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Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian and controversial social historian [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]

[Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Carlyle') [to Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick?] written from 'among the Sunny hayfields' of Croydon, asking the recipient and 'Mr Stirling' to call on the Carlyles' return to town.

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly ruckled and with traces of glue from mount adhering. Addiscombe Farm belonged to Jane Welsh's bugbear Lady Harriet Ashburton. The recipient is not named, but the item is from an album compiled by Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House, and...

Meerza Jiafer Tabeeb, Persian physician and visitor to Regency England [Cullum baronets of Hardwick Hall]

[Meerza Jiafer Tabeeb, Persian physician and visitor to Regency England.] Autograph Letter in third person, and set of translations, both in English and addressed to Lady Cullum. With calling card carrying his autograph signature in Persian script.

Tabeeb was a fêted 'exotic' visitor to England at the end of the Regency period. In March 1819 the Asiatic Journal reported his presence in London, and on 6 June (four days after the present letter) he breakfasted with the Irish poet Thomas Moore, who reported in his diary that he was 'to take...

George Borrow [George Henry Borrow] (1803-1881), travel writer and novelist, author of 'Lavengro', 'The Romany Rye' and 'The Bible in Spain' [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]

[George Borrow, travel writer, author of 'Lavengro' and 'The Romany Rye'.] Autograph Letter Signed, accepting an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Gery Cullum at Hardwick House.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly ruckled and water-stained, with evidence of mount. Folded twice. Good firm signature, unaffected by staining: 'George Borrow'. Reads: 'I have much pleasure in accepting your kind invitation to pay you a visit at Hardwick House on Wednesday next the 19th. Of...

Giuseppe Mazzini ['Joseph Mazzini'] (1805-1872), Italian revolutionary leader, proponent of the unification of Italy, whose ideas inspired the 'risorgimento'

[Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary leader whose ideas inspired the 'risorgimento'.] Autograph signature ('Joseph Mazzini') with London address.

In 1837 Mazzini moved to London, where he would spend most of his adult life, numbering among his acquaintances Dickens, George Meredith, Swinburne, John Stuart Mill, and the Carlyles. Mazzini moved to the address given on this item (a four-room flat over a post-office found for him by Jane...

Charles Babbage (1791-1871), 'the father of the computer', mathematician, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a digital programmable computer [William Alexander Mackinnon]

[Charles Babbage, 'the father of the computer'.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr MacKinnon' [William Alexander Mackinnon, MP for Rye], expressing regret at not being able to call on him.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a piece of paper cut from an album compiled by Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House. Reads: 'Mr Babbage much regrets that he was unable to have the pleasure of waiting on Mr MacKinnon on Wednesday last.' Babbage's correspondence...

Anne Thackeray [latterly Anne Isabella, Lady Ritchie; Anne Thackeray Ritchie] (1837-1919], author and eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray [Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick Hall]

[Anne Thackeray [latterly Lady Ritchie], daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Lady Cullam' [sic, for Lady Ann Cullum] explaining for him that they cannot visit as her father is 'prostrate with one of his bad attacks'.

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium of grey paper. Good firm and elegant signature: 'Anne Thackeray'. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces from two labels from mount adhering at head of second leaf. Folded twice. The recipient is Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House, widow of Sir Thomas...

Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-1894), African explorer, the first European to cross equatorial Africa from sea to sea [Croydon; lawn tennis]

[Verney Lovett Cameron, African explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('V. Lovett Cameron'), with initialled postscript ('V. L. C.') to 'Mrs. Marshall', regarding difficulties in setting up a tennis club in Croydon.

See Cameron's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Having traversed the African continent from East to West in 1875 (the first European to do so), Cameron now turns his attention to the establishment of tennis club in...

Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), politician and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'

[Thomas Hughes, politician and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho. Hughes') to 'Bricknell', regarding the threat of resignation (from the Athenaeum?) by 'the good but peppery & impulsive D[octo]r.'

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Clearly and firmly written. The letter would appear to concern an individual who is threatening to resign his membership of the Athenaeum Club, and ends with reference to proxy voting for new members. Hughes begins by reporting...

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849), civil engineer who constructed the Thames Tunnel with his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)

[Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, civil engineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mc Id Brunel') to William Horsley, regarding 'an order for your party to see the Shield' and 'the removal of every thing on the opposite Side' of the Thames Tunnel.

1p, 12mo. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album, the mount having 'Sir Isambard Brunel' written on it in a Victorian hand. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | I inclose you an order for your party to see the Shield. I cannot possibly engage to see them, as...

Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), Arctic explorer who perished with his entire expedition to chart the North-West Passage [Lady Franklin [nee Jane Griffin] (1791-1875); William IV, 'the Sailor King']

[Sir John Franklin, Arctic explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed to his wife ('My dearest Jane'), describing King William IV's first levee and his own meeting with the monarch, as well as family business.

3pp, 4to. A long letter, with seventy-three lines of closely-written text. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Slight damage to second leaf through breaking of black wax seal, parts of which still adhere. Folded four times. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf to '...

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