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ABSOLON‚ John. 17820

ABSOLON‚ John.	17820	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Frederick Buckstone‚ asking him to give to Absolon’s son the small drawing he had for exhibition. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. 15 St. Augustine Road N.W.‚ 1863. John Absolon (1815-1895)‚ British watercolourist.

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AGNESI‚ Luigi. 17825

AGNESI‚ Luigi.	17825	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Agnesi’‚ about his difficulties finding a female singer for the concert at Spa‚ despite the offer of large sums‚ the impossibility of performing with three men only (”we shall look like three Anabaptists” [trans.])‚ the complications of his own travels‚ etc. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ fine. Kissingen‚ 16 July 1864. A good letter by Luigi Agnesi (1833 –1875)‚ Belgian operatic bass-baritone‚ conductor and composer. He made his professional opera debut in 1864 as Assur in Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris. In 1865 he made his London debut at Her Majesty's Theatre‚ and thereafter his career was mainly centred in that city. He was highly active at the Royal Opera House and the Theatre Royal‚ Drury Lane up until his death in 1875 at the age of 41. He was particularly admired in England as King Henry VIII in Gaetano Donizetti's Anna Bolena and Alfonso in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia.

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BERTHELIER‚ Jean-Francois. 17824

BERTHELIER‚ Jean-Francois.	17824	Autograph Letter Signed‚ agreeing to terms for a concert at Spa in August 1864. In French. 1 page 5 x 4 inches‚ fine. Writing paper embossed FB. Paris‚ 17 April 1864. Jean-François-Philibert Berthelier (1830 – 1888)‚ French actor and singer‚ who performed many light tenor roles in opéra-comique and opéra-bouffe.

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BEZONS‚ Jacques Bazin de‚ Marshal of France. 17859

BEZONS‚ Jacques Bazin de‚ Marshal of France.	17859 Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed ‘Madame’‚ evidently a letter of condolence and encouragement. In French. 1 page 9 x 6 inches‚ some damage at upper and lower edges‚ affecting a few letters of the signature. With a transcript of the original French. Bordeaux‚ 20 July 1690. Uncommon. Jacques Bazin de Bezons‚ Marquis of Bezons (1646-1733)‚ Marshal of France‚ saw much active service in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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BRASSIN‚ Louis. 17823

BRASSIN‚ Louis.	17823	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Brassin’‚ to Monsieur Davelouis‚ discussing a concert and possible future engagements. In French. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ fine. Chez M. le Prince de Chimay‚ 30 August 1864. Louis Brassin (1840-1884)‚ Belgian pianist‚ composer and music educator. He is best known now for his piano transcription of the Magic Fire Music from Wagner's Die Walküre.

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BURNE-JONES‚ Edward. 17834

BURNE-JONES‚ Edward.	17834	Dictated Letter Signed ‘E.Burne-Jones’‚ but written and signed by Georgiana Burne-Jones on her husband’s behalf‚ to H.S.Theobald‚ informing him that “the study of a head about which you enquire is not for sale”. 1 page‚ 7 x 4 inches‚ one corner clipped‚ residue of tape along left edge‚ other paper blemishes. The Grange‚ North End Road‚ Fulham‚ 23 November 1877. Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898)‚ painter.

