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Jeffery Amherst ASL letter of recommendation for Barrington Bradshaw (to unkonwn) UK Manusricpt 1796
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Jeffery Amherst ASL "letter of recommendation" for Barrington Bradshaw (to unkonwn) UK Manusricpt 1796

by AMHERST, Jeffery, 1st Baron Amherst [1717-1797]

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Montreal House, Kent UK (near Sevenoaks): AMHERST, Jeffery (1717-1797), 1796. 1st Edition. No binding. Very Good. ASL, Amherst 1p. quarto, (22.5 cm x 18cm,) Montreal [House], docket names on reverse. Dated July 17, 1796, and reads: ... "Mr. Barrington Bradshaw who was a Captain in the second Regiment of Life Guards and who sold out of the Corps very contrary to my wishes, is at present setting out for the East Indies and has desired I would write a line in his favour. I comply with Mr. Bradshaws desire with great pleasure from the very good opinion I have of him in every respect, and from the confidence I entertain of his real merit, that he will prove himself deserving of any favour and protection you may honour him with... " Small loss at left from removal of recipients name, toning, else VG. Written one year before Amherst died on 3 August 1797. Barrington died in the East Indies in 1804 Amherst was commanding general of British forces in North America during the final battles of the French &… Read More
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Letter sent from J. Durham to Alexander Davison as executor of Robert Lisle, esquire, Acton House
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Letter sent from J. Durham to Alexander Davison as executor of Robert Lisle, esquire, Acton House

by LAMBERT, J. (author) & DAVISON, Alexander Sir [1750-1829] (provenance)

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Durham: Lambert, J., 1800. 1st Edition. No binding. Good. ALEXANDER DAVISON IN AN EXECUTOR CAPACITY.Flat: 40cm x 31cm Folded: 13cm x 8 cm Mailed from J. Lambert to Alexander Davison [1750 - 1829] Interesting 2 page letter mailed c1800 to Alexander Davison who was the executor for the late Robert Lisle, Acton House. Lambert is asking Alexander for costs incurred relating to Lisle and the Lisle estate.Contents includes charges for Lambert's son to investigate Lisle's "pedigree" as per a letter Oct. 16, 1798 for hiring a coach to and from Newcastle. As well, later in the letter PS, Lambert is also asking for money for "a small bill" sent to Lisle but rejected and never paid. A little soiled with a 2.5cm x 2cm hole on cover page but does not effect any of the text, otherwise in good condition.A very interesting insight into the legal dealings Alexander Davison dealt with.Sent from Durham to Swarland (Morpeth) with Durham Horseshoe stamping on reverse, then sent on to London to Alexander Davidson with… Read More
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Engraved Master Mason Masonic Certificate, framed and printed on Vellum, New York
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Engraved Master Mason Masonic Certificate, framed and printed on Vellum, New York

by HITCHINGS, Richard (1777-1845)

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New York City: Mason Morton Lodge No. 20, 1809. 1st Edition. No binding. Fair. SCARCE 1809 MASTER MASON MASONIC VELLUM CERTIFICATE.This original, 9.75" x 11" ornately Engraved and Printed on Vellum. August 12, 1809 (1809), Engraved "Master Mason" Masonic Certificate, Printed on Vellum, New York, Very Good condition including the original red seal, but wrinkled up inside the frame.Masonic Certificate affirms the status of Richard Hitchings as a "Master Mason," from the Morton Lodge No. 20, New York City, dated August 12, 5809 (1809), with its original white silk ribbon and impressed red wax seal. The brown ink manuscript portions and the signatures are well written and clear, the vellum folded and quite wrinkled, in fair condition thus. A genealogy is affixed to the reverse. It relates that Richard Hitchins was born in Cornwall, England in 1777 and married the widow Mary Gates in New York in 1804. Richard died in Canada on February 18, 1845 and is buried with a Masonic emblem on his tombstone. Housed… Read More
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Letter to Sir Joseph Banks
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Letter to Sir Joseph Banks

by SIMCOE, John Graves Lieut. Col. [1752-1806] & SCADDING, Rev. Dr

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Toronto: The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, 1890. 1st. No binding. Very Good. 18, 4 p. 22 cm. Paper wraps. Disbound. Faint stain p. 16. Written by Lieut.-Governor Simcoe, in 1791, Prior to His Departure from England for the Purpose of Organizing the New Province of Upper Canada; to Which is Added Five Official Speeches Delivered by Him at the Opening or Closing of Parliament in the Same Province, with a Prefatory Notice by the Rev. Dr. Scadding. TPL 633.
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CVD Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald K.C.B. - Canada's first prime minister

