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Dorset Street, 15 January 1858. 2 pp. 3 x 4 inches, in good condition, with the integral blank leaf. “Some [of the doctrines] I do not understand or perhaps they cannot be understood but only felt. If this is the case they must be a kind of modified inspiration.” Entirely in the hand of Charles Babbage (1792-1871), mathematician, inventor of the calculating machine still preserved in the Science Museum, London. The reference is probably to ‘The Soul, Her Sorrows & Aspirations’ (1849), by Francis William Newman (1805-1897), scholar and writer, younger brother of Cardinal Newman.

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St. John’s College, Cambridge, 25 September 1852. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition, second leaf laid down on small album page. Charles Cardale Babington (1808–1895), botanist and archaeologist, Professor of Botany at Cambridge.

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204 Marylebone Road, 9 March 1874. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, minor thin in upper margin, otherwise good. George Henry Bachhoffner (1810-1879), inventor (inventions connected with the electric telegraph, gas stoves, oil lamps) and one of the founders of the London Polytechnic Institution.

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18 Henrietta Street, Bath, 5 January 1816. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, minor defects only, with the address leaf. Uncommon. Lieutenant-General Thomas Joseph Backhouse (Manila 1764 - 1821) served in the American War (1780) and the West Indies, He saw distinguished service in the Montevideo Campaign (1806-07). He later commanded the garrison at Bombay.

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Newman Street, 20 February 1815. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches, in fine condition, traces of guard where formerly mounted. John Bacon (1777-1859), sculptor. His father died in 1799, and John Bacon, junior, succeeded to his business. He finished such works as he found in progress, including the well-known statue of Lord Cornwallis, and managed to secure ample patronage for himself. There are six of his monuments in St. Paul's Cathedral, and some in Westminster Abbey. “I should also take the liberty to ask for the inscription to Sir John Moore; but as that Monument will be placed upon the floor of the church, we are not impeded in the erection of that by the want of the inscription, as we are in the other instances referred to.”

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8 St. George’s Place, Hyde Park Corner, 8 August [1901?]. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, horizontal fold, in superb condition. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, first Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941), hero of Mafeking (relieved in May 1900), founder of the Boy Scouts.

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8 St. George’s Place, Hyde Park Corner [London], 15 October 1901. 1 page 10 x 8 inches, folds, in good condition. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, first Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941), hero of Mafeking, founder of the Boy Scouts.

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United States Consulate, Palma [Balearic Islands}, 3 October 1810. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches, a little dusty, in good condition. John Martin Baker, “Consul of the United States of America for the Balearick Islands”, noted as a correspondent with James Madison and Thomas Jefferson on consular matters.

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Alfred Road, Harrow Road, 28 August 1851. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, one stain on the second leaf, otherwise in good condition. Clara Lucas Balfour (1808-1878), lecturer and author. “Next to the sure delight of devising kindly deeds is the pleasure of finding them successful.”

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32 Addison Road, 13 March 1909. 3½ x 4½ inches, light corner crease, in good condition. “It is very good. I remember that meeting with great pleasure.” Lady Frances Balfour (1858-1931) was one of the highest-ranking members of the British aristocracy to assume a leadership role in the women's suffrage movement. From 1896 to 1914, she was the president of the National Society for Women's Suffrage. A non-violent suffragist, she was opposed to the militant actions of the Women's Social and Political Union.

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83 Great King Street, Edinburgh, 15 August 1846. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, with signature on integral leaf, in good condition. John Hutton Balfour (1808-1884), botanist, Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden and Queen’s botanist for Scotland. He was the first in Edinburgh to introduce classes for practical instruction in the use of the microscope.

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Observatory, Cambridge, 12 March 1894. A good one page example 7 x 4½ inches. Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913), Irish astronomer and mathematician, Royal Astronomer of Ireland.

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9 Gordon Place, Campden Hill, Kensington, 23 June, no year given. 1 page 6 x 4½ inches, in good condition, traces of former mounting. John Ballantyne (d.1897) set himself up as a portrait and historical genre painter in Edinburgh at the end of the 1830s, moving to London in 1863.

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New York, 12 May 1857. A good one page example, 8 x 5 inches. George Bancroft (1800-1891), American historian and diplomat.

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5 Albert Street, Regents park, 8 March 1886. 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Uncommon. John James Bannatyne (1835-1911), artist.

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Paris, 12 January 1889. In French. 1 page 8 x 5.5 inches, in good condition. Theodore de Banville (1823-1891), French writer.

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17 November 1774. 1½ pages, some damp stains and surface dust soiling only, address leaf (docketed by Sutcliff “Recd. Novr. 18.74”). For historical background (and other letters in this correspondence), see Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 1741-1845, By Timothy D. Whelan (2009). James Turner (1726-1780), Baptist Minister at Birmingham (1755-1780). “Should you ask me for his sentiments respecting the doctrines of grace, I frankly declare I do not know them, & all I can say is, that he deliver’d nothing (as I observed) contrary to them, but too true it is I had neither pleasure nor proffit ...”

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Saturday, 9 October, no year given. In French. 1 page 7 x 5 inches, light toning, small filing hole. Emile Barateau (1792-1870), poet and lyricist.

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Bishop’s Court [Barbados], 15 October 1832. 2½ pages 9 x 7 inches, tears at folds repaired, in good condition. The Rt Rev William Hart Coleridge (1789 – 1849) was the first Bishop of Barbados from 1824 until 1842. He was a nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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British Agency, Cairo, 21 January 1907. 2 pp. 7 x 5 inches, in good condition. Evelyn Baring (1841-1917), Earl Cromer, consul-general in Egypt 1883-1907.

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