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Auction archive: Lot number 2496

Cadell and Davies, eighteenth century

Estimate
£3,000 - £4,000
ca. US$4,291 - US$5,721
Price realised:
£4,400
ca. US$6,294
Auction archive: Lot number 2496

Cadell and Davies, eighteenth century

Estimate
£3,000 - £4,000
ca. US$4,291 - US$5,721
Price realised:
£4,400
ca. US$6,294
Beschreibung:

Cadell and Davies, eighteenth century London publishers and booksellers. A collection of letters and documents etc. from the firm's archive, including: Smith, Charlotte. Five ALsS to Cadell & Davies, one signed with initials, 2 with integral address panels, approx. 13pp., 1790, 1794 and n.d., one from Bath, the rest n.p. Mainly relating to money worries, "but in the mean time I may literally want the necessaries of life…", her literary works, "Should it not be agreeable to you to take it [Dialogues of Rural Walks] on the terms I mentioned, I am persuaded you will observe the necessary secrecy, & return it to me as early as you can…"; the ongoing legal wrangling over her late husband's estate, "Today I had a Letter from Lord Egremont, who has been so good as once more to apply to the trustees on my behalf; but he gives me no hopes of our receiving one shilling of my childrens property and I now entirely despair of any subsistence for them"; she reports having received a letter from Mr. Hayley, "highly approving of 'The Young Philosopher' - I had only a moments notice where to send the MS." and a signed receipt by the same, 1798. With 4 ms. documents listing works by the same: Celestina, Elegiac Sonnets and other Poems, and The Young Philosopher, tabling numbers of copies taken by various booksellers. Smith, Joshua Hett. ALS, on address panel "To The Unknown Author of the Eulogium on the Narrator of the Causes which led to the death of Major Andre", February 6th 1809. 4pp. He claims that the "emolument" from his original publication has gone to the Booksellers and not to him; he pleads poverty, "an abyss of misery", and seeks financial support to publish a further work, "The amiable Authoress of the Monody [Anna Seward] has furnished me with a Number of authentic anecdotes and…I have collated a number of secret American, and other state papers with some original letters from Washington…also a correct engraving of West Point…all completely and elegantly engraved, in a continuation of the work…I am encouraged to publish the above to aid my petition now before the House of Commons for compensating the loss of £60000 occasioned by my unhappy connection in this unfortunate business…" This refers to a famous incident during the American War of Independence. Major Andre was hanged as a spy on 2 October 1780. Smith, who apparently spied for both sides, was tried by a military court, acquitted and went to England, where his work An Authentic Narrative… was published in 1808. With a further ALS by J. H. Smith addressed to Dear Sir and signed with initials. Birmingham, Aug. 17th 1809. 1p. "What I mentioned respecting some of the rem. poetry of Miss Seward, has brought me here, to possess an original Correspondence between that Lady, and the Author of the Impromptu Haly". [William Hayley] Anna Seward died in March 1809. Devonshire, Georgiana, Duchess of. ALS in the third person, 3 June, n.y. to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, 1 & 1/4 pp., begging them to send an advance to Charlotte Smith "if they knew the very great distress of mind Mrs. Smith labours under, they would not hesitate…" Pennington, Elizabeth. Ms. poem, "A Riddle. Aurora, clad in rosy vest…", 40 lines, 2pp., with note signed W. Upcott stating it is "in the handwriting of Miss Elizabeth Pennington and was sent to Saml. Richardson." Published in Nichols, John, ed. A Select Collection of Poems…, 8 vols., 1780 - 82. Montagu, Mrs. Elizabeth. Short autograph note to David Garrick 1p., n.p. or d. "Eat yr sugar candy in quiet, Be assured I will set all this right with Lady Chatham…The young Ladies say she will go to ye opera on Saturday…" Wilberforce, William. ALS in the third person to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, concerning corrections and requesting a further proof. 3pp., n.p. or d., with an envelope front in the same hand. Aikin, John. ALS commenting on a ms. has been sent "a very minute & apparently faithful & accurate narrative of all the occurrences which have taken place at Botany Bay

