ROBERT

[Robert Harling, typographer who may have served as model for James Bond.] Typed Letter Signed ('Luv Robert') to the bookseller Percy Muir, on his eightieth birthday, discussing their lives and criticising their old friend, Ian Fleming's wife Ann.

Author: 
Robert Harling [Robert Henry Harling] (1910-2008), typographer, designer, journalist and novelist, friend of Ian Fleming and possible model for James Bond [Percy Muir (1894-1979), bookseller]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Glebe House, Godstone, Surrey. 17 January 1975.
£450.00

See Harling's entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. The salutation ('My dear Percy'), valediction ('Luv Robert'), and one additional word in autograph; the rest typed. He begins by thanking Muir for a copy of 'PHM 80', the volume celebrating Muir's eightieth birthday.

[Rev. Dr Robert Rainey of New College, Edinburgh, Presbyterian divine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Rainey') to 'Mr Willie', responding humourously to a request for an autograph, while exhorting him to be a good Christian.

Author: 
Robert Rainy (1826-1906), Scottish Presbyterian divine after whom Rainy Hall in New College, Edinburgh (the Divinity faculty in Edinburgh University) is named
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 23 Douglas Crescent, Edinburgh. 12 October 1886.
£50.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Given the contents of the letter, the recipient 'Mr Willie', whose father is a minister ('of the manse'), may well be 'Master Willie', i.e. a youth named William. He is 'much flattered' by the value Willie puts on his autograph, and he hopes that his collection 'will prosper, & become extensive & distinguished'. He remembers 'that Tom Hood replying to a similar application professed to be in doubt what style of signature was wanted.

[R. N. D. Wilson, Irish poet.] Autograph talk on James Joyce [for Radio Éireann?], both biographical and critical .

Author: 
R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet and author [James Joyce]
Publication details: 
[Radio Éireann, Dublin, Ireland?] Undated, but after Joyce's death in 1941.
£950.00

25pp, 4to. On 25 loose leaves of ruled paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with small punch hole to corner of each leaf. Edited down with deletions in pencil and ink. Pencil timings in the margin indicate that the talk was to last forty minutes. An entertaining and percipient talk by an Irish poet who was himself closely involved in the literary and artistic world of Dublin while a student at Trinity College in the period immediately following the First World War, and a close associate of W. B. Yeats, Francis Stuart and Iseult Gonne.

[Francis MacManus, Irish novelist and broadcaster.] Typed Letter Signed, as General Features Officer, Radio Éireann, to poet R. N. D. Wilson, proposing a programme consisting of a reading of his work, introduced by Austin Clarke.

Author: 
Francis MacManus (1909-1965), Irish novelist and broadcaster [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet; Austin Clarke (1896-1974)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Radio Éireann, Dublin; 9 October 1951.
£320.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Typed Letter Signed, addressed to Wilson, at Wolverhampton School, Wolverhampton, England. He explains that Radio Éireann is 'at present broadcasting a series of poetry programmes which consist of readings of poems with Irish writers, with introductions and commentaries by Austin Clarke'.

[Arthur Weigall, Egyptologist.] Autograph Letter Signed to F. Eyles regarding his work as set designer for London revues, referring to Gertie Millar, Fay Compton, Robert Hale, Phyllis Monkman, Raymond Rôze, King of the Belgians, President Roosevelt.

Author: 
Arthur Weigall [Arthur Edward Pearse Brome Weigall] (1880-1934), Egyptologist who succeeded Howard Carter at Luxor as Chief Inspector of Antiquities for Upper Egypt, set designer for the London stage
Publication details: 
'The Studio | 117. Fulham Rd.' [London.] 22 March [1916].
£180.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With envelope addressed to 'F. Eyles Esq. | 38 Bedford Place, | Russell Square, | WC'. Year of letter added in pencil. Signed 'Arthur Weigall'. Having made his name in Luxor as an Egyptologist, Weigall was a successful set-designer for the London revues during the First World War, and the present item concerns a magazine article regarding this work.

[George Arbuthnot, civil servant, as Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Charles Wood.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Arbuthnot') to unnamed editor, sending for publication a corrected copy of speech in reply to motion by Disraeli.

