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two typed letters signed to Malcolm Mackenzie of the Empire Art Council

Author: 
David Eccles, later Viscount Eccles
Publication details: 
both 1p, one large and one small 8vo; the first (on Minister of Works letterhead), 25 April 1952; the second (on House of Commons letterhead), 1 June 1953
£50.00

In the first letter Eccles thanks Mackenzie for his congratulations on Eccles' 'scheme for forming a national collection of works of art'. Any help the EAC can give will be welcome, 'as the need for pictures and works of art for Government buildings, both at home and overseas, is really great'. In the second letter he thanks him for his telegram of congratulations 'on the Coronation decorations. Everyone in the Ministry of Works has tried hard to produce something worthy of the Queen and of our contemporary art'. Two items,

autograph letter signed to W. D. Cooke

Author: 
Lord Cleveland on Battle Abbey, Sussex
Publication details: 
4pp, 8vo, Battle Abbey, 11 November 1869
£100.00

Is not sure whether he can find a ground plan of the Abbey before his alterations, but provides a detailed description of them, e.g. 'I took down some parts which were not old but added by Sir Godfrey Webster, built very badly of brick & cemented over to look like stone, and have rebuilt it of stone with a slight alteration so as to render it more in character'. He refers in detail to the rebuilding of the library 'which is 76 feet long is substantially the same building as the former one erected by Sir Anthony Brown after the dissolution of the monastery and its cession to him'.

autograph letter signed to Major William Owen Lanyon, C.M.G. [later Sir William Owen Lanyon, Administrator of the Transvaal]

Author: 
Earl of Carnarvon
Publication details: 
4pp, 8vo, 30 August 1875, no place, on mourning letterhead with blindstamped Carnarvon crest
£100.00

Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, British statesman who made Canada a confederation but failed to create a federation of South Africa; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Interesting matter relating to South African affairs. He encloses (not present) a passage of Lanyon's from the Government Gazette.

autograph letter in the third person to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Duchess of Leeds
Publication details: 
3pp, 16mo, 11 August 1904, on letterhead 11 Grosvenor Crescent, S.W.
£20.00

She 'cannot apologise enough for having left his letter of May 29th so long unanswered'. It was supposed to be answered 'on her return from Italy' but was mislaid. She hopes Slocombe will 'forgive the unintentional rudeness'.

one printed and manuscript legal document signed,

Author: 
Edward Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby (died 1834)
Publication details: 
24/02/29
£50.00

One page, 8vo. Giving licence to his tenant Richard Finlow of Liverpool to transfer the freehold of a property in Bootle to John Plumbe of Bootle, painter. The property is "on the marsh at Bootle [...] adjoining the new Road leading from Sand Hills to Bootle afsd. called Derby Road". Signed "Derby". Slight discolouration and with holes from pinning, but in good condition overall.

Autograph note signed to "Clarke".

Author: 
John Wilson Croker.
Publication details: 
Gosport, 11 Dec. 1846.
£35.00

Politician and essayist (1780-1857). One page, 8vo, good condition, saying "My carriage will meet you at the Gosport Station tomorrow, Saturday, a 1/4 past 3.

ALS, 1p, 4to to Clement Shorter, editor of the Sphere newspaper

Author: 
Viscountess Lee of Fareham (see husband's DNB entry) on Chequers, the British Prime Ministers' country house
Publication details: 
30 October [no year, but between 1917 and 1921], on Chequers letterhead
£45.00

Says that Chequers has been "thoroughly photographed twice since our alterations" (1910 and 1917), but that she would be glad to allow Shorter to have other photographs taken. Country Life does not give the Lees copies of these photographs, but does sometimes allow other newspapers to reproduce them. "I remember very well the luncheon at Lord Curzon's about a year ago - Would you care to come to see Chequers before we leave?" The Lees acquired Chequers in 1909, the Chequers Estate Act was passed in 1917 and the couple left in 1921.

small seal in red wax

Author: 
Roxburghe family
Publication details: 
probably mid nineteenth-century
£20.00

Oval seal, around a centimeter and a half tall, containing the Roxburghe family crest. Reasonably crisp impression on neatly cut remains of blue envelope stuck to slip of card.

Autograph Letters Signed (x 3) to “Smith”.

