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Sir Henry Ellis (1777-1869), Principal Librarian of the British Museum, 1827-1856; Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries of London

[ Sir Henry Ellis, Principal Secretary of the British Museum. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry Ellis'), regarding the 'recommendation to our Reading Room' of 'Mr Justice Norton'.

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with closed tear and tape stain at head. Reads: 'British Museum | Sept. 12. 1842 | My dear Sir | I was not at home when Mr Justice Norton presented your Note of recommendation to our Reading Room. I lose no time in enclosing a Card...

Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), Whig politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary, who successfully argued against British intervention in the American Civil War

[ Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. ] Autograph Signature ('G. Cornewall Lewis') to document authorising admittance to the House of Commons.

A good firm signature, appended to a document in another hand, simply reading: 'Admit the Bearer to the House of Commons'. The illegible address and date are in the same hand. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount on blank reverse.

Sir Frederick Ouseley [ Rev. Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley ] (1825-1889), composer, organist, musicologist, and Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University [ Rev. P. A. Le Tenore, Jersey ]

[ Sir Frederick Ouseley, Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University. ] Autograph Signature ('Frederick A Gore Ouseley | Prof. Mus. Oxon.') to secretarial letter to Rev. P. A. Le Tenore, describing the requirements for a batchelor's degree.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on monogrammed letterhead. In fair condition, lightly aged. The body of the letter is written by a secretary. A useful communication, laying out the requirements for a batchelor's degree in music during Ouseley's tenure as Heather Professor, between 1855 and 1889. Ouseley...

Sir Benjamin Hall [ from 1859 Lord Llanover ] (1802-1867), Welsh civil engineer and politician, after whom 'Big Ben' is said to have been named

[ The original 'Big Ben'? Sir Benjamin Hall [ Lord Llanover ], Welsh civil engineer and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('B Hall') to London solicitors Platt & Hall, stating his determination to defend 'the Petition presented against my return'

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Franked on reverse of second leaf, with broken seal in red wax, to the firm of London solicitors 'Mess. Platt & Hall | New Boswell Court | Carey Street', with Halls signature ('B Hall' between two horizontal lines) at bottom left...

S. L. Mosley [ Seth Lister Mosley ] (1847-1929), Yorkshire naturalist, curator of the Huddersfield Technical College Museum, Keighley Museum, Tolson Memorial Museum

[ Seth Lister Mosley, Yorkshire naturalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed, regarding his plan to employ 'over 100 Board School Children' in 'Natural History Observations', and a natural history periodical 'got up & printed' by his children.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. An attractive letterhead, with lithographed engravings along the head of 'Argonauta Argo', 'Melanippe Hastata' and 'Veronica Officinalis'. A vigorous letter, the recipient of which is not named. He begins by stating that he has 'handed the...

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster [ also 2nd Earl Grosvenor ] (1767-1845), Member of Parliament and prominent London landowner, developing the areas of Belgravia and Pimlico

[ Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster, as Earl Grosvenor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Grosvenor.) to the Bond Street bookseller John Andrews, regarding the disposal of tickets for 'the French Play'.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with red wax seal, to 'Mr. Andrews | Bookseller | New Bond St.' (BBTI has John Andrews at 167 New Bond Street from before 1831 to 1857.) The letter reads: 'Mr. Andrews - | As the French Play is popular...

Norah Lofts [ born Norah Ethel Robinson ] (1904-1983), best-selling twentieth-century English novelist specialising in historical fiction

[ Norah Lofts, novelist, on dachshunds and grandchildren. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Card Signed (both 'Norah Lofts') [ to Eileen M. Cond ], the former praising her 'Fidelity' as a reader, and discussing her dogs and grandchildren.

LETTER: 2pp., landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A sprightly missive, beginning: 'My dear, | Fidelity like yours shakes me; book after book, year after year. I'm truly appreciative. | On me dachshunds sit: sometimes two at a time, and they are heavy. Arbitrary, too: if I try to use...

Mona Caird [ Alice Mona Caird; née Alice Mona Alison; married name Alice Mona Henryson-Caird] (1854-1932), Scottish novelistt, proponent of women's suffrage, and theosophis

[ Mona Caird, Scottish novelist and suffragist: 'my power of immediate help was nil'. ] Autograph Signature to last two pages of a letter explaining her inability to help the recipient, due to her 'financial matters' being 'black'.

2pp., 12mo. The final two pages of an autograph letter by Caird, signed along a margin on the penultimate page: 'Yours sincerely | Mona Caird'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: '[…] I received your letter I knew too that my power of immediate help was nil. My expenses...

Lord John Manners [ from 1888 John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland ] (1818-1906), Conservative politician and poet [ Henry Reeve (1813-1895), editor of the Greville Memoirs ]

[ Lord John Manners on the 'Cornwall Lewis - Ferrand affair'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Manners.') [ to the editor Henry Reeve ] discussing the proposed publication in the Greville Memoirs of a reference to 'the forgotten scandal'.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketed in pencil at top right of first page: '17 Janry. 1886. Ld J. Manners re Ferrand corres'. He gives the volume and page number of 'the sole reference to the Cornwall Lewis – Ferrand affair in the Greville Memoirs'. He does...

L. H. Grindon [ Leopold Hartley Grindon ] (1818-1904), Lancashire botanist whose collections served as the basis of the Herbarium at Manchester Museum on its foundation in 1860

[ Leopold Hartley Grindon, Manchester botanist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Leo. H. Grindon'), explaining his aims in founding the 'Manchester Field-Naturalists' Society'.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named. Grindon's handwriting is difficult and the reading is in parts tentative. The letter begins with a references to 'The Secretary of our “Manchester Field-Naturalists' Society', who appears to have placed a...

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