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[ Basic English and its distinguished supporters. ] Autograph Signatures to printed declaration, by Sir Richard Arman Gregory, astronomer; Edwin Diller Starbuck, Manley O. Hudson; Ichikawa Sanki; Rintaro Fukuhara.

Author: 
Sir Richard Arman Gregory (1864-1952), astronomer; Edwin Diller Starbuck (1866-1947); Manley Ottmer Hudson (1886-1960), Ichikawa Sanki (1886-1970) and Rintaro Fukuhara (1894-1981) [ Basic English ]
Publication details: 
Without datre or place.
£200.00

The signatories are the British astronomer Sir Richard Arman Gregory (1864-1952), the American author Edwin Diller Starbuck (1866-1947), the American lawyer (twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize) Manley O. Hudson [ Manley Ottmer Hudson ] (1886-1960), and the two Japanese professors of English Ichikawa Sanki (1886-1970) of the Imperial University of Tokyo (friend of Lafcadio Hearn) and Rintaro Fukuhara (1894-1981) of Bunrika University (colleague of William Empson). The signatures are on four leaves of 8vo paper, In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with some fold lines.

[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A Conan Doyle'), regarding the printing of matter in a future edition of one of his books.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£300.00

On a 7 x 13 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with central vertical crease and one corner slightly dogeared. The ink of a few words slightly smudged by Doyle on blotting the letter, but the signature unaffected. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have put it in, but what Edition it will appear in depends on the printer. Sooner or later, anyhow. | Yours truly | A Conan Doyle'.

[ Sir J. D. Rees, British Resident, proposes a toast to the Maharaja of Travancore on Queen Victoria's birthday. ] Manuscript transcript of the speech, corrected in Rees's autograph.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharajah of Travancore, 1885-1924 ]
Publication details: 
'[...] at dinner at Residency on 31st. May [ no year, but between 1895 and 1898 ]'.
£150.00

From the papers of Sir John David Rees, who served as Resident on three occasions between 1895 and 1898. For information on Rees, (see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. The present eulogy should be evaluated in the light of another document among the Rees papers (offered separately), in which he states that 'Native rajas are unfit to be members of the House of Lords; even if they are found fit they will be of no use.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tear at head of gutter.

[ 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.

[ Lady Constance Wenlock, wife of Lord Wenlock, Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Constance Wenlock') to J. D. Rees, on his appointment as Resident in Travancore and Cochin, with official copy of Lord Wenlock's letter of confirmation.

Author: 
Lady Constance Mary Wenlock [ nee Lascelles ] (1852-1932), wife of Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock (1849-1912), Governor of Madras, and daughter of Earl of Harewood [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
Lady Wenlock's letter on letterhead of Government House, Ootacamund. No date [ circa April 1895 ]. Copy of Lord Wenlock's letter from Port St George 13 April 1895.
£90.00

ONE: Lady Wenlock's letter to 'My dear Mr. Rees'. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. 'I am sure you could hardly be more glad that [sic] I was when I heard this appointment was satisfactorily settled. I was miserable at the prospect of you & Mary going on in the same routine here for months without this desireable [sic] change'. After all Rees's wife has 'gone through' it is particularly important for her to have a 'thorough change': it is inevitable that she should 'suffer from just now after so much sorrow & fatigue'.?>

[ Osbert Sitwell, author. ] Autograph Letter Signed 'Osbert Sitwell' to 'Lady Cynthia' [ Lady Cynthia Colville ], requesting information regarding an article he has written which pleased Queen Mary.

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell [ Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell ] (1892-1969), English author and connoisseur, with siblings Sacheverell and Edith one of 'the Sitwells' [ Lady Cynthia Colville (1884-1968) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, nr. Sheffield. 14 April 1947.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a crabbed hand. He thanks her for being 'so helpful', and expresses pleasure 'that Queen Mary liked the article'. The letter concludes: 'Stupid Hare does not say to whom belonged: if you know – for I don't -, do write the owner or former owner's name on a card, and send it to me.'?>

[ Hugh Walpole, novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hugh Walpole') to 'Lady Cynthia [ Colville ]', concerning the giving of autographs and 'a prize ass'.

