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[ The Indian Budget of 1897: Sir John David Rees and James Fairbairn Finlay discuss the 'intimation that public indignation meetings are contemplated'. ] An exchange of two ALsS from Rees and two ALsS from Finlay, discussing action to be taken.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author; James Fairbairn Finlay (1852-1930), Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department), 1891-1903
Publication details: 
Finlay letter on letterhead of the Financial Secretary, Calcutta. [ Rees writing from Madras, India. ] 27 and 29 January 1897.
£180.00

At the time of writing Finlay was Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department, and Rees was Additional Member of Governor-General of India’s Council.In January 1897 the Madras region was in the grip of famine, and there was widespread disquiet in the province on rumours of an announcement in the forthcoming budget of the Government of India of the lowering of a financial subsidy.

[ 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.

[ Royal Navy commission to 'Her Majestys Steam Ship the Simoom'. ] Appointing Lieutenant Peter Mackenzie Godfrey, on vellum and signed by Admirals Sir Alexander Milne and Lord FitzHardinge, and by First Secretary of the Admiralty John Parker.

Author: 
[ Lord FitzHardinge ] Maurice Frederick FitzHardinge Berkeley, 1st Baron FitzHardinge (1788-1867); Sir Alexander Milne (1806-1896); John Parker (1799-1881), First Secretary of the Admiralty
Publication details: 
The Admiralty [ London ]. 10 February 1852.
£80.00

Printed on one side of a 28 x 34 cm piece of vellum, and completed by Parker in manuscript. With the customary tax stamp and embossed Admiralty seal. In good condition, with the customary aging and wear of the vellum. Headed 'By The Commission for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland &c.' Godfrey's seniority is given as 30 August 1841, and the document is signed by 'J Parker', 'M. F. F. Berkeley' and 'Alexr Milne'. The word 'Commissioned' is written at the foot.

[ Lord Carnarvon [ Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon ], Conservative politician and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Carnarven'), arranging a meeting regarding a 'serious question'.

Author: 
Lord Carnarvon [ Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon; Viscount Porchester ] (1831-1890), Conservative politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [George Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing (1826-1894)]
Publication details: 
48 Portman Square [ London ]. 11 February 1889.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small paint stain to first page. He will be 'most happy' to see Basing, '& to talk over this serious question'. He suggests arrangements and concludes: 'But anyhow there shall be ample time for convocation: for the matter ought not to be hurried.' At the time of writing the Marquis of Salisbury, a Conservative, was Prime Minister. The 'serious matter' may be the Naval Defence Bill, enacted on 31 May of the same year.

[ Dr. Williams's Library, London. ] Printed Circular concerning the 'general Register of Births of Dissenters' Children', comprising a letter from John Webster, Secretary, and two notices.

Author: 
Committee of Deputies, appointed to protect the Civil Rights of the Three Denominations of Protestant Dissenters (John Webster, Secretary) [ Dr. Williams's Library, London; Dissenters; Unitarians]
Publication details: 
Webster's letter from Queen-street, Cheapside, London, 11 December 1808 [ amended in manuscript from 13 June 1806 ]. Printed by C. and W. Galabin, Ingram Court, London.
£280.00

2pp., folio. On a bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper repaired with archival tape. The printer's slug is at the foot of both pages of text. At the head of the recto of the first leaf is Webster's printed letter, reading: 'Reverend Sir, | I am directed by the Committee of Deputies to send you the enclosed Notices.

[ Sir Henry Torrens, Adjutant-General to the Forces. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry Torrens | Mil Secty.'), regarding the payment of 'the Extraordinaries of the Army'

Author: 
Major-General Sir Henry Torrens KCB (1779-1828), Irish soldier, Adjutant-General to the Forces
Publication details: 
Place indecipherable. 15 August <1809?>.
£180.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Reads: Dear Sir - | I am directerd by the Commander of ther Forces to request that you will pay the enclosed on account of the Extraordinaries of th Army.' Torrens was Military Secretary between 1809 and 1820.

[ Sir William Job Collins, ophthalmic surgeon and Liberal politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W J Collins') to 'Sir Henry', i.e. Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, explaining why he has no lecture ready for the Society.

