RIDLINGTON

[ Victorian poem describing the public execution of a woman. ] Autograph poem by Sir Richard Harington, titled 'The Judicial Murder - A Fragment', a fictional account of a woman's execution, with drawings by the author.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, of Ridlington [ Eton College; hanging; public execution in Victorian England ]
Publication details: 
[ Eton? 1870s? or Oxford? 1880s? ]
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On paper watermarked 'J GREEN & SON'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss at the spine.From the Harington family papers, the author's identity being established from other items. Clearly a youthful production, and either written during Harington's time at Eton in the 1870s, or Christ Church, Oxford, in the 1880s. Written employing the long s. The 140 lines of verse are numerated by the author, and a catch-word at the end suggests that more followed or the poet's invention failed him.

[ Victorian women and the legal profession. ] Illustrated humorous manuscript valentine poem, in the form of a 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington', on what would happen if the 'ladies' appeared 'in wig and gown', with '”chambers” up in town.'

Author: 
[ Victorian women and the legal profession ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Dated at head 'February 13th. A.D. 1890'.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Folded in customary fashion, with 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington' on the outside of the packet, beneath which, in another hand: 'Feby 14th. 1890 | Richard Harington Esq'. The author's hand is clearly disguised, as is usual with valentines, the writing being markedly ornate. There are various crude drawings in the margins, ranging from images of a barrister and a woman, faces of two women (one smoking a pipe), to small representations of cigar boxes, briefs and books.

[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Twelve items, printed and manuscript, including reports by Thomas Telford and William Tierney Clark, an engraved map, items about 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Author: 
Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ Thomas Telford; William Tierney Clark; John Moxon; William Scudamore; Edmund Collier; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington ]
Publication details: 
[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. The other ten items from between 1821 and 1831.
£750.00

Eleven of the twelve items in good condition, lightly aged; the twelfth (Item Two below) with several long closed tears. ONE: Printed circular headed 'Thames & Medway Company'. 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. 'Committee's Report' by 'Wm. Scudamore, | Clerk', following 'the Annual General Assembly of the Company of Proprietors', 6 June 1821. Including 'Engineer's Report' of the same date by 'Wm. Tierney Clerk'. Docketed by Harington. TWO: Printed circular headed 'Thames and Medway Canal.' 3pp., folio. Bifolium.

[ Regent's Canal Company, London. ] Seven items, comprising five printed circulars, an Autograph Letters Signed from secretary Edmund Leonard Snee to Sir John Edward Harington, and the autograph draft of Harington's letter..

Author: 
Regent's Canal Company, London; Edmund L.eonard Snee (1793-1864), Secretary [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Regent's Canal Company. ] Regent's Canal Office, 98, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury. [ London ] Between 1827 and 1831.
£400.00

First proposed by Thomas Horner in 1802, the Regent's Canal was incorporated by John Nash in 1811 in his plans for the development of Regent's Park. Hugely-successful in the nineteenth century despite the rise of the railways, it fell into decline in the early twentieth, but is now firmly established as an amenity of London. The seven items in the present collection are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Items ONE to FOUR are printed circulars from Snee, transmitting copies 'of the Resolutions this day passed at the General Assembly of Proprietors of the Regent's Canal'.

[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport. ] With Autograph Letter Signed to Sir J. E. Harington from Charles Grevile, Bristol attorney.

Author: 
Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Newport, Wales; Ralph Ruscoe, Principal Clerk ; Charles Grevile (1788-1862), attorney [ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
[ Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company, Wales. ] Ruscoe's circular from 'Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Office, Newport, May 21st, 1849.'
£280.00

The company opened canals from Newport to Pontypool and to Crumlin in 1796. It was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1875, and a passenger service from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff still runs. Three items with covering paper on which Sir J. E. Harington has written in ink: 'Sir J E Harington | Monmouthshire Ry & Canal Papers', with the following added in pencil: 'May 21 1849. | Asking my consent to take new shares - | No.' All items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Grevile to Harington. Bristol; 13 June 1849. 2pp., 4to.

