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Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), Radical and Liberal politician, whose career ended in disgrace [ Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1845-1927), 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]

[ Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles W. Dilke'), complimenting 'Bennett' on a speech, and alluding sarcastically to the Marquess of Lansdowne.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. An amusingly sardonic missive, addressed to 'Dear Bennett'. He was not able to compliment him the previous night on his 'excellent speech', but is 'anxious to know what was the cryptic allusion to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who...

Samuel Webb of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [ St Peter's Methodist Church ], Canterbury, Kent [ John Fernley (1796-1873), Wesleyan Methodist and philanthropist of Manchester and Southport ]

[ The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Canterbury, Kent. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Webb.') from Samuel Webb to Manchester philanthropist John Fernley

The Chapel was erected in 1811 and still stands, albeit with unsympathetic internal alterations dating from the 1990s. Kelly's Directory of 1889 describes it thus: 'The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (situated in St. Peter's Street) is a handsome building, with portico, erected in 1811, and provides...

S. Harvey James, Secretary to the Government of India, Legislative Department; J. F. Price, Chief Secretary [ Madras: Fort St. George Gazette ]

Report on 'Code of Criminal Procedure, 1882, Amendment Bill', published in 'Abstract of the Proceedings of the Council of the Governor-General of India, Assembled for the Purpose of making Laws and Regulations.'

4pp., folio. Unbound bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering along inner edge of reverse of second leaf, and unrelated newspaper cutting tipped in onto margin of cover. Reproducing a long speech by Sir Antony MacDonell, with responses by Dr. Rashbehary Ghose and...

Richard Slate (1787-1867) of Preston, Congregational minister, biographical writer and temperance campaigner

[ Richard Slate of Preston, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Slate') to Samuel Walker Alliot, regarding collecting and exchanging of nonconformist letters, with printed notice listing wanted 'Wesleyan Presidents'.

For information on Slate, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is a 12mo bifolium, with the two-page autograph letter to Alliot on the first leaf, and the printed notice on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks Alliot and names the authors of three...

Rev. G. C. Gorham [ George Cornelius Gorham ] (1787-1857), Vicar of Brampford Speke, Devon, subject of 'one of the most celebrated legal actions of the century' [ Markham John Thorpe (1817-1863) ]

[ Rev. George Cornelius Gorham, Vicar of Brampford Speke, Devon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. C. Gorham') to '- Thorpe Esqre | St. Edmunds' Hall | Oxford' [ i.e the antiquary Markham John Thorpe ], regarding the seals of Archbishop Cranmer.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has been informed by 'The Rev. Mr. Bedford' that Thorpe is 'very conversant with Archaeological matters', and asks whether he has 'met with a Seal fo Abp. Cranmer'. Gorham is 'getting drawings of four of his Seals, for probable...

Orlando Jewitt [ Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt ] (1799-1869), architectural wood-engraver [ The Oxford Architectural Society; The Society for promoting the Study of Gothic Architecture

[ The Oxford Architectural Society. ] Bookplate of the Society, by the wood-engraver Orlando Jewitt, on mount signed by secretaries John Portal and Robert Wilmot.

A scarce piece of Oxford ephemera. The Society for promoting the Study of Gothic Architecture was founded in 1839; renamed the Oxford Architectural Society in 1848; renamed the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society in 1860; merged with The Oxfordshire Archaeological Society in 1972 to...

Neville Bulwer-Lytton (1879-1951), 3rd Earl of Lytton, British military officer, Olympian (Real Tennis) and artist [ Sir Claude Phillips; Richard Alexander Streatfeild ]

[ Neville Bulwer-Lytton, 3rd Earl of Lytton, British military officer, Olympian and artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Neville Lytton') to Digby la Motte, describing the 'magnificent' appearance at a Bach concert of Sir Claude Phillips.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He apologises for being unable to 'get out of' his 'other engagement' after his committee the following next Wednesday, and asks for 'another opportunity of coming to see you.' He continues: 'I saw Streatfield [sic] from afar the other night...

M. V. Portman, Officer in charge of the Andamanese.' [ Maurice Vidal Portman (1860-1935), naval officer, and ethnologist in the Andaman Islands ]

[ M. V. Portman, '"Father" of Andaman Islanders', edits and annotates a printed 'Report of the Wreck of the British Ships "Briton" and "Runnymede.'

Portman's obituary in The Times, 22 February 1935, is subtitled '”Father” of Andaman Islanders', and he was 'Officer in charge of the Andamanese' from 1879 to his retirement in 1901. His ethnographic activities have received some degree of attention in recent years. He wrote two books on the...

M. S. Purnalingam Pillai [ Munnirpallam Sivasubramaniam Purnalingam Pilllai ] (1866-1947), Tamil author, editor of Jnana Bhodini [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]

[ M. S. Purnalingam Pillai, editor of 'Jnana Bhodini'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. S. Purnalingam Pillai') to J. D. Rees

1p., 4to. Written in purple ink. Aged, worn and creased, with slight damage from glue and stub adhering to blank reverse. Addressed 'To | The Hon'ble J. D. Rees, C.I.E., | Resident, Travancore & Cochin'. Pillai is 'preparing a series of Readers in Prose and Poetry for use in the classes of...

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 ]

[ 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'.

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...

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