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[Mary Ann Lawrenson, General Secretary, Women's Co-operative Guild.] Lengthy correspondence of eleven Autograph Letters Signed to William Henry Brown, mainly biographical, and including an account of her early life, and of Edward Vansittart Neale.

Mary Ann Lawrenson [née Molyneux] (1850-1943), co-operative movement activist and educationist, General Secretary of Women's Co-operative Guild [Edward Vansittart Neale: William Henry Brown]
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Ten of the Letters dating from between 7 January 1929 and 6 September 1938. First three letters (to 1931) from 35 William Street, Woolwich, S.E.18 [London]; later ones (from 1934) from 10 Upper Russell Street, Brighton, Sussex.

Thirteen items, totalling 65pp, comprising eleven letters, one of them incomplete, an address and a five-page transcription from E. V. Neale. Closely written, and somewhat untidy in arrangement, but containing interesting biographical information and information about the co-operative movement. The letters total 48pp. Almost all are in 4to. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear.

[ Rev. Thomas Grinfield, clergyman and hymn writer. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to Lady Cholmley, regarding his memoirs of his friend Rev. Cornelius Neale.

Rev. Thomas Grinfield (1788-1870), Bristol clergyman and hymnwriter [ Lady Catherine Cholmley; Rev. Cornelius Neale (1789-1823) of St John's College, Cambridge, and the London Missionary Society ]
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Undated, but circa 1833, the year of the publication of the pamphlet.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On heavily aged and worn paper. Begins: 'Mr Grinfield, with his kind respects to Lady Cholmley, begs permission to submit the accompanying "Memoir & Remains of Mr Neale" to her perusal, having received a few copies (of which this is the last) for private disposal; - the price being 8/6d.

[Lewis Wyatt, architect.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lew. Wyatt') to 'H. Neale Esqr.' [in fact the architectural draughtsman John Preston Neale], praising his 'Seats of the Nobility' and offering information on 'Lord Foresters House'.

Lewis Wyatt [Lewis William Wyatt] (c.1777-1863) [John Preston Neale (1780-1847), architectural draughtsman]
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Suffolk St. [London]. 13 October 1825.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Confounding John Preston Neale, author of the ' Views of the seats, Mansions, Castles, etc. of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland' (1819-1823) with the poet Henry Neale (1798-1828) he writes: 'Having seen and admired yr. work on the Seats of the Nobility &c. I feel gratified that Lord Foresters House has fallen under your notice.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Winchilsea') from George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea to John Preston Neale, accompanying a corrected proof of the section on Burley House in Neale's 'Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen'.

George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea, of Burley House [Burley on the Hill Mansion], Rutlandshire, amateur cricketer and patron of the game, founder of the White Conduit Club
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Letter: Place not stated. 28 December 1822. Proof without place or date.

Letter: 1p., 12mo. On bifolium. On aged and worn paper with closed tears at foot and pinholes at head. Reads: 'Sir, | I return you the account of Burley with some Amendments which I think it requires, I dare say that when I have an opportunity of seeing your Work I shall wish to become a Subscriber.' The proof, with a few minor corrections in Winchilsea's hand, are 2pp., 8vo, printed on one side of a half sheet folded once to make a bifolium, with the first page on the recto of the first leaf, and the second page on the verso of second leaf. On aged and worn paper.

Autograph Letter, in the third person, to Neale.

William George Monckton-Arundell (1782-1834), 5th Viscount Galway [John Preston Neale (1780-1847)]
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20 April 1820; Serlby.

4to: 1 p. Thirteen lines of text. Text clear and entire on aged and creased paper. Remains of stub from previous mounting adhering to reverse, and short printed biography tipped in along margin. A formal letter in the third person. Galway is 'extremely [underlined] sorry that he shold have given Mr. Neale so much trouble respecting the eighth Part of Westminster Abbey', which the peer had assumed was missing, but 'finds upon farther examination that it is with the other numbers'.

Thirty-one secondhand booksellers' catalogues (one a duplicate).

Bickers; Alfred Cooper; W. Downing; T. Gladwell; W. George; Kerr & Richardson; C. Lowe; Uriah Maggs; J. Mathews; J. Neale; Parry & Hales; W. Paterson; Reeves & Turner; J. Roche; H. Sotheran; H. Young
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1880-1882; London, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester.

all octavo, in worn nineteenth-century binding, with front hinge loose, lacking spine. New endpapers. All items good, on aged paper with occasional foxing. An invaluable collection, providing a snapshot of secondhand bookselling in provincial Victorian England within an extremely short timescale. Several of the booksellers are not represented in the British Library collection, and others are only represented by catalogues of a later date. Of note are the two catalogues published by Sotheran's Manchester arm, the existence of which is not mentioned in Andrew Block's 'Short History' (1933).

Autograph Letter Signed to Robert Rising.

John Preston Neale
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Bennett Street Blackfriars | Sept. 19th. 1828.'

Architectural draughtsman (1780-1847). Three pages, quarto. Good, but heavily folded and with some loss to second leaf of bifoliate from breaking of red wax seal, the remains of which still adhere. Addressed, with postmarks, on verso of second leaf of bifoliate 'Robt. Rising Esq | Horsey. | To the Care of Robert Cory Junr Esq | Yarmouth'. Rising, of Horsey Hall, was a Norfolk landowner, and Cory (1776-1840) an antiquary. A long and interesting letter. He regrets that he has been unable to spend 'a few happy hours with you and of doing justice to the Chief Magistrate of that Gt.

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