Mrs Oliphant [ Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant ] (1828-1897), Scottish novelist [ Anna Maria Hall [ née Fielding ] (1800-1881), author, wife of Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889), journalist ]
Willow-burn, Rosneath, Helensburgh. 25 June [1861?].
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. On lightly aged and ruckled paper, with slight damage at head of gutter. The letter would appear to concern a contribution intended for 'The Juvenile Forget Me Not', the annual Mrs S. C. Hall began editing in the late 1820s. begins: 'My dear Mrs. Hall | I sent you the story or rather the bit of a story you have - because you asked for it. Therefore if you like it, the pay is not to be considered - But at the same time if you dont like it, pray dont think of using it out of courtesy.
[Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson (1774-1821), 7th Baronet, of Charlton House; Woolwich and Charlton in Kent; Leicestershire]
[Woolwich and Charlton.] Covering the period between 1797 and 1804.
36pp., 12mo. In worn calf-bound account book. In good internal condition, on aged paper; detached from the worn leather binding, and with the front free endpaper (bearing the title) loose. Label pasted to front cover reads: 'Accounts | G. B. R. | Charlton | Woolwich | Leicestershire | 1797 to 1804'. The volume is the work of Wilson (who acquired the estates in 1798 on the death of his father) or of his land agent. Paginated by the writer to 64, and with the accounts for 'Land Tax paid and allowed' on pp.1-7, for 'Cash paid & allowed for' on pp.11-23, and 'Cash paid & allowed for.
Mrs Oliphant [ Margaret Wilson Oliphant Wilson ] (1828-1897), Scottish novelist [ John Hargreaves of Silwood Park ]
On 'Windsor' letterhead. 'Monday' [ no date ].
2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with the second leaf neatly placed in a windowpane mount. The letter begins: 'I am delighted to see your handwriting again - It will give me the greatest pleasure to avail myself of Mrs Hargreaves kind invitation.' She explains why the following Wednesday will suit her best, and proposes to 'drive over arriving at Silwood about one o'Clock and if it is quite convenient for Mrs. Hargreaves to send me back in the afternoon, that will be very kind of her'.
Lord Grenville [ William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville ] (1759-1834), Whig prime minister [ John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), Tory politician and writer ]
Dropmore. 27 May 1823.
3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, neatly cut out of a windowpane mount. A 'slight return' of his 'complaint' has disqualified him from all attention to business, or he would 'gladly have availed myself of the opportunity which Mr Croker's letter seemed to offer, to enter into some details upon the subject, which I should not be sorry to leave behind me - and I still hope to do so when health & strength return as I trust they will'.
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist [ Maire Gaister; Swatantryaveer Savarkar [ Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ] (1883-1966), Indian nationalist ]
Undated. On cancelled letterheads of 3 Hampstead Mansions, Heath Street, N.W [ Circa 1909 or 1910. ]
3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on three leaves of aged paper. Docketted on third leaf by Maire Gaister: 'I don't know if Robert Lynd ever sent a copy of this letter to Irish Freedom or if they printed it.
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist, literary editor of the 'Daily News' [ Herbert Jonathan Cape (1879-1960), London publisher ]
Both letters dated 21 November 1924.
The two items in fair condition, on aged and spotted paper with slight damage to one corner and minor water staining. ONE: Copy of Typed Letter to 'Jonathan Cape Esq., | 11, Gower Street, | LONDON, W.C.1.' 1p., folio. He begins: 'Dear Cape, | When you told me at the Devonshire Club that you were going to criticise the "Daily News" Literary page, I was charmed, as I always welcome attacks within reason.
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist
5 Keats Grove, Hampstead, N.W.3. [ London ] Undated [ 1945 or 1949 ].
6pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper with worn edges. It is not known whether the letter was sent or published. The Lynds settled at their celebrated London address of 5 Keats Grove (where James Joyce had his wedding reception) in 1924, but the letter was clearly written after the Second World War: 'Now that the Northern Ireland election is over, it may be worth considering whether the campaign against partition, if continued on its present lines, is likely to be effective in achieving its end.
Frank Howard (c.1805-1866), artist and engraver, son of Henry Howard (1769-1847), RA [ Thomas Wilson, solicitor, agent to Lord Portman ]
'Blue Hayes near Honiton Clyst [ Devon ]'. Undated [ circa 1828 ].
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'T. Wilson Esqre. | 168. Regent St.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he is enclosing 'the remainder of the drawings and six of the engravings. The latter I hope are equal to if not improvements upon the drawings - I hope I shall not delay the publication of your catalogue.' He asks him to return the drawings to Newman Street, 'with any remarks you may wish to make, and which I will pay the greatest attention to and engrave them immediately upon the receipt of them'.
