[ George Richmond, portrait painter, one of William Blake's 'Ancients'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Richmond'), offering to begin a drawing after Christmas, as he regards 'all holy days as very sacred things'.

George Richmond (1809-1896), portrait painter, in his youth one of the 'Ancients' who attached themselves to William Blake
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10 York Street, Portman Square [ London ]. 3 December 1851.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins: 'Any time after Jany 7th will suit me perfectly for making the drawing, before Xmas day I am afraid I could not begin it.' He has 'too great fellowship with those who labor, not to respect all holy days as very sacred things'.

[William Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. London') as Bishop of London, to an unnamed male recipient, regarding possible action 'to prevent gross abuses at the Theatre' and 'profane amusement encroaching on the sabbath'

William Howley (1766-1848), successively Bishop of London (1813-1828) and Archbishop of Canterbury (1828-1848) [theatres in Georgian London; sabbatarianism; Sunday observance; censorship]
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London. 6 March 1828.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight loss at the head of the second leaf affecting a couple of words of text. The letter begins: My dear Sir, | I have on different occasions interfered to prevent gross abuses at the Theatre to which you call my attention, and have I believe to a certain degree procured their correction. But thhere is great reason to fear that by attempting too much more may be lost than gained.

[Printed pamphlet.] Hints by the Way: An Address by the Rev. Charles McNeil, M.A. Delivered to the Juniper Green Free Church Sabbath Morning Fellowship Association, and printed by request.

Rev. Charles McNeil, M.A. [Juniper Green Free Church Sabbath Morning Fellowship Association]
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Edinburgh: Printed by John Forsyth, Guthrie Street. 1877.

12pp., 12mo. Stitched. Disbound. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Taking as its text 'Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?' (Psalm CXIX. 9). Scarce: no copy in the British Library, on COPAC or WorldCat.

Folder, titled 'List Of 213 Celebrities', containing material including a list of names and addresses of supporters of C.A.S.T., the Campaign of Actors for Sunday Theatres, drafts of typed addresses 'by' Noel Coward, original designs for slogans.

[Noel Coward; Alec Clunes, Honorary Treasurer, Campaign of Actors for Sunday Theatres (C.A.S.T.); Vivien Leigh]
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Without place or date. [London. Circa 1942-1943.]

The Campaign of Actors for Sunday Theatres appears to have been active from January 1943 until at least 1944, with the actor Alec Clunes as Honorary Treasurer. The fourteen items in this collection are in good condition, on aged paper, in a beige card folder carrying the title 'LIST OF 213 CELEBRITIES'. [NB. While the first item described below is likely to be, as its title states, the work of Noel Coward, one other item at least in this collection (present in two versions as nos.

The sabbath. A paper read at the conference of the Evangelical Alliance, held at Geneva, September 2. 1861.

Andrew Thomson, D.D., Edinburgh [pref. Rev. J. C. Ryle, Christ Church, Oxford]
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London: James Nisbet & Co. 21 Berners Street. 1863. '200th Thousand.'

Octavo. 16 pages. Disbound pamphlet from the Churchill Babington collection. Very good, though paper somewhat discoloured and lightly foxed.

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