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This category contains a number of autograph letters and documents that we have previously sold but are considered to be sufficiently of interest to be retained as sources of reference only.

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JOHN HAIGH (1909-1949) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN HAIGH (1909-1949) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN HAIGH Autograph Letter Signed. John George Haigh. British (English) serial killer, known as "The Acid Bath Murderer".   ALS. 2pp. Onslow Court Hotel, Queen's Gate, South Kensington. 31st May, 1948.  To Mr. Rasbridge.   "I thank you for your very sympathetic consideration of the case yesterday and for giving so much of your time to Pat.  I am very grateful.  I delivered him according to arrangements to Dr. Burns in Reigate tonight.  Dr. Burns is I understand passing him over to Prof.r Salisbury tomorrow.  I am still very interested in Pat's welfare of course and I hope that from.....

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SIR HENRY IRVING (1838-1905) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR HENRY IRVING (1838-1905) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR HENRY IRVING Autograph Letter Signed. British actor. The first actor to be knighted.   ALS. 2pp. 17 Stratton Street, Piccadilly, W. 25th June 1900. To Mr [Henry Albert] Butt (father of the contralto singer, Clara Butt)   "I am sincerely sorry that I cannot leave town to be present at your daughter's wedding, but never the less wish her the utmost happiness that she can enjoy. I am sending a little present tomorrow or the next day, which I would ask you to forward to her."   12mo. Approx 5 x 4 inches. Written on the rectos of two.....

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WILLIAM HUGH EWEN (1879-1947) Photograph Signed
WILLIAM HUGH EWEN (1879-1947) Photograph Signed

WILLIAM HUGH EWEN (W.H. Ewen). Photograph Signed. British (Scottish) pioneer aviator.   Post-card real photograph with AUTOGRAPH signature. The photograph shows William Hugh Ewen half-length in cap and scarf posing in front of an early bi-plane. The Aeroplane can be identified as the 60 h.p. Caudron Biplane and the photograph was probably taken at Hendon in 1912.   W.H. Ewen was an early pioneer of aviation, being only the 5th Scott to hold the Royal Aeronautical Society's aviator's certificate and the 63rd British person. His most noteworthy achievement came in 1911, when he became the first person to fly across.....

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DOMINIC CORRIGAN (1802-1880) Autograph Letter Signed
DOMINIC CORRIGAN (1802-1880) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR DOMINIC CORRIGAN Autograph Letter Signed. Irish surgeon.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. 4 Merrion Square West, Dublin. March 2nd 1863. To Sir Bernard [Burke].   "Mr Barrett's address is Alfred Barrett, Cauderan, pres Bordeaux. I am told he sends over a very good and cheap claret called "Perpignan". Very truly yours, D. Corrigan. P.S. I am told it is necessary to insert "pres" in the address as there is another Cauderan somewhere else."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Integral blank leaf backed onto paper and with slight loss to lower edge of blank (not affecting.....

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DUKE OF WELLINGTON (1769-1852) Autograph Letter
DUKE OF WELLINGTON (1769-1852) Autograph Letter

DUKE OF WELLINGTON Autograph Letter Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, British soldier, victor of Waterloo and twice Prime Minister (1824 and 1828-30)   AL. 1p. London. January [?] 8th, 1836. To [Henry Thomas] Ryall.   "The Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Mr. Ryall and has received his note. The Duke regrets much that he has no portrait of himself by Sir Thomas Lawrence. The best known is that in the possession of the Right Honble. Charles Arbuthnot."   8vo. Approx 7.5 x 4.75 inches. Somewhat distressed with fold separations which have been repaired at some time in.....

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GEORGE PEABODY (1795-1869) Autograph Envelope Signed
GEORGE PEABODY (1795-1869) Autograph Envelope Signed

GEORGE PEABODY autograph Envelope Signed. American philanthropist, banker and entrepreneur.   Autograph envelope, addressed to "Miss Morgan" in his hand and signed at lower left.   Approx 4.75 x 2.75 inches. Some old mounting damage to flap of envelope on the verso but else in fine condition.   George Peabody was born of a poor family in Massachusetts of Puritan ancestry. Through his mercantile abilities in dry goods and cotton trading and, subsequently, banking, he amassed a huge fortune. He used his considerable wealth to fund philanthropic ventures, principally in Britain (where he eventually settled) but also in America. His.....

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LAURENCE BINYON (1869-1943) Autograph Letter Signed
LAURENCE BINYON (1869-1943) Autograph Letter Signed

LAURENCE BINYON autograph letter Signed. Robert Laurence Binyon. British (English) Poet & Dramatist. ALS. 1p.  Chestnut Close, Ascott-Under-Wychwood, Oxon.  9th April 1920. To [Arthur St John] Adcock. "I have been overworking and have been ordered a complete rest for a month at least; so I fear I can't undertake the article you want.  I am sorry. Yours sincerely, Laurence Binyon." 8vo. Approx 8 x 5 inches (20 x 12.5 cms). On thin, lined paper that has been tipped onto a paper backing.  VG. Although not a 'war poet', Laurence Binyon is now best known for his poem 'For the Fallen'.....

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NELLIE MELBA (1861-1931) Autograph Letter Signed
NELLIE MELBA (1861-1931) Autograph Letter Signed

DAME NELLIE MELBA Autograph Letter Signed. Australian operatic soprano.   ALS. 1p. No place, no date, no addressee (Apparently, the last page of a longer letter. The addressee is probably the singer Clara Butt).   "Telegraph when you can come. If possible make it early in the morning as I am very busy. I generally go out before 11. Yours sincerely, Nellie Melba." With good, large signature.   12mo. Approx 5.75 x 4.5 inches. Remains of two old mounting hinges to blank verso. Very good.   Nellie Melba was the first Australian singer (or classical musician of any kind) to.....

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SIR HENRY IRVING (1838-1905) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR HENRY IRVING (1838-1905) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR HENRY IRVING Autograph Letter Signed. British actor. The first actor to be knighted.   ALS. 1p. 15a Crafton Street, Bond Street, W. (A short note with no addressee and no date. The note appears to be complete in itself but might possibly be part of a longer communication).   "God bless you old friend! We shall soon meet I hope."   12mo. Approx 6 x 4 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf and with remains of paper backing and mounting residue to blank verso. Some browning to recto. Good.   Sir Henry Irving was the most celebrated actor of his generation and.....

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SIR JOHN BOWRING (1792-1872) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR JOHN BOWRING (1792-1872) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR JOHN BOWRING Autograph letter Signed. British (English) political economist and colonial administrator. 4th Governor of Hong Kong.   ALS. 1p and integral blank leaf. Claremont, Exeter. 16th January 1864. To Sir Stafford Northcote.   "I send you most willingly letters for Mr Darling. I believe he will find Sir Harry Parkes returned to Shanghai - or in any case there will be an acting Consul.  Jardine Matheson & Co's house is the first in China and has a Grandee [?] in all the ports."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. There is a paper backing to the verso of.....

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