AUTOGRAPH

[Lilian Gish, greatest Hollywood actress of the silent era.] Typed Letter Signed to ‘Miss Murchison’, on a visit to England, praising ‘the courage and uncomplaining patience’ of its ‘brave’ people during the ‘long and dreadful’ years of war.

Author: 
Lillian Gish (1883-1993), greatest Hollywood actress of the silent era, ‘The First Lady of American Cinema’
Publication details: 
6 August 1946; on letterhead of the Savoy Hotel, London.
£100.00

2pp, 12mo. Twenty-one lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Signed ‘Lilian Gish’. Begins: ‘Dear Miss Murchison, | I was so touched by your very sweet letter which was handed to me by the BBC just before we went on the air. / It is heartwarming to come back to England after these long and dreadful years and find that our film friends have not forgotten us.

[Lord Charles Beresford, Royal Navy admiral and British Member of Parliament.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Charles Beresford’) to Sir Richard Temple, regarding the ‘grievance’ of General Sir Henry Ramsay over his pension.

Author: 
Lord Charles Beresford [Admiral Charles William de la Poer Beresford, 1st Baron Beresford] (1846-1919), British admiral [Sir Richard Temple (1826-1902); General Sir Henry Ramsay (1816-1893)]
Publication details: 
7 November 1888; on letterhead of 100 Eaton Square, S.W. [London]
£56.00

See the entries for Beresford and Temple in the Oxford DNB (in an unfortunate omission, Ramsay - ‘The King of Kumaon’ - is not represented in that work). 3pp, 12mo. Ruckled, with second leaf laid down on a piece of card, and damage along the gutter repaired with archival tape. Twenty-nine lines of text. Signed ‘Charles Beresford’. He has received ‘a long explanatory letter from General Sir Henry Ramsey [sic] containing the explanation of a grievance by which he has lost £300 a year since 1884.

[Lord Halifax, architect of appeasement.] Autograph Signature to offprint pamphlet from The Times, printing an address by him at Oxford under the headline ‘A Conflict of Youth / Lord Halifax to Oxford / Evil must be met by force’.

Author: 
Lord Halifax [Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax] (1881-1959), British Conservative politician, Viceroy of India, a principal architect of Appeasement.
Publication details: 
Halifax’s signature dated by him to March 1940. Offprint pamphlet headed with Times masthead, with ‘REPRINTED FROM’ printed above it, and date ‘Wednesday February 28 1940’. Slug of The Times Publishing Company, London.
£50.00

In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded once. Signed at top-right of cover page: ‘Halifax. / March 1940.’ The pamphlet is uncommon; OCLC WorldCat lists eight copies worldwide: including two in Britain and two in America. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium. Text in double column of small print. Not paginated. Slug: ‘Printed by THE TIMES PUBLISHING COMPANY, Limited, Printing House Square, London, E.C.4. England.’ Headline: ‘A CONFLICT OF YOUTH / LORD HALIFAX TO OXFORD / EVIL MUST BE MET BY FORCE / From Our Special Correspondent’. Byline: ‘OXFORD, FEB. 27’.

[J. B. Findlay, Scottish authority on conjuring.] Seven Typed Letters Signed (all ‘Jimmy’) to ‘Barry’ [theatre historian and dealer Barry Duncan], with two letters from his widow Elsie, and three related items.

Author: 
J. B. Findlay [Jimmy Findlay; James Black Findlay] (1904-1973), Scottish author and authority on conjuring, who amassed a notable magic collection [Barry Duncan (1909-1985), London theatre historian]
Publication details: 
Findlay’s seven letters from between 1962 and 1973; some on letterheads of the Findlays' Firbank Private Hotel, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. His widow’s two letters sent from same place immediately after his death in 1973.
£150.00

A correspondence between two individuals with shared interests and points of reference. The twelve items are in good condition, with light signs of age. Findlay’s seven TLsS amount to 9pp, of which two are in 4to; four in 8vo; and three in 12mo. The correspondence begins with Duncan about to begin a stay at the Findlay’s hotel; later topics include; the purchase of inscribed copies of a book by Duncan; staff troubles at the hotel; a forthcoming magic convention; a visit to Duncan at Southampton with his associate Allan Jamisson; Duncan’s work on his autobiography.

