Cheque made out and signed by Hastings (in full ‘Warren Hastings’) to Messrs Browne & Whitefoord for £60.HASTINGS, Warren (1732-1818). Drawn on Messrs Robert, Francis & William Gosling, London 1 February 1791. This cheque dates from the time of Hastings's trial for supposed irregularities during his governorship. The trial lasted intermittently for seven years (1788-1795) as and when parliamentary business allowed.
Collection of eight documents relating to Greville’s expenses, including two accounts specifically made out to Sir William Hamilton.GREVILLE, Charles Francis (1749-1809). Further material relates to Hamilton's estate. Greville is particularly remembered for the 'gift' of his mistress, Emma Lyon (1765-1815) to his uncle William Hamilton, whose heir he had become, in 1786. The present collection largely relates to the domestic expenses of both Greville and Hamilton.21 June 1768, small slip: Account (in French) to Hamilton from Marie Loeillot for blue lustrine. 29 March 1790, 2 pages 4to: Account (in French) to Greville (in London) for providing and packing mirrors. 3 April 1790, 6 pages folio: lengthy account made out (in French) to Greville (in London) for furnishing number 73 Rue de La Verrerie in Paris, amounting to 9,929.2.6. livres. 7 April 1790 1 page 4to: letter to Greville from his agent in Paris, Perregaux, drawing his attention to the foregoing bill and also that previous one, for the mirrors. April? 1803: Invoice presumably to Greville from the London merchants, Kay & Prodgers for furnishings etc. including, 'Gowns & Bonnetts', 1 pages 4to rather tattered. This was long after Emma had been transferred to Hamilton. Greville remained unmarried although in search of a rich wife.8 May 1804: Receipt signed by William Crichton for £122 9s 4d 'from the Executor of the late Sir William Hamilton'8 October 1805: receipt signed by John Kay and Ed. Prodgers for £15 17s, 'the amount of our claim on the estate of the late Sir William Hamilton K.B. dece'd, for linen drapery, as proved by us in the court of Chancery in the cause Crichton against Greville .'. Small slip with embossed revenue stamp.Undated bill in Italian to 'Milord Amilton' on account of M. Loeillot for various furnishings.
Autograph Manuscript of two poems in Italian, 3 pages 8vo, signed by Fox (‘C.J. Fox’) at the head of each. Remains of old mount on blank (fourth) side.FOX, Charles James (1749-1806). The poems are La Gelosia [Jealosy], 24 lines, and 'Il piacere [pleasure] & Il Desire (corrected in another hand to 'Desiderio') [desire]. The hand which has corrected 'Il Desire' adds 'translation / From / M G Lewis', i.e. presumably Matthew Gregory ('Monk') Lewis (1775-1818), although the connection is unclear.
Autograph Letter Signed to Colonel Sir John M. Wilson, 4 pages 8vo, Office of Ordnance, 30 April 1850.ANGLESEY, Sir Henry William Paget, Marquess of (1768-1854). Explaining, with statistics, that there could not possibly be a vacancy at Carshalton for Wilson's eleven-year-old son. '. I grieve that I cannot give a more favorable answer to an old soldier who has done great service.'
Letter Signed (‘T. Carlyle’ in blue pencil, the text secretarial), 1½ pages 8vo on black-edged paper (second leaf irregularly torn away), 5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, 20 January 1873.CARLYLE, Thomas (1795-1881). The letter is to an unnamed correspondent ('Dear Sir'). 'Like you I have been assailed with applications and remonstrances on that unhappy subject [a pencilled note in an unidentified hand here reads 'C D Acts']; in particular have had various bundles of printed papers sent me, all of which, except the first, I burned without reading, being quite decided to keep my own poor mind clear of so disgusting a subject. .'
Autograph Letter Signed to a friend, 3 pages 8vo (the second pair conjoint, small holes in the fold, not affecting the text), no date.SAINT-SAENS, Camille (1835-1921). Complaining about serious mistakes when there had been plenty of time to make the corrections. '. Some had escaped me, but others that I had indicated have not been corrected; and then, what an idea in the epigraph of Adam et Eve for where I had written "you will be like gods" to go and put "you will be as happy as the gods"! .'
Letter Signed (‘Rob. Stephenson’) to Peter Le Neve-Foster, secretary of the Society of Arts, 1 page 4to, 24 Great George Street, 3 July 1858.STEPHENSON, Robert (1803-1859). With the received hand-stamp of the Society in the upper left hand corner. Accepting the vice-presidency of the Society of Arts and asking to be invited to council meetings.Written close to the end of Stephenson's life. In the following year he was advised to stop work and take a cruise on his yacht Titania, leaving for Norway in September 1859. He was taken ill on the voyage and rushed back to his home at 34 Gloucester Terrace, where he died on 12 October.