[ Goldschmidt v Meadows: Victorian justice and 1600 guns. ] Autograph Corrected Manuscript 'Draft Award' by arbitrator Richard Harington, 'In the matter of a reference between Bernard Goldschmidt & John Meadows'. ]

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet (1835-1911) [ John Meadows, Birmingham gunsmith; Bernard Goldschmidt, merchant ]
Publication details: 
[ Lincoln's Inn, London. ] 'Dated the [ blank ] June 1871'.
£150.00

11pp., folio. On eleven leaves of wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, the leaves attched with a rusty pin. An unsigned draft, with deletions and emendations throughout, and the date left incomplete at the end. The document begins: 'To all to whom these presents may come I Richard Harington of Lincoln's Inn in the County of Middlesex Esq. Barrister at law send greeting'.

[ Christ Church, Oxford, at the time of Lewis Carroll. ] Six accounts for 'battels' and other expenditure run up by the son of Dodgson's schoolfellow Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, with two receipts signed by the steward 'A H D Acland'.

Author: 
[ Christ Church, Oxford; Sir Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland (1847-1926), Liberal politician; Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington; Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) ]
Publication details: 
Christ Church, Oxford. The eight documents dating from between 1879 and 1883.
£200.00

Six of the eight items in good condition, lightly aged and worn; the other two showing heavier signs of age and wear. The six sets of accounts from the 'Steward's Office' - for various terms between Christmas 1879 and Christmas 1882 - are each described by Harington on the reverse as 'Battels'. All six are printed forms, over a single 8vo page, headed 'Christ Church' and laid out in the same style, and completed in manuscript with the details of the expenditure of 'Mr Richard Harington' (the last being the greatest, at £49 12s 7d).

[ H. F. S. Morgan and Morgan & Co., 'Automobile Engineers and Agents'. ] Six letters (one by Morgan, one on his behalf and four by the company), responding to the complaints of Sir Richard Harington. With draft letter by Harington to the company.

Author: 
H. F. S. Morgan [ Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan (1881-1959), founder of the Morgan Motor Company
Publication details: 
All 6 letters on letterheads of Morgan & Co., {with photo) Automobile Engineers and Agents, Worcester Road, Mavern Link, and at 57, Foregate Street, Worcester; 3 to 29 January 1907. Harington's draft from Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 27 January 1907.
£320.00

The seven items in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting correspondence, casting light on the company's practices. Both the recipient, Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, and his son 'The Judge' - Richard Harington (1861-1931), the future 12th Baronet - came from a legal background, adding an edge to the correspondence. The six letters total 9pp., 4to. The firm appears to have had a policy of retaining the original and sending out a carbon copy, as each of the letters consists of a carbon copy of manuscript.

[ Lord Muir Mackenzie, as Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'K. Muir Mackenzie') to Sir Richard Harington, with two long autograph drafts by Harington, all on the subject of County Court registrars.

Author: 
K. Muir Mackenzie, Lord Muir Mackenzie [ Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir Mackenzie ] (1845-1930), barrister, civil servant, politician; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet
Publication details: 
Muir Mackenzie's three letters on House of Lords letterheads; 7 January and 21 May (two) 1897. Harington's drafts from Whitbourne Court, Worcester (the second on cancelled letterhead of County Court Office, Kidderminster); 3 January and 17 March 1897
£180.00

The five items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Muir Mackenzie to Harington, 7 January 1897. 3pp., 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Sir Richard | The Lord Chancellor and his predecessors for many years have declined to sanction the appointment of joint registrars except in places where the amount of business requires two registrars; that is to say, if the business at Stourbridge is such as to require two Colles, it would still require a colleague for Colles Junr.

[ Sir Harry Bodkin Poland and Sir Richard Harington on the Criminal Evidence Act, 1898. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Poland to Harington and Autograph Draft of Letter from Harington - with two autograph riders by Poland - to the Attorney General..

Author: 
Sir Harry Bodkin Poland (1829-1928), barrister; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) [ Sir Richard Webster [ Richard Everard Webster, 1st Viscount Alverstone ] (1842-1915), Attorney General, 1895-1900 ]
Publication details: 
Poland's letter to Harington on letterhead of 28 Sloane Gardens, S.W. [ London ]; 1 May 1897. Harington's draft letter to the Attorney General from 87 Eaton Terrace, S.W. [ London ]; 2 May 1897.
£220.00

The background to the present correspondence is dealt with exhaustively in C. J. W. Allen's 'The Law of Evidence in Victorian England' (1997) and David Bentley's 'English Criminal Justice in the 19th Century' (1998), chapters 17 ('The Campaign for a Prisoners' Evidence Act') and 18 ('Reform'). ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from Poland ('Harry Bodkin-Poland') to Harington ('His Honour Judge Sir Richard Harington Bart.'). 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Tariff Reform and the Hop Industry in Kent. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Sir Richard Harington to Frederick Neame, Hop Grower and member of the Hop Industry Tariff Commission. With circular by Neame accompanied by copy letter from W. A. S. Hewins