[ Rev. Francis Wilson (c.1848-1932), Principal of Woking College, Surrey ]
[ Woking College, Surrey. ] Undated [ 1890s ].
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on watermarked wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Neatly written out. An unusual item, possibly the work of a disgruntled former master. The 'prospectus' is preceded by 'details' of Wilson and his wife Edith: 'Principal | The Rev. F. Wilson. M.A. | Second Class in the Classical Tripos. Emmanuel College. Cambridge & for 16 years Assistant Master of Cheam School: | and | Mrs F. Wilson. who had the benefit of a thorough & excellent home education and passed no Examinations.
Wilson Barrett [ William Henry Barrett ] (1846-1904), English manager, actor, and playwright, successful in the field of melodrama
On letterhead of the Royal Princess's Theatre, London ('LESSEE & MANAGER, MR. WILSON BARRETT.'). 10 April 1884.
2pp., 12mo. On first leaf of a bifolium, the blank second leaf of which is laid down on a leaf of yellow paper removed from an album. In good condition, lightly-aged. He thanks her for her letter, '& the good opinion you express upon the performance'. He hopes to accept her invitation when he no longer labours under 'the heavy pressure of work, now rather weighing me down'.
[ National War Aims Committee, London ] G. K. Chesterton; Woodrow Wilson; Lord Leverhulme; Earl Curzon; G. W. E. Russell; J. H. Jowett; Ben Tillett; Victor Grayson; Herman Roesemeier; W. S. Sanders
National War Aims Committee [ London ]. Numbered 2-25 and 27. Distributed by W. H. Smith and Son, London; by John Menzies and Co., Ltd., Edinburgh.
The 25 items are uniform in layout, each consisting of 4pp. on a bifolium with leaf dimensions 22.5 x 9cm. Variously printed in brown, blue, black and green. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. At foot of last page of each pamphlet: 'Ask for "Reality" each week.' Pamphlets 2 to 25 are: W. S. Sanders, 'Under the Kaiser's Rule'; Dr. Herman Roesemeier ('formerly Editor of the Berlin "Morning Post."'), 'A German Speaks | An Open Letter'; 'A Socialist Talks it Over'; W. A.
[ National War Aims Committee, London ] [ Woodrow Wilson; A. J. Balfour; David Lloyd George ]
Nos. 3, 5 and 6 in the 'Message Series'. National War Aims Committee. Copies from W. H. Smith & Son, London; John Menzies & Co., Ltd., Edinburgh. [ All three from 1918. ]
The three items are uniform in layout with silhouette portraits of the authors on the covers, and measure 14.5 x 8 cm. All three in fair condition, aged and worn. NO. 3, 'Wilson's Message': pp. Stitched in printed covers. 'President Wilson at Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, on Independence Day, July 4, 1918.' NO.5, 'Balfour's Message': pp. Stapled in printed covers. 'Substance of a Speech delivered by the Rt. Hon. A. J. Balfour, M.P., Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in the House of Commons, August 8, 1918.' NO.6, 'Lloyd George's Message':  + 14 + pp. Stapled.
'Mrs. Oliphant' [ Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (1828-1897) ], English novelist
Place and date not stated.
On 2.5 x 6.5 slip of paper cut from the end of a letter. Laid down on a small piece of black card. In good condition, lightly aged. In a small tight hand. Reads 'Very truly yours | M. O. W. Oliphant'. With cutting of part of an article. featurinng a photograph of the novelist.
Frank Wilson (1859-1918), ninth Premier of Western Australia, serving two terms, 1910-1911, 1916-1917 [ The Diggers' Club, London; Walter Bramall ]
15 Victoria Street, SW [ London, England ], on deleted 1890s letterhead of the Premier's Office, Perth [ Australia ]. 31 May 1911.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Brammall's address is given as Cheetwood, 123 Dartmouth Road, Brondesbury, NW. Note Wilson's parsimonious or thrifty use of his old Premier's letterhead despite his return to England. He regrets having to decline Brammall's invitation 'relative to the Dinner of the Diggers' Club to be held on the 8th June', due to his 'being absent in the North of England on that date'. A manuscript list of attendees (presumably by Bramall) is on the reverse, with the note: 'I should like a small table in the room for the artistes after dinner'.
Professor J. Dove Wilson, LL.D., Chairman, and T. Owen Snow, Honorary Secretary, Aberdeen Association for Promoting the Public Control of the Liquor Traffic
[ Aberdeen Association for Promoting the Public Control of the Liquor Traffic. ] 1895.
