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[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ H. H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Card to his 'Darling' [ i.e. his wife Margot Asquith ]

Author: 
H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith ] (1852-1928), Liberal Prime Minister [ Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith [ née Tennant ] (1864-1945) ]
Publication details: 
'Fr. 27 Ap 06' [ i.e. 27 April 1906 ] On embossed House of Commons letterhead.
£80.00

Written in autograph on both sides of a blank 9 x 11 cm card, with embossed House of Commons device at top left of first page. In good condition, lightly aged. It begins: 'Darling – I am too busy to-day to write. The house is nearly finished, & (I believe) came this morning, as she has no pied à terre. Bob also arrived from his fishing, wh. improved at the end. goes off this evening to Winchester.' He gives the initials (indecipherable) of the individual at whose house he dined two nights before, '& went up to see the Bart & talked with him for some time.?>?>

[ Margot Asquith to her husband Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Yr. own | Margot'), to 'Darling', discussing personal matters including her love for her baby and a portrait of 'R' by John Singer Sargent.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [ Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, née Tennant ] (1864-1945), wife of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith ] (1852-1928)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St Salvator's, St Andrews, N.B. [ Scotland ]. 'Sunday 6th. [around 1900?]'
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter, the handwriting of which is not altogether straightforward, begins: 'Darling It is so cold here we have to have fires wh. is a blow for the children for having no gov[erness]. I thought we sd. Live on the beach for tea & everything whereas the wind obliges one to wear Xmas clothes you are well out of it'. She continues: 'Jack King & their babies are here I mind no Visitors who are busy & they always are. Their infants are sweet.

[ Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Anthony Eden').

Author: 
Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister [ Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977), Conservative politician ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 1938.
£25.00

On 13 x 16 cm leaf torn from an autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, on otherwise-blank page, reading 'Anthony Eden | 1938.' From the papers of the dance teacher Phrosso Pfister, and with the reverse carrying a school table in a childish hand with her name and those of other girls in a pencil grid.

[ The Earl of Derby and the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. ] Speech of the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G., on the Established Church (I(reland) Bill, in the House of Lords, 25th June, 1868.

Author: 
The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G. [ Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799-1869), British Prime Minister; The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations ]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Permission of The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby by "The National Union" of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, 9, Victoria Chambers, Westminster, S.W. 1868.
£120.00

16pp., 12mo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical fold. In small print. Derby regards 'the disestablishment and disendowment of the Church of Ireland' as a 'dangerous measure', and urges the House of Lords to ward off its 'incalculable evils'. According to his entry in the ODNB, 'In February 1868 a rapidly ageing and sick Derby resigned from the premiership, handing the office over to Disraeli. Derby also resigned the formal leadership of his party in the Lords.

[ William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, British Prime Minister. ] Manuscript 'Circular' signed by him ('Portland') as Home Secretary, to the Earl of Home, as 'The Lord Lieutenant of the County of Berwick', regarding wartime measures.

Author: 
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland [ William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland ] (1738-1809), British Prime Minister [ Alexander Ramey-Home, 10th Earl of Home ]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 22 February 1797.
£230.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Good firm signature on aged document, with fraying to extremities and loss to blank area at foot of second leaf. Docketed: 'The Duke of Portland to the Earl of Home | 22 February 1797'.

[ Henry Pelham, Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Pelham') on Exchequer documen.t

Author: 
Henry Pelham (1694-1754), Whig politician, British Prime Minister, 1743-1754 [ Nathaniel Blackerby; Court of Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer [ London ]. 27 March 1716.
£220.00

1p., 8vo. Good firm signature on heavily aged and worn document, with holing at centre (not affecting the lower part of the document, carrying the signatures of Pelham and the witness Nathaniel Blackerby). A printed document, completed in manuscript, recording the receipt by 'Henry Pelham Esq' of £100, 'in my own Right and as Assnee of John Boteler Esqr'. With signature of the 'Witnesse', 'Nat Blackerby'.

[ Lord John Russell's private secretary, Hon. George Elliot; Italian Independence; Risorgimento ] Autograph Manuscript memorandum regarding 'Austrian Emigrants'.

