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Latinae Linguae Aetates distinguit CASPAR SCIOPPIUS in Auream, Argenteam, Aeneam, Ferream Ligneaum, Luteam

by LATIN MANUSCRIPT, 17th Century. Caspar Scioppius

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17th Century. Phillipps MS 20392. 4 pp. 8 x 6 inches, wide margins ruled in pencil, fold marks, in good condition. Evidently passages extracted from the works of Caspar Schoppe (1576 – 1649), German controversialist and scholar, under six headings.
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Lease of Rooms and Offices on the first floor of No. 20 St Helens Place in the City of London, by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to John Collinson Esq. at a Rent of £250 a year

by LEATHERSELLERS. The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

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23 December 1878. Large Vellum Indenture, folded, in good clean condition, signed by John Wotherspoon as Master, with a fair example of the Leathersellers seal in red wax beneath.
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Ledger entry, bearing his signature ‘A.Newland’

by NEWLAND, Abraham

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Dated in another hand, 10 October 1805. Fragment only, 2 x 8 inches, in good condition. Abraham Newland (1730–1807), banking official. He became chief cashier of the Bank of England in 1782. His signature on Bank of England notes became so familiar that they were known as Abraham Newlands.
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Letter Signed, as head of the Propaganda Fide, to Stephano Agem in Constantinople, about the Chintaye Mission, apparently correcting a matter concerning communication with heretics

by PIETRO, Michele di, Cardinal

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Roma dalla Propaganda, 13 August 1808. In Italian. 1 page 9½ x 7½ inches, folds, in good condition, with the integral address leaf (torn at seal opening). Michele di Pietro (1747-1821), Cardinal, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide, one of the most distinguished "black cardinals" (prohibited by Napoleon to wear cardinal red).
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Downing Street, 13 November 1780. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, with the integral address leaf, postal marks. Discussions about prize money from the American War between two naval Captains. Vice-Admiral John Ford (d.1796) was commissioned as Lieutenant in 1761. His war services included the Battle of the Chesapeake (1781) and the Battle of the Saintes (1782) as Captain of HMS Nymphe. Ford was Captain of HMS Carnatic 1789-1792. He was appointed Commander in Chief at Jamaica in 1793, and took part in the Operations against San Domingo (1794).
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Letter Signed as Duc de Dalmatie and Minister of War, to Augustin Perrier, about the case of a fusilier reduced the ranks, discussing which regiment should take him

by SOULT, Nicolas Jean de Dieu, Marshal

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Paris, 28 March 1833. In French. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, folds, in good condition, headed Ministere de la Guerre. Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult (1769-1851), Duke of Dalmatia, French marshal, commander in chief in Spain in the Peninsular War.
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Letter Signed ‘Raphael Morghen’, to Messrs. W,J.Trauenholz in Nuremberg, supplying a large quantity of engravings following their order, stating his terms, and hoping his correspondents will approve of his choices

by MORGHEN, Raphael

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Florence, 14 Aptil 1802. In French. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, with the address leaf. Raphael Morghen (1758-1833), the famous neo-classic line-engraver, pupil of Volpato in Rome. Morghen married Volpato’s daughter. Moved to Florence in 1793 where he was appointed professor at engraving at the Academy.
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28 Baker Street, 19 July 1830. 2 pp. 9 x 7½ inches, in good condition. Count Moltke, Danish ambassador to London.
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Letter Signed, as Secretary at War, to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Officer commanding in Jersey, sending him the King’s Order in Council “concerning Ships and Vessels performing Quarantine”

by FITZPATRICK, Richard

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War Office, 3 May 1783. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, horizontal folds, a few minor foxing spots, small loss at one corner, generally in good condition. Contemporary annotation: ‘He went up in a Balloon with Sadler.” Richard Fitzpatrick (1748–1813), army officer, politician, and poet. Fitzpatrick was a talented writer of satirical verse—he published The Bath Picture (1771) and Dorinda: a Town Eclogue (1775)—a bon viveur, and a balloonist. In 1772 Fitzpatrick was gazetted lieutenant and captain. Despite his opposition to the American War, he did not resign his commission when his regiment was ordered to New York in the winter of 1777. Instead he went to America where he fought in the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown. Fitzpatrick served as chief secretary to the lord lieutenant of Ireland, the duke of Portland, in the Rockingham administration (March–July 1782) and sat in the Irish parliament for Maryborough (1782–3). He opposed the Shelburne ministry,… Read more
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Letter Signed, as Governor of Madras, to “My dear Maine”, discussing the comments on Indian affairs in the Press, lies in the Times of India, Grant Duff’s determination to leave “the Anglo-Indian Press to praise or blame my Administration unregarded by me”

by GRANT DUFF, Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone

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Guindy Park [Madras], 24 January 1883. 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches, final page rather dustsoiled, otherwise good. In a secretarial hand, signed by Grant Duff. Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff (1829-1906), Scottish man of letters, administrator, Governor of Madras (1881-86).
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Letter Signed ‘Amherst’ as Commander-in-Chief, to Captain Polson, 60th Foot, informing him that His Majesty has granted Polson “leave of absence for the recovery of your Health”

