John Hall Wilton (d.1862), agent of Irish actor G. V. Brooke [ Gustavus Vaughan Brooke ] (1818-1866) [ Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London; William Shakespeare ]
'T. R. D. L. [ i.e. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London ] 6 Septr 1853'.
For information concerning Wilton, who had previously been associated with P. T. Barnum, see W. J. Lawrence's 'Life of Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, Tragedian' (Belfast, 1892). From the 1840s Brooke had toured England with increasing success, being favourably compared with Edmund Kean and called by several critics the greatest tragedian of his day. Although somewhat wooden in delivery, he was blessed with a splendid voice, but this had begun to fail towards the end of the decade, and he had been forced to seek medical help. At the same time his heavy drinking did not assist his acting.
Angela Frances Mary Wigram [née Vaughan], Lady Fitzwygram (d.1935) [The Midwives' Institute, London, founded 1881]
1p., foolscap 8vo. In good conditiion, on lightly-aged paper, with ancient price on blank reverse. The printed text reads: 'Whereas, the Lives of Mothers are daily sacrificed by the action of ignorant persons, who can at present undertake the duties of a Midwife without let or hindrance, although this calling requires careful training and guarantees of efficiency: | The Midwives' Institute has been constituted to deal effectively with this matter by procuring the introduction and passing of an Act, which the British Medical Journal states is the only remedy against the existing evils.
[Lord Justice R. Vaughan Williams; University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Law Department; Board of Education Reference Library]
'Report' reprinted from the Cambrian News, 3 March 1899 [Aberystwyth: J. & J. Gibson, Printers, "Cambrian News" Office, Terrace Road. 1899]. 'Education of Articled Clerks' reprinted from the Welsh Gazette, 9 May 1907.
Both items from the Board of Education Reference Library, and bearing its stamp, shelfmark and red label. ONE: 'Report of Meeting under the Presidency of Lord Justice R. Vaughan Williams, held at 63, Chancery Lane, London, February 24th, 1899, to promote the establishment of a Department of Law.' 10pp., 12mo. Stapled. In grey printed wraps stamped at head 'EXHIBIT NO. 2'. Subtitled 'INFLUENTIAL MEETING IN LONDON' and giving a 'record of proceedings', with speakers including Sir Roland Vaughan Williams, Maynard Owen, A. J.
Rev. Alfred Allen Brockington (1872-1938) of West Kirby, Cheshire, poet and collaborator with Cecil Sharp in the collection of folk-songs
On letterhead of The Haven, West Kirby, Cheshire. 'St Paul [29 June] 1938'.
4pp., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Father'. He begins by thanking him for his letter: 'I can picture the long-nailed Neb. sitting down to answer your request for an autograph. Strange, that you should have been hearing of Vaughan Williams just at that time!' He reports that he has been 'doing many poems for The British Weekly. The Editor saw something of mine & asked me to send whatever I liked. And his nonconformist readers do not seem to jib.
John Strange Winter' [pen-name of Mrs. Arthur Stannard (Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard, nee Palmer) (1856-1911)], English novelist
21 January 1906; on her letterhead ('Mrs. Arthur Stannard'), 14 West Kensington Mansions, West Kensington ('TELEPHONE: 2115, WESTERN ("JOHN STRANGE WINTER.")').
12mo, 2 pp. Landscape (roughly 13 x 20.5 cm). Fair, on aged and worn paper. A difficult hand with some doubtful passages. She thanks her for 'those lovely lilies', which are 'still alive'. She apologises for missing an appointment. 'I am better but a poor thing still.' She is glad the recipient has 'come to a little ease'.
The collection as a whole is in good condition on aged paper. ITEM ONE: 90-page typescript headed 'II | ANTECEDENT', beginnning 'It has become a commonplace of musicology, at least in this country, that the first two decades of the Twentieth Century show an immense increase of creative activity in the composition of works of music by an astonishingly rich group of their [sic] young composers.
Arthur Owen Vaughan (1863-1919, born Robert Scourfield Mills, and writing under the names 'Owen Rhoscomyl' and 'Owen Vaughan'), Welsh author and adventurer
6 May 1909; on letterhead of the Welsh National Pageant, Pageant House, Cardiff.
Quarto, one page. Good, on lightly aged paper spotted by paperclip, with some creasing to extremities. 'If you will let your list down to this level, here you are'. The letterhead carries the names of the Pageant's officers with a Welsh dragon in red in the top left-hand corner. From the collection of Rev. E. J. F. Davies.
Sir Roland Lomax Bowdler Vaughan Williams (1838-1916), English judge
3 August 1892; on letterhead of St. George's Hall, Liverpool.
8vo: 1 p. Very good. Letterhead with crest. Reads 'Dear Sir | I understand from my son that you do me the honour to wish to have my autograph It gives me great pleasure to comply with yr request. | your's faithfully. | [signed] Roland L. Vaughan Williams | A Hall Esqre'.
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1832-1903), English Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster
Without date or place.
On piece of paper roughly 11 x 11 cm. Good, on lightly discoloured paper, with traces of tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. With five lines of text: '<...> Thank you sincerely for your letters & the enclosure. I quite feel that you cannot be in sympathy with certain proceedings. | Yours faithfully | [signed] Herbert Card Vaughan'.
Mabel E. Farrer, Honorary Secretary, The St. Valentine Orchestra [Ralph Vaughan Williams]
12mo, two pages. Printed on one side of a piece of paper roughly nine inches by seven, folded one to make a bifolium. Lists the Orchestra's officers (conductor; committee - the Hon. Mrs. Noel Farrer, Miss Olive Macleod and Miss Stack (Hon. Librarian); and hon. treasurer Hon. Noel M. Farrer) before setting out its rules over fifty lines, beginning 'The object of this Orchestra is to meet weekly or fortnightly to play good music well and efficiently.' A websearch for the Orchestra (which was perhaps exclusively for women) and for members of the Farrer family yields no results.
25 January 1899; on letterhead 24, Cumberland Place, W.
Shipowner (1840-1916), philanthropist and writer on social affairs. The recipient Herbert Vaughan (1832-1903) was the third Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster. Two pages, 12mo. Good, but with recto of leaf slightly smudged. Reads 'Dear Cardinal Vaughan | If half past nine is not too early I could come on Friday at that hour. I am afraid I cannot make it any later in the morning as I have to reach the City before 10.30. I could come on Friday Evening between 5 & 6 if that hour should suit you better'. Signed 'Charles Booth'.
2 pages, 8vo. The first page reproduces a leading article, 3 March 1949, headed 'Goethe To-day'. This refers to a letter to the editor, reproduced in full on the reverse, and headed 'A MEMORIAL TO GOETHE'. Among the other twelve signatories are Julian Huxley, Gilbert Murray, Harold Nicolson, Herbert Read, [Bertrand] Russell, G. Bernard Shaw, Sybil Thorndike and Ralph Vaughan Williams.