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[UK Foreign Office view on US military bases in the Spain of General Franco; MI5.] Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document titled ('c) The purpose of the United States agreement with SPAIN.'

Author: 
UK Office, Information Research Department; General Franco; Spain; United States overseas military bases; Special Intelligence Service
Publication details: 
[United Kingdom Foreign Office, Whitehall, London. Circa 1953.]
£250.00

From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995). Duplicated typescript headed: '(c) The purpose of the United States agreement with SPAIN.' 4pp, foolscap 8vo, paginated '(c) 1' to '(c) 4'. Complete, with catchwords to the first three pages. In good condition, lightly aged.

[UK Foreign Office Information Research Department and Soviet bacteriological warfare propaganda.] Confidential printed information paper for 'Her Majesty's Missions and information Officers', titled 'The Communist Germ Warfare Campaign'.

Author: 
Information Research Department, Foreign Office; Sir John Peck (1913-1995); Cold War; germ warfare; bacteriological warfare; Soviet propaganda; Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)]
Publication details: 
Information Research Department, Foreign Office [Whitehall, London]. Dated at end 'June 1952.'
£400.00

In Sir John Peck's obituary in the Independent, 20 January 1995, the diplomat Michael Cullis (1914-2004) states that in the early 1950s (when the present document was produced), Peck was 'instrumental in organising and intensifying official efforts to counter Soviet propaganda and disinformation in the initial stages of the Cold War.

[The British Foreign Office assesses the state of the Cold War, 1951.] Untited Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document, assessing at length, in a series of 'lessons' the situation in the USSR, Middle East and Far East, and 'Free World' response.

Author: 
[UK Foreign Office; Cold War; USSR; Middle East; Far East; Special Intelligence Service [MI6]; Information Research Department]
Publication details: 
[UK Foreign Office. 1951.]
£750.00

The document has no overall title, and gives no indication of its source, but it derives from a batch of Foreign Office briefing documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995).

[Apartheid in South Africa and British Foreign Office] Foreign Office briefing document titled 'The measures which have been taken to establish the policy of APARTHEID in South Africa and its effect on the European, Indian and African communities'.

Author: 
Apartheid in South Africa and the British Foreign Office [Information Research Department; Special Intelligence Service]
Publication details: 
[United Kingdom Foreign Office, Whitehall, London. Circa 1953.]
£280.00

From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995). Duplicated typescript. Headed: '(g) The measures which have been taken to establish the policy of APARTHEID in South Africa and its effect on the European, Indian and African communities.' 10pp, foolscap 8vo. Pagination on pp.2-10 preceded by '(g)'.

[Burma Frontier Service;Evelyn Waugh's batman] 105 items: confidential correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed docs, telegrams, cuttings) relating to R.E.S. Tanner's BFS application and training, including a Civil Affairs Staff Centre course.

Author: 
Burma Frontier Service; Civil Affairs Staff Centre, Wimbledon; Ralph Esmond Selby Tanner (1921-2017), Social Anthropologist, East African colonial administrator, Evelyn Waugh's batman
Publication details: 
Burma and London (including Whitehall and the Civil Affairs Staff Centre, Southlands House, Wimbledon Common). Between 1946 and 1948.
£1,750.00

For biographical details of Dr R. E. S. Tanner, see the end of this description. Brown card folder (by The Parker File Co. Ltd, Rangoon), housing 105 items (confidential correspondence, memoranda, applications, advisory and information documents, reports, telegrams, newspaper cuttings) relating to Tanner's application and training for a Civil Affairs post in Burma, including material from the training course he undertook at the Civil Affairs Staff Centre, Wimbledon. The folder and its contents are in fair condition, lightly-aged and worn.

[Flatbush Motor Corps, National League for Woman's Service, New York.] Programme of entertainment in aid of the Corps, including 'Houdini | The World's Greatest Mystifier' and 'The Celebrated Creator of the Jazz Dance Craze' Bert Kelly.

Author: 
Flatbush Motor Corps, National League for Woman's Service, New York [Harry Houdini; Bert Kelly's Famous Band; Red Cross]
Publication details: 
[Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York.] Flatbush Theatre, Church and Flatbush Avenues. 9 December 1918.
£220.00

[40]pp., small 4to. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Title from cover, where it is printed in blue, enclosed in a border of US flags, with clutch of four flags (UK Red Ensign, Cuban, French, US) in blue and red at head. Filled with advertisements, including an illustrated full-page one inside the front cover for 'Dodge Brothers | Convertible Car'.

