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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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THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT Roger Tichborne aka Arthur Orton (1834-1898) Codicil to his will, signed
THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT Roger Tichborne aka Arthur Orton (1834-1898) Codicil to his will, signed

THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT Codicil to his will, signed. Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne aka Arthur Orton aka Thomas Castro (known as "the Tichborne Claimant").   The Codicil to the will of Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne. Dated 13th May 1868. 3pp. Signed by Roger Tichborne and also initialled by him three times in the margins.   In this codicil, Roger Tichborne revokes certain bequests and appointments previously made in his will in favour of his former solicitor John Holmes and trustees Joseph Leete and Francis Baigent. He substitutes other bequests and appointments in favour of John Holmes and his friends Francis Lushington.....

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DOUGLAS HAIG (1861-1928) Portrait Signed
DOUGLAS HAIG (1861-1928) Portrait Signed

FIELD-MARSHAL DOUGLAS HAIG Portrait Signed. British soldier and Field Marshal. Commander of the British Expeditionary Force in WW1.   Offset-litho photographic portrait of Douglas Haig, mounted on post-card with autograph signature on mount below image.  The signed portrait shows Haig half-length in Field Marshal's uniform. The post-card is addressed on the verso to Mrs Rickinson, Gainford.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Fine.   Douglas Haig commanded the BEF from 1916 to the end of the war in 1918. He was an extremely able and accomplished General but history will remember him as the man who commanded in the Battle.....

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ELLEN TERRY (1847-1928) Autograph Letter Signed
ELLEN TERRY (1847-1928) Autograph Letter Signed

DAME ELLEN TERRY Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) actress. The leading Shakespearian actress of her generation.   ALS (signed with initials). 2pp. On letter headed paper of her 1891 tour with Henry Irving and the Lyceum Company. 1st October 1891. No addressee is named. Together with a real photograph post-card portrait photograph of Ellen Terry.   "Thanks for the grapes. Delicious!! I am glad that your pony took the first prize!!  Now don't forget me whilst I am away - & please give my love to your lovely Mum.  We are all pretty well & the theatre walls won't hold the.....

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JAMES "JIM" MOLLISON (1905-1959) Autograph Signature
JAMES JIM MOLLISON (1905-1959) Autograph Signature

JAMES "JIM" MOLLISON autograph Signature. James Allan Mollison (known as Jim Mollison). British (Scottish) pioneer aviator. The first to make a solo east to west trans-Atlantic flight.   Autograph signature and inscription on headed notepaper of the Royal Aero Club, 3 Clifford Street, W1. "J. Mollison. 14.8.31. Australia-England. 8 days 20 hrs."   Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Some foxing. Very good.   Jim Mollison was a naturally talented pilot and one of the best aviators of his generation. He became the youngest person to receive an RAF commission and the youngest to be appointed an instructor at CFS.  He.....

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ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796) Autograph Manuscript
ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796) Autograph Manuscript

  ROBERT BURNS Autograph Manuscript.   Scottish Poet.    Manuscript entirely in the hand of Robert Burns, being part of a glossary of Scottish dialect words.   The irregularly shaped paper piece, measuring approx. 5.75 x 2.25 inches (15 x 6 cms), is of stout, laid paper commonly used by lawyers or government offices and is probably Customs and Excise paper, which was often used by Robert Burns.  The dialect words are not listed in alphabetical order but all begin with the LETTER C and each has an English translation adjacent to it.  Words include Crankous, crannie, caddie, claik, etc.  8.....

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ROBERT FALCON SCOTT (1868-1912) Autograph Signature
ROBERT FALCON SCOTT (1868-1912) Autograph Signature

ROBERT FALCON SCOTT Autograph SIGNATURE. English polar explorer.   Autograph signature on paper piece, dated in his hand Nov. 1904.   The paper piece measures approx 5.5 x 4 inches.  It is tipped onto an album leaf with a contemporary newscutting relating to the expedition by the 'Terra Nova' for the relief of the 'Discovery' in 1904 when Scott's ship had been trapped by ice in McMurdo Bay.   Central crease where originally folded and slight browning from offsetting, else fine.   From the album of a Ms. Knowles, who was a charitable fund-raiser and the wife of a prominent.....

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SIR ROWLAND HILL (1795-1879) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR ROWLAND HILL (1795-1879) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR ROWLAND HILL Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) postal reformer. The introducer of "the Penny Post" and credited with the invention of the postage stamp.   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. Post Office. 26th November 1856. To "My Dear Matthew" [Matthew Davenport Hill].   "I return the M.S. together with a fair copy, not so promptly as I would have desired, but as quickly as I could. To save your time I have made my alterations in the original M.S. in red ink and, where necessary, I have added in pencil the reason for the change.  In the fair.....

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THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT Roger Tichborne aka Arthur Orton (1834-1898) Autograph Letter Signed
THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT Roger Tichborne aka Arthur Orton (1834-1898) Autograph Letter Signed

THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT Autograph Letter Signed. TOGETHER WITH an autograph letter signed by GUILDFORD ONSLOW the Claimant's supporter.   Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne aka Arthur Orton aka Thomas Castro (known as "The Tichborne Claimant") and Guildford Onslow M.P., the claimant's staunchest advocate.   ALS 2pp. No place. No date. To the Editor of the Daily Mail.   "Having received a letter from W.W. Streeter Esq declining to act any longer as a Trustee of my Defence Fund, and as Mr [. . .?] has also ceased to be secretary to Fund, to save any inconvenience to those gentlemen by the.....

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BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Envelope Signed (to W.E. Gladstone)
BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Envelope Signed (to W.E. Gladstone)

BENJAMIN DISRAELI AUTOGRAPH Envelope Signed. British Conservative statesman and twice Prime Minister (1868 and 1874-80).   Autograph envelope, signed (B. Disraeli) and addressed in his hand to The Rt. Hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P., 11 Carlton House Terrace, S.W.  With his embossed seal of the office of Chancellor of the Exchequer on verso. No date but 1858 or 1859.   Approx 5.75 x 4 inches. Central crease, foxing spots, dust staining and remains of an old mounting hinge on verso. In generally good condition.   Disraeli served three terms as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1852, 1858-9 and 1866-8). For much of this.....

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DOUGLAS HAIG (1861-1928) Newsprint Portrait Signed
DOUGLAS HAIG (1861-1928) Newsprint Portrait Signed

FIELD-MARSHAL DOUGLAS HAIG Newsprint Portrait Signed. British soldier and Field Marshal. Commanded the British Expeditionary Force in WW1.   Newsprint photographic portrait of Douglas Haig with AUTOGRAPH signature across foot of image. Mounted on post-card. The portrait shows Haig full-length in Field Marshal's uniform in an outdoor setting with a line of troops in background. It was probably taken in France.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches, including mount. Fine.   Douglas Haig commanded the BEF from 1916 to the end of the war in 1918. He was an extremely able and accomplished General but history will remember him as.....

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