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UNPUBLISHED ESSAY ON WM. PITT, FIRST EARL OF CHATHAM. 71 CARLYLE (Thomas, 1795-1881). Essayist and Historian.

ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH MS. Very closely written, consisting of some 74 lines, with numerous corrections. Being a critical essay on I'm. Pitt, ist Earl of Chatham. 2 pp., folio. N.D. £45

This magnificent original autograph essay on Chatham, it is believed has never been published ; attached to it is a slip on which Carlyle has written, “SCRIBBLE ON CHATHAM, TO BE BURNT AT ONCE.” Although the tone of the essay is most eulogistic, the writer does not entirely praise his subject. He speaks of his demeaning himself," probably referring to Pitt's taking the title of Earl of Chatham, which action was much criticised at the time. The following are a few extracts from the essay

'Chatham a king too, like Fk. and of as high and proud a mind, but in the most surprisingly different element. His kingdom not the firm German earth, with 200,000 skilled and armed men to do his bidding ; but an empire of the House of Commons chaos, of the English Newspaper air, with George the Third for his supreme Jove, and the aerial host of able editors, hon. members, drunk pot-wallopers for ministering servants, if he can contrive to make them minister.

Let Parliament rejoice in its one Chatham, for it will never have a second. As there was one Long Parliament, Father of all Parliaments, Congresses, Conventions, and National Palavers that attempt the work of sovereignty fatally impossible to them : so has there been one Chatham, one radiant son of the Empyrion, who could believe such work not to be impossible, and

fairly try to do it there. He is a Chatham the unique, not even a counterfeit of him has been attempted since. His manner of demeaning himself is, as might be expected highly singular. A wondrous chiaroscuro, prostrate humility and royal arrogance,

the man has (as every man must have) his theatre, his curtains

and what is notable in Chatham, all this complex theatricality is a perfect moniteur (requisition) of nature with him and he has not the consciousness of being theatrical, euphonitical. He is a poor man, man with no influence, little judgment, only love of his country's honour to boast of. 'These fingers are clean, nothing sticks to them.' . . -Ach Gott, pfui!

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72 CARTWRIGHT (Major John, 1740-1824). Political Reformer,

served in Navy and Militia, Wrote against taxing the American Colonies. A.L. S. to Herbert Bruce, Esq. I p., 4to. Friday, 13 May, 1803

55 I have promised Mrs. Halliday to discharge all witnesses as expeditiously as may be. I hope and trust considerable damage will be given us.'

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2 A.L.S., each tp., 8vo. 37, Burtree Crescent, 1823 and

55 Containing orders for the binding of books.

74 CAVAIGNAC (J. B., 1762-1829). French Republican. A.L.S. I page, folio. Bayonne, 1794.

As to the supply of horses for the Army.

6s

75 CHANNEL ISLANDS (Guernsey). — L.s. to the Lords

of His Majesty's (George II) Council, being the Answers of five of the Jurats of the Royal Court of Guernsey to the Petition of several Merchants, Traders, and Inhabitants of Guernsey and Alderney, complaining of the Royal Court of Guernsey for having made an Order enforcing the Act of Navigation. 3 pp., folio. Guernsey, 24th April, 1739.

14s Interesting document relating to the operation of the Act of Navigation as regards Guernsey and Alderney, and also interesting on account of the signatures of five of the prominent inhabitants, Jurats of the Royal Court of Guernsey, attached to the letter.

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76 CHANTREY (Sir Francis L., 1781-1841). Sculptor. A.L.S. to

Rev. D. Williams. I pp., 4to. Belgrave Place, 25 April, 1826.

IOS 6d

As to the monument in memory of Mr. Iremonger.

77 CHARLES I., King of England (1600-1649). A very fine

ORIGINAL CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT CONCERNING THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE MARRIAGE OF CHARLES I., then Prince of Wales, to the Infanta Maria of Spain. The Manuscript is very neatly written on over 60 pp., folio, and is entitled, The Spanish Labarinth or a true Relation made by the Duke of Buckingham to both Howses of Parliament assembled the 24th February, 1623." Bound in the original limp vellum, with gilt stamp and panels on sides. Circa 1624.

£10 IOS A fascinating and valuable contemporary historical manuscript, doubtless made at the time for one of the parties concerned. It is a very full account of the negotiations made by the Duke of Buckingham, the Earl of Bristol, and Endymion Porter for the hand of the Infanta Maria, also of the Duke of Buckingham's visit to Spain with Prince Charles, and correspondence from the Earl of Bristol between 1614 and 1624 relating to the same.

