WALTERS

[ St John Adcock, journalist, novelist and poet. ] Typed Letter Signed ('St. John Adcock') to J. Cuming Walters, on his health (a year before his death), work as editor of 'The Bookman', 'Collected Poems', and Cuming Walters's 'Charm of Lancashire'.

Author: 
St John Adcock [ Arthur St. John Adcock ] (1864-1930), poet, novelist and editor of 'The Bookman' [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 55 Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey. 3 November 1929.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first paragraph reads: 'Dear Cuming Walters, | Forgive me for not writing sooner. The fact is I have been down with influenza and pneumonia for the last three weeks. The worst time of the year for me! After the first week I contrived with difficulty to carry on with things, lying on my back dictating letters to my daughter, who has helped me enormously. But I am up again, and though not allowed out of doors have for the last four days been working in my room here, so shall manage all right and get my Christmas No.

[ Orlando Greenwood, Lancashire artist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Greenwood') to J. Cuming Walters, describing his background (having been born 'between Pendle and Boulsworth'), reminiscing on his childhood, and commenting on dialect.

Author: 
Orlando Greenwood (1892-1989), Lancashire artist and creator of London Underground posters [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 9 Hillmarton Road, Camden Road, N.7. 8 December 1929 and 31 October 1930.
£200.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: 8 December 1929. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by stating that he has read Walters' 'Charm of Lancashire' with great enjoyment, and considers it one 'of which every Lancashire family and lover of the county should possess a copy'. He continues: 'I myself was born between Pendle and Boulsworth. My Father's stock farmed around Trawden and the Boulsworth side, and my mother's around Blacko and the Pendle slopes, so your section devoted to this locality has an especial attraction for me.

[ John James Whitley of Warrington, brewer, and 'Lewis Carroll'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John J. Whitley.') to J. Cuming Walters, regarding Whitley's father the Vicar of Daresbury and the family of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Author: 
John James Whitley (1868-1942) of Warrington, managing director of brewers Greenall, Whitley & Co. [ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 'Lewis Carroll'; J. Cuming Walters (1863-1933) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatton Cottage, Warrington. 7 December 1930.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to Walters at his London publishers Hodder & Stoughton. In good condition, lightly aged. On reading Walters' 'Romantic Cheshire' he notes that he refers to '"Lewis Carroll" as "whilom Vicar of Daresbury"'. He points out that this is not the case, and that '"Lewis Carroll" was the son of the once Vicar of Daresbury. | My father was Vicar of Daresbury from 1884 to 1896 and I remember the old Vicarage where Mr. Dodgson resided very well. It was demolished about the time my father was appointed Vicar.' The family firm of J. J.

[ J. Cuming Walters, editor of the Manchester City News. ] Correspondence (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) from 63 individuals (mainly Lancastrians), regarding Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' and 'The Romance of Cheshire'.

Author: 
J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [ Lancashire; Cheshire ]
Publication details: 
Most letters from Manchester, and other places in Lancashire. A few from London, Bristol, Leeds, Northampton. 67 items from 1929 and 1930; and one apiece from 1924, 1931 and 1932.
£500.00

The 72 items (17 TLsS; 53 ALsS; 2 ACsS) are in good overall condition; with only three items exhibiting slight damage. In buff card folder with note in pencil on cover: 'LETTERS ON JCW's “The Charm of Cheshire [sic]”, “The Charm of Lancashire” etc'. By far the larger part of the correspondence concerns Walters' 'The Charm of Lancashire' (London: A. & C. Black, 1929) rather than his 'Romantic Cheshire' (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1930). There are two anomalies: a 1924 letter from F. W. D. Mottershead regarding a talk by Walters for 'the B.B.C.

[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

Author: 
[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
£35.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals.

[ 'The Need of a National Party', 1890-1920. ] Material from the papers of J. Cuming Walters, editor of Manchester City News, regarding the formation of a national party, including drafts of autograph letctures by him, pamphlet, cuttings, proofs.

Author: 
[ National Party, United Kingdom, 1890-1921 [ John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News, 1906-1932, journalist and author; Winston Churchill ]
Publication details: 
Manchester and London. Between 1890 and 1920.
£280.00

A useful background guide is Geoffrey Russell Searle's 'Country before Party: Coalition and the Idea of "National Government' in Modern Britain, 1885-1987' (London, 1995). As the manuscripts in this collection indicate, Cuming Walters cherished the idea of a national party from the 1890s, and he was able to re-use material from that period on the formation of the National Party in 1920 (not to be confused with the party of the same name, a pamphlet relating to which is present, dating from 1917).

[ Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine, Manx author. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Hall Caine') to Manchester journalist and editor John Cuming Walters, regarding his book 'Recollections of Rossetti'.

Author: 
Hall Caine [ Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine ] (1853-1931), Manx author [ John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greeba Castle, Isle of Man. 24 August 1928.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by noting that they have not corresponded for a while, and that he has 'been abroad most of my time for several years'. He is sending him 'a set of advance sheets of a little book I am to publish with Cassells at the end of September' ('Recollections of Rossetti'), 'because I have a very grateful memory of all the kind, appreciative and very able articles which you have written about other books of mine'.

[ Minnie Walters Anson, English miniaturist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Miss Newcomb' [ secretary of Marcus Adams Limited], regarding miniatures made from photographs of children taken by her brother-in-law Marcus Adams

Author: 
Walters Anson [ Minnie Walters Anson ] (1875-1959), RMS [ Royal Miniature Society ], miniaturist [ Lambeth School of Art ], wife of artist Chris Adams (1867-1960), brother of Marcus Adams
Publication details: 
Both on her letterhead ('WALTERS ANSON, R.M.S.'), 48 Parkstone Avenue, Parkstone, Dorset. 6 and 11 February 1950.
£180.00

Both letters 2pp., 12mo. Both in good condition, lightly-aged, the second with the first page lightly crossed through in pencil. The letters relate to work done for the firm of her brother-in-law Marcus Adams (described in his Times obituary as 'the outstanding child photographer of his day and photographer to the Royal Family for more than 30 years'), at 43 Dover Street, Mayfair. She begins the first letter by explaining that she has 'endeavoured to make the Woodall miniature like the snapshot, but unless they are really satisfied I had better do another.

[ Sir Oswald Walters Brierly, English marine artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('O S Brierly') to Walter J. Fawcett

Author: 
Oswald Brierly [ Sir Oswald Walters Brierly ] (1817-1894), English marine artist [ Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1833-1891), Admiral in the Royal Navy, and sculptor ]
Publication details: 
38 Ampthill Square, NW [London]. 10 February 1873.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He acknowledges receipt of a cheque for 35 guineas, for 'the small drawing of Constantinople', adding that 'Prince Hohenlohe called and saw it here today, and liked it very much'. He ends with the news that he has engaged 'Heffer to call here for it, & pack & send it to its destination'.

[Manchester and the John Milton Tercentenary, 1908.] Proof of article [by John Cuming Walters for the Manchester City News] titled 'The Milton "Tercentenary." Manchester Celebrations. Tribute to the Author of "Paradise Lost."

Author: 
John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [Tercentenary of the birth of John Milton, 1908]
Publication details: 
[Manchester: Manchester City News. 1908.]
£56.00

Laid out in three columns on one side of a 71 x 26 cm piece of newsprint stock. With two illustrations in text ('Chalfont St. Giles: the only remaining Milton home' and 'Facsimile of a Milton Sonnet'). Aged and brittle, with a few words of text lost in two vertical folds which have been repaired with archival tape. Section headings are 'Commemorations', 'Manchester Exhibitions and Addresses', 'A Tribute', 'The English Patriot', 'Milton and Music', 'His Optimism', 'His Self-Confidence' and 'A Poetic Life'.

[Henrietta Maria Bowdler [Mrs. Harriet Bowdler], religious author and 'Bowdleriser' of Shakespeare.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H M Bowdler'), thanking 'Miss Walters' for her 'beautiful' works.

Author: 
Henrietta Maria Bowdler [Mrs. Harriet Bowdler] (1750-1830), author and literary editor, main 'Bowdleriser' of 'The Family Shakspeare' (1807)
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£150.00

1p., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight damage to second leaf, which is addressed to 'Miss Walters' and carries a small seal in red wax. The letter reads: 'My dear Miss Walters | I am so much obliged that I know not how to thank you as I wish. Your works are beautiful, & will be a most valuable present to our poor Moravians. Accept my sincerest thanks, & believe me ever | My dear Madam | Yr much oblig'd & affecte | H M Bowdler'.

A collection of material relating to Daniel Defoe, assembled by John Cuming Walters, editor of the Manchester City News, comprising original manuscripts of lectures by him, and newspaper and magazine cuttings of articles by him and others.

