NINETEENTH

[William Gorman Wills, Irish dramatist, novelist and painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W G Wills') to 'Chepmell' [i.e. the society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], expressing thanks for 'the cure you accomplished'.

Author: 
W. G. Wills [William Gorman Wills], Irish dramatist, novelist and painter [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Garrick Club [London]. No date.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition. He has 'from week to week been purposing a visit to you to express my gratitude & sincere thanks for your kindness to me & the cure you accomplished'. He can only write his thanks, having been overwhelmed by 'the arrears of work that followed my illness', and leaving for Paris the following day.

[Sir Edgar MacCulloch, Bailiff of Guernsey, folklorist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edgar MacCulloch') to 'Chepmell' [society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], discussing the arrangements for his forthcoming adoubement.

Author: 
Sir Edgar MacCulloch (1808-1896), Bailiff of Guernsey, expert in Guernsey Folklore, and founding member of La Société Guernesiaise [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Tavistock Hotel, London. 30 April 1886.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. He begins by thanking him for his 'kind note and ticket for the Private View at the Academy'. He explains that he 'must pay a visit to the Home Office at noon to report myself', and from there he will find his way to Burlington House. He hopes 'to learn from Mr Childers or one of the Under-secretaries when there is a likelihood of a day being fixed by the Queen for dubbing knights, and am in hopes that it may not be far distant, as I don't wish to be kept here for any lengthened time.' He explains that he came up to London 'on Genl.

[Isabella Petrie Mills, Manchester suffragist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Isabella Petrie-Mills') to 'Mr Matthews' of Rochdale, reminiscing about her family and discussing her health.

Author: 
Isabella Petrie Mills (b.c.1827; fl. 1916), suffragist, wife of the banker John Mills (1821-1896), President, Manchester Statistical Society; daughter of Rochdale engineer John Petrie (1792-1883)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Coniston, Hale, Nr. Altrincham. 2 October 1916.
£120.00

In 1899 Mrs Mills published a biography of her husband, titled 'From Tinder Box to Larger Light'. See the references to her in Crawford, 'Women's Suffrage Movement' (2003), and Daley and Nolan, 'Suffrage and Beyond' (1994), the latter work containing a reference to a meeting with Frederick Douglass. Her father, as she states in this letter, was 'John Petrie of South St Rochdale' (Petrie (1792-1883) was a Belfast-born engineer). 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[Sir Richard Wallace, creator of the Wallace Collection with his father the Marquis of Hertford.] Autograph Note Signed ('Richard Wallace') to 'Dr Chepmell' [i.e. the society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], regarding an election and 'Dr Grigg'

Author: 
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890)[, son of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquis of Hertford (1800-1870), founders of the Wallace Collection, London [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 105 Piccadilly, W. [London] 20 May 1874.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Dr Chepmell, | I received your note yesterday afternoon & have in consequence had much pleasure in giving my votes in favour of your friend Dr Grigg. | Your's very sincerely | Richard Wallace'.

[Sir Henry Hoyle Howorth, geologist, historian and Conservative politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry H. Howorth') to 'Mr Bushell' [Rev. W. D. Bushell] regarding the arrangements for his election to the Society of Antiquaries.

Author: 
Sir Henry Hoyle Howorth (1842-1923), geologist, historian and Conservative politician [William Done Bushell (1838-1917) of Harrow School; Society of Antiquaries of London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 30 Collingham Place, Cromwell Road, S.W. [London] 30 February 1907.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Short cosed tear along fold of second leaf, which carries traces of glue on the blank reverse, otherwise in fair condition. He does not believe that Bushell's election to the Society of Antiquaries has been delayed in consequence of Howorth absence 'for two or three months'. He wishes 'it were possible for you to attend a meeting of the Antiquaries, when I could introduce you to some of the principal men, who will then sign your paper & see you through'. He suggests Bushell comes to 'an interesting evening' on the coming Thursday, after dinner at his house.

[Owen Jones, architect and designer, author of 'The Grammar of Ornament'.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed, both to Peter Le Neve Forster, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, on 'the Copyright Committee' and Baron Charles Texier.

