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22 BEATTIE (Dr. James, 1735-1803). Scottish Poet. A.L.S. to
Dr. Thomas Percy, afterwards Bishop of Dromore. 4 pp., 4to.
This is accompanied by a long letter from Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth, referring to Dr. Beattie's letter and MS. which had been sent for his inspection.
£10 IOS An exceedingly long and most interesting letter concerning his work, discussing at length his book, A Minstrel,” to which he proposes to write a second part, and expressing his appreciation of the kind reception the first part had received both in England and Scotland. Also discussing others of his own works, and some of those of Dr. Percy, including Hermit of Warkworth” and a Translation of “ Mallet's Introduction to Ye History of Denmark.” Beattie, in conclusion, sets out in full for Dr. Percy's information and with marginal notes, the famous Scotch poem,
For there's nae luck about the town." “ Your Reliques of English Poetry, but especially your Critical discourses and remarks upon them, I read with the utmost pleasure when they were first published. Your history of the Minstrels gave peculiar satisfaction, and suggested the first hint of that poem of which you have spoken so favourably.
For I am entirely of your opinion, that the Southern part of Scotland and the North of England was the country of the old minstrels. Tweedside and the parts adjacent are the only classic found in Scotland ; which, as you justly observe, might easily be proved from particular phrases in our old ballads, as well as from the names of the Scotch tunes. By the words North Country, in the poem, I meant not the northern part of the island, but the south-most part of Scotland; will appear, if I live to finish the tale, from the action of the third book.
If any thing worthy your acceptance fall in my way, I shall be careful to forward it. The little ballad which I now take the liberty to send is plainly modern ; but it has a spirit in it that entitles it to notice, The common copies differ greatly ; and therefore, to make it the more compleat, I have taken some liberties wt. the two last stanzas,
The explication of Scotch words is intended to save you the trouble, in case of your showing it to anybody who does not understand Scotch; to you such a vocabulary is quite unnecessary.
The Poem, which consists of six stanzas of 12 lines each, com
“And are ye sure the news is true ?
And are ve sure he's weel .
Ye Jade, lay by your wheel.
When Colin's at the door?
There's nae luck at a';
When our goodman's awa'
RONTE (Charlotte, "Currer Bell," 1816-1855). Novelist. Author of "Jane Eyre," "Shirley," etc. A very lengthy A.L. S. o James Taylor, a rejected suitor. 7 pp., sm. 8vo. Haworth, 5th November, 1851. Also envelope with address in her autograph and wax seal. (SEE ILLUSTRATION.)
A very lengthy and valuable letter of intense interest, being written to James Taylor, a rejected suitor, who had left England and gone to India on behalf of Charlotte Bronte's publishers, Smith & Elder, in whose employment he was.
It was in connection with the literary department of that firm that James Taylor first saw Charlotte, visiting her at Haworth, and although she seems to have appreciated his very fine qualities, he appears not to have possessed that gentleness" which she wanted in a husband. His persistence, however, and her father's encouragement of his suit, nearly caused her to give way, and doubtless but for his departure to India, she would ultimately have married him.
This letter is in reply to two written by Mr. Taylor from India, in which he describes his experiences of life there.
In her reply Charlotte feelingly refers to Taylor's isolation from all his friends; also mentions Thackeray and his book, " JOURNEY FROM CORNHILL TO GRAND CAIRO,” and concludes her letter with good wishes from herself and her father.
The following are a few extracts from the letter:
"Both your communications reached me safely-the note of the 17th September and the letter of the 2nd October.
"The bath scene amused me much. Your account of that operation tallies in every point with Mr. Thackeray's description in the Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo. The usage seems a little rough, and I cannot help thinking that equal benefit might be obtained through less violent means; but I suppose without the previous fatigue the after-sensation would not be so enjoyable, and no doubt it is that indolent after-sensation which the self-indulgent Mahometans chiefly cultivate. I think you did right to disdain it.
