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Autograph letters signed (x 4) to "J. Strathall"

Author: 
Beriah Botfield
Publication details: 
1845-1849
£200.00

Bibliographer (1807-1863). Total 5pp., three 8vo, one 4to, mainly concerning his exploration of his own family history (Boteville, etc.).

Autograph letter signed to A. Byham,

Author: 
Captain William Scarfe Moorsom
Publication details: 
23 Sept [?], 17½ Great George Street, Westminster.
£40.00

Civil engineer (1804-63). 2 pp, 12mo. "Dear Sir / Will you excuse the Son of your old Surveyor General so far as to send me a printed copy of the regulations under which Boys come for examination at Woolwich Academy: My Boy will probably be finding his way there & I want to prepare him to meet the Points of examination: - If you have not any of the printed copies perhaps by passing this not into an adjoining room you will be able to send one by my messenger who will wait, & you will much oblige yours faithfull / W. S. Moorsom".

Autograph letter signed to [?] Monsell,

Author: 
Chichester Samuel Parkinson-Fortescue, Baron Carlingford
Publication details: 
7 March 1873, on letterhead of the Board of Trade, Whitehall Gardens.
£30.00

Liberal politician (1823-98). 4 pp, 12mo. "The Railway people object strongly to the Post Office Clause in my Railway Bill, & are going to move an amendment to strike it out in Committee. I think it wd. be well if you wd. send somebody to represent the P. O, and to meet two or three Railway Managers here, in order, if possible, to come to some agreement. / If your man wd. write to Mr. Malcolm of the Bd. of T. tomorrow, he wd. arrange for the interview on an early day, perhaps Monday". Biographical cutting attached at foot of verso of second leaf.

Autograph note signed to an unnamed male correspondent,

Author: 
Catherine Gladstone
Publication details: 
21 November [no year], Downing Street.
£30.00

(c.1813-1900), wife of the Liberal Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98). 2 pp, 12mo. "I am very sorry your note has not been answered. The truth is I am overwhelmed with applications & it is with very great regret that I must refuse your request. / I hope to be in Wells soon & in any case I could not make another engagement." Two spots of glue from previous mounting adhering to the reverse.

Autograph letter signed to "Mr Tupper" (presumably Charles Lewis Tupper, Anglo-Indian administrator, see DNB)

Author: 
Colin Scott-Moncrieff
Publication details: 
Lahore, 7 Nov. (n.y.)
£20.00

Engineer and administrator (1836-1916). He thanks Tupper effusively for his hospitality ("Traditional old Indian hospitality").

Two typed notes signed to Mrs Roscoe, secretary of the Society of Women Journalists.

Author: 
C.V. Wedgwood
Publication details: 
1950-1951.
£45.00

Historian. She suggests that her talk to the Society could include "some funny stories about the very early journalism in the infancy of newspapers", and, in the later note, she accepts an invitation to a Society function. Two items,

Typed letters (x 2) signed to Peter Barling of the Cricket Society,

Author: 
Alec Douglas-Home.
Publication details: 
11 May and 26 October 1966, both on his House of Commons letterhead.
£50.00

Baron Home of the Hirsel. Conservative prime minister (1903-95). Both letters one page, 12mo. In the first he says he will accept Barling's invitation to the Autumn Dinner as long as "nothing prevents me from being with you that evening". In the second he thanks Barling for further details of the dinner, and reiterates his hope "that nothing will crop up in the House of Commons that evening which might prevent me from attending". Both letters have two punch holes from previous keeping in a ring binder. Two items,

Statements of Account (x 2), signed.

Author: 
W.H. Russell
Publication details: 
1853
£65.00

Irish war correspondent amd miscellaneous writer (1820-1907). 2pp., 8vo. One signed twice by Russell, the other initialled. The statement gives details of three articles contributed to the Miscellany, including "The Lewis - What is it?".

