AUTOGRAPHS: 18th and 19th-Century. A collection of twenty-one autograph letters signed and letters and documents signed by royalty, statesmen and politicians, 1750-1840, including:
GEORGE III. Letter signed (at the head, 'George R'), to the President and Senators of the College of Justice [in Edinburgh], St James's, 5 April 1809, 2 pages, folio, papered seal; GEORGE IV. Autograph letter signed (as Prince, aged thirteen) to the Earl of Holderness, London, 10 February 1775, describing an eruption during a discussion of America in the House of Lords when Lord Shelburne interrupted Lord Mansfield, putting the house into 'a hubub', 1½ pages, 4to, address leaf, seal; WILLIAM IV. Six autograph letters signed (as Duke of Clarence, 'William P'), including five to an unidentified peer, British Headquarters, Deal and Impregnable (at Boulogne Roads), 6 February - 1 June 1814 and one to Viscount Exmouth, Admiralty, 7 June 1827, mainly the arrangements to bring the allied sovereigns to England after Napoleon's first abdication, together 19 pages, 4to, one envelope.
other signatories including:
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of WELLINGTON (a receipt for £1176:10:9 for his pay as Field Marshal and Commander of the Forces with six aides-de-camp, printed with manuscript insertions, 25 April 1818), Henry VANE. Document signed (a warrant to pay Augustus Schutz, Master of the Robes [to George II], for one quarter's expenses, 1750); Admiral Edward BOSCAWEN (appointing Richard Bickerston to command the Aetna, 1758); and autograph letters signed by: CHARLOTTE, Queen of George III, to Lady Harcourt, (recommending some face powder, 1813); Lord George GORDON (after 'another day's business in the King's Bench' [in his trial after the Gordon Riots], 1781?); William PITT the Younger (to his mother, confirming Bonaparte's arrival at Alexandria, 'and [it] leaves us in entire suspense as to Nelson', 1798); Henry John Temple, Viscount PALMERSTON (to Count Sebastiani, on the need to increase the English fleet, with a list of the French Mediterranean fleet 1840); Charles Stewart PARNELL (supporting an enquiry into compulsory vaccination, and pronouncing sceptically on the House of Commons 1840); William WILBERFORCE (to a Commissioner for Tax, and confirming to the importance of 'independent country gentlemen' 1804); and Karl Robert, Count NESSELRODE (4 letters to Lords Strangford and Loftus, in French, on business and personal matters 1823, 1846 and n.d.); together approximately 26 pages, mostly 4to (staining and wear in most). (21)