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CHAMBERLAIN (Joseph, 1836-1914, M.P. for Birmingham, from 1891 Leader of the Liberal Unionists, Secretary for the Colonies 1895-1903)

Letter written on his behalf by Ingram B. WALKER of the Board of Trade to A. HOLDEN (Angus, 1st Baron, 1833-1912, Liberal MP) saying that he is directed to “acknowledge the receipt of your letter... & of the Resolution passed at a meeting of the Birmingham Deritend Ward Liberal Association with regard to the remission of import duties...”, 1 side 8vo., with envelope signed for free postage by Chamberlain, Board of Trade headed paper, 2nd March

Item Date:  1882
Stock No:  41867      £55

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CHAMBERLAIN (Joseph, 1836-1914, M.P. for Birmingham, from 1891 Leader of the Liberal Unionists, Secretary for the Colonies 1895-1903)

Fine Letter Signed to Mr BELLOWS (John Thomas, 1831-1902, Polymath, Printer and Lexicographer) regretting that he missed him “at the Colonial Office yesterday. I return to London on Monday but expect to have every minute of my time engaged, and owing to the holding of Cabinet Councils I find it difficult to make any appointment with certainty of being able to keep it. I hope, however, that you and Mr Pease will think it unnecessary to do more than forward to me the minute of the Society. Since I have been in office I think I have given proof that I am determined as far as in me lies to prevent the native races of Africa over whom we have any influence from being destroyed body & soul by strong drink. I thoroughly approve of Khama’s policy in this respect, and in any arrangement to which may be made as to the future every security will be taken that this good work shall not be destroyed...”, 3 sides 8vo., Highbury Moor Green, Birmingham headed paper, 2nd November 1895 together with a small quantity of letters to and from Bellows on the subject, the first from H. T. Wilson saying that “Mr Chamberlain desires me to thank you... and to say... that if you and your colleagues will kindly look at the terms of the settlement between the Bechuana Chief and the Chartered Company which will very shortly be announced in the newspapers, he thinks you will find that the object of your proposed interests are sufficiently obtained...”, 3 sides 8vo., Colonial Office headed paper, 9th November, the next two from Bellows to Chamberlain, one signed, the other a copy, concerning this “arrangement with the Bechuana Chiefs published in today’s Times, is so admirable in its balance of the wide and varied claims that are involved in it, that it is only the feeling of the importance of one peril still left open, which has led us to ask for the interview that was kindly offered to accord to the delegates of the Society of Friends. Khama’s appeal to the Colonial Office for the maintenance of his territorial rights, has met with full and just recognition and he has also appealed, with thy own full sympathy, to be upheld in the remarkable steps he has taken for the raising of his people to civilization and prosperity, especially as regards his keeping strong drink out of his territory; as Bishop Knight Bruce has put it ‘almost at the point of the bayonet’. This appeal made, not only to the Cabinet, but to the masses of the English people, through the platform and the press has evoked what is practically a unanimous response from the whole country...” continuing at length about Khama’s government of his people and then saying that “There are however two words in the letter which, while not intended to operate against the spirit of the provision, will certainly do so. ie that White man’s strong drink shall not be brought ‘for sale’ into the territory. If these words are embodied in the permanent document they cannot fail to act like a scratch across the tip of a dam, which begins a self-increasing leak...”, each 3 sides 8vo., Gloucester, 11th of November, the next from Wilson again arranging for the requested meeting, 2 sides 8vo., Colonial Office headed paper, 13th November, the next is a long Typed Letter Signed from Rev Ralph Wardlaw THOMPSON (1842-1916, Foreight Secretary of the London Missionary Society) to Bellows, thanking him for the interest the Society of Friends has taken in the matter and saying that “there can be no doubt that in some parts of South Africa where the prohibitive law with reference to the sale of intoxicating liquors for natives is enforced, a good deal of mischief is done by licences to sell drink the the white men... In the territory of the three Chiefs the evil has been known only in a very modified degree. Bathoen has complained of a licence given to a store keeper at Kanye. Sebele and many of his tribesmen have I fear yielded to temptation... In Khama’s country no licences of any kind have been issued... Mr Chamberlain in the settlement made with the Chiefs last week has gone much further in the direction of restriction that has been attempted by his predecessors... the Government can scarcely go furher than this in the direction of prohibition...” and suggesting that there isn’t a lot of point in them meeting with the Colonial Secretary, 2 sides A4, London Missionary Society headed paper, 13th November, the final two are from Bellows, saying that “the Chiefs might like to have a copy of the minute which the Society of Friends presented to the Secretary for the Colonies... it will at least assure them that they have the sympathy of many in England... A firm Imperial Government and a Queen whom we love, are blessings from heaven, yet they cannot guard against any contingency, or stave off some of the harm that comes along with the good in such changes as the opening up of African lands to our countrymen...”, 3 sides 8vo., Upton Knoll, Gloucester, 22nd November and finally he thanks Chamberlain for his letter as will “everyone who has felt an interest in the Bechuana Chiefs, for the care and judgement with which thou has brought their matter to a settlement...”, 1 side 8vo., no place, 25th November all

Item Date:  1895
Stock No:  41866      £975

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HALL (Anna Maria née Fielding, 1800-1881, Mrs. Samuel Carter Hall, Irish Novelist and Magazine Editor)

Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent saying that “Mr Hall and myself are much obliged by the approbation you so generously express, as to our literary Labours in our Irish periodical - The Sketches you were so kind as to send, are very graphic & Mr Hall regrets that they are too slight to be of use to the engraver, they are very very like and I assure you I feel greatly obliged by your kindness in so promptly addressing me - I am also happy that my poor country made so favourable an impression on your mind...”, 3 sides 16mo., The Bowry, Old Brompton, 28th January

Item Date:  1841
Stock No:  41895      £75

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HARDIE (J. Keir, 1856-1915, Scottish Politician, Founder of the Labour Party), William CROOKS (‘Will’, 1852-1921, Noted Trade Unionist and Politician, member of the Fabian Society), George N. BARNES (1859-1940, Labour Politician, Leader of the Party in 1910-1911), George LANSBURY (1859-1940, Labour Politician, Leader of the Party 1932-35) and Sir James O’GRADY (1866-1934, Labour Politician, 1st Colonial Governor appointed from their own ranks)

Collection of signatures on a page, Hardie has added place and they have all dated their signatures, 6” x 4”, “Terrace, House of Commons”, 27th June

Item Date:  1912
Stock No:  41875      £150

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HARE (Augustus, 1834-1903, Travel Writer, Artist and Collector)

Autograph Letter Signed to “My dear Haig” saying that he is “sorry that I shall miss the great pleasure of your party as I am going home tomorrow till Tuesday. I suppose you would not call to ask my friend & connection Horace Lovett, who has been with me for the last fortnight & stays on - He is very easy, pleasant and good looking and his directions in case you like to see him...”, 2 sides 8vo., Atheneum Club headed paper, 22nd June no year

Item Date:  0
Stock No:  41888      £125

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