NINETEENTH

[ Emily Anne Smyth, Lady Strangford, military nurse. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Strangford') to 'Mr. Haverstock', asking for his assistance in finding a tutor for a Bulgarian refugee, and describing the sort of education she wishes for him.

Author: 
Emily Anne Smythe [ née Beaufort ], Viscountess Strangford [ Lady Strangford ] (c.1826-1887), military nurse in Bulgaria, illustrator and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Chapel Street, Park Lane [ London ]. 27 September 1880.
£180.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. In businesslike fashion she appeals for his help, considering his 'large acquaintance of clergy & others': 'I want to find a place for a young man. Bulgarian 28 years old - where I can put him to live in the family & be taught daily.

[ Fanny Davies, concert pianist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed party, sending a lithograph on the recommendation of the critic J. A. Fuller Maitland, who is singing in her 'little choir'.

Author: 
Fanny Davies (1861-1934), English pianist, dedicatee of Edward Elgar's 'Concert Allegro' [ J. A. Fuller Maitland [ John Alexander Fuller Maitland ] (1856-1936), music critic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 52 Wellington Road, St. John's Wood N.W. [ London ]. 13 February 1910.
£50.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Begins: 'Dear Sir | Mr. J. A. Fuller Maitland, who is singing in my little choir is also most kindly helping me by suggesting the right people to sing! & has told me to use his name & send you one of the enclosed lithographed letters which will speak for itself.' She concludes in the hope that he will 'help by singing'.

[ George Julian Harney, Chartist and journalist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('G. J. Harney' and 'G. Julian Harney') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, assessing the character of George Augustus Sala, and bemoaning the state of his health.

Author: 
G. J. Harney [ George Julian Harney ] (1817-1897), Chartist and journalist [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), London bookseller and literary scholar; George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist ]
Publication details: 
The first from 27 St Mary's Grove, Richmond-on-Thames, Surrey.,21 August 1895. The second with placve not stated, 12 September 1895.
£500.00

Dobell is not named, but the second letter contains a reference to the recipient's wife 'Mrs. Dobell'. Both letters 2pp., 12mo, and both in good condition, on lightly aged paper. ONE: 21 August 1895. Signed 'G. J. Harney.' He makes an order of books from the library of George Augustus Sala, of whom he 'cannot profess to be an admirer': 'clever, versatile, a typical journalist; but not of the stuff of Cobbett, Wooler, Hone (before he became a melancholy mad religious crank) or Hetherington – or Hunt (John).

[ Lord Glasgow. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Glasgow'), to the Hon. Sec. of the Naval and Military Relief Exhibition, Edinburgh, sending his best wishes but declining to take part in its fund.

Author: 
George Frederick Boyle, 6th Earl of Glasgow [ Lord Glasgow ] (1825-1890), Scottish peer and Member of Parliament
Publication details: 
21 Chapel Street, Belgrave Square, London S.W. 20 April 1889.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. 'While wishing all good success to the proposed Naval & Military Relief Exhibition', he is sorry that he does not feel able to 'take part in the <?> fund'.

[ Arthur Chenevix Trench, publisher in firm of Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Chenevix Trench') to Rev. A. P. <Brown?>, regarding misprints in his father's works, and making 'young Bliss' into a 'good business man'.

Author: 
Alfred Chenevix Trench (1849-1938), London publisher, with Charles Kegan Paul (1828-1902), in the firm of Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., son of Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Archbishop of Dublin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., Publishers, 1 Paternoster Square, London. 17 October 1889.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He is obliged for Brown's letter, 'pointing out misprints in my father's works. | Such communications are always valuable.' He is happy to say that 'young Bliss is working very well, & we shall make a good business man of him'.

[ Charles Robert Cockerell, architect, archaeologist, and author. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'C. R. Cockerell') to the connoisseur Henry Smedley, one regarding a paper he has read regarding 'the works of Phidéas'.

Author: 
C. R. Cockerell [ Charles Robert Cockerell ] (1788-1863), architect, archaeologist, and author [ Henry Smedley (1785-1832), connoisseur ]
Publication details: 
Neither with place or date. One 'Saturday -' and the other 'Monday'.
£180.00

See Cockerell's entry in the Oxford DNB, and Smedley's obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine, April 1832. The two letters are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Each letter is of 1p., 12mo. On bifoliums addressed to Smedley at Broad Sanctuary on reverse of second leaf. ONE: 'Monday'. 1p., 12mo. Indistinct seal of head in red wax. Begins: 'My Dear Smedley. | You will hear with pleasure that I read my MS: on Saturday; no dissent cast but G. B. who has started a doubt as to this being the works of Phidéas.' He is going out of own for a week and hopes to see Smedley on his return.

