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[Colonel Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling of the Highland Brigade, Scottish soldier and military historian.] First four pages of Autograph Letter to 'Maclean', describing his efforts to obtain a commission for Maclean's 'Young friend'.

Author: 
Colonel Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling (1805–1871), Scottish soldier who distinguished himself during the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny, author of 'The Highland Brigade in the Crimea'
Publication details: 
3 South Place, Knightsbridge. 1 November 1856.
£120.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Evidently incomplete: the first part only of a long letter. Begins: 'My dear Maclean | I have it not in my heart to put forward an excuse for very long silence, beyond an amount of employment the like of which I have never had thrown upon me before, for many years.' He hopes to see him, but leaves that night 'for the North on a tour of inspection'.

[Sir Robert Stawell Ball, Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge and Royal Astronomer of Ireland.] Autograph Signature ('Robert S Ball') cut from letter.

Author: 
Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913), Irish astronomer who proposed the screw theory, Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge, Royal Astronomer of Ireland, Andrews Professor of Astronomy, Dublin
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [With letterhead of the Observatory, Cambridge.]
£23.00

The signature ('Robert S Ball') is on a 3.5 x 11 cm slip of paper, laid down on a piece of light-grey paper cut from an album, with the letterhead 'OBSERVATORY, | CAMBRIDGE' on a second slip laid down on the same piece. In good condition, lightly-aged.

[Home Secretary prepares Press for Ministry of Information on eve of World War Two.] 'Private and Confidential' typescript of 'Meeting between the Secretary of State for Home Affairs [Sir Samuel Hoare] and the Newspaper Proprietors Association etc.'

Author: 
Sir Samuel Hoare [Viscount Templewood]; Newspaper Proprietors Association [Ministry of Information; E. C. Harmsworth, Viscount Rothermere; Daily Mail; Lord Burnham; Daily Telegraph; Fleet Street]
Publication details: 
'Home Office, Whitehall, S.W.1. [London] | Wednesday, 29th March, 1939.' '(Transcript from the Shorthand Notes of Treasury Reporter)'.
£650.00

Secret duplicated Home Office document, no other copy of which has been discovered (none on OCLC WorldCat, for example) and no reference to the meeting found.

[Sir William Napier, author of the 'History of the Peninsular War'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Napier') to 'Sir' Nicholas Trant, correcting and criticising the Marquess of Londonderry's rival history.

Author: 
General Sir William Napier [General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier], Anglo-Irish British Army officer and historian of the Peninsular War [Nicholas Trant; Charles Vane, Marquess of Londonderry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [With postmarked year 1828?]
£420.00

The present letter dates from the time of the appearance of the first volume of Napier's 'History of the Peninsular War' (1828-1840), and in it Napier criticises the recently-published rival 'Story of the Peninsular War by the late Marquess of Londonderry; with continuation by G.R.

'The Last King in India': Wajid Ali Shah, tenth and last Nawab of Awadh [Oudh; Oude].] Manuscript Note, in English (by a secretary?), in which the King requests 'Captain Towgood's Company at Breakfast at the Shahmunzil Palace'.

Author: 
King of Oude [Wajid Ali Shah, tenth and last Nawab of Awadh; Oudh] (1822-1887) [Sir William Sleeman; East India Company; Captain Joseph Towgood, Bengal Light Infantry]
Publication details: 
Lucknow Residency. 15 February 1851.
£120.00

See his biography by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, 'The Last King in India' (2014). 1p, 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with several horizontal fold lines, two of which have short closed tears. Reads: 'His Majesty the King of Oude requests the pleasure of Captain Towgood's Company at Breakfast at the Shahmunzil Palace at 9 A. M and Dinner at the Baraduree of the Furruh Buksh Palace at ½ past 7 P. M. on Monday next the 17th. Inst.' Postscript: 'The favor of an answer is requested.'

[Sir Samuel White, explorer, discoverer of Lake Albert.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sam W Baker') to 'Mr. Warner' (headmaster of Newton College, Devon), on an attack of gout and his decision to 'resign the Presidentship' (of the College governors).

