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KAYE-SMITH (Sheila, Mrs. T.P. Fry, 1887-1956, Novelist of Fate and Sussex Soil)

Fine signature and "all good wishes from" on a piece of headed paper, 1 side 8vo., 3 Hereford Square, 20th August n.y. neat filing holes in each

Item Date:  1932
Stock No:  15600      £15

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KELLER (Helen, 1880-1968, Deaf & Blind American Writer, Lecturer & Scholar)

Fine Typed Letter Signed to Mr Calhoun, saying that she is “reaching out for your friendly hand in my effort to help the blind who have ability and the will to make something of themselves. It is not surprising in these days of curtailed budgets and lean subscriptions that the handicapped should be the first to suffer. As a result of inadequate support the American Foundation for the Blind is finding it extremely difficult to provide scholarships for sightless applicants, and I am writing to you in their behalf. Experience shows that even the blind most eager for higher education cannot attain it without much practical aid. They are so handicapped throughout life that they cannot shift for themselves. Their only way to forget blindness is through knowledge and work, and the circumstances in which they are placed are so complicated, they easily miss their few chances of usefulness. I went to college myself, and I know the heavy odds against which blind students must fight. Step by step they must prove their ability in a world which often does not believe that they can do anything at all. For this purpose they need a friend.... Try to imagine the cruel disappointment you would feel if you knew you had mind and energy, and could not use them to overcome a harsh fate even partially for want of practical help...”, 1 side A4, American Foundation for the Blind, headed paper, 15 West 16th Street, New York, 28th May

Item Date:  1935
Stock No:  42477      £1750

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KENNEDY (Benjamin Hall, 1804-1889, Headmaster of Shrewsbury, 1836-1866, from 1868 Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge)

Charming Autograph Letter Signed to Canon Rickson, saying he does not know that he has "technically, any right to give or withhold permission to publish either of the hymns ... as they are not my own: but, as far as their presence in my collection is any warrant, you are heartily welcome", he has "not got my Hymnologia with me" but asks if he knows "my friend Walsham How, Rector of Whittington Salop", (author of 'For All the Saints'), who "would gladly inform you" if he knows, he continues, "Many thanks for your kind congratulations on my election to the Gr[eek]. P[rofessorship] - I have no doubt it has been so ordered for my good: I hope it may be also for that of our University. The success of William's sons is most gratifying ... on every account. I am going down to Cambridge tomorrow to settle the remaining prizes: but it would give me no little pleasure if I should find that the [new] Powis Medal", (for Latin hexameters), "falls to him. But of course I do not know he has written for it - but only suppose it probable. The two Odes were gained by my old pupil Hallam", 4 sides 8vo, The Athenaeum (of which Kennedy was an original member, 1824), 31st May faint traces of former laying down by narrow edge of side 4, touching two letters without loss

Item Date:  1867
Stock No:  56328      £125

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KENYON (John, 1784-1856, Jamaican-born Poet and Philanthropist, Benefactor to the Brownings and others)

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Dear Sir', venturing "to put a little book into your hands - which if you do not altogether dislike it you may attribute to me", ('A Rhymed Plea for Tolerance', 1833), "its literary execution I leave to your mercy. I am more anxious you should approve its spirit", 1 side 4to., 39 Devonshire Place, London, 3rd December

Item Date:  1833
Stock No:  12749      £75

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KER (William Paton, 1855-1923, Professor of Poetry at Oxford and of English Literature at London University)

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Paul Vinogradoff, 1854-1925, the Russian-born legal historian, saying he has "nothing yet to report from Paris. I sent Taranger's letter at once to Professor Paul Verrier", 1 side 8vo., 95 Gower Street, W.C.1., 24th March

Item Date:  1919
Stock No:  19223      £20

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