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[Sir James Graham, Home Secretary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R G Graham') to unnamed recipient, announcing his decision to remit the death sentence passed on Robert Sandys of Stockport, convicted of poisoning his children.

Author: 
Sir James Graham [Sir James Robert George Graham] (1792-1861), 2nd Baronet, Tory Home Secretary, 1841-1846 [Robert Sandys of Stockport, poisoner]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 24 April 1842.
£180.00

The case was fully reported in The Times, with the issue for 14 April 1842 reporting the pronouncing of the sentence of death on 'Robert Sandys, a stout built Irishman, having a pale and haggard appearance, who was found guilty at the last assizes for this county [Chester] of the diabolical murder of his children by poison, in order to obtain a few pounds from a burial society of which he was a member'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed 'Private' by Graham.

[Sir George Grey, Whig Home Secretary.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Reginald Smith, regarding 'the selection of a gentleman to fill the office of Chaplain at the Portland Convict Depôt'.

Author: 
Sir George Grey (1799-1882), Liberal Home Secretary, 1846-52, 1855-58, 1861-66 [Reginald Southwell Smith (1809-1896), Canon of Salisbury; Portland Convict Depot; transportation; penal servitude]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 22 July 1847.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of mount adhering at head of reverse of leaf. Regarding Smith's 'note with reference to the selection of a gentleman to fill the office of Chaplain at the Portland Convict Depôt', he writes that he must 'defer the consideration of this question, as it must necessarily be yet some considerable period before the works at the Island are sufficiently advanced for the reception of Convicts'.

[Leith Docks.] Printed circular headed 'At a Meeting of Persons interested in the affairs of the City, held in the Waterloo Hotel on 13th February 1836, to consider the measures proper to be adopted in reference to the Proposal of Mr LABOUCHERE'.

Author: 
[Alexander Wright; William Macdonald, Convener [Henry Labouchere (1798-1869), 1st Baron Taunton; Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish; Leith Harbour and Docks]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 13 February 1836.
£130.00

3pp., folio. On two loose leaves, each with one torn edge. The blank reverse of the second leaf is addressed in manuscript to 'The Bank of Scotland, | Edinbr', with two postmarks and pencil docketting. The heading is followed by a long list of those present, beginning with 'Mr THOMAS MILLAR, for the Incorporation of Skinners and Furriers' and ending with 'ALEXANDER WRIGHT, Esq. chose Preses'. There follows a minute of the meeting by 'ALEX.

[Sir Charles Oman, military historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. W. C. Oman') [to H. E. Wortham], offering to act as guide to 'King Edward's very archaic Oxford abode'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Oman [Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman] (1860-1946), military historian [Hugh Evelyn Wortham (1884-1959), biographer]
Publication details: 
'As from Frewin Hall, Oxford', and on letterhead of the House of Commons Library. 3 October 1931.
£38.00

1p., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'If you would ever care to look round King Edward's very archaic Oxford abode, I can shew you it, with engravings of its details in his day - coloured and otherwise. It is a nice old house - half Elizabethan, half Queen Anne.' He concludes by explaining that he is 'at Westminster all the middle days of the week, save in the recess', and so requires notice. From the H. E. Wortham papers.

[Book in paper wraps] La Mort de Henri Quatre, POEME

Author: 
Mrie J.J. Victorin Fabre (1785-1831), poet and orator.
Publication details: 
Paris, de l'imprimerie de Farge [...], 1808
£180.00

46pp., 8vo (21cms), marbled pink paper wraps (original), spine and edges a little ragged, foxing, fair condition, sound. Scarce. Copies at BnF and Loyola Marymount University (USA)

[British Colonies etc; booklet] The Royal School Series. Geography of the British Colonies, India, &c. With Maps.

Author: 
[Schoolbook]
Publication details: 
New Edition, London, Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1895
£120.00

Booklet, 42pp. (with 4pp. catalogue), 12mo, dec. papers wraps, sl. grubby and stained, contents good. COPAC and WorldCat appear only to list a microform of the First Ediiton (dated after 1881 by internal evidence).

[The Royal Visit to Reading, 1870.] Printed handbill poem headed 'New Version to an Old Nursery Rhyme', and beginning 'Sing a song of Thousand Guineas', an attack on the mayor Peter Spokes, on the foundation of the new Grammar School.