Author: 
George Arbuthnot (1802-1865), senior civil servant [Charles Wood (1800-1885), 1st Viscount Halifax, Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer]
Publication details: 
Downing Street [London]. 7 April 1849.
£50.00

According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, Arbuthnot 'served as private secretary successively to seven patronage secretaries; to the permanent head of the department, Sir Charles Spearman, and his successor, Sir Charles Trevelyan; to the prime minister, Sir Robert Peel; and to Sir Charles Wood, chancellor of the exchequer in Russell's administration'. The present item was written by Arbuthnot while holding the last position. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on part of a leaf from an album.

['Johnson's Alamode Beef House': celebrated London eaterie associated with Charles Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed from proprietor R. J. P. Jaquet, asking Sir Herbert Taylor to help with application to Bow Street magistrates Birnie and Minshull.

Author: 
'Johnson's Alamode Beef House', Drury Lane, London, Robert John Philip Jaquet, (1799-1867), proprietor [Sir Herbert Taylor (1775-1839); Sir Richard Birnie (c.1760-1832); Charles Dickens; Bow Street]
Publication details: 
21 Clare Court [Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London]; 2 March 1829.
£450.00

An interesting document relative to London social history, and a nice piece of Dickensiana. George Johnson is said to have established his celebrated restaurant Johnson's Alamode Beef House at 21 Clare Court, Drury Lane, in the 1780s, although the present letter states that it was licensed around 1805 . In 1824 a twelve-year-old Charles Dickens – employed in a nearby blacking warehouse as a result of his father's imprisionment for debt – himself experienced an incident which he later made use of in 'David Copperfield'.

[Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.] Autograph Card Signed ('E R Fremantle') to 'Dr. B. Guisburg', suggesting a meeting.

Author: 
Sir Edmund Fremantle [Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle] (1836-1929), Royal Navy officer and influential naval tactician; Commander-in-Chief in China, and at Devonport [Plymouth]
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead of 44 Lower Sloane Street, S.W. [London]; 'Thursday Evg' [postmark date 11 May 1917].
£35.00

Card with printed stamp. In fair condition, lightly aged. Central vertical fold line and two punch holes at head. Addressed to 'Dr. B. Guisburg | 18 King's Bench Walk | EC 4', with address corrected in another rhand to 3 Downside Crescent | Haverstock Hill | London | N.W.' Begins: 'Dear Dr. Guisburg, | I wrote you a letter – no a PC this morning, sending it to the Controller of Shipping Office St James' Park'. That being the wrong address, he now attempts to arrange a meeting for lunch.

[Trinity College Dublin.] Two printed degree lists (by M. W. J. Fry and C. H. Rowe, Procurators), both headed 'Comitia Hiemalia'. One including the honorary doctorate bestowed on W. B. Yeats ('Yeats, Guilelmus [sic] Butler').

Author: 
Trinity College Dublin [W. B. Yeats and R. N. D. Wilson, Irish poets; Matthew Wyatt Joseph Fry and Charles Henry Rowe, Procurators]
Publication details: 
Trinity College Dublin, 1922. Both headed: 'Termino S. Michaelis. | Habita Die Vicesimo Decembris, | MCMXXII.'
£300.00

From the papers of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), whose Trinity degree is recorded in Item Two. Two nice pieces of Trinity ephemera, with Yeats's receipt of an honorary degree (with unfortunate misprint) adding interest. Both items printed on blue paper, and both in fair condition, lightly aged. Both headed 'Comitia Hiemalia | Termino S. Michaelis. | Habita Die Vicesimo Decembris, | MCMXXII. | Nomina Candidatorum.' Both giving lists of names, in small type, grouped under the Latin names of the various degrees they are receiving. ONE: 2pp, folio.

[Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.][Sir Edmund Fremantle, Royal Navy officer and naval tactician.] Autograph Note Signed ('E R Fremantle'), inviting 'Henderson' and family to a Christmas dinner.

