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1002 BROWNING (Robert, 1812-1889). Poet. A.L.S. to Mrs.
Bridell, “ Tottie," the daughter of his great friend and adviser, Rev. W. J. Fox. 2 pp., 8vo. Warwick Crescent, 27 July, 1871. Also addressed envelope.
£4 45 Nothing can be kinder than the kindness of yours in sending me the letter, which can be no other than the one I was informed about, and desired to obtain. I thank you again and again.
I shall find out the picture in which you have done me so much honor, it may be a repetition or perhaps enlargement of a clever picture I saw, and ought to have thanked you for, at the Academy last year.
I shall endeavour to call at your house, and—not 'renew' but reinvigorate our old intimacy, of which I have very pleasant memories,” etc.
had m ried Frederick Lee Bridell, a celebrated Landscape Painter, and both Mr. and Mrs. Browning had been close friends of Mrs. Bridell before her marriage.
A.L.S. "E. B. B. and R. Browning” to the Rev. W. J. Fox. 2 pp., 8vo. N.D., circa 17 Oct., 1853. Also addressed envelope.
£3 Ios A fine letter written by Robert Browning but which he has signed for himself and wife. “ Hour by hour I meant
to call on you for five minutes, and thank you, tho' never so poorly, for all your goodness to me and minebut the dreadful last day has come out with all its peculiarities.
We go to Paris to-morrow—and shall return in some six months, it is hoped, readier to pay all debts—though not much abler probably. But thank you, thank you for it all, criticism and sympathy.
Al. thanks you, too and so does my wife, who will také proper care of the drawing.
" With all loving regards to 'Tottie.'' Etc.
A.L.8. to the same. 3 full pp., 8vo. Rome, 5th April. 1859. Also addressed envelope with his signature thereon, and wax seal.
£3 ios " I am desirous of introducing to you
my dear friend My. Cartwright.
He leaves for England to-night, being anxious to profit by the circumstance of this dissolution of Parliament and to enter the new one, if that may be, on the Liberal side. I hope and trust he will succeed and that the Liberals will get a ripe scholar, a thoroughly liberal and honest man, and, what hurts nothing, a true gentleman to boot.
I have to congratulate you heartily on the marriage of dear Tottie," etc., etc.
1005 BUONAPARTE (B. Ferdinand, died 1746). An Ancestor
of the Emperor Napoleon I. Was a learned Ecclesiastic and Doctor of Law. A.L.S. (in Italian) to Mons. Fontanini. 4 pp., 4to. St. Miniato (Tuscany), 19 Dec., 1724.
£2 Ios A long and interesting letter from an ancestor of Napoleon I. to Giustino Fontinini, a learned Italian Critic and Antiquary, Professor at the University of Rome. Buonaparte was a deacon of the Church of St. Augustine at St. Miniato, concerning the history of which he writes seeking information; and also concerning the Vendette prima di Pietro Blesense,” giving quotations from that work.
The " Vendette " was the title of a collection of the decisions of the ancient Roman jurists made by order of the Emperor Justinian. Ferdinand Buonaparte was a doctor of Laws and attained some repute as a student of the Civil and Canonical Laws of his Country.
1006 BURKE (Edmund, 1729-1797). Statesman and Author.
A.L.s. to the Earl of Buchan. 2 pp., 4to. London, 7 July, 1786.
£6 6s A very fine letter in which he speaks in high praise of his correspondent, the bearer of the family name of Erskine.
“We have all to lament, though few can lament so pathetically and elegantly as your Lordship, the evil you describe. I feel my small share of the general reproach in which the commerce of corruption between Asia
Europe Country. distinguished by a shave in the partiality of an whole family, Periya splendid
to be at all times, but which is now at the summit of its reputation, when the name of Erskine suggests to everybody the first eminence in Genius, Eloquence, Wit, and Spirit,” etc.
