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[ Sir Gilbert Elliot (later Earl of Minto), as Viceroy of the Anglo-Corsican Kingdom. ] Manuscript Bill of Exchange, signed 'Gilbert Elliot', to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, for funds 'for the Service of Government'.

Author: 
Sir Gilbert Elliot [ Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto ] (1751-1814), Scottish diplomat, Governor-General of India, 1807-1813; Viceroy of the Anglo-Corsican Kingdom, 1793-1796
Publication details: 
Bastia [ Corsica ]. 18 February 1796.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Text in neat secretary's hand, with Elliot's equally-neat signature. Headed 'Bastia, 18. Feb. 1796 | £1300..-..-. Stg.' and addressed 'To the Right Honor. The Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury | London'. Reads: 'Thirty days after sight of this my second of Exchange, (First not paid) please to pay to the Order of Messrs.

[ Gordon Gyll of Wraysbury, author and translator. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to the editor of the Cambridge Chronicle, urging at length a review of his 'Tractate on Language'.

Author: 
Gordon Gyll [ Gordon Willoughby James Gyll ] (1818-1878) of Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire, author and translator of Cervantes etc[ Sir John R. Somers Vine (1847-1929), editor of the Cambridge Chronicle ]
Publication details: 
7 Lower Seymour St, Portman Square, London, on embossed letterhead of the Royal Institute of Great Britain. 13 February 1881.
£180.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of stub at inner edge. A shameless plug for his book 'A Tractate on Language, with Observations on the French Tongue' (1860), closely written over four pages. As 'an old Oxford man', he 'shd feel obliged if the Editor wd give some notice of his work a "Tractate on Language" - in his weekly paper'. He had 'caused a Copy to be transmitted to him, & he trusted that if the book did not command a detailed review some observations wd be made about it - & in a note sent at the time he expressed a desire to have any paper in wh.

[ Syed Khelafat Hussain, Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur; contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at Inns of Court ] Three printed transcripts of letters to A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal, regarding his 'complex relations with Mrs. Maloney'.

Author: 
Syed Khelafat Hussain [ Syed Khilafat Hussain ] (b.c.1870) Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Inns of Court [ A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal ]
Publication details: 
All dated '8-4-07'. All by 'G.I.C.P.O.', i.e. Calcutta: Government of India Central Printing Office. [ High Court of Judicature, Fort William, Bengal; Appelate Side. Letters dated 25 February, 22 and 25 March 1907. ] First letter stamped 2 June 1907.
£220.00

Each letter is on a separate leaf. The first and last are each 1p., 8vo; the middle one is 2pp., 8vo. Aged and worn. Hussain was disbarred from the Inner Temple in 1915. The labyrinthine first sentence of the first letter (25 February 1907) hardly inspires confidence: 'Your No. 553, dated the 18th February 1907, has come to hand only to-day, owing to my absence on account of Mohurrum holiday.

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

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

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

[ Sir Charles Locock, Physician Accoucheur to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Note Signed ('C Locock') to 'Dr Farre', i.e. John Richard Farre, regarding a visit to 'Miss Gladstone', with Farre's Autograph Note in reply, complaining of postal delivery.

Author: 
Sir Charles Locock, 1srt Baronet (1799-1875), obstetrician, Physician Accoucheur to Queen Victoria; John Richard Farre (1775-1862), physician and writer and editor of medical works and periodicals
Publication details: 
'Berners Street [ London ] | Tuesday. -' [ No date, but 30 March 1830. ]
£120.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lighly aged at extremities, with the second leaf, carrying the address ('Dr. Farre | Charter House Square', with postmark), laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. Locock's note, on the recto of the first leaf, reads: 'My dear Sir - | We will not trouble you to call on Miss Gladstone tomorrow, as she remains much the same, and they are rather anxious to get out of Town.-' Farre's unsigned reply, on the reverse, complains that Locock's letter 'reached my hands too late to prevent on the 31st.

[ The Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in the aftermath to the Great War. ] Typed circular, with cyclostyled signature of 'O. Murray' [ Sir Oswyn Murray ], inviting the parents of cadets to withdraw their offspring as fewer officers are needed.

Author: 
Sir Oswyn Murray [ Sir Oswyn Alexander Ruthven Murray ] (1873-1936), Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty, 1917-1936 [ Sir Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court ]
Publication details: 
Embossed letterhead of the Admiralty, S.W.1. [ London ] 1 March 1920. [ 'C. W. 3832.' ]
£150.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged. In good condition, lightly aged and neatly folded. Addressed with typed name of 'Sir R. Harington, Bart.', followed by his address 'Whitbourne Court, | Worcester' in manuscript.

