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[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A Conan Doyle'), regarding the printing of matter in a future edition of one of his books.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£300.00

On a 7 x 13 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with central vertical crease and one corner slightly dogeared. The ink of a few words slightly smudged by Doyle on blotting the letter, but the signature unaffected. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have put it in, but what Edition it will appear in depends on the printer. Sooner or later, anyhow. | Yours truly | A Conan Doyle'.

[ Charles Neate, Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ch. Neate') to Lord Valencia, offering to show his 'Yankee' friend around Oxford.

Author: 
Charles Neate (1806-1879), Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford, and Member of Parliament for Oxford [ Lord Valencia [ Arthur Annesley, 10th Viscount Valentia ]; Oriel College ]
Publication details: 
'Oxford & Cam Club' [ London ]. 16 July [ no year ].
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with reverse of second leaf laid down on leaf removed from album. Valentia's father had been, like Neate, a Member of Parliament for Oxford. The letter begins: 'Dear Lord Valentia. | I am sorry it so happens that I was away, and shall be till next Monday - when I return home <?> to <?> street for the next six Weeks'.

[ Anderson's College, Medical Society, Glasgow. ] Degree Certificate of Oliver Sunderland, signed by Professor Matthew Charteris and Professor Samson Gemmell of the University of Glasgow, and five others.

Author: 
Anderson's College, Medical Society, Glasgow [ Matthew Charteris (1840-1897), Regius Professor of Materia Medica at Glasgow University; Samson Gemmell (1848-1913), Professor of Clinical Medicine ]
Publication details: 
Anderson's College, Medical Society, Glasgow. Dated 24 March 1883. Printed by Maclure & Macdonald, Glasgow.
£180.00

Anderson College was founded in 1796 following the will of John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Initially known as Anderson’s Institution, in 1828 it changed its name to Anderson’s University and finally to Anderson’s College in 1877. Its medical school was founded in 1800 when Dr John Burns commenced lectures on anatomy and surgery. In 1887 the medical school of Anderson’s College became a separate and distinct institution known as Anderson’s College Medical School. It merged with Glasgow University in 1947.

[ Andrew Alexander, Professor of Greek in the University of St Andrews. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andw. Alexander') to Major R. G. Macgregor

Author: 
Andrew Alexander (c.1787-1859), Professor of Greek in the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
St Andrews [ Fife, Scotland ]. 15 December 1855.
£75.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. A good long letter, full of content, thanking him for a presentation copy of his 'Translations from the Greek Anthology' (published without date in London by Nissen and Parker). He has perused most of Macgregor's translations 'with great pleasure, & several with a sentiment which the word pleasure too coldly expresses'. He has not 'examined them critically, comparing them minutely with the Greek text, in order to satisfy myself, whether the meaning of the Authors was faithfully rendered.

[ Anderson's College, Glasgow. ] First Class Certificate of Merit awarded to Oliver Sunderland, and signed by James Dunlop, Professor of Surgery. With certificate authorising Sunderland as a 'Public Vaccinator', signed by Dr Robert Cory.

Author: 
James Dunlop, Professor of Surgery, Anderson's College, Glasgow; Robert Cory, Medical Officer of the Privy Council and Local Government Board [ Oliver Sunderland; University of Glasgow ]
Publication details: 
Certificate from Anderson's College, Glasgow, for session 1880-81, undated. Certificate from Robert Cory, Medical Officer to the Privy Council, London, 15 December 1887, 'Printed by Ford & Tilt for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Long Acre, W.C.'
£50.00

Anderson College was founded in 1796 following the will of John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Initially known as Anderson’s Institution, in 1828 it changed its name to Anderson’s University and finally to Anderson’s College in 1877. Its medical school was founded in 1800 when Dr John Burns commenced lectures on anatomy and surgery. In 1887 the medical school of Anderson’s College became a separate and distinct institution known as Anderson’s College Medical School. It merged with Glasgow University in 1947.