Author: 
Sir Samuel Baker [Sir Samuel White Baker] (1821-1893), explorer, big game hunter, Ottoman Empire Pasha, Governor-General of Equatorial Nile Basin, discoverer of Lake Albert [Newton College, Devon]
Publication details: 
Sandford Orleigh, Newton Abbot [Devon]. 13 July 1891.
£350.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor damage at head. Folded once. He begins by requesting with 'much respect' to be excused 'on your great day', and explains: 'I write this from my bed, where I am confined with that delectable complaint the gout, and the moment I can move I must be off somewhere, either to Bath, or Buxton, to go through a regular course -'. He complains: 'This country does not agree with one -; we arrived in England 1 May, and I have already had three attacks of gout. I was seven months absent and was entirely free from it.

[Lord Salisbury to Sir Reginald Brade, Under-Secretary of State for War.] Five Autograph Letters (three signed 'Salisbury') to Brade and his PS, on Army Chaplains and the Chaplain General, with a complaint of a 'scandal' over chaplains in India.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury [James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury] (1861-1947), Liberal politician [Sir Reginald Herbert Brade (1864-1933), Under-Secretary of State for War, 1914-1920]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads: three from Hatfield House, Herts; and one apiece from the War Office, Whitehall, and 20 Arlington Street, S.W.1 [London]. One from 1916, two from 1918, one headed 'Sunday' and the other undated.
£180.00

Salisbury was a Liberal politician and the son of the Prime Minister. Some background to the correspondence is supplied by the Times articles, 'The Church in War', 6 February 1918 and 'Bishops' War Session' ('Supply of Chaplains'), 10 July 1918. The five items in good condition, on 12mo bifoliums. The first two items below are addressed to Brade himself, and the other three to his private secretary. The first three letters are signed 'Salisbury', the other two are in the third person. ONE: To Brade. War Office, 'Sunday'. 3pp. Written in pencil.

[Sir Claude Phillips, art historian.] 'Confidential' Autograph Letter Signed ('Claude Phillips') to the musicologist R. A. Streatfeild, asking, on behalf of 'poor Lady Elgar', what to do about 'the treatment of the two great oratorios'.

Author: 
Sir Claude Phillips (1846-1924), eminent Victorian art historian and art critic, first keeper of the Wallace Collection [Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist; Sir Edward Elgar]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 40 Ashburn Place, S.W. [London] 24 April [no year].
£60.00

He asks Streatfeild to advise him in a matter 'which speaks for itself'. He reports that 'poor Lady Elgar is greatly distressed – and not without reason – at the treatment of the two great oratorios'. Phillips does not 'quite see what is to be done in the way of protest', although he finds that the 'statement that they “fail with audiences &c” is certainly false in fact, [last three words underlined] and therefore almost libellous'. Phillips considers 'the rest […] a matter of opinion. Perhaps even more false and absurd is the statement, or opinion, that they appeal only to the intellect.

Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen, British pianist, conductor and composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederic H Cowen')

Author: 
Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852-1935), British pianist, conductor and composer of Jewish extraction [[Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Windsor Hotel, Glasgow. 21 December [no year].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and grubby, with three folds. The letter reads: 'Dear Streatfield | it is no use sending me the Score of the Symphony here at present, as I am too busy to look at it properly, besides which, all my Programmes are definitely fixed till the end of the season, but if you will ask Mr. Hinton to send it to me to Hamilton Terrace (54, not 73) after Feby., when I shall be back in town, I shall be pleased to look through it.'

[Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, grandmother of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Adam', regarding the Duke's attendance at a parliamentary 'Committee on the Vane Estate Bill'.

Author: 
Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill [Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane] (1822-1899), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the seventh Duke, John Spencer-Churchill (1822-1883), and grandmother of Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Blenheim Palace, Oxon. 26 July 1861.
£65.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She asks Adams to inform her 'what day has been fixed for the Committee in the Vane Estate Bill' (in which she clearly has a family interest), continuing: 'When the Duke of Marlborough saw Mr Adam with Lord Redesdale last night he understood that Tuesday next was the day on which he was to be present in order to give his consent to the Bill; he has since heard from Mr. Wagstaff to say that Friday or the following Monday will be the earliest day on which the Bill can be committed.

