VANCOUVER

[ Admiral Sir George Henry Richards, Hydrographer of the Navy. ] Seven Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Geo Henry Richards') to his friend 'Allchin' [ the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], including an expression of grief on the death of a son.

Author: 
Admiral Sir George Henry Richards (1820-1896), Hydrographer of the Navy [ British Columbia survey; Vancouver; Arctic search for Sir John Franklin ] [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
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Between 1888 and 1896. Five on letterheads: the Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company Limited, London (2); The Cottage, Fetcham, Leatherhead (2); The Athenaeum, Pall Mall. Others from 56 Lexham Gardens [ London ] and Kittery Court, Kingswear.
£450.00

For Richards' eventful career see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Between 1852 and 1854, after taking part in the Opium Wars, he served as second in command on Belcher's ship Assistance in the search for Sir John Franklin, whose Arctic expedition had been missing since 1845. Between 1857 and 1862 he was a hydrographer on the coast of British Columbia, and was responsible for the selection and designation of dozens of placenames along the British Columbia coast (for example False Creek in Vancouver). He named one of his sons Vancouver Alexander Richards (1861-1906). The seven letters total 16pp.

[H.M. Lazelle] Autograph Letter Signed"H.M. Lazelle", to "The Hon. Norman Mac Gregor, Lloyds, London, E[?], England" about the latter's brother, deceased.

Author: 
Lieut.-Colonel H.M. Lazelle, Acting Inspector General, Vancouver Barracks, Washington State [Henry M. Lazelle]
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[Printed heading] Lieut.-Colonel H.M. Lazelle, Acting Inspector General | Headquarters Department of the Columbia, | Office Acting Inspector General [...], 25 Jan. 1887.
£280.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, small closed tear not affecting text, some staining but text clear and complete.He acknowledges receipt of his "favor" and books which are "doubly valued since he through whose friendship they were sent is gone.

Four long Autograph Letters Signed from Paul Bing of Vancouver, Canada, to his brother Jens Bing (in Sweden?), giving detailed and scientific advice on farming from a Canadian and American viewpoint. With Autograph Letter Signed from a third brother.

Author: 
Paul Bing of Vancouver, Canada [North American agriculture; farming; Jens Bing; Sweden; Swedish; Scandinavian]
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One of the letters without place, the other three from Vancouver, Canada, two of them addressed from 4194 West 11th Avenue. 25 July, 24 September and 3 and 11 October 1944.
£450.00

The four letters total 76pp., 4to. In very good condition, neatly written on lightly-aged paper. All signed 'Paul' (two preceded by 'Your old brother'). Three of the letters are addressed to 'My dear Jens' and the other 'Skål, Frater Amantissime!' The second letter is addressed from 'The Bing House in which live Lyn Bing and Porg [sic] Bing, Vancouver, Canada'. Bing refers to the four letter as 'the 5th. of the Epistles', indicating that one is missing from the sequence.

Manuscript 'expert's Report of the Malacate Mines' in Mexico by metallurgist Edward Halse, ARSM, MIMM, prepared for Messrs Bourke, Sandys & Co, London, with three Typed Letters Signed from the firm, to R. Hanrott (2), and Hon. M. E. M. Sandys.

Author: 
Edward Halse (d.1935), ARSM, MIMM, metallurgist [The Malacate Syndicate Limited; Malacate Mines, Mexico]
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The three letters all from 7 Austin Friars, London, and all dating from August 1895. Halse's report undated, but slightly earlier.
£280.00

Halse's report, to Messrs Bourke, Sandys & Co., London, is headed 'Malacate'. 16pp., 8vo. Neatly written out, with marginal chapter headings, beginning: 'Situation of Mines', 'Roads', 'Freight Rates', 'Mining Claims', 'Timber and Water', 'History of the Property and Titles'.

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