SMITH

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mrs Cunliffe' [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley, daughter of Lord Crewe], good natured and vivacious.

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Elizabeth Emma Cunliffe Offley (1780-1850), daughter of Lord Crewe and wife of MP Foster Cunliffe Offley]
Publication details: 
Three letters from London addresses: 3 Weymouth Street [Portland Place], no date [c. 1835]; 33 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, 31 April 1839; 56 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, 18 February 1842. Last letter with no place or date [London, c. 1824].
£450.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged, with stubs from mounts still adhering. The first three are bifoliums, carrying seals in red wax (that to the third letter broken). The second letter is addressed to her at Grosvenor Square; the third and fourth to her at Upper Brook Street. ONE: No place or date. [London, on paper with watermark of 'J GREEN & SON | 1824'.] 1p, 12mo.

[Sydney Smith, 'The Smith of Smiths', wit and author, on losing 'the inestimable advantage of being a Yorkshireman'.] Autograph Letter Signed to Richard Monckton Milnes, the future Lord Houghton, on several topics.]

Author: 
Sydney Smith (1771-1845), 'The Smith of Smiths', wit, author and cleric [Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885), Lord Houghton, poet, politician and patron of the arts; James Garth Marshall (1802-1873)]
Publication details: 
Combe Florey, Taunton [Somerset]. 14 July 1841.
£200.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'R. M. Milnes Esq | Pall Mall | London'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Folded three times. The earlier part of the letter is reproduced in Smith's daughter Lady Holland's 1855 memoir of him. Smith begins the letter by stating that he is 'very much oblig'd' by Milnes's 'kindness in procuring for me the papier Chimique – pray let me know what I am in your debt it is best to be scrupulous and punctilious in trifles'.

[Alys Pearsall Smith, first wife of Bertrand Russell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alys Russell') to 'Mr Armstrong' [radical journalist George Gilbert Armstrong], regarding his 'valuable little pamphlet'.

Author: 
Alys Russell [born Alyssa Whitall Pearsall Smith] (1867-1951), American Quaker activist, sister of critic Logan Pearsall Smith, first wife of Bertrand Russell [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 11 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea, S.W. [London] 29 June 1917.
£220.00

She thanks him for sending his 'most interesting & valuable little pamphlet', which she will give to her friends to read, hoping that it will 'really help at this most difficult time'. She is struck by his 'footnote about “The Freedom of the Seas”', and wishes she 'could really understand that subject'. She ends by asking (disingenuously?) if anything has been written which 'puts your point of view at more length & simply enough for an ordinary mortal to take it in'. The pamphlet referred to is presumably Armstrong's 'Peace with Security' (1917).

[Martin Farquhar Tupper critiques three poems by Walter Chalmers Smith.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Martin F. Tupper'), one to Smith and two to his publisher MacLehose, on 'Olrig Grange', 'Borland Hall' and 'Hilda Among the Broken Gods'.

Author: 
Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889), poet and author, best known for his 'Proverbial Philosophy' [Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908), Scottish poet; James MacLehose & Sons, Glasgow publishers]
Publication details: 
Two on letterheads of Albury House, near Guildford, Surrey. 4 and 12 December 1874. The third from Western Villa, North Park, Croydon. 23 June 1878,
£150.00

Three 12mo letters in good condition, lightly aged and worn. An interesting batch of letters, in which one minor Victorian poet critiques the work of another, both to the author himself and to his publisher. The three books by Smith which are the subjects of Tupper's letters are 'Olrig Grange' (1872), 'Borland Hall' (1874) and 'Hilda Among the Broken Gods' (1878), all of which were published by the Glasgow publishers James MacLehose and Sons. ONE: Addressed 'To the unnamed Author of Olrig Grange'. 4 December 1874. On letterhead of Albury House, near Guildford. 4pp., 12mo.

[ 'Smith Payne & Co.' [John Moyr Smith and James Bertrand Payne].] The Anglican Mysteries of Paris, Revealed in the Stirring Adventures of Captain Mars and his two friends Messieurs Scribbley & Daubiton.