[ Charlotte Helen Sainton, contralto. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Charlotte H Sainton') to an unnamed recipient, stating her terms and agreeing to 'introduce Miss Gabriel's songs'.

Author: 
Charlotte Helen Sainton [ Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby; nee Dolby ] (1821-1885), contralto, singing teacher and composer
Publication details: 
Belvedere Mansion, Brighton. 5 November [ no year, on paper watermarked 1862 ].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. She thanks him for his note and states that her 'terms will be ten guineas, and I shall be very happy to introduce Miss Gabriel's songs &c &c'.

[ Agnes Giberne, author and astronomer. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Ranks'

Author: 
Agnes Giberne (1845-1939), prolific British author and astronomer, who helped set up the British Astronomical Association
Publication details: 
Abergeldie, Eastbourne. 1 September 1880.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Abergeldie, Eastbourne, 'is at present my permanent address. We are not likely to return to Clifton, but shall probably settle down in Eastbourne, - though not in this house.' She thanks her for her invitation to Dalston: 'If I find it possible, when in London, to get there, I will write to let you know.'

[ Thomas Fisher, artist and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Fisher') to <J. T. Home?>, regarding 'plates of [Chinese?] symbols'

Author: 
Thomas Fisher (1772-1836), artist and antiquary
Publication details: 
19 September 1825. Place not stated [ London? ].
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, somewhat aged and worn. The letter reads: 'My dear friend | On examining your plates of symbols I find no perceptible [corrected from 'practicable'] difference between Nos 154 & 155; although the former is described as a dog and the latter as a hairy shaggy dog. Is the fact so? Excuse the freedom of yours | very sincerely | Thos. Fisher'. Fisher's letter may be connected with Robert Morrison's 'Dictionary of the Chinese Language' (1815-1823), which has a symbol for 'A hairy, shaggy dog.'

[ Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist ('Darwin's Bulldog'). ] Autograph Note Signed ('T H Huxley') to 'Jones', regarding the whereabouts of 'Montagu I' and 'Montagu II'.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist, friend of Charles Darwin and supporter of the theory of evolution ('Darwin's Bulldog')
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted, with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'My dear Jones | Montagu II is in the Fruit Room | You have Montagu I I think? | Yours sincerely | T H Huxley'. Note: A Google search throws up the Fruit Room in the Topkapi Palace (Istanbul) associated with Lady Mary Wortley MONTAGU. Would the association be presumptious.

[ William Sowerby, artist and botanist. ] Autograph Signature ('Wm. Sowerby | Secty') as Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, on communication to 'The Proprietors of "Scientific Roll"'.

Author: 
William Sowerby (1827-1906), Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, artist and botanist [ [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Botanic Society of London, Gardens, Regent's Park, London. 24 January 1883.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A somewhat grand and expansive printed form, completed in manuscript by Sowerby. He thanks the 'Gentlemen' who are 'The Proprietors of "Scientific Roll"' for 'the continuation, as published, of The "Scientific Roll"'. From the papers of Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll'.

[ Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. T. Thiselton Dyer') informing an unnamed party where to get information regarding 'the Establishment' from.

Author: 
Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer [ Sir W. T. Thiselton-Dyer ] (1843-1928), British botanist, third director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication details: 
Kew, on embossed letterhead of 'Royal Gardens Kew'). 2 January 1886.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He refers him to 'the Post Office Directory' for a 'list of our scientific staff', and to 'the Official Guide which is on sale at all the Gates' for 'the principal facts as to the objects etc. of the Establishment', and concludes: 'The other information you ask for is embodied in our annual report which is not at present issued'.

[ The Wesleyan Conference, Sheffield, 1875. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Stephen P. Harvard to 'Mr. Walker', reporting on doings at the Conference.

Author: 
Stephen P. Harvard (d.1905), Wesleyan Methodist minister and author [ The Wesleyan Conference, Sheffield, 1875; Rev. Walker of Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
Carver Street, Sheffield. 12 August 1875.
£180.00

Regarding the Sheffield Wesleyan Conference of 1875 see the article in the Spectator, 14 August 1875, 'The Wesleyan Ultramontanes', and the long review of the conference minutes in the London Quarterly, no.45, vol.89. The present item is 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. An interesting gossipy letter from a committee member at the conference, satirising two of the others present as 'Mr. Pepys in Conference' and 'Those who approve'. 2pp., 12mo.