[Sir David Brewster, Scottish scientist and inventor.] Autograph Signature ('D Brewster') on slip of paper.

Author: 
Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish scientist, inventor and historian of science
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£23.00

On 1.75 x 6.25 cm slip of paper, laid down on part of leaf removed from album. In fair condition, lightly aged. Simply reads 'D Brewster'.

[Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer.] Offprint (with photographic plate) of article: 'Speeches at the unveiling of the Shackleton Memorial'.

Author: 
Sir Ernest Shackleton, Arctic explorer; Dr Hugh Robert Mill; the Marquess of Zetland; Admiral Sir William Goodenough, President, Royal Geographical Society [Charles Sargeant Jagger]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, vol. LXXIX no. 3, March 1932'. Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London and Eccles, England.
£25.00

[7]pp, 8vo, paginated [161]-167. Preceded by photographic plate of 'The Shackleton Memorial' (on the outside of the Royal Geographical Society, London), on art paper. Stitched into blue printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'At the invitation of the Memorial Committee the company assembled in the Hall of the Society at 3 p.m. On Saturday 9 January 1932. | The Most Honourable the MARQUESS OF ZETLAND, Chairman of the Memorial Committee, addressing the President of the Society, said: | […]'.

[Lady Emily Shackleton on the death of her husband Sir Ernest Shackleton.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs. Gray', [New Zealander], describing the 'shattering blow', the memorial, other matters. With carbon typescripts of 2 poems by Shackleton.

Author: 
Lady Emily Shackleton [née Emily Mary Dorman] (1868-1936), wife of the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
Publication details: 
First letter on letterhead of 14 Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, 26 April 1922. Second letter on letterhead of Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex, 3 July 1930. Two poems undated.
£1,500.00

The four items are in good condition, lightly aged. Both letters signed 'Emily Shackleton'. ONE: ALS, 26 April 1922. 2pp, 4to. On paper with mourning border. Written three months after Shackleton's death (5 January 1922), of a heart attack, while moored at South Georgia with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition. She begins by thanking Mrs Gray for her 'kind letter' and 'the Rosemary'.

[Royal Navy officer in the Crimea and China War; Album.] Eighteen Royal Navy 'Certificates of Lieut. G. T. Medd', signed by 15 captains/commanders (on HMS Sidon, HMS Britannia and others) including Sir W. M. Dowell, Lord Gilford,, E. A. Inglefield.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [Edward Augustus Inglefield; Sir William Montagu Dowell; Lord Gilford [Richard James Meade, 4th Earl of Clanwilliam]]
Publication details: 
1850-1860. Port Royal, Jamaica; Bermuda; Portsmouth; Malta; Kinburn, Crimea; Sheerness; Ningpo, China; Canton; 'Beyrout'.
£450.00

Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Medd served in the Crimea and the China War, 1857-58 (medals with 2 clasps). He retired in 1861 invalided. Turning to the church he was made a deacon in 1868 and a priest in 1870. He was Curate of Rotherfield, Sussex, 1868-70; Curate of Harrietsham, Kent, 1870-76; and Vicar of Whitchurch, near Aylesbury, from 1876 to his death. Eighteen documents laid down on leaves of a contemporary notebook, bound in black half calf with marbled covers.

[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.

['Mau Mau terrorism' in Kenya, and the UK Foreign Office.] Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document titled: '(a) The political and economic effect of MAU MAU in KENYA.'

Author: 
'Mau Mau terrorism' in Kenya, and the British Foreign Office [Kikuyu tribe; Jomo Kenyatta; Sir Philip Mitchell; Sir Evelyn Baring]
Publication details: 
[United Kingdom Foreign Office, Whitehall, London. Circa 1953.]
£320.00

The Mau Mau uprising began in 1952, and the atrocities committed by the rebels were matched by those of the British, whose Attorney General in Kenya, Eric Griffith-Jones, wrote to Governor Baring in 1957 that the colony's detention camps for Mau Mau suspects were 'distressingly reminiscent of conditions in Nazi Germany or Communist Russia'.