Author: 
'Smith Payne & Co.' [John Moyr Smith (1839-1912), Scottish Arts and Crafts artist; James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), author; Edward Moxon (English, 1801-1858), London publisher; Gustav Doré]
Publication details: 
London: E. Moxon, Son & Co., 1870.
£220.00

The author of the text of the present volume, J. B. Payne, was manager of the book's publisher Moxon, and ruined the firm with his sumptuous editions, including one of Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King' with illustrations by Gustav Doré, which determined Tennyson to forbid future illustrated editions of his work. The market for the present volume would have been limited, and the cost of producing it so high, that it is hard to see how it can have covered its costs. [3] + 53pp., 4to. Each of the 56 pages is lithographed in black against a light-brown background, on thick art paper.

[ Thomas Gilliland, London theatrical journalist, to 'Rainy Day' Smith. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Thos Gilliland'), sending from his 'Fruit Basket', the 'Apple' of Smith's 'Eye'.

Author: 
Thomas Gilliland (fl. 1804–1816), London theatre journalist [ John Thomas Smith [ 'Antiquity' Smith; 'Rainy Day' Smith ] (1766-1833), artist and Keeper of Prints at the British Museum
Publication details: 
Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 17 March 1823.
£130.00

An uncommon theatrical signature from the era of Lamb and Hazlitt. Gilliland was a professional journalist, liked by Monk Lewis and Thomas Moore. His presence in the green-room of Drury Lane Theatre as a 'spy' caused objections from Charles Mathews the elder and other actors. Gilliland was alive in 1816, in which year his name appears in the Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors. There is an 1807 engraving of Gilliland by Thomas Cheesman, after Samuel De Wilde. The present item is 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities.

[ Spoof Act of Parliament, ridiculing seaside revelry, with illustrations. ] The Social Parliament. Act the Second. Anno XIo et XIIo Victoriae Reginae. By Albert Smith. An Act for Promoting the Public Health in Towns and Elsewhere.

Author: 
Albert Smith [ Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860) ] [ Victorian seaside resorts ]
Publication details: 
London: Published by David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street; and sold everywhere. December 1848. [ Savill & Edwards, Printers. 4, Chandos-street, Covent Garden. [ London. ] ]
£320.00

8pp., 8vo. On two bifoliums, unstitched and unbound. Aged and worn. A spoof of an Act of Parliament, priced at threepence, with parody of the royal coat of arms at the head of the first page, with motto 'Throw Physic To The Dogs | The Mixture As Before'. Paragraph synopses in the margins, with around 40 caricature illustrations. A lighthearted satire on drunken seaside revelry ('The Popular Revolutionary Air of “We won't go Home till Morning” to be forthwith suppressed.' and 'Cheap Cigars and the Snobs who smoke them, to be put down.').

[ George Murray Smith of Smith, Elder & Co., publishers of the Brontes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Smith') to Major R. G. Macgregor, praising his 'Specimens of Greek Anthology'.

Author: 
George Murray Smith (1824-1901), publisher in the London firm Smith, Elder & Co., publishers of the Brontes [ Major Robert Guthrie Macgregor (1805-1869) ]
Publication details: 
65 Cornhill [ London ]. 19 December 1855.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Having been absent from London, he has not been able until recently to look over the copy of 'Specimens of Greek Anthology' which Macgregor sent him, but having now read some of the specimens, he cannot now 'refrain from expressing my obligation to you for the pleasure they afforded me'. He 'could not have supposed that the literal meaning of the Greek could have been rendered in so spirited a manner, and with so much appearance of ease'.

[ The Earl of Derby and the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. ] Speech of the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G., on the Established Church (I(reland) Bill, in the House of Lords, 25th June, 1868.

Author: 
The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G. [ Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799-1869), British Prime Minister; The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations ]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Permission of The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby by "The National Union" of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, 9, Victoria Chambers, Westminster, S.W. 1868.
£120.00

16pp., 12mo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical fold. In small print. Derby regards 'the disestablishment and disendowment of the Church of Ireland' as a 'dangerous measure', and urges the House of Lords to ward off its 'incalculable evils'. According to his entry in the ODNB, 'In February 1868 a rapidly ageing and sick Derby resigned from the premiership, handing the office over to Disraeli. Derby also resigned the formal leadership of his party in the Lords.

