Reverend Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth FSA
(19th September 1824 – 7th June 1908)
Literary editor and artist; cleric, vicar of Molash, Kent; Editor of the Ballad Society's publications 
This author wrote articles for the Dictionary of National Biography. engraver, lithographer and wood engraver of Edinburgh. Articles written by this author are designated in the DNB by the initials "J. W. E.". He collected and edited English ballads and poetry. His publications include The Roxburghe Ballads and the Westminster Drolleries of 1671 and 1672. The collection consists of holograph letters signed from various persons to the Reverend Ebsworth of Edinburgh and holograph notes by Ebsworth on ballads and religious subjects. studied under Sir William Allan and David Cott. He was appointed Artistic Director at the Institute of Lithography in Manchester. He later became Professor at Glasgow School of Art.He painted four views from the Scott Monument between 1845 and 1847, all of which were presented to the City of Edinburgh Council / City Art Centre by J. Collins Francis in 1910.


Horatio Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford
6th Baron Walpole
4th Baron Walpole of Wolterton
(14th June 1783-29th December 1858)
6th Lord Walpole between 1809 and 1822
British peer and politician.
See also Baron Walpole


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Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White
VC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO
(4th July 1835—24th June 1912) 
An officer of the British Army and recipient of the
Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious 
award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that 
can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces

                    An impressive statue of White can be found in London's Portland Place
Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury
(24th April 1801 – 18th November 1893) known as Lord Robert Grosvenor from 1831 to 1857


William James Tatem
1st Baron Glanely 
(6 March 1868 – 28 June 1942)
A Cardiff ship-owner and thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder.

Joseph Chamberlain 
(8th July 1836 – 2nd July 1914)
An influential British businessman, politician, and statesman.


Sydney William Herbert Pierrepont
3rd Earl Manvers
(12th March 1826 – 16th January 1900) 
A British nobleman and politician. He built the present Thoresby Hall, St John's Church, Perlethorpe School, and generally shaped Thoresby Estate as it looks today. 


George Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford
2nd Baron Walpole
(2nd April 1730 – 5th December 1791)

The eldest son of the 2nd Earl of Orford and his wife Margaret Rolle. George Walpole never married and at his death all of his titles, except the title of Baron Clinton, were passed to his uncle Horace Walpole.
(Identified using the dates in the life of The Reverend John Lloyd as addressed on envelope)
"Rake and eccentric"

Marguerite (Power Farmer Gardiner)
Countess of Blessington
(1st September 1789 – 4th June 1849)
An Irish novelist - close to Byron
This is a letter dated 12th January 1843
written from Gore House, on the site that 
is now the Royal Albert Hall.
Her history is that of  'movies' and well worth further research
The Magic Lantern, The Idler in France, Conversations With Lord Byron 


New York Times report on Gore House
New York Times report on Gore House
Another New York Times report on Gore House
Another New York Times report on Gore House
Album of Manuscripts 
(bk w/36 works)  
 watercolors and drawings  
Size   25.2 x 20 in. / 64 x 50.8 cm. 
Year   1820 - 1828. Signed 
Bloomsbury Auctions - New York: Wednesday, 6th May 2009 [Lot 144]
The Paula Peyraud Collection: Samuel Johnson and Women Writers in Georgian Society  

National Portrait Gallery
The National Archive
John Evelyn Denison
1st Viscount Ossington PC
(27th January 1800 – 7th March 1873)
He served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1857 to 1872
Further bigraphical detail


Diana de Vere Beauclerk - Huddleston
(10th December 1842 – 1st April 1905)
In a painting by W. P. Frith, on the other side of the ottoman, facing away from Leighton, the heiress and philanthropist Baroness Burdett-Coutts talks to Lady Diana Huddleston (Beauclerc).  Their husbands also appear among the standing figures behind them. Lady Diana, a daughter of the 9th Duke of St Albans, was married to Sir John Walter Huddleston, the last baron of the Exchequer and a judge of Queen's Bench. Wearing a top hat, he stands just behind Robert Browning, the bare-headed and white-bearded figure seen talking to a girl in green. See also and linkThere appear to be two versions of the same painting. (William Powell Frith, R.A. (1819-1909). The Private View, 1881, signed and dated 'W P Frith.1882.' (lower left). oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 44 7/8 in. (60 x 114 cm.)  Bestwood Lodge, Nottinghamshire)
Charles Anderson Worsley Anderson-Pelham, 2nd Earl of Yarborough
(12th April 1809 – 7th January 1862) 
He gave his name to a hand of cards dealt in bridge that has no card higher than a nine: A YARBOROUGH 

