[ Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Longford') to the music critic R. A. Streatfeild regarding the suitability as a groom or chauffeur of his 'fellow countryman' Leonard, for whom he has a 'sneaking liking'.

Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford [ Lord Silchester to 1887 ] (1864-1915), Irish politician and soldier [ R. A. Streatfeild [ Richard Alexander Streatfeild ] (1866-1919), music critic ]
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On letterheads of 44 Byranston Square, W. [ London ] 11 and 12 May 1911.

The two letters in good condition, on lightly aged paper. ONE: 2pp., 12mo. He begins by stating that he 'knew Leonard pretty well in the 2nd Life G[uar]ds., he was a good fellow, but rough and wild - he came from Mullingar, my local capital, a good man with a horn but too heavy for a groom'. He could not give Leonard 'a better character than the regiment has done', and if 'his knee is too bad for him to soldier it probably would prevent him being a groom anywhere [...] he occasionally came before me for punishment - and as a fellow countryman I took an interest in him'.

[ Catherine Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington, wife of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ] Two Autograph Letters, both in the third person, asking favours of Richard Byham, Secretary to the Board of Ordnance.

Catherine Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington [ Kitty Pakenham ] (1773-1831), wife of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) [ Richard Byham (c.1769-1849) of the Ordnance Department ]
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One from Statfield Saye, 18 August 1828. The other from 'Apsley House | Tuesday night [ 1828 ]'.

ONE: From 'Apsley House | Tuesday night'. ('1828' added in ink in another hand.) 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Written in pencil. Aged and worn, with fold lines repaired with archival tape. She takes the opportunity to wish him 'many, many happy returns of this day, and a good many happy new years'. After thanking him 'for his constant obliging attention in franking her letters', she asks him to 'frank the inclosed parcel of Papers to her Brother'. The parcel contains 'papers for distribution which have already been found to have had the most beneficial effect wherever they have been distributed'.

Small archive of material relating to Lord Pakenham [Lord Longford], comprising five typescripts (including an early draft of a portion of his 1953 autobiography), twenty-four black and white photographs and a few items of correspondence.

Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford [Lord Longford] (1905-2001)
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Items dated between 1945 and 1953.

The collection is lightly-aged, but in good overall condition. It consists of five undated typescripts, twenty-four black and white photographs, and a few items of correspondence. The typescripts: ONE. Early draft of Longford's 1953 autobiography 'Born to Believe', published in 1953. 4to, 58 pp, paginated 1-55, 9A, 9B and 52A. Ends midway through Chapter 6. There are a number of autograph emendations, and the typescript exhibits differences from the published version. A second typed draft of half a page of text covers the earlier draft, which is still legible beneath.

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