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[ Worcester Quarter Sessions, 1895. ] Printed item signed and annotated by Sir Richard Harington: 'A Calendar of Prisoners, for trial at the Easter Quarter Sessions of the Peace'.

Author: 
Worcester Quarter Sessions, 1895; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ John William Willis Bund; Richard Holmden Amphlett; Oxford Circuit; Victorian assizes ]
Publication details: 
'To be held At the County Hall, Worcester, on Monday, the 8th day of April, 1895.' Printed by Deighton and Co., High Street, Worcester.
£80.00

[12]pp., 4to. Aged and worn pamphlet, with rusted staples. The title-page states that the cases are heard 'Before John William Willis Bund, Esq., Chairman, and Richard Holmden Amphlett, Esq., Vice-Chairman.' The calendar consists of a table of fifteen prisioners, over four double-pages, with entries divided into fifteen columns, giving name of prisoner, age, trade, 'Degree of Instruction', details of committing magistrate, date of warrant, date of receipt into custody, details of 'Offence as charged in the Commitment'.

[ Victorian Oxford Circuit. ] Printed: 'County of Worcester. | A Calendar of Prisoners for Trial at The Michaelmas Quarter Sessions of the Peace' [...] Before John William Willis Bund, Esq., Chairman, Richard Holmden Amphlett, Esq., Vice-Chairman.'

Author: 
John William Willis Bund; Richard Holmden Amphlett; Oxford Circuit; County of Worcester Michaelmas Quarter Sessions, 1896
Publication details: 
To be held at the County Hall, Worcester, on Monday, the 19th day of October, 1896. Printed by Deighton and Co., High Street, Worcester.
£100.00

[2] + 19pp., 4to. Unbound and stapled. In fair condition, on aged paper with rusted staples. The calendar is divided into fourteen columns (the last five blank), and gives details of name of prisoner, age, trade, 'Degree of Instruction', details of committing magistrate, date of warrant, date of receipt into custody, details of 'Offence as charged in the Commitment'. It provides an interesting insight into social history.

[ Albert Charles Seward, botanist and geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. C. Seward') to Sir Frank Stockdale, regarding his promotion to a post at Ceylon [ Sri Lanka ], with reference to the Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya and Father Le Goc.

Author: 
A. C. Seward [ Albert Charles Seward ] (1863-1941), English botanist and geologist [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Botany School, Cambridge. 27 February 1917.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. On aged and marked paper with closed tear and creasing to one corner, and makeshift punch-holes to margin. Addressed to 'Dear Stockdale'. Having spent four years as Director of Agriculture on Mauritius, Stockdale had been promoted to a post in Ceylon, and Seward sends his 'hearty congratulations' on what seems to him 'a most attractive move. I spent a few hours in the Peradeniya Gardens in 1914 & was delighted with them.' Seward 'felt sad at meeting a director who was not a botanist', and it was with satisfaction that he read of Stockdale's promotion.

Autograph Letter Signed and three Autograph Cards Signed from the American geologist Bailey Willis to 'Mr. Anthony', discussing a report following a joint trip, and presenting a pamphlet by which he may approach 'the limits of knowledge'.

Author: 
Bailey Willis (1857-1949), American geological engineer [United States Geological Survey; Mount Rainier]
Publication details: 
Letter dated from Buenos Aires [Argentina]. 19 June 1914. One card dated from the 'Hotel Cecil | Julio 8 - 1914'. The other two cards undated.
£120.00

The four items are in good condition, lightly-aged and with slight creasing to the extremities of the letter. The letter is 1p., foolscap 8vo. Willis writes that he is 'forwarding the report at the earliest moment practicable. If in any respect it should fail to cover the ground agreed upon, I will gladly supplement it to the best of my ability'. He is waiting for Anthony's instructions over his 'reports': 'I understood that you did not wish them sent by mail.' He ends by expressing his 'sincere appreciation of your courtesy during our trip together'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A. U. W.'), on reverse of Typed Letter Signed to him from A. F. Davis of Wednesfield.

Author: 
Sir Algernon Usborne Willis (1889-1976), British Admiral of the Fleet
Publication details: 
Davis's letter, 4 June 1953, "Carnbargis," Neachells Lane, Wednesfield, South Staffordshire; Willis's reply without date or place.
£40.00

The two items one page, on both sides of an octavo sheet. Good, with unobtrusive strip of glue along one edge of Davis's side of the leaf. Davis is 'endeavouring to make a collection of autographs of the leaders of the United Nations, and especially of the British Commonwealth of Nations', and lists those he has already acquired. Willis encloses an 'autograph card' (not present) and suggests that Davis try '(a) Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Olivier, who is now 88 and was one of the Naval Leaders of World War I. He has been an A of F for over 25 years!

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