[ Joseph Cotton Wigram, Bishop of Rochester. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C. Rochester') to the Lord Chancellor Lord Westbury, regarding the sale of the living of Abberton, Essex, on behalf of Rev. John James Holroyd.

Joseph Cotton Wigram (1798-1867), Bishop of Rochester, Archdeacon of Winchester [ Richard Bethell, Lord Westbury (1800-1873), Lord Chancellor; Rev. James John Holroyd; Abberton, Essex ]
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15a Grosvenor Square, W. [ London ] 6 May 1863.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. He is petitioning on behalf of 'the incumbent of Abberton, Revd. James John Holroyd, who holds the living of Abberton in your Lordships patronage', that Westbury should 'include that preferment in the lot of those which it is intended to offer for sale. The amount value of the living is given at £289 and the population as 279; - it is in the county of Essex nr. Colchester'.

[ Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, playwright. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arthur W. Pinero') to the actor-manager Arthur Cecil Blunt, explaining that he cannot dramatize the novel of 'Mr. Wigram'.

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), playwright [ Arthur Cecil [ Arthur Cecil Blunt (1843-1896), actor-manager and playwright ]
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On letterhead of 64 St John's Wood Road, NW [ London ]. 26 May 1887.

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Arthur C. Blunt, Esq', with salutation to 'My dear Cecil'. With regard to 'Mr. Wigram's letter' he writes that he 'would rather not dramatize a novel, and did I feel an inclination to do so I don't think I am at all a good man for the work'. He nevertheless asks the recipient to inform Wigram that he is 'complimented by his and Lord Desart's proposal'. The postscript is mildly amusing: 'P.S. I hope I am not liable to misconstruction in enquiring after your Housemaid's Knee'.

[ Sir George Wigram Allen, Australian politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G: Wigram Allen') to the Auckland ironmonger Samuel Hague Smith, regarding 'the slabs of white marble'.

Sir George Wigram Allen (1824-1885), Australian politician, Speaker in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1875-1883 [ Samuel Hague Smith (1830-1917), Auckland ironmonger ]
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On Sydney letterhead, 27 May 1881.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Cut down at margins, with loss to part of letterhead. Addressed to 'S Hague Smith Esqr | Pitt St North'. He writes that he has not yet received a sample for 'the slabs of white marble 12 inches square', and asks him to 'give an answer to Odling Bros', as he wishes to know 'what quantity I could get from the person whom you <?>, & about the quantity also'.

Printed petition endorsing the registration of midwives, headed 'Private and Confidential.] [Provisional. The Midwives' Institute.' Completed in manuscript with names, addresses and sums pledged.

Angela Frances Mary Wigram [née Vaughan], Lady Fitzwygram (d.1935) [The Midwives' Institute, London, founded 1881]
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[London, 1891.]

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.

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