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Series of 20 Autograph Letters Signed to Caroline Holland

Series of 20 Autograph Letters Signed to Caroline Holland, daughter of Sir Henry Holland (1788-1873, physician to Queen Victoria and travel writer), in all 71 pages 8vo.

LOUISE CAROLINE ALBERTA (1848-1939). From Dorndon, Tunbridge Wells, Kensington Palace, Osborn House, Frogmore House and Sandringham, 1873-1880, where dated. Princess Louise, known as the rebellious royal, was a sculptor, painter and campaigner for the rights of women from whom scandal was never far away. Her marriage to the Marquis of Lorne gave her a certain amount of freedom from her mother's watchful and reproachful eye, most obviously when Lorne was appointed Governor General of Canada and the pair moved away from England. These letters date from after her marriage.Though the Princess's artistic talents are well known, her musical interests are less so. Even her critical mother acknowledged her expertise in dancing, though little is known of her singing prowess. These letters depict a keen and sensitive singer, eager to join Miss Holland's choir and to promote their concerts. 'Many thanks for sending me the copy of 'Joshua'. I have been looking it over, but of course doing so alone is not of much use. There are only two or three little bits which seem difficult.Your marks I do not all understand, at present, but shall when I am singing with the others, I dare say. . I shall be dreadfully shy at first, that I must tell you. .'Private concerts to support the Princess's charities were undertaken by Miss Holland's choir.'Mr Sullivan is most tiresome not to have sent in his part of the programme. I will send off to him again for the 4th time. Mr Chappell will have the tickets to sell, & to be got also at 31 Sloane Street & at two of the Gentlemen's houses belonging to the Work Society. .'The collection includes five letters from the Marquess of Lorne to Miss Holland. It would appear from these letters that Miss Holland was commissioned to set a poem entitled A grave in London written by Lorne, to music. The poem is included in one of Lorne's letters (which contains a photograph of an elderly man seated and has the signature excised).'A Sailor's grave, when London roars, A Conch-shell placed thereon;Voices of City, wares and shoresWhen he with these has done!.'Two letters from Louise's younger sister Princess Helena (1846-1923, fifth child of Queen Victoria) are also included, indicating that Miss Holland was a close friend of all the family.'. May God comfort & support you dear Miss Holland in this your bitter sorrow. Alas, I know too well what it is to lose a loving & tender Father. .'
Autograph Letter Signed ('Wellington') to General Sir [James w]illoughby Gordon

Autograph Letter Signed (‘Wellington’) to General Sir [James w]illoughby Gordon, 2 pages 8vo, S[tratfied] Saye, 7 September 1827.

WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, duke of (1769-1852). A fine political letter. '. I am inclined to think that the King did say something civil in respect of Lord Holland, which was calculated to satisfy Lord Lansdowne. The political office offered to Brougham I believe was that of Chief Baron; and Peerage!! I don't understand that Brougham thinks his silk gown does him an injury. That which hs been injurious to him has been the promotion of others of his Brethren at the Bar; which he wished to have postponed for a year. This postponement was to have given him the Lion's share of Mr Scarlett's business. .' The letter was written at the beginning of Lord Brougham's seeking for political power, and anticipates later events when, in 1830, having already been affronted by the offer of becoming attorney-general, he very reluctantly accepted the lord chancellorship and the peerage which accompanied it.The others referred to are James Scarlett, later first Baron Abinger), Henry Richard Holland, third Baron Holland (1773-1840) The earlier reference is described thus in Oxford DNB: 'In the political vacuum caused by Liverpool's stroke on 17 February 1827, Holland's Letter to the Rev. Dr. Shuttleworth argued the advantages of Catholic emancipation. Unlike Grey, Holland supported the administrations of Canning and Goderich. Those whigs in office were eager to have him in the cabinet. George IV disingenuously assured Lansdowne on 1 September that Holland should fill the first vacancy. On 11 December, a month before his resignation, Goderich himself proposed this to the king.' The further reference is to James Scarlett, later first Baron Abinger (1769-1844), judge.