by AMHERST, Jeffrey, 1st Baron, Field-Marshal

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Whitehall, 18 December 1781. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, a little dusty, with the integral blank leaf docketed by the recipient. The desirable autograph of General Jeffrey Amherst (1717-97) who commanded the British expedition against the French in Canada in 1758-60. In 1760 he was appointed governor-general of British North America. He had less success against Pontiac in the Indian rebellion which followed, and Amherst returned to England in 1763. In 1772 he became commander-in-chief, and in 1796 a field-marshal. Captain John Polson, 60th Foot, commanded the expeditionary force which set out from Jamaica in 1780 for an attack on Nicaragua, the expedition in which the 22 year old Horatio Nelson distinguished himself.
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Letter Signed, to Ensign John Radford, 62nd Regiment, informing him, in response to his letter to Colonel Clinton, “that there is no intention of raising the men in the manner your propose”

by GORDON, General Sir James Willoughby

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Horse Guards, 13 September 1804. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, mounted on an album page (adhesive showing through). General Sir James Willoughby Gordon (1772-1851), long-standing Quartermaster-General to the Forces, holding the position for some 40 years.
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Letter Signed, as French Ambassador in London, to Harry Foster, Consul General of Persia in London, thankig him for the invitation to the dinner for the “Association of Foreign Consuls in the British Empire”

by CAMBON, Paul

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London, 28 April 1906. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, light stains at left margin, otherwise good. Paul Cambon (1843-1924), French diplomat. In 1886 Cambon became French ambassador to Madrid; was transferred to Constantinople in 1890, and in 1898 to London, where he served until 1920. In London, Cambon quickly became an important figure, helping to negotiate the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France in 1904, and serving as the French representative at the London Conference which resolved the Balkan Wars between 1912 and 1913. Upon the outbreak of the First World War, Cambon helped secure British intervention on the French side. He was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Légion d'honneur, and became a member of the French Academy of Sciences.
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Letter Signed by A.W.Farbier[?], surgeon, to Sir John Thomas Duckworth, Commodore and Commander in Chief, representing to him the case of “Mr Jerdan, Surgeons Mate of His Majesty’s Ship Dictator”, requesting the issue of “an Order” so that he can have medical assistance

by SANTO DOMINGO. British Expeditionary Force 1796

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Naval Hospital, Mole St. Nicholas, 28 July 1796. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, folds, in good condition, with with a blank piece torn from the lower right corner, and a small blank piece torn from the lower left corner. Docketed on receipt. Documents from this disastrous attempt to hold Santo Domingo are uncommon. During the five years of British occupation not less than 20,000 men were lost from disease alone.
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Letter Signed ‘Elizabeth Robins’, to ‘Dear Madam’ [Caroline Whitehead], explaining that “I have no practice in public speaking and a conspicuous lack of skill in debate”

by ROBINS, Elizabeth

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24 Iverna Gardens, Kensington, 5 November 1906. 2 pp. 5 x 4 inches, in good condtion. Elizabeth Robins (1862–1952), actress, playwright, novelist, and suffragette. Caroline Whitehead, Secretary of The Pioneer Club.
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Letter Signed as Marshal, and as the Duc de Trevise, to the Prefect of Tura, about military personnel

by MORTIER, Edouard, Duc de Trévise, Marshal of France

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Ministry of War, Paris, 7 January 1835. In French. A good one page example, 12 x 8 inches, folds. Edouard Mortier, Duc de Trévise (1768-1835), Marshal of France, distinguished himself in Friedland (1807), in Spain (1808-09), and in the Russian campaign (1812) when he was appointed Governor of Moscow. Premier of France (1834-35). In 1835 he was killed by the terrorist Fieschi’s bomb at the National Guard review attended by Louis Philippe.
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Letter Signed, to Mr. Ambler, acquainting him that the Commissioners of the Metropolis Roads have accepted his tender for “supplying the following quantity of Gravel ...”

by McADAM, James Nichol

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Metropolis Roads Office, 1 May 1850. 1 page 10 x 8 inches, some stains and blemishes, filing hole. Uncommon. Sir James Nichol McAdam (1785-1852), Knight General Surveyor of Turnpikes, the "Colossus of Roads", was knighted for managing turnpike trusts. He was one of the three sons of John Loudon McAdam, the famous road builder.
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38 Queens Gardens, Bayswater, London, 13 March 1879. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, complete, but with unsightly old repairs along the lower edge where a tear has been repaired, and traces of mounting still on the blank final page. Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), philosopher. Edward L.Youmans (1821-1887), American scientific editor and writer, author of “Herbert Spencer on the Americans and the Americans on Herbert Spencer” (New York, 1884). Spencer hopes Youmans has had a calm passage back to America, despite local gales, and wonders whethe he has “got rid of your markings” by now. Edward L.Youmans has added a pencil annotation explaining the “markings”: “I had fallen on the London pavement and much disfigured my face. E.L.Y.” “Spencer writes: “I took up at the Athenaeum a day or two ago a volume of Hinton’s Essays. If you can get a sight of it you will find in the essay on the Positive Philosophy some passages which will serve admirably in your controversy… Read more
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Letter Signed, possibly autograph throughout, to Lord Barrington, regretting having to leave the dinner so soon, and thanking him for some information about House of Commons procedure

by CHRISTIAN of Schleswig-Holstein, Prince

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Frogmore House, 11 May 1868. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition, integral blank leaf laid down on part of an old album page. Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (1831-1917) married Pincess Helena (1846-1923), third daughter of Queen Victoria.
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Letter Signed, sending greetings for the New Year

by RIVIERA, Domenico, Cardinal

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Rome, 29 December 1739. In Italian. 1 page 10 x 8 inches, in very good condition. Cardinal Domenico Riviera (1671-1752), author and diplomat.
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