Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ Anti-Aircraft Corps; First World War; airships; Zeppelin ]
[ Anti-Aircraft Corps (British), First World War.]
66 x 53 cm. On wove paper. In fair condition: aged, worn and creased. The upper third of the page carries a semi-circular diagram giving measurements for the target at ranges from 500 to 3000 yards and 7000 to 3600 yards, 'Through an arc of 165°'. The lower two-thirds of the page carries text in two columns, under two headings. The first, 'Extreme Range . . .
Nathaniel Lindley (1828-1921), Baron Lindley [ Lord Lindley ], English judge, Master of the Rolls 1897-1900
On letterhead of 19 Craven Hill Gardens, Hyde Park, W. [ London ] 2 June 1899.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. A cordial and businesslike missive, reading: 'My dear Harington | Judges at least old ones like myself do not give testimonials to men at the Bar seeking appointments | But you may with pleasure say that you have my permission to refer to me & that may be of use to you; or it may not for the indian Secretary does not know me personally & he may not therefore refer to me at all'.
Sir Lawrence Hugh Jenkins, Chief Justice, and H. W. C. Carnduff, of the High Court, Fort William, Bengal; Sir Richard Harington [ Alipore Bomb Case; Muraripukur or Manicktolla Bomb Conspiracy ]
Jenkins's judgment: In the High Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal. The 23rd November 1909. Carnduff's dissenting judgment dated 23 November 1909. Harington's final judgment, 18 February 1910. The last two printed in Calcutta.
The Alipore Bomb Case was the trial of a number of revolutionaries of the Anushilan Samiti in Calcutta (their object, according to Harington, being 'to deprive the King of the Sovereignty of British India by force'), held at Alipore Sessions Court, Calcutta, between May 1908 and May 1909. The trial followed in the wake of the attempt on the life of Presidency Magistrate Douglas Kingsford in Muzaffarpur by Bengali nationalists Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki in April 1908, as a result of which two ladies (Mrs and Miss Kennedy) died.
[ East India Company, London ] United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) of Ridlington, 8th Baronet ]
United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ East India Company, London ]. 24  January 1812. 'Cox and Son, Printers, Gt. Queen Str.' [ London ].
Printed on one side of a 74 x 52 cm piece of watermarked laid paper. Seal in red wax, under paper, at bottom-right, and two embossed tax stamps at top-left.. Docketed '25th: [sic] January 1812 | Counterpart | Covenant of Mr Edward John Harington Writer for Bengal'. No signatures. A printed document, completed in manuscript. Harington is described (with his Christian names transposed) as 'Edward John Harington of London Gentleman', and his new post given as 'Writer and Covenanter Servant at Fort William in Bengal in the East Indies'.
Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield (1858-1940), English metallurgist and steel magnate, discoverer of manganese steel and inventor of silicon steel [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
On letterheads of 22 Carlton House Terrace, S.W. [ London ] Between 30 March 1915 and 24 January 1916.
Each of the six letters is 1p, 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. With the Society's stamps and annotations. On topics including the printed version of a paper given by Hadfield and the offer to the society of a paper by his friend 'Mr E. P. Reynolds of Bournemouth' (whose father 'Mr E. Reynolds […] was the mainspring of the Engineering side of Messrs Vickers, Sheffield').
The Argentine Great Western Railway [ Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino ], British-owned Argentinian railway company, founded in 1887 [ Walter Heald, Secretary; J. S. Morgan & Co., merchant bankers ]
The Argentine Great Western Railway, 4 Finsbury Circus, London E.C. 1893 and 1894.
The company, founded in 1887, operated a broad gauge railway network in the Argentine provinces of San Luis, San Juan and Mendoza, and was taken over on a lease by the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway in 1907. It features in three studies: Colin M. Lewis, 'British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment' (1983); H. R. Stones, 'British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948' (1993); and Winthrop R. Wright, 'British-Owned Railways in Argentina – Their Effect on Economic Nationalism, 1854-1948' (1974).
Phyllis Hartnoll (1906-1997), theatre historian, musicoloist, poet and publisher [ Barry Duncan [ Horace Alexander Barry Duncan ] (1909-1985), London theatre historian ]
Three of the letters on Oxford University Press letterheads. Other items addressed from her home, Hobbits, Nether Westcote, Kingham, Oxon. 1945 and 1946.
