WILLIAM

[ John Gough Nichols, printer and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed recipient, requesting information on the architect James Elmes.

Author: 
John Gough Nichols (1806-1873), printer and antiquary [ James Elmes (1782-1862), architect and surveyor; Society of Antiquaries of London ]
Publication details: 
25 Parliament Street [ London ]. 21 May 1862.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In fair conditon, on aged and worn paper. Headed in another hand 'Answered'. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | Many thanks for your kind note. If you could bring with you tomorrow evening to the Antiqs. [i.e. Society of Antiquaries ] the dates when the late Mr James Elmes became Surveyor of the Port of London, & when he resigned that office, you would further oblige me.'

[ Lord Hobhouse on Titian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hobhouse') [ to Sir George Newnes, editor the Strand Magazine ], offering an article inspired by W. P. Frith's comments on 'Titians exquisite work' [ Sacred and Profane Love ].

Author: 
Arthur Hobhouse, 1st Baron Hobhouse [ Lord Hobhouse ] (1819-1904), judge and legal reformer [ William Powell Frith (1819-1909), artist; Sir George Newnes (1851-1910), editor of the Strand Magazine ]
Publication details: 
Charlton House, Portbury, Bristol. 8 August 1900.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Although unnamed, the recipient Sir George Newnes, editor of the Strand Magazine, which in August 1900 had published William Powell Frith's comments on Titian's 'Sacred and Profane Love' in its 'World's Greatest Paintings' series. Hobhouse begins: 'Sir, | My eye has been caught by the interesting and finely illustrated article in your August number on Paintings. With regard to the popular title of Titians exquisite work (p. 193) I am glad to see that Mr. Frith is as dissatisfied as I could wish.

[ William Sowerby, artist and botanist. ] Autograph Signature ('Wm. Sowerby | Secty') as Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, on communication to 'The Proprietors of "Scientific Roll"'.

Author: 
William Sowerby (1827-1906), Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, artist and botanist [ [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Botanic Society of London, Gardens, Regent's Park, London. 24 January 1883.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A somewhat grand and expansive printed form, completed in manuscript by Sowerby. He thanks the 'Gentlemen' who are 'The Proprietors of "Scientific Roll"' for 'the continuation, as published, of The "Scientific Roll"'. From the papers of Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll'.

[ Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ] Autograph Note Signed ('W. T. Thiselton Dyer') informing an unnamed party where to get information regarding 'the Establishment' from.

Author: 
Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer [ Sir W. T. Thiselton-Dyer ] (1843-1928), British botanist, third director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication details: 
Kew, on embossed letterhead of 'Royal Gardens Kew'). 2 January 1886.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He refers him to 'the Post Office Directory' for a 'list of our scientific staff', and to 'the Official Guide which is on sale at all the Gates' for 'the principal facts as to the objects etc. of the Establishment', and concludes: 'The other information you ask for is embodied in our annual report which is not at present issued'.

[ General Sir Robert Gardiner of the Royal Artillery. ] Autograph Signed Certificate ('Robert Gardiner'), with his seal of office in black wax, appointing 'The Revd Dr. Rudge [...] Chaplain to His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold'.

Author: 
General Sir Robert Gardiner (1781-1864), Royal Artillery, Master Gunner, St James's Park, and Principal Equerry to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, 1816-1831 [ James Rudge of Limehouse ]
Publication details: 
Claremont. 6 August 1820.
£180.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The document is signed at the end 'Robert Gardiner', beside his seal in black wax. It reads: 'These are to certify, that The Revd Dr. Rudge, is appointed Chaplain to His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold – to have, hold and enjoy the said office, together with all rights, privileges and advantages, thereunto belonging. | Claremont, August the Sixth – One thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty. | Robert Gardiner'.

[ Sir William Fairbairn of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Fairbairn') to 'Mr. Ashworth', requesting that he get his son George a seat in the crown court.

