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Sir George King (1840-1909), botanist, Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, and first Director of the Botanical Survey of India

[ Sir George King, Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G King'), regarding 'Mrs Parker's death'.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a hurried, difficult hand. The recipient's name is indecipherable. King is returning a letter from the recipient's son, and is sorry to hear of 'Mrs Parker's death': 'It is very sad indeed as she was hoping to...

Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843-1911), Radical and Liberal politician, whose career ended in disgrace

[ Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles W. Dilke') to A. E. Skeen

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, wiht crease along one edge. The letter concerns international affairs. Regarding the United Kingdom Dilke writes: 'I think it would be quite proper for us to attempt to effect a reconciliation at any moment when it seems possible that we could be of...

Samuel Tymms (1808-1871), antiquary [ Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & Natural History ]

[ Samuel Tymms, antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed regarding a gift of 'tracts' to the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & Natural History, accompanying a printed notice regarding the Institute.

Both items on a 12mo bifolium, with the two-page ALS on the first leaf, and the printed notice on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'The tracts you kindly design to present to our Institute may be sent to Messrs. Nichols & Son, Parliament Street, to...

Robert Gordon Latham (1812-1888), ethnologist, philologist and medical practitioner, Professor of English language and literature in University College, London [ Edwin Norris (1795-1872) ]

[ Robert Gordon Latham, ethnologist and philologist. ] Autograph Letter Signd ('R G Latham') to the philologist Edwin Norris of the Royal Asiatic Society, making requests about publications.

1p., 4to Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks, to 'E. Norris Esqr. | Royal Asiatic Society | New Burlington Street | Burlington Gardens', Latham's hand is not altogether straightforward. The letter beings: 'My dear Norris. | Thanks for the Slavonic. I wonder at Bopp...

Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Archbishop of Dublin in the Church of Ireland and Irish poet [ John William Parker the younger (1820-1860), London bookseller ]

[ Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd. C. Trench, [ to his publisher the London bookseller John W. Parker ] regarding his writing plans and engagements.

4pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tears along the fold between the two leaves of the bifolium. Trench's publishers were 'John W. Parker & Son, West Strand'. The letter begins: 'I heartily wish that I could go to the press at once with the 3rd. Edition of the Parables...

Montgomery Meigs, Jr, son of The Union Army's Quarter-Master-General

Three scrapbooks containing professional and personal material, 1883-1907, with material relating to his father, Quartermaster-General of the United States army.

Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (1847-1931), nicknamed 'Monty', civil engineer and inventor, was the son of the celebrated American army officer and engineer of the same name (1816-1892), Quartermaster-General of the United States army during and after the American civil war. While easily...

Maria M. Grant, Victorian novelist and proprietor of the magazine 'Piccadilly', edited by Theodore Watts Dunton [ James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), dramatist, antiquary and herald ]

[ Maria M. Grant, novelist and proprietor of the magazine 'Piccadilly'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Maria M Grant') to Planche.

Grant published six novels between 1870 and 1882, four of them published by Chapman & Hall, and two by Bentley. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. She is enclosing (not present) 'Piccadilly's cheque for "Hilda"' The poem he has submitted 'is really too deep and sad for my...

Joseph Cotton Wigram (1798-1867), Bishop of Rochester, Archdeacon of Winchester [ Richard Bethell, Lord Westbury (1800-1873), Lord Chancellor; Rev. James John Holroyd; Abberton, Essex ]

[ Joseph Cotton Wigram, Bishop of Rochester. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C. Rochester') to the Lord Chancellor Lord Westbury, regarding the sale of the living of Abberton, Essex, on behalf of Rev. John James Holroyd.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. He is petitioning on behalf of 'the incumbent of Abberton, Revd. James John Holroyd, who holds the living of Abberton in your Lordships patronage', that Westbury should '...

Joseph Bonomi (1796-1878), sculptor and Egyptologist [ John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), numismatistt ]

[ Joseph Bonomi, sculptor and Egyptologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('J Bonomi') to the numismatist John Yonge Akerman, explaining why he did not send 'some Mummy Cloth sooner'

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Sir | It was my duty to have apologised to you for not performing my promise of sending you some Mummy Cloth sooner but I had imagined you had given up the Secretaryship of the Society of Antiquaries | My dear Sir | Yours obediently | J...

John Wilson [ 'Christopher North' ] (1785-1854) of Elleray, editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine,Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University [ Sigismond Thalberg; Robert Addison ]

[ John Wilson ('Christopher North'), editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine ('the Maga').] to 'Torre', regarding the itinerary of an English journey., with reference to 'Thalberg' (the pianist Sigismond Thalberg?) and his (masonic?) 'apron'.

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight stain from mount at head. An interesting sidelight on the British cultural milieu in early Victorian England. He has received Torre's letter and also the paper he 'sent to London'. He cannot go to Banbury on 6 February as he is at...

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