Letter Signed to the Rev. Dr Coke, 2 pages 4to (split in fold, some traces of old mounting), Fife House, 11 September 1813.LIVERPOOL, R.B. Jenkinson, Second Earl of (1770-1828). Relating to the position of missionaries travelling to those parts of the colonies 'in the East' which were not in the territories of the East India Company.
Autograph Letter Signed to Emile Deschamps, poet and author of the libretto of Roméo et Juliette, 1 page 8vo, Friday evening [27 October 1848].BERLIOZ, Hector (1803-1869). 'Did you really believe I'd accept anything of yours without trying to offer you something of my own in return? . I asked Taylor for two seats, which I've been carrying around in my pocket for the past four days and I now enclose. I fervently hope this concert gives you even just one tenth of the great artistic emotion which Macbeth gave me! .'He is 'so exhuasted by this morning's rehearsal that I can hardly hold the pen'.Deschamps' adaptation of Macbeth had been premiered on 2 October at the Odéon. The tickets Berlioz gave him would have been for his forthcoming concert on 29 October at the opera house in Versailles.Correspondance Générale 1233.
Charming Autograph Letter Signed (‘Albert’) to the Sub[-Dean of Windsor], written at the age of 8, 2 pages 8vo in pencil (browned), York Cottage, 15 January 1904.GEORGE VI (1895-1952). The future King George VI, known as Albert until his accession, was born at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk, on 14 December 1895. This is one of his earliest-known letters. '.Thank you very much for the post-card that you sent me. I hope you are quite well. We are enjoying ourselves very much here.Good luck / your sincere friend / Albert.'
Autograph Letter (third person) to J.B. Howell, 1 page 8vo (traces of mounting and a small tear not affecting the text), Treasury 16 ?November 1801.ADDINGTON, Henry, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757-1844). 'Mr. H. Addington's compliments to Mr. Howell, and really is unable at present to give any decisive Answer to his note of Saturday. He believing the Report mention'd in it to have no foundation.'
WATTS, George Frederic (1817-1904). Declaring that he has 'every reason for believing in the absolute correctness of the statements in Mr (name scribbled out) paper'. The writing paper carries the printed address of Little Holland House although it was knocked down in 1875. He subsequently moved to New Little Holland House in Melbury Road, backing on to his good friend Frederic Leighton's property.
LLOYD-GEORGE, David, 1st Earl (1863-1945). Frances Louise Stevenson, later Countess Lloyd-George of Dwyvor (1888-1972) was hired by David Lloyd George in 1911 to be the governess of his daughter Megan. She became his secretary and mistress in 1913 and was to marry him in 1943. Their correspondence (My Darling Pussy: The Letters of Lloyd George and Frances Stevenson, ed. A.J.P. Taylor was published in 1975.
WILLIAM IV (1765-1837). A six-line sentiment, in English in a fine copperplate hand. Lines from The Country Maid and her Milk Pail'When men suffer their imagination to amuse them with the prospect of distant and uncertain improvements of their condition, they frequently sustain real losses, by their inattention to those affairs in which they are immediately concerned.'
Chamberlain’s Christmas Card for 1939, unsigned, but a remarkable relic of what must have been his most difficult Christmas, 110 x 175mm. (4½ x 7 inches).CHAMBERLAIN, (Arthur) Neville (1869-1940). The card is embossed in gilt on the front 'Christmas 1939' and is adorned with a red ribbon. Neville Chamberlain had become prime minister on 28 May 1937 at a time when the policy of appeasement was already established by the Foreign Office. He was a strong advocate of British rearmament, especially of the air force, for which purpose he raised the rate of taxation in the 1937 budget. The sequence of events leading to the outbreak of war with German on 3 September 1939 is well known to history. Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill now returned to the government and Chamberlain, although unhappy with his role as a war leader, became firmly opposed to any kind of rapprochement with Hitler without there being an end to Nazi policy.Christmas 1939 could hardly have been a happy time for Chamberlain. The strange quietness engendered by the so-called 'phoney war' came to an end on 10 May 1940 with Hitler's invasion of France. On that day Chamberlain resigned and Churchill became prime minister.1939 was Chamberlain's last Christmas. Soon after his resignation he became aware of symptoms of the abdominal problem which was confirmed as the cancer from which he was to die on 9 November 1940.