Nine items. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Heavily annotated by Duncan. The letters (each 1p. long, two in 4to and two in 8vo) concern her orders and wants'. On 23 April 1945 she writes: 'I find on looking through the Play Pictorial bound volumes that No. 28 His Highness My Husband is missing. It is not a very important one, in fact I don't remember hearing of the play before, but if you happen to have a copy among your single numbers, I should be glad to have it, in order to complete the volume.
Charles Laughton (1899-1962), English stage and film actor, director and producer [ Oscar-winning Hollywood screen actor ]
Dated 12 May 1939. Without place.
On 9 x 11 cm piece of card, with rounded edges, laid down on grey paper (part of leaf from an album). Good signature, 5.5 cm high and 8 cm wide. At head of card, in another hand: 'CHARLES LAUGHTON 12.5.39'.
[ Brian Wynne, FRHS, publisher of 'The Gardening World', London ]
'No. I. - 1884.' London: 'Printed by Thomas Harper Meredith, and Published by Brian Wynne, at the Office [ of the Gardening World ], 17, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, in the Parish of St. Paul's, County of Middlesex. Saturday, September 6, 1884.'
16pp., large 8vo (36 x 26.5 cm). In fair condition, aged and worn, and on rag paper rather than newsprint. Illustrations throughout. Advertisements at front and back. An editorial gives the aims of the paper, and includes the following: 'Who can doubt but that in the United Kingdom there are at the present moment fully one million of adult persons deeply imbued with a love for gardening. [...] Who, twenty years ago, would have believed that over 100,000 readers of gardening papers were possible?
Sir Jeffrey Elwes [ Sir Jeffry Elwes; Sir Jeffery Elwes ] (c.1695-1776) of Hoddesdon, Treasurer to the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, 1724-1776 [ Robert Waters; William Nicholls ]
[ The Treasury, London. ] 20 December 1775.
On 36.5 x 19 cm. piece of paper. Elwes' signature is on the reverse, with the following in another hand: '20th Decemr. 1775. | Recd in full'. Beside Elwes' signature are those of the witnesses: 'Robt. Waters' and 'Wm. Nicholls'. Text on recto, with 'Sir Jeffry Elwes Kt.' in right-hand margin, beginning: 'Order is taken this 12 day of Decr. 1775 By Virtue of his Majesty's Genl. Letters of Privy Seal bearing date the 5th.
Spencer Cowper (1670-1728), judge and Member of Parliament, tried for the murder of Sarah Stout in 1699
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 6 May 1715.
1p., on 15 x 17.5cm. Aged and worn, with loss to edges, and laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. The usual printed text, completed in manuscript, recording a payment of £25. Note: An account of the 1699 Sarah Stout murder trial, at which Cowper 'called expert medical testimony, including the famous physicians Samuel Garth and Hans Sloane, together with the anatomist William Cowper (not related)' is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB.
Sir Denis Dutry [ Sir Dennis Dutry ], London Huguenot merchant, Director of the Honourable East India Company [ Sir John Lethieuller (1632/3-1719) ]
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 November 1720.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Laid out in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records a payment of £56 on an annuity by 'Sr. Denis Dutry assigne per Margent of Sr. John Lethieuller', with a reference to Lethieuller's annuity in the margin. Witnessed at foot by 'John '. Lethieuller has an entry in the Oxford DNB.?>
Ralph Verney, 2nd Earl of Verney [ styled Viscount Fermanagh, 1743-1752 ] (1714-1791), British politician, Fellow of the Royal Society
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 3 August 1756.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with loss to one corner. Verney's signature is large and bold, with a few light ink stains over the last letter. The document is laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. It begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'The [3d] Day of [August] 175 | Received by me [Ralph Earl of Verney the Attorney to Sr Thos. Cave Bart Assignee as P Margin]'. Recording a payment of £147, on an annuity.
Mark Thurston, Accountant General of the Court of Chancery, 1731-1749
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 9 August 1734.
1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with chipping to extremities (and around signature). Laid out in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Thurston is described as 'Accomptt General to ye Court of Chancery Appointed to <?> for ye Assignee of Fra: Raquet', receiving £10 from an annuity. Signed at foot by the witness, 'E Clarke'.