This is the end of a letter addressed to John Ellis (1789-1862), chairman of the Leicester & Swannington Railway and Midland Railway, and was Member of Parliament for Leicester (1848-1852).
Creepy goings-on at the Yarborough Hotel, Grimsby

Marcia Amelia Mary Pelham, Countess of Yarborough
13th Baroness Conyers and 7th Baroness Fauconberg, OBE
(18th October 1863–17th November 1926)
The wife of Charles Pelham, 4th Earl of Yarborough. There is a memorial to Marcia in All Saints Church, Brocklesby. 


Lt.-General Arthur Richard Wellesley
2nd Duke of Wellington KG PC
(3rd February 1807 – 13th August 1884)
He was the son of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
"Imagine what it will be when the Duke of Wellington is announced, and only I walk in the room..the present Duke!"

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Charles Bradlaugh
(26th September 1833 – 30th January 1891)
Member of Pariament for Northampton.
A political activist and one of the most famous English atheists of the 19th century.
He founded the National Secular Society in 1866.




Henry Du Pré Labouchère
(9th November 1831 – 15th January 1912)
A prominent English politician (M.P. for Northampton 1880-1906), journalist, writer, publisher and theatre owner in the Victorian era and Edwardian era. He married actress Henrietta Hodson.


From a photograph by T. Westley
57, Vernon Street, Northampton.
CHARLES BRADLAUGH
AND HENRY LABOUCHERE.

Daniel Lysons
(1762 - 1834)
A notable English antiquary and topographer of the late 18th and early 19th century, who published the four-volume The Environs of London (published 1792 to 1796) and the epic Magna Britannia; Being a Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties of Great Britian. Written with Samuel Lysons).


Field Marshal Sir John Fox Burgoyne, 1st Baronet
(24th July 1782 – 7th October1871)
A senior British Army officer
He was the the illegitimate son of General John Burgoyne, who, on 17 October 1777, had surrendered his entire army, numbering 5,800 to the Americans. This was the greatest victory the colonists had yet gained, and it proved to be the turning point in the war of American independance.



H. Louise Gates (died Sunday 21July 1895)
Wife of Brig. General William Gates (USA)
This is a letter dated  Wednesday 2nd April 1845
There is a note attached stating that it was written and posted by 'Mrs. Col. William Gates' from Fort Moultrie. This 3rd party note is dated 6 months later on 3rd October 1845
It has been addressed to another officers wifeElisa A.Perkins, 
Another useful link for further research is Find A Grave.
Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan
1st Baronet of Wallington
(2nd April 1807 – 19th June 1886)
A British civil servant and Governor of Madras.


William Stanley Jevons
(1st September 1835 - 13th August 1882)
Jevons was an English economist and logician. His book The Theory of Political Economy (1871) expounded upon the "final" (marginal) utility theory of value. Jevons' work, along with similar discoveries made by Carl Menger in Vienna (1871) and by Léon Walras in Switzerland (1874), marked the opening of a new period in the history of economic thought. This is an unsigned post card from 13th January 1878.

Charles James Fox
(24th January 1749 – 13th September 1806)
A prominent British Whig statesman.
Maternal great, great grandson of Charles ll.
Three times Foreign Secretary and three times Leader of the House of Commons.
His parliamentary career spanned thirty-eight years of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and who was particularly noted for being the arch-rival of William Pitt the Younger. Fox grew into a fat macaroni, with a taste for gambling, politics, and women. He also liked fashion and in the macaroni tastes, powder his hair different colors every day and wear multi-colored shoes embellished with velvet frills. He was just plain outrageous!


Samuel Wilberforce 
(7th September 1805 – 19th July 1873)
English Bishop of Oxford in the Church of England, third son of William Wilberforce. He is probably best remembered today for his opposition to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.Known as "Soapy Sam", Wilberforce was one of the greatest public speakers of his day. The nickname derives from a comment by Benjamin Disraeli that the Bishop's manner was "unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous" (slippery, evasive). 
Here is his signature as Bishop 'S Oxon'.


