[ Samuel Butler, later Bishop of Lichfield. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to the London coin dealer William Till, regarding a medal in brass of Aldus the printer.

Samuel Butler (1774-1839), Bishop of Lichfield, classical scholar and antiquary [ William Till (b.1844), London coin dealer; Aldus Pius Manutius, printer ]
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Shrewsbury. 7 November 1833.

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with two postmarks (one from Shrewsbury), and chipped seal in red wax, to 'Mr. Till | 17 Greqat Russell Street | Covent Garden | London'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He enquires whether Till 'has now, or ever has had a medal in brass, nearly 2 inches in diameter, bearing on the obverse the head of Aldus the printer, with this inscription Aldus Pius Manutius R. & on the reverse a Dolphin & Anchor with the words [Ancient Greek: 'speude bradeos']'.

Note in secretarial hand signed by Antonelli to "Miss E.R. Brown" (address given) and to which Pius IX has added a signed religious sentiment.

Pope Pius IX and Cardinal Antonelli [ Pie IX ]
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[Vatican], 15 Feb. 1869.

One page, 4to, good condition, note in French with a translation (poor condition) tipped on to the edge of the letter. The note says (in the translation) "The offering that you presnted to the Holy Father on the occasion of the 14th of this month was very favourably received. His Holiness as a witness of his pleasure has deigned to write with his own hand at the bottom of your letter some consoling words. I return it to you there fore with this example of the Pontifical good-will, assuring you of my esteem with which I remain / J.

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