78

D.S. (on vellum), addressed to William Earl of Denbigh, Master of the Great Wardrobe.

I page, oblong folio. Westminister, 28th November, 1631. With wax seal.

£6 Ios A warrant for the supply of livery to Edward Kingesley, one of the Yeomen of his Majesty's Buckhounds.

79 CHARLOTTE SOPHIA (1744-1818). Queen of George III. A.L.S. to Lord Ailesbury. 2 pp., 8vo. 13th December, 1790.

£i ios A chatty letter discussing court and social life; mentioning Lady Ailesbury, Lord Moira, Lady Huntington, and others.

80 CHESTERFIELD (Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of, 1694

1773). Celebrated Statesman, Orator, and Wit, Author of the famous “ Letters to his Son." D.S., on vellum. 1769.

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STARTING THE "DAILY NEWS."

→ DICKENS (Charles, 1812-1870). Novelist. A.L.S. to (Sir) Joseph Paxton. 3 pp., 8vo. Fleet Street, 1st Dec., 1845.

£18 188

A very fine letter as to the starting of the "Daily News," of which Dickens was first Editor.

"I intend going to Liverpool myself, in a week or so, to blow vague trumpets for the Daily News..

"I am regularly in harness now, and we are getting on vigorously and steadily. Mr. Powell comes to me to-day, when I hope to nail him right. And for the second Sub-Editor I have received a proposal which is likely to drive Easthope (when he knows it) raving mad.

Our man in Paris

has distinguished himself already: on the part of the being as familiar with the most secret moves other papers, as if he had done nothing else but receive their unlimited confidence from his cradle." Etc.

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The Daily News" was born into the Newspaper World the following month, January 1846, but Dickens' connection with it was very short, he resigning the Editorship in February the same year.

A.L.S. to James R. Ware. I page, 8vo. Office of All the Year Round, 16th January, 1861. £5 10S Referring to the representation of Wilkie Collins's "Woman in White" on the stage.

"The Woman in White being wholly Mr. Wilkie Collins's and the right to sanction or object to its representation on the stage being wholly that gentleman's, I have forwarded your letter and its two enclosures to him without delay."

A.L.S. to John Elliotson, Physician and Mesmerist. 2 pp., 8vo. Devonshire Terrace, Nov. 23rd, 1850.

£4 45

Begging his professional attention for a certain Mr. Wilson.

"Perruquier to all the chief theatres in London, of whom I have had much knowledge in our amateur theatricals, and who is a very worthy and zealous man, not gaining much by great exertion..." Etc.

Dr. John Elliotson, the famous Physician and Mesmerist, to whom this letter is addressed, was a great friend of Dickens, and he and Thackeray each dedicated a work to him.

A.L.S.

I page, small 8vo. Doughty Street, Thursday Morning, circa 1838. Fine early signature. £3 10S

A very early letter, being written from Doughty Street.

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I am so very much engaged that I cannot spare time to call upon

DICKENS (Charles)-continued. A.L. (3rd person) to his J page, 8vo. The Lawn House, F

An early letter, written from T Broadstairs, promising to send a pressing application from his jewel

Mr. Dickens will

Mr. Edmonds may rest assur complaint against him, but quite the chased any jewelry since he was las some plate, but that he had promise again." Etc.

The letter is just a little

134 DODGSON (C. L., "Lewis C Wrote "Alice in Wonderland." Dalziel Bros. I page, 8vo. Ch

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Concerning some blocks to be m of his work, and enquiring about engraving.

Very clearly written in b

AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED Committee. I page, 8vo. 19 O

136 D'ORSAY (Alfred G. G., Count Fashion, Friend of Countess of E I page, 8vo. Gore House, 26 A

As to obtaining a specimen of that of French manufacture.

"Could you obtain from Sheffiel instruments. I have received from F perfection, of that manufacture, as in

A.L.S. to Du Pasquier. 31 A most interesting chatty lett ing to the publishing of Du Pa stating

you, but if you wish to see me, and will call here." Etc.

every one in England example of a Foreigner, having gained *Written the same year a

138 DUBOIS (Prefect of the French Paris, 18th March, 1806.

139 DUFF-GORDON (Lucy, Lad Translator. A.L.S. to Sir Alex. I pp., 8vo. "Geneva," circa 1865.

102 CORNWALLIS (Charles, Marquis, 1738-1805). Famous

British General in the American War, Governor-General of India.
A.L. S. to his friend, Lieut.-Genl. Ross.

I page, 4to. On the
River near Barrackpore, Augt. 9th, 1805.

