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Autograph Letter Signed, to Charles Roach Smith, asking for two of his books for the University Library

by BABINGTON, Charles Cardale

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University Library, Cambridge, 11 January 1860. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, light stains only. Charles Cardale Babington (1808–1895), botanist and archaeologist, Professor of Botany at Cambridge.
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Autograph Letter in the third person, to Miss Atwood, offering assistance with any botanical questions, and commenting on a grass specimen

by BABINGTON, Charles Cardale

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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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Letter Signed, to W.E.Greenwell, subscribing two guineas to the Browning Fund

by BACHHOFFNER, George Henry

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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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Autograph Letter Signed, to John Ridge, Spring Gardens, London, about the investment of money sent from India, explaining that his health confines him to Bath “and the idle throng that frequents it”

by BACKHOUSE, Lieutenant-General Thomas Joseph

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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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Admiralty Letter, signed by Baillie-Hamilton as Second Secretary of the Admiralty, to Captain W.H.Hall, instructing him to repair immediately to Woolwich to take up his appointment as Captain of HMS Dragon

by BAILLIE-HAMILTON, Admiral William Alexander

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Admiralty, 4 May 1847. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, remains of guard, in good condition, light soiling to one corner, partly printed. Admiral William Alexander Baillie-Hamilton (1803 – 1881) served on the Arctic Council when it was searching for Sir John Franklin.
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162 New Bond Street [28 November 1878]. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches, in good condition. With Silber’s receipt stamp and annotated in pencil: ‘Sent this day with other goods, 28/11/78’. Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-93), explorer in Africa. His books include Cyprus As I Saw It In 1879.
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Autograph Postcard Signed, to Miss Harris, “so glad to hear of your success at Walton on Thames”

by BALFOUR, Lady Frances

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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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Autograph Letter Signed, thanking his correspondent for the specimen received on “return from a botanical trip to the Highlands”, identifying the plant as Nostoc Commune, a species of Alga, and describing its habitat

by BALFOUR, John Hutton

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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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Autograph Letter Signed, to T.Buxton Morrish, thanking him and his wife for their hospitality in Streatham

by BALL, Sir Robert Stawell

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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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Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Wright, explaining that the Scott Museum already has “the Elaborate Drawing sent in Competition for the Scott Monument by George Kemp in 1838”, so another copy is not required, suggesting a way forward

by BALLANTINE, James

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Edinburgh, 1873. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, a little dusty, small corner tear. Uncommon. James Ballantine (1806 – 1877), Scottish artist and author. His 1845 book ‘A Treatise of Stained Glass’ became a standard work.
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Autograph Letter Signed, informing his correspondent that the picture is now ready “any day you are passing in your carriage”

by BALLANTYNE, John

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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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Letter Signed, to C.B.Russell, regretting that he must decline “the invitation to take part in Mr. Mackenzie’s work.”

by BANCROFT, George

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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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Autograph Letter Signed, to “My dear Parker”, asking to be proposed as a candidate for election as an Associate Exhibitor at the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours

by BANNATYNE, John James

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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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Autograph Letter Signed, addressed ‘madame’, saying that it would have given him much pleasure to meet Georges Hugo, but the severe illness of de Banville’s wife means that this will not now be possible

by BANVILLE, Theodore de

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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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A good Autograph Letter Signed, addressed “Monsieur”, discussing singing techniques, the “demi-charge”, and hoping to arrange a meeting

by BARATEAU, Emile

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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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Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.H.Barbados’, as Bishop of Barbados, to the Gentlemen of the Vestries of St. John’s & St. Mark’s, about the clergyman Mr. Luckock taking up the “arduous and important charge” of those parishes, discussing his duties, and other ecclesiastical matters

by Barbados. COLERIDGE, William Hart, Bishop

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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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Typed Letter Signed ‘Cromer’, with a long autograph postscript, to Mr. Foster, reminiscing about Jamaica, adding that he has just received news of the Kingston Earthquake

by BARING, Evelyn, Lord Cromer

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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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Autograph Letter Signed ‘Cromer’, to Lord Milner, about recruiting someone with special knowledge about Technical Education, and asking whether Cyril Jackson has these qualifications

by BARING, Evelyn, Lord Cromer

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Caithness, 16 August 1906. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches, in good condition. Evelyn Baring (1841-1917), Earl Cromer, consul-general in Egypt 1883-1907. Lord Milner (1854-1925), statesman and colonial administrator.
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