[Joseph Cotten, Hollywood and Broadway actor.] Signed Autograph Inscription ‘For John’.

Author: 
Joseph Cotten [Joseph Cheshire Cotten Jr.] (1905-1994), Hollywood and Broadway actor, associated with Orson Welles, in whose ‘Citizen Kane’ he starred
Cotton
Publication details: 
1947; no place.
£35.00
Cotton

On 16 x 14 cm leaf of green paper, with rounded outer edges, torn from autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: ‘For / John / With every good wish, / Joseph Cotten / 1949’. Above the inscription has been laid down a photograph of Cotten cut from a newspaper. See image

[Henry Hall, Director of the BBC Dance Orchestra.] Coloured Lithographic portrait of him, in colours, with original Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Henry Hall [Henry Robert Hall] (1898-1989), Director of the BBC Dance Orchestra
Henry Hall
Publication details: 
The print: ‘Presented with “Radio Pictorial,” No. 1, January 19, 1934’.
£45.00
Henry Hall

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 20 x 25 cm lithograph in pink, white and black. In good condition, lightly aged. An attractive item, suitable for framing. Head and shoulders portrait of a dapper bespectacled Hall, with parted greased hair, in white tie, staring at the viewer. Across his shirt, Hall has written in green ink ‘Best Wishes / Henry Hall’. Captioned at bottom left: ‘HENRY HALL / DIRECTOR, B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA’; and at bottom right: ‘Presented with “Radio Pictorial,” / No. 1, January 19, 1934’. See image.

[Irving Wardle, theatre critic.] Autograph Letter Signed to Gerald Wynne-Rushton, giving advice on offering a play, with reference to a letter he has received from Emyr Humphreys, producer of BBC TV production of Saunders Lewis’s ‘Siwan’.

Author: 
Irving Wardle [John Irving Wardle] (born 1929), theatre critic and champion of Harold Pinter [Gerald Wynne-Rushton (1894-), Catholic writer]
Publication details: 
16 March [no year, but between 1960 and 1963]; on letterhead of the Observer, London.
£45.00

Wardle worked as Kenneth Tynan’s deputy on the Observer between 1959 and 1963. Wynne-Rushton had published a play titled ‘The Gull’s Way’ in 1930, and a book on the papacy for Catholic publishers Burns, Oates and Washburne two years later. 2pp, 4to. In fair condition, folded three times, with wear and loss along one fold line of the second leaf, resulting in loss of a few words of text. Signed ‘Irving Wardle’ and addressed to ‘Dear Mr. Rushton’, identified as G. W. Wynne-Rushton by associated correspondence.

[Cardinal Antonelli, Roman Catholic cleric and Italian politician: the ‘Italian Richelieu’ and the ‘Red Pope’.] Autograph Note in Italian in the third person, wishing ‘Mademoiselle Rushent’ prosperity.

Author: 
Cardinal Antonelli [Giacomo Antonelli] (1806-1876), Roman Catholic cleric whose machinations in Italian politics earned him the soubriquets the ‘Italian Richelieu’ and the ‘Red Pope’
Antonelli
Publication details: 
2 February 1899; Rome. On his embossed armorial letterhead.
£120.00
Antonelli

Six lines, in original envelope, very good condition. ‘Il Cardinale Antonelli’ presents his compliments to her, and ‘egli desidera dal [?] di prosperità’. See image.

[Dean Farrar, preacher of Charles Darwin’s funeral sermon in Westminster Abbey.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘F. W. Farrar’), as Chairman of the Finsbury Polytechnic, appealing for funds ‘to save the Institute from being wrecked’.

Author: 
Dean Farrar [Frederic William Farrar, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral] (1831-1903), Church of England cleric, philologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin [Finsbury Polytechnic, London]
Publication details: 
27 January 1890; on letterhead of the Finsbury Polytechnic, Provisional Committee, 17 Dean’s Yard, Westminster, S.W.
£50.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 8vo. Nineteen lines of text. Signed ‘F. W. Farrar / Chairm[an]’. In poor condition, ruckled and with fraying and chipping to edges, resulting in loss to the last two letters of the word ‘Chairman’. The recipient is not named. The letter begins: ‘Dear Sir, / May I ask you to kindly read the enclosed?

