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occasion, and to disappoint the hopes of those few who are enemys to the present happy settlement."
Bolingbroke himself, however, although acting as Secretary of State to Queen Anne, had been privately negotiating with the " Old Pretender," and immediately after the accession of George I was dismissed from office and fled to France The Pretender made him his Secretary of State, and he drew up the Pretender's declaration for invasion of England.
He was satirised by Pope in the following lines:
Awake my St. John! leave all meaner things
Royal Warrant Signed for payment of £1,237 10s. od. to John Drummond for special services relating to the war. I page, folio. St. James's, 4th April, 1718. Countersigned by the Earl of Oxford. £1 15s Bearing a fine specimen of the Queen's signature. At this time Oxford was Prime Minister, and the Duke of Marlborough disgraced.
D.S. I page, oblong_folio (vellum). Windsor, 6th Nov., 1718. Countersigned by Viscount Bolingbroke. £1 10s
Royal Warrant, bearing a fine specimen of the Queen's signature, appointing William Brooks to be Cornet in the Royal Regiment of Dragoons.
18 ARLINGTON (Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of). Member of the Cabal Ministry. Centre of opposition to Clarendon.
L.S. and Subscribed, addressed to Lord Townsend, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk. I page, folio. Whitehall, 28th August, 1666. With wax seal on fly-leaf.
Asking Lord Townsend to expedite the sending up of the Militia money. I am sure there is greate need of it here. Newes is brought us this night that the Dutch fieet is abroad againe and that ours purpose to set saile as this day. One good blow to the Enemy now will happily and gloriously end the war. God send it."
19 ARNOLD (Matthew). Poet and Essayist.
A.L.S. to Henry Willett.
I page, 8vo. Athenæum Club, 6th April,
I am declining all invitations to speak or lecture this year. I am only just free from a public service of thirty-five years, and want to establish myself as altogether a private person." Etc.
20 AUBER (Daniel François Esprit).
A.L.S. to Mons. Léon Marie.
Eminent French Composer.
-page, 8vo. 3rd September. £15s
(Trans,):-" I shall have the honour to receive Monsieur Léon Marie at two
o'clock to-day." Etc.
21 BACON (Nathaniel). Sheriff of Norfolk.
Brother of Sir Francis Bacon.
L.S. I page, folio. 8th August, 1597.
Concerning the appointment of a Muster Master for the County of Norfolk.
22 BACON (Sir Nicholas). Lord-Keeper and Lord Chancellor under Queen Elizabeth. Father of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam. stringent measures against Mary Queen of Scots.
D.S. as Lord Chancellor. -page, folio. Westrum ter,
Also signed by the Marquis of Winchester, the Lord High Treasu.or
A fine specimen combining two rate signatures.
The document is a Treasury order for payment of taoney for charges dietes" provided for the Queen's most honourable Council and others, in respect of seven dinners as also all manner of necessary provisions thereunto belonging.”
23 BARBER (Francis). Dr. Johnson's black servant, and his residuary legatee. A.L.S. to James Boswell, biographer of Dr. Samuel Johnson. 1 pp., 4to. Lichfield, 9 July, 1787.
Of great rarity. In it Barber
contradicts various untrue assertions made
against his late master by Sir John Hawkins and others.
Agreeable to your request, with a heart full of joy and gratitude, I take pen in hand to inform you that I am happy to find there is still remaining c friend who has the memory of my late good master at heart; that he will endeavour to vindicate his cause in opposition to the unfriendly proceedings of his enemies, as I am myself incapable to undertake such a task.
"The aspersions Sir John has thrown out against my Master, as having been his own murderer are entirely groundless; as also his assertion concerning Mr. Heley's applying to me for relief; he never did; neither was he anyways allied to my Master, but by having been married to a distant relative of his, who has been long dead; notwithstanding which my Master never withdrew his friendship but was always very kind to him." Etc
*** This is apparently the full autograph draft of the letter sent, as it has various grammatical corrections made by a friend, a letter from whom is written on the fly-leaf.
JOHNSON'S JOURNEY TO CHATSWORTH.
