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[ 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'.

[Richard Rathbun, Assistant Secretary, the Smithsonian Institution.] Typed Letter Signed ('R. Rathbun') to Charles Anthony, Junior, in Argentina, regarding 'the sending of packages [...] through the International Exchange Service'.

Author: 
Richard Rathbun (1852-1918), 'Assistant Secretary, in charge of the National Museum' [The National Museum of Natural History (The Smithsonian Institution), Washington, U.S.A.]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, U.S.A. 28 September 1909.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper, with minor staining from paper clip at head of first leaf. Anthony's letter to Dr L. O. Howard, Secretary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 'has been referred to the Smithsonian Institution for reply concerning the sending of packages to you through the International Exchange Service'. He sets out the state of affairs regarding the sending of 'three packages, contents unknown' to Anthony at the Town Hall, East London, Cape Colony. The final paragraph concerns publications sent to Anthony in Argentina.

[A.-É.-L. Leclerc de Juigné, Archbishop of Paris during the French Revolution.] Autograph Account Signed by 'L'Abbé Lambert | Sy. of the Archbishop of Paris', describing the 'persecutions and misfortunes which this worthy Prelate has experienced'.

Author: 
L'Abbé Lambert, Secretary of the Archbishop of Paris [Antoine-Éléonor-Léon Leclerc de Juigné (1728-1811), Archbishop of Paris during the French Revolution]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [On paper with watermark of Edmeades & Pine, Maidstone, Kent. 1790s.]
£450.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 46 lines of text in shaky English, neatly written out. Lambert begins: 'Having been a long invested with the particular confidence of Mr. De Juigné Archbishop of Paris, I take the liberty of giving a succinct account of the persecutions and misfortunes which this worthy Prelate has experienced for his Religion, his King, & his conscience; & the dreadful distress to which he is now reduced. | I can with truth attest that Mr. J. archbishop of Paris in the Winter of 1788.

[Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell, as Secretary of State for War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Cardwell') to the Member of Parliament for Hackney Charles Reed, regarding the depriving of the commission of Lieutenant Jordan.

Author: 
Edward Cardwell (1813-1886), 1st Viscount Cardwell, Liberal politician [Sir Charles Reed (1819-1881), successively Liberal MP for Hackney and St Ives]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the War Office [Whitehall]. 9 August 1870.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Reed was a collector of autographs, and has written his accession mark in a small hand at the foot of the first page. Headed by Cardwell 'Private'. He begins: 'Lt. Jordan, having so far committed himself, as to be undergoing imprisonment under the sentence of the High Court of Justice in India, and his antecedents having been far from uniformly favourable, - His Royal Highness asked me to concur in a recommendation which he proposed to submit to the Queen that Lt. Jordan's services be dispensed with.

[Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell, as Secretary of State for the Colonies.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Cardwell') to 'My dear Young', regarding Sir Thomas Acland, his son-in-law Arthur Mills, George Hunn Nobbs and 'the Pitcairn Islanders'

Author: 
Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell (1813-1886), British Liberal politician, Secretary of State for War, 1868-1874 [Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787-1871)]
Publication details: 
'C. O. [Colonial Office, Whitehall, London] 25 Jan. 1866.'
£65.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium with mourning border. 'I wrote to you that Sir T. Acland had written to me about the Pitcairn Islanders: and yours about Mr. Nobbs [George Hunn Nobbs (1799-1884)] has crossed mine on the way. | In the meantime, Arthur Mills, who is Sir T. A's Son-in-law, has called upon me here: & I find he in your & therefore I do not expect any further trouble on the subject.'?>?>

[British civil defence, 1950.] Autograph Notebook, with 'G. Reeves Atom' on cover, containing notes made at civil defence meetings (Home Office, Army or Fire Brigade?) in preparation for nuclear and biological warfare.

Author: 
G. Reeves [Home Secretary Planning Committee, Regional Office, Div, S/DO; Fire Services; British 1950s civil defence; nuclear war; atom bomb; biological warfare; atomic warfare]
Publication details: 
[London.] Notes made at meetings between 30 March to 25 June 1951.
£420.00

37pp., 12mo (including two irrelevant pages at the rear), of pencil notes, with some diagrams. In a spiral-bound 'No. 430 Reporter's Note Book' by Brown Knight & Truscott, Ltd, London. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On cover: 'G. Reeves Atom'. The notes were made at meetings or lectures held at roughly fortnightly intervals. (The last page records 'No meetings' on 9 and 23 June.) Topics include: 'Types of Shelter', 'Refuge Room', 'Long range rocket', 'Antipersonnel Bomb' ('When a bomb is found a red flag in a stick is to be placed 3 paces to the North so that B[omb].

[Sir David Harrel, Under Secretary, Dublin Castle.] Two printed forms, both signed by him 'D Harrel', regarding the application for the post of Resident Magistrate by John G. Cookman of Dublin and Waterford.

