 1857. The other three from Canton: 4 and 18 May, and 3 July 1858.
£3,500.00

Although not yet twenty at the time of writing, Medd was already an experienced sailor, having enlisted at the age of twelve, and seen service in the Crimean War. The four letters present here are vivid, well-written, and informative. (Medd had been educated at Dr Burney's school at Gosport, and had had a letter on the Crimean War published in the Stockport Advertiser.) Medd describes the background to the letters as follows (in Item Two below): 'I served in HM Steam sloop “Hornet” in China from July 1857 to July 1859. And was at the storming and taking of Canton city December 29th.

[ A Royal Navy midshipman in the Crimean War. ] Autograph Log Book of George Tate Medd, compiled during wartime service on HMS Rodney and HMS Sidon, and including an eyewitness account of the Battle of Alma.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ Crimean War; Royal Navy; naval; maritime; HMS Rodney; HMS Sidon ]
Publication details: 
14 March 1853 to 31 December 1854. Service in the Mediterranean (Malta, Turkey), the Black Sea (the Crimea).
£3,000.00

The first part of the volume, with entries from 14 March 1853 to 19 March 1854, describes Medd's service, under Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Charles Graham (1792-1857), on HMS Rodney (90 guns), which, as Medd states, travels 'with the combined Fleets, from Bosphorus to Sinope and back'; the second part, 20 March to 31 December 1854 , covers his time on the paddle frigate HMS Sidon, under his cousin and godfather Captain (later Admiral) George Goldsmith (1806-1888), the ship blockading (from April 1854) the coastline around the mouths of the Danube, assisting French troop transports during the

[ A Royal Navy midshipman in the build-up to the Crimean War. ] 'Private Journal' of George Tate Medd, in autograph with illustrations, describing service, mainly on HMS Rodney in the Mediterranean, includig an account of Christmas at sea.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ HMS Britannia; HMS Rodney; Rear-Admiral Charles Graham (1792-1857); Crimean War ]
Publication details: 
Stockport, Plymouth, Jamaica, Gibraltar, Malta, Greece, Turkey. Between 1850 and 1853.
£1,500.00

The vivid and entertaining material in this volume is the work of an author who as it begins is a naval cadet aged twelve, and by its end is a sixteen-year-old midshipman. It includes a splendid account of Christmas at sea on HMS Britannia in 1852, and another (with two illustrations) of a 'Row about the Wine bills' between Medd, together with other midshipmen of the Rodney. and its captain Charles Graham. Medd was the son of John Medd of Mansion House, Stockport, Cheshire.

[ Collier Dock, Isle of Dogs. ] Printed 'Report of the Directors to the Proprietors, at their second General Meeting 5th April, 1827.'

Author: 
Collier Dock, Isle of Dogs [ George Byng, Chairman; W. Baker, Acting Secretary; G. Taylor, Printer, London printer ]
Publication details: 
W. Taylor, Acting Secretary, Limehouse, Middlesex, and 5, Nicholas Lane, Lombard Street, London. [ G. Taylor, Printer, Lamb's Conduit Passage. 1827. ]
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium with three pages of text, with title on reverse of second leaf (printed crosswise for folding into packet). In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first page is headed 'Collier Dock - Isle of Dogs', followed by a list in two columns of the twenty-four directors, and solicitor's details. The 'Meeting of the Proprietors' was held at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, 5 April 1827, and there was only one topic.

[ Dr. Burney's Royal Academy at Gosport. ] Autograph Letter Signed by an eleven-year-old 'George T Medd', regarding arrangements for the 'Vacation'.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ Dr. Burney's Academy, founded 1791; Gosport Royal Academy; Royal Navy; Rev. Edward Burney (c.1817-1888) ]
Publication details: 
'Royal Academy | Gosport June 1st. 1848'.
£40.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. The text of the letter is on both sides of the first leaf; the second leaf, around half of which has been torn away, carries four postmarks, and the remains of Medd's autograph address to his father John Medd, Stockport, Cheshire. The letter reads: 'My dear Papa | I am happy to inform you that our Vacation will commence the 15th Instant when I trust that Dr. Burney and the Revd. E. Burney will be enabled to give you a satisfactory report of my conduct and improverment during the half term.