1007 BURNET (John, 1784-1868). Painter and Engraver. A.L.S. 21 pp., 4to. N.D. A little stained, apparently by oil.
12S 6d Long and interesting letter to a lady, giving advice and instruction on the commencement of the art of painting in oils, and especially on the choice of palettes and brushes for particular uses. The letter is really a most useful treatise on the subjects dealt with.
1008 BURNETT (James, Lord Monboddo, 1714-1799). Scottish
Judge. A.L.s. to John Spottiswood. } page, 4to. Grosvenor
Making an appointment.
1009 BURRITT (Elihu, 1811-1879). American Author and Black
smith. A.L.S. to “ Rev. and Dear Sir." 1 page, 8vo. Peace Congress Committee, 5th June, 1849.
7s 6d A very interesting letter, written while in England, as to a demonstration in favour of Cobden's motion for Arbitration Treaties.
1010 BURTON (Sir Fredk. Wm., 1816-1900). Water-colour
Painter and Director of the National Gallery. A.L.S. to Wm. Vokins, the Art Publisher. I pp., 8vo. Kensington, 8 Aug., 1887.
8s 6d As to purchasing a picture or th National Gallery.
1011 BURTON (Lady Isabel, 1831-1896). Authoress and Explorer.
A remarkable and exceedingly interesting letter concerning her husband's opinions on the question of " Polygamy."
"It would be more profitable to us to smash up the book than not to let my preface stand as it is. The Queen hates polygamy, and I am acting under orders. The British public hates polygamy. Capt. Burton has chaffed the public long enough. I now intend to make it my business that it shall understand him.
The Brazilian Govt. is Catholic. The Empress Ultra-papist. Do you think the Emperor wd. order 3 or 4000 copies to be distributed in his Empire if Capt. B.'s animus were not somewhat annulled. The men in your office who set you against my preface are underhand enemies to my husband. Believe me if I could only publish anything like a difference between us, all London wd. buy it-so it won't damage you!
we cannot well risk an appoint. of 950 a yr. for the sake of one £250. Please be quiet about this and let it be.
"P.S.-Just going to dine with the Froudes."
A.L.S. to the same.
I page, 8vo.
Upper Montagu 15S Concerning her husband's Translation of the Poems of Camoens, the poor Poet like our Shakespeare."
A.L.S. to Mr. Tinsley. 1 pp., 8vo. N.D.
12s 6d "I send you Mr. Stirling's remarks—the Dedication page-a letter to read and our agreement respecting Mecca. How is it you never sent me my own advertisement as you promised for the Athenæum with Captain Burton' letter."
1014 BYRON (Lady A. I. Noel, 1792-1860). Wife of Lord Byron, the Poet. A.L.S. to Lady Portsmouth. 2 pp., 8vo. Piccadilly Terrace, August 25th, N.D.
A friendly letter, mentioning Lord Byron and thanking Lady Portsmouth for a gift of Venison, also on other matters. Referring to Dr. Southey, probably Henry Herbert Southey, the younger brother of Robert Southey the poet, who became physician to George IV. and Queen Adelaide, and in whom Lady Byron was much interested.
A.L.S. to Miss Mary Duppa. I page, 4to. Fordhook, Feb. 21st, 1833. Autograph Address and remains of Wax Seal on fly leaf. 18s
"I am going to Brighton the middle of next week, and hope it will not be later than the time you mention that I shall see you," etc.
OF “ ETONIAN " INTEREST. 1016 BYRON (George Gordon, Lord, 1788-1824). Poet. ALS.
to Master ). Favell, of Eton. I page, 4to. St. James's Street, Feb. 21st, 1812. Autograph Address franking signature and Wax Seal on wrapper. (SEE ILLUSTRATION, PLATE II.) £25
The letter is a most interesting one, written to a young friend at Eton asking him to look after a new boy, “ the son of my friend, Mr. Hanson."
Accompanying is an interesting letter from Prof. Jebb, of Cambridge, concerning Byron's letter and the purport of it.
