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Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. S. W. Vaux') to 'Mrs. Milford', regarding autographs he is sending for her collection.

Author: 
William Sandys Wright Vaux (1818-1885), Keeper of the Department of Coins and Medals in the British Museum, antiquary
Publication details: 
British Museum [ London ]. 25 June 1856.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight creasing along inner edge. As promised he is sending 'Rawlinson's Autograph - I send you also those of Gordon Cumming and of a man who has just been Attorney General at Hong Kong'. He concludes: 'I will look through my papers & and [sic] see if I can discover any other celebrities for you'.

[ Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T Spring Rice'), as Secretary of the Treasury, a Treasury Circular, re 'French Claims', 'Calling on Supplemental Claimants to present appeals within a fornight'.

Author: 
Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon (1790-1866), Whig politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1835-1839
Publication details: 
'Treasury Chambers' [ Whitehall, London ]. 17 December 1833.
£150.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In poor condition, worn and stained. A corner has been cut away from both leaves. Addressee's name at foot of first leaf, difficult to decipher, but appearing to read: 'The Rep[resentati]ve of J D de Warter at Mr Davis | Parliament Street'. Docketed: 'Treasury Circular of 17th Decemr 1833 | Calling on Supplemental Claimants to present appeals within a fortnight'. At upper left: 'Claims rejected'.

[ Thomas Henry Huxley, 'Darwin's Bulldog'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T H. Huxley') to J. A. Townsend, explaining his reason for being unable to accept an invitation from 'the Master & Wardens of the Haberdashers Company'.

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [ Thomas Henry Huxley ] (1825-1895), biologist nicknamed "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of the theory of evolution of Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Marlborough Place, Abbey Road, N.W. [ London ] 1 January 1880.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor smudge mark to corner of first page. Written with purple ink. Reads: 'Sir | I regret that, in consequence of a meeting of the Royal Society on Thursday Jany 29th., I am unable to do myself the honour of accepting the invitation of the Master & Wardens of the Haberdashers Company for that day'.

[ 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'.?>

[ 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.

[ 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.

[ Charles John Vaughan, Headmaster of Harrow School. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C J Vaughan') to Lady Russell, explaining that his 'Presentation to Christ's Hospital' has been given away.

Author: 
Charles John Vaughan (1816-1897), Headmaster of Harrow School, Master of the Temple, and Dean of Llandaff [ Frances Russell, Countess Russell [ Lady Russell ] (1815-1898) ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall [ London ], but with 'Address | Llandaff' written by Vaughan. 23 October 1882.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount at head of first page. He is sorry to say 'that my Presentation to Christ's Hospital has long been given away to the Orphan son of an old Harrow Pupil who died early & left his family ill provided for'. He ends by describing his family's whereabouts.

[ 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'.

[ Charles Leeson Prince, astronomer, writing from the Observatory, Crowborough, Sussex. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. L. Prince') to Alexander Ramsay, regarding his paper on the 'Climate of Uckfield'

Author: 
C. L. Prince [ Charles Leeson Prince ] (1821-1899), astronomer, antiquarian, meteorologist, physician [ The Observatory, Crowshurst, Sussex; Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Observatory, Crowborough, Sussex. 6 February 1885.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'On looking through your "Bibliography to Climate" I find that you are not acquainted with my work on the Climate of Uckfield, pubd in 1871 - which comprises 28 years uninterrupted obs[ervation]s there'. He refers him to the library of the Royal Meteorological Society in George Street for a copy. He is about to publish 'eleven years observations at my present Observatory'

[ 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 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'.

[ Sir Henry Ellis of the British Museum and Leonard Horner of the University of London. ] Autograph Note Signed from Horner to Ellis, requesting a Reading Room ticket for 'Mr Phillips', with Ellis's signed autograph refusal.