[ John Harmon Charles Bonté, Professor of Legal Ethics at the Hastings College of the Law. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J H C Bonté') to Alexander Ramsay, praising his periodical 'The Scientific Roll', and offering to contribute to it.

Author: 
J. H. C. Bonté [ John Harmon Charles Bonté ] (1831-1896), Professor of Legal Ethics at the Hastings College of the Law, Secretary of the Board of Regents of the University of California
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University of California, Berkeley. 12 November 1882.
£65.00

1p., 4to. Aged and worn, with tear along fold line repaired on reverse with archival tape. He lists the numbers of the Scientific Roll he has just received through the Smithsonian Institution, and has spent the last hour looking them over. 'The idea of the work is superb. - Just what is needed. The execution is fine, and I shall enjoy and profit by your work.' Ramsay has done him 'a great favor which will be reciprocated as soon as possible'. He is 'making original researches' which he believes 'will be of value', and will write to Ramsay again.

[ Sir H. S. Maine, Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. S. Maine') to Classical historian William Warde Fowler, regarding the Slavonic custom of the 'leaping-place of the old', and 'putting the aged to death'.

Author: 
Sir H. S. Maine [ Sir Henry James Sumner Maine ] (1822-1888), Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, legal anthropologist and historian [ W. Warde Fowler ]
Publication details: 
London, 2 December 1884. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, London.
£90.00

The recipient William Warde Fowler (1847-1921), a tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford, is best known for his works on ancient Roman religion. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'The “leaping place of the old” was pointed out to my informant in one of the Slavonic (new Germanised) provinces in the Baltic. But I believe I have seen several references to it in print'.

[ Albert Howe Lybyer, presentation copy of offprint. ] Constantinople as Capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Author: 
Albert Howe Lybyer, Professor of History in the University of Illinois [ Rev. Robert Frew ]
Publication details: 
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919. [ 'Reprinted from the Annual Report of the American Historical Association for 1916, Volum I, pages 371-388.' ]
£120.00

[4] + [18 pages paginated 371-388], 8vo. Stitched, in grey printed wraps. Aged and worn, with some light damp staining. Faded ink inscription at head of front cover: 'Rev. Robert Frew | with compliments | Alb. Lybyer'. Scarce.

[ Edward Bouverie Pusey, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B P.'), regarding 'a hoax or a wilful lie', regarding which he has written to the newspapers.

Author: 
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), English churchman associated with the Oxford Movement, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£100.00

Written in Pusey's tiny hand on one side of a 10.5 x 9.25 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount on the blank reverse. Covering the whole page and difficult to decipher. He begins by thanking the recipient and 'Mrs. S.' for their 'inclosure': 'It is so circumstantial a lie,' He will 'contradict it, in the M[orning]. Herald, if they will print it; if not, the Guardian has it. There is not a shadow of a shade of foundation for it. […] Any how, it is the very opposite of any thing I ever said to any one.

[ Sir George Murray Humphry, Cambridge Professor of Anatomy. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. M. Humphry MD - F.R.S. | Professor of Anatomy in the University of Cambridge.'), a letter of recommendation on behalf of 'Mr. Henslow' [ George Henslow ].

Author: 
Sir G. M. Humphry [ Sir George Murray Humphry ] (1820-1896), University of Cambridge Professor of Anatomy and Physiology [ George Henslow (1835-1925), Royal Horticultural Society Professor of Botany ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Keys, Cambridge. 19 December 1867.'
£60.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The words 'Professor Humphreys [sic]' have been written at the head in a Victorian hand. Humphry's letter of recommendation reads: 'Mr. Henslow's good reputation as a botanist inclined the University authorities to appoint him one of the Examiners for our Natural Sciences Tripos; & he has admirably fulfilled the duties of the Office. My personal knowledge of him assures me that he would spare no pains to justify his election as Professor of Botany and render his lectures acceptable to the members of the University of Oxford'.