[Felix Eugen Fritsch, Professor and Head of Botany, Queen Mary College, University of London.] Autograph Note SIgned F.E. Fritsch to Crow.

Author: 
Felix Eugen Fritsch (1879–1954), algologist, Professor and Head of the Botanical Department, Queen Mary College, University of London, from 1911-1948
Publication details: 
3 June 1929; on letterhead of the Department of Botany, East London College, Mile End Road, E1. [London]
£38.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient is William Bernard Crow, and the work referred to in the letter is his University of London thesis, presumably written under Fritsch’s supervision. 1p, 4to. Aged and creased, with chipping to edges. Folded three times. Good firm signature at foot: ‘F. E. Fritsch’. He thanks him for the copy of his book on “Contributions to the Principles of Morphology”, which he hopes to read ‘when the present rush dies down’. He hopes he is ‘getting on well at Huddersfield’.

[Gracie Allen, part of American comedy double-act ‘Burns and Allen’ with her husband George Burns.] Autograph Note Signed, while in England, about the sending of a photograph on return to America.

Author: 
Gracie Allen [Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen] (1895-1964), American vaudevillian and comedian, part of the double-act ‘Burns and Allen’, with her husband George Burns (1896-1996)
Allen
Publication details: 
Dated to ‘1935’ in another hand. On letterhead of the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W.1.
£30.00
Allen

1p, 12mo. In good condition. The recipient is not named. Reads: ‘Thank you for your very nice note. / When we get back to America we shall you [sic] a photograph. / Sincerely / Gracie Allen’. In pencil at top right, in another hand: ‘1935’. See image

[Harry Plunket Greene, Irish baritone singer.] Autograph Signature and valediction cut from letter.

Author: 
Harry Plunket Greene (1865-1936), Irish baritone singer
Greene
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00
Greene

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On strip of paper, roughly 10 x 3.5 cm, cut into an irregular rectangular shape. On one side is the valediction: ‘Yours very sincerely / Harry Plunket Greene’. On the other a fragment of three lines of the letter: ‘[...] I hope no [...] / started that things [...] / go on well. I am part[...]’. See image.

[Alfred Milner, Governor of the Cape Colony and the Transvaal.] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Alfred Milner (1854-1925), 1st Viscount Milner [Lord Milner], Liberal politician, Governor of the Cape Colony and first Governor of the Transvaal
Milner
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00
Milner

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 9 x 5 cm piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Presumably given in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: ‘Yours sincerely / A Milner’. See image.

[Anthony Asquith, British film director.] Signed Autograph Inscription to Louis Frewen, of rHodes Hose Library, autograph collector..

Author: 
Anthony Asquith ['Puffin'] (1902-1968), film director ('The Winslow Boy', 'The Browning Version', 'Pygmalion') and aesthete, son of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and socialite Margot Asquith
Asquith
Publication details: 
December 1931. No place.
£45.00
Asquith

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. In good condition, with light dabs of glue from mount on reverse. On 11.5 x 9 cm card with rounded edges. Clearly in response to a request for an autograph, he writes: 'For Louis Frewen / with all good wishes / from / Anthony Asquith / December 1931'.

[The Duke of Wellington.] Autograph Signature ('Wellington') to a free frank addressed in his handwriting to his housekeeper at Stratfield Saye, Mrs Apostles.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), British Field Marshal and Prime Minister, conqueror of the French in the Peninsular Campaign, and of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo
Wellington
Publication details: 
25 September 1838; Dover.
£100.00
Wellington

One of the great figures of world history. 13 x 8 cm front panel from an envelope, laid down on card backing. In fair condition, lightly aged. Set out by the Duke in the customary way, with red free frank postmark. Reads: ‘1838 / Dover September twenty fifth / Mrs Apostles / Stratfield Saye / Hartford Bridge / free Wellington'. See image.

[Admiral Jellicoe, Commander of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland.] Autograph Note Signed (‘J’) to ‘Col Crosfield’, regarding a ‘sad case’ which needs to be ‘taken up by Mr Webb’. With explanatory note in another hand.