Author: 
Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian at the British Museum, 1827-1856; Leonard Horner (1785-1864), Scottish geologist, Warden of the University of London
Publication details: 
Horner's Note from the University of London, 11 February 1830. Ellis's reply without place or date.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. Heavily aged and worn, with closed tear along fold line at head, and remains of mount on reverse. Horner's note, on the upper part of the paper, reads: 'Dear Sir | Be so good as admit Mr Phillips to the privileges of the Reading Room at the British Museum - | Yours faithfully | Leonard Horner | University of London | 11 Feby 1830'. Beneath this Ellis has written: 'My Dear Sir | Mr. Phillips can be admitted at the Age of Eighteen, but is not eligible for our Reading Room at present | Ever faithfully Yours | H. Ellis | L. Horner Esqr'.

[ Henry Gally Knight, architectural writer and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Gally Knight')

Author: 
Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846), architectural writer and antiquary [ The Dramatic Authors' Society, London ]
Publication details: 
Lower Grosvenor Street [ London ]. 11 July 1842.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with small glue and paper stain affecting one word of text. He asks the unnamed male recipient to thank 'the Dramatic Authors' Society, for the honor they have done me in noticing my humble efforts in the cuase of the Drama'. It will give Knight pleasure, 'at all times [...] to assist in promoting the objects for which they are ciated'.

[ Edward Harbord, Lord Suffield. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Suffield') to John Richardson of Heydon, containing a splendid assessment of the character of his friend the Lord Chancellor, Henry Peter Brougham, and reminiscences of Lord Eldon.

Author: 
Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield [ Lord Suffield ] (1781-1835), radical politician and abolitionist [ John Richardson of Heydon; Henry Peter Brougham; John Scott, Lord Eldon; Lord Chancellor ]
Publication details: 
Vernon House [ Park Place, St James's, London ]. 22 September 1831.
£250.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on the blank reverse of the second leaf is a frank (also signed 'Suffield'), addressed to 'Jn. Richardson Esqr. | Heydon | Aylsham | Norfolk' An excellent letter, containing a splendid assessment of Brougham's qualities, and a vivid reminiscence regarding his predecessor as Lord Chancellor, Lord Eldon. The identity of the book that is the subject of the letter is unclear. Suffield begins by reporting that Brougham has promised Suffield that he will 'attentively consider' Richardson's book.

[ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Liberal politician and social reformer. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Lord Ashley', thanking the editor of The Globe [ John Wilson ] for his support [ to the Mines Act ].

Author: 
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury [ Lord Ashley, 1811-1861 ] (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ John Wilson, editor of the Globe newspaper, London, and Benthamite ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 9 June 1842.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The subject of the letter is the Mines Act, passed 10 August 1842, which barred women and girls and boys under ten from working down the mines. The letter, which is headed 'private & confidential', reads: 'Lord Ashley cannot refrain from thanking the Editor of the Globe for the friendly & able support to the measure now before Parliament, which he gave in his Paper of last Evening.

[ William Gilpin, art critic and educationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Gilpin') to his son William Gilpin the younger, Headmaster of Cheam School, with reference to Thomas Gisborne and William Farish.

Author: 
William Gilpin (1724-1804), writer on art and headmaster of Cheam School, Surrey [ Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846), religious writer; William Farish (1759-1837), chemist ]
Publication details: 
No place. 22 May 1795.
£600.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with slight damage on removal from album. Addressed to 'Revd. Mr. Gilpin | Cheam'. (In 1777, on becoming vicar of Boldre in the New Forest, Gilpin handed over the headmastership of Cheam School to his second son William Gilpin the younger (1757-1848).) Written with a freshness reflecting 'the particular interest' Gilpin paid to 'the theory and practice of epistolary writing', noted by Alain Kerhervé in his edition of Gilpin's letters to his grandson ('William writes to William', 2014).

[ Nicholas Vansittart, Lord Bexley. ] Autograph Note in the third person, in French, to 'Mr: le Comte d'Autraignes'

Author: 
Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley [ Lord Bexley ] (1766-1851), Tory politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1812-1823
Publication details: 
Treasury Chambers [ Whitehall, London ]. 23 October 1806.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with creasing to one corner. Reads 'Mr. Vansittart presente ses Complimens a Mr: le Comte d'Autraignes et le prie de passer demain à la Tresoir a une heure apres midi.'

[ Charles Robert Maturin, author of 'Melmoth the Wanderer'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles R. Maturin'), asking a 'dearest friend' to spend time 'en famille'.