[ Alexander Nicoll, Regius Professor of Hebrew, Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alex. Nicoll')

Author: 
Alexander Nicoll (1793-1828), Scottish orientalist, Regius Professor of Hebrew and canon of Christ Church, Oxford
Publication details: 
'Ch. Ch. [ i.e. Christ Church, Oxford ] May 16. [ no year ].
£45.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Laid down on a leaf removed from an album. Reads: 'My Dear Sir, | I did not receive your Note including those from Mess. Irvine & F until late last night. It will give me great pleasure to see you and Mrs. Hughes, and I shall have the pleasure of calling upon you soon after 11, being now obliged to go to Prayers.'?>

[ Harold Baily Dixon, FRS, Professor of Chemistry at Owen's College, Manchester. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B Dixon') regarding his requirements for a lecture at 'the Exchange Hall'.

Author: 
H. B. Dixon [ Harold Baily Dixon ] (1852-1930), FRS, British chemist and amateur footballer, Professor of Chemistry at Owen's College, Manchester, 1886-1922
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Birch Hall, Rusholme, Manchester. 5 October 1888.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with light staining to the signature. He thanks the unnamed recipient for his 'programme of Lectures' and states that he will not 'want a Lanthern, [sic][ but I shall want a good Supply of gas to the table'. (Dixon was an authority on the explosion of gases.) He asks the size of 'the Exchange Hall', as he wants 'to adjust exp[erimen]ts. to the size of hall'. Dixon played football for Oxford University in the FA Cup Final in 1873.

[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A C D.') to 'My dear David' [ David Thomson? ], giving advice regarding the publishing of a poem.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), renowned English author, creator of Sherlock Holmes
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood. Undated [ between 1891 and 1894, judging by the address ].
£500.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight spotting to extremities. A candidate for the recipient of the letter is David Thomson, whom Doyle wrote was 'photographing me writing at my table' in South Norwood on 18 November 1891, and had Conan Doyle write to him and other friends about asking at a library for "Micah Clarke" (revealed in his letter of 26 Feb. 1889, to Mary Doyle).

[ Robert Gordon Latham, ethnologist and philologist. ] Autograph Letter Signd ('R G Latham') to the philologist Edwin Norris of the Royal Asiatic Society, making requests about publications.

Author: 
Robert Gordon Latham (1812-1888), ethnologist, philologist and medical practitioner, Professor of English language and literature in University College, London [ Edwin Norris (1795-1872) ]
Publication details: 
'29 U S S' [ i.e. Upper Southwick Street, London ]. 22 March 1853.
£50.00

1p., 4to Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks, to 'E. Norris Esqr. | Royal Asiatic Society | New Burlington Street | Burlington Gardens', Latham's hand is not altogether straightforward. The letter beings: 'My dear Norris. | Thanks for the Slavonic. I wonder at Bopp having overlooked it.' He asks him to 'have a copy or two of the grammar ready by Friday', and to send them to him 'care of “R G Latham Dr Museum of Economic Geology Jermyn St.' The letter ends: 'This will get them over to &c free'.?>?>

[ Sir Monier Monier- Williams, orientalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monier Williams') to 'The Revd Dr. Donaldson', requesting a testimonial for use in his campaign to become Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford

Author: 
Sir Monier Monier- Williams (1819-1899), orientalist, Boden Professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford [ John William Donaldson (1811-1861), philologist ]
Publication details: 
Cheltenham. 12 May [ 1860 ].
£180.00

The context is explained in Monier-Williams's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'After spending a few years at Cheltenham, where he held an appointment at the college, he was elected Boden professor of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford in December 1860. The election to the professorship was at this time still made by all MAs of the university, after a campaign by the contestants: Williams's rival, in a long and somewhat acrimonious struggle, was Professor F. Max Müller.' 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with printed slip from catalogue laid down at head.