"It would seem to me a matter of great regret that the society at Bombay should be so deficient in all intellectual attraction. Perhaps, however, your occupations will so far absorb your thoughts as to prevent them from dwelling painfully on this circumstance. No doubt there will be moments when you will look back to London and Scotland, and the friends you have left there, with some yearning, but I suppose business has its own excitement. The new country, the new scenes, too, must have their interest; and as you will not lack books to fill your leisure, you will probably soon become reconciled to a change which, for some minds, would too closely resemble exile.
My father, I am thankful to say, continues in pretty good health. I read portions of your letter to him and he was interested in hearing them. He charged me when I wrote to convey his very kind remembrances.
"I had myself ceased to expect a letter from you. On taking leave at Haworth you said something about writing from India, but I doubted at the time whether it was not one of those forms of speech which politeness dictates; and as time passed, and I did not hear from you, I became confirmed in this view of the subject. With every good wish for your welfare.” Apropos of Charlotte Brontë's reference to Thackeray in her letter, it is interesting to note that he was so much impressed by her success as an Author that he sent her (through her publishers) an inscribed copy of " Vanity Fair," before he knew her name or sex; she afterwards, in return, dedicating the second edition of " Jane Eyre" to him.
28 BENTHAM (George, 1800-1884). Botanist. A.L.8. in French
to Andibert Bros., Nursery Gardeners. 2 pp., 4to. Montpellier, 13 Jan., 1823
Interesting letter remanding an order for trees, on account of the cold weather,
29 BERESFORD (Lord Charles, born 1846). Famous Admiral.
A.L.S. to Mr. Douglas Murray, the Publisher. 2} pp., 8vo.
£1 IS Giving among other things, Lord Charles Beresford's opinion of the King Edward's policy towards Germany.
I think the King weathered the rocks cleverly. Germany is our certain foe all round for the future.
30 BEWICK (Thomas, 1753-1828). Eminent Wood Engraver. AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE on a bill, 24 Nov., 1818.
31 BIRD (Edward, 1772-1819). Painter. A.L.s. to Mr. Chantrey,
Donator of the Chantrey Bequest to the Tate Gallery. 2 PP., 4to.
155 Concerning one of his pictures, “ The Embarkation of the King of France at Dover," purchased by the Prince Regent (George IV) at the price of 1000 Guineas.
32 BISH (T., f. 1836). M.P. and Stockbroker. A.L.S. to
T. Wilson, Esq. 2 pp., 4to. St. James' Square, Feb., '36. Also circular of the last State lottery held in England, in 1826. 78 6d
Interesting letter complaining of incorrect returns of his voting in the House. The lottery circular states that this is The very last lottery of all," and that "a variety of numbers are on sale at the fortunate offices of BISH, Stockbroker." Etc.
33 BISHOPS (The Seven). A rare aud very interesting SILVER
MEDAL STRUCK TO COMMEMORATE THE ACQUITTAL OF THE
£2 ios An exceedingly interesting memento of one of the most stirring events in the history of England.
68 CANADA (Quebec). - HOCQUART, Intendant of New
(Trans.):-"You have not yet satisfied, Sir, the demand I made you
(Island of Orleans). Contemporary Manuscript
An interesting extract from the local Records, containing the names of those who were to represent the French Canadian Nobility in the Chamber of Assembly.
70 CARLYLE (Jane Welsh, 1801-1866). Wife of Thomas
A very long letter resuming her interrupted friendship with Mrs. Alexander Gilchrist, and arranging to visit that lady. Also describing her anxious existence with Mr. Carlyle and the great amount of tact needed to keep him peaceable and agreeable.
"It is indeed long since we exchanged words, we two! So long that when I received your letter this morning I did not recognise the handwriting, but had to look for the signature, and when I found your name I was struck with astonishment thinking the letter was from a Catherine Gilchrist whom I used to correspond with 45 years ago!! and yet I have often thought of you and often talked of you in the past years.
I was to have gone with a lady to Folkestone on