DR. DAVID LIVINGSTONE BEFORE SETTING OUT TO AFRICA ~~ REMEMBERS FONDLY “A REVEREND DR. ROBERT FERGUSON WHOSE FATHER WAS VERY KIND TO ME WHEN I WAS A STUDENT” AND OFFERS: ‘A BLESSING BE ON’ THE RELATIVE OF THAT MAN
LIVINGSTONE, DAVID. (1813-73). Scottish missionary and physician, who spent half his life exploring southern and central Africa. Autograph Letter Signed, “David Livingstone”, 2 ½ pages, octavo. ‘Clifton, September 25, 1864.
“THERE IS NOTHING HARDER THAN TO FIND WHETHER AN ACT WHICH WOULD CAUSE ONE GREAT EMPERICAL DISTRESSES IS OR IS NOT ONES DUTY. FOR OF COURSE AN ERROR IS EQUALLY POSSIBLE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS: EITHER TO THINK IT CAN’T BE DEMANDED BECAUSE IT IS SO HARD, AS TO THINK IT MUST DEMANDED JUST BECAUSE IT IS SO HARD” – C.S. LEWIS
LEWIS, C.S. [IN FULL: CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS]. 1898-1963. Irish-born scholar, novelist, and author of about 40 books, many of them on Christian apologetics; best known for his: The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven children’s books that have become classics of fantasy literature; friend and associate of J.R.R. Tolkien. Superb, scarce, lengthy, and apparently unpublished Autograph Letter Signed, “C.S. Lewis”, on imprinted Magdalen College / Oxford stationery. Two very full pages, octavo. “Magdalen College, Oxford” November 20, 1953.
STUART MERRILL ON TO GUSTAVE KAHN ABOUT KAHN’S WIFE AND: “HER CONVERSION TO JUDAISM…[A REPLY] TO THE IGNOMINIES AND HYPOCRISIES OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY”
MERRILL, STUART. (1863-1915). American poet; known for Petits Poemes d’Automne, Les Fastes, and other works. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, “Stuart Merrill”, in French. Three pages, octavo. “53 Quai de Bourbon”, [Paris],
WRITTEN FROM THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA, DR. DAVID LIVINGSTONE THANKS A YOUNG LADY FOR HER PRAYERS FOR HIS CONTINUED SUCCESS AND SPEAKS OF HIS CONVERTING THE NATIVE AFRICAN POPULATION TO CHRISTIANITY: “PAUL IS ONE OF THE FIRST CONVERTS OF THE KURUMAN [TRIBE] AND LATELY JOINED US. MELROSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY COMPANION A HARD WORKER & AN UPRIGHT MAN.”
LIVINGSTONE, DAVID. (1813-1873) Pioneer medical missionary and African explorer; best known for his explorations and having been ‘found’ by journalist Henry Stanley. Important Partial Autograph Letter Signed, “David Livingston”.
CLARA BARTON — FOUNDER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, PENS AN ODDLY ETHEREAL AND REFLECTIVE LETTER, IN THE YEAR OF HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY
BARTON, CLARA. (1821-1912). American humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross; Her book: the Story of My Childhood was publishe din1907. Interesting series of two letters written on the same piece of paper. One: Autograph Letter Signed, “Clara Barton” and the other: “C.B.” Four very full pages, octavo. (each letter is 2 pages in length). Meriden, Connecticut, June 3, 1907. Very fine condition.
SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY — “HOLY ORDERS IS NO INSURANCE THAT A MAN WON’T ACT LIKE A DAMN FOOL”
KENNEDY, JOHN F. (1917-1963). Thirty-fifth president of the United States. Superb, and uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, “Jack”, on his imprinted United States Senate stationery. Four full pages, small quarto. Washington, D.C., no date. To an intimate and unidentified woman whom he addresses as “Dear Mary”.
BRIGHAM YOUNG TO CHURCH ELDER GEORGE CANNON — VOICING HIS OUTSPOKEN REBUKE OF FEDERAL TROOPS BEING STATIONED IN UTAH IN 1859
YOUNG, BRIGHAM. (1801-1877). Fascinating and important Manuscript Letter Signed, “Brigham Young sen[ior]”. Three very full pages, quarto. Salt Lake City, June 23, 1859. Excellent condition. To Church elder George Cannon.