£I IOS 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.

103 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.

£I 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.

104 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.

105 CRABBE (George, 1754-1832). Poet and Divine. A.L.S.

addressed to the Duchess of Rutland, and dedicating a book to her. I pp., 8vo. 7th May, 1819.

£I 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.

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106

A.L.S. to Mr. John Robinson. I page, 4to. "North Glenham, 8 April, 1798."

I2S 6d Asking that £25 be sent him; also refers to some personal affairs.

107 CRAIGIE (Mrs. P. M., “John Oliver Hobbs,” 1867-1906). Anglo-American Novelist. A.L.S.

I page, 8vo.

Lancaster Gate, 17th October, 1896.

£1 IS 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.

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o DORSET (Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of, 1591-1652). Stuart Statesman, Supported Charles I. in the Civil War, Commissioner for planting Virginia. D.S. 1 p., sm. 4to. 24th Oct., 1640.

IOS 6d

Concerning the trial at the Inner Star Chamber of a certain Sir Edward Ratcliffe.

I

L.S. I page, folio. Whitehall, Feb., 1640.

IOS 6d

Referring to the " Petition of One Hundred and Sixty Poore Men," touching them and a certain Lord to whom the letter is addressed.

2 DUMAS (Alex. fils, 1824-1895). Novelist and Dramatist. A.L. 8. to Mons. Montrosier. 2 pp., 8vo. Paris, December 22nd, 1876. With Autograph Addressed Envelope. £1 IOS

Concerning an article which Dumas had been asked to write for a Periodical.

(Trans.):-" I should like nothing better than to give you the article you wish for, but I should prefer that it did not appear to have been done expressly for that. I should wish that it might be taken from an intimate correspondence, not meant for publication to take away from my observations the serious aspect of an article. I will write you a letter in which I will give you the details you wish concerning my home and surroundings, and you can extract what you consider suitable

." Etc.

DYMOKE (Sir Henry, 1801-1865). King's George IV's Coronation. A.L. S. 31 pp., 8vo. 1856.

A long and interesting letter.

EASTLAKE (Sir Charles Lock, 1793-1865). Painter and President of the Royal Academy. A.L. S. 1 pp., 4to. Gwydr House, 13th July, 1844. IOS 6d

Respecting the use of lime for Fresco painting, and arranging a meeting with Professor Faraday and others to consider same.

6s 6d

A.L.S. 1 pp., 8vo. Fitzroy Square. Interesting letter.

EDINBURGH (Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of, 1844-1900).
Son of Queen Victoria. PHOTOGRAPH (FULL LENGTH), WITH
AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE AND DATE written on back. Carte-
de-visite size. 1864.
IOS 6d

EGERTON (Francis, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, Viscount Brackley, | 1800-1857). Statesman and Poet, inherited the Bridgwater Estates. A.L.S. 3 pp., 4to. Oaklands, Sept. 27th, 1851. 10s 6d Containing much useful and interesting information on various kinds of fishing.

. My observations on the habits of the salmon tribe.. am of opinion that the sand eel is a favourite food. With regard to the varieties of trout in the lakes. "Etc.

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Two very fine letters, chiefly obtaining specimens of shells in Ma "I could only obtain a few of one much broken.. I offered to s a shell for some kinds that I wished 'I fear I cannot at present assi some Frenchmen at the Cap projects against the Government been permitted to go beyond the lim I hope .. some relaxa

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Etc.

149 ELLISTON (R. W., 1774-1831). drawn by him and signed during

150 EMERSON (Ralph Waldo, 180 Essay Writer. A.L.S. to E. A. Concord, Mass., 10th April, 1852.

"Your Literary World continue ledge into my circle, but it is uniform shire," and so comes more slowly, and

151 ERSKINE (Thomas, 1788-1864) cellor Erskine. A.L.S. to Thoma I p., 8vo. Exeter, 1842. Also a on envelope, fine wax seal.

Remitting a fine he had impose attendance at the Assizes.

152 ETTY (William, 1787-1849). A 2 pp., 8vo. Strand, N.D.

That you might be a means o state to one more on a par with what

153 EUGENIE, Empress of Fr General Sir Evelyn Wood. 4 PP Alps, 27th March, 1892? On M on the fourth page.

A very charming and friendly lating Sir Evelyn Wood on the succe ill-health and mentioning the Prin family, who were with her at Cape M

"The Pce, and the Pcsse, of Wa here. They are allowed every liberty, all their sorrow and mourning." Edward VIIth, then Princ eldest son, Duke of Clarence, who h

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