[Leo Amery, Secretary of State for India, supports 'the Beveridge scheme' for 'a general national health service'.] Typed Letter Signed ('L S Amery') to R. Steele, explaining why it is not 'in any sense totalitarian'.

Author: 
L. S. Amery [Leo Amery; Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery] (1873-1955), Conservative politician, Secretary of State for India [Beveridge Report, 1942; National Health Service; welfare state]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall. 15 March 1943.
£180.00

A surprising letter from a Conservative imperialist and opponent of appeasement (Amery was one of only four members who remained seated when Chamberlain announced his flight to Munich to a cheering House of Commons, the others being Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold Nicolson). At the time of writing Amery was a member of the government as Secretary of State for India. The Beveridge Report had appeared in November of the previous year. 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Earl Roberts of Kandahar. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Roberts, FM.') to Lt. Col. H. Howard, Leicestershire Vice Chairman, regarding his proposed speech at 'a public meeting organised by the National Service League at the Drill Hall, Wolverhampton'.

Author: 
Earl Roberts of Kandahar [ Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts ] (1832-1914), British soldier, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces during the Second Boer War
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Englemere, Ascot, Berkshire. 20 February 1913.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condtion, lightly aged and creased. The typed text of the letter appears to be duplicated, with the salutation 'My dear Mr. Vice Chairman' added at the head, and the identity of the recipient added at the foot: '(Leicestershire) | Lt. Col. H. Howard, D.L.' The letter explains that Roberts has been asked to 'speak at a public meeting organised by the National Service League at the Drill Hall, Wolverhampton, at 8 p.m. On Friday, 14th March', with the Mayor of Wolverhampton in the chair, 'in a non-committal capacity'.

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ Sir John David Rees denounces 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'women lawyers', 'Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' and 'Reviving Hinduism'. ] Corrected draft of newspaper article showing a marked antipathy to the Indian population.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Lord Lansdowne;Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
Written in India during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship and Lord Rosebery's premiership, hence 1894.
£150.00

For information on Rees see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. From Rees's papers, and written during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship, 1888-1894, and Lord Rosebery's premiership, 1894-1895; hence in 1894. An extract from the corrected draft of an untraced newspaper or magazine article, showing marked antipathy to the native Indian population, their rights and aspirations.

[ Sir John Molesworth Macpherson, colonial administrator. ] Manuscript 'Notification', signed by Macpherson ('J. M. Macpherson'), nominating the future Sir John David Rees an Additional Member of the Indian Civil Service.

Author: 
Sir John Molesworth Macpherson (1853-1914), administrator and legislative draftsman in India [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
Government of India, Legislative Department. 11 October 1895.
£56.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. The document is in a secretarial hand, but is signed by Macpherson as 'Offg: Secretary to the Government of India'. It reads: 'No. 20. His Excellency the Governor General, under the authority rested in him by section 10 of the Indian Councils Act, 1861 (24 & 25 Vict., C. 67), and section 1 of theh Indian Councils Act, 1892 (55 & 56 Vict., C. 14), has been pleased to nominate Mr.

[ John Latchford and Thomas Meates, King's Messengers in the foreign service. ] Material relating to them and their families, mainly transcriptions by C. E. Meates, but with some originals. With other material including a memorandum by Lewis Hertslet

Author: 
John Latchford (1778-1833) and Thomas Meates (1768-1836), King's Messengers; Lewis Hertslet (1787-1870) of the Foreign Office [ The King's Messenger Service; C. E. Meates of the Pioneer Corps ]
Publication details: 
[ The King's Messenger Service, London. ] Original documents from the 1820s and 1830s from Paris, Brussels and the Hague;, and C. E. Meates's writing from the 1930s to 1960s.
£950.00

For an overview of the post of King's Messenger, see 'The Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy', ed. Ward and Gooch, vol.3 (1923), which states that during the two men's time in the post (i.e. in 1822) 'the number of the corps was raised to thirty-eight. Eighteen of these were placed under the immediate orders of the Foreign Office for foreign service only. They were required to be British subjects, not over thirty-five years of age, good linguists and good horsemen; and the choosing of them rested in turn with each of the three Secretaries of State'.

[ Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Longford') to the music critic R. A. Streatfeild regarding the suitability as a groom or chauffeur of his 'fellow countryman' Leonard, for whom he has a 'sneaking liking'.