Author: 
Admiral Jellicoe [Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe] (1859-1935), commander of Grand Fleet at Battle of Jutland
Jellicoe
Publication details: 
No date or place [circa 1928, according to accompanying note].
£90.00
Jellicoe

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 14.5 x 6 cm rectangle of air mail paper, cut from the head of a letter, on which Jellicoe’s note is clearly a comment. In good condition, lightly aged, folded once. Typed at foot of slip: ‘Thomas Butler - Meadow Cottage, Bank Road, Dawly, Salop.’ Above this, towards the right, Jellicoe writes in a close hand: ‘Col Crosfield / This is a sad case, & seems “attributable”. Can the case be taken up by Mr Webb.

[A. L. Rowse, Cornish historian.] Two Autograph Letters Signed: one to the features editor of The Times, Charles Douglas-Home, the other to John Higgins, editor of the paper's review, proposing Oxford articles; with carbon of reply from Douglas-Home.

Author: 
A. L. Rowse [Alfred Leslie Rowse] (1903-1997), Cornish historian [Charles Douglas-Home (1937-1985), journalist, editor of The Times; John HIggins (1934-1999), journalist]
Publication details: 
Rowse to Douglas-Home, 1 February 1972; Rowse to Higgins, 25 February 1972. Each on letterhead of All Souls College, Oxford. Carbon of Douglas-Home’s reply, 2 February 1972.
£56.00

See the entries for Rowse and Douglas-Home in the Oxford DNB. The three items in good condition, with small staple holes to one corner. Rowse’s letters both signed ‘A L Rowse’; Douglas-Home’s carbon unsigned. ONE: Rowse ALS to Douglas-Home. 1p, 8vo. Folded twice. ‘Two books just out have drawn attention to the uniqueness - in one respect - of All Souls College Library. It makes a good story, but would illustrate marvellously. Perhaps your Saturday Supplement wd like an illustrated feature article?’ TWO: Rowse ALS to Higgins. 1p, 8vo. folded once.

[A. E. W. Mason, creator of the detective Inspector Gabriel Hanaud and author of ‘The Four Feathers’.] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Mr Collis’, regarding a work whose title he has not yet fixed on, and his forthcoming movements.

Author: 
A. E. W. Mason [Alfred Edward Woodley Mason] (1865-1948), author of ‘The Four Feathers’ and Inspector Gabriel Hanaud, the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot
Publication details: 
15 May [1896]; on letterhead of the New Oxford & Cambridge Club, 68 Pall Mall, S.W.
£75.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Minuted in manuscript at head, and bearing receipt stamp 16 May 1896. Signed ‘A. E. W. Mason’, and presumably addressed to his editor, regarding the publisher’s contract and draft of the manuscript of his second novel ‘The Courtship of Morrice Buckler’ (1896). He writes that he is returning the draft, ‘which with your corrections seems to me quite satisfactory’. He is going out of town for a few weeks, and as his tenancy is expiring, his address on his return will be 7 North Terrace, Brompton, S.W.

[‘Ellis Peters’, pseudonym of Edith Pargeter, author of the ‘Brother Cadfael’ crime novels.] Autograph Signature, with pseudonym: ‘Edith Pargeter. / ‘Ellis Peters’.’

Author: 
‘Ellis Peters’, pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter (1913-1995), author of the ‘Brother Cadfael’ crime novels
Ellis Peters
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£85.00
Ellis Peters

On one side of a 12.5 x 8.5 cm piece of thin white card. Clearly given in response to a request for an autograph. Written in a large somewhat old-fashioned hand, with ‘Edith Pargeter.’ centred towards the head of the page, and ‘‘Ellis Peters’.’ at bottom right. See image.

[Sir Edward J. Poynter, painter, President of the Royal Academy.] Autograph Card Signed ('Edward J. Poynter') to 'Mr. Armstrong' [journalist George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)], arranging meeting around 'the private view of Burne Jones's pictures'.

