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[Robert Hamilton of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Hamilton') to Sir Charles Brian Blagden, Secretary, Royal Society, praising that body in regard to a 'trifling performance' presented to its library.

Author: 
Robert Hamilton (1749-1830) of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author [Sir Charles Brian Blagden (1748-1820), medical officer in the Army and Secretary of the Royal Society, London]
Publication details: 
Ipswich; 10 February 1788.
£250.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with broken seal in red wax, to 'Dr. Blagden | Secry. to the | Royal Society | London'. After thanking Blagden for the trouble he has taken 'in transmitting the thanks of the R: Socy. To me for the trifling performance I sent to the Library', Hamilton continues: 'I consider myself as honoured by its reception.

[Sir James Paget, eminent pathologist.] Autograph Letter in the third person, declining to dine with the Hunterian Society.

Author: 
Sir James Paget (1814-1899), eminent pathologist and physiologist, Gale Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons
Publication details: 
24 Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square [London]. 3 February 1852.
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf of bifolium. Reads: 'Mr. Paget regrets that an engagement for the Evening of February 4th. prevents his having he honour of accepting the Invitation of the President, Vice-Presidents and Council of the Hunterian Society'. From the distinguished autograph collection of the psychiatrist Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), whose collection of 7000 works relating to psychiatry is now in Cambridge University Library.

[Samuel Solly, eminent surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Solly'), apologising that he will be absent from 'the first Meeting of the Society'.

Author: 
Samuel Solly (1805-1871), eminent surgeon, President, Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society; Arris and Gale Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons
Publication details: 
28 September 1849.
£350.00

For information on Solly, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight damaged to second leaf caused by opening of wafer. Adhering to the second leaf is a thin strip of paper from the mount. The recipient is not identified. He is sorry that he will not be able 'to be present at the first Meeting of the Society', as he made an engagement before he 'remembered it'. He will 'endeavour to have something for the second night'.

[George Nesse Hill, surgeon, Brunonian psychiatrist, asylum keeper.] Two Autograph Letters, one signed ('G N Hill | Secy'), one in the third person, to John Davy, military surgeon, brother of Sir Humphrey Davy, on the Medical Society of Chester.

Author: 
George Nesse Hill (1766-1831) of Alcaston Manor, Chester, Cheshire, surgeon, champion of Brunonian psychaitry and asylum keeper [John Davy (1790-1868), army surgeon, brother of Sir Humphrey Davy]
Publication details: 
[Chester.] 30 August and 30 October 1827.
£500.00

Bynum and Porter, in their 'Brunonianism in Britain and Europe' (1988), describe Hill – keeper at one point of two asylums – as a 'substantial figure [...] a champion of Brunonian psychiatry'. For the recipient John Davy (1790-1868), anatomist and physiologist, brother of Sir Humphrey Davy, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Two letters, both in good condition, attached to one another along one edge, with thin strip from mount adhering. Both letters are bifoliums, and both have had the second leaf, trimmed along the fore-edge, resulting in each case to slight loss to the address.

[Sir Charles Blagden, physician and scientist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Blagden') to Louis Odier, Genevan physician, regarding the sojourn in England of Jean-François Berger, and the changes in Geneva.

Author: 
Sir Charles Blagden [Sir Charles Brian Blagden] (1748-1820), physician and scientist, Royal Society secretary [Louis Odier (1748-1817) and Jean-François Berger (1779-1833), physicians of Geneva]
Publication details: 
No place. 13 February 1810.
£350.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse of second leaf, which is addressed 'À Monsieur | Monsieur L. Odier | Docteur et Professeur en Médecine | à Genève.' He begins by expressing the 'great pleasure' he has felt in again seeing Odier's handwriting, and learning that he and his family are in good health.

[Sir James Clark, Physician-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ja Clark') [to Robert Dunn], praising his 'views on Physiological Psychology, the only sound Psychology'.

Author: 
Sir James Clark (1788-1870), Physician-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria [Robert Dunn (1799-1877), surgeon]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 22B Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, W. [London] 7 May 1858.
£750.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Dunn is not named as the recipient, but his 'Essay on Physiological Psychology' was published in 1858. He is 'glad to find' that Dunn has 'brought out your views on Physiological Psychology, the only sound Psychology', and he thanks him for 'the Copy you have kindly sent me'. He continues: 'I wish we had more such Psychology in our Ethnological Society.' and concludes: 'I hope you will not desert us'.