[ John Spencer Smith, diplomat, politician and writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. S. Smith. | president de la Société Linnéenne, vice prés. de celle des Antiqq. de Normandie, &c.'), in French, presenting two of his works to 'Mr. N[érée]. Boubée'.

Author: 
John Spencer Smith (1769-1845), FRS, British diplomat, politician and writer, President, Société Linnéenne de Normandie; Vice-President, Société des Antiquaires de Normandie; Nérée Boubée (1806-1862),
Publication details: 
'Caen rue des Chanoines 3'. 2 August 1835.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse (with 'R.S.V.P.') to 'Monsieur N. Boubée | correspondant de la société linnéenne de Mormandie | Paris'. (Nérée Boubée, naturalist, Professor at the University of Paris.) He offers him two works: he is the 'compilateur' of the first, which is titled 'Souvenirs de Bayeux', and 'editeur-annotateur of the second, 'la biographie de Bochart', of which 'le texte est l'oeuvre d'un de mes fils'). It may be that in his reading of the two Boubée encounters 'quelques passages susceptibles d'être cités dans l'Écho du monde savant'.

[ Bernard Gilliat-Smith (1883-1973), Romany scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed (in full and as 'B G S') from Constantinople, including references to the hanging of the 'head eunuch', 'the new Selamlik' and 'prisoner solders' at the Seraskerat.

Author: 
Bernard Gilliat-Smith (1883-1973), Romany scholar and linguist [ Gypsy Lore Society ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Club de Constantinople, Pera [ Turkey ]. 30 April 1909.
£550.00

4pp., 12mo. Aged and worn with closed tears along fold lines. At the time BGS was in the consular service in Istanbul. The recipient (perhaps R. A. Scott Mafie) is not named, and the salutation is in Romany. The letter begins: 'I am about to feast the eve of tomorrow which is the eve of the next day by imbibing a large quantity of Whisky and Soda, first to see how much will be required to produce the desired effect. I am also streaming with a cold in the head due to a hammam last night. The Kurdish youth has left for his country: - many Kurds have been arrested & shot since you left.

[ Henry James Slack, abolitionist, journalist and science writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry J. Slack') to the antiquary Charles Roach Smith, regarding 'Miss Meteyard's book' and his 'new journal' the Intellectual Observer.

Author: 
Henry J. Slack [ Henry James Slack ], (1818-1896), abolitionist, English journalist, activist and science writer. [ Charles Roach Smith (1807-1890), antiquary; Eliza Meteyard (1816-1879), author ]
Publication details: 
34 Camden Square NW [ London ]. 26 March 1861.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with spotting at gutter. While his 'new Magazine [ the Intellectual Observer ] will not have space for reader of general Literature', he will do what he can 'for Miss Meteyard's book' (Eliza Meteyard published 'Give Bread, Gain Love' and 'The Delft Jug' in 1861]. He continues with reference to 'scientific questions' and 'our new magazine'.From 1862 Slack edited the Intellectual Observer, a development of a journal called Recreative Science, founded in 1859.

[ Sir William Smith, lexicographer. ]

Author: 
Sir William Smith (1813-1893), lexicographer and editor of the Quarterly Review
Publication details: 
On his 'Biblical Dictionary' letterhead, 31 Regent's Villas, Avenue Road, N.W.. [ London]. 21 January 1858.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He asks to be informed if the recipient has 'commenced any of your articles in C', as he 'may be able to restore some of the articles to you which have gone astray'. Clearly referring to an entry in the Dictionary, he offers to 'take Canticles off your hands'.

[ John Wesley and Methodism. ] Three items from the papers of Rev. Richard Bartelot: Autograph Letters Signed from J. S. Simon of Wesley Historical Society and J. Crosland of Sutton Bridge; printed programme of Liverpool bi-centenary celebrations.