Author: 
Sir William Job Collins (1859-1946), English ophthalmic surgeon and Liberal politician [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Meads End, Eastbourne. 8 October 1915.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, with the Society's oval date stamp. He thanks him for the 'kindly renewed invitation to lecture at the R.S.A. As you surmise, I am too much engaged at present to put together anything worthy of so august a body.' He is 'collecting material & perhaps at that indefinite date - "after the war" - I may be able to put it into shape'. He concludes: 'We miss you at the Chadwick'.

[ The New Society of Painters in Water Colours, London. ] Engraved invitation to the 'Evening View of their 14th. Annual Exhibition', made out and signed by the Society's secretary, the watercolour painter James Fahey.

Author: 
James Fahey (1804-1885), watercolour painter, Secretary (1838-1874) of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours, London
Publication details: 
[ The New Society of Painters in Water Colours, 53 Pall Mall [ London ]. For an 'Evening View' on 17 May 1848.
£80.00

Printed in black on one side of a 10 x 13 cm piece of grey-blue paper. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A tastefully-presented piece of London artistic ephemera, reading (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'THE NEW SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS. | The Committee solicit the honor of | [The Editor of the Gentleman's Magazine and friend] Company at their Gallery 53, Pall Mall, on Wednesday the 17th. of May, to an Evening View of their 14th. Annual Exhibition. | from 8 o'Clock to 11. | 1848 | [James Fahey] Secy. | NOT TRANSERABLE'.

[ William Fuller Boteler, Recorder of Canterbury. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W F Boteler.'), regarding 'Mr Peels present Bills', the prison population, and the erection of new prisons in the 'corporate Towns' of Kent and elsewhere 'in the Kingdom'.

Author: 
William Fuller Boteler (1777-1845), judge, Commissioner of Bankruptcy and Recorder of Canterbury, Kent [ Sir Robert Peel, Tory prime minister ]
Publication details: 
Lincolns Inn [ London ]. 25 March 1824.
£220.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. With a number of emendations, indicating that the letter is a draft. The recipient is not identified, but is presumably a senior Home Office official such as the Principal Private Secretary to Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel. Beginning: 'I find that the list which I sent you, of the number of Prisoners in the Gaol of the City of Canterbury, at the times of holding the General Sessions, for the last quarter years, did include the Debtors & Prisoners under the Mutiny Act.

[ Lord George Hamilton, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to Percy Noble, recommending Ernest Peeke as a footman.

Author: 
Lord George Hamilton (1845-1927), British Conservative politician, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1885-1886, and Secretary of State for India, 1895-1903
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Deal Castle, Deal. 25 February 1910.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Hamilton can 'confidently recommend' Peeke 'as a reliable honest & capable footman. He is very steady, a trifle slow at taking in <?> but remembers all he is told. He is a good valet. Lord George is sorry to lose him.'

[ Octavian Blewitt, Secretary, Royal Literary Fund. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Octavian Blewitt') to 'Mr. Croker', regarding Brockedon's collection.

Author: 
Octavian Blewitt [ John Octavian Blewitt ], author and Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund [ John Wilson Croker (1780-1857); William Brockedon (1787-1854), painter, writer and inventor ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated . 'Saturday Morning.' [ No date. ]
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, tipped-in onto a piece of paper cut from an album. Reads: 'My dear Mr Croker, | Here is Brockedon's answer - I am sorry that he cannot meet your wishes - but you will see he has never exhibited the Collection even at the Graphic which he originated.' The Graphic was a club founded by Brockedon in 1833.

[ John Edward Carew, sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. E. Carew') to Henry Howard, Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts

Author: 
John Edward Carew (1785-1868), sculptor responsible for one of the panels on the base of Nelson's column [ Henry Howard (1769-1847), artist, Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
4 Somers Place, Hyde Park [ London ]. No date [ 1842 ].
£56.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with unobtrusive spike hole at centre. Addressed on second leaf to 'Henry Howard Esqr'. The letter reads: 'Sir | Not knowing the day that the works were to be removed from the Royal Academy I fear mine has remained inconveniently long - | Have the goodness to give the bearer my little figure of a girl trapping a bird - | No 1<2>90 -'. In the Royal Academy Exhibition catalogue, 1842: '1290 Unfinished figure in marble of a girl trapping a bird J. E. Carew'.