Phillips Gybbon (1678-1762) of Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent, Surveyor-General of the Land Revenues, 1726-1730; Lord of the Treasury, 1742-1744
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 24 October 1757.
1p., 8vo. . Aged and with particular wear to extremities. The usual printed text, completed in manuscript, with manuscript calculations in the right-hand margin. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'Annuities, 14 per Cent. | Record' [12o Oct. 1757] | Numb. | The [24th.] Day of [Oct.] 175 | Received by me [Phill: Gybbon, Assignee of John Gibbon & Ralph Snow Esqrs.] | Of the Honourable Thomas Townshend, Esq; One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, the Sum of [fifty six pounds] [...]'.
James Brudenell, 5th Earl of Cardigan (1725-1811), Master of the Robes
[ Court of Exchequer, London. ] 3 November 1779.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with particular wear along one edge (not affecting the signature). Records a payment of £5000. Signed by the witness, 'Gabriel Mathias', and made out in his hand. On the reverse, in light pencil in a nineteenth-century hand: 'Master of the Robes to his Majesty'. For more information on Brudenell, who was Master of the Robes to the Prince of Wales and to the King, 1758-1790, see his entry in the History of Parliament.
Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Winchilsea (1657-1726), Ambassador to the Porte and Member of Parliament, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
[ Receipt of Her Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 22 July 1713.
1p., 8vo. . Aged and worn, with some contemporary repair (from another Exchequer leaf), with the last letter of Winchilsea's signature cropped. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records the receipt of £18 from an annuity by 'Heneage Earle of Winchilsea (formerly calld Heneage Finch) Executor of the Lady Coventry assignee of Sr Cha Dutton'. With signature of witness 'Chas Rogers'.
Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln (1684-1728), Paymaster of the Forces, 1715-1720 [ Alexander Strahan; British Army ]
'Excheqr. Aprill 26th. 1716'. [ Court of Exchequer, London. ]
1p., on 20 x 19.5 cm. piece of paper. On aged paper with wear to extremities and hole in paper affecting one word of text. Lincoln's signature has a closed tear through it. An interesting military document, financing the British Army in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. Reads: 'Excheqr. Aprill 26th. 1716 | Receiv'd from the Rt. Honble. Sr. Richd. Onslow - One of the Tellers of his Maties. Exchequer the Sum of Twenty five thousand four hundred & Twelve Pounds five Shillgs. & Six pence - in part of an order dated Febry. 8th.
Francis Wollaston (1694-1774), scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, father of the author and astronomer Francis Wollaston (1731-1815)
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 July 1765.
1p., 8vo. On aged paper, with particular wear to one edge. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Good firm signature. Recording a payment of £150, on an annuity of £300 per annum, 'during the Life of [Mary, Francis & George Wollaston]' (his three surviving children, two others having died). Signed at the foot of the page, with the signature of the witness 'W Wright' beside it. In manuscipt on reverse: 'Paid 31 July 1765 | £1636 : 2 : 6'.
George, Viscount Torrington [ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington ] (1663-1733), Admiral of the Fleet [ Royal Navy ]
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 3 March 1724.
On 15 x 17 cm. piece of paper. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. On the otherwise-blank reverse is the following in manuscript, with Torrington's signature: '3d March 1724 | Recd. ye full Consols | Torrington.' The other side of the paper carries the usual printed text, regarding a payment to 'Rt. Honourable George Viscount Torrington, in Repayment of Loan on the Eighth 2s. Aid, Anno 1724.'
Edward Garth-Turnour, 1st Earl Winterton (1734-1788), Fellow of the Royal Society, Irish peer and parliamentarian
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 31 October 1781.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Laid out in the usual fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Recording a payment of £60, on an annuity of £120, to 'Edwd Earl Winterton Assignee'. Signed at the foot, beside the signature of the witness '<?> Noble'.
Admiral of the Fleet George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington [ Sir George Byng ] (1663-1733), Royal Navy officer [ Sir George Byng ]
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 19 July 1717.
1p., 8vo. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Records the receipt by 'Sr. George Byng Assee of Georger Doddington' of £30 10s 0d from an annuity. Witnessed at foot by 'J Nicholson'.