Author: 
Sir Edmund Fremantle [Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle] (1836-1929), Royal Navy officer and influential naval tactician; Commander-in-Chief in China, and at Devonport [Plymouth
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Commander-in-Chief's Office, Devonport; 16 December [between 1896 and 1899].
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with typed biographical details at head. Reads: 'My dear Henderson, | If you have not made other arrangements we hope you Mrs H & Judy will join our Christmas party for dinner. We shall be a small party, | Yours sincerely, | E R Fremantle'.

[T.S.Eliot; Friends Canterbury Cathedral, publication arranged by Rev. H.R. Williamson.] Friends' Festival Day | Sat., 12th July, 1952. [Programme and 'The Drama of our Festival Years', with work by T. S. Eliot, Poet Laureate John Masefield et al.]

Author: 
Rev. Hugh Ross Williamson; Robert Gittings; Friends of Canterbury Cathedral [John Masefield, Poet Laureate; Laurence Binyon; T. S. Eliot; Christopher Fry; Christopher Hassall; Dorothy L. Sayers]
Publication details: 
[Event for the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, held on 12 July 1952.] Printed by J. A. Jennings Ltd., Canterbury.
£180.00

Unpaginated stapled pamphlet of 24pp, small 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight damage at head of spine. On the second page: 'The arrangement of this Programme has been the work of the Rev. Hugh Ross Williamson.' Programme for the day on front cover, including a talk by 'Mr Robert Speight: “Touring in Canada with Murder in the Cathedral”'. The final event, at 7pm in the Chapter House, is a performance entitled 'The Drama of our Festival years', and the text of this piece makes up 21pp of the pamphlet.

[Robert Hawker, Devon clergyman called the 'Star of the West'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rob Hawker') to London bookseller Ebenezer Palmer, regarding the marketing of the tracts of the Village Sermon Society.

Author: 
Robert Hawker (1753-1827), Devon clergyman and hymnologist; vicar of Charles Church, Plymouth, called the 'Star of the West' for his popular preaching [Ebenezer Palmer, London theological bookseller]
Publication details: 
[Plymouth?]; 22 November 1824.
£150.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and spotted, with loss at foot of reverse of last leaf, the verso of which is addressed to 'Mr Palmer | Bookseller | 18 Paternoster Row'. The recipient is the theological bookseller Ebenezer Palmer the elder (c.1782-1866). Twenty-two lines of text in a difficult hand. The stridently pious tone perhaps hints at some degree of mental instability. The letter opens: 'My dear Sir & friend in the LORD | I greet you in Him'.

[Rev. William Andrew Wilson, Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine.] Corrected Typescripts of two drafts of an account of 'my Month Among the Americans' (New York, Baltimore, St. Louis, Washington, Boston, Niagara) and Canada.

Author: 
Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, father of the poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953)
Publication details: 
Beginning on the last day of Wilson's Atlantic crossing, Liverpool to New York, 9 to 17 August 1905; ending at the start of the return journey on the Majestic, one month later.
£780.00

Three carbon typescripts, each with extensive autograph emendations. All three in good condition, lightly aged. Comprising two substantially-different drafts of an article titled 'America', the second draft with a supplemental five-page section titled 'Niagara'. Well-written, entertaining, lightly-humorous accounts of a trip to America and Canada in 1905. ONE and TWO ('America'). The first (earlier?) draft of 'America' is 21pp, 4to, paginated in manuscript with manuscript title; the second (later?) draft is 19pp, 4to, paginated in type, with the title at the head of every page.

[Andrew Lang, Scottish author and folklorist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Lang') [to Rev. W. A. Wilson of Coleraine?], commenting testily on theories concerning Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott, Renan and William Sharp.

Author: 
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist [Rev. W. A. Wilson of Coleraine]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 Gibson Place, St Andrews, Scotland; 29 November [no year].
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Folded once. A tetchy letter, written in a challenging hand, to an unknown individual (probably Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, father of the poet R. N. D. Wilson, from whose papers the item derives). Begins: 'Dear Sir | Does Mr “Allworth” need explanation? His name is Allworthy, not Allworth. Stevenson had nothing to do with Macgregors, it was a mare's nest. I don't think Scott's great grandmother can be seriously regarded as an element in his poetry, and certainly Miss T.