Author: 
Charles Robert Maturin [ C. R. Maturin ], Irish writer of gothic novels and plays, best-known for 'Melmoth the Wanderer'
Publication details: 
No place. 'Monday Eveng' [ no date ].
£350.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with top part of second leaf torn away. Reads: 'My dearest friend | I attempted to see you to day but was not able to reach your house – Will you come in charity and sit with us two hours on Thursday evening | En famille | We will give you a well aired room, a little <?>, and your sons shall have a quadrille | Ever yours | Charles R. Maturin', Maturin was the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, who adopted the name 'Sebastian Melmoth' during his self-exile on the continent.

[ The Russian Revolution: the Assistant Minister of War addresses the Council of Peasants' Delegates. ] Account, in English, of a report by 'Colonel Iakubovitch' on the state of the Russian Army, in a speech to the Council of Peasants' Delegates.

Author: 
Colonel G. A. Iakubovich [ G. A. Yakubovich; G. A. Iakubovitch ], Assistant Minister of War under Kerensky in the Provisional Russian Government of 1917 [ Russian Revolution ]
Publication details: 
'Council of Peasants' Delegates [ Moscow ]. 24 May 1917.
£650.00

After the February Revolution and abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, Kerensky, as Minister of War, was the dominant figure in the provisional government that held power until overthrown by the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. According to Semion Lyandres, 'The Fall of Tsarism', along with Lev Stepanovich Tugan-Baranovskii and G. N. Tumanov, Captain G. A. Iakubovich 'belonged to the troika of Kerenskii's most trusted military aides during his tenure in the Provisional Government'. 4pp., foolscap 8vo. First page headed: 'Council of Peasants' Delegates. | 24th. May 1917.

[ Aubrey de Vere, Irish poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Aubrey de Vere') [ to Samuel Waddington ], giving permission to publish sonnets by him in an anthology, and commenting on Hartley Coleridge, William Wordsworth and Sir Aubrey de Vere.

Author: 
Aubrey de Vere [ Aubrey Thomas Hunt de Vere ] (1814-1902), Irish poet annd critic [ Samuel Waddington ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall [ London ]. 2 July 1880.
£110.00

3pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of stub adhering to blank reverse of sevond leaf. He is 'very much flattered' at Waddington's 'wishing to include sonnets of mine in your proposed selection. You are quite welcome to those you have named, or any others of mine.' He hopes he will 'include some of Hartley Coleridge's beautiful sonnets', and asks him to accept 'a vol. of sonnets by my Father, the late Sir Aubrey de Vere. Wordsworth spoke of his sonnets (my Father's) as the best modern sonnets he was acquainted with'.

[ Thomas Gisborne, abolitionist and member of the Clapham Sect. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T: Gisborne') offering the unnamed recipient his 'trifling interest' in 'the Staffordshire election'.

Author: 
Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846) of Yoxall Lodge, abolitionist, member of the Clapham Sect, Prebendary of Durham Cathedral [ the slave trade ]
Publication details: 
Yoxall Lodge [ ]. 12 July 1823.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, but with thin strip lacking along one edge, resulting in slight loss of text. A stylish letter. He finds it 'almost ludicrous' that 'a person whose property, such as it is, lies chiefly in another County' should have anything to say 'about the Staffordshire election', but he 'had wished' that the recipient of the letter 'might fill the present vacancy when I had not ever seen your name connected with it'. He would be pleased to be given 'an opportunity of offering' him his 'vote & the singularly trifling interest'.

[ Samuel Baldwin Rogers, Welsh metallurgist and pamphleteer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S B Rogers') regarding 'Six Petitions to the Queen', with printed pamphlet titled 'Addenda to the Samaritan Papers', and cutting of Times obituary letter by 'Y.'

Author: 
Samuel Baldwin Rogers (1778-1863), Welsh inventor, chemist, metallurgist, bookseller and pamphleteer
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter from Nant-y-glo; 24 October 1843. Pamphlet published by W. Strange, 21 Paternoster Row, London, and printed by 'J. Riley Morgan, Printer, High Street, Abergavenny.' [ 1843 ] Cutting of letter dated 14 September [1863 ].
£450.00

Rogers has been unduly neglected. He was a figure far ahead of his time.