Author: 
Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874) of the Polygon, Ardwick, Scottish engineer and shipbuilder, associate of George and Robert Stephenson
Publication details: 
The Polygon [ Ardwick, near Manchester, Lancashire ]. 10 March 1868.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My Dear Mr. Ashworth | Would you kindly direct my Son George to a seat in the Crown Court as he is anxious to hear the trials. I hope it will not be inconvenient for you to do so and oblige | Yours faithfully | Wm Fairbairn'. George Fairbairn was born in 1830 and died a few months after this letter, on 5 December 1868.

[ James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James W Lowther'), on his retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons, stating that he is not going to publish his reminiscences, considering it 'very improper'..

Author: 
James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater (1855-1949), Speaker of the House of Commons, 1905-1921
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 9 May 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and folded twice. He states that he has 'no intention at present of writing or publishing any reminsicences', having always 'held a very strong view against the modern system of gentlemen who have been employed in official & confidential positions rushing into print the moment they have left their situations.' For Lowther's career see his entry in the Oxford DNB. In 1921 he retired as speaker, on being created Viscount Ullswater and appointed GCB.

[ Roger Kenyon of Peel Hall, (GreaterLancs; his son George Kenyon. ] Annotations by an outraged Jacobite Tory, defending James II, fulminating against the 'usurper' William of Orange, in 2- volume: 'State Trials' and 'a Farther Collection'.

Author: 
[ Roger Kenyon (c.1627-98) of Parkhead and Peel Hall, Lancashire, Tory Member of Parliament for Clitheroe, 1690-1695; his son George Kenyon (1666-1728), MP for Wigan, 1713-1715 ]
Publication details: 
The two printed volumes are: ONE, 'State Tracts': London, no printer, 1693. TWO: 'a Farther Collection of Several Choice Treatises', 'London: Printed, and are to be Sold by Richard Baldwin near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. MDCXCII. [1692]'
£650.00

The first of the two works in the present volume bears on its title-page the ownership signature of 'Ll: Kenyon'. This is either Lloyd Kenyon (1732-1802), 1st Baron Kenyon, successively Master of the Rolls and Attorney General, or (less likely) his father Lloyd Kenyon of Gredington, Hanmer, Flint. The volume comes from the library of George Kenyon of Peel Hall (uncle and father-in-law of Lord Kenyon) and the annotations it contains are either by George Kenyon himself or (more likely given the handwriting) his father Roger Kenyon.

[ Proof of the suppressed version of Ian Hamilton's biography, with fullest quotations from Salinger's letters. ] J. D. Salinger: A Writing Life.

Author: 
Ian Hamilton [ J. D. Salinger; William Heinemann Ltd, London publishers; Random House ]
Publication details: 
Suppressed proof. [ London: William Heinemann Ltd. 1986 ]
£1,850.00

The present item is a product of one of the most celebrated publishing controversies of the twentieth century. In 1982 the English critic and poet Ian Hamilton set out to write a biography of the legendarily-reclusive Salinger. The attempt, as The Times explained in Hamilton's obituary, 31 December 2001, 'went horribly wrong': 'Salinger succeeded in blocking publication in the courts', because the book, to be titled 'J. D.

[ Victorian Gypsies. ] Four Victorian photographs, including three of John Sampson of the Gypsy Lore Society and children (Gypsies?) in bohemian dress.

Author: 
John Sampson [ 'The Rai' ] (1862-1931), Irish linguist, Blake scholar, and authority on Gypsies [ Romani culture; Romany ]
Publication details: 
Undated Victorian photographs.
£450.00

The Gypsy Lore Society was founded in 1888, and one of its prime movers was John Sampson, friend of Augustus John (for many years President of the Gypsy Lore Society) and the subject of the book 'The Scholar Gypsy' (1997), written by his grandson Anthony Sampson. According to a review in The Times, 17 May 1997, Sampson was 'a Victorian autodidact and philologist, who spent most of his life running the Liverpool University Library.

[ Oxford Tutors' Association and Oxford University Commission. ] Two printed pamphlets: 'Recommendations respecting the Extension of the University of Oxford' and 'Recommendations respecting the Constitution of the University of Oxford'.