[ Thomas George Bonney, geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Bonney') to an unnamed lady, contesting that domestic service is a 'state of slavery'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [ Thomas George Bonney ] (1833-1923), geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named, President of the Geological Society of London
Publication details: 
23 Denning Road, N. W. [ London ]. On letterhead of the Athenaeum club, Pall Mall. 13 October 1904.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. A tantalizing extract from a correspondence. He begins: 'I doubt whether domestic service, as a rule, is quite the state of slavery you depict, but, as I said before, the question which you ask me is less simple than you appear to think and I can only say that every employer is bound to remember that those he (or she) employs has wants, bodily and spiritual, very similar to his own.' He concludes the letter, and the correspondence, by apologising that he 'cannot continue to write on the subject'.

[ Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles W. Dilke'), complimenting 'Bennett' on a speech, and alluding sarcastically to the Marquess of Lansdowne.

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), Radical and Liberal politician, whose career ended in disgrace [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1845-1927), 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 76 Sloane Street, S.W. [ London ]. 6 July 1906.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. An amusingly sardonic missive, addressed to 'Dear Bennett'. He was not able to compliment him the previous night on his 'excellent speech', but is 'anxious to know what was the cryptic allusion to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who had experience of arming savages? I do not believe that Fitzmaurice ever did so, unless you intended the German use of the word “savages” for below-the-gangway Radicals?'

[ Rev. George Cornelius Gorham, Vicar of Brampford Speke, Devon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. C. Gorham') to '- Thorpe Esqre | St. Edmunds' Hall | Oxford' [ i.e the antiquary Markham John Thorpe ], regarding the seals of Archbishop Cranmer.

Author: 
Rev. G. C. Gorham [ George Cornelius Gorham ] (1787-1857), Vicar of Brampford Speke, Devon, subject of 'one of the most celebrated legal actions of the century' [ Markham John Thorpe (1817-1863) ]
Publication details: 
'The Vicarage | Brampford Speke (Exeter) [ Devon ] | 2 Feb. 1856'.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has been informed by 'The Rev. Mr. Bedford' that Thorpe is 'very conversant with Archaeological matters', and asks whether he has 'met with a Seal fo Abp. Cranmer'. Gorham is 'getting drawings of four of his Seals, for probable publication'. Bedford 'thinks there is a drawing of one among the Ashmole MSS.' but Gorham does not remember seeing one there. He hopes to 'have 2 or 3 hours in Oxford on Monday, & will look for it'.

[ Richard Slate of Preston, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Slate') to Samuel Walker Alliot, regarding collecting and exchanging of nonconformist letters, with printed notice listing wanted 'Wesleyan Presidents'.

Author: 
Richard Slate (1787-1867) of Preston, Congregational minister, biographical writer and temperance campaigner
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter: Preston [ Lancashire ], 25 November 1863. Printed text undated.
£120.00

For information on Slate, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is a 12mo bifolium, with the two-page autograph letter to Alliot on the first leaf, and the printed notice on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks Alliot and names the authors of three letters he would like, adding: 'I take it for granted they are letters similar to Dr. Buntings, which I have enclosed and not mere autographs. Walter Griffith's letter (which I will send when I hear from you) is quite equal to Dr. Bunting's but longer.

[ The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Canterbury, Kent. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Webb.') from Samuel Webb to Manchester philanthropist John Fernley

Author: 
Samuel Webb of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [ St Peter's Methodist Church ], Canterbury, Kent [ John Fernley (1796-1873), Wesleyan Methodist and philanthropist of Manchester and Southport ]
Publication details: 
Canterbury [ Kent ]. 13 October 1838.
£120.00

The Chapel was erected in 1811 and still stands, albeit with unsympathetic internal alterations dating from the 1990s. Kelly's Directory of 1889 describes it thus: 'The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (situated in St. Peter's Street) is a handsome building, with portico, erected in 1811, and provides accommodation for 960 persons. Ministers are elected at the Annual Wesleyan Conference.' 2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with two postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, 'To J. Fernley | Manchester | Care of the Rev. J.: Rigg, | Wesleyan Minister, | Oldham St. | Manchester'.

[ M. V. Portman, '"Father" of Andaman Islanders', edits and annotates a printed 'Report of the Wreck of the British Ships "Briton" and "Runnymede.'