[Richard Porson, Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge.] Autograph jeu d'esprit by Porson, purporting to be a letter from John Villette, Ordinary of Newgate, to Sir Busick Harwood, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge. With leaf of autograph Latin text

Author: 
Richard Porson (1759-1808), Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge [Rev. John Villette (c.1749-1799), Ordinary of Newgate Prison; Sir Busick Harwood (c.1750-1814), Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge]
Publication details: 
Letter dated from Newgate Street, 21 March 1787. Latin text without place or date.
£450.00

Two items. ONE: Ostensible letter from John Villette, Ordinary of Newgate, to Sir Busick Harwood, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge. Like Porson, Villette was a Cambridge man (St John's, BA 1771). He was Ordinary of Newgate between 1774 and 1799, the position being a lucrative one, and Porson's satire would in part appear to be directed against his cupidity in attempting to make money out of the cadaver of an executed man.

[The Fall of Fort Bowyer to the British, following the Battle of New Orleans, 1815.] Contemporary Manuscript Copy of Autograph Despatch from Major John Lambert to Earl Bathurst, describing the action.

Author: 
Sir John Lambert (1772-1847), British Army general in the Napoleonic Wars [Henry Bathurst (1762-1834), 3rd Earl Bathurst; Battle of New Orleans and Fall of Fort Bowyer, 1815]
Publication details: 
'Head Quarters Isle Dauphine | February 14th. 1815.' [On paper with Golding & Snelgrove watermark dated 1811.]
£750.00

3pp, foolscap 8vo. On laid paper with watermark: 'GOLDING | & | SNELGROVE | 1811'. Aged and worn, with closed tears along folds, but with text complete and clear. The document includes two passages written in red ink which has faded but is still legible. The background to the present letter is given in Lambert's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'On 4 June 1813 Lambert was promoted major-general, and was appointed to a brigade of the 6th division. […] Having been sent to America, he joined the army under Sir Edward Pakenham below New Orleans on 6 January 1815, with the 7th and 43rd foot regiments.

[William Moy Thomas, theatre critic, and associate of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Draft, signed with initials ('W M T'), of long 'Letter to Hare [i.e. actor-manager John Hare] about Grundy's Comedy An Old Jew produced at the Garrick Janry 6 1894'.

Author: 
William Moy Thomas (1828–1910), journalist, theatre critic, novelist and associate of Charles Dickens [Sir John Hare (1844-1921), actor-manager; Sydney Grundy (1848-1914)]
Publication details: 
At head of first page: 'Copy | January 16, 1894'.
£320.00

A highly interesting letter from a leading Victorian dramatic critic (Thomas describes himself in the letter as 'For five & twenty years [...] theatrical critic of the Daily news & the Graphic', who has 'served under at least thirteen editors') to a leading actor-manager (Hare was knighted in 1907), on the subject of alleged editorial pressure on Fleet Street's theatre critics. 4pp, 8vo. On four leaves. Aged and worn, but with text complete and clear.

[Admiral Sir George Martin] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Martin') to 'My Dear Julius', i.e. John Julius William Angerstein, grandson of patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein, regarding his desire to see service [in the First Anglo-Ashanti War].

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Martin (1764-1847), distinguished Royal Navy officer [John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), London merchant and art patron]
Publication details: 
Portsmouth. 27 December 1826.
£280.00

The recipient of this letter, John Julius William Angerstein (1800-1866), was son of the MP John Angerstein (c.1774-1858) and grandson of the celebrated patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), whose collection forms the basis of the National Gallery. At the time of writing J. J. W. Angerstein – a noted spendthrift and patron of the turf – was a captain in the Grenadier Guards. Martin was a family friend, and one of the two executors of J. J. Angerstein. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks and part of seal in red wax, to 'J. J. W.

[Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India, to Sir Arthur Cope.] Typed Letter Signed ('Ed Montagu'), explaining what is required should Cope illustrate 'His Majesty's head' on the 'new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India'.

Author: 
Edwin Samuel Montagu (1879-1924), Liberal politician, Secretary of State for India, 1917-1922 [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Bank of England; Royal Academy, London]
Publication details: 
On India Office Letterhead, London S.W.1., 26 October 1920.
£280.00

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. Thirty-six lines of text. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur Cope, | The Bank of England are preparing new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India, and we have asked them to arrange if possible that the representation of His Majesty's head which is to appear on these notes should be designed by an artist of the highest eminence.

[Sir John Lavery, Irish artist, to Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, portraitist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lavery'), regarding the Artists' General Benevolent Institution and a man who has 'pestered' him 'by his visits and letters'.

Author: 
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), RA, Irish painter [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Artists' General Benevolent Institution, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Cromwell Place, S.W.7 [London]. 30 January 1918.
£300.00

2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Cope'. After thanking him for his letter Lavery writes: 'Our “friend” [Braynard?] when he called to ask for my signature told me many things, amongst others that the A. G. B. I. had already given him a grant some time back and that [Charleton?], Brangwyn and I were his sponsors | I had a hazy recollection of him and made up my mind that I would sign his paper and let the Secretary of the A. G. B. I. know the circumstance, which I did do that same day.

[Chang Yin Hoon, Chinese Special Ambassador to the United Kingdom for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.] Manuscript Letter in English [in the hand of Chang Yin Hoon himself?] to Sir William Colville, regarding presents for Colville and his family.

Author: 
Chang Yin Hoon, Special Ambassador of the Chinese Emperor on the occasion of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee [Sir William James Colville (1827-1903), Master of Ceremonies to Queen Victoria]
Publication details: 
Hotel Cecil [London]. 11 June 1897.
£200.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded once. Embossed circular oriental design as letterhead.

[Sir William Orpen, Irish artist.] Autograph Signature ('William Orpen') to circular, in facsimile of his autograph, 'begging' for money, as steward of the Arts Club, with printed humorous self-portrait of Orpen sitting on the pavement begging.

Author: 
Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [The Arts Club; The Artists' General Benevolent Institution]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 South Bolton Gardens, S.W. [London] Undated [circa 1928].
£300.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, folded twice. A printed facsimile letter by Orpen, including a reproduction of a humorous self-portrait, depicting him sitting on the pavement, with legs splayed and hat in right hand, begging in front of a floral portrait leaning on the wall behind him. Orpen's actual signature is appended, and he words 'Dear Sir' are also in his hand. The text of the circular reads: 'Please forgive me, I am writing for money. I am begging! I know it, and I don't like it!

[Rider Haggard writes to Rudyard Kipling's wife.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H . Rider Haggard') to 'Mrs. Kipling', discussing in detail the flowers he has sent her.

Author: 
H. Rider Haggard [Sir Henry Rider Haggard] (1856-1925), author of adventure novels including 'King Solomon's Mines' and 'She' [Caroline Starr Balestier Kipling (1862-1939), wife of Rudyard Kipling]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Ditchingham House, Norfolk. 13 December 1909.
£320.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, with one central vertical fold, and patch of small holes at head of second leaf. Interesting letterhead, with image of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Someone (probably Mrs Kipling) has written 'orchid' on the first page. The letter begins: 'Mr dear Mrs. Kipling, | I sent you a few flowers today by post, also (by rail to Etchingham) a Cypripedium Insigne, a Blush Rambler & a Lady Gay rose. The Cyp: Insig: is very fairly hardy but I should not stand it in too violent a draught.

[Lord Rochester (John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester), poet and libertine.] Seventeenth-century manuscript of poem titled 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Car Scroope', an apocryphal piece with first line: 'Half man half Brute, for foole is both between'

Author: 
Lord Rochester [John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester] (1647-1680), Restoration poet and libertine [Sir Carr Scroope]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (Seventeenth century.)
£400.00

1p, 12mo. On unwatermarked laid paper. In fair condition, aged and spotted, with stub from mount adhering. In a seventeenth-century hand, and simply consisting of the poem and its title 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Car Scroope'.

