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[ Barrie Pitt, military historian, on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. ] Two Typewritten drafts of an article titled 'Kashmir - the Pawn', both with autograph emendations, and separate autograph notes.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian and editor, 'Purnell's History of the Second World War' [ The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 ]
Publication details: 
Neither item with place or date, but with covering letter to Malcolm Armstrong of the Reading Evening Post, dated from Roadside, High Street, Wargrave, on 13 September 1965.
£180.00

In good condition, with light signs of age. ONE: Later draft, titled 'Kashmir - the Pawn'. 4pp., 4to. Two copies. Both with emendations in ink (one copy red, the other blue). The opening paragraph is arresting and , unfortunately, somewhat apposite: 'It is a great pity that wars are not fought for money, property or trade, for a cash settlement would be infinitely cheaper than the final price which mankind has to pay whenever armies begin to march.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Ellenborough') from Lord Ellenborough to John Forbes Royle, commending his 'Essay on the Productive Resource of India'.

Author: 
Edward Law (1790-1871), 1st Earl of Ellenborough, Tory politician and Governor-General of India between 1842 and 1844 [John Forbes Royle (1799-1858), English botanist, born in India]
Publication details: 
Grosvenor Place, London. 1 January 1841.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. He begins: 'I have just received your work on the productive resources of India for which I beg to offer you my best thanks.' The subject has always been to him 'one of the deepest interest', and he rejoices that 'a gentleman of your knowledge has directed his attention to it'.

One Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Letters Signed (all 'Shapoorjee Bomonjee') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Shapoorjee Billimoria [Sir Shapoorjee Bomonjee Billimoria] (1877-1958), Indian accountant and administrator, Sheriff of Bombay, 1935.
Publication details: 
26 January, 12 April and 23 May 1901; all on letterhead of The Commercial Training Institution, No.10, Church Gate Street, Fort, Bombay, India.
£100.00

All items 4to, 1 p. All on aged paper: the first and last good; the second lightly creased and with the ink having eaten away at a few words, and some chipping at foot, affecting signature (partially repaired with archival tape), but with text clear and entire. All three bearing the Society's stamp and the first two docketed. Concerning his desire to become a member of the Society. In the second (autograph) letter he inquires whether 'any one from Bombay may be nominated for Membership of your Society by the Council in case he has no friends of his who are Members of your Society'.

Autograph Letter Signed to [the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts].

Author: 
James Fuller Blumhardt
Publication details: 
Toynbee | St. Peter's Road | Bournemouth | 18 March /13' [1913].
£35.00

Linguist (died 1922), Professor of Hindustani and Reader of Hindi and Bengali, University College, London, and Teacher of Bengali at Oxford University. Two pages, 12mo. Very good though a little grubby. Docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. 'As I have not heard from you I am afraid there are no candidates for Hindustani - I have come here for a much needed rest, and, as no letters will be sent on from Gerards Cross, will you kindly write direct to this address in case a paper is required.' Signed 'J F Blumhardt'.

Printed form filled in in manuscript and with the Bishop's Autograph Signature, authorising the removal of the Rev John Gottlieb Lincke, Missionary Minister of Burdwan, to the Missionary Circuit of Calcutta; docketed with Signed Note by Fisher.

Author: 
Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta, and Henry Fisher, Commissary
Publication details: 
The form, 9 May 1837; Fisher's note, 22 September 1838; place unstated in both.
£35.00

Fifth Bishop of Calcutta (1778-1858). 2 pages, 8vo. In very good condition. Signed 'Daniel Calcutta'. Fisher's note reads 'I sanction the return of the Rev Mr Lincke back again to Burdwan his former station pending the confirmation of the Bishop on his return | Henry Fisher | Commissary | 22d. Sept. 1838'.

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