Author: 
M. V. Portman, Officer in charge of the Andamanese.' [ Maurice Vidal Portman (1860-1935), naval officer, and ethnologist in the Andaman Islands ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. The wreck took place on the Andaman Islands on 12 November 1844. The document postdates the cyclone there in November 1891.
£450.00

Portman's obituary in The Times, 22 February 1935, is subtitled '”Father” of Andaman Islanders', and he was 'Officer in charge of the Andamanese' from 1879 to his retirement in 1901. His ethnographic activities have received some degree of attention in recent years. He wrote two books on the Andaman Islands, presented a large collection of Andaman artefacts to the British Museum, and his many volumes of photographs and papers are scattered between a number of institutions. The present item is excessively scarce, with no copy traced on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ The Lancashire Cotton Famine, 1861-1865. ] Autograph Letter from 'John Whittaker | "A Lancashire Lad."' to J. B. Langley

Author: 
John Whittaker of Wigan, journalist [ pseudonym 'A Lancashire Lad' ] [ The Lancashire Cotton Famine, 1861-1865; Wigan Standard newspaper ]
Publication details: 
'"Standard" Office | Wigan | May 27th. 1862.'
£150.00

For the background to this letter see William Otto Henderson, 'The Lancashire Cotton Famine 1861-65' (1934) and Angela V. John, 'By the Sweat of their Brow' (2013). Between 14 April and 16 October 1862 Whittaker published a dozen letters on the 'Lancashire Distress' in the London Times, under the pseudonym of 'A Lancashire Lad'. Edwin Waugh, in his 'Home Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk During the Cotton Famine' (1867), describes Whittaker as 'one of the first writers whose appeals through the press drew serious attention to the great distress in Lancashire during the Cotton Famine.

[ John Winter Jones, Principal Librarian of the British Museum. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Winter Jones.') to 'Mr. Jefferies', regarding his 'New Testament of 1538'.

Author: 
John Winter Jones (1805-1881), Principal Librarian of the British Museum, 1866–1873, and first President of the Library Association
Publication details: 
British Museum [ London ]. 11 March 1864.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, but with central spike hole through both leaves, from which a horizontal closed tear has been made through the fore-edges (not affecting signature or its immediate surrounds). The note is hurried, and reads: 'I find that we have the New Testament of 1538. I will therefore return your copies at once if you will be so good as to say by what mode they shall be forwarded to you.'

Printed item: 'Government of India. | Legislative Department. | List of Additional Members of the Council of the Governor General. | (Exclusive of the Lieutenant-Governor.)'

Author: 
Council of the Governor General, Government of India Legislative Department [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
'The 23rd January, 1897.' [ G. I. C. P. O. [i.e. Government of India Central Printing Office ] - No. 487 L. D. - 25-1-97.[i.e. 25 January 1897 ] - 100. [i.e. 100 copies ] - B. N. D.'
£200.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering the reverse of the leaf, which carries the title, date and slug. The information is arranged in a table with 16 entries: six 'Official Members' and ten 'Non-Official Members'. Columns for 'No.', 'Name', 'Date of Nomination', 'Date of expiry of term of office', 'Province or body represented'. A mixture of English and Indian individuals. Some notes in small print at foot. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees, who as 'J. D.

['I am alive': Edmund Haviland-Burke corrects an 'unpleasant' error in Walford's 'County Families'. ] Autograph Letter Signed from 'E. Haviland-Burke' to Robert Hardwicke, publisher of Edward Walford's 'County Families of the United Kingdom'.

Author: 
Edmund Haviland-Burke (1836-1886), MP for Christchurch, great-grandnephew of Edmund Burke [ Robert Hardwicke (1822-1875) ]
Publication details: 
Union Club [ London ]. 6 April 1864.
£50.00

The letter is addressed to Hardwicke, as publisher of the second edition of Edward Walford's 'County Families of the United Kingdom' (1864), a footnote to whose entry on 'HAVILAND-BURKE, Edmund, Esq.' states that he 'Died whilst these sheets were at press.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with small square torn from a corner of the first leaf, causing loss to one word of text. Annotated: 'Burke | Answered'. Haviland-Burke writes with impressive self-control: 'Sir | My attention has been drawn towards the mention of my name in a Book called the “County Families” by Mr.

[ Ernest Hawkins, Canon of Westminster. ] Autograph Letter Signed, writing in affectionate terms ('My dear') to an unnamed recipient, about 'your little manual'.

Author: 
Ernest Hawkins (1802-1868), Canon of Westminster, missionary society administrator and ecclesiastical author
Publication details: 
'79 Pallmall [sic] [ Pall Mall, London ] | July 3. 1851'.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Begins: 'My dear | Our Jubilee bustle - & subsequently four days spent at Oxford on a College Election have prevented my attending to your little manual - The last corrections which you made - are now sent to the Printer - & a revise shall be sent in a day or two.' He ends by expressing relief at the 'improving accounts of your poor brothers family'.