[ Professor Robert Bellamy Clifton, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R B Clifton') to 'Wells' [ Joseph Wells ], regarding 'the tickets for the Wadham party'.

Author: 
Robert Bellamy Clifton (1836-1921), Professor of Experimental Natural Philosophy at Oxford University, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory [ Joseph Wells (1855-1929) of Wadham College, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Portland Lodge, Park Town, Oxford. 18 June 1884.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. Good firm signature, beneath which, in a contemporary hand: 'Professor of Experimental Philosophy | F.R.S: F.R.A.S.' He has been prevented from thanking Wells for 'the tickets for the Wadham party',having been engaged in 'a series of oscillations between London & Oxford', and his expressions of gratitude 'must now be combined with apologies for my delay in giving utterance to them'. Neither he nor his wife will be able to attend 'the festivity', but he has 'ventured to send the tickets to Mrs. G. R. Scott'.

[ E. A. Freeman, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward A Freeman') to 'Mr Wells'

Author: 
E. A. Freeman [ Edward Augustus Freeman ] (1823-1892), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Trinity College, Oxford. 9 February 1885.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He 'had always thought to take the chair at one of the Seminar meetings on Feb. 18 or March 2.' and would 'gladly come to both, as I should be glad to hear what is said on both subjects'. Lightly-written beneath Freeman's signature, in a contemporary hand: 'Regius Professor of Modern History'.

[ Association for Promoting the Education of Women. ] Printed 'OXFORD. Association for Promoting the Education of Women || Certificate. | B.A. Degree Course.' Completed in manuscript for Edith Mary Henrietta Snowdon, and signed by Caird and Moberly.

Author: 
Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford [ Professor Edward Caird of Glasgow University; Charlotte Anne Elizabeth Moberly (1846-1937), Principal of St Hugh's Hall, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
[ Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford. ] 1 November 1905.
£400.00

On one side of a piece of thick laid paper, 36 x 27cm, In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. An evocative piece of ephemera from the eve of the struggle for women's rights, women being barred at the time from receiving university degrees. Headed 'Oxford. | Association for Promoting the Education of Women. | Certificate. | B.A.

[ James Ritchie, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, proposing a lecture on 'Methods of Controlling Mussels & other Marine growths in Sea-pipes'.

Author: 
James Ritchie (1882-1958), Scottish naturalist, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh, 1936-1952
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. 11 March 1925.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. With oval date stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. He wonders whether 'some Fellows' might be interested to 'hear an account of "Methods of Controlling mussels & other Marine growths in Sea-Pipes"'. He explains: 'The blocking of pipes by mussel growth has occurred at many parts of the coast, but the problem of devising a means of keeping the mussels in check had not been seriously tackled until I investigated the matter in connection with the new Electric Power Station of Edinburgh Corporation on the Firth of Forth at Portobello'.

Printed 'Clarion Pamphlet, No. 12.': 'The Agricultural Deadlock, and How to overcome it by Rational Means.'

Author: 
W. Sowerby, F.G.S., &c. (Late Professor R.A. College, Cirencester.) [ William Sowerby (1824-1902); The Clarion Newspaper, London ]
Publication details: 
Published by the "Clarion" Newspaper Company, Limited, 72, Fleet Street, London, E.C. 1896.
£60.00

13 + [3]pp., 8vo. In faded green printed wraps with full title and illustrations. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged high-acidity paper. Subtitle: 'Whereby it is shown that the produce of the soil may be increased from five to seven fold by cultivation.' Now scarce.

Printed handbill, produced for display, regarding the Regius Professor of Hebrew's 'Course of Lectures in the Minor Prophets' and 'Three Elementary Hebrew Classes'.

Author: 
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford [ Christ Church; Rev. W. Kay, Lincoln College ]
Publication details: 
Christ Church [ University of Oxford ]. 5 May 1848.
£200.00

Printed on one side of a 29 x 22.5 cm leaf of wove paper. Heavily worn, with closed tears, creasing and a couple of closed holes. (No loss of text, and would respond well to archival repair.) 21 lines of heavily-leaded text, attractively laid out in three point sizes.

