Lady Strangford [ Emily Anne Smyth (née Beaufort), Viscountess Strangford ] (c.1826-1887), military nurse and founder of hospitals [ Mahmud Nedim Pasha (c.1818-1883), Grand Vizier ]
The letter from the Grand Vizier on letterhead of the Grand-Vézirat of the Sublime Porte, 14 October 1875. Strangford's draft and copy both undated.
All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The Grand Vizier's letter, addressed to 'The Lady Strangford' and written in a secretarial hand, is 1p., 8vo, on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium; the autograph copy of Strangford's reply is on both sides of the second leaf of the same bifolium. The English copy of her reply is 2pp., 8vo, on a separate leaf.
Northcote-Trevelyan Report, 1854 [ Sir Charles John Herries; Sir Stafford Northcote [ Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh ]; George Arbuthnot; Frederick Goulburn; Civil Service reform ]
The six items from 1854. Northcote's letter from the Pynes, Exeter; Herries from the 'I[nland]. R[evenue].' and 114 Piccadilly; Goulburn from the Board of Customs [ London ]; and one of Arbuthnot's papers 'Printed at the Foreign Office'.
Lord Hennessy has characterised the subject of these items, the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1854, as 'the greatest single governing gift of the nineteenth to the twentieth century: a politically disinterested and permanent Civil Service with core values of integrity, propriety, objectivity and appointment on merit, able to transfer its loyalty and expertise from one elected government to the next'.
H. G. de Bunsen [ Henry George de Bunsen ] (c.1819-1885), Vicar of Lilleshall, 1847-1869, son of Christian Karl Josias Bunsen [ Baron Bunsen ] (1791-1860), Prussian ambassador in London, 1841-1854
Donington Rectory, Albrighton, Wolverhampton. 15 September 1875.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Replying to a request for autographs, he is sending 'an Envelope addressed by my Father' and (writing in a postscript) another 'addressed to me by the Dean of Westminster', but he 'cannot give you one of the great Niebuhr'. He agrees with Clarke's 'feeling as to possessing something coming from, or belonging to some great or good man. It is a link - as is the signature of a loved friend or companion, with the unseen world.' He enquires after Clarke's health, and recalls 'calling at your School once - & another time at your house'.
Henry J. Wake of Cockermouth (Lake District), Victorian bookseller and auctioneer
'On Sale by H. J. Wake, 18, Station Street, Cockermouth. Imo. 1877.' [ At foot: 'Henry J. Wake, Bookseller &c. Cockermouth. 10/1/77 [ i.e. 10 October 1877 ]'. ]
1p., folio. An unusual production, containing 78 numbered items in two columns, with illustrations, lithographed to look like a manuscript in tight, neat handwriting. In fair overall condition, on aged paper, with a triangular hole with 5 cm edges and minor damage sympathetically repaired with archival tape. The books range from 'No. 1. Eugene Aram's Trial, Life, Letters, Poems, &c. 12mo. Facsimile Letter. 1/2 cloth, scarce s4/ Richmond, 1832' to '78. The Stowe Catalogue Priced & Annotated by H. R, Forster. Sm. 4to cloth leather back.
Thomas Wilkinson Wallis (1821-1903), wood carver ('the Grinling Gibbons of the 19th century'), sculptor and painter of Louth in Lincolnshire [ The Great Exhibition, 1851 ]
The letter to his daughter dated from Louth [ Lincolnshire ], 18 October 1884. Description of carving from 1851. Fragments from journal dealing with events in 1837, 1851, 1862 and 1866.
Thomas Wilkinson Wallis was the greatest wood carver of Victorian England. Born in impoverished circumstances in Hull, by 1844 he had established his own business in Louth Lincolnshire, and for the 1851 he submitted seven carvings, 'of which ‘Trophy of Spring’ was awarded a medal. It was his most intricate carving, it took him 8 months to complete and was considered to surpass the work of Grinling Gibbons.
William Burges (1827-1881), English architect and designer
7 Dartmouth Row, Blackheath. 29 October 1850.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is being hired to draw a horn of Islamic origin, and gives his view of it, comparing it with 'the horn of Ulphus in the "Monumenta Vetusta"'. He has 'all the materials details &c. for making a correct drawing of the cradle', and will be happy to write to 'the <?> of Brussels for any information he may possess'. His terms are the same as for 'the others I did for you £1 . 1 .
