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William Crossley II (d.1838), canal engineer [ Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, later Glasgow, Paisley and Johnstone Canal ], designed by engineers John Rennie, Thomas Telford and John Ainslie ]

[ The Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal. ] Manuscript Copies of a 'Report' and an 'Estimate' by canal engineer William Crossley II on the advisability of completing the project.

See Crossley's entry in Skempton and Chrimes, 'Biography Dictionary of Civil Engineers' (2002). Tbe Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan canal was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1806, and work commenced the following year. Having come in vastly over-budget, the canal was only extended as far...

Sir Thomas Artemus Jones (1871-1943), Welsh judge, nationalist and Liberal Party politician [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician ]

[ Artemus Jones, Welsh judge and nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Artemus Jones') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, attacking Lloyd George, and discussing the future of the Liberal Party.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Lightly aged and worn. Written in a close, difficult hand, with the following readings tentative as a consequence. Addressed to 'My dear Mansel'. He begins by informing him that he is going to Swansea on a professional matter the following day, and that while there he will...

James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [ John Black (1783-1855), editor of the Morning Chronicle ]

[ James Kenney, Irish dramatist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Kenney') [ to John Black, editor of the 'Morning Chronicle'?], defending himself and explaining his views on theatre critics and the press, in response to an article.

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with unobtrusive spike hole. In a close, difficult hand. The letter begins: 'It is with surprize that I observe in the regard of the Morning Chronicle on my new piece (Comedy or farce) of the Green room, that I am charged with allusions...

James Currie (1756-1805): Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [ The Dispensary, Temple Bar, Liverpool; The Royal Free Hospital, Liverpool ]

[ James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool. ] Autograph Signature ('Ja Currie') to manuscript minute of meeting of 'Church-Wardens Sides-men & physicians of the two Charities held at the Dispensary', regarding plans for a fever hospital.

This document is of particular interest as it concerns the foundation of the institution that would become the Royal Free Hospital, Liverpool. As a result of the meeting described in the present document, the Institution for the Care and Prevention of Contagious Fevers opened in 1802 at 2...

Durham University [ University College and Bishop Hatfield's Hall ]

[ Durham University: University College and Bishop Hatfield's Hall. ] Manuscript double-entry account book (on spine labels: 'CASH BOOK | No. 3' and 'UNIV. COLL. | DUNELM'), covering a ten-year period (1919-1929).

346pp, 4to. In a number of hands, in a substantial ledger, ruled in red, in a black leather half-binding, with labels on the spine stamped in gilt: 'CASH BOOK | No. 3' and 'UNIV. COLL. | DUNELM'. Marble endpapers. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn and lightly stained binding....

John Dickens, wastrel father of Charles Dickens ("Boz")(1785-1851)

[ John Dickens; Charles Dickens ] Autograph "Sentiment" Signed "John Dickens"

Small piece of paper, 13.5 x 8.5cm, faintly foxed, otherwise good condition, text clear strong (see image). A flamboyant hand. He writes "John Dickens. | The reputed Father | of "Boz" | Augt 17th 1844". In "reputed" he refers perhaps to Charles's nickname, but his comment has the flavour of...

£2,200.00 John Dickens
G. B. Stern [ Gladys Bronwyn Stern; born Gladys Bertha Stern ] (1890-1973), English novelist of Jewish extraction [ F. N. Sewell Stokes (1902-1979); Gabriel Atkin; Noel Coward ]

[ G. B. Stern, lesbian Jewish author, and the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. ] Eleven letters, mainly in Autograph, from Stern ('Peter') to Sewell Stokes ('Baby'), on carryings-on at her Italian villa, his boyfriend Gabriel Atkin, and other topics.

A vivid and entertaining correspondence from a central figure in the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. Stern was a prolific and successful novelist, whose affluent Jewish family served as the inspiration for much of her work. A lesbian, she maintained an Italian villa ('La Carruba' in Diano...

[ Treaty of Union; Act of Union; Scotland ] Anon.

[ Anon.; Treaty of [Scottish] Union, 1707 ] Substantial Autograph Letter, lacking signature; A contemporary informed report and view of the Treaty of Union

Very substantial Autograph Letter by an unknown but authoritative party, missing subscription/signature page, addressed to a "My Lord", four surviving closely written pages, sm. folio, with manuscript additions and elisions, watermarks "I.C.B." and simple coat-of-arms (unfortunately not found on...

W. Harrison Ainsworth [ William Harrison Ainsworth ] (1805-1882), historical novelist and friend of Charles Dickens [ Tinsley Brothers, publishers; Savile & Edwards, London printers ]

[ William Harrison Ainsworth, historical novelist and friend of Charles Dickens. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Harrison Ainsworth') to his publisher 'Mr. Tinsley', complaining of the delay in forwarding a letter, and of printers Savile & Edwards.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue labels from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Tinsley Brothers of 8 Catherine Street, Strand, were Ainsworth's publishers during this period. The letter begins: 'Dear Mr. Tinsley, | You are quite incorrigible.' Ainsworth complains that...

Vita Sackville-West, author and gardener

[ Vita Sackville-West ] Small Printed Card Signed in her hand "Vita. | For Diana and Nigel"

White Card, 6 x 4.5cm, a little grubby but otherwise good condition. Printed text as follows: "I am going abroad so am not sending Christmas cards this year, but I should not like you to think I had forgotten you." Followed by her signature etc (as detailed above.

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