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"THE PRESENT GOVT IS AS BAD AS THE GLADSTONE IN EGYPTIAN AFFAIRS"
BAKER (Sir Samuel White, 1821-1893, Explorer & Sportsman)

Fine Autograph Letter Signed to "Mr Harris" (Frank HARRIS, 1855-1931, Irish Editor, Novelist, Journalist and Publisher) saying that "On receipt of your letter I commenced an Article which will be finished tomorrow. I must ask you however to forgive me for remarking that I do not like alterations to be made in anything that I may write, after the last proofs have been returned, and I would rather decline to publish any article unless I know that every word is my own. Upon two occasions such alterations have been made in the 'Fortnightly' - in one of which, the phrase was curiously unlike any expression that I should myself have used. I have been asked by two or three lately to write an Article on the Soudan but I declined as I am much engaged with a book on practical Natural History. When your note came, the spirit suddenly moved me, although it will do no good. The present Govt is just as bad as the Gladstone in Egyptian affairs, and a little more Radical at home ...", 3 sides 8vo., Sandford Orleight, Newton Abbot, 1st September

Item Date:  1889
Stock No:  39391      £2750

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BALFOUR (Arthur James, 1848-1930, Prime Minister 1902-1905, Earl)

Autograph Letter marked "Private" signed to Mr Fielden sending "one line to say that I have received your letter ... and its accompanying Resolution, passed by the Clergy of the Rural Deanery of Prestwich, in favour of the Education Bill. I hope you will take an opportunity of expressing to them the gratification with which I have read their approval of the measure ..." 1 side 8vo., 10 Downing Street, First Lord of the Treasury headed mourning paper, 10th June

Item Date:  1901
Stock No:  39461      £175

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BALFOUR (Arthur James, 1848-1930, Prime Minister 1902-1905, Earl)

Autograph Letter marked "Private" signed to Stephen PAGET (1855-1926, Surgeon, son of Sir James Paget) thanking him "for the copy of your work on 'Experiments on Animals' which you have been good enough to send me ...", 1 side 8vo., 10 Downing Street headed mourning paper, 16th February

Item Date:  1900
Stock No:  39460      £150

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BANKS (Sir Joseph, 1743-1820, President of the Royal Society, Travelled with Captain Cook)

Fine Autograph Letter Signed to William Townsend AITON (1766-1849, Gardener and Botanist) thanking him for the "Pears you sent to me. I forwarded them to Mr Wickham who was much delighted with them as he is in office for much foreign Correspondence & is a sincere lover of gardening ... I will make you acquainted with him when summer comes. With this you will receive the seeds I have collected in the Winter, they are not many but they are all I have left beyond those I have before sent to you. They are in the Portmanteau ... which brought the Pears. I have a few seeds of Timber Trees from Seven Island ... you shall soon have them ...", 1 side 4to., with autograph address on the conjugate leaf with a postscript signed with initials referring to the seeds, together with a contemporary engraving, Soho Square, 8th March

Item Date:  1818
Stock No:  39496      £775

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BARBIROLLI (Sir John, 1899-1970, Conductor, 1943-1958, of the Hallé orchestra) and his wife Evelyn, Lady BARBIROLLI(1911-2008, Oboist)

Small collection of letters and cards to Miss Marjorie Kitchin the first being a long typed letter signed by both sending sympathy that she is in hospital "the fact that you have been there since October leads us to suspect it must be something serious and we really are worried ... We were a little late ... getting your card as we were in the South for Christmas .. John has been in Berlin conducting the Philharmonic there and got back last night ... very happy over a great success in Berlin. It's a wonderful orchestra and public and they really adore him there .. we go to London ... and then John has Halle concerts and I have a 9 day tour of Scotland with concert every night! ... right up in the North ... Then we leave for America ... It's a wonderful and exciting life but it is one which means we don't see our friends because we are out of the country so much and so busy when we are back in it ...", 2 sides 4to., 4 New Hall Road, Salford, January 1966, there are then three autograph postcards signed "John", the first says that he wishes "he had been with Evelyn when she saw you & do pray you will soon be home again ..." on a coloured postcard of Houston, 21st February 1966, the next says he is "on tour with the Houston Symphony through U.S.A. I thought you would like this card a lovely little serene spot in this vast country ...". on a coloured postcard of the Home Moravian Church in Winston Salem, 22nd March 1966 and the third says "this is a lovely setting for the summer Concerts here. Bless you for your sweet letter, you really are an angel .. see you in Edinburgh ..", on a coloured postcard of Rome, 23rd August 1966, finally there are 3 autograph letters and a long typed letter from Evelyn, the first signed also by John, is "just a 'get well' card because we haven't found what we wanted for you. I think we will in America ...", 1 side 8vo., no place, no date, the next typed letter gives long and comprehensive details about their travels and work, "the Society had booked me ... to play the Strauss Concerto 13 times in 15 days which really was rather much ... We had four days in Houston, two of which we spent with lawyers, and he had the Messiah to conduct ... Then we dashed to California for legal trouble and spent three days there making depositions, before flying home ... I forget if I told you that we are suing John's manager's widow? All very unpleasant and we have lost all our savings but the let down of trust in people we had known as friends ... was the worst part ... I wish John could make himself do a little less. Much as he loves to conduct all the time - it is really a crazy and a killing schedule that he does year after year ..." and she asks after her health and about her selling her house, 2 sides 8vo., 4 New Hall Road, the final Autograph Letter from Evelyn tell her that John was ill in bed over Christmas but they are now off to "Naples for 5 days & then on to Berlin for 10 ... We are very distressed that you've had such back trouble ... How I wish I, you, or anyone else could persuade John to stop for a few days - but he hates holidays! I'm nearly as bad as I work too and travel with him - Alas this season's tour in Scotland for me did not include anywhere near Killin, which was disappointing but ONE day I will look in ...", with an Autograph Postscript signed by John, saying how sweet it was of her to write, it "did give me so much pleasure, with many nostalgic memories of lovely days and weeks ... my blessings on the new house ...", 4 sides 8vo., Walton Lodge, and the final letter is a facsimile dated the day of John's death saying that her "husband would have been greatly touched by the wonderful tributes of affection and admiration which have been sent to me and to members of his family . In this knowledge these messages bring to me now some solace, for which I am deeply grateful ...", with an autograph note to Marjorie telling her that "John had several heart attacks and finally a massive coronary. It was much the best for him. An invalid's life would have been so hard for him ...", 3 sides 8vo., Manchester 29th July

Item Date:  1970
Stock No:  39487      £375

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