Author: 
Owen Jones (1809-1874), Anglo-Welsh architect, designer and pioneering colour theorist, author of 'The Grammar of Ornament' [Peter Le Neve Foster (1809-1879), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
Both from 9 Argyle Place, W. [London] 25 February 1858 and 30 May 1863.
£220.00

The two items in good condition, lightly aged. Both 1p., 12mo. Each signed 'Owen Jones'. ONE: 25 February 1858. With the Society's stamp at top left. He is 'just now so much engaged' that he is 'unable to attend the meetings of the Copyright Committee which are held at a time when I cannot properly attend'. As a consequence he asks him to withdraw his name. TWO: 30 May 1863. The word 'Sent' at top right. He asks to be sent 'a card for the Convasazione [sic] for Baron Charles Texier a very distinguished frenchman now in London'.

[E. A. Abbott, mathematician and author of 'Flatland'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwin A. Abbott') to 'Bushell' [Rev. William Done Bushell], regarding dangers faced by the Protestant and Reformed Churches, Newman and Huxley, and a 'new truth'.

Author: 
Edwin A. Abbott [Edwin Abbott Abbott] (1838=1926), mathematician, headmaster of the City of London School and theologian, author of the science fiction book Flatland [Rev. William Done Bushell]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wellside, Well Walk, Hampstead, N.W. [London] 2 March 1903.
£200.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of stub adhering to margin. A long letter written in a close hand. He has been much preoccupied with 'the danger/ Bushell mentions in his letter, 'of breaking up the foundations of the Protestant Churches', and feels that '[a]nother metaphor might be breaking open the sheath so that the bud may expand into leaf and flower'. He discusses the freedoms of the 'Reformed Churches', which 'must accept their dangers as well as their privileges'.

[Jules Dalou, French realist sculptor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Dalou') to 'Mr. Chepmel' [society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], in French, asking him to accept a small terracotta sculpture as a mark of gratitude for his efforts.

Author: 
Jules Dalou [Aimé-Jules Dalou] (1838-1902), French realist sculptor [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist]
Publication details: 
217a Glebe Place, King's Road, Chelsea [London]. 10 July 1876.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Aged and worn. He is extremely grateful for Chepmell's efforts on his behalf, and hopes he will accept 'cette petite terre cuite comme un faible temoignage de mes reconnaissances'. Dalou's association with the Paris Commune forced him into exile in England in 1871. He returned to France eight years later.

[Sir Digby Wyatt, Slade Professor at Cambridge.] Five Autograph Letters Signed (all 'M. Digby Wyatt') to Peter Le Neve Foster, Secretary, Society of Arts, the first two regarding his paper on the Staffordshire potter Herbert Minton.

Author: 
Sir Digby Wyatt [Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt] (1820-1877), architect, Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge [Peter Le Neve Foster (1809-1879), Secretary, Society of Arts, London; Herbert Minton]]
Publication details: 
First three from 54 Guildford Street, London: 'Saty.' [22 May 1858], 27 May 1858 and 19 June 1858. Fourth on letterhead of 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, W.C.: 5 December 1863. Fifth: 15 October 1871.
£220.00

The influential potter Herbert Minton (1793-1858), of the Staffordshire firm Thomas Minton and Sons, had died on 1 April 1858. A couple of months later, on 26 May 1858, Wyatt read before the Society of Arts his paper 'On the Influence exercised on Ceramic Manufactures by the late Mr. Herbert Minton'. The first four letters carry the stamp of the Society of Arts. All five items in good condition, lightly aged. The first two 1p., 12mo; the third 2pp., 12mo. The fourt 3pp., 12mo. The fifth 1p, landscape 12mo. ONE ('Saty'): Reads: 'I have selected at Phillip's (Chamberlaine's) in Bond St.