[ Sir Kenelm Digby of the Home Office. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed to Sir Richard Harington, on topics including the Radnorshire Police Enquiry. With letter from secretary F. J. Dryhurst.

Author: 
Sir Kenelm Digby [ Sir Kenelm Edward Digby ] (1836-1916), lawyer and civil servant, Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Home Office,1895-1903 [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
The ten items from the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ]. One from 1895, the other nine from 1897.
£220.00

The collection of ten items (six ALsS, two TLsS, one secretarial letter signed, and one letter from Dryhurst) is in good overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. Digby's two typed letters, both 1897, are both formal letters on behalf of the Home Secretary, regarding the Radnorshire Police Enquiry, the first being the 'official thanks' (see below). The content would appear to largely concern the Radnorshire Police Enquiry.

[ 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.

[ Gibraltar Garrison and Chelsea Hospital. ] True copies, both signed 'Rd. Arnold', of 'Warrant for deducting 12d in the Pound', applied to Minorca and Gibraltar, and to Chelsea Hospital, and 'Abstract of the Charge of the foregoing Establishment'.

Author: 
Richard Arnold (1682-1742), Deputy Secretary at War in England, and Secretary at War in Scotland [ Gibraltar ]
Publication details: 
Without place. Circa 1730.
£450.00

On the two sides of a folio leaf of watermarked wove paper. On one side is the copy of the 'Warrant for deducting 12s. in the Pound | To | Our Rt. trusty & Wellbeloved Counsellor Spencer Lord Wilmington, Paymr. General of Our Guards, Garrisons & Land Forces in Great Britain & Forces in Great Britain & Forces abroad | And to the Paymr. General of Our said Forces for the time being', 'By His Majestys Command | G. Oxenden | Wm. Clayton | Wm. Yonge' (but not with their signatures). Certified 'A true Copy. | Rd. Arnold'.

[ Alfred Lyttelton, politician and sportsman. ] Letter Signed ('A. Lyttelton') to 'My dear Dick', i.e. the future Sir Richard Hartington, regarding the possibility of employment in India.

Author: 
Alfred Lyttelton (1857-1913), politician and sportsman, the first man to represent England at both football and cricket, Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1903-1905
Publication details: 
Felixstowe. 30 December 1897.
£150.00

2pp. 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He is not sure whether 'this billet is still open', nor 'whether it is expedient' for Harington, and thinks 'it requires a gt. deal of thinking'. He hopes to be able to talk to him about it 'at appeal day at Worcester'. Harington was appointed a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, and served in that capacity until returning to England in 1913. From the Harington family papers.

[ Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry'), a letter of condolence to the widow of Jimmy Shields, editor of the Daily Worker.

Author: 
Harry Pollitt (1890-1960), General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain [ Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Scottish communist, editor of the Daily Worker ]
Publication details: 
Ivybank Road, Port Glasgow. Undated, but with postmark of 13 June 1949.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper. In envelope with stamp and postmark, addressed by Pollitt to 'Mrs J Shields | 9 Rothwell St | London N.W.1.' At the time of writing Mrs Shield's husband was in a TB sanatorium, under surveillance from the British security services. Pollitt writes that he has received the 'letters and papers' and his girls are looking forward to seeing 'Rose when she comes up'. 'We had a cutting of a paper from Mrs Elvin from Dublin where it mentioned how they were talking about Jimmy at a meeting in Dublin.

[ George Kruger Gray, artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to give a lecture on heraldry.

Author: 
George Kruger Gray (1880-1943), English artist, designer of coinage and stained glass windows [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
40 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8. 2 December 1921.
£38.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of sunning at foot. Docketed with stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. Having 'had time to consider the question of a lecture on Heraldry' he has decided to decline Menzies's invitation, as he 'simply cannot spare the time such a lecture would require for its preparation'.

[ Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, twice editor of the Daily Worker. ] Fifty items from his papers, including notes, drafts, and articles by him, in autograph and typed; South African letters to his future wife; biographical notes by his son.