[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A C D.') to 'My dear David' [ David Thomson? ], giving advice regarding the publishing of a poem.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), renowned English author, creator of Sherlock Holmes
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood. Undated [ between 1891 and 1894, judging by the address ].
£750.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight spotting to extremities. A candidate for the recipient of the letter is David Thomson, whom Doyle wrote was 'photographing me writing at my table' in South Norwood on 18 November 1891, and had Conan Doyle write to him and other friends about asking at a library for "Micah Clarke" (revealed in his letter of 26 Feb. 1889, to Mary Doyle). The letter reads: 'My dear David | The average Magazine expects to be paid [last three words underlined] for publishing poetry, so I'm afraid there's no chance for this, tho' the lines are pretty.

[ Hormuzd Rassam, Chaldean Mesopotamian archeologist and diplomat. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Rassam') to 'Mrs. Williams', regarding 'Mr. Layard's autograph' and his own book.

Author: 
Hormuzd Rassam (1828-1910), Chaldean Mesopotamian archeologist and British diplomat
Publication details: 
Ailsa Park Lodge, Twickenham. 24 July 1875.
£200.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin stain from mount at head. He is enclosing 'Mr. Layard's Autograph which I have promised you.' He is sorry to inform her that he has 'lent my Book to some friend who has not returned it.' He will send it to her when he gets it back. In his youth Rassam had worked for the British archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard ()1817-1894), and the two remained friends for life.

[ James John Hornby, Headmaster of Eton College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. J. Hornby') to Sir Richard Harington regarding the portrait just done of him [ by John Collier ].

Author: 
J. J. Hornby [ James John Hornby ] (1826-1909), Headmaster of Eton College, 1868-1884 [ John Collier (1850-1934), painter ] [ Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet (1835-1911) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Lodge, Eton College. 10 December 1897.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter concerns a portrait of Hornby described in Lionel Cust's 'Eton College Portraits' (1909, dedicated to Hornby's memory), as being '56 x 45 inches. Painted by the Hon. John COLLIER, 1897. […] Seated figure to the knees, facing the spectator; in black gown and D.D. Hood. | Presented to the College by Old Etonians. (Provost’s Dining Room.)' Responding to Harington's congratulations, Hornby writes that it is 'a great pleasure to have such kind words from an old friend'.

[ Sir Charles Holroyd, Director of the National Gallery. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Charles Holroyd') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to take the chair for two lectures.

Author: 
Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), artist and curator, Keeper of the Tate, 1897-1906, and Director of the National Gallery, 1906-1916 [Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
First letter on letterhead of Sturdie House, Beechwood Avenue, Weybridge. 26 January 1915. Second letter on letterhead of the National Gallery [ London ]. 1 April 1915.
£45.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged, and both bearing the Society's stamp. ONE: 26 January 1915. 1p., 12mo. He is obliged by a previous engagement to decline the invitation 'to take the Chair for Mr. F Vincent Brooks lecture on Lithography on the 10th.', but feels the honour 'all the same'. TWO: 1 April 1915. 1p., 12mo. He would like, 'for every reason', 'to take the chair for M. Paul Lambottes lecture on C Meunier', but he will probbably be 'out of London during the first two weeks in May'.

[ Rear-Admiral Sir Nesbit Josiah Willoughby, naval hero ('The Immortal'). ] Three secretarial letters, all signed 'N. J. Willoughby', to 'Sir John', regarding his book 'Extracts from Holy Writ', and why he is not a 'good man'.

Author: 
Sir Nesbit Josiah Willoughby (1777-1849), Royal Navy Rear-Admiral and naval hero ('The Immortal')
Publication details: 
6 Chapel Street, Grosvenor Square [ London ]. Letters to Hardy dated 27 and 31 September 1839. Letter to unnamed party dated 3 October 1839.
£320.00

All three letters are on bifoliums, and they total 11pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. They are all written by a secretary (for reasons made obvious below), and signed by Willoughby. ONE: To 'Sir John', 27 September 1839. 4pp., 12mo. He is sending him copies of his work, 'The one dedicated to Seamen and Sailors meant for Greenwich [i.e.

[ First World War: British Military Mission to Italy. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed from 'Charlie' to 'Nonna', with reference to 'intrigues', his superior Delmé-Radcliffe, and a visit to Austrian trenches in 'the Caroo'.

