SOPHIA

[ Sophia Neate. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sophia Neate') [ to the actor Charles Charrington ], regarding a lecture in Woking on 'A People's Theatre'.

Author: 
Sophia Neate (1832-1908) of Heatherside, Woking [ Charles Charrington (1854-1924), actor-manager, and his wife the actress Jane Achurch (1863-1916); Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll') ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Heatherside, Woking. 12 June 1897.
£45.00

Sophia Neate took on the care of Sally Sinclair and her siblings – 'child-friends' of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – when their parents died. Neate received financial support from Dodgson and the actor Lionel Brough. On first meeting Mrs. Neate (26 June 1879) Dodgson wrote in his diary that he ‘found her so interesting that I stayed 4 hours!' He occasionally visited her and noted the progress of the Sinclair children as they grew. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with light staining at foot of gutter.

[ Lilias Ashworth Hallett, suffragette. ] Conclusion of a letter [ to Mr Hunt ], signed 'Lilias S Ashworth'

Author: 
Lilias Ashworth Hallett [ born Lilias Sophia Ashworth; Lilias S. Ashworth ] (1844-1922), prominent member of the suffragette organisation the Women's Social and Political Union, niece of John Bright
Publication details: 
Lacking details of place or date, but written (from Bath?) before her marriage in 1877.
£45.00

2pp., 16mo. The last leaf of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. Begins with reference to the payment of a subscription to 'the Society'. Continues: 'You must indeed have enjoyed your tour in the Black Forest. We are hoping to go to the South of France next month for a few weeks as we have not ben a journey all this year. I hope you and Mrs. Hunt will give us the pleasure of seeing you here if ever you come to Bath. My sister joins me in kindest regards'.

[Princess Sophia Matilda Hanover of the United Kingdom.] Autograph Note in the third person from 'Princess Sophie' to a tradesman

Author: 
Princess Sophie [Princess Sophia Matilda Hanover] (1777-1848) of the United Kingdom, daughter of King George III [Sophie Friederike Dorothee Wilhelmine] (1805-1872)
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 3 February 1824.
£90.00

On a piece of 12 x 19cm paper. Discoloured and chipped, and laid down on an 8vo leaf removed from an album, with cut-out printed family crest letterheads in various colours on reverse. At head of page, in another contemporary hand: 'H. R. H. Princess Sophie's handwriting'. The letter is written in a difficult hand, and begins: 'The Princess Sophie returns Mr Clarke the enclosed Letter, & she also sends the sum of £1 .. 8 .. 9 for the 4 yds & 1/2 of <?> <?> he was so obliging as to purchase for her.' The letter continues with a request, ending '[...] this is much the fashion'.

[English travel diary of a tour through Germany in 1844.] Autograph 'Tour through Germany in 1844' [by Harriet Georgiana Sophia de Zoete of London], taking in Bohemia, and including an encounter with Baron von Humboldt.

Author: 
Harriet Georgiana Sophia de Zoete (c.1815-1901), sister of Samuel Herman de Zoete (c.1810-1884), Chairman of the Committee of the Stock Exchange [Germany in 1844]
Publication details: 
Germany and Bohemia. 10 July to 9 September 1844.
£1,250.00

118pp., 12mo. In original embossed black morocco leather binding, with marbled endpapers and edges. In good condition, lightly aged, in worn binding. Attributed in pencil on first page to 'H. G. S. de Zoete'.

[Sophia Johnstone, Marchioness of Annandale.] Autograph Signature ('S Annandale') to 'Tack [i.e. contract] betwixt The Marchioness of Annandale And Peter Grahame'. Also signed by Grahame and two witnesses.

Author: 
Sophia Johnstone [née Fairholm] (1668-1716), Marchioness of Annandale (buried in Westminster Abbey), wife of William Johnstone (1664-1721), 1st Marquess of Annandale
Publication details: 
'Att Moffat the Nyntenth day of May one thousand seven hundred and sixten years'.
£180.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. On bifolium of watermarked paper. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight wear to foredges. Two small stamps (one 'Tenn Pence Quire') and official blind stamp. 48 lines of closely-written text, in a chancery hand. Regarding a lease for an uncertain location. Signed by 'S Annandale', 'Petter [sic] Grahame', and witnessed by 'Ja: Moir' and 'John Grahame'. Docketted on reverse of second leaf 'Tack betwixt | The Marchioness of Annandale | And | Peter Graham | 1716'.