Author: 
[ S.W. Wayte] Samuel William Wayte (1819-1898), President of Trinity College, Oxford [ Oxford Tutors' Association; Oxford University Commission, 1850-1852 ]
Publication details: 
[ Oxford Tutors' Association. ] First item without date or publishing details, but dating from 1852 or 1853. Second item: Oxford: John Henry Parker; and 377, Strand, London. 1853.
£200.00

Both items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Both side stitched, and without wraps. ONE: 'Recommendations respecting the Extension of the University of Oxford'. 32pp., 8vo. On reverse of title: 'The following Paper was drawn up at the request of the Tutors' Association by a Committee appointed on Nov. 19, 1852. It was read and considered at meetings of the Association held in Merton and Jesus College Common Rooms on Dec. 10 and 13: and its adoption will be proposed at the first meeting of the Association next Term.' TWO: 'Reports of the Oxford Tutors' Association. No. II.

[ Christ's Hospital (the Bluecoat School). ] Original photographs, reports, correspondence, from the papers of C. W. Carey, regarding his work on the removal and renovation of paintings by Verrio and others, on the move from London to Horsham. ]

Author: 
Charles William Carey (1862-1943), Curator of Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey [ Christ's Hospital (the Bluecoat School), successively of London and Horsham, Sussex ]
Publication details: 
[ Christ's Hospital, London and Horsham. C. W. Carey, Egham. ] Between 1900 and 1926.
£2,000.00

53 items, in good overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. An interesting collection, not only recording an interesting event in the history of a national institution, but also recording the practices of art restoration in Edwardian England. Including forty original photographs by Carey himself (one of them, signed, a splendid image of the school in Horsham under construction), a long draft report and correspondence between Carey and R. L. Frank's, the school's 'Clerk'. The following description is divided into seven sections.

[ Scoresby Routledge, ethnographer and anthropologist. ] Typed copy the 'Will of William Scoresby Routledge Esq.', made out for his executor and trustee J. C. D. Harington, with Typed Letter Sgned to Harington from solicitor Norman C. Hurst.

Author: 
William Scoresby Routledge (1859-1939), Australian-born British ethnographer, anthropologist and adventurer
Publication details: 
Will by Stapley & Hurst, Eastbourne; dated 27 January 1938. TLS from Hurst to Harington on the firm's letterhead, Westminster Bank Chambers, Eastbourne; 17 July 1947.
£220.00

ONE: Typed copy of will. 3pp., 4to., on three leaves. In fair condition, worn and aged. Folded into the customary packet, with the details typed on the reverse of a fourth leaf. The four leaves held together with a brass stud. Routledge ('formerly of “Ewers” Old Bursledon in the County of Southampton but now of Tjiklos Kyrenia in the island of Cyprus') declares: 'I was born at Melbourne in the year 1859. My father brought me to England at an early age. I was educated at Christ Church Oxford and studied at University College Hospital.

[ Scoresby Routledge, ethnographer and anthropologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Scoresby Routledge') to Sir Richard Harington ('My dear Dick'), discussing Corsica, his application to join the Athenaeum, and Harington's wife's health.)

Author: 
William Scoresby Routledge (1859-1939), Australian-born British ethnographer, anthropologist and adventurer [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington (1861-1931) 12th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
Hotel Imperial, Ajaccio, Corsica. 9 April 1927.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Since arriving on the island three weeks before Routledges have 'chartered a 10 h.p. Citroen Car [and] have explored a great deal of it': 'In an hours time we are starting for the celebrated Straits of Bonifacio for a 3 days Run, The whole island is a juvenile Switzerland.' Their visit is early, 'and many of the cross Roads are not yet passable from & windfalls'. The Routledges have arranged to return to London on 21 April.?>

[ William Gerhardie, novelist. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Miss M. Moseley' [ the novelist Maboth Moseley ], concerning Lord Beaverbrook and the publication of her articles and novel.