CVD Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald K.C.B. - Canada's first prime minister

by MACDONALD, Sir John A[lexander]. [1815-1891]

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1885. No binding. Very Good. NO DATE, CIRCA 1885Format: CDV or collectible cardOriginal image of an early photo of Sir John A. Macdonald Width: 3 7/8 inchesHeight: 2 3/8 inchesCondition & Surface: Very GoodCondition of Mount: Very Good,Tonal Range 1-10 (5 being Average): 7 Image based on a photographed probably by Notman.LAC: Online MIKAN no. 3218713 virtually the same (engraving) image of Sir John A. MacDonaldJohn A Macdonald was the Attorney General of Canada West from 1854 to 1858, 1858 to 1862 and from 1864 to 1867. Macdonald at the age of 52, was appointed as the first Prime Minister of Canada on 1 July 1867 (served in his first term until 1873). He was re-elected from 1878 to 1891 (second term) becoming the second longest serving Prime Minister for a total of 18 years, 359 days. In 1867 Macdonald was created Knight Commander of the Bath, becoming Sir John A. Macdonald. He was a "nation builder" during his first administration in 1867-73. Macdonald would pass while still in office in 1891, at… Read More
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Henry Roxborough The Beginning of Organized Sport in Canada original documents
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Henry Roxborough "The Beginning of Organized Sport in Canada" original documents

by ROXBOROUGH, Henry Hall

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Various: Henry Roxborough, 1973. 1st Edition. No binding. Very Good+. Roxborough, Henry Hall's original first tissue copy with title " Sport in Days of Yore",18pp. later revised edition copy with corrections and new tile ‘‘The Beginning of Organized Sport in Canada,'' 13pp. for an article that appeared in Canada - A Historical Magazine Spring 1975 Vol.2 No. 3 page 30-43. This publication was published by the Department of History McMaster University. There is a 1975 letter from Holt Rinehart & Winston including a contract signed by Roxorough for the publishing of this article.Included are previous original documents from 1973 & 1974 showing correspondence with the editor, David P. Gagan about the publishing on this story. Overall condition of all documents are very good+. Writing in Maclean's magazine in 1926, amateur sport organizer Henry Roxborough reminded his readers that "a nation that loves sport cannot revolt" (1926: 13)."To strengthen the body is to improve the vehicle of almost all our… Read More
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Travels Through the Canadas (all plates hand-coloured edition)
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Travels Through the Canadas (all plates hand-coloured edition)

by HERIOT, George [1766-1844]

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London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1807. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Fine. SCARCE OLDER HAND-COLOURED EDITION WITH VERY ATTRACTIVE PLATES. First edition. 8-1/4 x 10-18 inches. xii, [1]-602 p.,1 l., New large 1/2 bound calf, marbled paper sides, gold tooled. Usual off-setting from plates to facing text pages, otherwise fine condition. Complete with all 28 plates as called for including; 1 hand coloured folding frontispiece, 26 nice older hand coloured plates (5 folding), plus 1 hand coloured folding map. Hand-coloured plates all very striking and attractive. A very handsome copy. Stored in a brown slip case.Full title: Travels Through the Canadas, Containing a Description of the Picturesque Scenery of some of the Rivers and Lakes; With an Account of the Productions, Commerce, and Inhabitants of those Provinces. To Which is Subjoined A Comparative View of the Manners and Customs of Several of the Indian Nations of North and South America Plates include: Views of Quebec taken from Port Levi (folding… Read More
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Elinor Glyn Books & Ephemera collection [168 items]
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Elinor Glyn Books & Ephemera collection [168 items]

by GLYN, Elinor (née Sutherland) (1864-1943)