Auction archive: Lot number 2496
Auction:
Datum:
5 Feb 2016
Auction house:
Lawrences Auctioneers
South Street
The Linen Yard
Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8AB
United Kingdom
enquiries@lawrences.co.uk
+44 (0)1 46073041
+44 (0)1460 279969
Beschreibung:

Cadell and Davies, eighteenth century London publishers and booksellers. A collection of letters and documents etc. from the firm's archive, including: Smith, Charlotte. Five ALsS to Cadell & Davies, one signed with initials, 2 with integral address panels, approx. 13pp., 1790, 1794 and n.d., one from Bath, the rest n.p. Mainly relating to money worries, "but in the mean time I may literally want the necessaries of life…", her literary works, "Should it not be agreeable to you to take it [Dialogues of Rural Walks] on the terms I mentioned, I am persuaded you will observe the necessary secrecy, & return it to me as early as you can…"; the ongoing legal wrangling over her late husband's estate, "Today I had a Letter from Lord Egremont, who has been so good as once more to apply to the trustees on my behalf; but he gives me no hopes of our receiving one shilling of my childrens property and I now entirely despair of any subsistence for them"; she reports having received a letter from Mr. Hayley, "highly approving of 'The Young Philosopher' - I had only a moments notice where to send the MS." and a signed receipt by the same, 1798. With 4 ms. documents listing works by the same: Celestina, Elegiac Sonnets and other Poems, and The Young Philosopher, tabling numbers of copies taken by various booksellers. Smith, Joshua Hett. ALS, on address panel "To The Unknown Author of the Eulogium on the Narrator of the Causes which led to the death of Major Andre", February 6th 1809. 4pp. He claims that the "emolument" from his original publication has gone to the Booksellers and not to him; he pleads poverty, "an abyss of misery", and seeks financial support to publish a further work, "The amiable Authoress of the Monody [Anna Seward] has furnished me with a Number of authentic anecdotes and…I have collated a number of secret American, and other state papers with some original letters from Washington…also a correct engraving of West Point…all completely and elegantly engraved, in a continuation of the work…I am encouraged to publish the above to aid my petition now before the House of Commons for compensating the loss of £60000 occasioned by my unhappy connection in this unfortunate business…" This refers to a famous incident during the American War of Independence. Major Andre was hanged as a spy on 2 October 1780. Smith, who apparently spied for both sides, was tried by a military court, acquitted and went to England, where his work An Authentic Narrative… was published in 1808. With a further ALS by J. H. Smith addressed to Dear Sir and signed with initials. Birmingham, Aug. 17th 1809. 1p. "What I mentioned respecting some of the rem. poetry of Miss Seward, has brought me here, to possess an original Correspondence between that Lady, and the Author of the Impromptu Haly". [William Hayley] Anna Seward died in March 1809. Devonshire, Georgiana, Duchess of. ALS in the third person, 3 June, n.y. to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, 1 & 1/4 pp., begging them to send an advance to Charlotte Smith "if they knew the very great distress of mind Mrs. Smith labours under, they would not hesitate…" Pennington, Elizabeth. Ms. poem, "A Riddle. Aurora, clad in rosy vest…", 40 lines, 2pp., with note signed W. Upcott stating it is "in the handwriting of Miss Elizabeth Pennington and was sent to Saml. Richardson." Published in Nichols, John, ed. A Select Collection of Poems…, 8 vols., 1780 - 82. Montagu, Mrs. Elizabeth. Short autograph note to David Garrick 1p., n.p. or d. "Eat yr sugar candy in quiet, Be assured I will set all this right with Lady Chatham…The young Ladies say she will go to ye opera on Saturday…" Wilberforce, William. ALS in the third person to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, concerning corrections and requesting a further proof. 3pp., n.p. or d., with an envelope front in the same hand. Aikin, John. ALS commenting on a ms. has been sent "a very minute & apparently faithful & accurate narrative of all the occurrences which have taken place at Botany Bay

Auction archive: Lot number 2496
Auction:
Datum:
5 Feb 2016
Auction house:
Lawrences Auctioneers
South Street
The Linen Yard
Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8AB
United Kingdom
enquiries@lawrences.co.uk
+44 (0)1 46073041
+44 (0)1460 279969
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