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Autograph Letter Signed to Sir William TITE (Benjamin Robert, 1786-1846, Historical Painter)

HAYDON (1798-1873, Architect, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, MP) saying that he knows that he has "always expressed to you my conviction that Historical Fresco decoration was essential to the Completion of the new Royal Exchange. There are 24 large spaces, and 8 small ones; the large ones might be filled with a grand series of historical illustrations of the rise, progress & conclusion of our Commercial power. The small ones might have Chiarooscuro figures of the greatest Men (considered in the city) as being the most prominent in contributing to the Commercial power commemorated. As the building is under one Architect, & the ceiling under one decorator, so it is my opinion the historical series, should be under the direction of one artist, but as this admirable & reasonable plan might be considered . exclusive to others of eminent talents, more might be admitted, to contribute their inventions, but, only under the most stringent laws, that each admitted; is but to develop in his respective portion, a part of the series decided, to illustrate one great Pictorial or Historical object; & no artist whatever ought to be permitted to begin any portion, unless that portion has been sanctioned by Committee & architect, as a portion of the original idea. The admission of more than one, on such restrictions might then help the splendor of the whole. With respect to the Estimate of the Expense the more immediate object of your enquiry it would not be quite possible to be definitive unless an Experiment be first tried. 1st. A fine Fresco might be first painted on the right side of the great Entrance (looking towards the Duke) on the very beginning of the series £300 would not be too much for one only. 2nd. Two might be painted, one on each side being the first & the last in the Series £400 for two . 3. The whole West end might be done on an experiment, 900 or 1000,wold not be too much for one end only . To conclude dear Sir, 4000, would put 500 in his pocket, £500 would enable him to plan 1000 in the funds for old age ." with a long postscript on the same lines, 4 sides 4to., London, 14 Burwood Place, 11th July Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846) was a British painter who specialised in grand historical pictures, although he also painted a few contemporary subjects and portraits. His commercial success was damaged by his often tactless dealings with patrons, and by the enormous scale on which he preferred to work. Evidendly Sir William did not take Haydon's advice. The third Royal Exchange building, which still stands today, was designed by Sir William Tite and adheres to the original layout–consisting of a four-sided structure surrounding a central courtyard where merchants and tradesmen could do business. The internal works, designed by Edward I'Anson in 1837, made use of concrete—an early example of this modern construction method. It features pediment sculptures by Richard Westmacott (the younger), and ornamental cast ironwork by Henry Grissell's Regent's Canal Ironworks. It was opened by Queen Victoria on 28th October 1844 though trading did not commence until 1 January 1845.
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Fine Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent (Charles, 1819-1875, Novelist, Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge, 1860-1869)

KINGSLEY saying that he is "returning from Ireland sooner than I expected, I lose no time in answering your letter. I was aware that the post was likely to be offered to you; and even had I not been aware- I cannot be surprised at Mr Gladstone - & I doubt not, the heads of the University, being anxious to see you teaching at Cambridge. The residence is not compulsory; but I may say, that one reason for my resigning was, that I found that a great intellectual work . in case the Professor resided - wh. was just what I couldn't not do. I only, for the last 6 or 7 years, went up for about 6 weeks in the term, I gave the required course of from 12 to 15 lectures. The salary is £350 per annum . from the University Chest; from wh. income tax has to be deducted. There is a further payment of about £40 arising from Professorial fees . equally divided between all the Professors, to prevent, I presume, competition . You would find the young men . high minded . & gentlelmanlike in the lecture room .", 4 sides 8vo., Eversley Rectory, 14th August In 1869 Kingsley resigned his Cambridge professorship and from 1870 to 1873 was a canon of Chester Cathedral. While in Chester he founded the Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art, which played an important part in the establishment of the Grosvenor Museum. In 1872 he accepted the Presidency of the Birmingham and Midland Institute and became its 19th President. In 1873 he was made a canon of Westminster Abbey. This letter must be written to his successor at Cambridge, Sir John Robert SEELEY (1834-1895, Liberal Historian and Political Essayist).
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Charming Autograph Letter Signed ‘Adélaide’, as the recently widowed Queen Dowager to “My dearest Mary” (of Saxe-Meiningen, 1792-1849, Queen of William IV, Adelaide, Australia is named after her)

ADELAIDE sending her best wishes for her birthday and hoping she has many more in better health than she has been having, hoping that her next year will be "a happy one after all the misery of the last . I hope I shall hear a good account of yourself that you feel better and stronger and are able to go out again. I am also very anxious about our dear Emily Winchilsea and beg to tell me your opinion of her State. Adolphus has been paying me a visit & has just left us again to return to town. He looks much better than when I last saw him but has not recovered his spirits yet, which I cannot wonder at. It is difficult after such losses as we have sustained & such scenes as we have gone through to regain composure even, & much less one's usual spirits, yet it is not impossible, when one seeks for consolation & support from the only source where it can be obtained. There it never fails. I am going on pretty well, but I feel my aches very much & have been suffering much from Rheumatic pains . I take as much exercise in the open Air as the weather will allow & feel always benefitted by the Air which agrees here better with me than that of Brighton ." she ends with the hope that Augusta has recovered, 4 sides 8vo., on mourning paper, St Leonard's, 18th December Adelaide married William in a double wedding with William's brother, Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and his bride Victoria, Dowager Princess of Leiningen, on 11th July 1818, at Kew Palace in Surrey, England. They had only met for the first time about a week earlier, on 4th July at Grillon's Hotel in Bond Street. Neither William nor Adelaide had been married before, and William was twenty-seven years her senior. Their marriage, which lasted almost twenty years until his death, was a happy one. Adelaide took both William and his finances in hand. For their first year of marriage, the couple lived in economical fashion in Germany. William's debts were soon on the way to being paid, especially since Parliament had voted him an increased allowance, which he reluctantly accepted after his requests to have it increased further were refused. William is not known to have had mistresses after his marriage. The couple had two short-lived daughters and Adelaide suffered three miscarriages. Grand Parade in St Leonard's on sea was originally called Adelaide Place because Queen Adelaide spent the winter of 1837 at number 23.