[George Butler, Dean of Peterborough.] Autograph Letter Signed to the tea merchant Richard Twining the younger, soliciting his vote [in an Orphan Asylum Election List] on behalf of a child who is 'a subject of great distress'.

George Butler (1774-1853), Dean of Peterborough, schoolmaster and divine, headmaster of Harrow School, 1805-1829
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The Deanery, Peterborough. 24 September 1850.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. The letter reads: 'At the earnest entreaty of a valued friend, I take the liberty of soliciting your vote & interest, if not pre-engaged, on behalf of a Child, whose card is enclosed. It seems, as every such case must needs be, a subject of great distress.' Institutions such as the London Orphan Asylum submitted regular printed 'Polling-lists' of deserving children, for notables such as the Duke of Wellington to vote on for the 'election'.

Autograph Note Signed ('J. J Stewart Perowne') to 'Mr Lewis'.

John James Stewart Perowne (1823-1904), Bishop of Worcester
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9 March 1882; on government letterhead embossed with royal crest.

12mo: 2 pp. On first leaf of bifolium. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper, with dogeared corners. Nine lines of text. The 'man for your purpose' is 'Mr G. Gray, the Diocesan Registry Peterboro''. 'He is intelligent & will do the work well I doubt not on receiving your instructions.' Loosely inserted is a leaf carrying biographical information in a contemporary hand.

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