W. A. Day, printer, of 25 South John Street, Liverpool. [Victorian printing; zincography]
Liverpool: W. A. Day, 25 South John Street. Undated [1880s?].
A scarce piece of Liverpool printing ephemera. Dimensions approximately 63 x 51 cm. Both sides printed in light blue. Text and illustrations complete. In need of expert cleaning and repair: grubby and stained, with chipping to extremities and some closed tears. At the head of the one side is the masthead of 'The Employment Exchange | Edited by Charles H. Megson' ('The only recognized medium for speedy Employment. Absolutely without rival.') with illustrations of figures at work.
Heather Bigg, F.R.C.S. [ Henry Robert Heather Bigg ] (1853-1911); A. C. Benson (1862-1925), Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge ]
New Edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, and Co., Ltd. 1901. Inscription dated November 1901.
ONE: Letter. 1 November 1901. On letterhead of 56 Wimpole Street, London. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. With blank reverse of second leaf laid down onto a flyleaf of the book. Benson is not named, but is without doubt the recipient.
James Bryce (1838-1922), Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, Ulster jurist, historian, Liberal politician and mountaineer [ Norway; Scandinavia ]
The book published in Christiana by B. M. Bentzen, 1874 (sixteenth edition).
 + 110 +  + xx pp., 16mo. With fold-out map and main body of 110pp. interleavedf. A frail survival on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with covers, map and some sections detached, spine heavily worn, and slight worming at end. Autograph inscription of 'J. Bryce' in pencil at head of title-page, and the volume is annotated with his pencil observations in a tight difficult hand. A couple of examples give a good impression of the tone.
Mrs Gore [Catherine Grace Frances Gore (née Moody; 1798–1861], "Silver Spoon" novelist and dramatist
Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, 1836, vol.III, pp.163-173 as "La Tarantala"
Autograph Manuscript,, 1.5pp., 4to, sl.wear and tear and edge stained, text clear, light authorial corrections. The text derives from pp.171-2 (Tait's) from "interrupted her companion, tightening his grasp of her slender waist [ ...] do more for his bride". Four authorial additions or changes.
Princess Helena [ Helena Augusta Victoria; Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein by marriage ] (1846-1923), daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
On letterhead of Clouds, Salisbury. 8 April 1891.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. She agrees to give her 'name as Patroness' to Mrs Lowther's 'theatricals', but 'cannot promise to be present at them as I have so very many engagements in May'. She concludes by noting the weather: 'glorious sunshine & cloudless blue sky'.
Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832-1900), Lord Chief Justice of England
On embossed letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice. 'Monday' [ no date ].
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Mr. Williams, | Pray arrange Guests in the correct order whatever that is. I shall have frequent opportunities I hope of meeting the good Bishop.'
[ Bodleian Library, Oxford; Bodley's Librarian; Horace Hart, Printer to the University ]
Both items: Oxford: Horace Hart, Printer to the University. [ 1907. ]
16mo volume. In printed card covers with green cloth spine. The 'Staff-Kalendar' proper unpaginated (circa 200pp.). Title on cover. The supplement, 111pp., printed upside-down at the back of the volume, with its own cover bearing the title. Internally in good condition on aged paper; binding somewhat worn and aged. In small type. Gives a charming insight into the running of a historic institution. As an example, the entry for 1 July commences: 'Dusting begins. | Accession-register for June to be made up. | Fire-buckets to be refilled. | To be cleaned out: - | 1. Hot water channels in Bodley.
'John Bull', London newspaper founded and edited by Theodore Hook (1788-1841) [ Todmorden Poor Law Riots; Lady Hesther Stanhope (1776-1839); Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) ]
[ London. ] Printed and published at the Office, No. 40, Fleet-street, in the City of London, by JOHN COOPER BUNNEY, Printer, of No. 43, Amwell-street, Pentonville [...].' 2 December 1838 (Vol. XVIII. - No. 938).