Author: 
Hon. George Elliot [ George Francis Stewart Elliot ] (1822-1901) [ John Russell, 1st Earl Russell [ Lord John Russell ] (1792-1878), Prime Minister ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London, 1850s or 1860s. ]
£220.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. With a couple of minor emendations. At top left of first page Elliot has written 'Copy'. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: 'Austrian Emigration'. Begins: 'In the Austrian Code (Decree of 1832) Emigration is treated of under a distinct head. | Every Austrian Subject removing to a foreign state or remaining abroad sine animo revertendi, as the Scotch wd. express it, is held to be an Emigrant.' Most of the third page is taken up with a precis of two points 'From Proclamation of Feb.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister, as Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone') to 'Mr. Biscoe', explaining his reason for refusing to approach the queen regarding obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Whitbourne Court, Worcester ]
Publication details: 
'D. St. Dec. 23. 53.' [ i.e. Downing Street, London, 23 December 1853 ]
£100.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with short closed tears at head of both leaves. He is 'extremely concerned to hear that Mrs Harington & her children are insufficiently provided for', and while he would be happy to unite with her friends 'in any direct effort on her behalf', as far as obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court for her is concerned he is 'powerless', it being in the gift of the queen. 'Col.

[ H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('H. H. Asquith').

Author: 
H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith ] (1852-1928), Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1908-1916
Publication details: 
Without place and date.
£30.00

On 3 x 9 cm piece of card, cut from the end of a letter. Reads: 'Yours sincerely | H. H. Asquith'. In poor condition, heavily creased and marked.

[ Raymond Asquith, son of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and member of 'The Corrupt Coterie'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Raymond Asquith') to 'Dummett' [ Sir Robert Ernest Dummett ], regarding speaking at a political meeting.

Author: 
Raymond Asquith (1878-1916), son of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, barrister and member of 'The Corrupt Coterie' [ Sir Robert Ernest Dummett (1872-1941) ]
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of 1 Paper Buildings, Temple, EC [ London ]. 14 December 1908. The second (with mourning border) on letterhead of 49 Bedford Square, WC [ London ]. 8 January 1909.
£100.00

Both items in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: 2pp., 12mo. He complains of having done 'no political speaking for 2 or 3 years now', and of being 'a poor hand at it even when in practice'. Dummett is nevertheless invited to 'command' him on 29 January. TWO: 3pp., 12mo. Circumstances having arisen, he has to apologise for 'crying off'. He is certain that 'in the 3 weeks which remain' Dummett will have 'no difficulty in securing a substitute who will be much more effective'. From the papers of Sir R. E. Dummett.

[ Marquis of Salisbury, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Salisbury') to 'Mr MacColl', regarding landlords and the 'Act of 1861', which he regards as 'a curious piece of casuistry'.

Author: 
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. 31 December 1886.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with light traces of mount adhering at head of second page. In returning documents to MacColl, he makes observations regarding 'The landlord's right to have his land back if the conditions on which it is leased are not performed', with relation to the 'Act of 1861' and 'the old law' which it 'only modified in specified matters'. He concludes with the observation that 'It is a curious piece of casuistry.'

[ Marquis of Salisbury, British Prime Minister. ] Part of Autograph Letter to the Bishop of Peterborough, with signature ('Salisbury').

Author: 
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts. Date not present [ post 1870 ].
£30.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-spotted and aged paper with Joynson watermark dated 1870. The text, addressed to 'The Rt Rev. The Lord Bishop of Peterborough', reads: '[...] for the Church. Without these I fear, the Chapel Service alone will not keep up the Christian character of the College teaching. | Believe me | Yours faithfully | Salisbury'.

[ George Canning ] Autograph Letter Signed "Geo. Canning" to "J. Heaton, Esq.".

Author: 
George Canning, sometime Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Gloucester Lodge, [ Brompton, Middlesex ], Sunday night 2 JUne 1811.
£56.00

One page, left edge stained and sl. chipped, fold mark, text clear and complete. "I inclose a Ltter which I have received today from Mr Borrowes's Attorney Mr. Teesdale of Fenchurch Street. | I must troube you to send him in the course of tomorrow the information which he requires - so as to enable him to write by tomorrow's post to the UNder Sheriff

[ Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature on part of letter.

Author: 
Viscount Palmerston [ Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston ] (1784-1865), Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Publication details: 
[ No place or date. ]
£25.00

On 8 x 18 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age. Large firm signature (roughly 2.5 x 6 cm.) on page reading: 'Your Lordships | most obedient | humble Servant, | Palmerston'. Fragment of text on reverse reads: '[...] give the necessary directions for issuing to that Gentleman or his Assigns the sums which may from time to time become due to him. | Mr. Rendall's Salary will [...]'.

[ Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('B. Disraeli').

