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48 BRONTE (Charlotte, “Currer Bell,” 1816-1855). Novelist.
Author of "Jane Eyre," " Shirley,” etc. A very lengthy A.L. S. to James Taylor, a rejected suitor. 7 pp., sm. Svo. Haworth, 15th November, 1851. Also envelope with address in her autograph and wax seal. (SEE ILLUSTRATION.)
£25 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
My father, I am thankful to say, continues in pretty good health.
“ I had myself ceased to expect a letter from you. On taking leave at
*** 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
CORNWALLIS (Charles, Marquis, 1738-1805). Famous
An appreciatory letter of the services in India of Ross's nephew, also mentioning :
"I am still laid up by the leg, but this could not have happened at a more favourable time."
Cornwallis never recovered from his indisposition, and died within two months of the date of this letter, which must have been one of the last written by him.
COUTTS (Thomas, 1735-1822). Celebrated Banker. Founder of Coutts & Co. A.L.S. to "My dear Lord." I full page, 4to. Tunbridge Wells, 27 June, 1821. £1 IOS
An important letter as to Prince Leopold's (afterwards Leopold I of Belgium) intention of dining with him and Mrs. Coutts, also mentioning the Duke of York and the ladies Darnley and Guildford.
COWLEY (Abraham, 1618-1667). Poet. Cipher Secretary to Queen Henrietta Maria, withdrew to France, etc. AUTOGRAPH COPY BY COWLEY of a letter from Lord Eitkin to Lord Jermyn, relating to Political Matters. 2 pp., folio. Stockholm, 1649. Rare. £18 18s
Entirely in Cowley's autograph.
RABBE (George, 1754-1832). Poet and Divine. A.L.S. addressed to the Duchess of Rutland, and dedicating a book to ner. 1 pp., 8vo. 7th May, 1819. £1 IOS
A laudatory letter to the Duchess of Rutland expressing his exceeding admiration for herself and her noble family, and thanks for their patronage; and dedicating to her a book he had written, doubtless his Tales of the Hall," which was published the same year as the letter.
A.L.S. to Mr. John Robinson. I page, 4to. "North Glenham, 8 April, 1798." 12s 6d Asking that £25 be sent him; also refers to some personal affairs.
RAIGIE (Mrs. P. M., Anglo-American Novelist. Gate, 17th October, 1896.
A characteristic letter.
"Here we are all at sixes and sevens. A near relative is seriously ill and we live in a state of suspense and real distress. With this I have three publishers tormenting me. I have to finish a story for the Saturday Review by Monday. I have my nose in the ink-bottle and my eye on the door. .
"John Oliver Hobbs," 1867-1906). A.L. S. I page, 8vo. Lancaster £I IS
108 CRANE (Walter, born 1845). 3 pp., 8vo. Shepherd's Bush, M An interesting letter discussing some tableau.
Refers to a " Pando
110 "CROWQUILL (Alfred," Alf Artist, Illustrated "Bon Gault A.L.S." Alfred Crowquill" to I 5th June, 1867.
"I have finished your Burlesq Etc.
III CRUIKSHANK (George, 179 turist. A.L.S. to Mr. Johnstone. December 5th, 1863.
I leave town until leave the money with the Adjutant, u Etc.
A fine bold sig
113 CUVIER (George, Baron, 176 L.S. to M. Le Doyen. I page, f
As to the costs of an
114 DARLEY (George, 1795-1846) A.L.S. to Edward Moxon, the P 30th (1841). Envelope with Aut
Concerning some difficulty whi of one of his plays.
I have always und profit in publishing my plays but one
115 DAUBERVAL (Jean B., 1741 A.L. S. to Miss Colon (in French). Sept. 19, 1791.
Asking for an appointment for an English Comedy.
56 BURKE (Edmund, 1729-1797). Statesman and Author. A.L.S.
marked "Private," to Earl Spencer. 2 full pages, 4to. 19th March, 1795 Also addressed wrapper, with fine wax seal and franking signature.
£5 55 Introducing to Earl Spencer's notice, and requesting his patronage for a friend.
But if I were to refuse my worthy and excellent friend, Dr. Carmichael Smith
I should think I had done an injury not only to him and to my own feelings, but to your Lordship, too. For I should prevent you from the knowledge, and perhaps from the use, of the best physician, as well as the most worthy, benevolent, noble-minded and disinterested a man, that has fallen in my way during the course of a long and various life." Ete.
57 BURN (Richard). Author of “Justice of Peace.” A.L.S. to Mr. Cadell. I page, folio. “Orton, Ap. 5, 1785."
£1 55 "I thank you for your kind present of Cook's last voyage, and particularly for the elegance of the dress in which it appears.” Etc.
58 BURNETT (Mrs. Francis Hodgson, born 1849). Author of “ Little Lord Fauntleroy.” A.L.S. to Mrs. Forbes.
2 PP., 8vo, Portland Place, December 24th, N.D.
Accepting an invitation to meet Madame Sarah Grand.
“ Madame Grand is a woman whose personality greatly attracts me, but we meet always for such brief moments."