Norman Ernest Borlaug 
(25th March 1914 – 12th September 2009)
Borlaug was an American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate, and has been called the father of the Green Revolution. Borlaug was one of only five people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor. Borlaug's discoveries have been estimated to have saved over 245 million lives worldwide.


George Alfred Brown
Later George Alfred George-Brown, Baron George-Brown
(2nd September 1914 – 2nd June 1985)
A British politician who served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1960 to 1970, and was a senior Cabinet minister (including as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs) in the Labour government of the 1960s.
Samuel Morley
(15th October 1809 – 5th September 1886)
Morley was an English woollen manufacturer, philanthropist, 
dissenter (Congregationalist), abolitionist, political radical, and statesman.
Member of Parliament for Nottingham 1865–1866
Member of Parliament for Bristol 1868–1885

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William Workman
(May 1807 – 23rd February 1878)
He was an Irish-born Canadian businessman and municipal politician, becoming Mayor of Montreal from 1868 to 1871.
Glenda May Jackson, CBE 
(born 9th May 1936)
An English double Oscar winning actress and politician,  Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hampstead and Highgate in the London Borough of Camden.
Cinematic nominations and awards


Lady Charlotte Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, Viscountess Ossington
(1806-1889) Married to John Evelyn Denison 1827.
3rd daughter of the 4th Duke of Portland.
Viscountess Ossington took the surname Scott by Royal Licence in 1882, following her inheritance of part of the Portland estates after the death of her brother the 5th Duke of Portland.
Henry Fox
1st Baron Holland
(28th September 1705 – 1st July 1774)
Secretary for War and Paymaster of the forces, from which he enriched himself, but while widely tipped as a future Prime Minister, he never held that office.
He became a Lord of the Treasury in 1743.
He was the father of Charles James Fox.


Sir Stephen Fox
(27th March 1627 – 28th October 1716)
Fox was an English politician and Commisioner of the Treasury. 

Father of Henry and Paternal grandfather of  Charles James Fox. 

Elizabeth Fry (née Gurney) 
(21st May 1780 – 12th October 1845) 
An English prison and social reformer.
A Quaker and a Christian philanthropist.


Elizabeth Fry visiting Newgate Prison and reading to the prisoners.1823.
Robert Dundas
2nd Viscount Melville
(14th March 1771 – 10th June 1851) 
A British statesman, the son of Henry Dundas, the 1st Viscount. Dundas was the Member of Parliament for Hastings in 1794, Rye in 1796 and Midlothian in 1801. He was also Keeper of the Signet for Scotland from 1800. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1807 and a Knight of the Thistle in 1821, and was Chancellor of the University of St Andrews from 1814. Melville filled various political offices and was First Lord of the Admiralty from 1812 to 1827, and from 1828 to 1830; his eldest son inherited his title.
Sir Francis Windebank
(1582 – 1st September 1646)
An English politician, who rose to become Secretary of State under Charles I.
See His Majesties declaration, concerning his proceedings with his subjects of Scotland by Sir Francis Windebank. The only son of  Sir Thomas Windebank
 (1538-1607, Clerk of the signet, and occasionally clerk to the Privy Council of Queen Elzabeth 1st).


Algernon Percy
10th Earl of Northumberland
(29th September 1602 – 13th October 1668)
An English military leader and a prominent supporter of constitutional monarchy.



Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond, 2nd Duke of Lennox and Aubigny
(born at Goodwood, Sussex on 18th May 1701 - died at Godalming on 8th August 1750) 
Grandson of King Charles ll and maternal grandfather of  Charles James Fox. (see above)
Wallington Hall
Signed on Sunday 24th June 1640
Fox Maule-Ramsay, 11th Earl of Dalhousie
(22nd April 1801 – 6th July 1874)
known as Fox Maule before 1852, as Lord Panmure between 1852 and 1860 and as Earl of Dalhousie after 1860, was a British politician.
He was Christened Fox as a compliment to Charles James Fox, the great Whig politician



Henry Francis Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles
(6th April 1795 - 26th December 1824)
He was born to Henry Conyngham, 1st Marquess Conyngham and Elizabeth Denison.
He died and was buried in Nice, France unmarried with no issue. He was educated in 1813 at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was styled Earl of Mount Charles from 1816-1824 and was a Tory Member of Parliament for County Donegal between 1818 and 1824.


Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto
(16th November 1782 – 31st July 1859)
British diplomat and Whig politician.
Styled as Viscount Melgund between 1813 and 1814. 


Thomas Alexander Fraser, 12th Lord Lovat and 1st Baron Lovat  (17th June 1802 – 28th June 1875)
A Scottish peer. He was also the 21st MacShimidh, the traditional Gaelic Patronym for the Chiefs of the Clan Fraser.


Frederick James Lamb
3rd Viscount Melbourne
(17th April 1782 - 29th January 1853)
The Lord Beauvale from 1839 to 1848


George William Frederick Howard
7th Earl of Carlisle
(18th April 1802 – 5th December 1864)
Viscount Morpeth from 1825 to 1848.
A British politician, statesman and orator.


James Duff, 4th Earl Fife
(6th October 1776 – 9th March 1857)
A Scottish nobleman and army general.
He volunteered to help the Spaniards against Napoleon and fought at Talavera as a Major General in the Spanish forces.
The son of Alexander Duff, 3rd Earl Fife and Mary Skene.


Edward "the Bear" Ellice, the elder
(27th September 1783 – 17th September 1863)
A British merchant and politician. 
He was a Director of the Hudson's Bay Company and a prime mover behind the Reform Bill of 1832.


Robert Monsey Rolfe, 1st Baron Cranworth
(18th December 1790 – 26th July 1868)
A British lawyer and Liberal politician. He twice served as Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom


Sir Archibald John Primrose
4th Earl of Rosebery
(14th October 1783 – 4th March 1868)
A British Member of Parliament.
On the right is an example of a recent sale item


Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington and Baron Carington of Upton
(6 June 1919 - 9 July 2018)
A British Conservative politician. He served as British Foreign Secretary between 1979 and 1982 and as Secretary-General of NATO from 1984 to 1988. He is the last person to have held one of the four Great Offices of State while a peer. He is also the last surviving member of the Cabinet of Alec Douglas Home.


Cecil Edward Parkinson, Baron Parkinson
(born 1st September 1931 in Carnforth, Lancashire)  A British Conservative politician and former Cabinet Minister.
In 1983 Margaret Thatcher's Trade Secretary, Cecil Parkinson, was forced to resign after his secretary, Sara Keays, revealed her pregnancy with his illegitimate child as the result of a 12-year affair. Parkinson later won a court injunction forbidding anyone, including Sara, from speaking of his daughter, Flora, publicly - or doing almost anything that could lead to her identity being revealed. Since when it has emerged that aged 4, Flora was left with severe disabilities after an operation to remove a brain tumour, and suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. 


Lord (William) George Frederick Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck (27th February 1802 – 21st September 1848)
Better known as simply Lord George Bentinck, was an English Conservative politician and racehorse owner, best known (with Benjamin Disraeli) for his role in unseating Sir Robert Peel over the Corn Laws.


George Charles Vernon, 4th Baron Vernon
(4th December 1779 - 18th November 1835)

He was the son of Henry Venables-Vernon, 3rd Baron Vernon and Elizabeth Rebecca Anne Sedley. He married Frances Maria Warren, daughter of Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, 1st Bt., on 5th August 1802. 
     
The Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh
(25th April 1776 – 30th April 1857)
A Princessr of the British Royal Family, the eleventh child and fourth daughter of George III.
Married to Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, and was the longest living child of King George III.


(Above) An example of a similar envelope written by Princess Mary which was recently offered for sale, although her signature is missing
John Enoch Powell, MBE 
16th June 1912 – 8th February 1998)
A British politician, linguist, writer, academic, soldier and poet.
Powell was a Conservative Party Member of Parliament between 1950 and February 1974, and an Ulster Unionist MP between October 1974 and 1987. He was controversial through most of his career, and his tenure in senior office was brief. He had strong and distinctive views on matters such as immigration, national identity, monetary policy, and the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union. He was dismissed from the Shadow Cabinet for his controversial and widely Remembered for his 1968 "Rivers of Blood" speech in opposition to mass Commonwealth immigration to Britain. You Tube and text. WARNING: some may find the material contained in the speech and the remarks left on You Tube offensive.


John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden 
(11th February 1759 – 8th October 1840)
Teller of the Exchequer 1766–1834
Styled Viscount Bayham from 1786 to 1794 and known as The Earl Camden from 1794 to 1812, was a British politician. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1795 and 1798 and as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies between 1804 and 1805.


Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth biography
Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth biography
Deborah Vivien Freeman -Mitford - Cavendish
Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
(born March 31, 1920, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire, England)
née The Hon. Deborah Freeman-Mitford and known to her family as "Debo", is the youngest and last surviving of the six noted Mitford sisters whose political affiliations and marriages were a prominent feature of English culture in the 1930s and 1940s.


The other five Mitford sisters in 1935: Jessica, Nancy, Diana, Unity, and Pamela 
Unity and Diana: "So Very Nice, and So Very Nazi"
Unity Mitford (left) and Lady Diana Mosley (nee Mitford, right),
with SS troops at the September 1937 Nuremberg Nazi Party rally
Adolf Hitler called the tall beautiful enthusiastic fascist blond Diana "the perfect Aryan woman". 
'Debo's' wedding to the Duke in 1941
Deborah, the duchess of Devonshire. Today she still has the telltale ramrod posture, English rose complexion, and, of course, the dog hairs on her Scottish cashmeres. Youngest of the six famous (often notorious) Mitford sisters, Debo's marriage to the 11th Duke of Devonshire put her squarely into the social whirl, and for a few years she gamely did the cocktails-and-ball-gown circuit. But her heart lay more with family, farm, and the demands of Chatsworth, her husband's grand ancestral estate, where she knocks about the legendary gardens and stables in a Balmain couture raincoat and, often, in the company of her granddaughter, the lanky supermodel Stella Tennant. Must be something in the genes.
Debo in 1951
Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet
(29th December 1792 – 23rd May 1867)
A British lawyer, who held several prominent legal appointments, historian and baronet.
This is an envelope in Alison's hand


The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 
 27th January 1832 – 14th January 1898)
Better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll 
An English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life in many parts of the world including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire
Styled Marquess of Hartington until 1811 (21st May 1790 – 18th January 1858)
He was a British peer, courtier and Whig politician. Known as the "Bachelor Duke", he was Lord Chamberlain of the Household between 1827 and 1828 and again between 1830 and 1834.

For William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire see Historical Signatures page 1
For William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire see 18th century Prime Ministers
For William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire see Historical Signatures page 5
For William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire see Historical Signatures page 5
For Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire see bottom of 19th century Prime Ministers

Sir John Tenniel
(28th February 1820 – 25th February 1914)
An English illustrator.

He drew many topical cartoons and caricatures for Punch in the late 19th century, including the iconic dropping the pilot, but is best remembered today for his illustrations in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
Here is his handwriting from an unsigned note written from Portsdown Road, London, and
a short signed note from 7th May 1885.


Edward Linley Sambourne 
(4th January 1844 –3rd August 1910) 
A cartoonist for Punch. In 1901, he became the chief cartoonist for Punch, taking over after John Tenniel's retirement. He was born in Pentonville, London, the son of Edward Moot Sambourne. His middle name of Linley comes from his mother's maiden name, Frances Linley.

'Our Leading Cartoonists' 
by Frank Forbes of The Temple magazine
Sambourne's descendants include grandson Oliver Messel
(an acclaimed set designer and architect), great-grandson
 Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon
 (photographer and documentary filmmaker), 
and great-great-grandson Viscount Linley
 (the furniture designer and chairman of Christie's auction house).

John Cam Hobhouse, 1st Baron Broughton, Baronet Westbury
(27th June 1786 – 3rd June 1869)
British politician and memoirist.
Hobhouse was known as Sir John Hobhouse from 1831 to 1851


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Another example
 of his signature
A Private View
 at the Royal Academy, 1881
William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St. Albans
(24th March 1801 – 27th May 1849)
He married, firstly, Harriet Mellon (11th November 1777 – 6th August 1837), on 16 June 1827 in London.
He married, secondly, Elizabeth Catherine Gubbins (c. 1818 – 2nd December 1893 St Leonards-on-Sea), on 29th May 1839 in Harby, Leicestershire. They had three children:
William Ameleus Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans (1840–1898)
Diana de Vere Beauclerk (10th December 1842 – 1st April 1905) married John Walter Huddleston and features in W P Frith's famous painting of the marriage of the Prince of Wales in 1863.
Charlotte Beauclerk (1849–?)
Elizabeth Catherine (née Gubbins), Viscountess Falkland; Diana de Vere (née Beauclerk), Lady Huddleston
by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite
 2 March 1861