[ Printed item relating to the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, First (London) Corps. ] Report 'At the Annual General Meeting | Held at the "Cannon Street Hotel' and 'Abstract of Accounts for the year ending December 31st, 1891.'

Author: 
A. Lindley Pilley and C. E. Gatrell, Auditors[ Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, First (London) Corps; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, First (London) Corps, 1892. ] Report of General Meeting at the Cannon Street Hotel, 17 March 1891. Accounts for year ending 31 Decermber 1891.
£80.00

On one side of a folio leaf, with the accounts ('By Order, | D. W. MARDEN, | Hon. Sec. GENERAL AND FINANCE COMMITTEE') taking up the whole of one side, and the leaf folded into a bifolium, with the report of the Annual General Meeting on the other side, as the recto of the first leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, Addressed, with stamp and 5 March 1892 postmark, to 'R. Harington Esq | 1 New Court | Temple | EC.' The report of the AGM includes notification of the names of new committee members, of an alteration to subscription rates, and of a discrepancy in the 'Canteen Accounts'.

[ Two printed items relating to the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, London Brigade. ] A pamphlet giving information regarding the London and Brighton Corps, with a large table headed 'Progress Return of No. 3 Battery, for 1890.'

Author: 
Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, London Brigade [ E. B. Fletcher, Lieut.-Instructor; A. H. Fry, Sub-Lieutenant in Command ]
Publication details: 
Pamphlet by 'Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, London Brigade, Head Quarters, H.M.S. Frolic, off Somerset House, W.C December 1891.' Printed by Woodfall & Kinder, London. 'Progress Return', 1890.. Printed by W. Collins, Harlesden.
£220.00

The two items from the papers of Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, who features as 'R. Harrington [sic]' in the 'Progress Return'. The pamphlet is 6pp., 12mo. The front page is headed, with crown-and-anchor device, 'Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers. | London Brigade. | Head Quarters, | H.M.S. Frolic, off Somerset House, W.C | December, 1891.' Printed by Woodfall & Kinder, Printers, 70 to 76, Long Acre, London, W.C.' Aged and grubby. Folded into a packet and addressed, with postmarked Halfpenny Red stamp, to 'R.

[ Admiral of the Fleet George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, as Sir George Byng. ] Autograph Signature ('G. Byng.') on Exchequer receipt, as assignee of George Doddington.

Author: 
Admiral of the Fleet George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington [ Sir George Byng ] (1663-1733), Royal Navy officer [ Sir George Byng ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 19 July 1717.
£145.00

1p., 8vo. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Records the receipt by 'Sr. George Byng Assee of Georger Doddington' of £30 10s 0d from an annuity. Witnessed at foot by 'J Nicholson'.

[ African Expeditionary Force ][MS, in French, titled 'Avis de la Commission, chargée de l'étude préparatoire des questions relatives à l'armement des Navires à Vapeur, sur l'embarquement des troupes expeditionnaires à bord de ces Navires.'

Author: 
V. Couchard, J. Houssard, Chopard Fourichon [members of an official Commission of the French Government producing a report on the foundation of a French naval expeditionary force]
Publication details: 
dated 'à la Cote d'Afrique. Paris; le 19 Mars 1849. Les Membres de la Commission, Signée: V. Couchard, J. Houssard, Chopard Fourichon.'
£325.00

Folio, 30 pp. In brown leather half-binding, with marbled boards. One simple pen illustration, p. 18, showing arrangement of 'Muraille' and 'Pont'. Good, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding. Neatly set out, in a secretarial hand, with a synopsis beside each paragraph in red ink in the widened left-hand margins. As a loosely-inserted printed slip explains in English, the manuscript sets out 'instructions by a French Official Commission for the preparation and arming of a fleet of steam ships to be equipped to carry marines to form an expeditionary force to the coast of Africa.

[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets. ] Two printed forms, proofs completed in manuscript, one with diagrams, the other 'Private Signals for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom [...]'.