Author: 
[Royal Visit to Reading, 1870; Queen Victoria; Sir Peter Spokes (1830-1910) of Redlands, Mayor of Reading]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [Reading, Berkshire; 1870].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. On trimmed wove paper. Aged and worn, with traces of mount on reverse. 24 lines, arranged in six four-line stanzas, beneath the title 'New Version to an Old Nursery Rhyme.' The poem - based on 'Sing a song of sixpence' - begins: 'Sing a song of Thousand Guineas, | Pockets full of brass; | Rate-payer's money's nought to me, | I'll squander it like an ass. | Sing a song of Royal Visit, | Ain't I a man of sense | To shake hands and sit with Royalty, | At Rate-payers expence.

Part of a Document Signed boldly "Palmerston", with subscription,addressed to 'Lieut.Col. F. Cockburn/ Care of/Sir G. Cockburn G.C.B./Admiralty'

Author: 
Viscount Palmerston, sometime Foreign Minister and Prime Minister
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£28.00

Part of a page, 20 x 12cm, foxed, mainly good condition. Surviving text as follows: "I have the honor to be | Sir, | Your most obedient Servant | Palmerston". Subscription probably secretarial.

[Handbill; printed] The Times Companionship To John Walter, Esq., M.P.

Author: 
The Times Companionship [THE TIMES newspaper]
Publication details: 
January 1871 AND Bearwood, 26 Jan. 1871
£125.00

One page, 15.5 x 26.5, black-bordered, minor staining, good condition, laid down on detached album leaf. The Times Companionship express their sorrow at John Walter's son's death and give their condolences (January 1871) and John Walter responds, enclosing a translation of a poem written by his deceased son (translation by him from the German of Spitta). The text concludes with the line "In memory of John Balston Walter, who died December 24, 1870, aged 26." The compiler of the album has added "*Mr.

[Mimeographs or similar] Rusk News Conference Statement. | Following is text of introductory remarks by Mr. Dean Rusk, Secretary of State,[...] Nov. 17, at his Press conference in Washington. With: text of Adlai Stevenson address (described below)

Author: 
[Press Releases (x 2) in Kennedy Era]
Publication details: 
Both Washington, Monday, 20 November 1961
£120.00

a. Dean Rusk, 3pp., folio, unbound as issued. Subjects: taking up Kennedy's remarks in Seattle; Afghanistan; Korea; the Philippines; Berlin; NATO meeting; the Congo; Dominicn Republic/OAS; Cuba, Peru and Columbia; Vietnam (US policy to preserve the Republic Vietnam, the means are being considered). It concludes with the ref. A-17266-AC. B. (attached by staple) Stevenson Address at Fordham University (A Relesase from the UNited States Information Service, American Embassy, London).

[Chile; periodical] The Republic of Chile. A Diplomatic Press Survey. Special Edition of the 'Diplomatic Bulletin"

Author: 
[Periodical; Chile]
Publication details: 
No. 12, London, Oct. 1953.
£80.00

19pp., paper covers, illus with photo of the President, good condition. Surveys history, economics, exports, British Trade, Wines of Chile, etc. No copies of COPAC, 7 on WorldCat (6 American, one French).

[The Court of the Lord Lyon.] Itemised manuscript 'Note of Fees of Armorial Bearings for Miss William Boyd Robertson of Lawers.' With manuscript receipt for payment of this bill, signed by James Horne, Lyon Clerk.

Author: 
[James Horne, Lyon Clerk; Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish College of Heralds]
Publication details: 
The 'Note of Fees' dated November 1814. Horne's receipt from Edinburgh, 18 November 1814.
£120.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The 'Note of Fees' is 1p., 4to, and comprises 11 charges totalling

[Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington, as Lord Binning.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Binning'), docketted 'Mail coaches', and discussing the 'measure of applying to the English counties', ' Mr Mundell' and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Author: 
Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington [known as Lord Binning between 1794 and 1828] (1780-1858) of Tyninghame House, Tory politician
Publication details: 
'Tynninghame [Tyninghame House, East Lothian, Scotland] | Sunday night' [docketted with date '16/18 Sepr 1810'].
£40.00

3pp., 4to. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damp-staining to one corner. '[...] The measure of applying to the English counties was proper & indeed necessary - and I doubt not that, as the evil complain'd of is very general, we shall find a very general & ready cooperation on their part in our endeavours to procure redress.

[Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.] Autograph Note Signed ('Grosvenor'), undertaking to match the Earl of Wilton's contribution of fifty pounds to the Metropolitan Society.

