[ John Joseph Mechi, Alderman of the City of London, silversmith, inventor, agriculturalist. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'P. Miles Esq', regarding a meeting.

John Joseph Mechi (1802-1880) of Tiptree Hall, Essex, silversmith, banker, inventor and Alderman of the City of London, agriculturalist at his estate
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Leadenhall Street [ London ]. 7 Derember 1857.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical fold. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Would it suit you to meet me here tomorrow from 10 to 1/2 past? | I should be happy to see you.' In pencil at head in a contemporary hand: 'Alderman Mechi - | Great Agriculturalist'.

[Sir Peter Laurie, Lord Mayor of London.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Richard Eales of Exeter, presenting a copy of a pamphlet ['Killing No Murder'].

Sir Peter Laurie (1778-1861), Scottish saddler, Lord Mayor of London, 1832; satirised by Charles Dickens in 'The Chimes' as 'Alderman Cute' [Richard Eales of Exeter]
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London. 27 September 1846.

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, diagonally folded with remains of red wax seal on reverse of second leaf, which is addressed to 'Richard Eales Esqre | &c &c &c | Exeter'. The letter begins: 'Sir Peter Laurie presents his compliments to Mr Eales & request his acceptance of the accompanying pamphlet'. He asks Eales 'to place (at his convenience) the other two copies in the hands of the Gentlemen to whom they are officially directed'.

[Francesco Bartolozzi, Italian engraver.] Autograph Receipt Signed ('Francis Bartolozzi'), on account of 'Engraving a Print of The Royal Children after Mr: Copley' for Alderman John Boydell.

Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815), Italian engraver, long resident in London, Engraver to King George III [Alderman John Boydell (1720-1804), London printseller; John Singleton Copley, artist]
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No place [London]. 23 January 1789.

On one side of an 8 x 18cm piece of paper, with counting house spike hole in centre. In very good condition, lightly-aged, and neatly placed in a windowpane mount of 26 x 20.5 cm. With embossed Four Pence government stamp. Neatly and elegantly written out, it reads: 'Janry: 23 1789. Recvd. of Ald: Boydell Fifty Pounds upon acct: of Engraving a Print of The Royal Children after Mr: Copley | Francis Bartolozzi | 50. 0'.

The Artist Says -

Edward L. Stone (inscription).
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No date.

Collector (see Cannon, "American Book Collectors" (1941), pp.198-9, referring to Stone's typographical collection which went to the Alderman Library, University of Virginia in 1938, after his death). Printed Pamphlet, 8pp., 8vo, rust around staples, mainly good. INSCRIBED by Stone: "Book Label / Never used. / Too all inclusive / or seemingly egotistical. / ELS." ENCLOSED (loose): Bookplate "Ex Libris Edward L. Stone", with complicated drawing and border very slightly affected by rust.

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