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BUTLER‚ Timothy. 17829

BUTLER‚ Timothy.	17829	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Thomas Woolner‚ congratulating him on securing the commission for a statue of Captain Cook‚ delighted that “right has triumphed”. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ fine‚ with the original franked envelope. Duncrub Castle‚ Perthshire‚ 13 September 1876. Timothy Butler (1806-1885)‚ sculptor. Butler exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1828 and established a successful practice as a portrait sculptor although he also undertook architectural work. For example designing some lampstands for the Thames Embankment (1870) and also lions' heads for pedestals on the north and south side of the river. Thomas Woolner (1825-1892)‚ Pre-Raphaelite sculptor and poet who went to the Australian gold fields (1852-54). Butler thanks Woolner for “the gratifying intelligence that the execution of the Cook statue had been secured by you - I had for a long time hoped and hoped until I began to have misgivings.” In 1878‚ the ‘colossal’ statue of Captain Cook was briefly displayed ‘in the open space nearly opposite the Athenaeum Club‚ in Waterloo Place‚ Pall Mall’‚ before being shipped to Sydney. It was described in the British Art Journal of the time as “unquestionably a work designed with force and spirit that raise it to the character of the sensational”. The day of the sculpture’s unveiling was declared a public holiday in honour of Cook and the monument. It was estimated that 12‚000 joined the procession to Hyde Park and 60‚000 people attended the unveiling.

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CANNING‚ Charles John‚ Earl Canning. 17848

CANNING‚ Charles John‚ Earl Canning.	17848	An interesting Autograph Letter Signed ‘Canning’ as Postmaster General‚ to W.E.Gladstone‚ then Chancellor of the Exchequer‚ about a letter from Lord Hardinge raising “an unforeseen and serious impediment” relating to Canning’s apppointment to the Post Office‚ with mention of Rowland Hill‚ saying that Canning will call in at Downng Street to discuss the matter. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ fine. Marked ‘private’. Docketed by Gladstone himself on verso: “31 Dec 1853‚ Lord Canning” and “Saw Ja[nuary] 2”. G.P.O.‚ 31 December 1853. Charles John Canning‚ Earl Canning (1812–1862)‚ governor-general and viceroy of India (1856-1862). From 1853-1855 Canning was Postmaster General in Lord Aberdeen’s cabinet‚ and‚ for a short while‚ under Palmerston; hence the G.P.O. address. The appointment of Rowland Hill as sole secretary to the Post Office in 1854 was made on the advice of Canning. In 1855 Canning was selected to succeed Lord Dalhousie as governor-general of India. The letter from Lord Hardinge referred to here “announces an unforeseen and serious impediment to the carrying out of the arrangement which I talked over with you in October‚ and to which I have looked forward as the means of putting the P.O. upon an efficient footing‚ and of satisfying Rowland Hill’s just claims.”

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DE SWERT‚ Jules. 17827

DE SWERT‚ Jules.	17827	Autograph Letter Signed‚ probably to Monsieur Davelouis‚ introducing himself‚ and hoping for a chance to be heard in one of his correspondent’s forthcoming concerts at Spa. In French. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ fine. Louvain‚ 4 May 1864. Jules Deswert or Jules De Swert ( 1843 -1891)‚ Belgian cellist ‚ conductor and composer.

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DORVILLE‚ Eliza. 17821

DORVILLE‚ Eliza.	17821 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Eliza Dorville’‚ to the booksellers‚ Messrs. Arch & Co.‚ Cornhill‚ London‚ listing the books and part works already supplied “to the late Geo. Montagu”‚ and enquiring about some plates and sets not yet received‚ although they appear in the bookseller’s account. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ a few old repairs‚ generally good‚ with the integral address leaf. Kingsbridge [Devon]‚ 26 February 1816. Uncommon. Eliza Dorville‚ mistress and assistant to naturalist George Montagu (1753-1815). Many of the drawings of the animals he studied bear her initials.

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EDWARD VII. 17854

EDWARD VII.	17854	Autograph Envelope‚ signed lower left with initials AE [Albert Edward]‚ addressed to the Earl Russell K.G. at Chesham Place. 3 x 5 inches‚ marked ‘Immediate’‚ with a good complete example of the Prince’s wax seal in black on verso. Undated. King Edward VII (reigned 1901-1910). The envelope is addressed to the 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)‚ known as Lord John Russell‚ statesman‚ Prime Minister (1846-52‚ 1865-66).