Author: 
Hugh Walpole [ Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole ] (1884-1941), English novelist [ Lady Cynthia Colville (1884-1968) ]
Publication details: 
90, Piccadilly, W. 1. [ London ] 6 November 1937.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. Walpole's handwriting is odd and not altogether straightforward. He writes that he was delighted to receive her letter, and that his 'man Harold will be greatly pleased', having 'asked several times whether I had heard anything'. He has just telephoned to say that he is at home. He will 'send the autographed and with the greatest pleasure in the world'. The letter concludes: 'By the way old <?> wrote me the most pompous letter about visiting the Library. He must be a prize ass.'?>

[ Sir James Knowles, Victorian architect and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Knowles') to Sir J. D. Rees, on his article on 'Hindoo marriages' and marriage of 'Loder' [Lord Wakehurst] and 'Lady Louise' [Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk].

Author: 
Sir James Knowles [ Sir James Thomas Knowles ] (1831-1908), Victorian architect and journalist, editor of 'The Nineteenth Century' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen Anne's Lodge, St. James's Park, S.W. [ London ] 17 October 1890.
£65.00

For information on Knowles see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and Priscilla Metcalfe's monograph (OUP, 1980). 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The handwriting is not entirely straightforward. He sends 'a thousand thanks' for Rees's 'admirable' article 'on Hindoo marriages', for which he is enclosing a cheque for twenty pounds. He hopes Rees approves of the title.

[ Fleet Street in the Thirties: Sir Robert Donald of United Newspapers and Ernest Outhwaite, editor of Leeds Mercury, Viscount Rothermere, Lord Harmsworth, Ernest Benn. ] TLsS from Donald and Outhwaite; copies of Rothermere and Benn letters.

Author: 
Sir Robert Donald (1860-1933), editor, Daily Chronicle, and Managing Director, United Newspapers; Ernest Outhwaite, editor, Leeds Mercury [ Viscount Rothermere; Lord Harmsworth; Ernest J. Benn ]
Publication details: 
Donald: on letterhead of 12 Thorney Court, Palace Gate, W.8. [ London ] 24 March 1932. Outhwaite: on letterhead of La Dragonniere, Cap Martin, A.M. 8 April 1930. Rothermere copies from 1929 and 1930. Benn copy from 1932.
£150.00

Six items from the Rothermere papers, on disparate subjects, casting light on the workings of 1930s Fleet Street. In good condition, lightly aged. The six are described below in chronological order. ONE: Typed Copy of letter, '(sgd) ROTHERMERE', to Donald. Hotel Splendide, 105 Piccadilly, W.1. 12 November 1929. 1p., 4to. The letter begins: 'My dear Donald, | I quite understand all the peculiar difficulties with which you are surrounded in connection with the Anglo-Foreign Newspapers Ltd.

[ Rotha Quillinan, daughter of Wordsworth's son-in-law Edward Quillinan, and granddaughter of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges. ] Offprint of notice of the 'Death of Rotha Quillinan'.

Author: 
Rotha Quillinan (1822-1876), daughter of William Wordsworth's son-in-law Edward Quillinan (1791-1851), poet, and granddaughter of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
Publication details: 
From the Westmoreland Gazette, 12 February 1876.
£100.00

Galley proof with 69 lines of text in a single column of small type, on slip of paper laid down on leaf removed from album. At foot: 'Westmoreland Gazette, Feb. 12, 1876.' In good condition, lightly aged. The text begins: 'Another personal link between the present generation and the band of poets and writers whose memory hovers around the Lake district has been severed in the death, last week, of Miss Rotha Quillinan.

[ S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, urging Sir J. D. Rees to use his appointment to the Legislative Council to further 'Indian well being and stability'.

Author: 
S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
'Sevin Coil street, | Karamanai, | Trivandram.' [ Sivan Kovil Street, Karamana, Trivandrum, India ] 22 October 1895
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed 'To | The Honourable J. D. Rees C.I.E.'. He begins by tendering his 'sincerest congratulations' on Rees's 'election to His Excellency the Viceroy's legislative Council'. Rees has 'already given ample proof' of his 'innate love, wisdom and vigor [...] in the way of Indian progress and prosperity', and his 'well-merited elevation has thrown open […] more abundant opportunities to initiate measures of reform for Indian well being and stability'.

