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[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Cunliffe' [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley, daughter of Lord Crewe], good natured and vivacious.

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley (1780-1850), daughter of Lord Crewe and wife of MP Foster Cunliffe Offley]
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Three letters from London addresses: 3 Weymouth Street [Portland Place], no date [c. 1835]; 33 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, 31 April 1839; 56 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 18 February 1842. Last letter with no place or date [London, c. 1824].
£450.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged, with stubs from mounts still adhering. The first three are bifoliums, carrying seals in red wax (that to the third letter broken). The second letter is addressed to her at Grosvenor Square; the third and fourth to her at Upper Brook Street. ONE: No place or date. [London, on paper with watermark of 'J GREEN & SON | 1824'.] 1p, 12mo.

[ Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Crewe'), regarding 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure'.

Author: 
Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe [ Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes ] (1858-1945), Marquis of Crewe, Liberal politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 18 February 1914.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A typed document, headed 'PRIVATE', with Crewe writing in autograph the number '18' from the date, the address to 'Dear Sir Richard', and the valediction 'Yours sincerely | Crewe'. In what is presumably a duplicated document sent to around thirteen individuals (see below), Crewe explains that he is 'anxious to receive the opinion and advice' of 'a few authorities' on the question of 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure', 'from the point of view of general legal principles and special Indian experience respectively'.

Autograph Manuscripts of two translations by John Curling: Count Rostopchine's 'The Truth upon The Great Conflagration of Moscow 1813' and 'Observation on the Campaign in the Netherlands', with printed version of latter, and another printed pamphlet

Author: 
John Curling ['J*** C******'] (1784-1863), JP, of Offley Holes and Gosmore, Herts [Count Fedor Wassiljavitch Rostopchine, Governor of Moscow; Napoleon Bonaparte; Retreat from Moscow, 1812]
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Manuscript translation from Rostopchine dated 'Hitchin 1856', second manuscript translation undated. First pamphlet printed in Hitchin by C. Paternoster, Sun Street; 1858. Second pamphlet (by 'J*** C******') by C. & T. L. Paternoster; undated.
£1,250.00

The two translations, in the same original red leather notebook, totalling 226pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding. The first translation in the volume is a fair copy, without corrections, of a work published in French in 1823 as 'La Vérité sur l'Incendie de Moscou; par le Comte Rostopchine' (Paris: Ponthieu). Neither Curling's nor any other English translation appears to have been published. The second translation (the printed version of which is the first of the two pamphlets) is heavily corrected, with seven pages of additions loosely inserted.

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