4pp., 12mo. Disbound bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper. Subtitles: 'Heads of Scheme' and 'Expalantory Notes'. At end of last page are 'Some Opinions of Public Control' (by 'Mr. Gladstone', 'Mr. Chamberlain' and 'The Times'). Scarce: no copies on COPAC.
Charles Mathews [ Charles James Mathews ] (1803-1878), English actor and dramatist [ Richard Wilson (1759-1834) of Lincoln's Inn Fields, Member of Parliament ]
'Theatre | Thursday Evg.' [ No place or date, but before 1834. ]
1p., 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on second leaf to 'Rd. Wilson Esqr | Lincolns Inn Fields'. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir | I have so much responsibility on my shoulders in the new farce that I really dare not venture into society on those days on which I perform in it.' If he had a holiday he would accept Wilson's 'polite invitation', 'but so situated I am sorry to say it is impossible'.
Charles Forbes René de Montalembert (1810-1870), Comte de Montalembert [ Abraham Hayward; John Wilson Croker ]
Paris. 26 April and 25 May 1856.
Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: He thanks him for offering to translate his book ('The Political Future of England'), but considers his knowledge of English law too shaky to permit him to give any encouragement. He suggests that the recipient come to an arrangement with 'Mr. Abraham Hayward, Queen's Counsel, 1 King's Bench Walk, Temple', who is acting for de Montalembert in the matter.
John Wilson of New Bond Street, London linen draper [ Anne Dealtry (d.1865) and Frances Dealtry [ 'the Misses Dealtry' ] of Bolnore, Cuckfield ]
Bedford Square [ London ]. 29 November [ 1838 ].
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium, addressed, with postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Messrs. Wilson | Linen Drapers | New Bond Street', and also docketed '1838 | Dealtry Miss A'. In frail condition, with the two leaves separated and closed tears and wear. Sewn with white thread onto the second leaf of the letter is a swatch of cloth - dark blue with white and red stripes - in a loop of circa 20 x 1.5 cm. The text reads: 'Miss A Dealtry wishes Mr.
H. A. Roberts [ Herbert Ainslie Roberts ] (1864-1932), Secretary to the University of Cambridge Appointments Board [ John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963) of London bookshop Messrs J. & E. Bumpus ]
On letterhead of the University of Cambridge Appointments Board, 11 March 1931.
1p., 4to. In fair condtion, lightly aged and creased. With a few autograph corrections by Roberts. Having been unsuccessful in placing an individual with Wilson, Roberts writes: 'Of course forty years ago the advent of a bookshop like yours was a tremendous event, and we all flocked to it as something new and wonderful, as indeed it was.
S. Gertrude Ford, poet, journalist, suffragist and methodist, born in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire [ probably sister of Cicely Ford (1876-1960) of Girton College, social worker and deaconess ]
The first three letters from Chelmsford Cottage, Pine Rd, Winton, Bournemouth. 20 November 1905, and 4 and 11 January 1906. Fourth letter from Heather Cottage, Withermore Rd, Winton, Bournemouth, 20 July 1907. Poem dated October 1903.
Ford's first book of verse was 'Sung by the Way', published in Blackburn in 1905. She published several volumes of patriotic poetry: 'Poems of War and Peace' (1915), 'A Crown of Amaranth' (with Erskine Macdonald, 1915), 'Our Heroes' (1916); 'A Fight to a Finish' (1917). Other volumes include 'Lyric Leaves' (1912) and 'The England of my Dream' (1928). She edited the series of 'Little Books of Georgian Verse', 1915-1916. Her 'Lessons in Verse-Craft' was published in 1919 with a second edition in 1923. Her song 'In the Twilight' (1923) was set to music by Harry Brookes.
Sir John Wilson Bt, Keeper of the King's Philatelic Collection; Clarence Winchester [The Royal Philatelic Collection; the Dropmore Press]
Published by The Viscount Kemsley at the Dropmore Press Ltd., London, England. [Printed by W. S. Cowell Ltd, at the Butter Market, Ipswich, Suffolk.] ['Published by the Gracious Permission of His Majesty King George VI'.]
Large (35 x 25 cm.) sumptuously-printed stitched pamphlet, in printed wraps. 16pp., with one additional collotype plate (stamped 'Specimen Colour Plate') and one tipped-in plate (of the binding), both coloured, and three full-page half-tone plates. Subscription form (The British Book Centre, Inc., New York), in red and black at rear. Aged and worn, with creasing to front cover. Includes three-page 'Commentary on a Unique Volume' by Winchester, and the first three pages of Wilson's text, two pages listing the contents, and specimen pages.