Author: 
Frederick Neame junior, Macknade Farm, Faversham, Kent [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Neame circular: The Offices, Macknade, Faversham [ Kent ]; January 1907. Copy Letter from Hewins: The Tariff Commission, 7 Victoria Street, London. 27 November 1906. Harington to Neame: on letterhead of Whitbourne Court, Worcester. 13 January 1907.
£56.00

Three items from the papers of Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Harington Bt.') to Neame. With date stamp 13 January 1907. 2pp., 12mo. It's presence among the Harington papers suggests that the letter was never sent.

[ Victorian house sale in Herefordshire. ] Poster doubling as auction catalogue: 'The Rectory, Stoke Lacy | Catalogue of Valuable and Modern Household Furniture [...] By Order of the Adminstratrix of the late Rev. Charles Harrington.

Author: 
Oakley & Son, auctioneers, and Henry E. Oakley, printer, both of Bromyard, Herefordshire [ Rev. Charles Harington (1837-1868), Rector of Stoke Lacy ]
Publication details: 
'On 24 September 1868. [ Henry E. Oakley, Printer, Market-Square, Bromyard. ]
£180.00

Rev. Charles Harington [sic] was grandson of Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) of Ridlington, 8th Baronet, and the item is from the Harington papers. The full title reads: 'The Rectory, Stoke Lacy | Catalogue of the Valuable and Modern Furniture | Including Iron Bedsteads, Blankets and Quilts, Chests of Drawers, Mahogany and Painted Wardrobes, Dairy & Kitchen Requisites, Bacon, Whitechapel Trap, Saddles, Casks, Hurdles, & numerous Effects,| To be sold by Auction, by Oakley & Son | On Thursday, 24th.

[ A Herefordshire Murder Case, 1891. ] Manuscript copy of a report by 'E. Marriott Cooke', addressed to Sir A. K. Stephenson, Solicitor to the Treasury, on 'the mental condition of Charles Sanders', accused of the murder of Walter Steers, infant.

Author: 
E. Marriott Cooke [ Sir Edward Marriott Cooke] (1852-1931), Commissioner in Lunacy [ Charles Sanders, Herefordshire murderer; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Worcester County and City Asylum, Powick near Worcester. 3 December 1891.
£135.00

The case to which the present item refers is the subject of Chapter 16 of Nicola Sly's 'Herefordshire Murders' (2010). The trial of Charles Sanders for the wilful murder of the thirty-two month-old Walter Steers, before Mr Justice Day, opened at the Herefordshire Winter Assizes on 3 December 1891. He was found guilty and hanged at the end of the month. The present item is from the papers of Sanders defence barrister, Richard Harington (the future 12th Baronet, of Ridlington), whose 'impassioned speech in favour of his client' was not enough to save him from the gallows.

[ W. Howland Roberts, Honorary Secretary, The Society of Judges of County Courts. ] Proceedings of the General Meetings of the Society, held respectively on Friday, the 5th of May, 1905, and Friday, the 3rd of November, 1905.

Author: 
The Society of the Judges of County Courts.[ W. Howland Roberts, Honorary Secretary. ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
[ The Society of the Judges of County Courts, both held 'at the Bloomsbury County Court [ London ]'. 3 November 1905. ]
£100.00

12pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. On aged paper, with rusted staples. The first report is on pp.2-4, the second on pp.5-8, signed in type (p.8) by Roberts; pp.9-11 carry the 'Report of the Committee', signed in type (p.11) by Roberts and dated 3 November 1905; p.12 carries financial accounts by Roberts for the year 1905. A point of discussion is 'the Bill relating to County Courts, now before Parliament'. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 11th Baronet, who is listed among those present at the first meeting, at the beginning of which he made a couple of contributions.

[ Walter Long, 1st Viscount Long, as President of the Board of Agriculture. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Walter H. Long') to Sir Richard Harington, on proposed measures to 'exterminate Rabies & Hydrophonbia'. With draft reply by Harington.