[ Lord Dudley Stuart, politician. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to the editor of The Globe newspaper, requesting the insertion of an article.

Author: 
Lord Dudley Stuart [ Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart ] (1803-1854), politician, husband of Princess Christine Bonaparte, President of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland, Sussex Chambers, Duke Street, St. James's. 2 June 1843.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In good conditionl, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of stub along one edge. Reads: 'Lord Dudley Stuart presents his Compliments to the Editor of the Globe, and would feel greatly obliged by the insertion of the accompaning article in his Columns tomorrow (Saturday)'. The Association was founded in 1832 by the Scottish poet Thomas Campbell and the German lawyer Adolphus Bach.

[ Mary Howitt, Quaker poet, author of 'The Spider and the Fly'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Irish author Samuel Lover

Author: 
Mary Howitt [ née Botham ] (1799-1888), Quaker poet, author of 'The Spider and the Fly' [ Samuel Lover (1797-1868), Irish author ]
Publication details: 
The Hermitage, Highgate Rise. 14 August [ no year ].
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'it was such a delight to my daughter & myself to hear your beautiful songs last evening that we wish such a happiness was possible for us very often - And as certain old proverbs present themselves to our mind such as - "Ask & have" - "The world belongs to the bold," &c - I think the most straight forward way is to act upon them - & hence I write.' She proceeds to invite him to 'a little social gathering' ('not a party') at 'a very small house - which may be compared either to a nutshill or a bird's nest'.

[Australia; Art; Panorama; Gold Fields ] Autograph Note Signed ('J. S. Prout') to James S. Lamb, acceding to a request of his.

Author: 
J. S. Prout [ John Skinner Prout ] (1805-1876), English artist who spent eight years in Australia [ Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia ]
Australia
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Panorama of the Gold Fields of Australia, 309 Regent Street (next the Polytechnic). 2 September 1852.
£500.00
Australia

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of grey paper from mounting along one edge on reverse. The letterhead features, at top left, an attractive engraving of an early version of the Australian coat of arms: it consists of a a shield bearing the cross of St George with five stars on it, supported by an emu on the left and kangaroo on the right, with the motto 'Advance Australia' at the foot and a coronet above with a sun rising from it. The note reads: 'Sir | I have much pleasure in acceeding to your request and | Am Sir | Your Obt Servt | J. S. Prout'.

[ Edmund Yates, journalist and newspaper proprietor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edmund Yates.') to an unnamed recipient, assessing the character of the London publisher William Tinsley.

Author: 
Edmund Yates [ Edmund Hodgson Yates ] (1831-1894), Scottish journalist and author, friend of Charles Dickens, proprietor of The World newspaper [ William Tinsley (1831-1902), London publisher ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Post Office. 19 November 1868.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small closed tear unobtrusively repaired. Reads: 'Take the enclosed note to Mr. Tinsley, 18 Catherine Sreet, Strand, a very rough but thoroughly clever and enterprising publisher, and tell him what you require. If possible, I trust he will meet your views'. According to Yates's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'In 1867, after leaving Temple Bar, he edited a new monthly, Tinsley's Magazine, but fell out with the proprietor who believed Yates was overpaying contributors, including himself. His official salary was by now £520 p.a.

[ Joseph Butterworth, legal bookseller and politician. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Jos: Butterworth') regarding the interest taken by Thomas Jeffery of Portsea in 'the Convicts in the hulks'.

Author: 
Joseph Butterworth (1770-1826), legal bookseller and politician [ Thomas Jeffery of Portsea; transportation ]
Publication details: 
Bedford Square [ London ]. 28 January 1826.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and with creasing at foot. Reads: 'Thos Jeffery | 7 Conway Row | Half way Houses | Portsea | takes an active part in visiting the Convicts in the hulks & wd be most thankful for some tracts | Jos: Butterworth | 28 Jany 1826 | Bedford Square'. At the head of the page, in another hand: 'Rec'd £1. 1. 0'.

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