[William Henry Corfield, Victorian pioneer in the field of hygiene and public health.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Miss Armstrong' [daughter of Professor G. F. Armstrong], regarding his 'course of Lectures on Hygiene to Ladies'

Author: 
W. H. Corfield [William Henry Corfield] (1843-1903), Professor of Hygiene and Public Health, University College London [George Frederick Armstrong (1842-1900), Professor of Engineering, Ediinburgh]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Bolton Row, Mayfair, W. [London] 12 September 1879.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'Prof. Corfield presents his compliments to Miss Armstrong and begs to inform her that his Course of Lectures on Hygiene to Ladies will commence on Thursday Octr. 2nd at University College, London, and will be illustrated by specimens &c from the Parkes Museum.' He would forward a syllabus if he had one, and suggests that she apply to the college secretary 'for a copy of the Prospectus of the Faculties of Science'.

[William Walrond Jackson, Rector of Exeter College, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed [to Professor George Frederick Armstrong], explaining the reasons for declining his application for a 'Professorial Fellowship' at Exeter College.

Author: 
W. W. Jackson [William Walrond Jackson] (1838-1931), Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, 1887-1913 [George Frederick Armstrong (1842-1900), Regius Professor of Engineering at Edinburgh University]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Exeter College, Oxford. 24 October 1895.
£35.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Hanns Bruno Geinitz, German geologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dr. H. B. Geinitz'), in English, regarding his dealings in Dresden with 'Mr. Pilkington'.

Author: 
Hanns Bruno Geinitz (1814-1900), German geologist, Professor of Geology and Mineralogy in the Royal Polytechnic School at Dresden, and director of the Royal Mineralogical and Geological Museum
Publication details: 
'Dresden the 18. Jan. 1896.'
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, somewhat aged and worn. The recipient is not named, but is presumably George Frederick Armstrong (1842-1900), Professor of Engineering, Ediinburgh, from whose family papers the item derives. Geinitz writes: 'With many thanks for your kind letter to introduce Mr. Pilkington. I only regret, that snow and other effects of Winter-time did not allow any trip in the neighborhood [sic] for Geological purposes: we could only spend some days for studies in our Geological Museum, which Mr.

[John Walter Gregory, geologist and explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J W Gregory') to 'Mrs. Green', explaining that he cannot accept her invitation as he must go to 'the Red Lion dinner'.

Author: 
J. W. Gregory [John Walter Gregory] (1864-1932), English geologist and explorer in Australia and elsewhere, who gives his name to the Gregory Rift in the Great Rift Valley
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Association, Oxford. 14 August 1894.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He cannot accept her dinner invitation as he has 'promised to go to the Red Lion dinner & as the friend who got me the invitation there had I fear some trouble to do so, I do not like to withdraw'.

[Katie Malecka, Polish musician and nationalist, imprisoned by the Russians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Katie Malecka'), in English, to 'Mrs Green', regarding a lecture in Bristol and her desire to 'leave off being "the prisoner of Warsaw"'.

Author: 
Katie Malecka, Polish musician, journalist, and nationalist imprisoned in Warsaw by the Russians
Publication details: 
44 Marylands Road, Maida Hill, W. [London] 25 March [circa 1913].
£280.00

Malecka was born in England, the daughter of a Polish father and English mother. In 1912 she was imprisoned in Warsaw by the Russians, 'on a charge of conspiring against the Russian Government'. The matter was raised in the British parliament, and reported widely, for example in the Spectator and Russian Review. On her release she published 'Saved from Siberia: The True Story of my Treatment at the Hands of the Russian Police' (London, 1913). 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She would 'indeed very much like to pay [her] another weekend visit' on her return to England.

[Lady Eastlake, art historian, on the 'abominably bad english spoken by most women & especially by young ladies at the present time'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eliz Eastlake') to 'Miss Parish', giving examples of female 'slip slop'.

Author: 
Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake (1809-1893, born Elizabeth Rigby), author, art critic and art historian, wife of Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865), artist and Director of the National Gallery, London
Publication details: 
'7 F. Sqre' [i.e. 7 Fitzroy Square, London] 8 February 1889.
£95.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'A press of necessary writ[in]g has retarded my acknowledgmt. of yr kind letter, & of the Copy of “Work & Leisure”.' She assures Parish 'most sincerely' that she thinks her 'little paper excellent - & that the true tribute to my dear, never-forgotten [?] goes both to my heart & to my judgment'. She is sure Parish's “Companion in travelling” will be entirely to the point'. She does not 'abound in suggestions for subjects.