Author: 
Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, General Secretary of Communist Party of South Africa, twice editor of Daily Worker [ Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of Communist Party of Great Britain ]
Publication details: 
[ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] England and South Africa. Between 1924 and 1949.
£1,250.00

Jimmy Shields was described in his obituary in the Daily Worker as 'Hero of the African Peoples' Struggle' and a 'great Communist and humanist', and by Harry Pollitt as 'one of the most devoted revolutionary workers I have ever met'. He was born in Greenock, and joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1921. Having moved to South Africa in search of work in 1925, he was within months elected General Secretary of the country's Communist Party. Following his return to Scotland in 1927, he served in various CPGB posts, and was elected to its national executive.

[ Josiah Burchett, Secretary of the Admiralty. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Burchett') to Lord of the Admiralty Sir Robert Rich, a sick note describing his symptoms and the circumstances.

Author: 
Josiah Burchett (c.1666-1746), Secretary of the Admiralty, clerk and servant to Samuel Pepys [ Sir Robert Rich (1648-1699) of Roos Hall, Suffolk; James Welwood (1652-1727), physician ]
Publication details: 
Epsom. 26 August 1697.
£750.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged, with seal cut away from second leaf, which carries a postmark and the address: 'For the Rt. Honoble. Sr. Robert Rich, one of the Lords of the Admiralty. At his house near ye Admty. Office. | Westminster'. Thirty-two lines of text.

[ A. C. R. Carter, editor of 'The Year's Art'. ] Two circular letters, both in the form of facsimiles of signed autograph letters,

Author: 
A. C. R. Carter [ Albert Charles Robinson Carter ] (1864-1957), English journalist and collector, editor of 'The Year's Art'
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of 'The Year's Art', 34, 35, 36 Paternoster Row, London. 31 October 1916 and September 1917.
£50.00

Each 1p., 12mo. Both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Both carry the stamp and manuscript mark of the Royal Society of Arts. Convincing facsimiles of signed autograph letters. The first reads: 'In the third year of war my publishers and myself are determined to carry on "The Year's Art" without a break. | Will you, therefore, be good enough to amend the enclosed extract describing the institution in your charge, with especial reference to changed conditions. | Please notify also names (with dates of death) of any of your members or staff dying at home or abroad.

[ Nicholas Carlisle, Secretary, Society of Antiquaries of London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nis. Carlisle.') to 'Mrs. Smyth', discussing domestic matters.

Author: 
Nicholas Carlisle (1771-1847), Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Publication details: 
Somerset Place [ London ]. 2 January 1847.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Smyth.' Addressed at head of letter to 'My dear friend.' He begins by thanking her for 'a huge slice of Cumberland pie', which he is certain 'will prove excellent'. The letter continues with references to 'Mr. Archer' and 'Mrs Grainger', the latter being 'at present in sorrow, for the death of her eldest sister at Sheffield'. In a contemporary hand beneath the signature: 'From Nicholas Carlisle Esq. | Sec. for many years of the Soc.

[ George Bancroft, American historian. ] Autograph signature ('G Bancroft').

Author: 
George Bancroft (1800-1891), American historian and Democratic Party statesman, 17th United States Secretary of the Navy
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£30.00

On 4.5 x 13 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight damage (not affecting signature) at outer edges caused by removal from album. Reads: 'Yrs truly | G Bancroft'.

[ The Garrick Club, London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R H Atkinson') from the secretary of the Garrick Club to drama critic R. W. Lowe, regarding 'the privilege of engraving the pictures in the Club Collection'.

Author: 
R. H. Atkinson, Secretary of the Garrick Club, London [ Robert William Lowe (1853-1902), drama critic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Secretary's Office, Garrick Club [ London ]. 15 May 1888.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Lowe's request has been laid before the Club's committee, and there is no possibility of acceding to it: 'You say in your letter that you are aware that the privilege engraving the pictures in the Club Collection is "rarely" granted, but in this matter I fear you must have been misinformed as it is against the Rules to grant it at all'.

[ Herbert John Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone. ] Autograph Signature ('Gladstone') as Governor-General of the Union of South Africa.

Author: 
Herbert John Gladstone (1854-1930), 1st Viscount Gladstone, British Home Secretary, 1905-1910, and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, 1910 -1914
Publication details: 
South Africa. 27 April 1914.
£20.00

On 9 x 13 cm piece of paper torn from bottom right-hand corner of document. In fair condition, lightly-aged. Typed document, with date added in manuscript. Reads: '<...>and and the Great Seal of the Union of South Africa at | [...] on this the [twenty-seventh] day of [April] 1914. | Gladstone | GOVERNOR-GENERAL.'

