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ABERDEEN (George Gordon, 4th Earl, 1784-1860, Prime Minister)

Fine long Autograph Letter Signed marked ‘Private’ to J. W. CROKER (John Wilson, 1780-1857, Anglo-Irish Statesman and Author) saying that his “letter contains a melancholy picture of the truth, I never recollect anything like the present state of the daily Press, and I know not what may ultimately be the consequences. I fear however, we must admit that all hope of a remedy is vain, at least it entirely passes my power to provide one. I well recollect the days of the ‘Courier’ to which you refer, and am fully aware of its prompt and successful efforts in the cause of truth. But you were young, active, and able, and you had useful fellow labourers. I should not now have the least notion how to organise a system of counteraction of this kind. I can easily understand why I should be, almost exclusively, the object of these attacks. Whatever may be the qualities of different Ministers, I am the bond by which they are united together. That once destroyed, the whole fabrick falls to pieces. This is not, however, a Ministerial question. Ministers must always expect to be treated with injustice; but it is new to me to see our Naval and Military Commanders held up to publick scorn in this fashion. I thank you very much for your letter, as a proof of confidence and old friendship. I share your apprehension but I fairly confess that I am at a loss how to avert the danger. The power of the Press for good and for ill, has been steadily progressive, and will probably continue. My great hope is the good sense of the people of this country, who are also becoming more enlightened everyday, and better able to distinguish the good from the bad. We must educate, by all the means in our power; and we shall be able to trust the people more safely with their own concerns. Many changes of popular opinion have taken place in our day and we need not altogether despair of seeing a salutary impulse given by apparently inadequate causes...”, 4 sides 8vo., Downing Street, 6th January

Item Date:  1855
Stock No:  42391      £775

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AGATE (James Evershed, 1877-1947, Author and Drama Critic)

Fine Signature on a card, 3½” x 2½”, no place, dated in another hand, May

Item Date:  1930
Stock No:  42403      £30

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AINLEY (Henry Hinchliffe, 1879-1945, British Actor)

Fine signature and “All good wishes” on a card, 3½” x 2½”, no place, dated in another hand, 22nd September

Item Date:  1924
Stock No:  42413      £25

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AINSWORTH (W. Harrison, 1805-1882, Journalist & Novelist, Friend of Dickens & Cruikshank)

Autograph Letter Signed to “My dear Doo” promising to “use every possible exertion to dine with you on Monday next, and hope I shall be successful, but as this is the busiest part of the. month with me, if I should not be able to reach you, you will know to what cause my absence must be attributed. Do not, therefor wait for me a moment. If I can get to you, I will be punctual. My best remembrances to Mrs Doo. In great haste...”, three quarters of 1 side 8vo., Kensal Manor House, 23rd April lacking the (presumably) blank top part of the page

Item Date:  1841
Stock No:  42396      £125

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AIRY (Sir George Biddell, 1801-1892, Astronomer Royal 1836-1881)

Printed Letter Signed with the details filled in by hand to Sir Joseph Dalton HOOKER (1817-1911, Botanist, Director of Kew), informing him that his “copy of the Report of Professor C. P. Smyth on the Teneriffe Astronomical Experiment of 1856, presented to you by authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, has been forwarded by post...”, 1 side 4to., Royal Observatory, Greenwich headed paper, 12th May

Item Date:  1859
Stock No:  42389      £75

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