[Sir William Edward Parry, Arctic explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Parry.') to unnamed recipient, soliciting a vote in a charity election for a 'poor girl' named Maria Jones.

Author: 
Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855), Royal Navy Rear Admiral, celebrated Arctic explorer who made attempts on the Northwest Passage and North Pole
Publication details: 
Admiralty [London], 12 August 1828.
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small spot of discoloration. He explains that he is 'requested by a particular friend' to solicit the interest of the recipient 'in favor of the poor girl mentioned in the accompanying note, who was an unsuccessful Candidate at the last Election'. He knows that 'the applications in such cases are extremely numerous', but hopes that the recipient 'can give Maria Jones your vote on the ensuing occasion'.

[Captain Basil Hall, RN, Scottish explorer and author.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr Dinwiddie', requesting 'a Ticket for the Caledonian Church on Sunday'.

Author: 
Captain Basil Hall (1788-1844), Royal Navy, Scottish explorer and author [William Dinwiddie of the Caledonian Church, London]
Publication details: 
'14 Conduit Street [London] | Wednesday' [no date].
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of stub to inner margin. Reads: 'Captain Basil Hall R.N. presents his Compliments to Mr Dinwiddie, & if he can spare him a Ticket for the Caledonian Church on Sunday next the 4th. July, Captn. Hall will feel particularly obliged to Mr Dinwiddie. | 14 Conduit Street | Wednesday | Captn. Hall will be well contented with a Standing Ticket, should there be the slightest difficulty about another.'

[Slavery in Wilcox County, Alabama; LIst ] Manuscript 'Account of Sales of the Estate of Wm. Fisher dec[ease]d.' by Green A. Fisher

Author: 
Slavery in Wilcox County, Alabama; Estate of William Fisher (died 1835); Green A. Fisher
Publication details: 
The State of Alabama, Wilcox County. 21 December 1835.
£900.00

4pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Headed with the date of the sale 'December 4th 1835'. At end: 'The State of Alabama | Wilcox County | Came into open Court Green A. Fisher one of the Executors of the last will & testament of William Fisher decd. who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that the forgoing is a correct account of the sales of said decedents Estate so far as the same have come to his hands | Sworn to & Subscribed in Open Court this 21st Decr. 1835'. Received, with illegible signature, on same date.

[Lord Denman describes House of Lords 'progress in Women's Suffrage', 1894.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Denman') to 'Sir Thomas [Roe]', sending him a gift on his being knighted, and discussing political affairs.

Author: 
Thomas Denman, Lord Denman [Thomas Aitchison Denman, 2nd Baron Denman] (1805-1894), Liberal politician, pioneer of women's suffrage [Sir Thomas Roe [later Lord Roe] (1832-1923), Liberal politician]
Publication details: 
'Alderston | Haddington | N[orth] B[ritain] [i.e. Scotland]' 27 January 1894.
£350.00

Denman was noted for his eccentricities. From 1884 he sat as a crossbencher, and introduced a number of bills on women's suffrage, none of which gained a second reading. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. The first page heavily-spotted, and with the cross-written signature over-written, probably by a child; otherwise lightly-aged and worn.

[Sir Allen Young, Arctic explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Allen Young') to society homeopathist Dr Chepmell, conveying a message regarding an appointment.

Author: 
Sir Allen Young [Sir Allen William Young] (1827-1915), English master mariner and Arctic explorer who searched for Sir John Franklin [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885); Lillie Langtry (1853-1929)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]. 'Wednesday Evg' [no date].
£180.00

In addition to his achievements, Young is remembered for holding a dinner party in 1877, at which the Prince of Wales arranged to sit next to Lillie Langtry while her husband was discreetly seated elsewhere, thus beginning their affair. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with two small pinholes at head of first leaf, and traced of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. The letter begins: 'I have just got note from Mrs Langtry saying that she will have to go out of Town tomorrow morning and asking me to write to you to tell you'.

[The Tichborne Case.] Printed spoof 'Proclamation' relating to 'Dr Kenealy, M.P., A.S.S., &c.', titled 'The Kenealy Dynasty and Magna Charta Parliament', giving details of 'The Kenealy Ministry', which includes the Tichborne Claimant Arthur Orton.

