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Autograph Letters and MSS.

(For a further selection see Catalogues listed on inside back cover.) A.L.S.-Autograph Letter Signed. A.L.-Autograph Letter (in 3rd Person) D.S.-Document Signed. L.S.-Letter Signed.

I ABBEY (Edwin A.). Famous Painter, and Black and White Artist. A.L.S. to George Herschel, the Composer. 3 pp., sm. Svo. Fairford, Glos., 12th January, 1892.



Introducing a lady student; also referring to his work in company with Sargent. She is from the wild and woolly west'as you will probably discover-but we were very much interested in her, and liked her for her genuineness and enthusiasm.

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"We are hard at work here-Sargent and I, and like it quiet--and absence of interruption. He is farther on with his work than I am. I'm not past the cast-on stage yet." Etc.

A.L.S. to the same. 2 pp., 8vo. Piccadilly, 25th January, 1891.

13s 6d What a brick you are! and how good it is to feel the appreciation of an artist-a real artist.

“I know you see whai I am driving at—and I know how far short of the mark my shot sometimes fall-but there is more a-coming." Etc.

3 ABERNETHY (John). Famous Surgeon.

A.L.S. to W. Phipps.

I page, 4to. Bedford Row, 27th August,

I page, 4to.

£1 5s
"I do not know that Mr. Hoofstetter has any disease likely to shorten the
usual term of life." Etc.

4 ADAM (Adolphe C.). French Opera Composer.

Revolution of 1848.

-Ruined through the

12s 6d

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A.L.S. to Carmouche of Versailles.
I page, Svo.
Introducing the editor of the paper La Schleswizer, who (Trans.)
use to you for your Moïse, and for all other musical things."

5 ADAM (William). Architect. Assisted his brother Robert in building the the Adelphi.

A.L.S. to James Pillar.

2 pp., 4to.

Albemarle Street, 24th January,


18s The terms we talked of, for the renewal of the Lease of the Cockclose Estate at Etom. viz., £300 per Annum for the new rent and an abatement of one-third of that sum from the termination of the former to the commencement of the new Lease." Etc.

6 ADDISON (Joseph) Essayist, Poet, and Statesman.

A.L.S. to Mr. Newton. 2. pp., 4to. Whitehall, 11th Marc

A very fine letter, entirely holograph. It refers to some Odes sent to him; his correspondent's "Bill of Extraordinary; the passing of the Act of Union and the state of foreign affairs, including news from Lisbon concerning a naval action with the French and also mentioning Dr. Friend, Physician, who accompanied the famous Earl of Peterborough in the Expedition to Spain.

"I give you many thanks for the two Odes you sent me in your last and am glad to hear you have met at Genoa with so great a pleasure as I believe you must have found in Dr. Friend's Company who has a very are ti character in the University and among all that know him.


(The Union is now, God be thanked, concluded, which I hope will for ever Disable our Foes both forreign and Domestick from hurting us.

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"Two of our Men of War yt. convoy'd some Victuallers, etc., fell in with a French squadron of 17 Men of War designed to fetch ye Galions (from ye W. Indies) as is supposed. It is thought they may have taken 8 or 9 little Victuallers. Ye Men of War and ye rest being got safe into Lisbon." Etc.

*** Mr. Newton (Sir Henry Newton), to whom the letter is addressed, was at this time Envoy Extraordinary to Florence, and sub equently judge of the High Court of Admiralty. He was the author of some verses published in 1710.

7 AGUESSEAU (Henri F. d', 1668-1751). Famous Orator. Chancellor of France.

A very fine A.L.S. to the Marquis de Torcy, Minister of France. 3 full pages, 4to. Paris, 7th March, 1744. With translation.

£5 5s A very rare letter entirely in the hand of this famous French Orator and Chancellor. It is of very great interest indeed.

(Trans.):-". It was said of the Commentaries of Cæsar that he wrote with such force that he actually fought, and I have thought several times whilst reading your history that it was possible only to you to write as you have done, to know how to nego'inte your facts, to feel and to admire throughout these two miracles of Providence of which we have been the witnesses, whereas you were the instrument. But what touched me pe haps even more is the useful lesson which you give to men, in teaching them good faith, simplicity even and candour are in no wise incompatible with the cleverness of a treaty maker that in affairs, almost desperate, may be found resources, very very much more sure then in the regulations of false polítics, and that the greatest of all arts is to have none at all.

"I would it were possible to make (the work\ popular reading and even as the daily bread of our Kings and their ministers." Etc.

*** The Marquis de Torey took a prominent part in the negotiations which preceded the commencement of the war with Spain.

8 AINSWORTH (William Harrison).



A.L.S. 4 pp., 8vo. Brighton, January 17th, 1854.


As to some piopo-ed poetical contributions for the "New Monthly," and staring that there was no demand for such. ** The edges of the letter are a little broken.