Author: 
Robert Grosvenor (1767-1845), 1st Marquess of Westminster [2nd Earl Grosvenor], politician and landowner [Earl of Wilton; Metropolitan Society]
Publication details: 
Heaton House [Cheshire]. 21 October 1811.
£38.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'Sir | I have been requested by the Earl of Wilton, who is indisposed, to say that he shall be glad to contribute fifty Pounds to the Metropolitan Society & I shall be happy to do the same, & am, Sir | Yr obedt. Servt. | Grosvenor'.

[Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.] Autograph Signature ('Westminster') and seal in red wax on piece of vellum cut from document, with his engraved portrait by W. H. Mote.

Author: 
Robert Grosvenor (1767-1845), 1st Marquess of Westminster [W. H. Mote; Thomas Collins; Reform Club, London]
Publication details: 
The vellum document dated 1841. The engraving from 'London, Thomas Collins, 170, Piccadilly, Jany. 23 1842'.
£20.00

The piece of vellum an irregular rectangle of about 4 x 17 cm. Smudged signature, with crumbling red wax seal to its right, beneath fragment of Latin text ending with date 1841. The engraving, with facsimile of signature, 'From a picture in his Lordship's possession | This plate, 28 x 19 cm on 4to leaf, is by express permission dedicated most respectfully to the Members of the Reform Club by their faithful Servant Thomas Collins'. It is in fair condition, aged and with strip of discoloration in margin at head.

[Sidney Webb.] Autograph Card Signed ('Sidney Webb') to Sidney A. Gimson of the Leicester Secular Society, declining to undertake a lecture.

Author: 
Sidney Webb [Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield] (1859-1947), with his wife Beatrice Webb [Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield] (1858-1943), Fabian socialist economist [Sydney Ansell Gimson]
Publication details: 
6 Blythewood Square, Glasgow. 9 September 1892.
£35.00

Written in pencil on a neat small official 'POST CARD', printed with stamp and bearing a Glasgow postmark. In good condition, lightly aged. 'Dear Mr Gimson | I am sorry to say I have so much work that I do not like to undertake any lecture at Leicester this year. Please excuse me this time'. Gimson was president of the Leicester Secular Society and brother of Ernest Gimson (1864-1919), arts and crafts architect and furniture designer.

[Lord Palmerston.] Secretarial Letter Signed ('Palmerston'), informing the Turkish chargé d'affairs Edib Effendi that he has taken over as Foreign Secretary from the Earl of Aberdeen, and giving a time for a meeting to discuss 'any business'.

Author: 
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston [Lord Palmerston] (1784-1865), Liberal Prime Minister [Edib Effendi, Turkish chargé d'affairs]
Publication details: 
Foreign Office [Whitehall]. 6 July 1846.
£150.00

2pp., foolscap. In fair condition, on aged paper. The letter, no doubt sent to all the diplomatic missions, begins: 'I have the honour to acquaint you that The Queen has been pleased to accept of the Earl of Aberdeen's resignation of the Office of Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and to confide to me the Seals of that Department.' He names a day and time when he wil be 'happy to receive' him, 'in order to confide with you on any business upon which you may have received Instructions from your Court'.

[Cary Tuttyt of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.] Autograph Letter, stamped by the 'Mil[itar]y. Department', asking for information regarding his brother, who enlisted in the Horse Artillery of the East India Company, and giving a description.

Author: 
Cary Tuttyt of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada [Horse Artillery, East India Company]
Publication details: 
'Ch: Town P. E. I.' 22 July 1846.
£80.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with slight discoloration and repair on reverse. Giving his address as 'Cary Tuttyt, Charlotte Town, Prince Edwards Island, B. N. A.' With black rectangular stamp: 'RECEIVED IN | 29 AUG. 1846 | MILY. DEPARTMENT.' Docketted on reverse 'Does not appear to have enlisted 1839'.

[Sir Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhj, Maharaja of Bhavnagar State.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Krishnakumarsinhgi'), in English, to Dr R. T. Hughes of Harrow, discussing the end of his minority and control of 'affairs of Bhavnagar', and Harrow school.