Author: 
[The Tichborne Case] Edward Kenealy [Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy] (1819-1880), Irish barrister and MP, counsel for the Tichborne Claimant Arthur Orton (1834-1898) [Magna Charta Association, London]
Publication details: 
Entered at Stationers' Hall. Price One Penny. London: C. Elliot, 8, Italian Walk, Vauxhall, S. | T. Roberts, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street. Undated [probably 1875, but certainly between 1875 and 1880]
£500.00

The facts of the Tichborne Case, one of the most notorious scandals of Victorian England, are well known. As counsel for the claimant Arthur Orton ('Roger Tichborne'), Kenealy's behaviour was so extreme that in 1874 he was disbenched and disbarred. He started a newspaper, The Englishman, and formed the Magna Charta Association which toured nationwide tour to plead his cause and attack the judges. At a by-election in 1875, he was elected to Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent, losing the seat in the 1880 General Election.

[John Le Keux, engraver. [Autograph Letter Signed ('J Le Keux') to the architectural draughtsman and author John Preston Neale, regarding their collaboration on 'Views of the most interesting Collegiate and Parochial Churches in Great Britain' .

Author: 
John Le Keux (1783-1846), engraver, son-in-law of John Lingard of Pentonville (1768-1845) [John Preston Neale (1780-1847), architectural draughtsman and bookseller; John Birtton (1771-1857), aniquary]
Publication details: 
16 February 1823. Ash Lodge, near Farnham [Surrey].
£120.00

Le Keux and the recipient J. P. Neale collaborated on the publication of the subject of this letter, 'Views of the most interesting Collegiate and Parochial Churches in Great Britain' (1824-1825), a work which was discontinued after the issue of the second volume. 3pp., 8vo. The two leaves of the bifolium are separate, having been torn apart. Otherwise in good condition, lightly aged. Address on reverse of second leaf, with divided postmark: 'J P Neale Esqr. | Bennett Stt. | Black friars Rd. | London'.

[Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal Academy.] Four manuscript documents from his sister's descendants the Aston family: a pedigree, tracing Lawrence's mother back to William the Conqueror, and three inventories of engravings and books.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), President of the Royal Academy and distinguished portrait painter
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (English, nineteenth century.)
£500.00

ONE: Manuscript pedigree. On one side of a 49 x 38 cm piece of thick laid paper, with no watermark. Folded three times. Discoloured and with light damp staining. The greater part of the pedigree is written in ink in a loose hand, and traces the descent of Sir Thomas Lawrence's mother Lucy (née Read) to William the Conqueror.

[Danish constitutional crisis, 1848.] Two pamphlets: 'Statement of Prince Frederick of Schleswig Holstein Noer' and 'The Crown of Denmark disposed of by a Religious Minister through a Fraudulent Treaty' (with presentation inscription).

Author: 
[Frederick, Prince of Noer [Prince Frederick Emil August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg]; Schleswig-Holstein Question; Denmark; David Urquhart]
Publication details: 
'Statement': 'Printed for Private Distribution' ('Printed by E. Stanford, 6, Charing Cross.'). Introductory note dated from London, 25 June 1853. 'The Crown of Denmark': 'Not Published.' London, March 1853.
£500.00

Two items, both disbound and without wraps, and in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, the first with a presentation inscription, presumably secretarial (see image on my website), from the Prince of Noer to J. Braybrooke. Both uncommon, with the second the scarcer of the two, only seven copies registering on OCLC WorldCat. Frederick, Prince of Noer (1800-1865), was brother-in-law of King Christian VIII of Denmark and nephew of King Frederick VI.

[George du Maurier, Punch artist and cartoonist.] Autograph Signature ('Yours faithfully | George du Maurier') in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
George du Maurier [George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurie] (1834-1896), Punch cartoonist and novelist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 5 x 10 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | George du Maurier'. The first line lightly inked, the signature itself bold and strong. Nothing else on the card, except for the number '92' in a contemporary hand at top left above the signature.

