Military and Naval History

A collection.

Author: 
British Army.
Publication details: 
1901
£100.00

(British Army: Ist Volunteer Rifle Battalion (Devon) in 1901). A small collection of letters and printed ephemera relating to the Ist Volunteer Rifle Battalion, Exeter, comprising: ALS, 2pp., 8vo, William C.Richards to Colonel Sir Dudley Duckworth-King, 17 Sept.

Autograph Letter Signed to an unreadable correspondent.

Author: 
Henry Labouchere
Publication details: 
27 Aug.[wm 1848].
£30.00

Baron Taunton, statesman (1798-1869). 2pp., 4to, good. He has been sent some material relating to the Merchant Seamen’s Billand relates it to his own views on the matter.

Autograph Note Signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Louis Jules Trochu.
Publication details: 
No date.
£35.00

French general (1815-1896). On visiting card, two sides, in French. He expresses regret at not being able to see or receive “Mr. Roumieu” inTouraine. He later describes himself as an old friend of England’s.

Signature.

Author: 
Robert Williams.
Publication details: 
No place and date.
£20.00

Inventor of a screw propeller (DNB). End of letter clipped, text "Yours very truly / Robt Griffiths", c. 3.5 x 1-1.5" (irregular), good condition.

Signature.

Author: 
A. Moncrieff, colonel and engineer
Publication details: 
25/06/69
£25.00

Moncrieff, Sir Alexander 1829-1906, colonel and engineer (DNB). Bold signature and date on part of headed notepaper (Royal United Service Institution), paper, c.4 x 4", slightly stained from having been laid down but clear.

Autograph Letter Signed "Thomas Coutts & Co" (Coutts's hand) to Thomas Steuart, The Secretary, Bank of Scotland.

Author: 
Thomas Coutts.
Publication details: 
London, 28 Nov. 1780.
£250.00

Banker. Bank to Bank transaction. One page, 4to, good condition. "Sir/ Since our last of the 2[0]th Inst we are favour'd with yours of the 23d agreeable to which we have this day bought the undermention'd Bills (listed with numbers, description, date and amount, three "Victualling Bills" and one "Navy Bill"; discount, total given "Charged to the Bank of Scotland £5062.18.10".

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Francis Vincent.

Author: 
George B. Rumbold.
Publication details: 
Berlin, 23 June 1806.
£180.00

Diplomat. Three pages, 4to, poor condition but most of the text legible. "Private". Rumbold discusses the reception of a petition he sent to "Mr Fen[?]" saying that he is to get "immediate indemnification for the losses & expenses occasioned by the seizure of my Person, my imprisonment &c". Vincent is giving him support. He encloses his account, anticipates delay by the Treasury in paying but enlists his correspondent's help. His case was a cause celebre of the time, described in DNB as follows: "On the night of 25 Oct.

Autograph letter signed to [?] Horton,

Author: 
Sir George Alexander (George Alexander Gibb Samson)
Publication details: 
5 October [no year], on letterhead of the St James's Theatre, King street, St James's.
£15.00

English actor-manager (1858-1918), knighted in 1911. One page, 12mo. "Glad to hear from you: <?> had told me that you were soldiering. I wish you could have been here with us but yours is a glorious job. Good luck attend you & our arms". Creased, and with traces of previous mounting on blank reverse.

Autograph note signed to Mrs [?] Younghusband,

Author: 
Sir Archibald Hunter
Publication details: 
22 September 1904, with letterhead of the Lieutenant General Commanding Forces, Bombay.
£30.00

British General (1856-1936). One page, 12mo. Cryptic, very. "There are many examples of dates in french in the paper. I fear Mrs Mary is very ill, very very ill indeed. / Yours v. sincerely / A Hunter". Slight "offsetting" from another letter over text of letter.