Author: 
John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [Daniel Defoe]
Publication details: 
Manchester and other English cities. One set of manuscript notes dated 17 July 1931; the cuttings dating from between 1907 and 1932.
£280.00

A notable man by any measure, Walters is a puzzling omission from the Oxford DNB. For many years a central figure in the literary life of the north-west of England, he was an authority on Shakespeare (his extensive papers on whom are now in the Folger), Tennyson and Dickens. Walters was the author of 'about 20 books and [...] 250 lectures', and an 'actual or corresponding member of close upon fifty' literary societies, in addition to his professional work as editor of the Manchester City News (for twenty-five years), and the Manchester Evening Chronicle.

A collection of material on Dr Samuel Johnson, assembled by the editor of the Manchester City News, John Cumming Walters, being a mixture of original typescript and manuscript, including a lecture by Walters, and newspaper and magazine cuttings.

Author: 
John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [Dr Samuel Johnson; Johnsoniana; James Boswell]
Publication details: 
Manchester and other English cities: 1894 to 1921.
£400.00

A notable man by any measure, Walters is a puzzling omission from the Oxford DNB. For many years a central figure in the literary life of the north-west of England, he was an authority on Shakespeare (his extensive papers on whom are now in the Folger), Tennyson and Dickens. Walters was the author of 'about 20 books and [...] 250 lectures', and an 'actual or corresponding member of close upon fifty' literary societies, in addition to his professional work as editor of the Manchester City News (for twenty-five years), and the Manchester Evening Chronicle.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm: Melmoth') to 'my very dear Sophia [Walters]', exhibiting a warmth unusual in one writing 'at the advanced Age of eighty five'.

Author: 
William Melmoth the Younger (c.1710-1799), translator of Pliny and Cicero, and author of 'Fitzosborne's Letters' (1748, 1749) [Sophia Walters]
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated. Docketed in a contemporary hand: '1798 Written at the advanced Age of eighty five [sic, for 88]'.
£180.00

1 p, landscape 12mo (18.5 x 11.5 cm). Eleven long lines in a small neat hand. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Tipped in onto a piece of paper, 21 x 13 cm. The reference to Melmoth's 'advanced Age' is at the foot of the page. Docketed on reverse in a contemporary hand: 'From Mr. Melmoth to Mrs. Walters'. Begins: 'Believe me, my very dear Sophia, I am so truely [sic] your obedient servant in every affectionate & friendly sense of those terms, that there is no office in which you can employ me I shd.

Nine volumes of newspaper cuttings, collected by Cuming Walters in his capacity as editor of the Manchester City News, containing all his editorials and articles relating to the Great War, including the whole of his pseudonymous 'Journal of the War'.

Author: 
John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), Editor of the Manchester City News from 1906 to 1932 [The Great War; World War I]
Publication details: 
Complete from 8 August 1914 to 25 October 1919
£250.00

This archive records the day-by-day response to the Great War of a cultured and intelligent English newspaper editor operating outside the Fleet Street hegemony. It charts his change of opinion from initial optimism (8 August 1914: 'The instinct is to strike - it is nature's own law.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Cohen') to Walters.

Author: 
Chapman Cohen (1868-1954), Editor of 'The Freethinker' [John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), Editor, Manchester City News]
Publication details: 
2 May 1919; on letterhead of 'The Freethinker'.
£75.00

4to, 2 pp. Good, on lightly-aged and worn paper. Thirty-seven lines of text. He finds himself 'very much in accord' with the views expressed by Walters in his address on 'The New Religion'. His 'chief difference' is 'a dislike to the use of the word "Religion." It has, to me, associations that are certain to rob it of all good.' As a 'working term', in Cohen's view, it lacks 'satisfactory power'. 'However, the great thing seems to me to keep churches & individuals on the move.

Three Autograph Letters Signed by Ramsden to Cuming Walters, with two printed documents, relating to an address given by Cuming Walters to the Heywood Fellowship on 'Brotherhood Sunday'.

Author: 
T. Ramsden, Hon. Sec., Heywood Brotherhood ('held in Market Street Wesleyan Church') [J. Cuming Walters, Editor, Manchester City News; Heywood, Lancashire]
Publication details: 
[Heywood, Lancashire.] November 1930.
£150.00

It is a singular circumstance that no information whatsoever is available on the Heywood Brotherhood (whose President was the Reverend F. Gordon Mee) on the internet. The five items clear and complete on lightly-aged paper. All leaves of the three letters on the Brotherhood's letterhead (featuring the names and addresses of five of its officials). Letter One (2 pp, one 8vo and one 12mo, with small ink stain at head of first leaf): 18 November 1930. Ramsden asks to 'have the subject of the address you propose to give at our "Brotherhood Sunday" on Sunday, Nov. 30/30'.

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