[Lord Elgin, Viceroy of India.] Autograph Letter in the third person to ‘Mr. Walker’ [Charles Bristow Walker?], giving his opinion of his photographic portraits, but declining to make a final choice until the return to town of Lady Elgin.

Lord Elgin [James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine] (1811-1863), Viceroy of India and Governor-General of Canada [Charles Bristow Walker (1837-1910), photographer?]
Publication details: 
28 October 1859; on embossed Post Office letterhead.

See Elgin’s entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient is clearly the individual responsible for the photographs, and possibly Charles Bristow Walker (1837-1910), around this time setting up business in the Strand. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Begins: ‘Lord Elgin likes the coloured Portrait with the green ribband and the photograph with the Red Ribband best but he would rather await Lady Elgin’s arrival in town (wh. will take place in a few days) before deciding which of the Portraits he will keep / Meanwhile he returns them to Mr. Walker’s with his compts.’

[John Tyndall, distinguished Anglo-Irish physicist.] Autograph Letter Signed to John Symonds, reluctantly declining a dinner invitation, and praising Lady Morrison’s effect on one ‘whose intellectual side has won general renown’.

John Tyndall (1820-1893), Anglo-Irish physicist [John Symonds of the Corporation of London]
Publication details: 
1 November [no year]. On embossed letterhead of the Royal Institution of Great Britain [London].

See Tyndall’s entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Written in purple ink with bold flowing signature. Addressed to ‘John Symonds Esq’ (in the 1870s Symonds was Chairman of the Library Committee of the Corporation of London). Reads: ‘My dear Sir / Most willingly would I permit your friendly letter to draw me towards you to day. But I am bound with a chain. / I was glad to learn that Lady Morrison was your niece. She is obviously drawing out the inherent tenderness of a nature whose intellectual side has won general renown.

[Alphonse Karr, French critic, novelist and editor of Le Figaro.] Autograph Note Signed ('Alphonse Karr'), renewing a request for a meeting with 'Monsieur le ministre de la marine'.

Alphonse Karr [Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr] (1808-1890), French critic, journalist, novelist and floriculturalist, editor of Le Figaro
Publication details: 
No date. Rue de Clichy 5 [Paris].

On one side of an irregular piece of thin paper, roughly 12.5 x 13.5 cm. From the celebrated autograph collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton), and neatly mounted on a leaf extracted from an album. He writes that a few days previously he wrote to ask 'Monsieur le ministre de la marine' for 'une audience de q[uel]ques instants'. He fears that the letter did not reach him, and so renews his request. Signed 'salut et paternité | Alphonse Karr'.

[The Caledonian Canal, Scotland.] Manuscript Letter, signed by James Hope of Rickman & Hope, solicitors, to the Bank of Scotland, regarding 'dues collected for the passage of Vessels through the Caledonian Canal'. With detailed accounts of receipts.

[The Caledonian Canal, Scotland, designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1822; James Hope of Rickman & Hope, Edinburgh; George Sanby of the Bank of Scotland]
Publication details: 
31 Moray Place, Edinburgh. 27 December 1825.

4pp., foolscap 8vo, on two bifoliums. On aged and worn paper, with slight bloom at head and a little loss to spine from disbinding.

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