T.E. LAWRENCE a.k.a ‘LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’ ~~ IN A REMARKABLE LETTER REVEALS: ”I DO NOT WRITE. YEARS AND YEARS AGO, IN 1922 TO BE EXACT, I TRIED FOR THE THIRD TIME TO WRITE A BOOK, FAILED AGAIN, AND DECIDED TO PACK UP WRITING FOR GOOD. ONE HAS TO BE BORN TO IT, I FANCY. OLD G.B.S. AND THE REST TURN IT OUT LIKE SAUSAGES. I SWEAT AND SWEAT… ”
LAWRENCE, T(HOMAS) E(DWARD) [Lawrence of Arabia]. (1888-1935). British adventurer, soldier and author. Wonderful Typed Letter Signed, “Yours sincerely, T.E. Shaw”. One full page, quarto. “R.A.F. Mount Batten, Plymouth”, October 30, 1931. Very fine condition. To Flight Lieutenant John G. Hawtrey. Accompanied by two letters from Hawtrey to British poet Sigfried Sassoon describing the circumstance surrounding the creation of these letters.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II ~~ KING GEORGE VI
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, B.L. MONTGOMERY, LOUIS MONTBATTEN, CLEMENT ATLEE, MARK CLARK, ERNEST KING, CARL SPAATZ, JAN MASARYK, THE ENTIRE RUSSIAN DELEGATION TO THE WORLD TRADE UNION CONFERENCE, AND DOZENS MORE WWII ERA PERSONALITIES SIGN A GUEST BOOK WHEN ATTENDING VARIOUS CERMONIES AT OXFORD UNIVESITY
WORLD WAR II ERA PERSONALITIES. A simply remarkable assemblage of dozens of prominent persons who have signed a guest book kept by a hotelier who ran an establishment near Oxford University in the years 1944-1948.
NELSON WRITES TO ADMIRAL LORD HOOD ~~ FROM ABOARD THE AGAMEMNON, ANCHORED IN GENOA MOLE — HOOD HAD BEFRIENDED AND GUIDED THE YOUNG NELSON WHEN THEY BOTH SERVED IN THE CARIBBEAN YEARS BEFORE AND BOTH ACHIEVED DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SUCCESS IN THE CORSICA CAMPAIGN
NELSON, HORATIO, [VISCOUNT]. (1758-1805). British naval commander. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “Horatio Nelson”. Four full pages, quarto. “Agamemnon, Genoa Mole”, September 20, 1794. To Admiral Lord Hood.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL ZACHARY TAYLOR ACKNOWLEDGES ORDERS FOR HIM TO TAKE PART IN A COURT MARTIAL TO BE HELD IN CINCINNATI, OHIO
TAYLOR, ZACHARY. (1784-1850). Twelfth President of the United States (1849-1850); General on the American frontier and Mexican War hero; died in office after serving only 16 months. Intriguing content, boldly written, early, Autograph Letter Signed, “Z. Taylor, Lt. Col. 1st Regiment U.S. Infantry”. Full page, quarto. ‘Louisville, Kentucky, 10th of May 1826’.
MAHLON DICKERSON REPORTS HIS WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY REGARDING BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BACHE’S APPOINTMENT AS MIDSHIPMAN IN THE NAVY, AND REPORTS THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER J. DALLAS ~~ UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY FROM 1814 TO 1816, IN THE JAMES MADISON ADMINISTRATION
DICKERSON, MAHLON. (1770-1853) Governor of New Jersey, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Jackson and Van Buren. Autograph Letter Signed, “Mahlon Dickerson.”
CHURCHILL WRITING AT A PIVITAL POINT IN HIS REMARKABLE LIFE’S STORY ~ GIVING NOTICE TO SIR GEORGE ALLEN, PUBLISHER OF ‘THE PIONEER’, INDIA’S ENGLISH DAILY NEWSPAPER, — OF HIS ARRIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA, TO COVER THE BOER WAR AS A NEWSPAPER CORRESPONDENT – SAYING: “I WAS PACKED OFF TO S. AFRICA IN SUCH A HURRY TO CHRONICLE THIS WAR” —
NOT KNOWING THAT JUST A MEAR TWO WEEKS LATER, HE WAS TO BE CAPTURED, WHEN HIS ARMOURED TRAIN WAS AMBUSHED BY THE BOERS. HIS SUBSEQUENT DARING ESCAPE, MADE HEADLINES THE WORLD OVER, AND SERVED AS THE LAUCHING PAD FOR HIS REMARKABLE POLITICAL CAREER
CHURCHILL, WINSTON, S. (1874-1965). British statesman, and Prime Minister. Simply superb, and irreplaceable Autograph Letter Signed “Winston S. Churchill”, as newspaper correspondent for the Morning Post to cover the Boer War. Two pages, octavo on blindstamped “South Africa” stationery. Cape Town, [South Africa]. October 30, .
COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT — DISCHARGES THE “CHIEF TRUMPETER” OF THE ROUGH RIDERS
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919) 26th President of the United States; Vice President under McKinley; Colonel of the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Exceedingly-scarce partly-printed Document Signed, twice. Once as “T. Roosevelt / Col. 1st U.S.V. cavalry [commanding] Rg 1”, and “T. Roosevelt” Col/ U.S.V.C. Two full separate pages, quarto. ‘Camp Wikoff, Montauk Point, New York. September 15, 1898’.