Author: 
Albert Way.
Publication details: 
No date.
£120.00

Antiquary (1805-1874). 2pp. ea., 8vo, damp-staining and other marksbut text still legible. He is returning some “cuts” lent by the Sussex Society and enclosing “eight blocks for the Catalogue of the Chichester Museum”. He wants his correspondent to follow up on a “cut”. In another letter, he makes suggestions for the improvement of a “proof of the Ark” and requests a book. In the other letter, he says that he is sending “the continuation ofChichester Catalogue” and someone else will send “the greater part of thewoodcut blocks”. He asks for a “cut” to be sent to the printer. 3 items,

Autograph Letter Signed to Cuthbert Sharp, antiquary.

Author: 
Prince Alexander Labanoff.
Publication details: 
Paris, 18 April 1845.
£125.00

Writer on Mary, Queen of Scots, etc. In French. Two pages, 8vo, laid down, sl. stained but mainly good condition. He regrets not being able to visit Sharp but gives him a preview of some of his work on Mary, Queen of Scots which was about to be published [not traced]. Attached: an autograph note (in French) signed by Labanoff also in which he listsa book and manuscript he has left with Sharp which he hopes will be useful. He asks for the address of Sir Thomas Phillips[sic] ("ou loge") because he is to visit him at midday (!).

Autograph Letters Signed (x 4) to John Wilson Croker, Capt. Basil Hull, the Attorney-General and Archdeacon Singleton

Author: 
Henry Hardinge
Publication details: 
1826-1843
£120.00

Viscount, soldier, G.-G. of India. (Croker) asks for assistance for lady whose sons died on naval duty. (Hull) he has passed on his note about forgery to Peel. (Attorney-General) asks him to look at a Bill he wants to go before the House. (Singleton) he discusses the circumstances of the death of Huskisson (run over by a train) and other business including "O.G. Mahon", Lord Westmeath's speech ("coarse invective agt the D of W and so grossly indecent"), Shiel's speech, O'Connell ("influence greatly declined"), General O'Neill and other matters. Four items,

Autograph Notes Signed (x 2), one page each, 4to, to Sir Robert Wilmot

Author: 
Richard Rigby
Publication details: 
19 Dec. 1760 and 1 April 1761
£120.00

Politician (1722-1788). He died "leaving half a million of public money" (quoted in DNB). The signatures appear by the superscription, one is initialled. (1760) He has heard that there are "letters in Town from Ireland which say, That Volumes are writing there against transmitting a money Bill". He wonders if Wilmot has heard anything. (1761) He would "be glad our Letters & Bills and all our business was despatched in due time" since he wishes to make up a party with some Ladies to play at Loo. 2 items,

A large quantity of letters.

Author: 
Edward J. Stanley
Publication details: 
1853-1866.
£400.00

Baron Stanley of Alderley, statesman (1802-1869). 22 ALSs and ANSs (“S” or “Stanley”)and 1 AL, third person, 1-4pp., all 8vo except one (4to), to (S. Lucas), political journalist and author, mainly 1853, some undated or n.y., some not mentioning Lucas but almost certainly to him. Stanley is a contributor and more to a journal of which Lucas ispresumably the editor. Their brief, since Stanley was a Whig politician,was presumably to support the Whig cause. (See, however, the ALS toDisraeli described below.) He discusses the articles he is preparing or hasprepared (subjects including: J.W.

Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed to Henry Polak, formerly Gandhi's right-hand man in South Africa

Author: 
Salvador de Madariaga,
Publication details: 
1948
£150.00

Spanish author. Two pages, 4to. He writes concerning the World Unity Movement of which Polak is a sponsor, criticising the Chairman, James Avery Joyce. With: a TLS, 2pp., 4to, from Joyce to Polak referring to a note he has received from de Madariaga (copy enclosed) and describing his difficulties in finding a speaker. He also asks for his expenses from an American trip which de Madariaga found offensive.

Autograph Letters Signed (x 2) to an unknown correspondent and A.B. Bagley.

Author: 
Edward Law, Earl of Ellenborough.
Publication details: 
19 Sept. 1830 and (30 Oct. 1841).
£100.00

Governor-General of India. 5 & 2pp., 8vo. Some illegible. (1830) he asks himself whether the "Board" should reply to "the Statements and Assumptions of the . . . Secret Committee in the subject of the Secret Letters relating to the Treaty with . . .(?)". He continues on the theme, concluding that ther documents in question had been perused by Lord Clare, the intended successor of Sir John Malcolm" (Governor of Bombay). (1841) he is trying to arrange a meeting.

Autograph Note Signed to a fellow M.P.(name illegible).

Author: 
Randolph S. Churchill.
Publication details: 
26 June 1885,
£45.00

Statesman, father of Winston (1849-1895). One page, 8vo, good, saying that, although he agrees with a Bill, his official position will not allow him to put his name to it.