Author: 
[ John Wesley and Methodism ] Rev. John Smith Simon (1843-1933), President of the Wesley Historical Society; J. Crosland of Sutton Bridge, Wisbech [ Rev. Richard Bartelot (1868-1947), local historian
Publication details: 
Crosland's letter on letterhead of Sutton Bridge, Wisbech, 16 June 1903. Simon's letter on Wesley Historical Society letterhead, 22 April 1914. Programme from Liverpool Wesleyan Methodist Council, for celebration on 17 June 1903.
£120.00

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: ALS [to Bartelot] from 'J. Crosland'. (There are postcards printed by 'J. Crosland and Son, Post Office, Sutton Bridge Wisbech.') 3pp., 12mo.

[ Author's copy, with his ownership inscription; Uranian poetry] Charmides and other Poems chiefly relating to Oxford.

Author: 
Gascoigne Mackie, author of The Man of Kerioth, Andrea and other Poems, etc. [ Edmund St Gascoigne Mackie (1867-1952), Uranian poet ]
Publication details: 
'250 copies printed.' Oxford: B. H. Blackwell, Broad Street. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Limited. 1912.
£500.00

107pp., 12mo. In half-binding with cream vellum-paper spine with printed label, and grey paper boards, with printed label on front board. Internally good and tight, with a little spotting, in binding with light wear, especially at the head of the spine where it affects the label. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper: 'Gascoigne Mackie | July 1912'. The author's own copy of a central item in the Uranian canon (the title poem was originally published in Oxford in 1898). In the four-page dedication to Arthur R.

[ Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith, archaeologist and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Cecil H. Smith.') to Sir Henry Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, describing arrangements for the judging of the Owen Jones prizes

Author: 
Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith (1859-1944), archaeologist and Director and Secretary of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1909-1924 [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 24 October 1916.reg
£50.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. With the Society's oval date stamp. He is sending as promised 'a note of the arrangements agreed upon between us at our interview to-day'. Undertaking to provide space at the Museum 'for the purpose of receiving, arranging for judgment, and re-despatching the designs submitted for the Owen Jones prizes for industrial design. The judging will be done by your nominees, and all correspondence in connection with the matter will be in your hands'.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, the inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'Robert Whiston') to Richard Prall, Rochester solicitor

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden' [ Richard Prall (1802-67), solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Rochester [ Kent ]; 28 September 1872. Note from St. Margarets; 20 April 1877.
£150.00

Both items in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: ALS. 28 September 1872. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He is 'taking somewhat of a liberty', but having heard 'that you are parting with one of your Clerks', says 'a word in favour of a person in whom for many reasons I take a great interest, & of whom you & your Brothers may know something. | I mean Mr. Prothero for many years an Inmate of my House, & an Assistant Master in the School'. Prothero was 'for some years a Clerk in the County Court', but 'is obliged from paucity of business to leave it, & is now out of employment'.

[ Thomas Vere Bayne, friend of Lewis Carroll. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Vere Bayne') to Sir Richard Harington, regarding an anecdote by Augustus Hare concerning Samuel Smith, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Author: 
Thomas Vere Bayne (1829-1908), Student of Christ Church, Oxford, and friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll') [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Victoria Hotel, St. Leonards-on-Sea. 10 Janary 1897.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A charming letter, the subject of which is an anecdote told by Augustus Hare in his autobiography relating to Samuel Smith, Dean of Christ Church, which was considered 'defamatory' by Smith's relation Harington, and gave offence to his family.

[ Augustus Hare, author. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Richard Harington, with copies of two others, apologising for publishing an anecdote regarding Harington's relation Dean Smith of Christ Church. With autograph drafts of two Harington letters.

Author: 
Augustus Hare [ Augustus John Cuthbert Hare ] (1834-1903), English author; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet [ Samuel Smith (1765-1841), Dean of Christ Church, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
Hare autograph letter: The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, S.W. [ London ]; 9 February 1897. Hare copy letters: Holmhurst, St. Leonard's on Sea; 10 and 11 December 1896. Harington's two draft letters: Whitbourne Court, Worcester; 8 and 12 February 1897.
£250.00

Four items, in good condition, lightly aged and worn. An interesting correspondence, casting light on the proprieties of Victorian biographical writing. Hare's 'The Story of my Life' was published in six volumes between 1896 and 1900, and was described by the original DNB as ‘a long, tedious, and indiscreet autobiography’. The Oxford DNB remarks that 'By the late twentieth century, however, Hare was undergoing something of a revival. A society of enthusiasts and collectors of his works was formed: a one-volume condensed edition of his autobiography was edited by A. Miller and J.