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GAMBIER‚ Admiral James‚ and others. 17811

GAMBIER‚ Admiral James‚ and others.	17811	Original Admiralty Order‚ signed by Gambier‚ Admiral Richard Bickerton‚ Admiral William Johnstone Hope‚ and John Barrow‚ addressed to Lieutenant Thomas Mitchell‚ commanding HM Gun Brig Acute at the Nore‚ ordering him to proceed in the Acute “the moment she shall be ready for the Sea” to Yarmouth‚ and place himself under the command of Admiral Douglas. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ folds‚ minor marginal tears at folds. Admiralty‚ 19 January 1808. James Gambier (1756-1833)‚ 1st Baron Gambier‚ Admiral of the Fleet (1830) was born in the Bahamas. He fought with distinction under Lord Howe in the Battle off Ushant in 1794. He was Governor of Newfoundland‚ 1802-1804. He commanded the British fleet at Copenhagen in 1807. At the Battle of Aix Roads in 1809 he disregarded the signals of Dundonald‚ but was acquitted by a court martial. He retained command of the Channel Fleet until 1811. Gambier was a founding benefactor of Kenyon College in the United States‚ so the town that was founded with it‚ Gambier‚ Ohio is named after him. Mount Gambier‚ South Australia‚ the extinct volcano and the later city‚ and Gambier Island in British Columbia are also named after him. Admiral Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832) conducted the blockade of Egypt in 1801. In 1803-1805 Bickerton was second in command to Nelson in the seas off Toulon. Admiral Sir William Johnstone Hope (1766-1831) served with Nelson in H.M.S Boreas in 1787. He commanded various ships throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ including H.M.S Kent and H.M.S Atlas. Sir John Barrow (1764-1848)‚ explorer and secretary to the Admiralty. Barrow published among other works: Travels in China (1804); Travels into the Interior of South Africa (1801-1804); Lives of Lord Macartney (1807)‚ Lord Anson (1839)‚ Lord Howe (1838); The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: (1831) Its Cause and Consequences.

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GARRARD‚ Sebastian. 17837

GARRARD‚ Sebastian.	17837	A remarkable Autograph Letter Signed ‘Sebastian Garrard’‚ to Joseph L.Williams‚ an artist employed by the Illustrated London News‚ suggesting an illustrated article on the process of polishing “the great Kohinoor Diamond”‚ with pictures of the machinery‚ referring also to the completion of “a large and interesting Group by Cotterill representing the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in America”‚ made to order for an opulent Boston merchant. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ filing spike holes (without loss)‚ otherwise in good clean condition. Panton Street‚ 13 July 1852. In 1843‚ Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of Crown Jewellers‚ leading to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewellery for the Royal Family‚ as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels. In 1852‚ Garrard were given the responsibility of re-cutting the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond into a brilliant. “The far famed Diamond has lately been placed in my hands by Her Majesty for the purpose of being recut & polished‚ for which purpose I have erected a Steam Engine and all proper Machinery on these premises. We are now at work‚ by way of practice‚ on small diamonds‚ and purpose in the course of a day or two to commence on the large one. It seems to me that it might be interesting to the public of this Country‚ and also of America‚ where the Illustrated News has so large a circulation‚ if you were to give a detailed account of the process‚ which is but little known in England ...”

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GEORGE IV as Prince Regent. 17852

GEORGE IV as Prince Regent.	17852	Warrant or Authority for Payment of £70 for the Relief of the Widows or Wives of the Pensioners of Chelsea Hospital for the year 1815‚ signed ‘George PR’ at head‚ countersigned by Treasury ministers‚ Vanisittart‚ Paget and Lowther‚ addressed to the Councillors and Treasurer of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. 2 pp. 14 x 9 inches‚ in good condition‚ folds. Treasury stamp for one pound‚ ten shillings. Given at Our Court at Carlton House‚ 23 February 1816. Signed by the Prince Regent [later King George IV (reigned 1820-1830)]. He signed as Prince Regent during the periods of illness suffered by his father‚ King George III (reigned 1760-1820).