Autograph Note Signed to “Gentlemen”

Author: 
Jacob Bright.
Publication details: 
15/08/81
£30.00

Politician (1821-1899). 2pp., 8vo, reporting that Gladstonehas given their “resolution” a positive response and that expressions of“strong feeling” from the north create a good effect in Parliament.

Autograph Letter Signed to “Yates”.

Author: 
Algernon Borthwick
Publication details: 
3 July (n.y.).
£30.00

Ist Baron Glenesk, newspaper proprietor (1830-1908), 4pp., 8vo, stained but not obscuring text, giving his reason for not seeing Yates’s “representation”, and planning a pre-luncheon conversation about Napoleon, Palmerston and the like. He is pleased to be given a place in Yates’s “Gallery”.

Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent,

Author: 
Richard Monckton Milnes.
Publication details: 
n.o date, [early 1847?],
£30.00

Lord Houghton, poet and politician (1809-1885). 2pp., 8vo, damp-staining not obscuring text, inviting his correspondent and wife to the debate on the occupation of Cracow at the House of Commons, giving directions for a meeting afterwards.

Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
D.W. Harvey.
Publication details: 
Raleigh House, no date.
£25.00

Politician (1786-1863). One page, 4to, good, , damp-staining but text clearsaying that he will “defer the Borough meeting” and hope to meet hiscorrespondent at the Budge Hotel.

Autograph Note Signed to “Leveson Gower” (E.F. Leveson-Gower, politician),

Author: 
Lord Kimberley,
Publication details: 
23/03/00
£25.00

Statesman (1826-1902). One page, 8vo, good, confirming a dinner appointment.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Mr Chittenden".

Author: 
G.O. Trevelyan
Publication details: 
Venice, 12 Oct. 1880.
£25.00

Statesman and man of letters (1838-1928). 3pp., 8vo, good. He and his wife are pleased that their son is happy (presumably at aboarding school). He then expresses his detestation of the sort of touristwho does not enter into the spirit of a place (in this instance, Venice).

Autograph Note Signed to an unknown correspondent.

Author: 
Carlos A. Pozzo di Borgo
Publication details: 
No date.
£30.00

Corsican-Russian diplomat (1764-1842). One page, 12m,, in French, some damage to one word, traces of mounting. He accepts an invitation in gracious terms.

Autograph Letter Signed to an unreadable correspondent.

Author: 
Henry Labouchere
Publication details: 
27 Aug.[wm 1848].
£30.00

Baron Taunton, statesman (1798-1869). 2pp., 4to, good. He has been sent some material relating to the Merchant Seamen’s Billand relates it to his own views on the matter.

Two copy TNs, Lady Churchill's Private Secretary to unknown correspondents.

Author: 
Lady Clementine Churchill.
Publication details: 
13/08/42
£50.00

Extensive corrections in Clementine Churchill's hand.The notes simply acknowledge firstly, a letter about a legal matter in which she cannot intervene, and secondly, she displays sympathy for someone's son who is doing "dangerous work". Two items,

Probate of the Will of Emanuel Deutsch.

Author: 
Emanuel Deutsch
Publication details: 
12/06/73
£35.00

Semitic scholar (1829-1873). 2pp., 13 x 19” and 13 x 10”, vell., folded. Deutsch leaves all his books, papers and manuscripts to Lady Strangford (DNB) who is to handle the distribution of the rest of his property. The Registrar signs the Probate which is a simple statement copies from his will.

Das Endziel des Anarchismus.

Author: 
E. Steinle.
Publication details: 
Buffalo, N.Y. : Lang, 1894.
£150.00

Pamphlet, disbound, pp. 16, 8o, sl. chipped and discoloured but complete and clear.

Signature and date.

Author: 
Oscar Browning.
Publication details: 
King's College, Cambridge, 8 June 1900.
£20.00

Browning has signed his headed notepaper virtually in the centre.

Postal Address in his hand

Author: 
Peter Kropotkin.
Publication details: 
No date.
£75.00

Envelope, c. 4.5 x 3.5", foxed with small tears, but address, in pencil, clear,in Kropotkin's hand as follows: Peter Kropotkin / Viola / Bromley // Kent".

Signature clipped from postcard addressed to R.L. Tawney, Hopetown, Wellington Coll.

Author: 
John E. Gorst.
Publication details: 
03/10/10
£20.00

Anglo-Egyptian Administrator. Part of postcard, 4.5 x 2", part of address surviving (one side), other side, urviving words "Yours truly / John E. Gorst / 3.10.10."

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