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LARDNER (Revd. Dionysius, 1793-1859, Irish Scientific Writer)

Signature, with three others, with a note at the top 'Board Meeting of the Association' in another hand, no place, 30th August

Item Date:  1839
Stock No:  51048      £15

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[LAYARD (Sir Austen Henry, 1817-1894, Archaeologist & Diplomat, Excavator of Nineveh)]

Attractive Woodcut Portrait from the 'Illustrated News', showing him full length, three quarter face, speaking in the House of Commons and emphasizing a point with his right hand, 6½" x 5¼" laid down in part on old paper 7½" x 7¼", from p. 28 of the issue for 16th June tiny closed tear in blank background near laying down

Item Date:  1855
Stock No:  56019      £25

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LAYARD (Sir Austen Henry, 1817-1894, Archaeologist, M.P. & Diplomat, Excavator of Nineveh)

Long Autograph Letter Signed to Alexander MITCHELL (of Stow, Midlothian, and Carolside, Berwickshire, Captain Grenadiers Guards, M.P. for Berwick-on-Tweed, 1865-1868), thanking him for writing instead of "enjoying the country and all the rest, I hope, you are getting", Layard's work has almost cut him off "from society. The price of office is not a small one" (as Under-Secretary to Russell at the Foreign Office), he hopes to get a holiday in the middle of September, and is thinking of North Italy, "but if I could manage to get to Scotland ... I should require no workroom I promise, but devote myself to play" at Carolside, however "I like to get clear out of Great Britain, so as to have no temptation to return to London before my time. If I am within reach I always feel anxious ... & fancy I ought to be at headquarters", he is grieved to find "poor Sir John Harding," (the Queen's Advocate), "so ill. I much fear that he will never be able to attend to business of any kind again ... In the United States the Confederates seem now to be gaining ground, and the summer months work in their favor. Unfortunately I see no prospect of an end to this terrible war", he points Mitchell to the 'Daily News' of the 28th for "a most interesting account of the last moments of Cavour" (who had seen Vittorio Emanuele II proclaimed King of Italy but whose health had given way), "furnished by his niece who was with him ... Friday is the Ministerial Irish Dinner - the harbinger of the end of the season. I shall be truly glad when I am released from Derby Griffith and Col. Sykes", and asks to be remembered to Mrs Mitchell (Fanny Georgiana Jane, née Hasler, afterwards wife, 1877, of the 11th Lord Reay), 7 sides 8vo., House of Commons, 30th July

Item Date:  1861
Stock No:  56104      £375

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LAYARD (Sir Austen Henry, 1817-1894, Archaeologist, M.P. & Diplomat, Excavator of Nineveh)

Autograph Letter Signed to "My dear Lord" regretting that "Thursday being a House of Commons night I am unable to accept your very kind invitation to dinner. Having taken a somewhat active part in Parliament I am now compelled very reluctantly to decline the engagement ...", 1 side 8vo., 9 Little Ryder Street, 5th March

Item Date:  1855
Stock No:  39546      £125

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LAYARD (Sir Austen Henry, 1817-1894, Archaeologist, M.P. & Diplomat, Excavator of Nineveh)

Long Autograph Letter Signed to"Dear Hunt" saying that "in consequence of your letter I have again read thro' the papers connected with Mr Finn's case. If evidence were required of his unfitness to be consul at Jerusalem and of the absolute necessity of removing him that evidence is amply furnished by Mr Finn's pamphlet. The fullest and most impartial enquiry was made by Sir E. Hornby into Mr Finn's conduct. The result was satisfactory to Mr Finn so far as his character and his honor were concerned, and proved that he had been very much maligned, but it confirmed the impression that it was absolutely necessary that he should go to another post. With regard to his pecuniary chums - they have been fully investigated Some of them have recently been allowed (it has taken some time to do this as there is a regular process thro' the Audit Office which must be gone thro') others have been disallowed. There has been every desire to do Mr Finn full justice - and I am, I can assure you, much grieved to hear of his unhappy state - but I really do not see what is to be done to assist him ...", 3 sides 8vo., Foreign Office, 21st December

Item Date:  1862
Stock No:  39547      £275

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