[ Charles William Domville-Fife, author and imperialist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles. W. Domville-Fife') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding 'a big undertaking' and 'kindnesses received'. With copy of prospectus.

Author: 
Charles William Domville-Fife (b.1886), editor of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire' [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the 'Editorial Offices' of 'The Encyclopaedia of the British Empire', Adelphi Terrace, Strand, London. 12 April 1924.
£135.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With the date stamps of the Royal Society of Arts. He thanks him for 'the cuttings, several of which I had not seen', and states that he will be delighted to 'present a copy of my book to your library'. He had been meaning to give one 'at the conclusion of the exhibition'. He is grateful to Menzies for offering to review the book in the Society's journal, and is 'already so much indebted to te Royal Society of Arts for kindness received'.

[ John Caley, English antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Dr Adam Clarke, admonishing him regarding engravings for a new edition of Rymer's 'Foedera'.

Author: 
John Caley (1760-1834), English antiquary, Secretary to the First Record Commission [ Dr Adam Clarke (1760-1832) of Milbrook, Lancashire, Methodist minister and antiquary ]
Publication details: 
Grays Inn [ London ], 19 March 1811.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with negligible traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse of the leaf. Addressed to 'Dr Clarke | Harper St.' After explaining that the Commissioners of the Public Records want lists of the new plates for the first volume of 'Foeder', and another list of 'the old ones necessary to be re engraved', reminds him that he promised the latter list 'in September last'.

[ Sir William Robieson, editor of the Glasgow Herald. ] Typed Letter Signed ('William Robieson') to G. P. Griggs, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, giving permission to reprint a letter in the Society's journal. With carbon copy of Grigg's letter.

Author: 
Sir William Robieson (1890-1977), editor of the Glasgow Herald [ G. P. Griggs, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Glasgow Herald, Glasgow. 17 February 1950.
£33.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With manuscript note of receipt. Robieson grants permission to reprint, adding 'There is no need for me specially to obtain the writer's permission, he will I am sure be only too glad to see his letter get extra publicity.' The carbon of Griggs's letter is stapled to Robieson's. It is dated 16 February 1950, explains that the letter, from 'County Planning Officer', published on 7 February, 'referred to a paper recently read to this Society on "Are Town Planners Planning Too Far Ahead?"'

[Palmerston; Africa] Envelope addressed by Palmerston (i.e. signed) to Louis Fraser (1810–1866?), traveller, zoologist and collector, also in 1850 appointed Vice-Consul at Whydah (Quidah, Dahomey, now Benin)

Author: 
Viscount Palmerston [Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston], statesman (twice PM), sometime Foreign Secretary.
Publication details: 
"Foreign Office", 4 Dec. 1850.
£120.00

Envelope intact, but very stained, 9 x 21cm, with both manuscript (mainly Palmerston's hand) and printed words. As follows, manuscript in square brackets: "On Her Britannick Majesty's Service | [Palmerston] | To [Louis Fraser Esq] Her Britannick Majesty's [Vice] Consul | at [Whydah] || Secretary of State's Office." Also docketed in a different hand (not Palmerston's) "Foreign Office Dec. 4 1850". Note: one could speculate that the contentrs related either to Fraser's appointment or the blockade on the [slave] port Palmertston had ordered from 4 April 1850.

[ General Sir Charles Grey, Private Secretary to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Grey'), on behalf of Prince Albert, to unnamed individual, regarding gifts of a photograph of Folkestone Harbour, and a book on Malta.

Author: 
General Sir Charles Grey (1804-1870), Private Secretary to Albert, Prince of Wales, and Queen Victoria
Publication details: 
Buckingham Palace [London]. 20 February 1858.
£38.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Thanking him for 'the Photograph of Folkestone harbour, & the volumes you have sent on the subjects of Malta, & the Order of St. John. [by Major-General Whitworth Porter (1827-1892) of the Royal Engineers]'. Prince Albert had intended to buy the book, but will take pleasure in accepting the copy the recipient of the letter has 'had so handsomely bound'.

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