[ Francis Paget, Bishop of Oxford: 'I dread a Controversy at the beginning of Term.' ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Paget') to 'Dearest Bright' [ the patristic theologian William Bright ]

Author: 
Francis Paget (1851-1911), Bishop of Oxford [ William Bright (1824-1911), Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford and Deam of Christ Church ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford. 1 October [ no year, but before his consecration as Bishop of Oxford in 1901 ].
£30.00

3pp., 12mo. Grey-paper bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He begins by thanking him 'with all my heart for the kindness of a most interesting and valuable note', before describing '[t]he case of which I was trying to recall the details', that of William Whittingham (c.1524-1579), Dean of Durham. He gives his source and discusses the matter with reference to Whitgift and Fuller, giving the opinion that the argument 'surely looks like an effort to stretch & dignify an irregular laxity, and not at all like an appeal to an authorized permission'.

[ Benchara Branford (see ODNB) annotations; book ] Branford's copy of Cargill Gilston Knott's 'Life and Scientific Work of Peter Guthrie Tait', heavily annotated by him, mostly with references to 'this genius' James Clerk Maxwell.

Author: 
Benchara Branford [Benchara Bertrand Patrick Branford] (1867-1944), Scottish mathematician, Professor of Mathematics in the University of London [P.G.Tait; James Clerk Maxwell]
Publication details: 
Book published in 1911 (Cambridge: at the University Press). Annotations dated by Branford between 1934 and 1943.
£500.00

4to: x + 379 pp. Frontispiece and plates. Tight copy on aged paper, in worn binding. Annotated throughout, with the endpapers and almost every page of the first 146 in particular crammed with notes by Branford in pencil and pen. On the front free endpaper Branford writes 'Finished (fairly thoroughly) on Feb. 26th 1934', and on the title-page, 'B. B. Sep. 3d. 1943'. On the same page he has added to the title 'and many notes (additional to those in text) on his intimate & great friend James Clerk Maxwell [...] the notes being taken from his Life by Campbell & Garnett'.

[ Robert Payne Smith, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford. ] Autograph Signature ('R Payne Smith') and autograph text completing a printed form confirming attendance at his lectures by Robert Hutchison of Exeter College.

Author: 
R. Payne Smith [ Robert Payne Smith ] (1818-1895), Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, Canon of Christ Church, and Dean of Canterbury [ Robert Hutchison of Exeter College ]
Publication details: 
Christ Church, Oxford. 13 November 1867.
£35.00

On one side of a 10.5 x 16.5 cm slip of grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded twice. A good piece of Victorian Oxford University ephemera. Reads, with autograph text in square brackets: 'CH. CH. Oxford, [Nov. 13] 18[67.] | I certify that [Mr. Robert Hutchison] of [Exeter Coll.] in this University attended my Public Lectures in [Michaelmas] Term in the year 18[67. | R Payne Smith] | Regius Professor of Divinity.'

[ Francis Paget, Bishop of Oxford. ] Autograph Note Signed ('F. Oxon.') to 'Mr. Hutchison' [ Rev. Robert Hutchison of Woodeaton or his son Robert Hamilton Hutchison ].

Author: 
Francis Paget (1851-1911), 33rd Bishop of Oxford, and Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cuddesdon, Oxford. 6 April 1904.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: '6 April 1904. | Dear Mr. Hutchison, | With all good wishes, I send, duly signed, the enclosed, received this morning. | Yours very sincerely, | F Oxon.'

[ C. A. Ogilvie, Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology at Oxford. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Chs. A. Ogilvie, Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology.'), confirming that Robert Hutchison of Exeter College has attended his lectures.