[Lennox Robinson, Irish dramatist and theatre director.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lennox') to 'Robert', i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, regarding his memoir 'Three Houses', mutual acquaintances, Wilson's family and a poem by him.

Author: 
Lennox Robinson [Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson] (1886-1958), Irish dramatist and theatre director involved with the Abbey Theatre [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sorrento Cottage, Dalkey, County Dublin; 10 December [c.1938].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded four times. The letter refers to Robinson's 1938 memoir 'Three Houses', which tells the story of his Kinsale childhood. Begins: 'Dear Robert: | How nice to hear from you and to hear you liked “Three Houses” - I think a nice, gentle, kind book.' He remembers Wilson's mother – 'aren't all nice mothers alike?' - as well as his 'aunt in the north who likes you but was a little shocked by some poems you wrote'. He saw 'John [McGreevey?] a few weeks ago in London, and Geoffrey two summers ago'.

[Paul Henry, Irish post-impressionist painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Paul Henry') to 'Robert', i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, expressing condolences on the death of his wife.

Author: 
Paul Henry (1876-1958), Irish post-impressionist painter, noted for his West of Ireland landscapes [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Carrigoona Cottage, Kilmacanogue, Bray, Co. Wicklow; 9 March 1932.
£450.00

2pp, 12mo. On pink paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. A letter of condolence beginning: 'Dear Robert. | I have just seen the miserable news of the death of your wife. I had heard she was ill but had no idea things were so bad.' After asking him to accept his sympathies, he continues: 'I well remember the last time I saw you both together at my studio in Dublin & I can hardly realise yet that she has gone.' He has been 'out of Dublin so long now', and so seldom sees people that he doesn't often 'hear news of folk'.

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet, mystic and theosophist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('AE') to 'Wilson' [i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson], regarding his whereabouts following a trip to the United States.

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet, mystic and theosophist [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster Irish poet]
Publication details: 
17 Rathgar Avenue, Dublin; 'Thursday' [no date].
£220.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The letter reads: 'Dear Wilson. | I have just returned from U.S.A. & am going next Monday or Tuesday to Donegal for a much needed holiday. I expect to be away a month. If your friend is in Dublin when I come back I will be glad to see him But in a month I will be out of the world. | Yours ever | AE'

[Gerald Molloy, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal University of Ireland and Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland.] Autograph Draft Memorandum regarding categories requiring 'a Viva Voce Examination' in the 'Coming Examination in September'.

Author: 
Gerald Molloy (1834-1906), Irish Roman Catholic cleric, theologian and scientist, Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal University of Ireland
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£180.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, aged, spotted and creased. At head in another hand, in blue pencil: 'Molloy X'. From the papers of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson (1899-1953), a member of whose family has written in pencil on the reverse: 'Mons. Gerald Molloy D.D. | S.R. U [i.e. Senate of the Royal University])'. Unsigned. A heavily-revised draft, reading: 'We are of opinion that [^ although] a Viva Voce Examination is desirable, [at the B.A.

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet and mystic.] Typed Letter Signed ('AE') to Lawrence Wilson, apologising for not being able to publish his poem and referring to 'his friend Wilson in Sligo', i.e. R. N. D. Wilson

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet and mystic [Lawrence Wilson, brother of R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin; 30 January [no year].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. He explains that he likes Wilson's poem 'very much', and that he would take it with pleasure, but that he has 'got a copy box stuffed with verse, some of it waiting publication for over a year', and that he has 'not the conscience to take more'. He continues, with reference to R. N. D. Wilson: 'I hear from my friend Wilson in Sligo that you are a brother of his. I am interested to know that the talent for poetry exists in two members of the family.'

[Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Bridges') to the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, discussing the origins of the name of his home 'Chilswell', in the 'Childsworth Farm' of Matthew Arnold's poem 'Thyrsis'.

Author: 
Robert Bridges [Robert Seymour Bridges] (1844-1930), Poet Laureate [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
Chilswell, Oxford; 29 March 1928.
£100.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little grubby. Folded once. Twenty-seven lines of text. Written in a far more ragged style than Bridges's usual calligraphic hand, perhaps suggesting undermined health. Wilson is 'at liberty to quote the verses of mine that you ask for – I take it as a complement [sic]' He thanks him for 'the kind gift of your book, wh I have not had time to read'. Noting that Wilson is 'interested in sacred wells', he states that 'our “Chilswell” is probably not a well.