Author: 
Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhji [Sir Krishnakumarsinhji] (1912-1965), last Maharaja of Gohil dynasty, ruler of Bhavnagar State, 1919-1948, and first Indian Governor of Madras, 1948-1952
Publication details: 
On crested letterhead of Nilambag Palace, Bhavnagar. 17 May 1931.
£130.00

3pp., 4to. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamped envelope, bearing Bhavnagar and Harrow postmarks, with typed address to 'R. T. Hughes, Esq. | Aboyne, | Harrow-on-the-Hill. | England.' He begins by thanking Hughes for the 'very pleasant surprise' of 'the unique photograph'. 'It is very kind of you and Mrs.

[Gilbert Murray, classical scholar.] Typed Letter Signed ('G. M.') to 'Mark' [Mark Bonham Carter], praising his 'answer to Quintin Hogg', and suggesting a meeting.

Author: 
Gilbert Murray [George Gilbert Aimé Murray] (1866-1957), Australian-born British classical scholar [Mark Bonham Carter (1922-94), Baron Bonham-Carter, Liberal politician; Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Yatscombe, Boar's Hill, Oxford. 24 July 1946.
£40.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. He begins: 'This is just a line to say how very good I thought your answer to Quintin Hogg.' He next turns to his desire for a meeting and 'walk in the afternoon', although he knows 'this is a long way off and you are very busy'. He ends with transport information and the news: 'However I am going away on Monday for 3 weeks.' The valediction is in Murray's autograph: 'Yours sincerely, | G. M.'

[Victorian handbill satirising Lord Randolph Churchill, Gladstone and other members of the House of Commons, headed 'HOUSE OF COMMONS. | PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT'.

Author: 
[Victorian satirical handbill; Lord Randolph Churchill; William Ewart Gladstone; Charle Stewart Parnell; Prorogation of Parliament, 1881]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but accompanied by annotation in contemporary hand dating it to 1881.
£180.00

Printed in black on piece of purple paper, 27 x 14 cm. In good condition, laid down on a leaf removed from a contemporary album, with the date '1881' written beside it. The first paragraph sets the tone: 'LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL rose to ask Her Majesty's Government a question as to the state of Public Business, and the probable date of the Prorogation of Parliament.

[The Factory and Workshop Act, 1901.] Large printed Government 'abstract', headed 'WORKSHOPS. | FACTORY AND WORKSHOP ACT, 1901.' and mainly consisting of an 'Abstract | As prescribed by the Secretary of State, of the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901.'

Author: 
[The Factory and Workshop Act, 1901.]
Publication details: 
'Form 4. | (January 1902.)' 'may be obtained, either directly or through any Bookseller, of Eyre & Spottiswoode, East Harding Street, Fleet Street, E.C.; or Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh; or E. Ponsonby, 116, Grafton Street, Dublin'.
£180.00

Printed on one side of a piece of 76 x 55 cm paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. At head of document the words 'Official Notice' and the royal crest. Folded into a 22 x 9.5 cm packet, docketted on reverse 'Statutory Notice | and | Workshop and Factory Acts'. The document begins with 'Notices. | To be filled up and signed by the Occupier.', followed by the 'Abstract', in two columns of small type, under the sub-headings 'Sanitation", 'Accidents', 'Employment and Meal Hours', 'Holidays', 'Outworkers', 'Piece Work.

[Parliamentary paper.] Turkey. No. 9 (1877). Protocol relative to the Affairs of Turkey. Signed at London, March 31, 1877.

Author: 
[Parliamentary paper on the affairs of Turkey, 1877; Münster, Beust, L. D'Harcourt, Derby, L. F. Menabrea, Schouvaloff; Great Britain; Foreign Office]
Publication details: 
'Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. 1877.' London: Printed by Harrison and Sons.
£150.00

[2] + 4 + [1] pp., folio. Unstitched and unbound. Originally two bifoliums one inside the other, but the two leaves of the outer bifolium have become detached from one another. On aged and toned high-acidity paper, chipping at edges. Five documents, four of them in the original French with English translations, and the fifth ('Declaration made by the Earl of Derby before the signature of the Protocol') in English. The English titles of the four French originals are: 'Protocol' (by Münster, Beust, L. D'Harcourt, Derby, L. F.

[Sir Robert Howard, restoration playwright.] Autograph Treasury receipt, signed 'Ro: Howard'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Howard (1626-1698), English playwright and politician and Secretary to the Treasury
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£180.00

On one side of slip of 6 x 18 cm paper. In fair condition, aged, and with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Apparently concerning an enormous sum of money, the receipt reads: 'Registered upon the Register appointed to be kept by the Act within mentioned & payable there upon of

[Obeah Man] Autograph Letter Signed "Daniel French" to an unnamed male correspondent about the Obeah Man on Demerara.