(Below) 'The Wedding Day' 
(William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans; Harriot (Mellon), Duchess of St Albans)
by Henry Heath
etching, published 28 June 1827


The bridesmaids of Alexandra of Denmark.
 Diana is on this picture
Diana Mitford, Lady Mosley (née Freeman-Mitford)
(17th June 1910 – 11th August 2003) 
One of Britain's noted Mitford sisters. She was married first to Bryan Walter Guinness, heir to the barony of Moyne, and secondly to Sir Oswald Mosley ("Tom"), leader of the British Union of Fascists; her second marriage, in 1936, took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels, with Adolf Hitler as guest of honour. Subsequently her involvement with right-wing political causes resulted in three years' internment during the Second World War. She later enjoyed a successful career as a writer, publishing several books and as a syndicated contributor for several major newspapers and magazines such as The Evening Standard and Tatler. She also edited the magazine, The European. Family friend, James Lees-Milne wrote of her beauty; "She was the nearest thing to Botticelli's Venus that I have ever seen". She remained a staunch fascist and anti-Semite throughout her life.

Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoats
(16th November 1896 – 3rd December 1980)
A British politician, known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists. He was a member of Parliament for Harrow from 1918 to 1923 and for Smethwick from 1926 to 1931. After his failure in 1931 Mosley went on a study tour of the 'new movements' of Italy's Benito Mussolini and other fascists, and returned convinced that it was the way forward for him and for Britain. He determined to unite the existing fascist movements and created the British Union of Fascists (BUF) in 1932. The BUF was anti-communist and protectionist. It claimed membership as high as 50,000, and had the Daily Mail[ and Daily Mirror among its earliest supporters. 
Original
 auction
 provenance
A small scrap of paper found with the letter
containing an unidentifiable scribble
John Thomas Freeman-Mitford, 1st Earl of Redesdale,  2nd Baron Redesdale
(1805 - 2nd May 1886)
The only son and heir of John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale.
In 1851 he was chosen chairman of committees in the House of Lords, a position which he retained until his death, and in 1877 he was created earl of Redesdale. His chief interest was reserved for ecclesiastical questions, and he won some repute as a Protestant controversialist. He assisted to revive Convocation in 1853; was an active opponent of the disestablishment of the Irish Church; and engaged in controversy with Cardinal Manning on the subject of communion in both kinds. On his death, his titles became extinct.

Their handwriting compared. The word 'Louvre'.
Diana top & Mosley bottom
Charles Anderson-Pelham, 1st Baron Yarborough
(3rd February 1749 – 22nd September 1823)
A British politician. Lord Yarborough married Sophie, daughter of George Aufrere, in 1770. She died in 1786. Yarborough survived her by over forty years and died in September 1823, aged 74. He was succeeded in the barony by his son Charles, who was created Earl of Yarborough in 1837.
The signatures of Henry George Liddell 
(6th February 1811 – 18th January 1898)                      
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
dean (1855-91) of Christ Church, Oxford
headmaster (1846–55) of Westminster School 
author of A History of Rome (1857)
and co-author (with Robert Scott) of the monumental work A Greek-English Lexicon which is still used by students of Greek. 
Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for Henry Liddell's daughter Alice.
Sir Oswald Mosley, 2nd Baronet of Ancoats
(27th March 1785 – 24th May 1871)
MP for Portarlington 1806-1807
Winchelsea 1807-1812
Midhurst 1817-1818 and Staffordshire North 1832–1837
High Sheriff of Staffordshire 1814
A recent Powell signature
 offered for sale
General George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie 
(23rd October 1770 – 21st March 1838)
Styled Lord Ramsay until 1787, was a Scottish soldier and colonial administrator. 
Governor of Nova Scotia 1816 to 1820
Governor General of British North America 1820 to 1828
Commander-in-Chief in India 1830-1832.


Alan Alexander Milne
(18th January 1882 –31st January 1956)
An English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.

Joseph Victor von Scheffel 
(16th February 1826 - 9th April 1886)
A German poet and novelist.
whose immensely popular humorous epic poem Der Trompeter von Säckingen (1854; “The Trumpeter of Säckingen”) and historical novel Ekkehard (1855) appealed to sentimental popular taste and made him one of the most widely read German authors of his time.