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

[ Rev. Augustus William Atkinson, Principal of the Lawrence Asylum, Lovedale, Ootacamund. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Aug. Wm. Atkinson.'), congratulating 'Mr. Rees' [ Sir John David Rees ] on his appointment to the Supreme Legislative Council.

Author: 
Rev. Augustus William Atkinson (1841-1907), Principal and Secretary of the Lawrence Asylum, Lovedale, Ootacamund, India [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
Lawrence Asylum, [ Lovedale ] Ootacamund [ India ]. 12 October 1895 ( 'Saturday night.').
£75.00

The four Lawrence Asylums were founded at the desire of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence as boarding schools for the sons of British Army officers in India. What is now the Lawrence School, Lovedale, is now one of the most exclusive schools in India. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ Caroline Herschel, Hanoverian astronomer in England, sister of Sir William Herschel. ] Autograph Message to 'Miss Kerr', to which she adds her name and address.

Author: 
Caroline Herschel [ Caroline Lucretia Herschel ] (1750-1848), Hanoverian astronomer in England, sister of the astronomer-royal Sir William Herschel (1738-1822)
Publication details: 
'Miss Caroline Herschel | 376 Braunschweiger Strasse | Hannover.' [ 1836. ]
£600.00

Neatly written out, with the long s, and presented on an 8 x 14.5 cm piece of gilt-edged paper. The text reads: 'Miss Kerr desires me to write something for her Stam-Book (so I believe it is called) I would rather compley [sic] with any other commands She would be pleased to honour me with, than to write something when I have nothing to say. [here the card divides into two columns] | [left-hand column] But if on seeing my address [sic] Miss Kerr will think on me some times, I shall yet believe to have been writing to some purpose.

[ The Spanish Civil War: Royal Navy evacuation of refugees in 1936. ] Original duplicated copy of an account titled 'H.M.S. “Shropshire” at Barcelona. 22nd August 1936 to 16th September 1936'. With thirteen photographs, including eight of refugees.

Author: 
Spanish Civil War; HMS Shropshire, Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet 1st Cruiser Squadron; Admiral Sir Thomas Hugh Binney (1883-1953); the Spanish Civil War
Publication details: 
'For private circulation only". Dated from 'H.M.S. "Shropshire", | 27th September 1936.'
£1,000.00

HMS Shropshire was a Royal Navy 'London' County-class heavy cruiser, launched in 1928 and decommissioned in 1942. In July 1936, as part of the Mediterranean Fleet 1st Cruiser Squadron, she sailed to Barcelona, relieving HMS London, the first ship to arrive to take off refugees from the Spanish Civil War. The present item (possibly written by Admiral Binney) is excessively scarce: the only other copy traced is in the Hampshire Archives. [3] + 19pp., foolscap 8vo. The original document from the 1930s, spirit-duplicated in aniline ink, with pages on one side only of 22 leaves.

[ Sir Francis Seymour Haden, etcher and surgeon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Seymour Haden'), in French, to a 'Colleague' [sic]

Author: 
F. Seymour Haden [ Sir Francis Seymour Haden ] (1818-1910), etcher and surgeon
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Athenaeum, Pall Mall, S.W. [ London ] 25 February 1904.
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He offers him a choice of engravings, explaining his constraints; 'Aussi vous savez entre amis et artists un traitement secondaire sera indigne'. There is also Haden had strong connections with France; according to his entry in the Oxford DNB, he completed 'his professional studies in the medical schools of the Sorbonne, Paris, and Grenoble, where he acted as prosecteur in 1839, and, later, lecturer on surgical anatomy at the military hospital'.

[ Lord Castlereagh, Tory politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Castlereagh') on frank addressed to Captain Wood, 10th Hussars, Kilkenny.

Author: 
Lord Castlereagh [ Frederick Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry ] (1805-1872), Tory politician, Member of Parliament for County Down
Publication details: 
'London June Twenty Four 1833'.
£25.00

On 7.5 x 12 cm piece of paper, cut from the front of an envelope. With frank postmark in faint red ink. Laid out in the customary fashioin, with the date and address reading 'London June Twenty Four 1833. | Captn. Wood | 10th Hussars | Kilkenny', with 'Castlereagh' at bottom left.