Author: 
Walter Long [ Walter Hume Long ], 1st Viscount Long [ Lord Long ] (1854-1924), Conservative politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Both Long's letters on letterhead of the Board of Agriculture, 4 Whitehall Place, S.W. [ London ]. 2 September 1897 and undated [ received 11 September 1897 ]. Harington's draft letter from 'W[hitborne]. C[ourt]. W[orcester].' 8 September 1897.
£150.00

The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Long to Harington, 2 September 1897. 2pp., 12mo. He thanks him for his 'courteous letter' and is sending 'another memo. dealing with points raised by you'. He continues: 'We, of course, do not imagine that our orders and procedure are beyond criticism or are faultless - but we are supported by the Committee, & by the large majority of experts.

[ West Dereham Church Restoration Fund, Norfolk. ] Printed appeal and 'First Subscription List', following the 'collapse of the entire roof of the nave on St. Mark's day, 1901'. With photograph.

Author: 
West Dereham Church Restoration Fund, Norfolk. [ W. Burleigh, Vicar; H. Steward and J. T. Horn, Churchwardens ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
[ West Dereham Church Restoration Fund, Norfolk. ] Appeal dated June 1901. 'First Subscription List' undated [ 1901 ].
£35.00

Both items in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: Appeal dated June 1901, headed 'West Dereham Church Restoration Fund.' Signed in type 'W. BURLEIGH, Vicar. | H. STEWARD, | J. T. HORN, | Churchwardens.' Carrying a small photograph of the ruins of the church, flanked by a description of the church, 'dedicated to St. Andrew', and its features. Beneath these the appeal begins: 'This interesting Church is now lying in ruins, simply from the effects of old age, and the consequent collapse of the entire roof of the nave on St. Mark's day, 1901.

[ Sir Roland Vaughan Williams, judge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Roland L. Vaughan Williams') to [Sir Richard] Harington, declining an invitation in affectionate style.

Author: 
Sir Roland Vaughan Williams [ Sir Roland Lomax Bowdler Vaughan Williams ] (1838-1916), judge and uncle of the composer [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Judge's Lodgings, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 5 August 1897.
£35.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He is forced to decline an invitation as he has 'a long list here' and has 'for a year past had to husband my strength': 'I know you would kindly wish me to do what I feel best for my well being': 'I hope you will not think me ungrateful I have such a pleasant recollection of your kindly feelings towards me and my brothers Arthur & Watty in days gone by that I should be very sorry if you thought I did not appreciate your kindness in asking me'. Both Vaughan Williams and Harington were educated at Christ Church College, Oxford.

[ Hamilton Cuffe, 5th Earl of Desart. ] Two Secretarial Letters both with autograph signature 'Desart', to Sir Richard Harington, re Regina v. Corbett.

Author: 
Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe, 5th Earl of Desart (1848-1934), Irish peer, Director of Public Prosecutions and Treasury Secretary [ [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of the Treasury, Whitehall, S.W. 19 and 24 June 1902.
£50.00

Each letter 1p., 12mo. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Each in a different secretarial hand, both headed 'R v Corbett'. The first letter reads: 'The accused has been sentenced to 7 years penal servitude. Mr. Lawrence mentioned to the Judge privately the question of postponing sentence but the latter would not adopt the course suggested.' The second reads: 'I will certainly instruct Lawrence as to the circumstance to which you refer so that your application may be made to the Court'. From the Harington papers.

[ Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta. ] Printed letter from 'W. Parsons, Secretary' to the Secretary of the Government of India, Home Department, 'on matters connected with the High Court of Judicature at Fort William, in Bengal'.

Author: 
Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta [ W. Parsons, Secretary ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
'No. 706 - 1901.' Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Royal Exchange Building, Calcutta. 28 May 1901. [ Caxton Press. ]
£135.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With compliments stamp. Signed in type at end by Parsons. Divided into seven sections, and beginning: 'On more than one occasion, in recent years, the Committee of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce have ventured to address the Government of India on matters connected with the High Court of Judicature at Fort William, in Bengal, and their representations have always been favourably received.

[ Scoresby Routledge and Easter Island. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Scoresby Routledge') to 'Dick' [ Sir Richard Harington ], a long and informative letter sending news of the German East Asia Squadron's presence and its aftermath.