Scheffel’s father was a Baden army engineer, and his mother was a poet. At his father’s insistence Scheffel was trained in law at the universities of Munich, Heidelberg, and Berlin and began a career in the Baden civil service in 1848.



A fine comparison signature.
Not part of this collection
Henry Langdon Childe
(1781-1874)
Inventor of dissolving views. Perfected the Magic Lantern: adapted the limelight to it. Gave popular lantern lectures in London and the provinces. Devised ‘double lanterns’ and dissolving views, 1807.

Dictionary of National Biography (Index and Epitome) 1903 page 235
Page 247 Volume 10 published in 1887


The Reverend Stanley Rogers  
(1853  Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire - 15th July 1939 (Age 86) -- West Kirby, Cheshire)
Minister of Westminster Church, Liverpool
Related to W. H. Auden
Marriage: 15th August 1877 (Age 24) to Annie Deborah Craven -  New Road Congregational Church, Thornton, nr. Bradford, Yorkshire
They received a telegram from the King and Queen on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary 15th August 1937 (Age 84) 

 

Field Marshal Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby GCB, GCMG, GCVO
(23rd April 1861–14th May 1936)
A British soldier and administrator most famous for his role during the First World War, in which he led the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the conquest of Palestine and Syria in 1917 and 1918.
British actor Jack Hawkins played Allenby in the blockbuster movie 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Monday 7th March 1921
An envelope front (7th March 1921)
around the time of the Cairo conference, addressed to FIELD MARSHALL EARL HAIG, and a picture of Allenby with
 T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia.

Famous photograph of dismounted 
General Sir Edmund Allenby
entering the Holy City of Jerusalem on foot 1917.
Allenby leaving after the reading of the Proclamation of Martial Law in Jersusalem, 1917

General Allenby's final attacks of the Palestine Campaign gave Britain control of the area
The surrender of Jerusalem by the Ottomans to the British on December 9, 1917 following the Battle of Jerusalem

During the war, the British waged the Sinai and Palestine Campaign under General Allenby, and at the same time, British intelligence officer T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") was stirring up the Arab Revolt in the region. The British defeated Ottoman Turkish forces in 1917 and occupied Palestine and Syria. The land remained under British military administration for the remainder of the war, and beyond.


Emir Abdullah ibn Hussein of Transjordan (1882 - 1951) 
with Lord Allenby (1861 - 1936)
and T. E. Lawrence (1888 - 1935)
attending a military review during the Arab Revolt, circa 1917.
Another example of Allenby's signature taken from a ships guest book. (Not part of this collection)


An example of a similar piece for sale. 
(Not part of this collection)
conferring with Allied attachés at Jerusalem, which fell to the Allies on 11th December 1917
The Reverend John Lloyd was baptised in August 1742, entered the Church and became vicar of St. Michael's Church, Caerwys, Holywell, Flintshire. He married an heiress, Miss Oatbridge of Oaksey, Wiltshire, but had no issue. 

Sir Leslie Matthew Ward 
(21st November 1851 – 15th May 1922)
Ward was a British portrait artist and caricaturist who drew or painted numerous portraits which were regularly published by Vanity Fair, under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl"(L.Ward written backwards)


A letter from the Lancashire Lieutenancy offering thanks to Burgoyne for accepting the post of Honorary Colonel of the 1st Lancashire Engineers. 9th January 1862, from Preston, Lancashire, to Burgoyne at the War Office in London
A fine example of Alice Pleasance Liddell' signature.
 Not part of this collection
Henry Parry Liddon
(20th August 1829 - 9th September 1890)
An English theologian and close friend of Lewis Carroll.


Florence Nightingale OM, RRC 
12th May 1820 – 13th August 1910)
Florence was a celebrated English nurse, writer and statistician. An Anglican, Nightingale believed that God had called her to be a nurse. She came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment, in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King's College London. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

Comparative values from
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Oddly enough, see also the Cavendish Banana
Sir George Sinclair
2nd Baronet
(28th August 1790 – 1868)
Scottish politician and author.                Another example                                                                                         Not part of this collection.
Evan Baillie (1741 – 28 June 1835)
British West Indes merchant, landowner
 and Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1802 to 1812.
10 Portsdown Road
Another example
  acquired
 separately

William Walter Legge
5th Earl of Dartmouth
(12th August 1823 – 4th August 1891)
Styled Viscount Lewisham until 1853. He was a British peer and Conservative politician.
On the right is another example of his signature. Not part of this collection
Sir Robert Wigram, 1st Baronet
(30th January 1744 – 6th November 1830)
He was a British merchant shipbuilder and Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons of Great Britain and of the United Kingdom between 1802 and 1807.
William Ainger Wigram
 (16th May 1872 – 16th January 1953)
He was an English Church of England priest and author, notable for his work with and writings on the Assyrian Church of the East.
John Benett 
(1773-1852)
An English politician from Pythouse in Wiltshire.