[Sir Anthony Carlisle, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Surgeon Extraordinary to George IV.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Anthy Carlisle') to Roger Wilbraham, on presenting him with a copy of his 1820 Hunterian Oration.

Author: 
Sir Anthony Carlisle (1768-1840), President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor of Anatomy of the Royal Society, Surgeon Extraordinary to George IV [Roger Wilbraham; John Hunter]
Publication details: 
3 Langham Place [London]; 18 January 1822.
£350.00

The recipient Roger Wilbraham (1743-1829) was a Member of Parliament, Fellow of the Royal Society, antiquary, dilettante and member of the bibliophile Roxburghe Club. 1p, 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the blank second leaf. Folded three times. The letter begins: 'Very dear Sir, | If I do not err in recollection I have to reproach myself with not having sent you my little encomium on the Character of Your old Friend Mr.

[Lord Brougham, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Lovejoy', regarding a 'proposed Institution' and any assistance he can give by means of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

Author: 
Lord Brougham [Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868)], Lord Chancellor [Owen Lovejoy (1811-1864), American abolitionist; Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge]
Publication details: 
Calehill, Charing, Kent; 29 October 1840.
£600.00

At the time of writing Brougham was recuperating from a serious illness, and trying to dodge the Chartists, who were reorganising under new leadership. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. The letter begins: 'Lord Brougham presents his compliments to Mr Lovejoy and assures him that it would give him very great satisfaction if he could be of any service to the proposed Insttitution – to which he heartily wishes every success.

[Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, son of George III.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Augustus Frederick') [to Earl St Vincent], attacking the Prime Minister Lord Liverpool while discussing his election as President of the Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843), sixth son of George III, bibliophile [John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent (1735-1823), naval hero; Ellis Cornelia Knight (1757-1837); Lord Liverpool]
Publication details: 
Kensington Palace; 3 February 1816.
£750.00

An interesting letter, attacking the serving Tory Prime Minister Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770-1828), who had stood against the Duke of Sussex (noted for his liberal sympathies) in the election for President of the Royal Society of Arts. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. The recipient is not named, but is identified in an endorsement on the reverse of the second leaf as 'Earl St Vincent'. Written in a hurried, untidy hand.

[Thomas Pell Platt, orientalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T P Platt'), as Librarian to the British and Foreign Bible Society, to Rev. Charles Sumner [later Bishop of Winchester], Librarian to George IV at Carlton House, presenting a set of volumes.

Author: 
Thomas Pell Platt (1798-1852), English orientalist, Librarian of the British and Foreign Bible Society [Charles Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Winchester, librarian to King George IV at Carlton House]
Publication details: 
Bible Society's House | Earl Street, Blackfriars | March 30. 1825'.
£75.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn, with creasing and heavy wear at head. Folded three times. Addressed to 'The Rev. C. R. Sumner'. Reads: 'Rev. Sir | As Librarian of the British & Foreign Bible Society, I have the honor to state to you that a Resolution has been passed by the Committee of that Society, requesting permission to offer to His Majesty as a mark of their dutiful homage a set of Copies of the Versions of Holy Scripture executed or reprinted at their expence.

[Joseph Frederick Green, peace campaigner.] Typed Letter Signed ('J. Fredk. Green'), asking the recipient to sign a Fabian Society statement drawn up with Walter Crane, H. S. Salt, Charles Charrington, S. G. Hobson, Edward Rose.

Author: 
J. Frederick Green [Joseph Frederick Green] (1855-1932), peace campaigner, Secretary, International Arbitration and Peace Association [Fabian Society; Independent Labour Party; Waler Crane]
Publication details: 
40 Outer Temple, Strand, W.C., London. 27 January 1900.
£80.00

1p, 4to. In poor condition, aged and worn. The male recipient is not named. The letter read s: 'At a small meeting attended by Walter Crane, H. S. Salt, Charles Charrington, S. G. Hobson, Edward Rose, and myself it was considered advisable to issue to the whole Fabian Society a statement on the lines of the enclosed proof which I herewith send you. A desire has been expressed that you should sign it and if you agree to do so I should be much obliged to have your signature at an early post.