12pp., folio, paginated 563-574. Disbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with tax stamp at bottom-right of first page. The number contains a report of the 'The Poor Law Riots at Todmorden' (p.566), with a further report on the same subject of almost a whole page (p.570). The number also reproduces a letter from Lord Palmerston to Lady Hester Stanhope (described as 'one of the strongest-minded women in the world'), with her reply, which it describes as 'a slap in the face for the Noble Viscount', the subject being 'a dirty squabble about a pension to a lady'.
Goldwin Smith (1823-1910), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, opponent of American slavery
On letterhead of Parks End, Oxford. 6 February [ no year ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A bracing insight into the realities of Victorian domestic service. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Patterson, | Having found my slippers where they ought not to have been, I have dismissed the housemaid on the spot and seriously reprimanded the Cook. Tomorrow I shall turn off the Baker. That is what I call a well regulated household. | Yours sincerely | Goldwin Smith.' (Note that the literal meaning of 'turning off' was the pushing of a condemned person off the scaffold during execution by hanging.)
George Hudson (1800-1871), 'The Railway King', railway promoter and fraudster
Kirkham Station [ Yorkshire ]. 9 October 1871.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, tipped in onto part of a leaf from an album. The main body of the letter reads: 'I am sorry to say the portmanteau has not arrived - will you enquire about it - I hope you addressed it to the Kirkahm Station on the North Eastern railway.' In a postscript he gives the full address as 'Mr Hudson Kirkham Station on the North Eastern railway York', adding that he will pick it up 'in a few Days when we return'. The letter may result from a mix-up with Kirkham Station in Lancashire.
Sir George Otto Trevelyan (1838-1928), historian and liberal politician [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
On letterhead of the Central Station Hotel, Glasgow. 5 July 1892.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'Dear Herbert, | My address will show you why I cannot have the pleasure of breakfasting with you. My poll is tomorrow [Trevelyan was MP for Glasgow Bridgeton], and the evening of the 7th. I am to speak in Inverness, and then have to come South to take part in our two South Northern Ireland contests'. He will be 'from 3 to 600 miles from London for some time to come', and will 'miss the sort of society of which the breakfast club is the quintessence'. From the papers of Sir Robert Herbert.
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. 31 December 1886.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with light traces of mount adhering at head of second page. In returning documents to MacColl, he makes observations regarding 'The landlord's right to have his land back if the conditions on which it is leased are not performed', with relation to the 'Act of 1861' and 'the old law' which it 'only modified in specified matters'. He concludes with the observation that 'It is a curious piece of casuistry.'
Richard Redgrave (1804-1888), RA, Victorian landscape painter, designer and first Keeper of Paintings at the South Kensington Museum [ now Victoria and Albert ] [ Robert William Mylne (1817-1890 ]
18 Hyde Park Gate South [ London ]. 11 May 1871.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He explains that he has 'enquired of various of the authorities' about Mylne's offer to send his map, but he 'cannot find any section that is not so overwhelmed with objects as to have no absolutely they say - no space at command'. He ends by expressing the fear that Mylne 'will think I have been neglecting my promise'.
Florence Warden [ 'Mrs. G. E. James', née Florence Alice Price ](1857-1929), novelist
On letterhead of 21 Addison Road North, Kensington, W. [ London. ] 26 March 1889.
On one side of a 9 x 11 cm piece of grey paper. In a minuscule hand, with the recipient's name has been scored through: 'Dear Mr. <?>, | Will you come to supper on Thursday? | Yours sincerely, | Florence James'.
On his embossed letterhead, 2 Frederick Place, Old Jewry. 27 June 1869.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The note reads: 'This is to certify that Mr. Turner has been under my care; and will be unable to return to business for the next ten days. | Walter J Coulson | Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.' For more on Coulson, see his obituary in the British Medical Journal, 14 September 1889.
Sir G. W. Dasent [ Sir George Webbe Dasent ] (1817-1896), folklorist, professor at King's College London, and contributor to The Times [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
On embossed letterhead of the Civil Service Commission, Westminster. 31 July 1889.
3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Some friends of mine, & special friends of my daughter, have taken Chesterford Hall for a term their name is Tomkinson, & both husband & wife come from old Cheshire families'. As Chesterford Hall is close to Herbert's 'abode at Ickleton', he asks him to 'take notice of the new comers who are both very agreeable people'. He is writing to him at the Colonial Office, 'because I know that Meade is going off to the Dolomite Country, & I conclude that you will not both be away together'.
Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), eminent Victorian actor-manager
On letterhead of 15A, Grafton Street, Bond Street, W. [ London ] 15 February [ no year ].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a difficult hand. He hopes there is 'no misunderstanding about the box for tonight', which is reserved in the recipient's name at the theatre: '& you have only to ask for your box'. He ends: 'We shall meet tonight I hope after the play.'
Robert Scott Moncrieff (1793-1869) of Fossaway, Perth, advocate, illustrator and caricaturist, grandfather of General John Archibald Ballard (1829-1880)
'Dalkeith | Saty Morning 27 July [ 1833 ].
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf from breaking of wafer. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mrs. Scott Moncrieff | 7 Fores Stt. | Edinb.' Docketted on same page: '27 July 1833 | R S M | announcing Joanna's birth'. The letter begins: 'My dearest Mother | I beg that you wd.
Renn Dickson Hampden (1793-1868), Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Bishop of Hereford, subject of the Hampden Controversy of 1836 [ Sir Travers Twiss (1809-1897), jurist ]
The first from 'The Palace' [ Hereford ], 3 November 1856. The second from Eaton Place [ London ], 15 March 1865.
The first letter 4pp., 12mo, with cross writing on frist page, and the second 3pp., 12mo. Both bifoliums. The second letter with its envelope, with penny red and postmarks, addressed by Dickson to 'Travers Twiss Esq D. C. L. | No. 19 Park Lane | London'. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first letter concerns Dr Edward Thompson, Vicar of Kington, who has been complained about by his curate 'Mr. Clelan', resulting in a report in a newspaper. Dickson writes: 'Kington, you may remember, rejoices in the notorious Dr.
Edwin Chadwick, Secretary, Poor Law Commission [ London ]
Poor Law Commission Office, Somerset House [ London ]. 1840. [ 'By Authority: - J. Hartnell, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street.' ]
7pp., folio. An unbound and unopened half-sheet. Facsimile of Chadwick's signature at end. An interesting document, in twenty-six numbered sections, laying out the duties of the parish officers with regard auditing of the quarterly Poor Rates accounts.
David Roberts (1796-1864), RA, Scottish artist [ Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), artist ]
Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 16 January 1856.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on leaf removed from album. The recipient's name is unclear. The letter begins: 'I wrote to Henry yesterday, that I should have a Fly here Tomorrow, Thursday, at 4 OClock to take & bring you back from Stanfields - and last night I recd yours stating - you would take a Fly to bring you here'. He discusses the alternatives, commenting 'Had it not better remain as arranged?'
[ Scottish tour in early-Victorian period; travel in Scotland in the 1830s ]
Without place or date. [ On paper watermarked 'R MUNN & Co | 1838'. ]
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, and wrapped in a leaf carrying the name 'Miss Sandham' (possible recipient?). Neatly and closely written out over the whole four pages. Beneath the heading: 'May be easily made out in three weeks'.
Thomas Bell (1792-1880) of Selborne, zoologist, President of the Linnaean Society who disapproved of the theories of Charles Darwin
On letterhead of The Wakes, Selborne. 18 February 1864.
3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he will have 'great pleasure' seconding the recipient's nomination at the Athenaeum Club, and will do so 'the first time I go to London'. He discusses the arrangements before commenting on the 'great disappointment' felt by 'all our party' that the recipient was unable to join them. The letter concludes: 'I hope you have not suffered as so many have done from the very changeable weather &c had - I never knew such variations both in temperature & pressure, for so long a time'.
Seraphin Weingartner (1844-1919) of Lucerne, Swiss artist and designer, founding Director of the Kunstgewerbeschule Luzern [ Rosswein, Saxony, Germany ]
Both letters from Rosswein [ Saxony, Germany ]. 27 December 1908 and 19 April 1909.
Both letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Both addressed to 'Dear Cyril!' Weingartner's grip of English is shaky. ONE (27 December 1908): 8pp., 8vo. He is working hard, making his own suppers, and reminisces about their time together in Paris. The girls in Rosswein are '(some of them) the finest I have ever seen. There is a lot of Balls here, every forth nighth dansing amusement all over. I was surprized to find that here, as well you find real cafe parisienne.' He describes his fellow-students: 'They come here from all parts of Germany.