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28 BENTHAM (George, 1800-1884). Botanist. A.L.8. in French to Andibert Bros., Nursery Gardeners. 2 pp., 4to. Montpellier, 13 Jan., 1823. 12s 6d

Interesting letter remanding an order for trees, on account of the cold weather.

Famous Admiral.

29 BERESFORD (Lord Charles, born 1846). A.L.S. to Mr. Douglas Murray, the Publisher. 2 pp., 8vo. H.M.S. Cæsar, Channel Fleet, July 5th, 1904. £I 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. Etc.

30 BEWICK (Thomas, 1753-1828). Eminent Wood Engraver. AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE on a bill, 24 Nov., 1818. 12s 6d

31 BIRD (Edward, 1772-1819). Painter. A.L.S. to Mr. Chantrey, Donator of the Chantrey Bequest to the Tate Gallery. 2 pp., 4to. Bristol, Aug. 25th, 1818. 15S

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).

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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. 7s 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.

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33 BISHOPS (The Seven). A rare and very interesting SILVER MEDAL STRUCK TO COMMEMORATE THE ACQUITTAL OF THE SEVEN BISHOPS who had been sent to the Tower by James II. for not reading the King's declaration for liberty of conscience. The obverse of the seal contains the bust of Dr. Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, with inscription in a surround. The reverse depicts busts of the other six Bishops, with that of the Bishop of London in addition. The medal measures 6 inches in circumference, and is contained in a neat leather case. 1688.

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An exceedingly interesting memento of one of the most stirring events in the history of England.

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14 ARMSTRONG (John, 1758-1843). American General. Secretary

of War. A long and magnificent historical A.L.s. to the Hon. George Bryan. 3 full pages, 4to. Carlisle, 6th August, 1778.

£13 138 A long and magnificent historical military letter, entirely in Armstrong's autograph. In it he describes most graphically the military situation at that moment, in the Revolutionary War, and makes valuable suggestions; also somewhat adversely criticising Dr. Franklin.

The Northern Expedition I have much at heart, and therefore wished (as I think is expressed in my last to you) that the Body proceeding by the way of Cherry Valey, might have been joined by a different Corps Viz: Coll. Hartleys and a number of our Militia, taken either as Volunteers for the Expedition but subject to military command, and excused of their succeeding tour under the Law if they chose.

The place of rendezvous at Wioming or if more convenient, the junction to be formed still higher on the Sasquehanah, at Tiahoga ; thence to proceed by the most direct rout to the Seneca Towns as the first mark, leaving all the inferior Tribes to be subdued by traverse marches, or by detatchment on the return or at least their Villages & produce destroyed. For this great purpose together with the notice to be taken by some whites who have lately done us much injury, not less than three thousand men under a good commander ought to penetrate that country in order to do efectual service and prevent the necessity of any farther effort on that quarter for the present season.

Thots of this sort, as an entire stranger to the Country are the best I can form, but from yr. accounts the troops already sent from one Army, joined as they may be by the New York Militia they will probably make the Effort, without time for, or reference to any farther assistance, but would not be worse for being joined by Coll. Hartley at least, provided they come near Wioming. If any of these thoughts may properly be suggested to the Board of War or of those contained in my last, General Ried or any medium you please will serve that purpose, but there is no time to lose.

With respect to General Potter, I am of opinion he shou'd immediately be order'd to take the Command of the State Militia on the waters of the Sasquehanah, provided the numbers amount to six or seven hundred Men, or upward--at least for some short time even on the defensive, his situation, knowledge of the country &c., appears to call for this.

" It were much to be wished that Dr. Franklin's favourable characters of the Americans were litterally true, the coulerings are rather high. It is, however, calculated for his purposes and a good copy for imitation.

We have not heard the name of the Lady by whom the offer was made, nor whether Genl. Ried has made it known." Etc.

* For his ill-success in defending Washington against the British in 1814, Armstrong was removed from his position.

15 AUSTIN (Alfred, born 1835). Poet Laureate. A.L.S. 4 pp., 8vo. Ashford, Dec. 24th, 1868.

12 od A long and interesting letter asking for a payment of money: giving his own opinion of his literary abilities and mentioning Edmund Yates.

I think I told you that Mr. Yates said I did wrong to take less than a pound per page.

You must remember that I have travelled over the ground I described, which is a much more costly business than reading up a number of books for a paper. Moreover, I do not think thal-without wishing to exalt my individual importancemy literary status can allow me to take less than your best paid contributors."

AUSTIN (Alfred)-continued. 16 — A.L.S. 3 pp., 8vo. Ashford, October 11th, 1868. On

crested paper.

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Society,” and setting out wording for title-page.

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A.L.S. 1 page, 8vo. October 14th, 1868.
Undertaking to write “ An Essay in Defence of Women.

7s 6d

18 BADEN-POWELL (Robert S. S., born 1857). General. Hero

of Mafeking. A.L.S. to Sir Evelyn Wood. 3 pp., 8vo. Cavalry Club, Piccadilly, Feb. 22nd, 1904.

155 A very interesting letter concerning the ancient uniforms of the 13th and 5th Light Dragoon Guards.

I can so far only find that the 13th Light Dragoons wore green coats and then only for their · Drummers,' in 1751. The men's coats were scarlet with light green facings, and the Regiment was called the 'Green Horse,'

'In 1784 the colour of the cloth was changed to blue In 1832 it was again changed to red. the 5th Dragoon Guards had their Trumpeters in green coats faced with red.

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19 BAILLY (Jean Sylvain, 1736-1793). French Astronomer and Politician. D.8. 1 page, folio, with seal. Paris, 11 Novr., 1791.

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20 BAKER (Sir Samuel White, 1821-1893). Traveller and Sports

man, with his wife explored Central Africa and discovered Lake Albert Nyanza. A.L.S. to Mr. Murray, the Publisher. 3 PP., 8vo. Newton Abbot, N.D. Also A.L.S. from Lady Florence Baker to the same. 2 pp., 8vo. 4th August. Together, 5 pp., 8vo.

IOS 6d Two friendly letters to Mr. Murray, that of Sir S. W. Baker mentioning their travels.

“We have not yet made up our minds about Egypt. I should like to go but we are such a large party.

You will see an article in the January Contemporary from me.

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21 BARKER (Thomas, 1769-1847). Painter. A.L.8. 2 pp., 4to. Bath, Jan. 14th, 1814.

£I IS A long and interesting letter on Art matters. It is written apparently to a fellow artist, explaining his method of making fine pens for pen-and-ink drawing, and his preparation of ink. Also mentioning some landscape sketches he was about to publish.

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