[Sir Richard Owen, first Director of the Natural History Museum, London.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd: Owen') to 'Mr. Edgar' (Rev. J. H. Edgar, Headmaster of Temple Grove School), on the naming of Tritylodon, Aetiodactyle and Perissodactyle.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), biologist, comparative anatomist, paleontologist, first Director of Natural History Museum, opponent of Charles Darwin [J. H. Edgar, Headmaster, Temple Grove School]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 3 October 1883.
£250.00

The recipient, Rev. J. H. Edgar, was headmaster of Temple Grove School, East Sheen. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with light traces of glue from mount to blank reverse of second leaf. An interesting letter, casting light on the collaborative process of Victorian taxonomy. Owen is 'truly obliged' to Edgar and his 'friend Mr. Mayor' (the classical scholar J. E. B.

[Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby School.] Autograph Signature ('T. Arnold') on part of letter to close friend or family member.

Author: 
Thomas Arnold (1795-1842), headmaster of Rugby School and pioneering educationalist; father of the poet Matthew Arnold
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£75.00

4.5 x 18.5 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, aged and laid down on piece of card. Four lines from the conclusion of a letter. Reads: '[…] Things here are going on as usual, – and all our Friends are well. – Tucker will write to you soon himself about your Visit to Malling, - which I yet hope will be accomplished. I hope your next Letter will contain some Account of the State of the Inhabitants of Fled:, and when you expect your Uncle Home – Adieu & believe me ever your | very sincerely attached & affectionate Friend. | T. Arnold.'

[Thomas Clater, English artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Clater') to T. W. Winstanley, Secretary, Royal Manchester Institution, giving catalogue details of two paintings he is exhibiting in the Manchester Exhibition of 1842.

Author: 
Thomas Clater (1789-1867), English artist [T. W. Winstanley, Secretary, Royal Manchester Institution; Manchester Exhibition, 1842]
Publication details: 
11 Whiteheads Grove, Chelsea. 12 August 1842.
£45.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed by Clater on verso of second leaf to 'T. W. Winstanley | Royal Manchester | Institution'. Opens: 'Dear Sir | I beg leave to forward to your Exhibition two pictures'. 'No 1', which Winstanley has given the catalogue number 294 is 'May day', priced at 100 guineas, for which Clater provides a six-line poetic quotation. 'No 2' (catalogue number 135) is 'The Village Post Office', priced at 30 guineas.

[George Augustus Sala: 1881 Christmas Day menu by 'Sala & Co | Refreshment Contractors'.] Hand-written menu on decorative card.

Author: 
George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist, author and bon viveur, associated with the Illustrated London News (as G. A. S.) and the Daily Telegraph, founder of the Savage Club,
Publication details: 
'Sala & Co | Refreshment Contractors | 46 Mecklenburgh Sq. | W.C.' 1881.
£160.00

An attractive item, neatly written out in black ink on one side of a 13 x 8.5 cm piece of shiny card, with printed decorative border of flowers in gold and blue. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of mount adhering to reverse. As a joke, at the foot, in block capitals, the menu is attributed to 'Sala & Co | Refreshment Contractors', at Sala's address. An interesting artefact of the Victorian Christmas. The menu reads:'[fleuron] Menu. | CHRISTMAS DAY | 1881 | oysters on the half shell.

[Gordon of Khartoum climbs Mount Ararat.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. A. Gordon') from General Gordon's sister Mary Augusta Gordon to 'Mr. Robson', regarding the latter's meeting with 'one of the sappers' who took part in the expedition.

Author: 
Mary Augusta Gordon [latterly Mary Augusta Blunt] (1822-1893), sister of General Gordon [Charles George Gordon (1833-1885); Gordon of Khartoum; Chinese Gordon; Royal Engineers]
Publication details: 
5 Rockstone Place, Southampton. 16 November 1889.
£180.00

The ascent of Mount Ararat took place in 1857, while Gordon was leading a mission of the Royal Engineers ('sappers') to delineate the border between Russian and Ottoman Armenia. While he did not himself reach the summit of Mount Ararat, he did toboggan down it. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. She thanks him for 'the interesting account of your meeting one of the sappers who attempted the ascent of Mount Ararat with my brother'.

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