Author: 
[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets, signals of 1812 ]
Publication details: 
[ Royal Navy. ] Dating from May 1812, with later notes referring to cancellation in March 1818.
£500.00

Four items, in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight creasing. ONE: Printed form, partially completed in manuscript. On one side of 31.5 x 19.5 cm piece of laid paper with Britannia watermark. Headed: 'PRIVATE SIGNALS for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom, Commanded by Lieutenants, viz.' Above the heading, in manuscript: 'Proof | See letter 1st. October 1812.

[ Jefferson Miles, Proof Master General of Ordnance. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jeaffreson Miles') to Robert Eddowes, Ordnance Storekeeper at Portsmouth, directing him to have all his receipts signed.

Author: 
Jeaffreson MIles [ Jefferson Miles ] (d.1763), Proof Master General of Ordnance [ Robert Eddowes, Ordnance Storekeeper at Portsmouth; Royal Navy ]
Publication details: 
Office of Ordnance [ London ]. 17 July 1753.
£250.00

1p., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmark, 'To | Robert Eddowes Esqr | Ordnance Storekeeper | at | Portsmouth'. 24 lines of neatly-written text. An unusually emphatic communication, the possibility of fraud clearly being in the air.

[ Sir Edward George Clarke, barrister who represented Oscar Wilde. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Clarke'), reminiscing about a trial at which he considers his client was wrongly convicted, and commenting on his son William Francis Clarke.

Author: 
Sir Edward Clarke [ Sir Edward George Clarke ] (1841-1931), Conservative Solicitor-General who represented Oscar Wilde against the Marquis of Queensbury [ William Francis Clarke (1883-1961) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Peterhouse, Staines [ Middlesex ]. 22 December 1927.
£90.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He begins by expressing pleasure at having been asked to write his name in Tyrrell's copy of his book (probably 'Benjamin Disraeli', published in 1926). He also thanks him for 'the kind things said about me in your letter'. He has 'tried to be useful in various ways', and remembers 'the case you mention.

[ Sir Thomas Cochrane, naval officer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos J Cochrane') to the First Lord of the Admiralty Viscount Melville, regarding the need to travel to Edinburgh for the Chief Baron (of the Exchequer? a judge).

Author: 
Sir Thomas Cochrane [ Sir Thomas John Cochrane ] (1789-1872), British naval commander [ Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851), First Lord of the Admiralty ]
Publication details: 
Plymouth Docks. 2 October 1812.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He received Melville's letter that morning, 'and should the Chief Baron from whom I have not yet heard consider my attendance necessary I shall with the greater pleasure go down to Edinburgh and render him every support in my power.' He would however prefer to 'find any person to pair off with'.

[ Admiral William Parry, Arctic explorer. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W E Parry') to 'Mrs. Martineau' ('Caro' = sister?), explaining why he cannot accept an invitation.

Author: 
William Parry [ Rear Admiral Sir William Edward Parry, RN, FRS ] (1790-1855), Arctic explorer
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£180.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight loss to one corner. Reads: 'My dear Caro | I cannot go, having an engagement at Greenwich - I will answer for you also. | In haste, | but ever yrs, | W E Parry'. Note: A letter from Parry to "Joseph Martineau, brother-in-law" appears in a Parry archive - perhaps Caro was his sister.

[ George Rose, Tory politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Rose') to unnamed recipient [ H. S. Alves? ], commenting in detail on a naval tract he has sent him.

Author: 
George Rose (1744-1818), Scottish politician, reformer, anti-abolitionist, friend of William Pitt the Younger and Admiral Nelson [ Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville; Henry Scott Alves ]
Publication details: 
'Wednesday Morng'. Without date or place.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. In good condition, each of the two leaves in neatly-trimmed remains of a windowpane mount. Headed 'Private' by Rose and 'Rec[eiv]ed' by the recipient, who has sent Rose a copy of a tract he has written on naval matters. (The reference in the letter to Lord Melville, who was Lord of the Admiralty from 1812 to 1827, may suggest Melville's secretary H. S.

[ Edward Daniel Clarke, Professor of Mineralogy at Cambridge University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Daniel Clarke') [ to the Admiralty ] on behalf of his kinsman Lieutenant Edward Chappell, who has been delayed in his return to his ship.