[ Sir John William Kaye, historian of British India. ] Volume of Autograph Drafts of passages from the opening chapters of his 'History of the War in Afghanistan', with transcriptions by him of source material..

Author: 
Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876), military historian of British India and civil servant [ Afghanistan; Afghan War; the India Office; East India Company ]
Publication details: 
[ Composed before the first publication of the book by Richard Bentley, London, 1851. ]
£1,200.00

The present item presents an opportunity to observe a leading Victorian historian at work, and the evolution of one of his major texts. For information on Kaye see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and his obituary in The Times, 27 July 1876. Educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, he served for some years as an officer in the Bengal Artillery. On the transfer of the government of India from the East India Company to the British Crown, he succeeded John Stuart Mill as Secretary in the Political and Secret Department of the India Office, receiving the Star of India for his services.

[ Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India. ] Three Autograph Letters, one signed ('Lansdowne'), the other two incomplete, to Sir J. D. Rees, on topics including administrative affairs, Rees's 'Tours in India', and his 'old Chief'.

Author: 
Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India [ Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927) ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of the Viceregal Lodge, Simla [ India ]. 5 September and 22 October 1897, and 29 June 1891.
£125.00

The three items are ruckled through removal from an album, and two have a layer of glue over one page. ONE: 5 September 1897. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. No signature: the first part of the letter only. The fourth page cancelled with blue pencil.

[ Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. ] Printed Certiicate of Enrollment of Frederick Lewis Clementson, signed by President, John Goldwyer Andrews, Vice-Presidents Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie and Samuel Cooper and the seven members of the C

Author: 
Royal College of Surgeons of England, London [ Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie; Sir William Lawrence; Honoratus Leigh Thomas; Samuel Cooper; John Goldwyer Andrews; George James Guthrie ]
Publication details: 
The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. Certificate dated 6 May 1844.
£250.00

The certificate is grandly printed in grey and black on one side of a 54 x 37.5 cm piece of thick wove paper, with the College's engraved coat of arms at the head. It is in fair condition, aged and worn, with some discolouration to the blank reverse. It carries two embossed stamps and the statutory government tax stamp.

[ 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.

[ Captain John Hudson, Governor of Queen's Bench Prison, and Royal Navy officer active against the slave trade. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J: Hudson') to an uncle, on a 'Bond of Security' for 'Jos. at Chatton', 'new regulations', 'queer subjects'.

Author: 
Captain John Hudson (1796-1869), Governor of Queen's Bench Prison, Royal Navy officer active against the slave trade
Publication details: 
Queen's Bench Prison [ London ]. 23 July 1843.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but with closed tears along fold lines of both leaves. Addressed to 'My dear Uncle'.

[ Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar, Indian nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Ramasamy Mudr') in English to Sir J. D. Rees, on his appointment to the Viceregal Legislative Council and organising 'Todas or Badagas' dancers for the Viceroy.

Author: 
[Rajah] Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar (1840-1911), Indian merchant, politician, philanthropist, early leader of the Indian National Congress [ Sir J.D. Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator]
Publication details: 
Madras [ India ]. 12 October [ 1895 ].
£150.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining at head of second leaf. Addressed to 'The Honble. Mr. J. D. Rees, C.I.E.' A long letter, beginning with an expression of pleasure at Rees's 'appointment as an additional Member of the Viceregal Legislative Council'. His wife and 'Chota Sheriff' join him in sending congratulations. He refers to a conversation in which it was 'casually wished' that Rees would 'become connected with the Viceregal Govt. though not by such an appointment as the present one.

[ Printed booklet. ] The Idea of a British Book Trade Association. An Address given to The Society of Bookmen by Basil Blackwell.