Typed Letter Signed ('Alice S Green') from Alice Stopford Green to 'Sir Matthew [Nathan?]'

Author: 
Alice Stopford Green [Alice Sophia Amelia Green, n
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 36 Grosvenor Rd, Westminster. 9 January 1917.
£135.00

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. The recipient is tentatively identified as Nathan in pencil, and considering the reference to Africa his identity cannot be doubted. The book referred to is named in another hand as 'End of a chapter by Shane Leslie'. Her niece Dorothy gave her Leslie's book to read and then return to the recipient. 'I think it extraordinarily interesting, and do not feel at all so "superior" over it as Dorothy does!

Engraved circular letter and 'Balance Sheets for 1858 and 1859' of the Playground and General Recreation Society (including reference to a speech by Charles Dickens), forwarded by secretary Edward West to committee-member Sophia Elizabeth De Morgan.

Author: 
Edward West, Secretary, The Playground and General Recreation Society, London [Sophia Elizabeth De Morgan [née Frend] (1809-92), wife of mathematician Augustus De Morgan (1806-71); Charles Dickens]
Publication details: 
West's engraved letter: 97 Newgate Street, London; 31 January 1860. The balance sheets dated to end of the years 1858 and 1859.
£95.00

3pp., 4to. In bifolium. Good, on aged and lightly-creased paper. 'Mrs. de Morgan' in manuscript at the foot of the first page, and 'No 5' at the head. The first page carries the circular letter from 'Edwd. West, Secy.', engraved in copperplate. In sending the balance sheets he notes that 'the income is scarcely equal to the expenditure which is necessary for obtaining for the Society public support'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. S. H. Pardoe') from the novelist Julia Pardoe to 'Mrs. Cooper', describing a 'severe accident' met with by her parents.

Author: 
Julia Pardoe [J. S. H. Pardoe; Julia Sophia Pardoe] (1804-1862), English novelist and poet, best-known for her accounts of her travels in the Ottoman Empire
Publication details: 
13 Upper Eaton Street, London; 'Wednesday' [no date, but before 1849].
£90.00

3pp., 16mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She begins: 'I am sure you wil grieve to hear that my dear Parents have met with a severe accident, altho', thank God! we have every cause to hope that there wil be no latent results. They were knocked down by a horse, in attempting to avoid an Omnibus: both are cut on the head, & Mama is much bruised in several places.' 'Quiet and care' will restore them, she trusts. Her mother has asked her to write, as it will be impossible for her parents to keep the dinner engagement with Mrs Cooper.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm: Melmoth') to 'my very dear Sophia [Walters]', exhibiting a warmth unusual in one writing 'at the advanced Age of eighty five'.

Author: 
William Melmoth the Younger (c.1710-1799), translator of Pliny and Cicero, and author of 'Fitzosborne's Letters' (1748, 1749) [Sophia Walters]
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated. Docketed in a contemporary hand: '1798 Written at the advanced Age of eighty five [sic, for 88]'.
£180.00

1 p, landscape 12mo (18.5 x 11.5 cm). Eleven long lines in a small neat hand. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Tipped in onto a piece of paper, 21 x 13 cm. The reference to Melmoth's 'advanced Age' is at the foot of the page. Docketed on reverse in a contemporary hand: 'From Mr. Melmoth to Mrs. Walters'. Begins: 'Believe me, my very dear Sophia, I am so truely [sic] your obedient servant in every affectionate & friendly sense of those terms, that there is no office in which you can employ me I shd.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Jersey') by George Child-Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey, to an unnamed man, withholding consent for the Park at Hampton Court to be stripped of its turf.

Author: 
George Child-Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey (1773-1859), husband of the political hostess Sarah Sophia Child-Villiers [née Lady Sarah Sophia Fane], Countess of Jersey (1785-1867) [Hampton Court Palace]
Autograph Letter Signed ('Jersey') by George Child-Villiers
Publication details: 
24 March 1842; Berkeley Square, London.
£45.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('Jersey') by George Child-Villiers

12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. Twenty-one lines. Text clear and complete. On discoloured paper. Begins 'I think if you go into The Park at Hampton Court you will easily satisfy yourself that I am justified in withholding my consent to its being stript of its turf'. He considers that 'positive injury [will be] done to the Pasture', and as 'it is expected that we should maintain Deer to the number of 500. or more & that we endeavour to obtain from the feeding of Cattle some portion of the rent payable to Lady Bloomfield', consent cannot be given 'to diminish the food in the Park'.

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