“AS COMMANDER OF THE EXPEDITION, IT WAS MY DUTY TO BRING FORWARD THE WORK OF THE OFFICERS COMPOSING THE EXPEDITION, NOT AS WORKS OF ART SUCH AS YOURS, BUT AS BEING DESCRIPTIVE OF THE COUNTRY…”
CHESNEY, FRANCIS RAWDON . (1789-1872). British General, soldier and explorer of the Euphrates River whose expedition proved the practicability of the Euphrates route to India. Two, relatively rare, Autograph Letters Signed, “F.R. Chesney”. Four full pages total, quarto.
RAYMOND CHANDLER DISCUSSES CHANGING PUBLISHERS — “MYSTERY WRITES OF AMERICA… IS FUSSING ABOUT STORIES AGAIN”… “I DON’T LIKE THE CURTIS BROWN ORGANIZATION VERY WELL…NO ONE IN IT KNOWS ABOUT BOOKS OR WRITING, SO I AM THINKING ABOUT MAKING A CHANGE”
CHANDLER, RAYMOND. (1888-1959). Writer of crime fiction, and creator of the hardboiled detective Phillip Marlowe; best known for his: The Big Sleep (1939), The High Window (1942), and The Lady in The Lake (1943). Uncommon Typed Letter Signed, “Ray,” On his name imprinted 49 Carlton Hill, London, N.W. 8, Mai 4407 letterhead. One full page, quarto. February 21, 1956.
MARK TWAIN AND HIS FELLOW HARTFORD, CONNETICUT CITIZENS SEEK TO ARRANGE A LECTURE ON MADAGASCAR!
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. [MARK TWAIN]. (1835-1910.) American humorist, lecturer and writer. Manuscript Letter Signed, “Mark Twain”, in committee and by other prominent Connecticut residents. Two pages, quarto. Hartford, October 9, 1884.
‘MONTY’ ACKNOWLEDGES THE CAPTURE OF ALL THE V1 AND V2 ROCKET LAUNCH SITES
MONTGOMERY, BERNARD LAW, FIRST VISCOUNT OF ALAMEIN. (1887-1976). British soldier. Remarkable War-date, Typed Letter Signed, “Yrs. ever, B.L. Montgomery”, on his crested and imprinted Headquarters: 21 Army Group stationery. One page, large octavo. TAC Headquarters, September 14, 1944
MARIE ANTOINETTE — QUEEN OF FRANCE, ORDERS PAYMENT OF 60 POUNDS TO ONE OF HER COURT COURRIERS
MARIE ANTOINETTE. (1755 –1793) Queen of France; born archduchess of Austria, youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I; she became dauphine of France upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, [LouisXVI] heir apparent to the French throne (1770); during the French Revolution, she was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed, by guillotine, [2 days after her husband, Louis XVI] at the Place de la Revolution. (14 October 1793). Scarce Manuscript Document Signed, “Payez / Marie Antoinette”, as Queen. One page, large legal folio, vellum. Versailles, April 1, 1783.
GEORGE WASHINGTON — AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONERY ARMY DECLARES:
“I HAVE TURNED MY THOUGHTS … TOWARDS CARRYING ON AN EXPEDITION AGAINST THE INDIANS OF THE SIX NATIONS ….”
“THE KIND OF WAR NECESSARY TO BE CARRIED ON AGAINST THE SAVAGES FOR THE MORE EFFECTUAL SECURITY OF OUR FRONTIER”.
WASHINGTON, GEORGE. (1732-1799). First President of the United States (1789-1797). Exceptional War-dated, Manuscript Letter Signed, “G. Washington”, as Commander of the Continental forces. “Headquarters, Middle Brook, March 2, 1779.” Two full legal folio pages, [in the hand of Tench Tilghman]. To Brigadier General Porter.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON ASKS: “AS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL NEGRO BUSINESS LEAGUE…HAVE YOU ANY SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE?”
WASHINGTON, BOOKER T. (1856-1915) African American educator. Typed Letter Signed, “Booker T. Washington,” on The Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute / for the Training of Colored // Young Men and Women letterhead. One page, quarto. “December 20, 1905”