Author: 
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Conservative Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£80.00

On 3 x 12.5 cm. slip of paper, cut from a document. In fair condition, on aged paper with light signs of damp. At bottom left and underlined, reading: 'B. Disraeli'. At top right is part of what appears to be the word 'Thos.' (for 'Thomas').

[ William Ewart Gladstone, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('W E Gladstone') from franked letter.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Party politician, four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [ 1859? ]
£25.00

On 2.5 x 11.5 cm. piece of paper, cut from front panel of envelope. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Lower part of address present, reading 'Gt Grimsby | Grantham'. Circular frank in red ink over this, reading 'FREE | 8 JY 8 | 18<5?>9'. Good firm signature underlined at bottom left: 'W E Gladstone'.

[ David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mansfield') to the Duke of Portland, sometime Prime MInister, regarding the resignation of 'Dr Campbell' and the arrangements for his pension.

Author: 
David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield (1727-1796) [ The Viscount Stormont between 1748 and 1793 ], politician and diplomat [ William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland; Dr Thomas Campbell ]
Publication details: 
'Kenwood Tuesday afternoon | July 28 [ 1793 ]'.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'D. of Portland'. The date '93' has been added in a contemporary hand beside 'July 28'. Knowing Portland, he feels that 'Dr Campbells Interests cannot be safer' than in his hands. He is transmitting a letter of resignation, to be used whenever Portland thinks proper.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet by the National War Aims Committee, London, on address by Prime Minister David Lloyd George. ] Our United War Aims.

Author: 
[ National War Aims Committee, London; David Lloyd George, Liberal prime minister ]
Publication details: 
'No. 33', 'Published by the National War Aims Committee, at 54, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1.' [ Report of address by the Prime Minister 'to delegates of the British Trade Unions at the Central Hall, Westminster, on January 5th, 1918.'
£40.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'No. 33' in top right-hand corner of first page, which is headed by National War Aims medallion featuring George slaying the dragon. The two central papers carry 'The Prime Minister's Declaration', with headings: 'What we are NOT fighting for', 'What we ARE fighting for' ('In Europe', 'In Asia and Africa', 'General', 'Conclusions'. The back page carries 'Endorsements of the Prime Minister' by Clemenceau, Albert Thomas, President Wilson, Arthur Henderson, J. H. Thomas, Lord Lansdowne and Ramsay Macdonald.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] British War Aims | Statement by the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable David Lloyd George, on January 5, 1918.

Author: 
'The Right Honourable David Lloyd George'
Publication details: 
Published by Authority of the British Government. Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office by Harrison, Jehring & Co., Ltd., 11-15, Emerald Street, London, W.C.1. [ 1918 ].
£28.00

12pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. 'This Statement was delivered to a meeting of the Representatives of Labour called to consider the question of further efforts for the prosecution of the war.

[ Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947), 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, British Conservative Prime Minister
Publication details: 
On card with embossed House of Commons letterhead. Undated.
£20.00

The card measures 9 x 11.5 cm. Aged but in good condition, with traces of paper from mount on reverse. A good firm large signature, centred and reading 'Stanley Baldwin.'

[ 'Jimmy Lynton' (Charles Parsons), actor-manager, grandfather of Tony Blair. ] 34 Typed Letters and 14 Typed Cards (thirty-two signed), to theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, on his life story, theatre history, etc. With copies of Duncan's letters.

Author: 
'Jimmy Lynton' [ stage name of Charles Parsons (1887-1970) ], English actor-manager and journalist, grandfather of British , Labour Party prime minister Tony Blair
Publication details: 
All correspondence from 20 The Common, Ealing, W5 [ London ]. Between 1956 and 1969. Duncan's letters from London and Southampton.
£450.00

34 Typed Letters (25 signed) and 14 Typed Cards (6 signed). Most of the 31 signatures 'Jimmy', but a few signed 'Jimmy Lynton' and 'Jimmy L.' The collection in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Long gossippy letters, mainly comprising theatrical reminiscence, often with reference to his regular column in 'The World's Fair, called 'P & Fs'. Also present are 37 carbon copies of letters to Lynton from Duncan, covering the same date range, also filled with theatrical information (Duncan was also a theatre historian and author of a book on the St James' Theatre).

[ Herbert Henry Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Note Signed ('H. H. Asquith') to W. J. Fisher, agreeing to join a committee appealing for help for the family of Harold Frederic.

