[Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Norwich'), to a relative of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge, Royal Navy hero, on receipt of an engraving of him, discussing naval 'merit' in the Napoleonic Wars.

Henry Bathurst (1744-1837), Bishop of Norwich, 1805-1837, supporter of Catholic emancipation [Captain George Nicholas Hardinge (1776-1813), RN; Thomas Payne the younger (1752-1831), London bookseller]
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Norwich. 14 September 1813.

1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn; laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. Bathurst's name written in two nineteenth-century hands at the head. The letter was evidently written on receipt of an engraving of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge (1776-1813) of HMS St Fiorenzo, adopted son of George and Lucy Hardinge, who was killed in a naval action off the coast of Ceylon.

[ Field Marshall Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge, army officer and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hardinge') congratulating 'Colonel Abbott' [ Sir Frederick Abbott ] on his knighthood.

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge [ Lord Hardinge ] (1785-1856), Field Marshall in the British Army and Conservative politician [ Major General Sir Frederick Abbott (1805-1892) ]
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Great Stanhope Street [ London ]. 6 June 1854.

2pp., 12mo. With postmarked frank (again signed 'Hardinge') addressed to 'Colonel Abbott C. B. | Addiscombe'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He is pleased that Abbott is 'to receive a mark of distinction from the Queen, which combines the satisfaction which your Services have given at Addiscombe [Abbott had become lieutenant-governor of Addiscombe Seminary in 1851] with those which you so efficiently & ably performed in the field in India'. He hopes to shake him at the hand 'at the Levée'.

[ Lady Hardinge of Penshurst, Vice-Reine of india. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Winifred Hardinge of Penshurst') to Lady Harington

Winifred Selina Hardinge (1868-1914; née Sturt), Baroness Hardinge of Penshurst, wife of Charles Hardinge (1858-1944), 1st Baron, Viceroy of India 1910-1916 [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington ]
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Both on letterheads of Government House, Calcutta. Dated 'Wednesday' and 'Thursday' [ 1913 ].

Both letters are bifoliums of 3pp., 12mo, with mourning borders. Both in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The two enclosed in an envelope addressed 'To | Honble. Lady Harington | 7 Middleton Street'. Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, was appointed a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, and served in that capacity until returning to England in 1913. The two letters are written to Lady Harington shortly before her final return to England.

[James West and Nathaniel Hardinge, Joint Secretaries to the Treasury.] Eight itemised manuscript Treasury money orders, each signed by one of them and made out to Paymaster of Pensions Charles Compton.

Nicholas Hardinge (1699-1758) and James West (1703-1772), Joint Secretaries of the Treasury [Charles Compton (1698-1755), Paymaster of Pensions and Member of Parliament]
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The eight all from Treasury Chambers [Whitehall, London]. Dating from between June 1753 and April 1754.

The eight items show signs of damp damage, with flaking and some loss of text. Four of the eight are made out for specific individuals, and four for groups of persons, are each foolscap 8vo, with five of them 1p. long, and three of them 2pp. long. Each written on the first leaf of a bifolium, and each addressed on the reverse of the second leaf 'To the Honble: Charles Compton Esqr. Paymaster of His Majts: Pensions'. Seven of the receipts are signed (all from Treasury Chambers) by either 'J.

Note Signed to unnamed judge.

Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury
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12 January 1888; on House of Lords letterhead.

Lord Chancellor of England (1825-1921), author of the monumental 'Laws of England'. One page, 4to. In good condition though somewhat grubby. Folded twice, and with embossed House of Lords stamp and armorial stamp in red ink in top left-hand corner. Opening ('My dear Judge') and salutation ('faithfully yours | Halsbury') by Halsbury, the rest in secretarial hand. Reads 'I have to thank you for your letter of the 11th., and for the arrangements which have been made, at Mr. Justice Stirling's request, and of which I entirely approve'.

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