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CARROLL (Lewis, Charles Dodgson, 1832-1898, Author of 'Alice in Wonderland')

Fine long Autograph Letter Signed to Butler, the father of his young friend Olive Butler explaining "an (apparent) liberty which I propose to take this week, in sending Olive a copy of 'Sylvie and Bruno Concluded'. Without some explanation it might look like a sort of 'feeler' towards renewing negotations as to being allowed to try to establish a friendship with her. So let me assure you that I have no such idea, and that I still abide loyally by the decision to which you and Mrs Butler have come ..." he continues that it would be "a great pity, for no better reason than that you and I hold different views as to the expediency of friendships between old gentlemen and young ladies, to leave my gift incomplete ..." and he hopes that Olive will be allowed to accept Volume II, he ends with his wishes for Christmas, 3 sides 8vo., The Chestnuts, Guildford, 25th December

Item Date:  1893
Stock No:  36018      £6250

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COBHAM (Sir Alan J., 1894-1973, Aviator)

Fine Typed Letter Signed "Alan C" with autograph subscription and salutation, to Cyril Wood OBE saying he is "distressed to learn about the trouble you have been having and the fact you were in hospital. A torn retina is a very serious matter. You may remember my dear wife suddenly developed a torn retina whilst we were in the West Indies. It is a pity you could not get to Moorfields Eye Hospital as Stallard is such a great surgeon. However, I believe that the secret of the success of an operation for a torn retina depends 50% on the patient. Dear Gladys was marvellous; she lay still without moving on her side for three weeks and after two operations she got her sight back completely ...", 1 side 8vo., Tarrant Rushton Airfield, nr Blandord, Dorset, 25th May

Item Date:  1962
Stock No:  40898      £125

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CODY (William Frederick, 1846-1917, 'Buffalo Bill', American Scout and Showman)

Fine signature  in both forms  and inscription on the title page from "The Last of the Great Scouts" "with the compliments of the subject W. F. Cody 'Buffalo Bill' to F. C. Hawkins", with the date, 1 side 8vo., 29th July slightly faded

Item Date:  1908
Stock No:  22377      £675

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DUSE (Eleonora, 1858-1924, Italian Actress)

Fine Signed Portrait Photograph, showing her seated head and shoulders, in profile to the viewer's right, wearing a light muslin shawl over an off-the-shoulder dress, relaxed but thoughtful, signed and inscribed on the mount in Italian to Mathilde LINDPAINTNER (1851-1942, née Martins de Almeida, wife, 1879, of the Bavarian Oberstleutnant Ludwig Lindpaintner, 1849-1896), "with remembrances and good wishes", in a circular print 6 inches diameter on card mount 19" x 13¾", Florence, 7th September small round blot in blank upper portion of mount

Item Date:  1906
Stock No:  56258      £775

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FRANKLIN (Sir John, 1786-1847, Arctic Explorer & Navigator, Lost in search of North West Passage)

Long Autograph Letter Signed to G. W. GROWE the English consul at Patras from 1815-17, telling him that he has "received very gratifying letters from my wife ... she was preparing to avail herself of the first convenient conveyance to Greece intending to come as soon as possible to Patras and be in readiness for the first Packet for England in which she hopes to be accompanied by your sister. My wife may therefore be at this time an inmate of your house or at any rate when this letter reaches you. It seems most probable she will have performed her Quarantine at Syra, vile as the accommodation of the Lazaretto is - and I sincerely pray her health & spirits may be preserved through it and the subsequent journey to England. My wife has heard of a packet being established between Marseilles and Nauplia and if it be true she thinks the going in it would be the shorter & quicker way to reach England which it may be and if I knew that fact and that the Lyons Sister did embark in it I would endeavour if possible to be at Marsellles in time to meet them. I say if possible for my movements must entirely depend upon my dear brothers living - he yet lingers and for the last week there has been but little change in him though he is reduced to be the shadow of a shade as he himself expresses his state to be - he remains most beautifully resigned - waiting the Lord's will in spirit & feeling he is a true Christian and his death bed will prove a most valuable example & comfort to his afflicted family that his life has been
through he was a man of an intellectual ... & poetic mind - it would be most trying & painful to my feelings to separate myself on any account from him while it pleases God to spare his life and the very idea, I fear, would be a death blow to him especially now that his dear wife has herself been obliged to seek rest in bed from the fatigues & anxieties of a month's care and watchfulness nearly night and day ... under present circumstances I could hardly promise to meet my wife & your sister at Marseilles nor, I am sure would the former desire me to do so. I should therefore be greatly relieved if I could now know for certainty that they had determined on coming home by the Packet. I would rather meet them at Falmouth or take care that some relative of my wife's did and I have already written to Falmouth to beg the kind attention of the Superintending Captain to their baggage on arrival if I should not be there. I have written fully to my wife in the letter committed to your kind care which I shall be obliged by your keeping for her if she be not with you or sending to her if she be in Greece, and I will write if possible another shorter one which I will thank you to send to the care of Mr. Wilkinson [British Consul] at Syra in case she should be still at that Island. I am sure I need not again solicit either the kind assistance and friendship of yourself, Mrs Crowe & family in her behalf, nor of Johnson, indeed I confidently rely on your kind attentions and that if she comes by Packet she will be as comfortably embarked as possible. I have now but little time or inclination to enter into the busy & changeable field of our Home Politicks, as far as I can gather the present Cabinet will be allowed to carry the half measures which they have proposed for the security of Ireland. Their continuance in office does not appear to be grounded on any very firm basis, and it is generally admitted they have lost a good head by the retirement of Lord Grey. The result of the trial of Colocotroni & Calliopoli is disgraceful to any mind conversant with British justice. Allowing the evidence to have been defective and the Judges to have been divided in opinion could any conscience reconcile the judgement of death upon them. The King has done wisely in commuting their punishment and I trust that one of the first acts of his assuming the Government will be the granting them pardon. As for de Wrede if he can be proved guilty & sent to the Galleys he will have richly deserved it. I am glad the other conspirators have been set free and especially Gavellas for whom I still entertain an opinion as a man ... to respect. The account of the differences in the Regency has been given in most of our papers - and it is not difficult as I fancy to conjure from what quarter the exciting cause of this quarrel has proceeded. My mind at least is made up on the point and though I can pretend to no skill that would enable me to penetrate the wily schemes of Diplomacy I yet fancy I thought before ... such scenes were likely to come to pass. I trust the Bavarian troops have been taught circumspection & the danger of treating an enemy too lightly by the transactions in Maina. I have yet to write to Capt Lyons and other friends - My books I hear arrived safe but cannot as yet be presented while the King remains at Argos ..." he ends with kind remembrances to his family, 3 sides 4to., with integral autograph address leaf signed and sealed, 21 Bedford Place, Russell Square, 31st July

Item Date:  1834
Stock No:  39679      £3750

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