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Barbara Castle [Barbara Anne Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn, née Betts] (1910-2002), Labour politician [Jack Ashley [John Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke] (1922-2012)]

[Barbara Castle, Labour politician.] Autograph Note Signed to ‘Pip’, accompanying signed press photograph to him, the other side of the note carrying an Autograph Note from deaf Labour politician Jack Ashley.

See their entries in the Oxford DNB. Castle was a pioneer for woman in British politics and a champion of the welfare state; and Ashley, said to have been the first totally deaf democratic representative in the world, was a campaigner for the rights of the disabled.. Both items in good condition...

Burton Lane [born Burton Levy] (1912-1997), Broadway and Hollywood composer and lyricist, whose work includes ‘Finian's Rainbow’ and ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’, discoverer of Judy Garland

[Burton Lane, Broadway and Hollywood composer and lyricist who discovered Judy Garland.] Autograph Note Signed to ‘Dear Peter’, thanking him for a fan letter.

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly creased. Folded once. Reads: ‘Dear Peter, / Many thanks for your letter. It’s always pleasant to read nice things that people say about one’s work. / All my best wishes to you. / Sincerely, / Burton Lane’. Two-line typed biography of Lane at head of reverse....

Captain George Jones (1786-1869), RA, Librarian and acting President of the Royal Academy, and army officer, close friend and executor of J. M. W. Turner and Sir Francis Chantrey

[‘I feel rather as a brother than as a client’. Captain George Jones, RA, Librarian of the Royal Academy.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘George Jones’) to his close friend Sir Francis Chantrey, explaining his embarrassment at selling him a painting.

See the entries for Jones and Chantry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. On bifolium. An interesting letter of 39 lines with text intact, in poor condition, aged and with closed tears, and discoloration from tape used in repair, and ink blot to first page. The surname of the recipient is not given,...

Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan (1812-1885), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1868-1874, 1880-1881.

[Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas O'Hagan') to 'T. Streatfield Esq', regarding a memorandum.

2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. In good condition, lightly-aged, with neat repair to a short closed tear. He is returning a memorandum, 'which is quite correct & may be acted on', and has made a payment of £380 to his account with Drummonds Bank.

Carl August Nicholas Rosa [born Karl August Nikolaus Rosa] (1842-1889), German-born opera manager and musical impresario who founded the Carl Rosa Opera Company in England.

[Carl Rosa] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Miss Macgregor’, expressing regret for losing her as a tenant.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded once. In a loose, untidy hand. He is ‘much obliged for the note of the 4th.’, and as she wishes has sent instructions to ‘Davy’, to whom he asks her to ‘send all communications’. He is ‘very sorry indeed’ to ‘...

Catherine Gladstone [née Glynne] (1812-1900), wife of Liberal prime minister William Ewart Gladstone

[Catherine Gladstone, wife of Liberal prime minister William Ewart Gladstone.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Cath Gladstone’), asking the editor of a newspaper to publish something of hers.

See her entry in the Oxford DNB, where she is described as a ‘philanthropist’. 2pp, 12mo. With mourning border. A 4cm triangle of paper has torn away from the bottom of the letter, far below Mrs Gladstone’s slightly-smudged signature, otherwise in good condition, lightly aged and folded twice....

Charles Coborn [Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852-1945), British music hall artiste who sang the achieved great success with songs ‘Two Lovely Black Eyes’ and ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo'

[The man who sang ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo’: music hall artiste Charles Coborn [Colin Whitton McCallum].]

Attractive item, suitable for framing. In good condition, lightly aged, with 1cm closed tear to one edge. Printed on shiny paper. Folded three times. The note, with good firm signature, reads: ‘Louis B. Frewer Esq / Dear Sir / Autograph enclosed with much pleasure. To-day is the 49th....

Colonel William Gore-Langton [William Gore until 1783] (1760-1847) of Newton Park,, for 45 years Whig Member of Parliament for, successively, Somerset, Tregony and Somerset East [Oxford Militia]

[Oxford Militia; Col. William Gore-Langton, M.P. for Somerset.] Autograph Letter in the third person to army agents Messrs Cox and Greenwood, enquiring about arrangements for winter quarters for the Oxford Militia on their return from Ireland.

See his entry in the History of Parliament, which quotes a contemporary source describing him as ‘one of the oldest reformers in the House’, ‘in favour of the ballot and the immediate abolition of slavery’. 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded four times. Begins: ‘Colonel Gore...

Douglas Cleverdon (1903-87), BBC radio producer of ‘Brains Trust’ and Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood [James Stevens-Cox (1910-97), antiquary; Ilchester, Somerset]

[Douglas Cleverdon, Bookseller, BBC producer of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’.] Typed circular from ‘The Bookshop of Douglas Cleverdon’, with ‘order form’, printing appeal by ‘James S. Cox, Antiquary’ for material relating to Ilchester.

For information on Cleverdon, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient is the subject of an obituary by Nicolas Barker in the Independent, 18 March 1997. 2pp, 8vo. On tastefully-printed letterhead (Cleverdon’s shop sign was by Eric Gill) headed ‘DOUGLAS CLEVERDON / WISHES TO BRING TO YOUR...

Duff Cooper [Alfred Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich] (1890-1954), author, diplomat and Conservative politician [Thomas Wade Earp (1895-1958), art critic and writer; Léon Daudet; Shakespeare]

[Duff Cooper, author and diplomat.] Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Letter Signed to ‘Tommy Earp’ of the Daily Telegraph, regarding the book ‘Voyage de Shakespeare’ (by Léon Daudet) and his own book on the same subject (‘Sergeant Shakespeare’).

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. Both letters in good condition, lightly aged. Both signed ‘Duff Cooper’ and the first addressed to ‘Thomas Earp, Esq., / Kitcombe House, / Newton Valence, / Alton, / Hants.’ ONE: TLS, 9 January 1952. 1p, 12mo. He will try to get hold of a copy of ‘Voyage de...