[Sir George Biddell Airy, Astronomer Royal who established the Greenwich Meridian.] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Francis Baily Esqre’, announcing a meeting of the 'Standard Commission'.

Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), mathematician and Astronomer Royal who established the Greenwich Meridian
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‘Royal Observatory Greenwich / 1851 Feb 8 [amended from ‘Jan 27’]’.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice for postage and with an unobtrusive crease to one corner (not near signature). Reads: ‘Sir / A meeting of the Standard Commission will be held at Sir John Lubbock’s Bank, St. Mildred’s Court, Mansion house Street, on Thursday Feb 11, at 11 o’clock in the forenoon, when your attendance is particularly requested. / I am, Sir, / Your obedient servant / G B Airy’.

[ Sir Richard Harington, acting Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1892 and 1901. ] Thirteen items relating to his tenure of office, including Letters Patent signed by Sir Henry More Jackson and Sir Robert Biddulph, passes and accounts.

Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, temporary Chief Justice of Gibraltar, 1892 and 1901 [ Sir Henry More Jackson, Colonial Secretary; Sir Robert Biddulph, Governor; Royal Fusiliers ]
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[ Gibraltar, 1892 and 1901. ]

Thirteen items from the Harington family papers. Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, was educated at Eton and Christ College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar in 1886, he practised as a barrister on the Oxford Circuit before taking up an appointment as a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, serving in that capacity until returning home in 1913. In later years he acted as Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire. The collection is in fair condition, aged and worn.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Julian B. Arnold') to Raffin, commenting on the state of the American book trade.

Julian Biddulph Arnold, author, and son and biographer of Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904) [Alain Raffin]
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20 September 1921; 5132 Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois [on cancelled letterhead].

4to, 2 pp. Twenty-seven lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged and slightly creased paper. He cannot help Raffin find an American publisher for his book 'Mystery, Mirage and Miracle' (privately printed for the author in London in 1921), although he finds its style 'delightful', and its subject matter 'one which deeply interests me'. 'The book-market is in a very strained condition - a sort of transition period with all the publishers "sitting on the fence", and the public refusing to by any books except a few which have the luck to become fashionable'.

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