[Sir George Burrows, President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Burrows') to the editor of Debrett's Peerage, R. H. Mair, with slip of his entry, completed and corrected in his autograph.

Author: 
Sir George Burrows (1801-1887), President of the Royal College of Physicians, Lecturer on Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London [Robert Henry Mair (1832-1888), editor, Debrett's Peerage]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Springfield, near Ryde, Isle of Wight; 22 August 1874.
£200.00

ONE: Letter. 1p, 16mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. He is returning 'the slip for Debretts Peerage & Baronetage, revised, corrected & with the blank spaces filled up'. He will be resident on the Isle of Wight for the next six weeks, and 'would not delay answering your communication until I return to London in October', although 'materials would have been accessible for affording further particulars'. He ends by stating that he 'always has a copy of Debrett' in his house.

[Robert Remak, Jewish Polish-German embryologist, physiologist, and neurologist, pioneer in field of cell theory.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dr. Remak') in English, asking 'Professor Queckett' [J. T. Quekett] where to get the 'gold size' he uses.

Author: 
Robert Remak (1815-1865), Jewish Polish-German embryologist, physiologist, and neurologist, pioneer in the field of cell theory [John Thomas Quekett (1815-1861), microscopist, Professor of Histology]
Publication details: 
'Unter den Linden 68', Berlin; 15 February 1855.
£650.00

1p, 12mo. On piece of grey tissue paper. Aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse, which carries a seal ('R R') in red wax, and is addressed to 'Professor Queckett [sic] of the University of London from Dr. Remak of Berlin'. (For Quekett, who was in fact Professor of Histology at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, see his entry in Oxford DNB.) Twenty lines of text, in English. He has a 'demand' to make of Quekett: 'A year ago Mr.

[Middlesex Hospital, London.] Printed Certificate, with engraving of the hospital, signed by Peter Mere Latham and Henry Herbert Southey, recording the attendance of Henry Davey at one of their 'courses of lectures on The Materia Medica'.

Author: 
Peter Mere Latham (1789-1875), physician to the Middlesex Hospital; Henry Herbert Southey (1783-1865), physician, brother of poet laureate Robert Southey [Henry William Robert Davey of Yarmouth]
Publication details: 
Middlesex Hospital [London]; 7 May 1820.
£180.00

The subject of the letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles, who also studied under Sir Charles Bell at the Hunterian School of Medicine in Great Windmill Street, London. 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse. An attractive item, with an engraving of the frontage of the hospital at the head, beneath which, in an arrangement of types and point sizes: 'MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL. | THIS IS TO CERTIFY, | THAT | [Mr. Henry W. R.

[Middlesex Hospital, London.] Printed Certificate of attendance for Henry W. R. Davey, signed by Samuel Merriman, Physician Accoucheur, and Hugh Ley, Lecturer on Midwifery, with engraving of the building.

Author: 
Samuel Merriman (1771-1852), Physician Accoucheur; Hugh Ley (1790-1837), physician, Lecturer on Midwifery at Middlesex Hospital, London [Henry William Robert Davey]
Publication details: 
Middlesex Hospital [London]. Undated [circa 1820).
£200.00

The subject of the letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles, who also studied under Sir Charles Bell at the Hunterian School of Medicine in Great Windmill Street, London. 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse. An attractive document, with 'MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL.' at the head, above an engraving of the frontage of the hospital.

[Robert Willan, pioneering dermatologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Willan') to A. J. G. Marcet, regarding his pupil 'Mr. Knowles' (i.e. James Sheridan Knowles), a specimen for examination, and his own published work.