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2009. Hard & Soft cover. THE QUEEN OF ROMANCE FICTION, A HOLLYWOOD ICON OF THE 1920s Elinor Glyn was an English author, journalist and screen writer and best known for Three Weeks (1907) a steamy romance novel which was shocking for its time. She specialised in romantic fiction which was considered scandalous for its time, although her works are relatively tame by modern standards. Her vibrant romances dealt with aristocracy and issues of morality in society. She popularized the concept of the It-girl and had tremendous influence on early 20th-century popular culture and, possibly, on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and, especially, Clara Bow.This large collection contains 168 items dating from 1902 to 2009, specifically, 60 Ephemera and archives, 103 Books and 5 Books about Elinor Glyn and related material. 60 Ephemera and archives:• Autograph page from a guest book signed by Glyn, Margot Glyn (her daughter), and others, 1-3 August 1912.• "The… Read More
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John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Marquis of Lorne collection
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John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Marquis of Lorne collection

by CAMPBELL, John George Edward Henry Campbell, Marquess of LORNE and 9th Duke of ARGYLL [1845-1914]

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1911. No binding. Very Good. John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Marquis of Lorne collection includes 26 items dating from 1868 to 1911 specifically, 7 holograph letters, 2 holograph ephemera and 17 Albumen Photo Cards (all CVD's except one signed Cabinet Card)7 Holograph letters;#1) 1878. 2 separate pages each 5 x 8-1/2 inches, written on one side only. 5 x 8-1/2 inches. Letter from the Governor General Lorne from Rideau Hall Ottawa 16th Dec ‘78 to Archibald Campbell Esq. of Thornhill Quebec. Relating to a social meeting, being Governor General of of diversified nationality and their Scottish heritage. Front page letter has top right corner torn off not affecting writing with separated piece included. Both first and second pages were folded, now flat and removed from an autograph book. Some paper soiling and hand written letters are smudged on both pages including signature. Fair condition. #2) 1883. Ottawa, Sept. 10. 1883. 1pp. letter, 5 x 8-1/2 inches Thank you letter. Good condition. #3) 1896… Read More
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Edith Sitwell Letters collection
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Edith Sitwell Letters collection

by SITWELL, Dame Edith Louisa (1887-1964)

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1966. No binding & hard cover. INTERESTING EDITH SITWELL COLLECTION Dame Edith Sitwell was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwells. She published poetry continuously from 1913, some of it abstract and set to music. With her dramatic style and exotic costumes, she was sometimes labelled a poseur, but her work was praised for its solid technique and painstaking craftsmanship. She never married, but in 1927 she allegedly fell in love with the gay Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew (see the card below inviting Burnett to see his last portrait). The collection contains 30 items dating from 1937 to 1966 specifically, 28 letters, 1 typed statement and 1 autograph on note.• ALS to Charles Jasper Sisson (1885-1966); Shakespeare scholar), Sunday, [?28 October 1937], 4 pp., thanking him for his charming letter and saying how sorry she was that he could not come to her lectures because of his cold, "My colds are always like the San Francisco earthquake, so I can sympathise", and… Read More
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Frances Keyes Parkinson collection
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Frances Keyes Parkinson collection

by KEYES, Frances Parkinson (1885-1970)

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1966. No binding & hard cover. Good. Frances Parkinson Keyes was a prolific American biographer and novelist whose novels were set in New England, Louisiana, and Europe. In 1904 she married Henry Wilder Keyes (1863-1938), a Republican politician who served as Governor of New Hampshire (1917-1919) and as a United States Senator (1919-1937). A convert to Roman Catholicism, she often used Catholic themes in her work.The Frances Parkinson Keyes collection consists of 58 items dating from 1917 to 1968, specifically, 11 letters written by Frances Parkinson Keyes and 2 photos of her. In addition, there are 9 letters written by her husband, Henry (Harry) Wilder Keyes and a composite photo of him with other politicians. Also 35 books.11 Frances Parkinson Keyes letters and 2 photos:11 letters:• ALS to Mrs. Bugdee, 4 March 1927, with envelope, regretting that her ignorance of Mrs. Bugdee's change of address had prevented their meeting. • TLS to T. Brennan, 8 August 1941, replying to his cordial note of… Read More
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Edwin Markham Ephemera collection II
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Edwin Markham Ephemera collection II

by MARKHAM, Edwin (1852-1940) & HAMILTON, Florence (née Danforth, (1873-1968)