Author: 
William Gerhardie [ William Alexander Gerhardie ] (1895-1977), novelist [ Maboth Moseley (1906-1975), Yorkshire novelist ]
Publication details: 
28 Dean Street, W1. [ London ] 14 September 1927.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He apologises for his 'long silence', having been 'troubled by several things not connected with literature'. He expresses a desire to call on her 'some time later'. He has not been successful with her articles with Lord Beaverbrook, and thinks 'the most effective step to take would be to publish your novel first'. (Her first novel 'Cold Surge' was published by Hutchinson & Co. in 1929.) He has signed her copy of his novel 'The Polyglots', which he is returning separately.

[ William Sweetland Dallas, zoologist, 'collaborateur to Darwin'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Dallas') to 'G. Masters', agreeing under duress to allow a visit to the Geological Society collection, the scope of which he discusses.

Author: 
W. S. Dallas [ William Sweetland Dallas ] (1824-1890) of the Geological Society, zoologist, friend and 'collaborateur' to Charles Darwin, as also Huxley, Owen and Lyell
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Geological Society, Burlington House, W. [ London ] 19 May 1882.
£300.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by conveying his irritation that Masters had arranged 'a visit to the Society's Museum' without consulting 'the authorities'. However, as the notices have been distributed, and 'the party will be a very small one, we must do the best we can'. He asks to be informed, 'by return of post, what you think will interest your friends, in order that the drawers may be got out & prepared for their inspection'.

[ Frederic William Farrar, Headmaster of Marlborough College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F W Farrar') to 'My dear Duckworth', regarding his visit, and Prince Leopold.

Author: 
F. W. Farrar [ Frederic William Farrar ] (1831-1903), Headmaster of Marlborough College, one of the Cambridge Apostles and friend of Charles Darwin [ Prince Leopold (1853-1884), Duke of Albany ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Lodge, Marlborough College. 26 October 1873.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Duckworth, | It will be a real pleasure to us to look forward to your visit. As Prince Leopold will be at Osborne, & not at Oxford I think that we had better not invite him. | Mrs Farrar joins me in kind regards, & I am | Sincerely yours | F W Farrar'. Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria's youngest son, was at Christ Church, Oxford, between 1872 and 1876.

[ Christ's Hospital, London.] Endowed Schools Act, 1869, and Amending Acts. Scheme for the Management of the Foundation known as Christ's Hospital. Presented to the House of Lords in pursuance of the Endowed Schools Act, 1869, and Amending Acts.

Author: 
G. W. Kekewich [ Sir George William Kekewich (1841-1921) ], Secretary, Education Department [ Christ's Hospital, London (the Bluecoat School); Endowed Schools' Act, 1869, and Amending Acts ]
Publication details: 
Ordered to be printed 8th May 1890. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.
£500.00

34 + [1]pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched and unbound, for folding into the customary packet ,with secondary title lengthwise on reverse of final leaf. On aged, worn and chipped paper, with small section torn away from outer margin of first leaf.

[ William Bernard Ullathorne, Bishop of Birmingham. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. B. Ullathorne') to an unnamed bookseller.

Author: 
William Bernard Ullathorne (1806-1889), Roman Catholic Bishop of Birmingham
Publication details: 
Birmingham. 27 October 1862.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged. He thanks him for sending 'the copy of Leonardi, which is scarce', and orders another two items from 'your Catalogue No 52': 'Alberti Magni Encheiridion [sic]' and ' Thesaurus'.?>

[In original boards, with catalogue of Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, London booksellers.] Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper, Esq. written by himself, And never before published..

Author: 
William Cowper [ Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row, London. ]
Publication details: 
Second edition. London: Printed for R. Edwards, Crane Court, Fleet Street; and sold by all booksellers. 1816. [ Printed by R. Edwards, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London. ] With catalogue of Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row, London, 1816.
£50.00

Subtitle: 'With an Appendix containing some interesting letters, and other authentic documents, illustrative of the memoir.' 130pp., 12mo. Frontispiece. Bound in at the end is a twelve-page catalogue, dated 1 October 1816, and with drophead title: 'Valuable Periodical Works, Published by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row, London. Beneath the drophead title is a woodcut of a lion. Only one copy of the trade catalogue traced on OCLC WorldCat.