Autograph Account written by him of his journey with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Taylor to Chatsworth. 1 pp., 4to. N.D. £6 10s
"On Monday September 6. I attended my Master & Dr. Taylor to Chatsworth. In our way to the above delightful place we cross three rivers, the last and the largest is the Dervon, which we crossed twice, then entered the Park on the north side and crossed it again a third time before we arrived at the House which is very magnificent & situated on the south side of the river. On the south side of the House is a Cascade and other curious water-works. Etc.
Autograph Note. I page, sm. 4to. Bolt Court, January, 1782. A very rare autograph. £4 10s
A memorandum of the death of Mr. Robert Levet; written out by Barber at the request of Dr. Johnson.
"On Thursday; the 17th. died very suddenly Mr. Robert Levet a very useful, and charitable practitioner in physick, in full possession of every power both of body and mind, though he is supposed to have been at least eighty years old. He was born near Hull in Yorkshire, but his relations are not known.”
26 BARRIE (Sir James M.). Author of "The Little Minister," "Peter Pan,"
Autograph MS, signed, entitled "Four Books a Year." A satirical attack on a Scotch Reading Guild.
Comprising 7 pp., 8vo, hinged in sunk mounts, and handsomely bound (with typed transcript), to 4to size in full morocco extra, lettered on side and back. 1889.
£56 A particularly interesting nanuscript of an article written by Barrie for the "Scots Observer." I commences:
Hardly has the world ceased to look on wondering, with its thumbs down, at the Free Church defying the Macaskills, when news comes of still more liberal movements in Free Church homes. The members of certain advanced Free Churches, or rather the holder spirits among them, have taken a solemn vow to read four books a year. The object, it need scarcely be said, is self-culture on a grand scale, and any four books will not do.
"Lest there be practical jokers in the house, however—and one never knowseven in Free Church Manses-competitors may be warned of the fate of Balbus, a schoolboy. Balbus, with a determinat on not less than theirs, swore to read a complete book in a month, and risked his catapult on the oath. He never got beyond chapter eight, however, for those with whom he had the bet always turned his marker back to the end of the preceding chapter, and kept him reading chapter eight till time was up." Etc., ete.
27 BARRY (Sir Charles).
Architect. Gained first premium in Houses of Parliament competition, 1836; occupied in building them, 1840-60. A.L.S. to E. W. Brayley. 3 pp., 8vo. 3 December, 1840. 12s Ed Concerning lectures delivered upon Building stones; also referring to the new Houses of Parliament.
28 BEACONSFIELD (Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of). Statesman and Author. A.L.S. "D." to his sister Sarah. 3 pp., 4to. House of Lords (August 17th, 1835). Autograph address and wax seal on reverse. £25s
A long and interesting political letter, discussing the state of affairs in the Government over the Corporation Reform Act.
To-night will be a greater and more important fight, of course The state of affairs is marvellous. Melbourne seems com(Continued over)
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pletely deserted by his own party. There he sits attended only by the Ministers, a
A.L.S. D" to his sister Sarah. 4 pp., 4to. N.D. Circa 1835. £2 2s
A long interesting letter full of political and society news.
My old friend, Percy, in the shape of Ld. Wentworth is going to be married to Maria Villebois; a very fortunate woman I think to find herself a Countess after all. Ld. Limerick has received the announcement amicably, but is on such bad terms with his grandson, that I fear he will be cut down to the entail.
"Chandos dinner on Monday was a banquet that has never been equalled. I was the only person there not a member of Pt. Peel and Sir James Graham were there; the first came up to me and resumed an acquaintance most flattering; Chandos introduced me to Graham and indeed paid me every possible attention.” Etc.
A.L.S. (initials) to the same. 3 pp., 4to. 5th December, 1835.
£1 18s Concerning his " Vindication of the British Constitution," also mentioning Lady Blessington, etc.
"I am very busy and affairs go to my content, but my movements at preseni are doubtful. Yesterday and today especially I have entirely devoted to the printing of ye Vindeon. It really reads admirably, but I have only reached p. 160. It reads admirably. I like it better than anything I have ever written.