Richard Onslow, 1st Baron Onslow [ Lord Onslow ]; Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle; Sir Paul Methuen; Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham and 7th Earl of Winchilsea; Sir William St. Quintin
Order dated 11 May 1715. Receipt dated from 'Whitehall Treary [ Treasury ] Chambers the 29 Decembr. 1715.'
(The five men are: Richard Onslow (1654-1717), 1st Baron Onslow, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle (c.1669-1738), First Lord of the Treasury; Sir Paul Methuen (c.1672-1757), diplomat and politician; Daniel Finch (1647-1730), 2nd Earl of Nottingham and 7th Earl of Winchilsea; Sir William St. Quintin (c.1662-1723), 3rd Baronet, of Harpham in Yorkshire.) On 15 x 24 cm. piece of paper (with one cropped corner) cut from a Treasury receipt book. In good condition, lightly aged.
Francis Cudworth Masham (1686-1731), Accountant-General to the Court of Chancery, son of John Locke's friend and pupil Damaris Masham, Lady Masham (1658-1708)
[ Treasury, London. ] 4 September 1728.
On 17 x 18.5cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, on aged paper. The signature (beneath the words '4 Sept. 1728 | Recd in full', in another hand) is on the reverse of part of a printed Treasury document, completed in manuscript, recording payment to 'Francis Cudworth Masham Esqr. Accountant General to the Court of Chancery', 'in Repayment of Loan on the Seventeenth 4s. Aid, Ano 1727'.
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge [ Royal Commission on the Selection of Justices of the Peace, 1910 ]
Harington's document undated, on reverse of letterhead of the Shire Hall, Hereford. With TLS from the Society of Chairmen and Deputy-Chairmen of Quarter Sessions in England and Wales, Guildhall, Westminster, dated 21 April 1910.
In fair condition, on lightly-aged and rolled paper, attached with a rusty safety-pin. ONE: Harington's 'Suggestion'. 5pp., 4to. The document begins with his CV as it relates to England, the last entry in which reads: 'Chairman of Herefordshire Quarter Sessions since October 18, 1880. V[ice]. P[resident]. of Society of Chairmen of Q[uarter] S[essions].
R. S. R. Fitter [ Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter ] (1913-2005), naturalist and author
On letterhead of 'The Countryman', Editorial Office, Burford, Oxford. 21 April 1947.
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letterhead indicates that at the time of writing Fitter was one of the magazine's two assistant editors. He thanks him for his congratulations, but points out that he has 'actually been here for nearly a year now, but we did not move over here to Burford till the end of last month'. He hopes that '"Mayfair" is flourishing', and asks him to look in if he is ever passing that way again.
Howard Saunders (1835-1907), ornithologist [ E. L. Arnold [ Edwin Lester Linden Arnold ] (1857-1935), author ]
On letterhead of 7 Radnor Place, Gloucester Square, W. [ London ] 18 December 1881.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Forty-eight lines of text. Arnold's 'On the Indian Hills, or Coffee-Planting in Southern India' had been published in London earlier in the year, and Saunders writes that '[a]s an ornithologist' he has been 'much interested by the numerous allusions to the birds observed [...] but most of all by your remarks on the outward voyage (pp.101-3) on the gulls &c of the Red Sea'.
The Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited. ('Paper Mills at Northfleet, Kent, and Ilford, Essex.') [ Carl Daniel Ekman (1845-1904), Swedish chemist and industrialist ] Sir Richard Harington ]
[ The Ekman Pulp and Paper Company, Limited, London, 1896. ] Ford & Turner Printers, 77, Coleman Street, E.C.
Three items, folded into the customary packet. In very good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Prospectus. 4pp., 8vo. Includes the memorandum of association, in small print. The prospectus, dated 12 May 1896, begins: 'The Company was constituted in 1883. It possesses two Mills, one at Northfleet (freehold) with a complete plant for the manufacture of sulphite wood-pulp and four paper machines, and the other at Ilford (leasehold) with one paper machine. The out-put of these five machines is now 150 tons of paper per week.' Docketed at head of first leaf by Sir Richard Harington.
12pp., 12mo. Stitched. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with minor staining to outer pages. In small print. Dated at end from 'Whitbourne Court, Worcester, Sept. 2.' Scarce: no other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat, or on COPAC. From the Harington family papers.