Autograph Letter Signed to "Spencer"

Author: 
W.H. Russell.
Publication details: 
04/06/82
£75.00

Irish war correspondent. 2pp., 8vo. He produces some badinage about an invitation card, then comments on the situation in Egypt: "I wish the Powers - which they aren't by the by - had let our fat friend Ismail [Pasha] alone just tightening the bit a little & and then there would be none of this darkness over the land of Egypt . . . ", concluding with jocular mis-spellings of "poetical".

Signature from document

Author: 
Robert Howard
Publication details: 
29 Feb. 1675
£125.00

Dramatist, historian and poet (1626-1698). Signature cut from a document (Howard was an auditor of the Exchequer) with above date and a few words from the text, laid down.

The Origin of the Dutch: with a Sketch of their language and literature, and short examples

Author: 
Rev. J. Bosworth
Publication details: 
London, 1836
£100.00

32pp., cr.8vo, ltd ed (100), dark green cl. sl. sunned and dusted, sl. hinge str., mainly g+

Chronicles of the Tombs. A select collection of epitaphs

Author: 
Thomas Joseph Pettigrew
Publication details: 
H.G. Bohn, London, 1857
£100.00

529pp., 8vo, inscription and small ownership label (title and ep), some staining of eps, some wear, mainly good-v.g.

Document Signed to "The Quarter-Master General of the Forces"

Author: 
Sir William Schaw Cathcart
Publication details: 
26/11/08
£100.00

one page, fol. He refers to a "Return of the Field and Garrison ordnance, with the ammunition for guns, howitzers . . ." which he has sent for the defence of North Britain.

Autograph Note, third person, to "Mr Buick"

Author: 
Sir J. Bernard Burke,
Publication details: 
18/04/63
£30.00

Genealogist. One page, 8vo. He presents his compliments and says he will answer Buick's enquiry on his return to Dublin Castle.

Autograph Letter Signed to James Williams

Author: 
Henry Hobhouse
Publication details: 
Whitehall, 25 Aug. 1821
£35.00

Archivist (1776-1854). 2pp., 4to, suggesting that, despite the potential for "tumult" of a "great Concourse of People", the following day, he does not believe there will be a need for the "Sheriff's Interference". (At this time Hobhouse acted as permanent under-secretary for the Home Dept.)

Note signed, third person, "Mr Senior" to "Mr Magrath"

Author: 
Nassau Senior.
Publication details: 
15/02/30
£75.00

Political economist. He asks him to look at the enclosed letter "if he thinks it a sufficient authority" and "put Dr Buckland's name under that of Mr Gould".

Autograph Note Signed to "My dear B."

Author: 
Lord Amelius Beauclerk,
Publication details: 
No date.
£35.00

Admiral, 8vo. He hadn't the heart to wake him when he called but could send what he had offered.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 4to, to A.T. Sheppard, novelist.

Author: 
Oscar Browning
Publication details: 
06/07/17
£45.00

Educationalist and historian (1837-1933). He is delighted to have received his letter and speaks enthusiatically of the past, especially of Sheppard's brother, Bob. He discusses his reading. (He found a character just like himself in the TLS) and looks forward to Sheppard's next book.

Document Signed to the Duke of Kingston

Author: 
John Gilbert, Bishop of Salisbury (1693-1761)
Publication details: 
21/06/49
£35.00

Summons on the command of the King to a meeting of the Knights of the Garter the following day.

Autograph Letter, third person to Sir Cuthbert Sharp, antiquary

Author: 
John Wilson Croker,
Publication details: 
14/04/24
£35.00

Statesman and writer. 2pp., 8vo. He thanks Sharp for sending some books to him but points out that the books need not have travelled under Francis Freeling's cover as Croker's held good unrestrictedly.

The Pursuivant of Arms, or Heraldry founded upon facts

Author: 
J.R. Planche
Publication details: 
London, 1852
£50.00

First edition. 8vo. Hf. lea., rebacked, bds worn, prelims. some staining, other minor foxing.

