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Autograph documents signed by 800 Members of the Houses of Parliament, 1860-1893, admissions to Strangers' Gallery etc, Including 144 Irish Members at the height of the Home Rule League

House of Commons; Parliament; Irish Home Rule]

Editorial: -1893, 1860
Librería: Richard M. Ford Ltd (London, Reino Unido)

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A collection of 858 documents, dating from between 1860 and 1893, bearing a total of 800 autographs of British Members of Parliament (765 Members of the House of Commons and 35 Peers). The collection is in good condition, with the usual signs of age and wear, each item having been punch-holed by the collector (whom evidence suggests was a fellow-member) for insertion in a binder. The majority date from the years 1870-1873 (317 items) and 1880 (343 items), thus falling within the period of the Home Rule League (particularly resonant in the light of recent events in Scotland), and notable within the collection are 148 items by 144 Irish Members of Parliament (135 Members of the Commons and 9 Peers). These include documents by Charles Stuart Parnell, Isaac Butt, T. P. O’Connor (‘Tay Pay’), the Fenian John O’Connor Power and Patrick James Smyth (‘Nicaragua Smyth’). Other notable figures include Prime Ministers Gladstone, Campbell Bannerman and Balfour, as well as John Bright, Sir Nathan Rothschild, Joseph Chamberlain, Henry Fawcett, Lord Randolph Churchill, Charles Bradlaugh, Jesse Collings, Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, John Passmore Edwards, Sir Julian Goldsmid, Lyon Playfair, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, Spencer Walpole. Accompanying the collection is a printed list of Commons Members and their constituencies, in ten columns, on one side of a large sheet of paper, dated ‘August 30, 1880.’ This has been carefully, with entries ticked off and scored through by the collector. The majority of the documents are instructions giving admission to the Strangers’ Galleries of the two Houses, either written out in full by the Member of Parliament, or with his signature appended to a secretarial text. Some are on House of Commons notepaper, and several are on a printed form headed ‘House of Commons’. A number have dining instructions in manuscript on the reverse, often signed by ‘W Terry’ (the collector himself?). For example: ‘Tea for one Lady with Fish & Cutlets at 7.30 | for Mr Dyke | Strangers Gallery’ and ‘Please to send me some dressed or curried Fish if possible | if not some hot dinner directly | no Beer | Strangers Gallery’. A number of items cast light on the workings of Parliament: these include two 1870 instructions from Chief Whip George Grenfell Glyn, including an actual Three-Line Whip; an anonymous ink sketch, on House of Commons notepaper, with note ‘Portrait of W. Shepherd Allen M.P. for Newcastle under Lyme. Found on the benches in House of Commons 1870. An expressively good likeness.’; a joint complaint (on Commons ‘COMPLAINTS’ form) by Liberal Members C. J. Monk and Edmund Potter that their wine (‘1 lot 75’) is ‘Not good & cork rotten’; a letter from Percy Wyndham of Cumberland West to the Superintendent of the House of Commons Dining Room, asking for ‘Turtle Soup, the freshest fish you have (any except red mullet) and a mutton chop’; and an appeal for ‘something, Boiled Beef if any’ from Bridport MP T. A. Mitchell. The autograph document of Thomas Walton Mellor of Ashton-under-Lyme is accompanied by a copy of a letter, on which are written what appear to be pencil notes for a Commons speech by Mellor. A few items bear no relation to Parliament itself: Stanley Vickers of Wallingford gives admission to the Victoria Distillery, and Joseph Pulley of Hereford writes on the letterhead of the Devonshire Club, St James’s.Twenty-four of the signatures have not been deciphered, and the others fall within the following three groups, with entries listing names, constituencies and date of document:A. Irish members, House of Commons 139 items by 135 different Irish Members of the House of Commons:Leopold Agar-Ellis, County Kilkenny, 1873Richard Lane Allman, Bandon, 1880William Humphrys Archdale, Fermanagh, 1880Joseph Gillis Biggar, County Cavan, undatedMaurice Brooks, Dublin, 1880Isaac Butt, Meath, 1874Sir Henry Bruce, Coleraine, 1871Henry Bruen, Carlow County, 1871John Thomas Ball, Dublin University, 1873Lord Bingham, Mayo, 1871Sir R. N° de ref. de la librería 15724

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Título: Autograph documents signed by 800 Members of...

Editorial: -1893

Año de publicación: 1860

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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