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GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart. 17849

GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart.	17849	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Lord Monteagle‚ explaining elegantly that he is unable to write a recommendation for Mr. Jones to be included in an address to Lord Derby‚ because “a single interview has been such only as is open to all the world in common with myself ...” 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ in good condition‚ thin black border. Hawarden‚ Chester‚ 3 August 1852. William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) who became Prime Minister 1868-74‚ 1880-85‚ 1886‚ 1892-94.

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GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart. 17851

GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart.	17851	A significant Autograph Letter Signed‚ as Chancellor of the Exchequer‚ to the Duke of Newcastle‚ about the creation and funding of the Prince Edward’s Island Commission‚ setting out (after consultation with Peel) four numbered points addressing Newcastle’s concerns about the Treasury’s role. 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ folded‚ in good condition. 11 Downing Street‚ 11 February 1862. William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) who became Prime Minister 1868-74‚ 1880-85‚ 1886‚ 1892-94. Prince Edward Island is one of the three Maritime Provinces of Canada.

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HALLÉ‚ Charles. 17842

HALLÉ‚ Charles.	17842	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Harrison‚ about the rehearsal and programme for a forthcoming concert. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Manchester‚ 4 December [1873]. Charles Hallé (1819-1895)‚ composer and conductor. “I will enquire about the Viola.”

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HUNT‚ William Holman. 17843

HUNT‚ William Holman.	17843	Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.Holman Hunt’‚ complying with the request of an autograph collector. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ laid down on part of an old album page. In good condition. 9 August 1875. W.Holman Hunt (1827-1910)‚ Pre-Raphaelite painter.

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MELBOURNE‚ William Lamb‚ 2nd Viscount. 17818

MELBOURNE‚ William Lamb‚ 2nd Viscount.	17818 Autograph Free Front‚ signed ‘Melbourne’ lower left. 3 x 5 inches‚ laid down on part of an old album page. London‚ 31 March 1830. William Lamb‚ 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848)‚ statesman and Prime Minister. Melbourne‚ Australia‚ was named after him.

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PARSONS‚ Alfred. 17831

PARSONS‚ Alfred.	17831 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Miss Priestley‚ acknowledging her congratulations on his election (as A.R.A in 1897)‚ explaining that “it was all John Sargent’s doing‚ & I am proud that my election took place at the same time as his election”. 1 page 6 x 4 inches‚ fine. 54 Bedford Gardens‚ Kensington‚ 19 January [1897/8]. Alfred Parsons RA (1847–1920)‚ artist: illustrator‚ landscape painter and garden designer‚ and author of Notes In Japan (1895). He was elected Associate Member of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1897 and Royal Academician (RA) in 1911.

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SELIGMANN‚ Prosper. 17822

SELIGMANN‚ Prosper.	17822	Autograph Letter Signed ‘P.Seligmann’‚ to Monsieur Davelouis‚ giving news of his concerts‚ the pieces he has engaged to play‚ enquiring after concert opportunities in Paris‚ etc. In French. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ one neat repair‚ in fine condition. 61 rue de Clichy‚ Paris‚ 28 July 1864. A good letter by Prosper Seligmann (1817-1882)‚ French cellist and composer.

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STANLEY‚ Edward Geoffrey‚ 14th Earl of Derby. 17850

STANLEY‚ Edward Geoffrey‚ 14th Earl of Derby.	17850 Letter Signed ‘Derby’ as Prime Minister‚ to the Revd. Richard Jones‚ acknowledging his meritorious services‚ but explaining that “I can not admit any claim on the ground of the loss of your office which was always understood to be of a temporary character.” 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition‚ integral blank leaf. Downing Street‚ May 1852. The Earl of Derby became Prime Minister in 1852‚ 1858-9‚ and 1866- January 1868. As Colonial Secretary in 1833 he carried the Act for the emancipation of West Indian slaves. Derby formed a minority Government in February 1852 following the collapse of Lord John Russell's Whig Government. In this new ministry‚ Benjamin Disraeli was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer. With many senior Conservative ministers having followed Peel‚ Derby was forced to appoint many new men to office – of the Cabinet only three were pre-existing Privy Counsellors. When the aged Duke of Wellington‚ by then very deaf‚ heard the list of inexperienced Cabinet Ministers being read aloud in the House of Lords‚ he gave the government its nickname by shouting "Who? Who?". From then this government would be known as the "Who? Who? Ministry".