Autograph Note Signed, one page, 12mo, to "Miss [Caroline] Fox", diarist and translator

Author: 
Joseph Jekyll
Publication details: 
6 Aug. (n.y.).
£100.00

Wit and politician (-1837). His health is restored but "Whishaw doubled my Disappointment by Recounting your Fairy Ball". Obviously, ill health prevented his attendance. With: (ms) "Advertisement Extraordinary", an amusing skit in which Jekyll offers to provide people to visit Country Houses much as horses are hired or books provided by a circulating library, 3pp., 8vo. On a blank conjoined page appear the words "not in Jekyll's handwriting", etc. signed "C. Fox" (Caroline Fox). 2 items,.

Autograph Letter Signed to J.V. Lee

Author: 
Joseph Jekyll,
Publication details: 
22/04/07
£50.00

Politician and wit. One page, 4to. He makes a proposal in what seems to be a legal case involving a "Mr J. Lockwood" and Jekyll's nephew, for whom he is taking the "Responsibility of all Risque".

Autograph Letter Signed to "Lanyon"

Author: 
F. Beauchamp Seymour, admiral
Publication details: 
"Narcisssus", Port Royal, n.d.
£30.00

2pp., 8vo, chipped, not affecting the text. He expresses a liking for a photograph and tells of a "job" involving the "Immortalite".

Autograph Letters Signed (x3 )and one Typed Letter Signed to C.H. Grinling, labour activist

Author: 
Edward R. Pease
Publication details: 
1891-1903.
£150.00

Founder-member of the Fabian Society (1857-1955). 12pp. total, 8vo (3) & 4to (1), (1891) He asks Grinling to work with Henry Snell (M.P. for Woolwich) on preparing a Fabian Tract, suggesting a draft could be shown to the S.E. Committee, outlining what they should say. He also wants a leaflet for "the Guardians Elections", and announces that Sidney Webb on Poor Law will be Tract 17. (1901) His opinion on the "Housing Loan question", a meeting on Boards of Guardians, and the disordered office.

Autograph Note Signed to "J. Minshull(?)"

Author: 
Edward Baines.
Publication details: 
1 July (n.y.)
£35.00

Anti-slavery editor. One page, 8vo. Thanks for "pacquets of envelopes bearing an anti-slavery device".

Autograph Note Signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
George Savile
Publication details: 
24/06/53
£50.00

Politician (1726-1784). One page, 4to. He announces that he will offer himself as a candidate at the general meeting where there will be consideration "of persons to represent the County in the ensuing Parliament. He looks to his correspondent's support. (Savile started representing Yorkshire in 1759. His colourful political career included support for the American colonies.)

Autograph Note Signed to "Mr MacGeady"

Author: 
Baron Bunsen,
Publication details: 
n.d.
£50.00

Prussian ambassador. One page, 8vo. He announces his arrival (in Italy), gives informnation about his post and what he wants done with it.

Draft Statement about Memorial to George Canning.

Author: 
(Sir James Scarlett, Lord Abinger, judge)
Publication details: 
-1827
£100.00

Additions and corrections, some staining not obscurring the text. It commences "The Noblemen and Gentlemen whose names are undersigned", going on to describe Canning's role in estblishing peace and the "dignity and safety of the Empire" and popular desire for recognition of his work and a monument. He leaves a space for "Signatures" and lists the Banks where donations might be places.

Document signed

Author: 
George Selwyn
George Selwyn
Publication details: 
11/11/75
£75.00
George Selwyn

Wit and politician. One page, fol., damp-staining and other damage marginally affecting the text. He acknowledges the receipt of £122.7.5 from Philip, Earl of Hardwicke, "one of the four tellers of the Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer" (of a total of £40,000 in a Treasury Order "for the Service of His Majesty's Works"). Witnessed by Gabriel Mathias.

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