Author: 
Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford [ Lord Silchester to 1887 ] (1864-1915), Irish politician and soldier [ R. A. Streatfeild [ Richard Alexander Streatfeild ] (1866-1919), music critic ]
Publication details: 
On letterheads of 44 Byranston Square, W. [ London ] 11 and 12 May 1911.
£60.00

The two letters in good condition, on lightly aged paper. ONE: 2pp., 12mo. He begins by stating that he 'knew Leonard pretty well in the 2nd Life G[uar]ds., he was a good fellow, but rough and wild - he came from Mullingar, my local capital, a good man with a horn but too heavy for a groom'. He could not give Leonard 'a better character than the regiment has done', and if 'his knee is too bad for him to soldier it probably would prevent him being a groom anywhere [...] he occasionally came before me for punishment - and as a fellow countryman I took an interest in him'.

[ M. S. Purnalingam Pillai, editor of 'Jnana Bhodini'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. S. Purnalingam Pillai') to J. D. Rees

Author: 
M. S. Purnalingam Pillai [ Munnirpallam Sivasubramaniam Purnalingam Pilllai ] (1866-1947), Tamil author, editor of Jnana Bhodini [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, as editor, The Jnana Bodhini Office, Madras [ India ]. 21 March 1898.
£200.00

1p., 4to. Written in purple ink. Aged, worn and creased, with slight damage from glue and stub adhering to blank reverse. Addressed 'To | The Hon'ble J. D. Rees, C.I.E., | Resident, Travancore & Cochin'. Pillai is 'preparing a series of Readers in Prose and Poetry for use in the classes of our Indian High Schools', having 'thought it fit to secure for the Indian Student the flowers of modern thought culled from the best productions of the eminent living authors, both European and Indian'.

Printed item: 'Government of India. | Legislative Department. | List of Additional Members of the Council of the Governor General. | (Exclusive of the Lieutenant-Governor.)'

Author: 
Council of the Governor General, Government of India Legislative Department [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
'The 23rd January, 1897.' [ G. I. C. P. O. [i.e. Government of India Central Printing Office ] - No. 487 L. D. - 25-1-97.[i.e. 25 January 1897 ] - 100. [i.e. 100 copies ] - B. N. D.'
£200.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering the reverse of the leaf, which carries the title, date and slug. The information is arranged in a table with 16 entries: six 'Official Members' and ten 'Non-Official Members'. Columns for 'No.', 'Name', 'Date of Nomination', 'Date of expiry of term of office', 'Province or body represented'. A mixture of English and Indian individuals. Some notes in small print at foot. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees, who as 'J. D.

'Memorandum of observations on the Proprietary Village Service Bill, dated 28th November, as amended by the Select Committee.'

Author: 
'Rajah of Venkatagiri, President, on behalf of the Landholders' Association.' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
Madras, December 1893. Printer not named.
£320.00

6pp., folio. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of stub adhering to inner edge of reverse of last leaf.

[ R. Jayaraja Row. ] Printed poem titled 'Govinda and Padma. A Ballad. (In Imitation of Sanskrit Poetry.)'

Author: 
'R. Jayaraja Row, B.A., Huzur Sheristadar, Collector's Office, Ootacamund' [ Lawrence Asylum Press, Ooty Branch; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Lawrence Asylum Press - Ooty Branch - 1895.' [ Ootacamund, India. ]
£220.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Excessively scarce: no copy of this item (nor of anything else by Row) on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The poem is a capable effort, two hundred numbered lines long, arranged in fifty quatrains.

Official briefing document for perusal by committee, on 'the establishment of provincial autonomy in British India', titled 'Memorandum on federalism with particular reference to the suggestion that Provincial Autonomy should be introduced in India.'

Author: 
H. Tonkinson [ Harry Tonkinson (1880-1937), Secretary, Government of India Act Inquiry, 1924; 'the establishment of provincial autonomy in British India' ]
Publication details: 
[ Home Department of the Government of India; Australian, Canadian, S. African and USA State autonomy. ] 'GCP [ Government Central Printing? ], Delhi - III-357 - 12-11-24 [ i.e. 12 November 1924 ] - 30'.
£750.00

An interesting item in the transition to Indian independence, with analysis of Australian and American State Autonomy. It is a briefing document by Tonkinson, writing as secretary, to the committee of the Government of India Act Inquiry, providing information on the subject of federalism, with reference to 'the constitutions of the English-speaking federations, the United States of America, the Dominion of Canada and the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Union of South Africa'.

