WOKING

[ Sophia Neate. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sophia Neate') [ to the actor Charles Charrington ], regarding a lecture in Woking on 'A People's Theatre'.

Author: 
Sophia Neate (1832-1908) of Heatherside, Woking [ Charles Charrington (1854-1924), actor-manager, and his wife the actress Jane Achurch (1863-1916); Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll') ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Heatherside, Woking. 12 June 1897.
£45.00

Sophia Neate took on the care of Sally Sinclair and her siblings – 'child-friends' of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – when their parents died. Neate received financial support from Dodgson and the actor Lionel Brough. On first meeting Mrs. Neate (26 June 1879) Dodgson wrote in his diary that he ‘found her so interesting that I stayed 4 hours!' He occasionally visited her and noted the progress of the Sinclair children as they grew. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with light staining at foot of gutter.

[ Rev. Francis Wilson, Principal of Woking College, Surrey. ] Spoof Manuscript Prospectus, satirising 'Woking College. Woking. | Preparatory for the Public Schools. '

Author: 
[ Rev. Francis Wilson (c.1848-1932), Principal of Woking College, Surrey ]
Publication details: 
[ Woking College, Surrey. ] Undated [ 1890s ].
£180.00

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.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. D.') to 'E. W.'

Author: 
Taffrail' (Commander Henry Taprell Dorling,1883-1968), British sailor and author
Publication details: 
18 December [no year], on letterhead 'FROM CAPTAIN TAPRELL DORLING, D.S.O., R.N. | MARLINGS, | WOKING. | TEL: 981.'
£35.00

Two pages, 12mo. Very good on lightly-foxed blue paper. He has sent his correspondent's letter to the naval correspondent of The Times, and hopes 'that some good may come of it.' Would like to receive 'any more snippets you have from time to time. I didn't know, for instance, that the racing whaler had Sussex until the other day, otherwise I should have tried to make a song about it!' Sends seasons greetings, and wishes him the 'Best of luck'.

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