[ F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. ] Autograph signature ('Birkenhead') removed from document.

Author: 
F. E. Smith [ Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead ] (1872-1930), Lord Chancellor
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

Good firm signature, underlined. In good condition, on 5 x 9 cm piece of paper.

[ Edward Lucie-Smith, poet and art critic. ] Two mimeographed typescripts: one with five poems (first, 'A Tropical Childhood'; last, 'To be justified'), the other a commentary on each poem, signed at head: 'one of 24 | No 2: Edward Lucie-Smith'.

Author: 
Edward Lucie-Smith (born 1933), wrtier, poet and art critic
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Mid-sixties? ]
£200.00

Each of the two typescripts is on two leaves of foolscap stapled together. The two in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: First page headed 'Poems by Edward Lucie-Smith'. 4pp., 8vo, paginated [1]-4. The five poems are: 'A Tropical Childhood' (p.1), first line: 'In the hot noons I heard the fusillade'. 'On looking at Stubbs's “Anatomy of the Horse”' (pp.1), first line: 'In Lincolnshire, a village full of tongues'. 'Rubens to Helene Fourment' (pp.2-3), subtitle: 'The picture is La Pelisse, now in Vienna', first line: 'Now sinking towards age, I paint your rising,'.

[ Reginald Allender Smith, archaeologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Reginald A. Smith.') to the Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding a meeting, and extra copies of a paper.

Author: 
Reginald A. Smith [ Reginald Allender Smith ] (1873-1940), archaeologist, Keeper of British and Medieval Antiquities, British Museum [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities and Ethnography, British Museum. 5 June 1907.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With the Society's stamp. He is 'most obliged' for the 'generous response to my application for extra copies' (presumably of a lecture by him) for 'friends or critics'. If the recipient is 'interested in developments' he should 'attend the meeting on June 21st at 8.30'.

[ Printed item. ] Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe.

Author: 
John Challenor Covington Smith [ Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe of Little Missenden; Randall; Blake; New England ]
Publication details: 
London: Mitchell and Hughes, 140 Wardour Street, W. 1887. ['London: Mitchell and Hughes, Genealogical Printers, 140 Wardour Street, W.' ]
£120.00

25pp., 4to. Stitched. In fair condition, in buff printed wraps, with central vertical fold. Eighteen pages of pedigrees, printed lengthwise, comprising: a twelve-page 'Pedigree of Biscoe of Little Missenden', followed by two pedigrees (A and B) over three pages, and 'Appendix I., To shew the connection of the Randall and Biscoe families', and 'Appendix II., to shew the connection between the Blake and Biscoe families'. Also includes a two-page introduction by 'J. C. C.

[ Presentation copy, with related manuscript pedigree and transcription. ] Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe.

Author: 
John Challenor Covington Smith [ Pedigree of the Family of Biscoe of Little Missenden; Randall; Blake; New England ]
Publication details: 
London: Mitchell and Hughes, 140 Wardour Street, W. 1887. ['London: Mitchell and Hughes, Genealogical Printers, 140 Wardour Street, W.' ] [ Manuscript pedigree dated 1867. ]
£120.00

The printed pedigree is 25pp., 4to. Stitched. Worn and aged, in heavily-worn buff printed wraps. Inscribed on front cover to 'Churton. | From the Author | 11 October 1887.' Eighteen pages of pedigrees, printed lengthwise, comprising: a twelve-page 'Pedigree of Biscoe of Little Missenden', followed by two pedigrees (A and B) over three pages, and 'Appendix I., To shew the connection of the Randall and Biscoe families', and 'Appendix II., to shew the connection between the Blake and Biscoe families'. The printed pedigree also contains a two-page introduction by 'J. C. C.

A Catalogue of an Unique Collection of Ancient English Broadside Ballads printed entirely in the Black Letter.

