[ Elizabeth Benger, English author. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'E Benger'), two of them to John Thomas Smith of the British Museum, and two to his daughter.

Elizabeth Benger [ Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger ] (1775-1827), English novelist, biographer and poet [ J. T. Smith [ John Thomas Smith ] (1766-1833), 'Antiquity Smith', Keeper of Prints, British Museum ]
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Three of the letters from 13 Warren Street [ London ]. All four undated.

Four 16mo letters, three of them of one page, and the other of two pages. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. In a crabbed hand. One addressed to 'J T Smith Esqre | British Museum', and another to 'J T Smith Esqre | 22 Carmarthen Street | an answer'. Little more than short notes. In one letter to J. T. Smith she asks him for 'Mr Vance's address, for a married gentleman', in the other she tells him that 'Mrs Martin of Liverpool, whose intimate friends are yours also, [...] wishes to be indebted to your obliging attention'.

[ James Purdey & Sons, Ltd. ] Papers of Managing Director C. Harry Lawrence, inc. revreport on American trip, correspondence (mainly Buckingham Palace officials), report to board, speech to W'ful Company of Gunmakers, photographs, press articles.

[ James Purdey & Sons Ltd, London gunsmiths; C. Harry Lawrence (c.1900-1984); Worshipful Company of Gunmakers; Angus Ogilvy; Sir William Fellowes; Christopher Bonham-Carter; Sir Frederick Browning ]
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From various locations in England and the United States, including Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, and the firm's headquarters, Audley House, 57-58 South Audley Street, London. Dating from between around 1914 to 1987.

Charles Harry Lawrence (hereafter CHL) was perhaps the finest gunmaker of the twentieth century. At the age of 14 he joined James Purdey & Sons as an actioner's apprentice, and he remained with the firm for the rest of his life. For fifteen years, ending in 1970, he was the firm's managing director. He was twice (1954 and 1962) Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, and was Chairman of the Proof House Committee for 27 years from 1954. Having previously received an MBE for his war work, he was awarded an OBE in 1978.

Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Clement Lucas') from Richard Clement Lucas, Senior Surgeon to Guy's Hospital, concerning the gaining a 'good position in the profession' for [Henry Ogilvy Stuart] the son of H. W. Stuart of Woolwich.

R. Clement Lucas [Richard Clement Lucas] (d.1915), Senior Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital; Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons [Surgeon-Major Henry Ogilvy Stuart (d.1896)]
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4 St Thomas's Street, London Bridge, SE. 22 June 1876/

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with original worn and torn envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed by Lucas to 'H. W. Stuart Esq. | Mulgrave House | Rectory Place | Woolwich'. Stuart's son has 'shown himself so good a worker' at Guy's that Lucas is 'anxious that he should have an opportunity of taking a good position in the profession'. Lucas has 'persuaded him to try for the fellowship & if possible, to pass the preliminary next September'. Lucas hopes Stuart will encourage his son, as he is 'convinced that he has the power, if you give him the opportunity'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Findlater & Seafield') from James Ogilvy, sixth Earl of Findlater and third Earl of Seafield, to the King's Printer William Strahan, asking him to introduce a 'young Farmer' to the agriculturalist Arthur Young.

James Ogilvy (c.1714-1770), sixth Earl of Findlater and third Earl of Seafield, Scottish peer [William Strahan (1715-1785), M.P. and King's Printer; Arthur Young (1741-1820), agriculturalist]
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Albemarle Street, London; 4 May 1770.

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf 'To | Mr. Strahan | His Majestys Printer. | New Street Shoe lane | Fetter lane'. The Earl writes that the letter will be delivered to Strahan by 'the young Farmer whom I mentioned to you'. He wishes 'that he may put his hand to work, and at the same time see things in the Stile of a man, who may have afterwards an Extensive Farm under his Direction'. He would like him to be 'recommended to Mr. Young, who will direct him what is proper to be done in Hertfordshire'. He asks Strahan to 'procure from Mr.

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