[ 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.'

[ Arthur Joseph Munby, diarist and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. J. Munby') to the bookseller Bertram Dobell, regarding two lost postal orders.

Author: 
A. J. Munby [ Arthur Joseph Munby ] (1828-1910), diarist, poet and barrister obsessed with women in service [ Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), bookseller and literary scholar ]
Publication details: 
Ripley, Sussex. 23 September 1894.
£65.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter concerns two missing postal orders, regarding which Munby reports that he has made enquiries with 'the Ripley postmaster'. He discusses the question, giving the numbers of the postal orders, and writes: 'The postmaster tells me that, as the Orders were crossed, the G. P. O. will (unless by any chance the Orders have been cashed) repay the £1. 4.

[ Henry Ferne, Receiver General; Secret Service ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Ferne') on manuscript receipt of payment from fund 'for Secrett Service'.

Author: 
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Customs, London. ] 24 December 1701.
£220.00

1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the right-hand margin, Ferne has written: 'Three Hundred Pounds | Hen: Ferne | ple of 10200 | Pr Secret Service | 22 Decr. 1701'. At the foot of the page, in another hand: 'Witness. | Rd: Porter'.

[ Henry Ferne, Receiver General; Secret Service ] Autograph Signature ('Hen: Ferne') on manuscript receipt of payment from fund 'for Secrett Service'.

Author: 
Henry Ferne, Receiver General, and Cashier of His Majesty's Customs [ Richard Porter; English secret service; Stuart spying; espionage ]
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Customs, London. ] 24 December 1701.
£80.00

1p., on 24 x 16cm. piece of paper cut from Customs' ledger. The first part of the document reads: 'Recorded 24 Decembr 1701 | Received of the Lord ffitcharding three hundred pounds part of an Order of ten thousand two hundred pounds out of the 4½ P Cents for Secrett Service'. Below this, in the right-hand margin, Ferne has written: 'Three Hundred Pounds | Hen: Ferne | ple of 10200 | Pr Secret Service | 22 Decr. 1701'. At the foot of the page, in another hand: 'Witness. | Rd: Porter'.

[Boulogne living expenses; Maj. Gen. Charles Matthew Griffith of the Bombay Staff Corps ] Seven manuscript ledgers and account books detailing domestic expenditure by his family, the first two relating to their residence in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Author: 
Major General Charles Matthew Griffith (1834-1913) of the Bombay Staff Corps, British Indian Army, and subsequently of the Gate House, Rugby, and latterly of Maes Gwyn, Winchester
Publication details: 
Mhow and Bombay, India; Boulogne-sur-Mer, France; Rugby and Winchester, England. 1884-1886, 1881-1888, 1889-1895, 1905-1909, 1914-1919 (with 'Summary of Accounts', 1921-1924), 1913-1916, 1924-1928.
£500.00

Seven volumes, six of them substantial and sturdy, ranging in size from 40 x 15 cm to 22 x 18 cm. Double-entry accounts, with receipts on versos and expenditure on the facing rectos. Possibly, considering the content, the work of the mistress of the house rather than the husband. The two largest volumes, both bound in vellum, mostly relate to the family's residence in France. Written on the cover of the first is 'Daily Account Book from Mhow [ India ] 1st. June 1881 to 31st Decr. 1888. Boulogne S. M. France'. And on the cover of the second: 'Boulogne Sur Mer 1889.

[India; daily expenses] Maj. Gen. C. M. Griffith of Bombay Staff Corps, British Indian Army. ] Two vols of autograph 'Cash Accounts', with itemised entries detailing domestic expenditure including payment to Indian servants and other expenditure.

Author: 
Major General Charles Matthew Griffith (1834-1913) of the Bombay Staff Corps, British Indian Army, and subsequently of the Gate House, Rugby, and latterly of Maes Gwyn, Winchester
Publication details: 
[ Bombay, India. ] November 1878 to February 1881; and March 1881 to December 1883.
£600.00

2 uniform 12mo volumes, each of around 200pp. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper In heavily worn black leather bindings. Double-entry accounts, casting valuable light on the everyday expenses of a British Army officer in the heyday of the Raj. Possibly, considering the content, the work of the mistress of the house, rather than her husband. Payments are recorded both in rupees and English currency. Entries include regular payments to such servants as the ayah (including 'Sending Ayah to Bombay'), hamal, masal and chokra.

[ Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854. ] Six items: long letter from Herries to Northcote in defence of the civil service; Northcote's reply; Herries' rejoinder; letter from Frederick Goulburn to Herries; two printed papers by George Arbuthnot.

Author: 
Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854 [ Sir Charles John Herries; Sir Stafford Northcote [ Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh ]; George Arbuthnot; Frederick Goulburn; Civil Service reform ]
Publication details: 
The six items from 1854. Northcote's letter from the Pynes, Exeter; Herries from the 'I[nland]. R[evenue].' and 114 Piccadilly; Goulburn from the Board of Customs [ London ]; and one of Arbuthnot's papers 'Printed at the Foreign Office'.
£1,650.00

Lord Hennessy has characterised the subject of these items, the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1854, as 'the greatest single governing gift of the nineteenth to the twentieth century: a politically disinterested and permanent Civil Service with core values of integrity, propriety, objectivity and appointment on merit, able to transfer its loyalty and expertise from one elected government to the next'.

[ Sir John Woodhead, Governor of Bengal. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'J K Woodhead') to G. P. Griggs (2), K. W. Luckhurst and C. J. Buchanan-Dunlop of the Royal Society of Arts, with four carbons of replies.

Author: 
Sir John Woodhead [ Sir John Ackroyd Woodhead ] (1881-1973), Indian Civil Servant, Governor of Bengal, chairman of the Woodhead Commission on the partition of Palestine
Publication details: 
From Chevremont, Hockering Road, Woking, Surrey. 1948, 1949 (2) and 1951.
£80.00

The four letters totalling 6pp., 12mo, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With carbons of replies, one stapled to its mate. The correspondence relates to the Society's business, with two letters relating to a 'Tea lecture' by Gervas Huxley, another to a meeting chaired by Sir James Jones, and the last (22 June 1951) 'on the subject of Silver Medals' and other matters.

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

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

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

[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund. ] Two Autograph Volumes by Honorary Secretary Charles Dibdin, including minutes, accounts, lists of offices and addresses, and corrected printed lists of Civil Service employees.

Author: 
The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London, British charity founded in 1866, now named the Lifeboat Fund [ Charles Dibdin (1849-1910), Honorary Secretary ]
Publication details: 
[ The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund, London. ] 'Charles Dibdin | Honorary Secretary | 14 John Street, Adelphi, W.C.' 1892 and 1897.
£750.00

The Civil Service Life-Boat Fund (now the Lifeboat Fund) was founded by a group of civil servants wishing to donate a single lifeboat to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. In 1866 they issued an appeal for £300 to government offices and raised the sum within a year. Since then the charity has supplied the RNLI with more than fifty lifeboats, which have saved nearly five thousand lives. The present two volumes, for 1892 and 1897, are uniform in heavily-worn halfbindings with black cloth spines and marbled boards.

[ The Bolshevik Revolution and the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service (American Expeditionary Force Siberia). ] Eleven Autograph Letters Signed from George Fainstone in Russia to his wife Helené [ in England ].

Author: 
George Fainstone [ Yosel Fainstein ] (d.1956), of the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service, American Expeditionary Force Siberia [ Bolshevik Revolution ]
Publication details: 
Between 20 March 1917 and 14 September 1918. One on letterhead of 'American Engineering Corps with the R. R. S. [ Russian Railway Service ]'. From Tomsk, Odessa, Vladivostok and other parts of Russia.
£220.00

As part of American involvement in the Russian Civil War, the Russian Railway Service Corps was formed by President Wilson to operate the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Details regarding the author are sketchy. In 1929 the London Gazette reported the naturalisation of 'Fainstein, Yosel (known as George Fainstone); Russia; Upholsterer and Furniture Manufacturer; 16, Ravenscroft Avenue, Golders Green, Middlesex. 20 August, 1929.' Fainstone died in England in 1956 and his wife Helene six years later. Ten more of his RRS letters, all dating from 1918, are in the Imperial War Museum.

[ Vera Dart, social worker and Labour Party politician. ] Duplicated Typescript of unpublished autobiography titled 'My Six Lives in a Changing World'.

Author: 
Vera Dart (1892-1984), social worker and Labour Party politician, born in Liverpool [ Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence; London County Council ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [ London, c. 1977. ]
£400.00

[3] + ii + 152pp., 4to. Perfect bound, with each page on a separate leaf. In fair condition, aged and a little dogeared. Title-page reinforced at fore-edge. Missing the last page or so of the 'Conclusion'.

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