Author: 
'Black-letter Ballads' [ John Russell Smith, London bookseller; Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press ]
Publication details: 
On Sale by John Russell Smith, No. 36, Soho Square, London. 1856. [ Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane. ]
£100.00

vii + 141 + [1]pp., 8vo. Final leaf with Chiswick Press device of dolphin and anchor and lion. In sturdy nineteenth-century black leather half-binding, with marbled boards and 'Russell's Catalogue 1856' in gilt on spine. Ownership stamp of 'Alfred H Maurais' on fly-leaf. A characteristically-elegant Chiswick Press item, with 408 items listed, the titles in black letter. Three-page anonymous preface, dated 'May, 1856.' Tight copy, but aged and lightly damp-stained, in worn binding.

[ W. H. Smith, bookseller, newsagent and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Smith') to 'Mr Perkins' regarding 'Crown rights for money advanced', with carte de visite (portrait photograph) and label for his firm's subscription library.

Author: 
W. H. Smith [ William Henry Smith (1825-1891) ], bookseller, newsagent and politician; First Lord of the Admiralty and the 'Sir Joseph Porter' of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'HMS Pinafore'
Publication details: 
Letter on House of Commons letterhead. 14 March [ no year ]. Undated carte de visite by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 110 and 108 Regent Street and 54 Cheapside. Undated label of W. H. Smith & Son's Subscription Library, 186 Strand.
£50.00

LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. On lightly aged and worn paper. He summons him to a meeting, telling him to read a memo beforehand, before writing: 'I am not disposed to waive any Crown rights for money advanced | Lenders may have notice, but if P. W L C advance public money, the public must be protected against persons who are trading for profit'. CARTE DE VISITE: In fair condition, lightly aged, with 'W. H. SMITH, ESQ., M.P.' printed beneath the image, and the details of the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company on the reverse.

[ Robert Payne Smith, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford. ] Autograph Signature ('R Payne Smith') and autograph text completing a printed form confirming attendance at his lectures by Robert Hutchison of Exeter College.

Author: 
R. Payne Smith [ Robert Payne Smith ] (1818-1895), Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, Canon of Christ Church, and Dean of Canterbury [ Robert Hutchison of Exeter College ]
Publication details: 
Christ Church, Oxford. 13 November 1867.
£35.00

On one side of a 10.5 x 16.5 cm slip of grey paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded twice. A good piece of Victorian Oxford University ephemera. Reads, with autograph text in square brackets: 'CH. CH. Oxford, [Nov. 13] 18[67.] | I certify that [Mr. Robert Hutchison] of [Exeter Coll.] in this University attended my Public Lectures in [Michaelmas] Term in the year 18[67. | R Payne Smith] | Regius Professor of Divinity.'

[ 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.)

[ Sylvia Lynd, Irish Nationalist poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. L.'), presumably a copy of not sent, to the humorist E. C. Bentley ('Mr. Bentley')

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ E. C. Bentley [ Edmund Clerihew Bentley ] (1875-1956), author ]
Publication details: 
14 Devonshire Hill, Hampstead. 19 June 1913.
£200.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A magnificently impassioned letter, written to a family friend, a colleague of her husband's on the Daily News. The letter begins in stirring style: 'I propose to sulk till Home Rule is passed. I have set my heart on that Bill. It isn't a particularly good Bill, but it is called "Home Rule" & I would put my right - no - at any rate my left hand into a fire to see that catch-cry cleared out of the world forever. It is the only thing that will cure the Unionists of their cowardice.

[ Alexander Chalmers, Scottish author. ] Autograph Note in the third person, to Archibald Smith of Jordanhill.

Author: 
Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834), Scottish biographer, literary editor and physician [ Archibald Smith of Jordanhill ]
Publication details: 
Kensington? Kennington? 8 October 1817.
£35.00

1p., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient has made up an account on the reverse of the second leaf, which is addressed 'To | Archd. Smith Esqr. | of Jordanhill.' The note reads: 'Dr Chalmers if the weather be favourable proposes to breakfast at Jordanhill on Saturday. He begs leave to offer his respectful Compts to Mr and Mrs Smith.'

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