[ James Silk Buckingham, journalist and traveller. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J S Buckingham') to 'W. Reid Esq', praising his effort to 'promote the Temperance cause' and complaining of declining powers.

Author: 
J. S. Buckingham [ James Silk Buckingham ] (1786-1855), Cornish author, journalist and traveller, proprietor of 'The Athenaeum' and 'Oriental Herald' [William Reid (1814-1896), Temperance campaigner]
Publication details: 
13 George Street, London. 6 April 1846.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He has received Reid's 'Kind Note' and appreciates 'the motives which induced [him] not to print the Lines' (on an Indian prince?) in his journal. He sends 'every good wish' for the success of Reid's 'effort to promote the Temperance cause', but cannot contribute any articles, as he begins to feel his 'physical powers declining on the approaching age', and so is 'obliged to lessen rather than increase' his 'labors'.

[ Baron Henry de Bode, inventor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('de Bode'), accepting a dinner invitation, for himself and his nephew 'C. Cazalet'.

Author: 
Baron Henry de Bode [ William Henry Charles Othon Baron de Bode ] (1778-1855), Major General in the Russian service, inventor in England
Publication details: 
39 Berners Street, Oxford Street [ London ]. 2 February 1848.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | I shall feel much pleasure in joining Your party tomorrow evening, with my nephew C. Cazalet, who conveyed to me the wish you had expressed to see us at your lodgings, before your not came. | I am Your's sincerely | de Bode'. See John H. Harland, 'Baron de Bode and his Capstan', in The Mariner's Mirror, vol.99, 2013.

[ Syed Khelafat Hussain, Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur; contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at Inns of Court ] Three printed transcripts of letters to A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal, regarding his 'complex relations with Mrs. Maloney'.

Author: 
Syed Khelafat Hussain [ Syed Khilafat Hussain ] (b.c.1870) Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Inns of Court [ A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal ]
Publication details: 
All dated '8-4-07'. All by 'G.I.C.P.O.', i.e. Calcutta: Government of India Central Printing Office. [ High Court of Judicature, Fort William, Bengal; Appelate Side. Letters dated 25 February, 22 and 25 March 1907. ] First letter stamped 2 June 1907.
£220.00

Each letter is on a separate leaf. The first and last are each 1p., 8vo; the middle one is 2pp., 8vo. Aged and worn. Hussain was disbarred from the Inner Temple in 1915. The labyrinthine first sentence of the first letter (25 February 1907) hardly inspires confidence: 'Your No. 553, dated the 18th February 1907, has come to hand only to-day, owing to my absence on account of Mohurrum holiday.

[ Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. ] Printed handbill 'Memorandum' by the College's Captain W. Ruck Keene, | Rear-Admiral.', regarding the 'Easter leave', with references to rail travel and 'underclothing of insufficient warmth'.

Author: 
W. Ruck Keene [ William George Elmhirst Ruck-Keene ] (1867-1935), Royal Navy admiral, Captain (i.e. Commanding Officer) of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
Publication details: 
Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. 1 April 1918.
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Perforated at right edge, and headed 'This half should be retained by Parent or Guardian.' (The absent 'fly leaf' was to be 'returned to the Commanding Officer not later than the 6th April, with the answers filled in, giving the fullest information.') The first part of the memorandum is mainly concerned with railway arrangements for those travelling to Scotland, Ireland, London, Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter.

[ William Fuller Boteler, Recorder of Canterbury. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W F Boteler.'), regarding 'Mr Peels present Bills', the prison population, and the erection of new prisons in the 'corporate Towns' of Kent and elsewhere 'in the Kingdom'.