[ John Caird; Theologian ] Autograph Letter Signed "J. Caird" to a "John G. Spens" politely declining an invitation to preside.

Author: 
John Caird, Scottish theologian, sometime Principal of the University of Glasgow.
Publication details: 
[Headed] The University, Glasgow, 29 Oct. [no year]
£25.00

Two pages, 12mo, good condition. He explains why he hasn't replied sooner, adding: I feel honoured to be again asked by the Dialectic Society to presdie at theor Introductory Lecture; but I greatly regret that, owing to a pressure of engagements this week, I am not able to comply with their request."

[ Manuscript; Wine & Food Society ; menu ] "Diner servi a la Wine & Food Society President, | Monsieur Andre Simon | Secretaire General Monsieur John Hoare"

Author: 
[ Wine & Food Society ]
Wine and Food Society
Publication details: 
Jeudi, le 2 Septembre 1965
£80.00
Wine and Food Society

One page MS, sm. folio, from an album, verso, the recto has remnants of other printed material (list of restaurants in London perhaps). Menu Gastronomique listed on left, columnised from L'Abandance des Pates, through Les Quenelles, Le Canard, others, Le gigot froid, La Salade Verte, Les Fromages de France, Le Baba aux fruits frais, concluding with Le Moka. Attendees have signed the right hand column, headed by John Hoare (Secretaire General) but not including Simon (17 signatures).

[Peter Mark Roget, compiler of 'Roget's Thesaurus', as Secretary to the Medical and Chirurgical Society.] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. M. Roget') to the London bankers W. & T. Raikes & Co, regarding 'specimens of Drugs' and 'Medical Communications'.

Author: 
P. M. Roget [Peter Mark Roget] (1779-1869), physician and lexicographer, compiler of the celebrated 'Roget's Thesaurus' [W. & T. Raikes & Co, London bankers; Medical and Chirurgical Society]
Publication details: 
39 Bernard Street, Russell Square [London]. 8 February 1820.
£320.00

2pp, 4to. On bifolium, the verso of the second leaf of which is addressed to 'Messrs. W & T. Raikes & Co.', and endorsed: '1820 | Dr. P. M Roget | Bernard St – 8 febry | receiving 9 do | Answered Ditto'. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from stub adhering to one edge. The letter is headed 'To Messrs. W. & Thos. Raikes & Co.' (Thomas Raikes was the noted dandy and diarist.) An interesting letter highlighting the connection between commerce and medical research in Regency London.

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen'), declining an invitation to the annual dinner of the Hunterian Society of London, because of his 'state of health'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, Superintendent of the Natural History Department of the British Museum, opponent of Darwin's theory of Evolution [Hunterian Society of London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 21 January 1888.
£150.00

1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of second leaf. The recipient is not named, but is probably the secretary of the Hunterian Society.

[Marshall Hall, celebrated physician and pioneering neurologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marshall Hall') to the London medical publisher John Churchill, announcing that he is 'to give up lecturing'.

Author: 
Marshall Hall (1790-1857), celebrated physician and neurophysiologist [John Spriggs Morss Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher; Royal Society of London]
Publication details: 
14 Manchester Square [London]. 20 December 1838.
£250.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the text of the letter on both sides of the first leaf, and the address on the reverse of the second leaf, only half of which is present after a central vertical cut. Strip of stub from mount adhering to one edge. Folded three times. The letter is addressed, after the valediction, 'For Mr Churchill', and addressed on the second leaf to 'Mr. Churchill | Prince's Street | Soho'. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I am about to give up lecturing.

[Royal Society; pamphlet] Statutes of the Royal Society 1847

Author: 
[ The Royal Society ]
Publication details: 
London, 1847.
£50.00

[28]pp., 8vo, original blue wraps, formerly bound in miscellaneous volume (stitch marks at spine), good condition. Topics range from the election and admission of Fellows to Payments to Laws, etc etc. The only recorded copy is at The Royal Society itself (COPAC).

[John Lindley, as Vice Secretary, Horticultural Society of London.] Autograph Letter Signed to John Hearne of St Domingo, on importing 'West Indian fruits' to English markets. With printed circular including 'Enquiries concerning the Pine Apple'.

