TOWNSHEND

[ John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend, as Viscount Raynham. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Raynham') to an unnamed party, regarding 'Mr. Ewart's motion [...] for the abolition of the punishment of death'.

Author: 
John Villiers Stuart Townshend, 5th Marquis Townshend (1831-1899), styled Viscount Raynham [ Lord Raynham ] between 1855 and 1863 [ William Ewart (1798-1869), Radical politcian; capital punishment ]
Publication details: 
11 Grosvenor Square [ London ]. 14 June 1856.
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with some glue staining to blank reverse of last leaf. He presented, as requested, 'on the day of Mr. Ewart's motion the petitions which you forwarded to me for the abolition of the penalty of death', and apologises for not informing the recipient of the fact sooner: 'it has led you to believe that I have not received them.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Cas. Wm. Powlett') from the Hon. Charles William Powlett, only son of the 3rd Baron Bayning, inviting Mrs Hamilton to dinner.

Author: 
Hon. Charles William Powlett (1844-1864), only son of Henry William Powlett [born Henry Townshend] (1797-1866), 3rd Baron Bayning and his wife Emma [née Fellowes].
Publication details: 
Pulteney Street [London]. No date.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With monogrammed 'CWP' letterhead in red. He was sorry not to have found her at home, 'but we always go out at the same time'. He invites her to dine with them on the Sunday: 'as Mrs. is with you to take care of Col. Hamilton', whom he is sorry to hear is 'so great an invalid'. Powlett died at the age of 19 in 1864; on his father's death two years later the barony became extinct.?>

Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Herbert') from Lady Elizabeth Herbert to 'My dear Bishop' [probably Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford], regarding a vote in the House of Lords, and 'base & ungenerous treatment' of Lord Sydney.

Author: 
Lady Elizabeth Herbert
Lady Elizabeth Herbert
Publication details: 
11 May 1858; on letterhead of 49 Belgrave Square.
£56.00
Lady Elizabeth Herbert

12mo, 2 pp. Fair, on lightly aged and creased paper. Although it is 'unnecessary' , she is writing 'in Sidney's name to implore for your Vote & interest on Friday next as against the Govt. - Independently of the grave question at issue as regards India no friend of Lord Canning's can be indifferent to the base & ungenerous treatment he has received'. Sidney is writing to the Bishop of Salisbury 'in the same sense', and if he cannot come to London for the vote, he will, she hopes, 'send his proxy'. Docketed on reverse 'Authoress'.

[Privately printed volume.] Winchester, and a few other Compositions in Prose and Verse. [by Rev. Charles Townsend, Rector of Kingston-by-Sea, Sussex]

Author: 
[Charles Townsend, Rector of Kingston-by-Sea, Sussex]
Publication details: 
[Privately printed.] Winchester: James Robbins, College Street. 1835.
£350.00

Townsend was a member of the Holland House circle. Two of his poems were compared favourably with Wordsworth by J. G. Lockhart. 4to, 80 pp, followed by a manuscript leaf, paginated 81 and 82, with the poems 'Sonnet, On Viewing St Paul's from Blackfriar's Bridge' and 'Sonnet | Richmond late in the Evening'. In original brown cloth boards, worn, rebacked and repaired, with 'WINCHESTER.' in gilt on front. Internally sound and tight, on aged paper. Tipped on the recto of the front free endpaper is a presentation inscription: 'With the Authors | Kind regards:- | Jany: 30th: 1837'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Ratmirova') to 'Mr. Bass' of Manchester, regarding the play 'The Fold'.

Author: 
Eugenia Ratmirova, actress [Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue]
Publication details: 
5 April 1920; on letterhead of the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
£35.00

4to, 2 pp. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. The play 'is a great success in London and is likely to have a long run there, yet at the same time we are all looking forward to coming back to Manchester, where the play started and everybody was so kind to us'. She concludes with some graceful compliments to Bass, and encloses her portrait (not present).

Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed secretary of state.

Author: 
Colonel James Francis Erskine, of the Regiment of Swiss Chasseurs
Publication details: 
7 March 1783; 'Kensington gravell Pitts'.
£125.00

Erskine, who died in 1806, was the grandson of the 27th Earl of Mar. 3 pages, 8vo. In very good condition. The letter, addressed to 'your Excellency', concerns 'The Honble. Captain Cunningham who had resigned a Troop of Dragoons on the Irish Establishment to go upon Service with the same rank in my unfortunate Regiment of Swiss Chasseurs'.

Autograph Signature on front of franked envelope.

Author: 
John Thomas Townshend, 2nd Viscount Sydney
Publication details: 
27 January 1823; place indecipherable.
£20.00

Lords of the Admiralty, the Treasury and of the Bedchamber under George III (1764-1831). On front of envelope, cut down to roughly 4 1/2 inches by 3 inches. Good only: ruckled and with one closed tear not affecting signature. Blank reverse docketed in pencil and with remains of paper from previous mounting. Difficult handwriting. Reads '<?> Twenty Seventh of January | 1823 | Richd <?> Esq | Queen Street | May Fair | London | Sydney'. 'FREE | 28JA28 | 1823' stamped in red ink in circle cropped at head.

Autograph Signature, address and seal on fragment of envelope.

Author: 
John Robert Townshend, 3rd Viscount Sydney
Publication details: 
Postmark 'FOOTSCRAY | DE 14 | 1840'.
£35.00

Sydney (1805-1890) became 1st Earl Sydney in 1874. The front part of an envelope, dimensions roughly 3 inches by 8 inches. In good condition, but with traces of previous mounting on otherwise-blank reverse. Circular crested seal in red wax, roughly 1/2 inch in diameter. Reads 'H M S. | The Secretary to the Board of Ordnance | Pall Mall | London | Sydney'.

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