A.L. (third person) to Mr. Warwick. 2 pp., 8vo. Kensal Manor House, March 12th, 1842.

12s 6d "Mr. W. Harrison Ainsworth presents his compliments to Mr. Warwick, and begs to thank him for the offer of the Tragedy of Olympias, which he is compelled to decline on account of its length.

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Mr. Ainsworth regrets that he cannot lend Mr. Warwick any of the blocks of the paper on Strawberry Hill, because they are now in the hands of Mr. George Robins, who is about to introduce them into his catalogue."

TO ALBEMARLE (George Monck, 1st Duke of). Parliamentary General and Admiral. Brought about the "Restoration."



D.S. A Treasury Warrant for payment of £13,251 18s. 4d. towards the further pay of "his Matys marching forces.

I page folio. Whitehall, 2nd Dec., 1667. Also signed by Baron Ashby (afterwards Earl of Shaftesbury), Chancellor of the Exchequer and subsequently Lord Chancellor, one of the most important historical personages of the period.

£1 12s 6d An interesting document relating to the Army. The British Army was created by Charles II.


L.S. to Mr. Blackburne. I page, folio. Dalkeith, 5th January, £1 10s Concerning the finding of employment for a former Boatswain of the William and John," who had been wounded but was now seeking employment.

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L.S. to the Comrs of His Maties Ordinance. I page, folio. Cockpitt, 18th January, 1666. £1 5s Giving orders for the furnishing with ammunition of certain companies of the Duke of York's regiment.

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Major Legg, informing mee that his Company and Captaine Bennetts Company of his Royall Highness the Duke of Yorkes Regiment . . . who are appointed to keepe guards uppon the prisoners at Sudbury, are in want of amunition. I therefore desire that you will please to give order for the furnishing of them . . . wth foure barells of powder with matche proportionable.”

13 ALMA-TADEMA (Sir Lawrence).

Painter. R.A.

A.L.S. to W. R. Ralston, the Russian Scholar and Folklorist. I page, Svo. Rome, 2 February, 1876.


"I am so glad to find you too amongst those who congratulate me on my election as A.R.A. We were so sorry your Russian trip had to be so short although we prefer your being in London, or at the seaside in England, to write articles for us." Etc.


14 ANDRE (Major John). Served in the American War. Captured by the enemy and hanged as a spy.

A lengthy A.L.S. (initials) to " Dear Symes." 31 pp., folio. Head Quarters, New York, 5th July, 1780. £165 A very long and most important military letter entirely in André's hand, reporting on the campaign against General Washington, and detailing a disaster to the British troops who had been tricked through false reports of dissatisfaction in the enemy's forces.

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We arriv'd here after a passage of 10 days and to our great surprise found Gen. Knyphausen with every soldier he could squeeze from N. York and its posts in Jersey. This Corps had begun marching de but in blanc at Washington who was reported to have no horses to withdraw his Artillery and Stores and not Troops sufficient to stand by them. The Militia were at the same time said to be sick of the business (as we have known them any time these 3 years) and Washington's Army so dissatisfied that thy would desert and crumble down into our hands

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The Troops after proceeding to Connecticut Farms and some distance beyond them found the reports so imprudently propagated absolutely false short my dear friend this bad move was forced upon poor Knyphausen by anonymous letters, by sanguine enthusiasts, and people who to terminate the matter are ever simulating deep play. It was carried on in our column leaving the Foe the choice of marching off, of fighting and then moving back, or lastly of standing his ground: it exposed the Troops in a march of a day to a loss of more men than Carolina cost us, and as we rent to demolish an Army we could not get at, so we went to receive the submission of a Country we could not protect, and of course a country locally inimical. The General as speedily as possible withdrew the Troops from the Jerseys and has now fixed his camp at Philipsburg.

"I am deputy Adjutant General still and without confirmation of rank, I do not however despair of its being granted me." Etc.

*** Three months after the date of this letter André, whilst proceeding to meet Benedict Arnold to arrange for the betrayal of West Point, was captured by the enemy and hanged as a spy.

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15 ANNE. Queen of Great Britain.

L.S. by Henry St. John Lord Bolingbroke, the Secretary of State, officially announcing to the Lords Justices of Ireland the death of Queen Anne. I page, folio. Whitehall, 3rd August, 1714.


Of historical importance, describing the last hours of Queen Anne's illness and announcing her death which took place on 1st August, two days before this letter He also encloses the proclamation of the new Sovereign King George 1.

"The Queen having been two or three days out of Order, on Thursday last her Maty. grew somewhat worse and on Friday morning about ten of the clock, she was struck with a very strong convuls on; she recovered her senses in about two hours; but continued to languish and to ink away by degrees till near half an hour after seven on Sunday morning, when it pleased Almighty God to take her to his


"I enclose

the Proclamation of his present Maty. that you may be pleased to give order for publishing the same mutatis mutandi; in Ireland You will see that effectual care has been taken to secure the publick Peace on this

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