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STEPHENS‚ Edward Bowring. 17828

STEPHENS‚ Edward Bowring.	17828 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Thomas Woolner‚ discussing the completion and placing of Stephens’ work The Bathers‚ insisting care is taken “to prevent the dust & dirty fingers soiling the fresh plaster”. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ fine. 110 Buckingham Palace Road‚ 8 April 1876. Edward Bowring Stephens ARA (1815-1882)‚ sculptor.

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VICTORIA‚ Queen. 17847

VICTORIA‚ Queen.	17847	Queen’s Warrant‚ signed by Queen Victoria upper left‚ addressed to the Sheriff of Nottingham‚ being a Remission of Forfeitures incurred by Ellis Autcliffe and Timothy Leard‚ so permitting “their discharge after 3 months imprisonment” in Nottinghamshire County Gaol‚ with countersignatures. 1 page 15 x 10 inches‚ in fine clean condition‚ integral leaf‚ horizontal folds. Our Court at Balmoral‚3 October 1855. Queen Victoria (reigned 1837-1901). The Warrant commands the discharge of “the said Estreated Recognizances of £25 each”‚ and to discharge the pair out of custody “at the expiration of their imprisonment for three months in the event of their not having been able in the mean while to pay the amounts thereof free of expense.”

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WELLINGTON‚ Arthur Wellesley‚ 1st Duke. 17845

WELLINGTON‚ Arthur Wellesley‚ 1st Duke.	17845 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Wellington’‚ in a shaky hand in the last year of his life‚ to Lord John Russell‚ the Prime Minister‚ returning the latest list which Russell had sent over that afternoon for the Duke’s perusal. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ in fine clean condition‚ integral blank leaf‚ docketed on verso. London‚ 6 February 1852. A letter entirely in the hand of the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). Lord John Russell (1792-1878) had formed a ministry which was in power from June 1846 to 21 February 1852.

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WOOLNER‚ Thomas. 17830

WOOLNER‚ Thomas.	17830	Autograph Letter Signed ‘T.Woolner’‚ to “My dear White”‚ explaining that he is unable to attend his dinner because he has another engagement on the same day‚ “a dress coat formal”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. 29 Welbeck Street [London]‚ undated. Thomas Woolner (1825-1892)‚ Pre-Raphaelite sculptor and poet who went to the Australian gold fields (1852-54). “Why will good-natured persons torture hardworking persons by dress clothes! and why will two good things come together‚ so that one hustles the other out doors!”

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WRANGEL‚ Friedrich Graf von. 17856

WRANGEL‚ Friedrich Graf von.	17856	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Wrangel’‚ as General-Major in command of the 13th Division at Munster. In German. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ with the integral address leaf (postal markings‚ Munster postmark). In good condition. Munster‚ 15 February 1835. Friedrich Heinrich Ernst Graf von Wrangel (1784 –1877) was a Generalfeldmarschall of the Prussian Army. He commanded the 13th Division‚ with headquarters at Münster in Westphalia‚ in 1834‚ when riots occurred owing to differences between the Archbishop of Cologne and the crown‚ and the determination and resolution with which he treated the clerical party prevented serious trouble. He was promoted to Lieutenant-General‚ received many honours from the court‚ enjoyed the confidence of the Junker party‚ and commanded successively at Königsberg and Stettin.

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