[Sir William Gifford, Governor of Greenwich Hospital.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm: Gifford'), regarding a petition to the Queen from 'the Commissrs: and Directors of the Royal Hospital', and raising of funds for the 'House and Park'

Author: 
Sir William Gifford (c.1649-1724), Royal Navy officer, Member of Parliament, and Governor of Greenwich Hospital, 1708-1714
Gifford
Gifford2
Publication details: 
Without place or date [prior to 1708].
£750.00
Gifford
Gifford2

On one side of a piece of laid paper, top half torn off and missing, leaving the conclusion of the letter. Roughly 11 x 17.5 cm. Thirteen full lines of text, with two partial lines along the tear at the top edge. A frail item, in fair condition, aged and worn. See Gifford's entry in the History of Parliament. The letter, apparently addressed to an individual at the Admiralty or the Treasury, concerns a part of the tortuous process of raising finances for the conversion of the Queen's House into the hospital.

[The first census of the British Empire.] Two documents printed for Earl Grey at the Colonial Office: Major Graham's 'Memorandum' of 'suggestions' on how to take a colonial census; and a letter from Grey instructing colonial governors to prepare one.

Author: 
Major George Graham (1801-1888), Registrar General of England and Wales, 1842-1879; Earl Grey [Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey (1802-1894)] [Sir Frederick Peel (1823-1906), Liberal MP]
Publication details: 
[HMSO, London.] The Major Graham document, dated from the General Register Office [Somerset House, London], 7 December 1848. The Grey circular dated from Downing Street, 20 January 1849.
£320.00

Two printed documents: the first carrying Major Graham's 'Memorandum' of 'suggestions respecting the mode of taking a Census in each of our Colonial Posssessions', together with his observations on the making up of 'Statistical Abstracts', a specimen 'Form of Return' and a covering letter; the second a circular letter from Earl Grey, instructing colonial governors 'to cause a Return of the Population of the Colony under your Government to be prepared'. For the background to these two documents, see A. J.

[Lord Stanley (later Earl of Derby) and West Indian trade.] Manuscript, signed by Stanley, of a 'Circular Dispatch to Governors of West Indian Colonies' on the 'Act to amend the laws for the regulation of the Trade of the British Possessions abroad'.

Author: 
Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister [Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby] (1799-1869), as Lord Stanley [Sir Frederick Peel (1823-1906), Liberal MP; British West Indian colonies]
Publication details: 
The present draft dated from Downing Street, 30 July 1842. The circular as published, from teh same place, 17 August 1842.
£320.00

An apparently-unique Manuscript – signed by Lord Stanley as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, and dated from 'Downing Street, | 30: July 1842' – of what W. P. Morrell describes in his 'British Colonial Policy in the Age of Peel and Russell' (1966) as a 'Circular Dispatch to Governors of West Indian Colonies', regarding the 'Act to amend the laws for the regulation of the Trade of the British Possessions abroad' (5 & 6 Vic. c. 49). The document discusses the act with regard to 'the West Indian Colonists' and 'the British Possessions in South America and the West Indies'.

[Sir Cecil Beaton, photographer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cecil'), to '[Laura?]', regarding a 'ghastly time', 'B. H.', 'David' and 'a suburban cul de sac - in the outskirts of Manchester'.

Author: 
Sir Cecil Beaton [Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton] (1904-1980), photographer, diarist and socialite
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Reddish House, Broadchalke, Salisbury. 'Monday Oct ??' [no year]
£200.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. 15 lines of text, including part of postscript up one margin. The handwriting is not entirely straightforward, and the addressee's name is not clear. The letter begins: 'Dearest [Laura?]. | What a ghastly time – but I'm sure it had its moments of hilarity – as for B. H. can't imagine what she was thinking – in fact didn't know she really knows about anything.' To Beaton's surprise, his letter to 'David c/o Poste Restante' has been returned after three months. 'Can't begin to imagine how he sticks it out – year in & out.

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