Author: 
John Lindley (1799-1865), Professor of Botany at University College, London, and Secretary of the Horticultural Society of London [John Hearne (c.1795-1849), merchant in Haiti and St Domingo]
Publication details: 
Stamped letterhead of the Horticultural Society, 21 Regent's Street [London]. 30 April 1844.
£320.00

Two items, both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but carelessly extracted from the volume in which they were previously bound up, so that Lindley's letter has suffered slight damage at the edge of both leaves, resulting in repair to one of the leaves, and the loss of a tiny strip of paper from the other, with the loss of a few letters of text (all easily supplied). ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from 'John Lindley | Vice Secretary' to 'John Hearne Esq | St. Domingo'. The letter begins: 'I am directed to transmit to you the Copy of a letter [i.e.

[ Geological Society; Charles Lyell obituary; pamphlet ] Address delivered at the Anniversary Meeting of the Geological Society of London, On the 18th of February 1876 [...] continued below

Author: 
[ Geological Society of London, 1876; Charles Lyell ] John Evans, FRS, President of the Society.
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Taylor and Francis, 1876.
£120.00

Title continued: [...] Prefaced by the Announcement of the award of the Wollaston Medal [...] The Murchison Medal [...] and the Lyell Medal and Fund [...]. [76]pp., 8vo, lacking blue front wrap, remnants of binding in miscellaneous volume of pamphlets at spine, title sl. sunned, otherwise good condition. It includes a lengthy obituary of Charles Lyell who had died the previous year. Scarce: copies held by copywright libraries and Columbia.

[Thomas Pell Platt, orientalist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T P Platt'), as Librarian to the British and Foreign Bible Society, to Rev. Charles Sumner [later Bishop of Winchester], on presenting a set of volumes to 'His Majesty's library'.

Author: 
Thomas Pell Platt (1798-1852), English orientalist, Librarian of the British and Foreign Bible Society [Charles Sumner (1790-1874), Bishop of Winchester]
Publication details: 
Bible Society's House | Earl St. London. | Octr. 11. 1824.'
£200.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with dogeared corners. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'The Rev. C. Sumner'. Begins: 'Rev. Sir | I have been encouraged by the advice of friends to propose to you confidentially a question, to which you would much oblige me by returning a reply. The Committee of the British & Foreign Bible Society have occasionally transmitted to different quarters, as presents, a set of Copies of the version of the Holy Scripture executed by their aid, and the new edition, which they have published.

[The Royal Aid in Bristol, 1666.] Two Manuscript Assessments of 'three moneths Royall Aide mony' (land and goods) for 58 individuals, each signed by four mayors of Bristol: John Willougby, Walter Sandby, Sir John Knight and John Lawford.

Author: 
[The Royal Aid in Bristol, 1666.] Mayors of Bristol: John Willougby of the Society of Merchant Venturers; Walter Sandby; Sir John Knight; John Lawford
Publication details: 
Both Bristol, 1666.
£850.00

Ainsworth's 'Thesaurus' (1752) neatly defines 'The Royal Aid, or subsidy money' as 'tributum quod regi ex plebiscito in sumptus belli, &c. praestatur'. It was a one-off household tax, set by assessors and collected locally. (For further information see M. J. Braddick's 2013 paper 'Resistance to the Royal Aid and Further Supply in Chester, 1664–1672'.) The present two documents are each laid out in identical fashion, the two carrying different assessments for 'Land' and 'Goods' for the same 58 individuals.

[Jack Jones, Welsh playwright: a Mid-Rhondda production of his Mid-Rhondda Depression-era play.] Typescript of 'Rhondda Roundabout', for a production by Garrick Dramatic Society of Mid-Rhondda, belonging to Jack Heycock, who played the male lead.

Author: 
Jack Jones (1884-1970), Welsh novelist, playwright and trade union officer [Jack Heywood, Garrick Dramatic Society, Mid-Rhondda]
Publication details: 
'Garrick Dramatic Society, Mid-Rhondda'. Circa 1939.
£320.00

A satisfying association: a copy of the typescript of a play set in 'Mid-Rhondda', for a production by an amateur dramatic company from Mid-Rhondda. [1] + 80pp, 4to. Duplicated typescript. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Each page is on the recto of a separate leaf. Stapled into a dark-blue card binding, with cloth spine, the front cover of which carries: '”RHONDDA ROUNDABOUT” | A Play in 3 Acts by | JACK JONES | GARRICK DRAMATIC SOCIETY | Mid – Rhondda'. Preceding the text of the play is a page carrying a list of characters and their ages, and a 'Scene-Sequence'.