Author: 
Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith [ H. H. Asquith ] (1852-1928), English Liberal Prime Minister
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 20 Cavendish Square, W. [ London ] 15 November 1898.
£55.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | I shall be very happy to be one of the committee who are to appeal for help for the family of the late Harold Frederic.' The letter relates to a Victorian scandal. In 1884 Frederic (1856-1898) had come to England with his wife and five children as the London correspondent of the New York TImes. He set up a second household with Kate Lyon, with whom he had a further three children. Lyons was a Christian Scientist, and when Frederic suffered a stroke in 1898, she tried to cure him by faith healing.

[ Herbert Henry Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature.('H. H. Asquith').

Author: 
H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith ] (1852-1928), Liberal Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

On 4 x 9 cm piece of paper, cut from the conclusion of a letter. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with minor traces of black paper mount on reverse. Reads 'Yours very truly | H. H. Asquith'.

[ The Baron de Breteuil, as Minister of the King's Household. ] Order from King Louis XVI, in the hand of a secretary, signed 'Le Bon. de Breteüil'.

Author: 
[ Louis Charles Auguste le Tonnelier, Baron de Breteuil, Baron de Preuilly ] (1730-1807), last Prime MInister of France before the Revolution
Publication details: 
Versailles. 10 September 1786.
£150.00

1p., folio. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He is sending 'de nouveaux ordres du Roy pour retenir à Bicêtre le Ne. Esprit Prosper', and refers to a 'Pension de Deux cent livres qui serez payee par son pere'.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, English Liberal prime minister. ] Portrait photograph of Gladstone in middle-age, with conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone') addressed to W. H. Pennington.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), English Liberal prime minister
Publication details: 
Neither item with place or date.
£65.00

Both items are laid down on a leaf removed from an autograph album. Both in good condition, with light signs of age. The photographic print of Gladstone measures 9 x 5.5, with the head and shoulders image in an oval 7.5 cm high by 5 cm wide, and showing a middle-aged Gladstone with dark bow tie and frock coat, staring to the right.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal prime minister. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Miss Lewis', expressing sympathy with the views she expresses in the preface to her translation.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), English Liberal prime minister
Publication details: 
Hawarden. 25 July 1892.
£56.00

Lengthwise on one side of 12 x 7.5 cm postcard. In fair condition, aged and worn, with two light postmarks over text, and the reverse carrying traces of paper and glue from previous mounting. Addressed, on reverse, to 'Miss Lewis | 10 Lower Sloane Street | London | S. W.', and redirected in another hand to an address in Essex. The message reads: 'Mr Gladstone with his compliments begs to thank Miss Lewis fo rthe presentation of her Translation and enters with much sympathy into the views she has taken of the deeper questions involved both in the Preface and the work.'?>

[J. Ramsay Macdonald ] Autograph Signature on first page of a Programme for a special dinner in his honour "The Rt Hon. T.P. O'Connor presiding"

Author: 
J. Ramsay Macdonald, sometime Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Wharncliffe Rooms, May 22nd, 1925
£30.00

Printed Programme, card, 8vo, 4pp., not bound as issued, nick at spinejoint strengthgened crudely within, decoration on front includes drawing of thistle, and there is a quotation aboit "industrious Scots" on back,. It includes a menu and a Toast List "The King The Chairman | The Rt Hon. J. Ramsay Macdonald M.P. | The Rt. Hon. T.P. O'Connor, M.P. | The Chairman".

[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('W E Gladstone') on frank to Colvile

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Fettercairn. 29 September 1839.
£28.00

On 7.5 x 11.5 cm. panel cut from front of envelope. In fair condition, lightly-aged. All in Gladstone's hand, it reads 'Fettercairn Septr. twentynine 1839 | A. Colvile Esq | Craigflower | Dunfermline | W E Gladstone'. Gladstone's signature is in the bottom left-hand corner, but is merely underlined, rather than being between two horizontal lines, as customary when franking.

[ W. E. Gladstone. ] Printed handbill, titled 'To Members of Convocation. - A few facts concerning Mr. W. E. Gladstone.' Reverse headed: 'The Case of the Dissenters' Chapels' Bill.'

Author: 
[ William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister; The Dissenters' Chapel Bill, 1844 ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London? Circa 1846. ]
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition on a lightly-aged leaf of wove paper. The recto gives a list of some of Gladstone's speeches and actions on religious matters between 1834 and 1846, beginning with 'IN 1834, MR. W. E. GLADSTONE, then recently returned to Parliament, first made himself known to the public by his speech against the admission of Dissenters into the Universities.' The page ends: 'In 1846, MR. W. E.

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