"I have not seen Lady Bless., and in fact I know nothing of small talk, but thought you would be disappointed it I did not send you a line. R. Hardwick is not a member of the Carlton.
every one disappd.”
TO EMMA, LADY HAMILTON.
31 BEATTY (Sir William). Surgeon on board the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar; attended Nelson's last moments. account of Nelson's death.
Published a descriptive
A remarkable series of 11 A.L.S. to Emma, Lady Hamilton, and containing many important references to Nelson. In all some 28 pp., 4to. Written between 1806 and 1811.
A series of eleven letters of great interest concerning Nelson: also on matters affecting Lady Hamilton, and her :ife subsequent to the death of her hero and friend; further asking her assistance towards his advancement in the service; and shewing much interest in Horatia, daughter of Emma by Lord Nelson.
The following are a few extracts:
As soon as any intimation reaches me respecting the Prince's pleasure to see me, shall embrace the opportunity of presenting the melancholy narrative; after his perusal of it I am strongly recommended by several eminent characters to have it published immediately in my name, as they say it will be read all over the
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world before Mr. Clarkes life of our lamented Lord can possibly make its appearance
"I have every hope my dear Lady, that the Engraver has by this time done ample justice to the Picture of the late dear departed Lord; and have taken the Liberty to direct my agents to send to your Ladyship some of the first impressions that your Ladyship may decide on the quality of the execution, previous to the Narrative being given out to the booksellers."
I crust that your Ladyship will permit me to solicit your good offices in my behalf, with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to confer on me the distinguished honor of being appointed one of the Physicians extraordinary to the Prince, a mark of attention, which would be highly gratifying to my feelings, and flattering to my reputation as the last professional friend of Nelson, whose memory, His Roya Highness has on all occasions honoured with respect with such an advocate as your Ladysh.p, I feel confident that my request cannot fail of being graciously received." "Believe me, my good Lady, there is not any event that would add more to my real happiness, than the accomplishment of the object which I have just referred to. It is high time for the country of itself to step forward and reward those who have rendered it such important services, for the dying words of lamented Nelson are considered by every individual, as sacred mandates, and ought to be obeyed by any administration, whether composed of All the Talents,' Puritans, Methodists, stiffened with starch Prudery, or veiled by canting hypocrisy. I shall hope the best."
Poor blind Mrs. Nelson. I can hardly form an opinion respecting herperhaps she continues nearly in the same state as when I left Richmond, or she may be gone to the other world! But my dear Horatia, and Mrs. Cadogan, I fervently pray for their continued good health. at the same time that I do for that of your Ladyship. I have some trifling memo's which I must beg your acceptance
of, and shall take care to transmit them by the first safe conveyance.”
Pray is old Mrs. Nelson dead, or alive? I have never heard one single word about the poor old creature since I left Richmond. I beg, my good lady, to be most sincerely remembered to my friend Mrs. Cadogan and to my dear Horatia."
There are some things in a state of forwardness here for yourself and Horatia, but they not ready to be conveyed to you by Mrs. Suter; I shall see Capt. King in the course of the day, who will be glad to hear of your good health. as well as that of Horatia.
"Will you endeavour to find Mr. Magrath's letter from Nelson
papers, and enclose it to me?
"As I shall be at sea before my dear Horatia's natal day, and may not therefore have an opportunity of writing her then, I pray you to kiss her and bless her often for me."
32 BEAUHARNAIS (Eugene Napoleon de). Son of Josephine de Beauharnais and adopted son of Napoleon 1. Vice Roy of Italy. A.L.S. to one of his sons. 2 pp. 4to.
6th October, 1822.
(Trans.):-" Although we have not yet received a single word from either of our dear children, I do not wish to defer writing to you to give you news of us. Mama's health is very good and so is my own. We found Grandfather and all the Royal Family in perfect health; and we were received here with the usual kindness. The Empress arrived yesterday evening and asked us for news of our dear children whom she had hoped to see this year as she did last.
"I hope that you are all making the most of your time during my absence. Good-bye, my dear Son, be good and do all you can that your progress may satisfy Count Mejan ajter all the pains that he takes with you." Etc.