ALBUMS - LITERATURE, ABOLITION, METHODISM & SCIENCE
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Two nineteenth century albums, the first containing collection of c.70 autograph letters, envelopes and cut signatures, some loose, including: autograph subscription signed ("Faithfully yours/ Charles Dickens") addressed to Mr J Grime "With Mr Dickens' compliments", dated "Thirteenth February 1843", autograph note from Walter Scott ("WS") to his friend and editor James Ballantyne ("...the two sheets have got safe here through bad road. I have not got my books quite right yet..."), Methodist theologian and abolitionist Adam Clarke to surgeon James Grime (seven, dated 1819 to 1829) mentioning his plan to inoculate a child ("...can you get me a little varialous matter of a good kind from a healthy subject?...") and his views on slavery ("...It is to the summary scandal of our Nation. Their Liberty is not ours – it belongs to God and themselves..."), botanist Agnes Ibbetson (to Mr Parkes "Manufacturing Chymist" describing at length her experiments to reduce "...very small quantities of the Liquid of Vegetables into their component parts..." and asking for his help), physician Robert Hooper Charles Vandeleur Creagh, governor of North Borneo (to W.J. Chadwick asking for a price list for his lantern microscope), photographer Henry E. Roscoe (also to Chadwick accepting the presidency of the Manchester Photographic Society), Charles Kemble, judge Thomas Talfourd, cut signatures of Frances Trollope, W. Harrison Ainsworth, Thomas Raffles, M. J. O'Connell, various bishops, clergy, nobility, politicians etc., c.34 leaves, original calf gilt, worn, boards detached, spine missing, folio (282 x 230mm.); the second an autograph album bearing the ownership inscription of Elizabeth Grime, including three-page exhortation by abolitionist George Thompson dated 29 July 1834, entitled "The Black/ at Church/ in America!" ("Lord! Is thy throne acceptable to me? Me of the Ethiopi skin? May I draw near Thy sacred shrine and humbly bow the knee while thy white worshippers are kneeling here. May I approach celestial purity, And not offend the with my sable face?... or must the Ethiope change his skin?... Haste happy day the time I long to see when ev'ry son of Adam shall be FREE!!"), with uplifting quotations and messages from John Lambert (after the Manchester Wesleyan Conference July 1849) and others with links to the Methodist church, cut signature of James Hogg (the 'Ettrick Shepherd'), c.50 leaves, original blind stamped calf, marbelled ends, worn, boards detached, spine missing, 4to (231 x 185mm.), nineteenth century (2)
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