Author: 
Basil Blackwell [ Sir Basil Blackwell (1889-1984), Oxford bookseller and publisher ] [ The Society of Bookmen, London ]
Publication details: 
The Society of Bookmen, 3 Henrietta Street, London, W.C.2. June 1937. [ Unwin Brothers Limited, London and Woking, Printers. ]
£35.00

12pp., 8vo. Stapled into light-brown printed wraps, with title in dark-brown on white label on front wrap. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Blackwell's address is on pp.3-10; p.11 carries a 'List of Members 30th June 1937', in two columns, including R. Cobden-Sanderson, Geoffrey Faber, Rupert Hart-Davis, Harold Macmillan, Stanley Unwin and Sir Hugh Walpole. The final page carries details of the Society's officers, committee, secretary and offices. Blackwell begins his address: 'I have nothing new or strange to propose to-night.

[ Walter William Ouless,, leading Victorian portrait painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. W. Ouless.'), asking 'W. K. Allchin Esq | M.D. [sic, for the future Sir W. H. Allchin ]' to convey a message to Sir George Burrows.

Author: 
Walter William Ouless (1848-1933), RA, British portrait painter from Jersey [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician; [ Sir George Burrows (1801-1887), physician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Byranston Square, W. [ London ] 8 March 1886.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He writes that he has only just received Allchin's letter on his return from the country. 'Please ask Sir George Burrows to call at any hour in the day most convenient to himself.'

[ Sir Eric A. Carpenter, Chairman, Williams Deacon's Bank, Manchester. ] Six items from his papers, including two typed corrected speeches by him on the opening of the bank's new headquarters, also letter to him from Bill Lyth of Sheffield Telegraph.

Author: 
Williams Deacon's Bank Ltd, founded in Manchester in 1836 [ Sir Eric A. Carpenter [ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter ] (1896-1973); Williams & Glyn; Royal Bank of Scotland ]
Publication details: 
Williams Deacon's Bank, Manchester, 1953, 1959 and 1963.
£130.00

Williams Deacon's Bank Ltd, which was founded in Manchester in 1836 and subsequently headquartered in London, had a large network of branches in the north-west of England. It was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1930. In 1970 it was merged with Glyn, Mills & Co and The National Bank to form Williams & Glyn's Bank. Carpenter was a director of the bank for 21 years, serving as chairman for 12 years.

[ Sir Dawson Williams, editor of the British Medical Journal. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dawson Williams') to 'Dr Milburn', regarding whether 'Dr Fred Wilson was suffering from the plague'.

Author: 
Sir Dawson Williams (1854-1928), editor of the British Medical Journal
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Medical Journal, 429 Strand, London, W.C. 25 January 1901.
£30.00

For information on Williams see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., landscape 12mo. The top half of a 4to leaf, the lower part having been torn away untidily, and with a closed tear repaired on reverse with archival tape. He thanks him for the trouble he has taken 'to obtain an answer to my inquiry. As it was not certain whether Dr Fred Wilson was suffering from plague or not, we thought it better to leave the matter indefinite.'

[ Sir Francis Grant, President of the Royal Academy. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Grant') to 'Frith' [ the artist William Powell Frith' ], regarding the delivery of a marble bust.

Author: 
Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), Scottish portrait painter, President of the Royal Academy, 1866-1878 [ William Powell Frith (1819-1909) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Academy of Arts, Trafalgar Square, W.C. London. 'Monday evening' [ post 1866 ].
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. An untidy hurried scrawl. Reads: 'My dear Frith | I find the Academy possess a cast of the marble bust of Sir <?> | I have arranged if you send to Mr Eyre it will be delivered - as to the Keeper | Ever trly | Francis Grant | Monday evening'.

[ Laura Starr Canziani, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Laura Canziani') to the wife of the physician Sir W. H. Allchin, regarding an invitation and her husband's return from Paris.

Author: 
Louisa Starr Canziani [ Louisa Canziani ] (1845-1909), artist, the first woman to win a gold medal for history painting at the Royal Academy (1867) [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Kensington Palace Green, W. [ London ] 12 June [ no year ].
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She apologises for having missed Mrs Allchin's 'party at the Prince's Hall', as she had to meet her husband 'in Paris on his way home from Italy, and we were detained there longer than we had expected'. She had hoped that they both could have attended the party, but they were 'detained there longer than we had expected'. Louisa Starr married the civil engineer and industrialist Enrico Canziani (1848-1931) in Dover in 1882.

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