Author: 
Sir David Harrel, Under Secretary, Dublin Castle, 1896-1900 [John G. Cookman, Dublin and Waterford; Ireland; Irish]
Publication details: 
Both from Dublin Castle [Ireland]. The first dated 30 March 1894 and the second 6 July 1895.
£90.00

Both items 1p., foolscap 8vo. Both in fair condition, on aged paper. ONE: Addressed to: 'John G. Cookman, Esqre. | Tintern, | Arthurstown | Via Waterford.' Acknowledging the receipt of Cookman's letters, with enclosures, 'offering yourself as a Candidate for the Post of [Resident Magistrate]'. TWO: Addressed to 'J. G. Cookman Esq | 112 Pembroke Road | Dublin'.

[Programme & other ephemera; Anthony Eden annotated speech] The Newspaper Society. Annual Dinner

Author: 
[The Newspaper Society; Anthony Eden speech annotated]
Publication details: 
The Dorchester, 22 April 1952.
£400.00

Programme, 4pp., 8vo, comprising Menu and Toast List. Music and Cabaret by Sydney Jerome and his Orchestra. WITH: A. Table Plan, 4pp., 8vo; B. Table "A" Reseating, typescript, 2pp., 4to {Eden listed in printed table plan but not in the Reseating, presumably he didn't show and was replaced at the President's right hand by Lord Woolton]. ALSO WITH: "President's Address at the Annual Dinner", duplicated typescript, 3pp., folio, pencil line through most of the paragraphs [perhaps as delivered?].

[Queen Alexandra.] Autograph Card Signed ('Alexandra') expressing thanks for flowers sent on the death of her husband King Edward VII. With Autograph Letter Signed from her private secretary Col. Sir Henry Streatfeild to Mrs. Macdougall-Rawson.

Author: 
Queen Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925), consort of King Edward VII (1841-1910); her Private Secretary Col. Sir Henry Streatfeild (1857-1938) [Mrs Macdougall-Rawson of Halifax
Publication details: 
Queen Alexandra's card: With Buckingham Palace letterhead, 20 May 1910. Streatfeild's letter: On Buckingham Palace letterhead [London]. 27 June 1910.
£80.00

ONE: (Queen Alexandra's card): With Buckingham Palace letterhead and mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The card reads: 'I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all the kind Donars, [sic] of the beautiful wreaths & flowers which were sent as tokens of affection in memory of our beloved King'. TWO (Streatfeild's letter): Signed 'Henry Streatfeild | <?> | Equerry'. 2pp., 12mo. On the first leaf of a bifolium with mourning border. In envelope with printed crown and mourning border, addressed by Streatfeild to 'Mrs. Macdougall-Rawson | Millhouse | Halifax'.

[Sir William Franklin, FRS.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Franklin') to 'Dr <Marriot?>', regarding the election of William Merry, Deputy Secretary at War, to the Geological Society.

Author: 
Sir William Franklin (1763-1833), physician, Principal Inspector-General of Army Hospitals, Fellow of the Royal Society [William Merry (1762-1855), Deputy Secretary at War]
Publication details: 
24 Charlotte Streeet, Portland Place [London]. 24 March [no year, but on paper with watermarked date 1807].
£38.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Dr '. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | Having been requested by Mr Merry the Depy Secretary at War to propose him as a Member of the Geological Society, I shall esteem it a favor, if you will put your Name to the enclosed Paper, & return it to me by the Post.'?>

[Privately-printed pamphlet.] A Letter to Sir Frederick Bramwell, F.R.S., Chairman of the Executive Committee of the City and Guilds of the London Institute, on Foreign Technical Schools, by Philip Magnus, Director and Secretary of the Institute.

Author: 
Philip Magnus [Sir Philip Magnus (1842-1933)], Director and Secretary of the London Institute
Publication details: 
Printed, by request, for the Members of the Council, but not intended for publication. [Circa 1882.]
£95.00

17pp., 8vo. Stitched. With label and shelfmark of the Education Department Reference Library. The letter is dated on 19 June 1882, from Gresham College, London, EC. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, or on COPAC.

[Sir James Graham, Home Secretary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R G Graham') to unnamed recipient, announcing his decision to remit the death sentence passed on Robert Sandys of Stockport, convicted of poisoning his children.

Author: 
Sir James Graham [Sir James Robert George Graham] (1792-1861), 2nd Baronet, Tory Home Secretary, 1841-1846 [Robert Sandys of Stockport, poisoner]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 24 April 1842.
£180.00

The case was fully reported in The Times, with the issue for 14 April 1842 reporting the pronouncing of the sentence of death on 'Robert Sandys, a stout built Irishman, having a pale and haggard appearance, who was found guilty at the last assizes for this county [Chester] of the diabolical murder of his children by poison, in order to obtain a few pounds from a burial society of which he was a member'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed 'Private' by Graham.

[Sir George Grey, Whig Home Secretary.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Reginald Smith, regarding 'the selection of a gentleman to fill the office of Chaplain at the Portland Convict Depôt'.

Author: 
Sir George Grey (1799-1882), Liberal Home Secretary, 1846-52, 1855-58, 1861-66 [Reginald Southwell Smith (1809-1896), Canon of Salisbury; Portland Convict Depot; transportation; penal servitude]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 22 July 1847.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of mount adhering at head of reverse of leaf. Regarding Smith's 'note with reference to the selection of a gentleman to fill the office of Chaplain at the Portland Convict Depôt', he writes that he must 'defer the consideration of this question, as it must necessarily be yet some considerable period before the works at the Island are sufficiently advanced for the reception of Convicts'.

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