Author: 
William Scoresby Routledge (1859-1939), British ethnographer and anthropologist, husband of Katherine Routledge (1866-1935) [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 12th Baronet; Easter Island ]
Publication details: 
Easter Island. 10 June 1915.
£1,200.00

The Routledges set sail from Falmouth on their expedition to Easter Island in the purpose-built 90-foot Schooner 'Mana' in March 1913. They arrived a year later, and established base camps in Mataveri and Rano Raraku, and explored Orongo and Anakena. Katherine Routledge conducted extensive interviews with the natives, and the couple set about cataloguing the moai and their Ahus.

[ Thomas Vere Bayne, friend of Lewis Carroll. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Vere Bayne') to Sir Richard Harington, regarding an anecdote by Augustus Hare concerning Samuel Smith, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Author: 
Thomas Vere Bayne (1829-1908), Student of Christ Church, Oxford, and friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll') [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Victoria Hotel, St. Leonards-on-Sea. 10 Janary 1897.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A charming letter, the subject of which is an anecdote told by Augustus Hare in his autobiography relating to Samuel Smith, Dean of Christ Church, which was considered 'defamatory' by Smith's relation Harington, and gave offence to his family.

[ Dolben Paul, friend and colleague of Lewis Carroll. ] Autograph Letter Signed to [Richard?] Harington.

Author: 
Dolben Paul, Rector of Bearwood, friend and colleague of Lewis Carroll [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ] at Christ Church, Oxford
Publication details: 
Bearwood Rectory, Wokingham [ Berkshire ]. 27 June 1890.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. On grey paper with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged and folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Harington'. Inviting him to 'a good dance coming off on Friday July 4th near us', and informing him that, as 'Sheriffs Chaplain', he has 'just taken leave of your brother Edward at the Assize Court, where I also saw your eldest brother'. An interesting association between members of the Lewis Carroll circle. Dolben Paul was a friend and colleague of Carroll's at Christ Church. From the Harington family papers.

[ Frodsham Hodson, as Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford. ] Matriculation Certificate of 'Ricardus Harington ex AEde Christi Baronetti Fil.', printed in Latin and completed and signed in autograph by 'F. Hodson, P. V.. Cancell:'

Author: 
Frodsham Hodson (1770-1822), Principal of Brasenose College, 1809-22; Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, 1818-20 [ Rev. Richard Harington (b.1800), son of Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) ]
Publication details: 
'Oxoniae [ Maii 5to ] Anno Domini 1818'.
£120.00

Printed form, on one side of a 10.5 x 17 cm piece of laid paper. In fair condition, aged and worn. Reads, with autograph text by Hodson in square brackets: 'Oxoniae [Maii 5to] Anno Domini 1818. | QUO die comparuit coram me [Ricardus Harington ex AEde Christi Baronetti Fil.] | et subscripsit Articulis Fidei, et Religionis; et juramentum suscepit de agnoscenda suprema Regiae Majestatis potestate; et de observandis Statutis, Privilegiis, et Consuetudinibus hujus Universitatis. | [F. Hodson, P. V. Cancell:]'. From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.

[ Augustus Hare, author. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Richard Harington, with copies of two others, apologising for publishing an anecdote regarding Harington's relation Dean Smith of Christ Church. With autograph drafts of two Harington letters.

Author: 
Augustus Hare [ Augustus John Cuthbert Hare ] (1834-1903), English author; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet [ Samuel Smith (1765-1841), Dean of Christ Church, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
Hare autograph letter: The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, S.W. [ London ]; 9 February 1897. Hare copy letters: Holmhurst, St. Leonard's on Sea; 10 and 11 December 1896. Harington's two draft letters: Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 8 and 12 February 1897.
£250.00

Four items, in good condition, lightly aged and worn. An interesting correspondence, casting light on the proprieties of Victorian biographical writing. Hare's 'The Story of my Life' was published in six volumes between 1896 and 1900, and was described by the original DNB as ‘a long, tedious, and indiscreet autobiography’. The Oxford DNB remarks that 'By the late twentieth century, however, Hare was undergoing something of a revival. A society of enthusiasts and collectors of his works was formed: a one-volume condensed edition of his autobiography was edited by A. Miller and J.

[ Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dundonald') to Lady Harington, expressing condolences on her husband's death.