Author: 
[ British Military Mission to Italy, First World War ] [Missione Militare di Sua Maestà Britannica, Addetta al Comando Supremo, Italia; Brig. Gen.Sir Charles Delmé-Radcliffe (1864-1937) ]
Publication details: 
All four on letterheads of the 'Missione Militare di Sua Maestà Britannica, Addetta al Comando Supremo, Italia' [ British Military Mission Italian Army in the Field ]. 30 December 1916; 10 January and 16 and 20 June 1917.
£180.00

Four interesting and evocative letters. The identity of the writer is not known. All but the third letter are addressed to 'Dearest Nonna', who appears to be married to 'George' and living in Viareggio. ONE: 30 December 1916. 2pp., 4to. 'This place is simply a nest of intrigues and I wish I had some of your dear familys clever brains to sort things out a bit & put them right. I loathe the double-faced dealing necessary to combat intrigues and am afraid I may lose my temper one day & tell them what I think of them - & that wd be fatal.

[ Mandela; Sir Ronald Harwood, playwright and screenwriter. ] Shooting Script, with numerous pages of amendments, of the British television drama film 'Mandela'.,directed by Peter Saville and starring Danny Glover.

Author: 
Sir Ronald Harwood (born South Africa, 1934 as Ronald Horwitz), Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter [ Peter Saville (1930-2016), British film director; Nelson Mandela ]
Publication details: 
[ TVS Limited, Shepperton Studios. ] Dated 9 September 1986.
£220.00

Typed screenplay, 103pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Paginated to 99, but with the pagination heavily disrupted by the addition and removal of a large number of pages of revisions on pink or blue paper, each amended leaf dated at the head. Held together with two metal studs, in yellow card binding with windowpane for title. Title-page states 'MANDELA | by | Ronald Harwood | 9 September 1986', without further details. Loosely inserted is a six-page 'Call Sheet No.

[ An upper-middle-class English girl's education in the 1840s. ] Autograph Journal of Fanny Higginson, daughter of Lt Gen. Sir George Powell Higginson, including a detailed description of the course of her education.

Author: 
Fanny Higginson, daughter of Lt-Gen. George Powell Higginson (1788-1866) of the Grenadier Guards, and sister of Gen. Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson (1826-1927)
Publication details: 
Wilton Crescent and Pont Street, London; and Brighton and other locations. Journal: 1 January to 23 July 1842. Notes: November 1844 to July 1845.
£1,250.00

The present item is highly unusual from the point of view of women's education, being in large part a description by a young English upper-middle-class girl of the 1840s of the rigorous course of education she is undergoing.

[ William Kirtland, Under Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Kirtland | Under Keeper') to the antiquary Charles Roach Smith

Author: 
William Kirtland (1786-1864), Under Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, employed by Sir Thomas Phillipps as an amanuensis [ Charles Roach Smith (1806-1890), antiquary ]
Publication details: 
'Museum Oxford' [ Ashmolean Museum ]. 29 February 1840.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with tape stain at head from mount. The Keeper 'Mr. Duncan' (Philip Duncan) being absent from Oxford, Kirtland is forwarding to Smith 'that portion of the Ashmolean Catalogue which relates to Alfreds Jewell [sic] comprizing all the facts and ideas we have been able to gather respecting it'. He refers him to 'Mr. White Printseller of Brownlow St. Holborn', who visited the museum in the summer for the purpose of examining the item. He ends by informing him that there are 'no other antiquities of a similar kind in this Museum'.

[ Sir Richard Hill on the Hoxton Academy. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'T. Wilson', regarding his subscription and an 'arbitrary' 'transaction'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Hill (1732-1808) of Hawkstone, 2nd Baronet, Tory religious revivalist [ Thomas Wilson (1764-1843), Hoxton Academy treasurer; Robert Hawker (1753-1827), vicar of Charles Church, Plymouth ]
Publication details: 
Nottingham Place [ London ]. 6 March 1804.
£120.00

2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Sir Robert Phillimore, last judge of the Court of the Lord High Admiral of England. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Robert Phillimore') to 'Mr Hammond' (his clerk?), with directions regarding a copy of a letter.

Author: 
Sir Robert Phillimore [ Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore ] (1810-1885), last judge of the Court of the Lord High Admiral of England, and politician
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Arlington Street, London, S.W. 21 March [ no year ].
£35.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. Reads: 'My dear Mr Hammond | Will you cause a copy of Mr 's letter to Mr Fane to be sent, as speedily as may be convenient, to the Neutrality Laws Commiss[ion]ers'.?>

[ Sir John Gurney, judge, to Sir Frederick Pollock. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Gurney') to 'My dear Pollock' (Sir Frederick Pollock), regarding his having to 'half try' a case at Lancaster, and the purchase of manuscripts for the Temple Library.