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1943. various. No binding & soft cover. A collection of 147 mostly unique ephemera items dating from 1892 to 1943, specifically approximately 70 leaflets and chapbooks, approximately 50 letters, 11 broadsides, 11 photos, 3 manuscripts/typescripts, 1 scrapbook, and 1 book.Edwin Markham (né Charles Edward Anson Markham, (1852-1940) was an American poet, Poet Laureate of Oregon, best remembered for his poems, "Lincoln, the Man of the People" (read by Markham at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922) and "The Man with the Hoe" (inspired by Jean-François Millet's painting).Florence Hamilton (née Danforth, 1873-1968) was the lecture manager and secretary to Edwin Markham from 1920 until he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1936. After Markham's death, she made a donation of his manuscripts to the Library of Congress. Hamilton published several volumes of her own poetry, lectured on poetry herself, and was an active member of several organizations for poets. Lincoln & Other Poems. New York:… Read More
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Canadian literary collection of 20 Canadian authors
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Canadian literary collection of 20 Canadian authors

by 20 Canadian authors

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1967. No binding & hard cover. Twenty Canadian authors are represented in this collection dating from 1882 to 1967, containing 59 items specifically, 24 letters, 21 cards and post cards, 3 photos, 6 books, 1 movie herald, 1 issue of a journal, 1 printing block, 1 postcard and 1 leaflet. BARR, Robert (Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist). • TLS on letterhead of Idler Illustrated Monthly to the Corresponding Editor of the Youth's Companion, 10 March 1894, re praising the Youth's Companion and offering his hospitality in London. • TLS (tear and piece missing on left side affecting 2 words) to Nannie Manook, 21 April 1910, re her autograph book, was at Bad-Nauheim in Germany (no letters forwarded to him there), finally found her book after some searching, suggests that she not send her autograph book to others. • B&W photo from the Detroit Free Press, 10 June 1961, with reference to "Luke Sharpe", Barr's pseudonym when he was editor that newspaper. BEATTIE, Jessie L. (Canadian poet,… Read More
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22 American Women Poets' collection
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22 American Women Poets' collection

by Various

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Various: Various, 1996. No binding & hard cover. Good. The collection has original material pertaining to 22 American women poets, dating from 1842-1996 a total of 63 items, specifically 30 letters, 14 pieces of ephemera, 8 typescripts / manuscripts, 8 books, and 4 photos. Includes 2 pieces from Louise Glück, the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature:BATES, Charlotte Fiske (signed Charlotte Rogé; American poet and associate of Longfellow). • ALS to Mrs. Swift, 10 June 1891. Thanks Mrs. Swift for the "very sweet and heartfelt poem written for my wedding". Signed ms., split in the center, "At Philadelphia", July 4, 1876. On the left margin, Bates has written: "This is coming out in the Cong. this week, but as you will be away I give you this MS I have." The words "June Missionary Church" are written in the upper right of the sheet of paper.  This is a famous, patriotic verse poem in six stanzas separated here by horizontal lines drawn by the poet.BROWN, Alice (American novelist, poet, and… Read More
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Joel Barlow collection
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Joel Barlow collection

by BARLOW, Joel (1754-1812)

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1811. No binding & hard cover. Good. Joel Barlow was a lawyer, diplomat, and Revolutionary War chaplain and pursued his writing ambitions after the war, joining the writers' group known as the Hartford Wits. He was an ardent proponent of American democracy. Granted French citizenship, he supported the French Revolution in spite of dedicating The Vision of Columbus to Louis XVI. Appointed US minister to France in 1811, he died in Poland on the way to a meeting with the French foreign minister. This collection includes 6 items dating from 1787 to 1811, specifically 4 books, 1 leaflet, and 1 letter.1 Letter:• ALS addressed "Dear Tom" (his seventeen-year old nephew, Thomas Paine Barlow), 3 November 1811, when Barlow was Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to Emperor of the France and King of Italy, "I am going myself in the country this morning & the Ladies [Barlow's wife, Ruth, and her sister, Clara] will not dine at home. - If you & John have a mind for a walk this morning you can call &… Read More
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