CONCERNING DRYDEN. 59 BURNEY (Dr. Charles, 1726-1814). Musician and Author.
Father of Madame d’Arblay, the Famous Diarist. A.L. S. 3 pp., 4to. Greenwich, 22nd Aug., 1798.
£2 IOS A long and very fine letter concerning Dryden and his works, also containing an account of a murderous attack made upon the Poet. “ I recollected the passage in Aristotle as soon as I read the translation.
Not one of these advertisements or paragraphs tends to invalidate your assertion about Mrs. Thomas's fiction.
You will find the date of the publication of Dryden's Fables, and the Satyr against Wit, and the Prologue and Epilogue to the Pilgrim, but of the day on which the Play was acted first, I have no record.
· From an old paper, December 19, 1679 :
“ Last night, Mr. Dryden, the famous dramatic poet, going from a Coffee House in Covent Garden, was set upon by three persons unknown to him, and so rudely by them handled, that, as it is said, his life is in no small danger.
An unkind trespass by which not only he himself but the Commonwealth of Learning may receive an injury."
60 BURNEY (Charles, 1757-1812). Great Classical Scholar. Son
of Dr. Chas. Burney and Brother of Mme. D'Arblay, Novelist. A.L. S. to Sir Henry Ellis, Chief Biographer at the British Museum. 2 pp., 8vo. The Rectory, Deptford, Nov. 17th, 1812.
Accept my best thanks in the name of the Glasgow wights. I am at present laid up with a slight fit of the gout.
61 BUTLER (Dr. Samuel, 1774-1839). Bishop of Lichfield, but
previously Head-master of Shrewsbury. A.L.S. to "My Lord.” I pp., 4to. Shrewsbury, 16 June, 1812.
A very interesting letter concerning Lucien Bonaparte and as to his being a true man and no spy.”
“ To-morrow I go to stay three days with Lucien Bonaparte and finish the perusal of the Manuscript of his noble poem.
“ He lives as a man of honour and virtue should live, in great apparent domestic happiness and literary refinement, and were other arguments wanting, I should say that a wife and children on whom he dotes with the ü'armest affection are too precious hostages to risk the safety of."
62 BYRON (Lady A. I. Noel). Wife of Lord Byron, the Poet.
A.L.S. “ Your Grateful Grandmamma.” I page, 8vo. N.D., circa 1846.
IOS 6d “I thought you meant to cut and run."
63 CAINE (T. H. Hall, born 1853). Author. A.L.S.
I page, 8vo. Isle of Man, 4 Sept., 1897.
£IIS “ I have no doubt whatever that in the hands of the women of England the future of the Country largely rests. But a sequel is usually a dangerous literary experiment, and an author must think twice before adopting it.
64 CALDECOTT (Randolph, 1846-1886). Eminent Artist and
Book Illustrator. AUTOGRAPH RECEIPT SIGNED for the sum of (187 ios. in favour of Mr. Edmund Evans, Publisher, for the Royalty on his illustrations to “ The House that Jack Built” and “ John Gilpin.” I page, oblong 8vo. Cannes, 31st December, 1878.
65 CAMPBELL (Thomas, 1777-1844). Scotch Poet. A.L.S. to “ J. H. V.” 2 pp., 4to. London, 4th June, 1822.
15S As to an MS. which had been sent to him for perusal and which he was unable to find.
66 CANNING (George, 1770-1827). Statesman. A.L.S. (initials).
. 2 pp., 8vo. Gloucester Lodge, June 4th, 1812. “ The turn of affairs yesterday
makes it unnecessary to say more, at present, than that I shall be mosi happy to talk with you.
* If you have not seen Mackintosh, keep the papers till you can show them to him.” Etc.
67 CANROBERT (Francois C. de, 1809-1895). French Marshal.
Distinguished at the Crimea. A.L. S. to“ Madame La Vicomtesse.' 2 pp., 8vo. 13th August, N.D.
IOS 6d (Trans.) :-“.
I find the letter that you wrote to me last Wednesday to tell me of your desire to be present at the ceremony at the Louvre to-morrow. I will make every effort to procure two or three tickets for you.
68 CANADA (Quebec).-HOCQUART, Intendant of New
France. L. 8. to Monsieur Darguenteuil, Proprietor, in the
(Trans.) :-“ You have not yet satisfied, Sir, the demand I made you at the end of last year for the census of your seigneurie
I beg you to send it, at the latest, during this month, to allow me to execute the command of his Majesty in this matter.
Etc. 69 (Island of Orleans). Contemporary Manuscript
Extract (in French) from the Register of the Parish of St. John
An interesting extract from the local Records, containing the
that His Excellency, the Governor
that the said Assembly, representing the Canadian Nation, should be composed principally of the Seigneurs named hereafter and the principal merchants and bourgeois chosen by each town of the Province.
70 CARLYLE (Jane Welsh, 1801-1866). (
Wife of Thomas Carlyle, the Essayist and Historian. A.L. S. to Mrs. Gilchrist. 4 pp., 8vo. 5, Cheyne Row, June 15th (circa 1862). £6 6s
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
I was to have gone with a lady to Folkestone on
Mr. C. is