Author: 
Daniel French, probably a missionary in Demerara, West Indies, for some time
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] New Orphan Houses, Ashley Down, Bristol, 30 April 1868.
£600.00

Six pages, 12mo, closely written, fold marks, good condition. "[...] on Obeah as practised in Demerara, I have exceedingly little information to give, having had but little personal contact with it and only knowing it as a thing much talked about and I believe, largely made use of by the black people. It is no uncommon thing for a person bearing ill will towards another to resort to an Obeah man in order that he may work them some harm.

[Queen Victoria's FIRST visit to Scotland, 1842.] Three MS.receipts, two of them regarding 'erecting triumphall Arches', the other a 'Note of Men Employed in the Village of Comrie [...] to join the Lawers Company for hir [sic] Majesty the Queen'.

Author: 
[Queen Victoria's FIRST visit to Scotland, 1842; Mrs. R. Williamson of Lawers; Comrie, Strathearn, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
[Lawers, Strathearn, Scotland.] All three paid on 26 December 1842.
£195.00

The three documents in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 'Note of Men employed in the Village of Comrie by Orders of Mrs. R. Williamson of Lavers - to join the Lavers Company for hir [sic] Majesty the Queen'. [on reverse] 'Lawers | Thos Biccarton for Men attending during the Queens Visit | £1 .. 19/- | paid 26 Decr. 1842'. Beneath this in pencil in a later hand: 'Queen Victoria visit to Strathearn | Sept 10 1842'. 1p., 4to. With some words in red ink. Mainly comprising a table of 29 names, days, wages due, of men 'Attending the Lawers Company'.

[Large Handbill] Epitaph on the Black Prince

Author: 
[J.G. Nichols; John Gough Nichols, antiquary and printer]]
Publication details: 
"From the Kentish Observer", no date, but the author died in 1873
£56.00

Handbill, 21 x 34.5cm, fold marks, tiny closed tear, mainly good condition. Nichols had visited Canterbury for a meeting of the Archaeological Association and made an accurate copy of the Epitaph (correcting "errors in all the printed copies"), with further antiquarian chit-chat.

[Thomas Brand Hollis, radical and dissenter.] Autograph inscription to the antiquary Charles Townley.

Author: 
Thomas Brand Hollis (c.1719-1804) of The Hyde, near Ingatestone, Essex, English radical and dissenter [Charles Townley (1737-1805), antiquary]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£56.00

On a cut-down piece of 4 x 15 cm paper. Laid down on part of leaf from album. In fair condition, on aged paper. Reads 'Mr Townley. | with Mr Brand Hollis | compliments'.

[Roy Hopkins, editor of 'Old London' magazine.] Typed Letter Signed to the Trustees of Dr Johnson's House, regarding 'the last article written by the late Lord Harmsworth', on Dr Samuel Johnson. With copy of the first issue of the magazine.

Author: 
Roy Hopkins, editor of 'Old London' magazine [Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth [Lord Harmsworth]; Dr Samuel Johnson; W. Macqueen Pope; Horace Wyndham; Amelia Bloomer]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of 'Old London | (Old London Magazine)', 51 Chepstow Place. 9 September 1948. Magazine: vol.1, no.3 (Summer Number), 1948.
£80.00

Letter: 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, foxed at head. He informs them that the article was on Dr Johnson's house, and will be published in the magazine's 'Autumn Number', writing: 'If I send you the proofs would one of you care to write a few appreciative words on Lord H? I shall add a short biography culled from The Times'. In an autograph postscript he requests 'an old wood-block or a stone-litho which I could reproduce in O. L. of Johnson's House'. Magazine: 46 + [2]pp., 12mo, in printed wraps. With foxing and pinholes to cover. Includes articles by W.

[Richard Oastler, Tory radical.] Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed editor, regarding the proof of his 'sayings of last Monday'.

Author: 
Richard Oastler (1789-1861), Tory radical, abolitionist and campaigner for Poor Law reform
Publication details: 
'Mr. Tathams'. 27 March 1839.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He has just 'received notice that the Mansfield meeting will be held on Thursday at 12 o'clock - & the Sutton meeting on Saturday at One O'clock.' He continues: 'If you intend to insert any of my sayings of last Monday, I should feel obliged by a sight of the proof, if consistent with your official regulations'.

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