Autograph note signed to Sir John Cam Hobhouse (1786-1869, later Baron Broughton), President of the Board of Control,

Author: 
Sir Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere
Publication details: 
4 June 1847, Belgrave Square.
£50.00

General (1773-1865), who distinguished himself as commander of the allied cavalry in the Peninsular War. One page, 8vo. "Although Captn: Martin did not serve under my Command in India, I venture to forward to you his Memorial, and trust you will take an opportunity of bringing his claim under the gracious & favourable consideration of Her Majesty - I have the honor to be / Sir / Yr. most obt. Hble: Sert: / Combermere. Genl. / late commr: in Chief / in India". Paper ruckled, and with glue stains from previous mounting. With biographical cutting adhering to head of recto.

one formal autograph letter in the third person to Mr [?] Handley,

Author: 
John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent
Publication details: 
13 June 1817, Rochetts
£50.00

English Admiral of the Fleet (1735-1823). One page, 12mo. "Lord St. Vincent will thank Mr Handley to convey the inclosed, to Mr. Willan, as soon as possible / Rochetts / 13th. June 1817".

Typed letter signed,

Author: 
Frank Carr, Director of the National Maritime Museum, to Admiral Sir Sydney Freemantle, regarding the clipper ship the Cutty Sark
Publication details: 
9 July 1957, with letterhead of the National Maritime Museum.
£150.00

4 pp, 8vo. A long letter discussing the restoration of the ship. "[...] I have always appreciated (and envied) your personal experience of sail in days when seamanship in the old sense really meant something. [...] No one is better qualified to speak with authority on the restoration of a historic sailing vessel than you are". Five points are discussed: "The position of the upper topsail yards. [...] royal yards [...] fitting sails [...] ropes [...] Maintenance."

Fragment, signed by an amanuensis,

Author: 
John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent
Publication details: 
18 February 1807, Mortimer Street.
£50.00

English Admiral of the Fleet (1735-1823). The upper part of a letter on one 4to leaf. Recto: "Mortimer Street / the 18th of February 1807 / Sir / I have the honor to acknowledge the Receipt of your Letter of the 10th Instant reporting the account communicated by Lieutenant Batt, of <...>". Verso: "I have the honor to be / Sir / Your most obedient / humble Servant / St. Vincent". Grubby and with loss to one corner.

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".

Autograph Note Signed to R. Byham, Ordnance Office

Author: 
Sir James Kempt.
Publication details: 
11/10/32
£25.00

General. One page, 8vo. He describes his enclosure of a banker's order to pay the rent on a property he is about to occupy.

Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 8vo, to F.W. Chesson

Author: 
Ralph Bernal
Publication details: 
22/06/52
£35.00

Politician and art collector (d.1854). He thanks him for the tract on the Militia Bill, giving his opinion of its cogent argument against the measure.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 8vo, to "Jones"

Author: 
Sir John M. Wilson
Publication details: 
09/07/64
£25.00

Soldier (1783-1868). Stained and worn but contents intact and legible, responding to condolences on his wife's death. what it means to him, and what her last days were like.

Autograph Letter Signed (Part of ), correspondent unknown.

Author: 
Sir William Grant
Publication details: 
No date (watermark, 1813)
£45.00

Canadian lawyer and English Master of the Rolls (1752-1832). Part of ALS signed, referring to "Sir Alexr Cochrane's propositions as to prizes that may be taken in conjunct expeditions on the coast of America" on which he does not feel able to give directions.

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 Letter Signed, 2pp., 8vo, to "Admiral" (Sir John Fisher)

Author: 
Lord Burnham (Edward Levy-Lawson)
Publication details: 
21/11/07
£45.00

Edward Levy-Lawson, Newspaper proprietor (1833-1916). He describes a variety of physical ailments to which he is prey but concludes that "My suffering has not diminished my belief in one popularly known as 'Jack Fisher'. . .". Burnham's relationship with Fisher is perhaps explained by his Newspaper, The Daily Telegraph's, support of a "strong navy" policy.

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 Note Signed to "Mr. Oates"

Author: 
Field-Marshal F.S. Roberts, Lord Roberts
Publication details: 
21/04/98
£25.00

Soldier (1832-1914). 8vo, vestigial signs of laying down, declining an invitation because he has to travel to Dublin.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Maurice"

Author: 
A.B. Cunninghame-Graham, admiral
Publication details: 
17/03/47
£25.00

one page, 4to. He discusses his travel plans and meetings.

Autograph Letter Signed, 4pp., 8vo, to E.A. Carr

Author: 
E. Onslow Ford
Publication details: 
10/05/00
£30.00

Sculptor (1852-1901). He gives details concerning his statue of General Gordon, and is sending photographs of the model for it exhibited at Crystal Palace and others, illustrating how it was planned.

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