Album of correspondence and newspaper cuttings., including material relating to ecclesiastical matters, Liberal politics and Bedfordshire.

Reverend Paul Williams Wyatt (c.1855-1935), Vicar of St Leonard's, Bedford, and Chaplain of the Chapel Royal, Savoy, antiquary and author [William Ewart Gladstone; Liberal politics; Bedfordshire]
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SKU: 9384

See obituary, Times, 31 December 1935. Son of geologist James Wyatt. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford. Books include 'Hardrada, and Other Poems' (1878). Most items in the album laid down on around forty leaves of an 8vo ledger, but much matter loosely inserted. Ledger internally sound and clean, in worn, sturdy boards, with spine lacking. Contents in good condition, clear and complete. Cuttings browning slightly. Includes around forty items of correspondence, all but one Autograph Letters Signed, and most on 12mo bifoliums, relating to matters of substance, in the ecclesiastical, political and cultural fields, several bearing testimony to Wyatt's involvement in Liberal politics. Present are three Autograph Letters Signed from Lord Tweedmouth, the first (29 October 1894) offering Wyatt the chaplaincy of the Chapel Royal, Savoy. Also a warm Autograph Letter Signed by Huyshe Wolcott Yeatman-Biggs, Bishop of Southwark (2 November 1894), congratulating Wyatt on this appointment. Secretarial Letter Signed, in Italian from Marino Rampolla, Cardinal of Santa Cecilia (22 August 1908). Lighthearted Autograph Letter Signed from Wyatt's elder brother, Rev. Vitruvius Wyatt (15 January 1890). Autograph Letter Signed from 'Gaiety Girl' actress Phyllis Broughton (26 January 1893). Also several letters from members of the Whitbread brewing dynasty: 'Howard Whitbread', 'Sam Whitbread' and S. Howard Whitbread (3). Other items include: Autograph Letter Signed (12 October 1911) by the artist A. G. Langley, enclosing 'proofs of the portraits of Mr. Kellaway and Major Glyn'. (The two 4to proofs are present, signed and dated by Langley.) Typed Letter Signed (7 October 1903), on 10 Downing Street letterhead, from M. G. Ramsay, concerning the chaplaincy of St James's, Marylebone. Other writers include the Conservative politician Rowland Edmund Prothero, 1st Baron Ernle; the Duke of Bedford; Lord Alwyne Compton, Bishop of Ely; H. J. Barnes ('Independent Radical'); Alfred Carruthers; Frederick Howard; Andrew H. Russell; Armine Wodehouse. Also a manuscript account ('1893-4') by Wyatt of what he describes as 'a singular series of incidents which occurred to me during this period', beginning with a description of his involvement in 'a great Liberal meeting [...] held at the Corn Exchange at which Lord Kimberley & Mr. Sam. Waddy were the principal speakers'. Also a lengthy annotation by Wyatt of a cutting describing the 'Liberal Churchmen's Address to Mr. Gladstone', in which Wyatt reports Gladstone's description of the address as 'A fearless document, put forward by brave men. They must know this action will cut them off from any preferment in the Church'. Wyatt's annotation ends with a description of Gladstone's response to his request for his signature on a photograph. Also typescript of a short poem by Wyatt, titled '1914-1917'. Also upwards of sixty newspaper cuttings (from Bedfordshire Mercury; Bedfordshire Times; Bristol Times; Daily Chronicle; Echo; Sun; Western Times, and other papers), the majority substantial, dating from 1888 to around 1895. Several relate to Wyatt and his church, and most concern Bedford matters, several iitems relating to Theed William Pearse. Present is a galley proof (dated 'B[edford] T[imes] 1908'), on two strips, of an article titled 'Bedford's Busy Man. The Rev. Paul Wyatt. ("C. F. N." Special.)' An article describing Wyatt as 'a devout Radical' and 'active exponent of the Ministerial cause in Bedfordshire' is titled by him 'The Libel - from the Sun'. Four printed items are present, including (4to, 1 p, in red and black) 'Copy of the inscription deposited under the Foundation Stone of All Saints Church, Bedford.' and (8vo, 1 p) 'Translation of the Ordinance of Robert de Parys, (showing the translation variations), and of Bishop Beaufort's Ratification thereof.' ('A true translation of the foregoing extended copy, Examined by me, W. H. BLACK, F.S.A.').