Author: 
C. A. Ogilvie [ Charles Atmore Ogilvie ] (1793-1873), Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford [ Robert Hutchison of Exeter College ]
Publication details: 
'Ch. Ch. [ Christ Church ] Oxford, March 23rd, 1868.'
£40.00

On one side of a 7 x 20 cm slip of grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads: 'I certify that Robert Hutchison, Scholar of Exeter College, attended my Course of Lectures of the Lent Term, 1868: | Chs. A. Ogilvie, Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology. | Ch. Ch. | Oxford, | March 23rd, 1868.'

[ William Ince, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Ince M.A. | Sub Rector & Tutor of Exeter College, and Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford'), a reference for Rev. Robert Hutchison.

Author: 
William Ince (1825-1910), Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University [ Rev. Robert Hutchison of Exeter College ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Exeter College, Oxford. 9 February 1878.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Begins: 'The Rev R .Hutchison, formerly Scholar of this College, took a First Class in Classical Moderations in Michaelmas Term 1866. He was a good and accurate Scholar both in translation & composition. Having had 'some experience in the tuition both of boys and undergraduates', Hutchinson is 'anxious to obtain definite educational work'. His ''religious views', Ince believes, are those of 'a sound and moderate churchman, and likely to exercise a wholesome & manly influence on his pupils'.

[ Thomas Arnold the Younger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Arnold') to Rev. R. Hutchinson, regarding the views of St Augustine on 'Perseverance and Predestination' and 'the good works of the heathen'.

Author: 
Thomas Arnold the Younger [ Tom Arnold ] (1823-1900), Professor at University College, Dublin, son of the headmaster of Rugby School and brother of the poet Matthew Arnold, literary scholar (Wikipedia
Publication details: 
Laleham, The Parks. 22 December 1872. [ Laleham on Thames, Middlesex (now Surrey). ]
£400.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Arnold, whose conversion to Roman Catholicism hindered his academic dvancement in England, was grandfather of the writer Aldous Huxley, and taught James Joyce at Dublin. At the time of writing he was running a private tutoring establishment at Oxford. He begins the letter by explaining that it has hardly been possible to reply to Hutchinson 'during term time [...] I had so much work on my hands'. He is returning 'Canon Bright's letter', and has 'not had time to look at the treatises on Perseverance and Predestination'.

[ Goldwin Smith, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Patterson' (his butler?), describing - following an incident involving his slippers - the dismissal of several of his servants.

Author: 
Goldwin Smith (1823-1910), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, opponent of American slavery
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Parks End, Oxford. 6 February [ no year ].
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A bracing insight into the realities of Victorian domestic service. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Patterson, | Having found my slippers where they ought not to have been, I have dismissed the housemaid on the spot and seriously reprimanded the Cook. Tomorrow I shall turn off the Baker. That is what I call a well regulated household. | Yours sincerely | Goldwin Smith.' (Note that the literal meaning of 'turning off' was the pushing of a condemned person off the scaffold during execution by hanging.)

[ Renn Dickson Hampden, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Bishop of Hereford. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'R. D. Hereford') to Dr Travers Twiss, the first concerning Dr Edward Thompson, Vicar of Kington, the second to a 'Mr. Reed'.

Author: 
Renn Dickson Hampden (1793-1868), Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Bishop of Hereford, subject of the Hampden Controversy of 1836 [ Sir Travers Twiss (1809-1897), jurist ]
Publication details: 
The first from 'The Palace' [ Hereford ], 3 November 1856. The second from Eaton Place [ London ], 15 March 1865.
£56.00

The first letter 4pp., 12mo, with cross writing on frist page, and the second 3pp., 12mo. Both bifoliums. The second letter with its envelope, with penny red and postmarks, addressed by Dickson to 'Travers Twiss Esq D. C. L. | No. 19 Park Lane | London'. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first letter concerns Dr Edward Thompson, Vicar of Kington, who has been complained about by his curate 'Mr. Clelan', resulting in a report in a newspaper. Dickson writes: 'Kington, you may remember, rejoices in the notorious Dr.

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