Author: 
William Fuller Boteler (1777-1845), judge, Commissioner of Bankruptcy and Recorder of Canterbury, Kent [ Sir Robert Peel, Tory prime minister ]
Publication details: 
Lincolns Inn [ London ]. 25 March 1824.
£220.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. With a number of emendations, indicating that the letter is a draft. The recipient is not identified, but is presumably a senior Home Office official such as the Principal Private Secretary to Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel. Beginning: 'I find that the list which I sent you, of the number of Prisoners in the Gaol of the City of Canterbury, at the times of holding the General Sessions, for the last quarter years, did include the Debtors & Prisoners under the Mutiny Act.

[ Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury, Lord Chancellor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Bethell') to 'The Lord Bishop of Oxford' [ William Stubbs ] regarding his Church Discipline Bill.

Author: 
Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury (1800-1873), Lord Chancellor [ William Stubbs (1825-1901), Bishop of Oxford ]
Publication details: 
'H[ouse] of Lords'. 11 May [ 1899 ].
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'My dear Lord'. He assures him that the 'matter' to which his note refers will have his 'immediate attention'. He draws his attention to 'the Church Discipline Bill', which he has 'caused to be prepared, & which has been handed to the Bishop of London'. The bill had received a second reading on the previous day, 10 May 1899.

[ Frederick William Fairholt, artist and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to '<Mayland?>, suggesting an appointment to discuss an individual who 'seems very anxious to come to some arrangement'.

Author: 
Frederick William Fairholt (c.1813-1866), artist and antiquary
Publication details: 
'Wednesday'. [ No place or date. ]
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with fold to one corner. Fairholt's handwriting is legible, but unfortunately the names of the recipient and subject of the letter are not so. It begins: ' seems very anxious to come to some arrangement. Can we meet on the point. I do not know if you are in London, if you are will you give me a call on Thursday evening'. He gives a few other options, before concluding.?>

[ William Redmond, Irish nationalist politician who shared a cell with Charles Stuart Parnell. ] Autograph Note Signed offering to send 'a short paper'.

Author: 
William Redmond [William Hoey Kearney Redmond ] (1861-1917), Irish nationalist politician (born in Liverpool), lawyer, British soldier and Member of Parliament [ Charles Stuart Parnell ]
Publication details: 
Glebrook, Delgany, County Wicklow [ Ireland ]. 22 September [ no year ].
£56.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I am rather busy at present but later on if I can get there I shall be glad to send you a short paper.' In his youth Redmond had resigned his army commission to join the Land League agitation. He was arrested for possessing seditious pamphlets in February 1882, and served three months in Kilmainham, sharing a cell with Charles Stewart Parnell.

[ William Tennant, Scottish author and poet. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Wm Tennant') to H. G. Bell of Edinburgh, regarding his plans for Christmas.

Author: 
William Tennant (1784-1848), Scottish author and poet, a proprietor of the Literary Journal
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 19 December 1830.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with traces of stub and slight glue spotting, and trimming resulting in damage to two words of text. Addressed on reverse to 'H. G. Bell Esq | care of | Messrs. Constable & Co. | Booksellers | Edinh.' Reads: 'My Dear Sir | You are welcome to the enclosed if they are of any use to you. - I am not su whether I may be in Edin at Chistmass [sic] or n It depends on weather and other incidents.' Docketed at foot in a contemporary hand: 'Author of Auster Fair. A Tragedy. Pamphlet on the Psalms &c &c| One of the Proprietors of the Literary Journal'.

[ Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of the Netherlands; Tsar's daughter ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sophia') to 'Lord Stratford', expressing deep grief and regret on the occasion of the Battle of Inkerman in the Crimean War.

Author: 
Sophie of Württemberg [ Sophia Frederika Mathilde ] (1818-1877), Queen of the Netherlands as the first wife of King William III [ Stratford Canning, 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe (1786-1880) ]
Publication details: 
'Hague [ Netherlands ] Dec. 2d' [ 1854 ].
£180.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. The letter begins: 'My dear Lord Stratford | The 5th November, the day of Inckerman, [sic] is passed – I had not the courage to write. There was such a weight of grief in my heart, it was very difficult to give any utterance to it. Yet I will not let this disastrous year come to its close, without sending you a few words of remembrance, of sincere friendship. Since I left you in London, how many are gone!

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