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] [Lucy Wilson (Leeds), S. J. Capper, Dr Ewing Whittle, Thomas Snape (Liverpool), Dr John Birkbeck Nevins, Josephine Butler] [women's suffrage]
[Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights] London: Office of the Association: 27 Great George Street, Westminster. [1875.] ['Held at the Young Men's Temperance Hall, Hardman Street, Liverpool. November 25th, 1875.']
15pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Among the speeches reported are ones by Lucy Wilson (Leeds), S. J. Capper, Dr Ewing Whittle, Thomas Snape (Liverpool), Dr Nevins, Josephine Butler. No copy traced, either on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat.
[John Burnesall and Francis Wilson, yeomen of Thirne [Thorne, Yorkshire]]
20 September 1616 [14 James I].
On both sides of a piece of vellum (approximately 11 x 27 cm). In fair condition, aged and worn, with seal removed. In English. Concerning the fulfilment of articles mentioned in a pair of indentures of the same date (not present). The various signatures include the marks of two of the parties. Scan on application.
J. G. Wilson [John Gideon Wilson] (1876-1963), 'the most famous English bookseller of his time' and proprietor of the prestigious London firm of J. & E. Bumpus Ltd., 477 Oxford Street
Without date or place. [J. & E. Bumpus Ltd., 477 Oxford Street.]
It is Sir Basil Blackwell, in his DNB entry on Wilson, who described him as 'the most famous English [sic] bookseller of his time'. The freshness and enthusiasm conveyed by this small volume supports Blackwell's view that Wilson viewed 'bookselling not so much as a matter of retail trade as a service in which bookseller and customer met and shared the experience of contact with the precious manifestations of the spirit of man', as well as casting light on the methods and practices which made Wilson so successful.
[The Coronation, 1953.] [Joseph Wilson (b.c.1888), Glasgow architect; J. & E. Bumpus Ltd., 477 Oxford Street, prestigious London bookshop owned by J. G. Wilson [John Gideon Wilson] (1876-1963)]
Joseph Wilson, 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, C2. [J. & E. Bumpus Ltd., 477 Oxford Street, London.] Eleven items, all dating from 1952.
For more about Joseph Wilson, ARIBA, FRIAS, see his entry in the Dictionary of Scottish Architects. From the familiar tone of his letters (Items Seven, Ten and Eleven below), there is every indication that he was closely related to his client, J. G. Wilson, proprietor of the prestigious firm of J. & E. Bumpus Ltd, and a man described by Sir Basil Blackwell (in his DNB entry on Wilson) as 'the most famous English [sic] bookseller of his time'. Eleven items, in good condition, lightly aged and worn.
Professor Howard E. Wilson, Deputy Executive Secretary of U.N.E.S.C.O., Formerly Professor of Education in the University of Harvard [University of London Institute of Education]
[University of London Institute of Education.] London, New York, Toronto: Published for The Institute of Education by Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press. 1946.
19 + pp., 8vo. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. Stamps, shelfmarks and label of the Ministry of Education Reference Library, London. Nine copies on COPAC.
Malcolm Elwin (1903-1973), biographer and critic [J. G. Wilson [John Gideon Wilson] (1876-1963), bookseller, proprietor of Messrs J. & E. Bumpus, 350 Oxford Street, London]
Both on his North Stoke, Oxford, letterhead. 11 and 13 September 1932.
Both 1p., 4to, and both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE (11 September): He is writing regarding Wilson's 'kind suggestion that I should call in and see you one day shortly before the publication of my THACKERAY book'. Having been told by 'Mr. Hartley' that Bumpus is on holiday, he will call on 14 September. TWO (13 September 1932): Presumably with his tongue in his cheek, he writes: 'Dear Sirs, | Thank you for your letter of yesterday, reference II,456JGW, and for saving me the risk of a fruitless visit. I will call to see Mr.
Larry Manogue, editor, The Four Provinces' Club Gazette [The Union of the Four Provinces of Ireland Club, 38 Russell Square, London WC1; Jeremiah O'Driscoll; Bryan Fleming; Sylvia Lynd]
Vol. 1 No. 3. May 1924.
42pp., 12mo. In cream printed illustrated wraps printed in green. The body of the magazine is paginated 53-85, with additional pages of advertisements at the front and back, and on the inside and back of the wraps. Aged, and with a little damp damage and rust to staples. From the Lynd archive, and with a full-page photographic portrait of 'Mrs. ROBERT LYND' on p.66. For the purposes of reproduction her daughter Maire Gaster has altered 'Mrs. ROBERT' to 'Sylvia' in pencil, and written 'Courtesy of MAIRE GASTER' at the head of the page.