Author: 
Sir Edward John Poynter [Sir Edward John Poynter] (1836-1919), painter and President of the Royal Academy [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945), journalist]
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead of 28 Albert Gate, S.W. [London] 23 April 1890.
£38.00

On one side of a 9 x 11.5 cm card, with letterhead printed in red at top right. In good condition, lightly-aged. Annotated on otherwise-blank reverse, which bears traces of glue from mount at corners. Reads: 'Ap. 23. 90 | Dear Mr. Armstrong | I forgot that on Friday I go to the R.A. in the aft. & to the private view of Burne Jones's pictures. Will Saturday suit you as well? Yrs. sincy | Edward J. Poynter.'

[‘Another lunatic!’ Spencer Leigh Hughes, Liberal politician and journalist.] Autograph Note Signed to ‘Armstrong’ regarding a critic of his use of the word ‘British’.

Author: 
Spencer Leigh Hughes (1858-1920), Liberal politician, journalist (the 'Sub Rosa' of the Morning Leader) and engineer.
Publication details: 
20 November 1904; on letterhead of the Morning Leader, Stonecutter Street, London.
£38.00

Hughes began as a journalist, writing the popular column ‘Sub Rosa’ in the Morning Leader, before descending from the Press Gallery onto the floor of the House of Commons. However short, the present item gives a faint echo of the verve for which he was renowned as a backbencher and after-dinner speaker. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Signed ‘Spencer Leigh Hughes’. Reads: ‘Dear Armstrong / Another lunatic! There are many about. I was lecturing in Scotland recently & had quite an ovation when I talked about the “British” parliament.’

[Thomas Moore, Ireland’s national poet before Yeats, destroyer of his friend Lord Byron’s memoirs.] Autograph Signature on valediction cut from letter for autograph hunter.

Author: 
Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Ireland’s national poet before Yeats, famed for his ' Irish Melodies', who destroyed his friend Lord Byron’s memoirs
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 11 x 5.5 cm rectangle cut from the foot of a letter. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with traces of glue from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Folded once. Reads: ‘Yours in great haste, / most cordially / Thomas Moore’. See image.

[Upton Sinclair, American novelist] Greetings with Signature With best wishes | Upton Sinclair.

Author: 
Upton Sinclair [Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (1878 – 1968), American writer, muckraker, political activist]
Publication details: 
No date.
£38.00

Card, 11 x 7cm, very good condition. See Image.

[William Govett Romain, as Second Secretary to the Admiralty.] Autograph Signature (‘W. G. Romaine’) with accompanying text filling in printed 'communication' appointing William Mullice ‘Gunner, 2d Class, Additional’ on board HMS Cumberland.

Author: 
W. G. Romaine [William Govett Romaine] (1815-1893), English barrister, civil servant and colonial administrator [William Mullice]
Publication details: 
11 April 1861; on board ‘H.M.S. “Excellent” / WW Portsmouth.’
£80.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, tall 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged; folded twice. In the following transcription the manuscript parts are in square brackets: ‘By Command of the Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, &c.

[William Harrison Ainsworth, Victorian historical novelist and close friend of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Signature for an autograph hunter: ‘W. Harrison Ainsworth | Dunmow. | July 19th. 1855.’

Author: 
W. Harrison Ainsworth [William Harrison Ainsworth] (1805-1882), Victorian historical novelist and close friend of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
19 July 1855; Dunmow [Essex].
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 16 x 10 cm rectangle cut from leaf of an autograph album. On lightly aged wove paper, with crease to one corner avoiding the writing. Boldly written: ‘W. Harrison Ainsworth / Dunsnow. / July 19th. 1855.’ Nothing else written on either side of the leaf. See image.

[Sir William Fletcher Barrett, physicist, founder of the Society for Psychical Research.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘W. F. Barrett’) to ‘Mr Dudley Wright’, calling for notes on dowsing experiments to be published.

Author: 
Sir William Fletcher Barrett (1844-1925), English physicist and founder of the Society for Psychical Research [Dudley Wright (1868-1949), occultist and freemason]
Publication details: 
15 July [no year]. On letterhead of 6 De Vesci Terrace, Kingstown, Co. Dublin.
£56.00

See Barrett’s entry in the Oxford DNB. The subject of this letter, dowsing, was a particular interest of his. 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly-spotted and with staple holes in bottom margin (not on text). Folded once. He would like ‘a chat’ with Dudley Wright ‘when in London’, as he wants to see him ‘on several points’. He asks if ‘the reporters notes of these Exp[eriment]s on dowsing’ can be obtained and published. As he ‘can’t get over to London just yet’, he asks how long he will be ‘in town’, and when would be the best time to see him.

[Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, Liberal politician and industrialist.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Joseph W Pease’) to ‘Dale’, noting the ‘happy’ state of England and improved governance of London, on the opening of the Darlington Junior Liberal Club.

Author: 
Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease (1828-1903), Liberal politician, Quaker industrialist and banker.
Publication details: 
19 April 1884; from Hotel de Luxembourg, Nimes; on letterhead of 24 Kensington Palace Gardens, W. [London]
£80.00

4pp, 12mo. Fifty lines of neatly-written text, addressed to ‘My Dear Dale’. On bifolium. In good condition, with creases from being folded into a packet. Minuted by recipient at head of first page. He is sorry that his ‘continued absence abroad’ will prevent him from attending the formal opening of ‘the Committee of the Darlington Junior Liberal Club’. He describes the ‘several reasons to look forward to the opening day as a very auspicious one’.

[Sir St Clair Thomson, surgeon and Professor of Laryngology at King’s College, London.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘St Clair Thomson’), declining to visit the Mansion House, but offering two guineas towards a subscription.

Author: 
Sir St Clair Thomson (1859-1943), surgeon and Professor of Laryngology at King’s College, London, and throat physician to King Edward VII
Publication details: 
25 January 1915; on letterhead of 64 Wimpole Street, W. [London] (‘TELEGRAMS “GLOTTIS, LONDON.”’)
£38.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient’s name is uncertain (‘Knight Sladen’?) He is sorry that he is prevented from ‘coming to the Mansion House on Wedy’ by ‘the demands of practice’. The subject has his sympathy, ‘and, else, 2 Guineas if there is a subscription list & if small amounts be accepted’. He wonders whether his ticket might be used ‘by a patriotic sister & a friend!’ He asks him to simply send a post card ‘to say I may substitute their names for mine’.

[Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty, Chief Justice of Gibraltar; Hong Kong.] Autograph Letter Signed to Sir George Bowen regarding the ‘rumour that Hong Kong is going to be vacant’, his wish to be appointed to the post [of Attorney General of Hong Kong].

Author: 
Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922), Chief Justice of Gibraltar after serving as a judge of the Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements [Sir George Ferguson Bowen (1821-1899); Ker Baillie-Hamilton]
Publication details: 
28 February 1889. 26 Half Moon Street [Mayfair, London].
£38.00

The letter gives an insight into what the author calls the ‘art and ingenuity’ required to obtain preferment as a colonial justice in the British Empire. See Bowen’s entry in the Oxford DNB. Due to ill health he had retired as Governor of Hong Kong in 1887. 3pp, 12mo. On Bifolium. In good condition. Thirty-eight lines of text. Signed ‘Stephen H. Gatty’. An associated letter from Lord Knutsford to Sir Henry Rawlinson, offered separately, reveals that the post Gatty was after was that of Attorney General of Hong Kong. The present letter begins: ‘Dear Sir George Bowen.

[Sir Walter Mercer, Scottish orthopaedic surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Walter Mercer’), thanking ‘Dr Goodwin’ for ‘War Effort Canadian stamps’, praising the surgery of Goodwin’s colleagues, and finding things ‘pretty hectic’.

Author: 
Sir Walter Mercer (1890-1971), Scottish orthopaedic surgeon, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh who donated his collection of anatomical specimens to Surgeon's Hall in Edinburgh
Publication details: 
19 July 1945; on his letterhead (‘Consultations by Appointment’) of 'MR. WALTER MERCER', 12 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh 3.
£38.00

See Mercer’s entry in the Oxford DNB. 20 lines on both sides of a 12mo landscape letterhead. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Mercer has the proverbial handwriting of a doctor, rendering the present item somewhat difficult to read. He begins by thanking Goodwin for the ‘lovely surprise’ of ‘a packet of the War Effort Canadian stamps in mint condition’, which (illegible name) ‘didn’t get the length of Edinburgh as he has been called to the Pacific’.

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