He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for Wiltshire from 1819 to 1853. a statesman who steered a fiercely independent course through all the great issues of his day, before and after reform. More than a match for his political opponents Cobbett and Hunt, he entered Parliament after two violently fought campaigns, and was injured during the machine-breaking riots in 1830. At home in Wiltshire he pioneered agricultural reform, busying himself on his own estate, Pythouse near Tisbury, and with local organizations of every kind.
Gibbs Crawfurd Antrobus
(17th June 1793 – 21st May 1861) 
A British diplomat and politician, from Eaton Hall, nr. Congleton, Cheshire
 and 11 Grosvenor Square, Middlesex.
MP for Aldborough 1820-1826 and MP for Plympton Erle 1826-1830

Sir Edmund Antrobus 2nd Bt. and Gibbs Crawfurd Antrobus as children
Thomas Wodehouse Legh, 2nd Baron Newton 
(18th March 1857 – 21st March 1942)
A British diplomat and Conservative politician who served as Paymaster-General during the First World War.
In October 1916 he was appointed Controller of the newly established Prisoner of War Department, and in this position he negotiated the release of thousands of British prisoners of war
See 'The pride to get a letter from the King'
Sir William Heygate, 1st Baronet 
(24th June 1782-28th August 1844)
Served as Lord Mayor of London from 1822 to 1823.
 He was the first Heygate Baronet of Southend. He was awarded his Baronetcy on 30th September 1831.

He was a Member of Parliament for Sudbury from 1818 to 1826. He also led the public campaign to create Southend Pier. He died in the office of Chamberlain of the City of London, a position he had held since only the previous year. Sir William Heygate is remembered today with his name on one of the latest pier trains.
In small Victorian book with Dodgeson (Lewis Carroll)  and Thomas Hardy
1st Earl Sheffield perhaps
Signed 'St. John'. A 'Bolingbroke' perhaps
EXAMPLE SIG H P LIDDON 3 AMEN CORNER ST PAULS
Example: From a book by Mark Pattison. Milton             ( London , 1879).
A fine example of Henry Liddell’s signature
The gift inscription found on the front pastedown in this book was written by Henry George Liddell to his daughter, Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was the prototype for Lewis Carroll's Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland fame.
EXAMPLE SIGNATURE
Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill
 (3 December 1794 – 28 April 1840)
A British nobleman, the second son of George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough.

Spencer-Churchill entered the British Army in 1811, served in Spain and France. He transferred from the 85th Foot to the 75th Foot as a Captain in 1824. He purchased a Lieutenant-Colonelcy in 1827 and sold his commission in 1832. From 1818 until 1820, he also represented St. Albans in the House of Commons.
Another example of his signature.
 Not part of this collection
EXAMPLE OF H P LIDDON SIG.3 AMEN CORNER ST PAULS
Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey
(28 December 1802 – 9 October 1894)
Known as Viscount Howick from 1807 until 1845
He was the eldest son of Prime Minister Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, by his wife the Hon. Mary, daughter of William Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby. When his father became prime minister, he was made Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. This gave him responsibility for Britain's colonial possessions, and laid the foundation of his intimate acquaintance with colonial questions. He belonged at the time to the more advanced party of colonial reformers, sharing the views of Edward Gibbon Wakefield on questions of land and emigration, and resigned in 1834 from dissatisfaction that slave emancipation was made gradual instead of immediate.The suburb of Howick in Auckland, New Zealand, is named after the earl.
ANOTHER EXAMPE SIGNATURE. Not part of this collection
Another example of signature. Not part of this collection
GREY 3RD EXAMPLE
An example for value only. Not a part of this collection.
Cypress Hills
National 
Cemetery 
Brooklyn
Kings County
(Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: LOT 3, 86