Author: 
Sir John Gurney (1768-1845), judge, Baron of the Exchequer, 1832-1845 [ Sir Frederick Pollock (1783-1870), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
'L. I. F', i.e. Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. 10 April 1833.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with part of the blank second leaf cut away. Addressed to 'Myy dear Pollock'. Headed, presumably by Pollock, 'a note from Baron Gurney'. The letter begins: 'I have not yet discovered how it is that I am here instead of being at Lancaster where I expected to be at this time summing up.

[ Sir John Mowbray, Member of Parliament for Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R Mowbray') to Lady Hunter, giving reasons why her friend 'Mr Wiles' should vote for Lord Chandos and the Conservatives in the forthcoming General Election.

Author: 
Sir John Robert Mowbray [formerly Cornish], 1st Baronet (1815-1899), Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Oxford University for over thirty years
Publication details: 
Warennes Wood [ Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire ]. 28 June 1859.
£35.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks her to say, 'in answer to the enquiries of Mr. Wiles that Lord Chandos comes forward as a Member of the Conservative party & a supporter of Lord Derby in opposition to the heterogenous combination found under Lord Palmerston'.

[ Victorian poem describing the public execution of a woman. ] Autograph poem by Sir Richard Harington, titled 'The Judicial Murder - A Fragment', a fictional account of a woman's execution, with drawings by the author.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, of Ridlington [ Eton College; hanging; public execution in Victorian England ]
Publication details: 
[ Eton? 1870s? or Oxford? 1880s? ]
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On paper watermarked 'J GREEN & SON'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss at the spine.From the Harington family papers, the author's identity being established from other items. Clearly a youthful production, and either written during Harington's time at Eton in the 1870s, or Christ Church, Oxford, in the 1880s. Written employing the long s. The 140 lines of verse are numerated by the author, and a catch-word at the end suggests that more followed or the poet's invention failed him.

[ Sir George King, Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G King'), regarding 'Mrs Parker's death'.

Author: 
Sir George King (1840-1909), botanist, Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, and first Director of the Botanical Survey of India
Publication details: 
13 Kew Gardens Road [ London ]. 'Sunday' [ no date ].
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a hurried, difficult hand. The recipient's name is indecipherable. King is returning a letter from the recipient's son, and is sorry to hear of 'Mrs Parker's death': 'It is very sad indeed as she was hoping to come to England after a very long absence'.

[ Sir Gore Ouseley, orientalist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Gore Ouseley') to 'Clarke'.

Author: 
Sir Gore Ouseley (1770-1844), diplomat and orientalist, British Ambassador to Persia
Publication details: 
41 Upper Brook Street. 21 June 1843.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with cropped margins which have trimmed a tiny part of the bottom of the loop in the word 'Ouseley' in the signature. He asks for the pleasure of Clarke's company 'at Dinner on Friday the 7th of July at seven O Clock to meet our new President of the R. A. Society'.

[ Sir Henry Bunbury, soldier, historian and antiquary. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Hy Bunbury'), regarding Robert Craufurd, Robert Anstruther and the posiition of 'Depy. Quarter Master General [ in the 16th Queen's light dragoons ].

Author: 
Sir Henry Bunbury [ Sir Henry Edward Bunbury ], 7th Baronet, soldier, historian and antiquary
Publication details: 
Barton [ Barton Hall, Suffolk ]. 28 October 1854.
£95.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse. The male recipient is not identified. The letter reads: 'Sir, | My memory hardly serves me so as to answer your enquiry positively. I do not recollect Robert Craufurd in Holland in '99; and I am pretty sure that Robt: Anstruther, who died at Corunna, was our Depy. Quarter Master General'. According to Bunbury's entry in the Oxford DNB, he purchased 'a captaincy in the 16th Queen's light dragoons on 16 August 1797.

[ Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles W. Dilke') to A. E. Skeen

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), Radical and Liberal politician, whose career ended in disgrace
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Pyrford, by Maybury, near Woking. 4 December 1894.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, wiht crease along one edge. The letter concerns international affairs. Regarding the United Kingdom Dilke writes: 'I think it would be quite proper for us to attempt to effect a reconciliation at any moment when it seems possible that we could be of use, and I fancy that we have made some such offer more than once, possibly along with Russia.' As it happens 'the belligerents have preferred, - which was not unnatural under the circumstances, - to avail themselves of the good offices of the United States'.

[ Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquis of Londonderry. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vane Londonderry') to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer [ Sir Frederick Pollock ]

Author: 
Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquis of Londonderry (1778-1854), politician, soldier and diplomat [ Sir Frederick Pollock (1783-1870), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
Holdernesse House [ London ]. 7 February 1843.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'My Dear Lord Chief Baron'. He is coming 'to Town for my waiting for a few days', and hopes that Pollock's 'important time could allow of you to see me for a few minutes'. He is willing either to call on Pollock, or receive a visit from him, 'at any time you would kindly appoint'.

[ Sir Travers Twiss, jurist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Travers Twiss') to C. S. A. Abbott [ the future Lord Tenterden ] regarding 'the United States Courts having limited the criminal consequences of violating neutrality to the Cruise'.

Author: 
Sir Travers Twiss (1809-1897), jurist who drew up the constitution of the Congo Free State [ Charles Stuart Aubrey Abbott, 3rd Baron Tenterden (1834-1882), diplomat ]
Publication details: 
Temple [ London ]. 21 May 1867.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. When Twiss 'suggested the circumstance', Sir R. Palmer 'had some doubts about the United States Courts having limited the criminal consequences of violating neutrality to the cruise [last word underlined]'. There was also 'some doubt about the effect of a sale by a <?> of a Prize Court to a third party. Twiss thinks 'it might be desirable to print & circulate the enclosed observations bearing upon those two points'.

[ Sir James Prior, biographer of Burke and Goldsmith. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas: Prior')

Author: 
Sir James Prior (c.1790-1869), Irish surgeon and biographer of Burke and Goldsmith
Publication details: 
22 Great Charlotte Street, Blackfriars [ London ]'. 16 January 1829.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, laid down on part of brown paper leaf from album. Annotated at head in a contemporary hand: 'Author of the life of Burke'. Reads: 'I shall feel obliged if you can forward the accompanying letter to its destination under a cover. It contains an inclosure which I do not like to entrust to the common channel, but with the cover I shall deem it safe.' In a postscript he reports that he is returning to Margate the following day, 'to scribble'.

[ Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877), architect and writer on art. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. Digby Wyatt') to the herald and playwright J. R. Planché, regarding C. R. Cockerell's theory on 'the Wells & other sculptures' at the Crystal Palace.

Author: 
Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877), architect and writer on art [ James Robinson Planché [ J. R. Planché ] (1796-1880), playwright and herald; John Burley Waring; Charles Robert Cockerell ]
Publication details: 
54 Guildford Street [ London ]. 9 May 1857.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The name of the addressee has been amended from 'J. B. Waring' to 'J. R. Planché Eqr.' In 1854 Wyatt and Waring had collaborated on four architectural guidebooks to the courts of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, and the present item relates to sculptures present there. The letter beings iwth Wyatt thanking Planché for 'a copy of your interesting comments on Professor Cockerell's views with respect to the Wells & other sculptures', which he has read 'with care and interest'.

[ Sir Robert Gordon, Minister Plenipotentiary in the Hague. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R Gordon') to an unnamed bookseller, giving directions regarding two books he wishes to have sent to him from England.

Author: 
Sir Robert Gordon 1791-1847), diplomatist, Minister Plenipotentiaryy in the Hague, brother to the prime minister George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
Publication details: 
The Hague. 5 November 1814.
£65.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: Sir | I will thank you to send me by return of Post a Copy of a Poem styled "Persia" in Octavo. You will also oblige me by sending me out copies of Walter Scott's new Poem "The Lord of the Isles" and of Lucien Bonaparte's "Charlemagne" as soon as they are published'. He gives two alternative means of forwarding the books: addressed to him directly via 'the care of the Packet Agent Harwich', or sent to 'Mr. Broughton Foreign Office'.

[ Samuel Romilly, politician, abolitionist and legal reformer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Romilly') to the jurist Basil Montagu

Author: 
Samuel Romilly (1757-1818), Whig politician, abolitionist and legal reformer [ Basil Montagu (1770 -1851), writer, jurist and philanthropist ]
Publication details: 
Russell Square [ London ]. 24 December 1814.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Part of the second leaf, which carries the address to 'Basil Montagu Esq', has been cut away. He thanks him for his 'book on Partnerships', which he considers 'will be a very valuable acquisition to the profession for such a work was very much wanted'. He also thanks him for his 'kindness & anxiety for me during my late illness'. He is setting out that day for the country, and has 'great confidence that the air of <?> Hill will soon restore me to perfect health'.

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