1017 CALDERON (Philip H., 1833-1898). Painter, R.A. A-LS.
to W. Vokins, the Art Publisher. í page, 8vo. St. John's
1018 CAMBACERES (Jean Jacques Régis de, 1757-1824). Famous
French Statesman. Second Consul of France, under Napoleon Bonaparte. L.S. 11 pp., 4to. Paris, 27 Thermidor, An 7 14
41 IS Interesting letter, concerning an attack on a peaceable citizen, under pretence of seizing a contrabandist.
1019 CAMBRIDGE (George William, Duke of, 1819-1904). Com
mander-in-Chief of the British Army. Cousin of Queen Victoria.
I hope to be certainly back in time for the public supping of our boys on Thursday, 22nd,” etc.
A.L.8. to “My dear Frederick." 31 pp., 8vo. St. James' Palace, N.D.
This letter is to make my excuse to Her Ladyship and to assure her how sorry I am at not being able to dine again to-day, for I assure you I left a most agreeable party there, and envy you your young lady,” etc.
1021 CAMPBELL (Thomas, 1777-1844). Scotch Poet. A.L.8. to
Dr. Withering. 2 pp., 4to. Sydenham, August_27th, 1810.
18s An interesting letter concerning his own health and inability to work regularly ; also giving a minute description of the death of one of his children.
The draft of Dr. Withering's reply is written on the third page.
1022 CARLYLE (Jane Welsh, 1801-1866). Wife of Thomas
Carlyle, the Essayist and Historian. A.L.8. to Miss L. Douglas, of Fife. 3 pp., 8vo. Great Cheyne Row, 12 Sept., 1855. With addressed envelope.
£4 48 A friendly and bantering letter about the non-arrival of present to Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle.
Mr. Carlyle has just popped his head in at the door, before mounting his horse, to bid me write you a line, to say that the wonderful thing you announced as on its way has never arrived. So that he is afraid of it having gone astray. We sent to 5 Cheyne Walk, which was the address you put on your note—but neither had it arrived there ! Indeed theļpeople there are quite accustomed to sending on your parcels.
How will you answer for it to your sister and brother-in-law-whom God'bless—if their kind thought has been spilt on the way."
A.L.S. to Mrs. Maurice, wife of F. D. Maurice, the celebrated Socialistic Divine and Author. 1} pp., 8vo. Thursday.
£5 55 An exceedingly interesting letter, in which she makes some most caustic remarks upon her husband, and displays her own self-willed and independent spirit.
' As for Mr. C., he is incalculable and impracticable and, I am afraid, incorrigible, so I don't engage for him. But there are degrees of unprotected femaleism at which one rises superior to protection; and after the difficulties I underwent at Mr. Milnes's the other night, I feel up to anything in the way of going about on my own basis.”
A.L.8. to Lady Bulwer Lytton. 21 pp., 8vo. N.D., circa 1836-7.
£4 45 In which the writer suggests that her friend, Captain Sterling, should endeavour to get at Sir Edward on Lady Lytton's behalf, apparently with a view to obtaining alimony for her from Lord Lytton (then Sir Edward) on account of their separation.
“ I have not had courage to come to you in these days, having nothing but ' hope deferred,' that most sickening of all things, to bring you.
• It now seems desirable that my friend, Capt. Sterling, should speak with yourself before he makes a new effort to get at Sir Edward.
He is a man of Honour, and still better, an honest man, whom it will be quite safe for you (to) communicate with, and if any flesh and blood mortal can bring this business to a happy issue by dint of courage, and determination and volition of will.
1025 CARNOT (Sadi, 1837-1894). President of the French
Republic. A.L.S. to Mons. Méchin. 1} pp., 8vo. Nolay, 22nd Sept., 1879.
On ministerial affairs and enquiring particulars of baths, casino, hotels, etc., at a certain watering-place.
1026 CHAMPOLLION - FIGEAC (Jean Jacques, 1778-1867).
French Linguist and Antiquary. Librarian to Napoleon III.
I page, 8vo.