Author: 
Edward Daniel Clarke (1769-1822), antiquary, traveller, and Professor of Mineralogy in Cambridge University
Publication details: 
Trumpington. 12 February 1814.
£56.00

3pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged, on two leaves each neatly cut out of a windowpane mount. He feels apprehensive at writing to a stranger, but feels compelled to do so, because of 'the greater anxiety I feel for the welfare of a young relation now beneath my roof, Mr. Edward Chappell, Lieutenant of the Rosamond'.

[ Sir Richard Carnac Temple, Lavinia Mary Anstey, Henry Howard and the Hakluyt Society. ] Correspondence of Anstey and Temple with Howard, with other material, mainly relating to 'The Bowrey Papers'. [see below for subjects and Defoe reference.

Author: 
[ The Hakluyt Society, London; Sir Richard Carnac Temple (1850-1931); Lavinia Mary Anstey; Lieut-Col. Henry Howard; Thomas Bowrey ]
Publication details: 
Anstey writes, between 1922 and 1931, mainly from the India Office, London. Temple writes, between 1922 and 1930, from hotels in London and Switzerland. Howard writes from Stone House, near Kidderminster.
£800.00

A total of 55 items. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, except for one item (postcard by Anstey) which is damaged (without loss of text). ONE. Anstey, 31 items: 30 Typed Letters Signed and one Typed Card Signed. TWO. Temple, 16 items, totalling 49pp.: 13 Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed, with one unsigned typed memorandum. THREE. Howard, 3 items: two Typed Copies of letters (one apiece to Anstey and Temple), one of them (to Anstey) initialled, and Autograph Copy Signed ('H H.') of letter to Temple. FOUR.

[ John Masefield, Poet Laureate. ] Autograph Signature ('J. Masefield.').

Author: 
John Masefield (1878-1867), Poet Laureate from 1930 to his death
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£20.00

On 7 x 11 cm slip of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor staining to one corner. Reads, with top line slightly cropped: 'I may have more leisure. | Yours sincerely, | J. Masefield.'

[ Steamship in Greek War of Independence. ] Autograph Letter Signed by Nicholas Robilliard, and Autograph Note Signed by Thomas Whitmore, concerning the Karteria: 'the Man of War Steam-ship (supposed to be built & fitting for the Greek Committee)'.

Author: 
Nicholas Robilliard; Thomas Whitmore [ London Greek Committee; Greek War of Independence ]
Publication details: 
Both Letters dated 8 December 1825. Robilliard's letter without place; Whitmore's note from the Custom House [ London ].
£220.00

The subject is clearly the Karteria, the first steam-powered warship to see active service. The Karteria was built in 1825 for the Greek insurgentsd by Daniel Brent Shipwrights in the Greenland South Dockyard, Rotherhithe, London. It was financed mainly from the proceeds of the 2nd Greek Loan raised by the London Philhellenic Committee, but also from the private funds of Captain Frank Abney Hastings. Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: Robilliard to 'Thos Whitmore Esq | Secretary &c &c &c'. 1p., 4to. Headed 'Confidential'. Signed 'Nis Robilliard'.

[ King William IV, as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, regarding 'the proper mode of depositing the various Colours' used by the different divisions.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines ]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [ London ]. 16 August 1828.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item is from his papers. There has been some difficulty regarding 'the proper mode of depositing the various Colours that have been in use with the different Divisions of the Royal Marines', but William (who was at the time the Duke of Clarence) knows 'that these Colours belong to His Majesty and not as in Departments to the Colonels'. He gives instructions, 'so that they may be placed in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital' at Greenwich, and gives his reason for doing so.

[ King William IV, as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, concerning officer's examinations, divisional reports, and the preparation of a portrait.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines ]
Publication details: 
Bushy House. 14 November 1829.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item comes from his papers. William (at the time the Duke of Clarence) writes: 'I rejoice exceedingly at the favourable account you are enabled to give me concerning the late examination for Adjutants amongs the Royal Marine Officers'. He is anxious to have Cockburn's 'various reports from the different Divisions'.

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