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Princetown, Dartmoor, 4 May 1898. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine. Sir Basil Home Thomson KCB (1861 – 1939), intelligence officer, police officer, prison governor, colonial administrator, and writer. Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police, 1913. Director of Intelligence, Scotland Yard, 1919-1921. Thomson's work as Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard Involved a wide range of investigations. His natural conservatism was given full throttle against suffragettes, then against spies from Imperial Germany and its allies, then against Irish nationalists, and finally against British Marxists. Thomson was involved with the spreading of public awareness of the "Black Diaries" used against Sir Roger Casement to prevent public support for a reduction of Casement's death sentence for high treason in 1916.
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Box Hill, Dorking, 15 May 1878. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition. The uncommon autograph of George Meredith (1828-1909), novelist and poet. “Unfortunately our old Sylvia has departed for Paris, & the cookery shows it, as the light gone out of the Camp.” His correspondent is Tom Taylor (1817-80), critic, dramatist and editor of Punch, later to be the subject of one of Meredith’s poems, To A Friend Lost.
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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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A good Autograph Letter Signed, to Augustus Manns, about concert performances at the Crystal Palace and the programme of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn

by KLEEBERG, Clotilde

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32 rue des Mathurins [Paris], 18 August 1886. In German. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Uncommon. Clotilde Kleeberg-Samuel (1866-1909), French pianist. Sir Augustus Manns (1825-1907), German conductor, cellist and violinist.
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, to Miss Smith, commenting on her gift of ‘Typical Selections’, and adding his observations on Macaulay, Burke and others

by BUTLER, H. Montagu

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Harrow, 21 December 1869. 6 pp. 8vo. Henry Montagu Butler (1833-1918), Headmaster of Harrow. ‘I think Matthew Arnold somewhere speaks of Burke as on the whole the greatest master of English prose. He has of course Irishisms & divers faults of taste, but there is a depth & dignity & ardour about him wh. make him quite my favourite.’
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Glasgow, 28 February 1862. 4 pp. 6 x 4 inches, in good condition. Sir Archibald Alison (1792-1867), historian, author of the History of Europe. His Life of Castlereagh caused much hostility because Alison refused to ‘worship the Dagon of Liberalism’. In this letter Alison explains the actions of his critics: ‘they have simply transferred Man’s ill Nature from the Statesman to the writer’.
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, stating his unworthiness to become President of the Royal Society of Literature, but agreeing to serve ‘for two years only’

by HALLAM, Henry

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Lilton Court, 17 March 1845. 3 pp. 8vo. Henry Hallam (1777-1859), historian. ‘ ... I shall be fully sensible of this token of their esteem; and I will endeavour to take care of the interests of the Society, in which I am sure of the co-operation of those who have been already active in its affairs.’
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, explaining why he is minded not to present his works to the Adelphi Club

by KINGLAKE, A.W

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28 Hyde Park Place, 1 June 1868. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Alexander Kinglake (1809-1891), historian, author of The Invasion of the Crimea. “The working classes have been so besprinkled with ‘tracts’ & other indoctrinating publications that I imagine they have a not unwise suspicion, by this time, of every publication presented to them gratuitously.”
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, to Jabez Hogg, thanking him for his pamphlet on Cataracts and explaining modifications Little has made with regard to the incisions

by LITTLE, Dr. David

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Manchester, 20 March 1873. 4½ pages 6 x 4 inches, in good condition. Dr. David Little (1840-1902), House Surgeon, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Jabez Hogg (1817–1899), ophthalmic surgeon.
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, to “My dear Lyme”, saying his leg is much better, discussing sales of pictures, giving details of sums received, and indicating the fate of one of his picures “of an old Man Dressing”

by SHIELS, William

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19 N W Circus Place, 19 April 1847. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Uncommon. William Shiels (1785-1857), genre and animal painter. “A curious circumstance has taken place. I painted a picture of an old Man Dressing, it was exhibited in 1810 and sold to Lord Elchin, it passed to several hands, at last it came into the hands of O’Neale in London, who sold it to Napier, Engineer Glasgow, for £315 and the picture is now engraving in London, my name was taken out and Wilkie’s put in. I mean to claim the copy right. This is quite public.”
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Streatfield, hoping news of her forthcoming concerts can be included in his musical notes in the Daily Graphic

by GOODSON, Katharine

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Westbourne Park Road, 23 September, no year given. 3 pp. 7 x 5 inches, in good condition. Katharine Goodson (1872 – 1958), English pianist. Her London debut took place on 16 January 1897. The tours of Europe which followed placed her in the front rank of British female pianists of the era. Goodson made her American debut on 18 January 1907, appearing as soloist with the Boston Symphony in a concert in the orchestra's home city.
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A good Autograph Letter Signed [to Pierre Hipployte Boutigny, the pharmacist], while working as a pharmacist in Rotterdam, renewing their correspondence, discussing experiments, mentioning Dumas and Liebig, travel plans, etc

by VRIJ, Johan Eliza de

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Rotterdam, 4 May 1852. In French. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in fine condition, tipped on to part of an old album page. Johan Eliza de Vrij (1813-1898), pharmacologist and quinologist, worked first as a pharmacist in Rotterdam from 1832, and then as a chemist in plant experiments in Java, relating particularly to the extraction of medical compounds from plants, the preparation of quinine compounds, etc. Some of his reports are in the India Office Library.
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A good Autograph Letter Signed, about travel arrangements, and about his article on the visit of Queen Victoria to Louis Philippe in 1843, and asking whether his correspondent can contribute to a book on the same subject

by DAUDET, Ernest

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Paris, 18 March 1902. In French. 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. Ernest Daudet (1837-1921), French writer.
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A good Autograph Letter Signed ‘A.Saffi’, inviting his correspondent to attend his lectures in Oxford on the recent social and political history of Italy

by SAFFI, Aurelio

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71 High Street, Oxford, 9 January 1857. In English. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, minor blemishes. “... to show the true tendencies of the national life in Italy - and what elements of civil improvement there are in the country likely to give security of public order even amidst the crisis of a political revolution.” Count Aurelio Saffi (1819–1890), Italian politician, active during the period of Italian unification. He was an important figure in the radical republican current within the Risorgimento movement and close to its leader and chief inspiration, Giuseppe Mazzini. in 1853, Saffi fled from Italy to England for a second time and was condemned in absentia to twenty years in prison. He was appointed the first teacher of Italian at the Taylor Institute, Oxford, in 1856, and was determined, as he says in this letter, “to speak the truth concerning my oppressed, but still aspiring fatherland.”
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A good Autograph Letter Signed ‘Adolphus Frederick’, to “My dear Lord”, referring to “The great success of the Armies of the Allies” and the possibility that the Duke will be required to go overseas, and therefore he is unable to accept his correspondent’s invitation

by ADOLPHUS FREDERICK, Duke of Cambridge

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Cambridge House, 9 November 1813. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, in good condition. Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850), tenth child of King George III and Queen Charlotte. In 1816 the Duke of Cambridge, on behalf of King William IV, was appointed to the viceroyalty of Hanover, which at the treaty of Vienna (1814) had been elevated from an electorate to a kingdom. His discreet administration helped to preserve the Hanoverian crown for his family. On the death of King William IV, the throne of Hanover passed to the Duke of Cumberland. “The great success of the Armies of the Allies has so altered the Situation of Germany that it is very probable I may soon be ordered to leave this Country ...”
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