[ [ Sir John David Rees, colonial administrator and author. ] Printed/manuscript extract from the Proceedings of the Madras Government, Public Department, giving Rees's marks in a civil service examination in 'the German and Russian languages'.

Author: 
[ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ] [ Chief Secretariat, Madras; The Madras Government, Public Department ]
Publication details: 
Letterhead of the Chief Secretariat, Madras, Public Department. 23 November 1893 and 15 January 1894.
£65.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with stub adhering to margin on reverse of leaf. An artefact of the Great Game, from the papers of Sir J. D. Rees. Printed beneath the letterhead are the words: 'READ the following paper: -', with the word 'paper' deleted. A manuscript table, certified as a 'True Extract' with the signature of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Madras ('Order 15th. January 1894 No. 27. | Communicated to Mr.

[ The Japanese Embassy to London at the Buckingham Palace Hotel, 1872. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, from 'A. T. <Kamaga> | Japanese Embassy' to 'Dr. Barton M.D. &c. &c.', requesting an 'interview during my stay in this City'.

Author: 
[ The Japanese Embassy to London at the Buckingham Palace Hotel, 1872 ]
Publication details: 
'Japanese Embassy | Palace Hotel | Buckingham Road | London S.W. | 30th August 1872'.
£250.00

The Times of 20 August 1872 announced the arrival of the Embassy from America, and on 5 December it reported a closing visit that day by the members of the embassy to the Queen at Windsor Castle. Two days later the newspaper gave a thoughtful long review of 'a mission so truly extraordinary'. 2pp., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with light traces of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. Written in an impeccable English hand, but with rather shaky command of the language.

[ Augustine Birrell, author and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Frank T. Marzials, giving an assessment of the character of Victor Hugo on reading Marzials's biography.

Author: 
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), author and Liberal Party politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916 [ Sir Frank Thomas Marzials (1840-1912); Victor Hugo ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 New Square, Lincoln's Inn. 12 September [1888].
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that Marzials is 'some days too late' with his 'kind offer', as both Birrell and his wife have read 'with great pleasure' Marzials's book on Victor Hugo. 'It was a difficult task. (I mean the Life, not the reading of it) I am no judge on such a subject – being a very stay at home sort of fellow, but anyhow you succeeded in pleasing me. What a sensible, <?>, shrewd sort of fellow he was in what way may be called ordinary things.

'Memorandum of observations on the Proprietary Village Service Bill, dated 28th November, as amended by the Select Committee.'

Author: 
'Rajah of Venkatagiri, President, on behalf of the Landholders' Association.' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
Madras, December 1893. Printer not named.
£320.00

6pp., folio. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of stub adhering to inner edge of reverse of last leaf.

[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester. ] Forms of application for permission to 'erect a chapel' and 'sell trust property', signed by the trustees, with Autograph Letter Signed from John Bedford and copies of letters from Edwin H. Tindall.

Author: 
[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester; Edwin H. Tindall; John Bedford (1810-1879) of Charlton, President of the Methodist Conference, 1867]
Publication details: 
[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester, Lancashire. ] 1875 (letters) and 1879 (forms of application). Tindall's second letter from 18 Acomb Street, Manchester. Bedford's letter from 2 George Street, Carlisle.
£450.00

See S. Taylor and J. Holder, 'Manchester's Northern Quarter' (English Heritage, 2008), which refers to 'the construction in 1781 of a Methodist Chapel, in a grand Georgian-Gothic style on Oldham Street, which replaced the earlier chapel on Birchin Lane'. This is said by Taylor and Holder to have been replaced, 1855-1856, by the Methodist Central Hall, which still stands. The dramatic changes being proposed in the present collection would appear to have been contemplated in the face of a new and large working class congregation. Five items, in good condition, with light signs of age and wear.

[ Sir William Fairbairn of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Fairbairn') to 'Mr. Ashworth', requesting that he get his son George a seat in the crown court.

Author: 
Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874) of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer and shipbuilder, associate of George and Robert Stephenson
Publication details: 
The Polygon [ Ardwick, near Manchester, Lancashire ]. 10 March 1868.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My Dear Mr. Ashworth | Would you kindly direct my Son George to a seat in the Crown Court as he is anxious to hear the trials. I hope it will not be inconvenient for you to do so and oblige | Yours faithfully | Wm Fairbairn'. George Fairbairn was born in 1830 and died a few months after this letter, on 5 December 1868.

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