Author: 
Robert Willan (1757-1812), pioneering dermatologist [Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), Genevan-born physician to Guy's Hospital, London, and chemist; James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862)]
Publication details: 
'Friday Eveng' [18 April 1806].
£450.00

See the Oxford DNB for information on Willan. Marcet and the subject of the letter, the Irish playwright James Sheridan Knowles. Knowles's entry only states that he studied medicine 'under Dr Willan, taking the degree of MD from the University of Aberdeen, and becoming resident vaccinator to the Jennerian Society'. In fact such was Willan's opinion of Knowles that he offered him a share in his practice. The letter is 2pp, 4to. Bifolium.

[Robert Willan, pioneering dermatologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Willan') to A. J. G. Marcet, on the election of James Sheridan Knowles as resident vaccinator to Royal Jennerian Society, with reference to Jenner, Walker, Ring, Paytherus, Field

Author: 
Robert Willan (1757-1812), pioneering dermatologist [Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), physician and chemist; Royal Jennerian Society; James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862); vaccination]
Publication details: 
Bloomsbury Square [London]; 30 September.[1806].
£1,800.00

A highly interesting letter, casting light on the tensions between the various factions (including the 'Anti-Jennerian party') surrounding the vaccination movement in early Georgian London. See the Oxford DNB for information on Willan. Marcet and the subject of the letter, the Irish playwright James Sheridan Knowles, and others (Ring, Field, Walker) referred to. Knowles's entry only states that he studied medicine 'under Dr Willan, taking the degree of MD from the University of Aberdeen, and becoming resident vaccinator to the Jennerian Society'.

[Robert Gooch, physician, obstetrician and Librarian to George IV.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robt Gooch'), inviting the recipient to his house to talk 'for an hour or two about Yarmouth news'.

Author: 
Robert Gooch (1784-1830), physician, obstetrician, Librarian to George IV, friend of poet laureate Robert Southey
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the second leaf, which has been cut down the middle vertically, resulting in loss to one of the two postmarks, as well as to Gooch's addressing of the letter: '[...]ent Esqre | […] Webb Street | […] Borough –'.

[James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ja Currie') [to Mrs Riddell?], playfully critiquing a poem and 'Riddle', with reference to 'Mr & Mrs Ogle' and 'Miss Moore'.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805), Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [George Ogle, Irish politician; Bath; Mrs Riddell]
Publication details: 
Annotated in pencil: 'Bath - in the Spring of 1805'.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of leaf. Folded three times. The recipient is not named, but the letter is annotated in pencil with the words 'From Bath – in the Spring of 1805 | To a lady of the name of Riddell' (explaining a pun on the word 'Riddle' in the letter). (Another candidate for recipient is the 'Miss Moore' referred to in the letter, although this does not accord with the salutation.) Apparently written in the final months of Currie's life.

[W. E. Henley [William Ernest Henley], author of 'Invictus', one of the most popular poems in the English language, and original of Long John Silver.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Steuart' [John Alexander Steuart] on the breaking of his health.

Author: 
W. E. Henley [William Ernest Henley] (1849-1903), Victorian poet, critic and editor, author of one of the most popular poems in the English language, 'Invictus', and original of Long John Silver
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St. George's Lodge, Chesswood Road, Worthing; 1 December 1899.
£220.00

2pp, 12mo. On bifolium. In fair condition, aged and a little grubby. Folded once. Twenty-seven closely-written lines. The letter is addressed to the author James Alexander Steuart (1861-1932), and refers to his recent novel 'Wine on the Lees' (1899). There is also a reference to 'the Whitefriars men', i.e. the staff of the St James's Gazette, which was published in Dorset Street, Whitefriars.

[Sir Robert Liston of Millburn Tower, Scottish diplomat, Ambassador to the United States.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Liston.') to Lady Wedderburn, expressing grief on the death of his wife the botanist Henrietta Liston, Lady Liston.

Author: 
Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), Scottish diplomat, ambassador to the United States, 1796-1800; his wife the botanist Henrietta Liston, Lady Liston [Lady Frances Wedderburn-Webster] (1793-1837)]
Publication details: 
Millburn [Millburn Tower, Ratho, Scotland]; October 1828.
£450.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. Written in response to a letter of condolence on the death of his wife. (See his entry in the Oxford DNB: 'On 27 February 1796 he married Henrietta [Henrietta Liston Lady Liston (1751–1828)], botanist, daughter of Nathaniel (d.

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