Author: 
Lieut-Gen. Douglas Cochrane [ Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane ],12th Earl of Dundonald (1852-1935), British Army general [ Lady Selina Louisa Grace Harington [ born Melville ]]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fernwood, Victoria Road, Wimbledon Park, S.W.19. [ London ] 3 February 1931.
£30.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Just a word of sympathy in your troubles. Life is full of sorrow. I hope that you will get away to where there is sunshine - Again you have all my sympathy and my kindest thoughts'. Lady Harington, wife of Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, was a daughter of the 6th Viscount Melville. From the Harington family papers.

[ Richard Webster, Viscount Alverstone, as Attorney General. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Richard E Webster') to Sir Richard Harington, regarding changes to a parliamentary bill [Legal Aid?]. With draft letter from Harington to Webster.

Author: 
Richard Webster [ Richard Everard Webster ], 1st Viscount Alverstone (1842-1915), Master of the Rolls and three times Attorney General [ Sir Richard Harington (1835–1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
The first three on letterheads of 2 Pump Court, Temple, E.C. [ London ]; the fourth from the same address, on letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice. 13, 22, 24 and 28 April 1897. Harington's draft, Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 14 April 1897.
£220.00

Five items, in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Webster's four letters total 6pp., 12mo.

[ Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Crewe'), regarding 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure'.

Author: 
Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe [ Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes ] (1858-1945), Marquis of Crewe, Liberal politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 18 February 1914.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A typed document, headed 'PRIVATE', with Crewe writing in autograph the number '18' from the date, the address to 'Dear Sir Richard', and the valediction 'Yours sincerely | Crewe'. In what is presumably a duplicated document sent to around thirteen individuals (see below), Crewe explains that he is 'anxious to receive the opinion and advice' of 'a few authorities' on the question of 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure', 'from the point of view of general legal principles and special Indian experience respectively'.

[ George Granville Bradley, Dean of Westminster. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'G G Bradley') to Sir Richard Harrington, responding to the news that Harington's son, who was 'superannuated' from Westminster School, is now 'good & useful'

Author: 
G. G. Bradley [ George Granville Bradley ] (1821-1903), Dean of Westminster and school master [ Sir Richard Harington (1835–1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterhead of The Deanery, Westminster, S.W.' Two from 18 October 1897, the other from 25 October 1897.
£90.00

The three items are in good condition, ondff lightly aged and worn. Three interesting items, responding tactfully to what would appear to be an accusatory communication by Harington, pointing out that his son has succeeded despite having been 'superannuated' from Westminster School. ONE: 18 October 1898. 4pp., 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Sir Richard Harington | I am delighted to read the two enclosures. The Winnington-Ingrams one associated with many memories of my Rugby, Marlborough, & later days!' He will send the enclosures to the Head Master, [b]ut I won't rebuke him or convey any rebuke.

[ Edgar Tarry Adams, collector of maritime instruments. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edgar T. Adams') to 'Mr Justice Harington' (i.e. Richard Harington)

Author: 
Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), Essex brewer, artist and collector of maritime instruments [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Downing College, Cambridge. 1 February 1909.
£40.00

2pp.,12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He has been informed by 'Mr. Hill of the Victoria & Albert Museum' that Harington has 'a Backstaff'. Adams has been 'looking out for one for some years' without success and would like to purchase Harington's if he has 'no use for it. 'I think Mr. Hill mentioned to you that I had a collection of old navigating instruments & he has very kindly been trying to find a backstaff for me'. He ends in the hope that Harington will 'excuse the zeal of the collector'.

[ A Grand Regency Town House: Two Architectural Plans of 43 Berkeley Square. ] Two finished manuscript floor plans by Joseph Hobbs of the town house of Sir John Harington, 'In its present state' and 'with proposed Alterations'. With three receipts.

Author: 
[ Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington, 8th Baronet (1760-1831); Joseph Hobbs, planmaker; Berkeley Square, London ]
Publication details: 
Both plans by 'Joseph Hobbs | 30 Margaret Street' [ Cavendish Square, London ] Both dated 'June 1815'.
£600.00

Each of the two plans is on a 46 x 60 cm piece of wove paper. Both have the name of the details of the planmaker at bottom right: 'Joseph Hobbs | 30 Margaret Street'. Two finished and professional floor plans of a grand Town House. Both items are aged, worn and creased, with closed tears, but would respond well to archival repair. ONE: 'Sir John Harington Bart | Plan of House Berkley [sic] Square | In its present state | June 1815'. In black and white, with grey shading. Five plans in a line: 'Basement', 'Parlor Floor', 'Drawing Room', 'Two Pair Floor' and 'Attic Floor'.

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