[John Lindley, eminent botanist.] Autograph Letter in the third person, informing 'Major Abby' that the birds he 'enquires for' are not present in the Garden of the Horticultural Society.

Author: 
John Lindley (1799-1865), eminent botanist, Assistant Secretary of the Horticultural Society of London, Professor of Botany at University College, London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Horticultural Society of London, 21 Regent Street. 17 April 1841.
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with a two fold lines. Ornamented engraved letterhead. Reads: 'Dr Lindley presents his Compts to Major Abby & begs to inform him that there are no such birds as he enquires for in the Garden of the Horticultural Society, nor has there ever been. There is only a couple of gulls & a duck, which were presented by the Zoological Society'.

['Father Mathew', Irish temperance reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Theobald Mathew') to 'Mr. Coxen' of Bath, explaining that he is 'obliged to sojourn at Hotels, so as to be able to see, every one, Rich and Poor'.

Author: 
Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), Irish Catholic priest and temperance reformer, popularly known as Father Mathew [Cork Total Abstinence Society; Coxen of Bath]
Publication details: 
London. 27 August 1843.
£80.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He hopes that his 'increasing labours in the Sacred Cause of Temperance in the Metropolis' will excuse his late acknowledgement of the recipient's 'honoured Letter'. He thanks Coxen and his wife for their 'kind invitation', but fears that he will not be 'able to take up my abode at your Mansion', although he promises himself, 'the pleasure of paying you and your aimiable lady a visit during my stay at Bath'.

[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: | […]'.

[Robert Henry, Scottish historian and divine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Henry'), requesting the opinion of his London bookseller Thomas Cadell, regarding his 'History of Great Britain', and complaining of Cadell's neglect.

Author: 
Robert Henry (1718-1790), Scottish historian and divine, Moderator of the Church of Scotland and co-founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [Thomas Cadell (1742-1802), London bookseller]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 13 February 1786.
£180.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. T. Cadell', and endorsed by Cadell on same page: 'Jany 12.1786 | Dr Henry | wrote Febry 18.' In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with fold lines and slight damage to second leaf through breaking of wafer. The subject of the letter is Henry's highly-successful 'History of Great Britain […] Written on a New Plan', five volumes of the first edition of which were published by Cadell in 1771, a sixth volume appearing posthumously in 1793.

[Philippe d'Orléans, comte de Paris, Orléanist pretender who served in the American Civil War.] Autograph Note Signed ('L P O', i.e. 'Louis Philippe Orléans), in English, to Henry Walter Bates, Assistant Secretary, Royal Geographical Society.

Author: 
Philippe d'Orléans [Louis Philippe Albert d'Orléans (1838-1894)], comte de Paris [Count of Paris], Orléanist pretender to the French throne (King Philippe VII') who served in the American Civil War
Publication details: 
On letterhead of York House, Twickenham, S.W. 25 November 1865.
£150.00

1p, 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, folded three times and laid down on part of a leaf from an album. Reads: 'Nov. 25th. 1865 | the Comte de Paris | presents his compliments to M. Bates and sends to him the enclosed certificate of Dr. de Mussy as a candidate for election to the R. G. S. | L P O'. Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892), naturalist and explorer served as Assistant Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society from 1864. Noël-Francois-Odon Guéneau de Mussy (1813-1885) was a French physician.

[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.

[Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime minister to be murdered.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Dr. George Gaskin, Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, returning one item and ordering four others.

Author: 
Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, assassinated [Rev. Dr. George Gaskin (1751-1829), Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge]
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn Fields [London]. 20 December 1800.
£280.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Revd Dr. Gaskin | Bartlett's Buildings', with Perceval's seal in red wax split between the bottom two corners of the same page, which is also endorsed by Gaskin: 'London | Hon. Spencer Percival [sic] | Recd Decr 23. 1800'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Mr Perceval's Compts. to Dr. Gaskin and returns the 10th. Vol of the Society's Tracts which is marked the 9th and has been sent in the set by mstake instead of the 10th. Mr.

[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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