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Part of a Letter: in French, dated at Vienna 2.4. ? Good

Lot 74 Puttick & Simpson October 1847


CONTENTS:

Awaiting translation.



322

STANFIELD
FIRST NAME/S: Clarkson
DATES: 1793 - 1867
OCCUPATION: Artist
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. Chas. Dickens

2. William Wethered


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

At the age of 12 he was apprenticed to an heraldic painter in Edinburgh. His love of the sea led to his joining the merchant service in 1808. He later retired from the sea and became employed full time in theatre scenery painting at The Coburg Theatre in London and then at Drury Lane. In 1834 he retired from theatre work, though occasionally painting scenery for his friends Chas. Dickens and Wm. Macready. He was a friend of the painter David Roberts and from 1820 onwards they exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was elected academician in 1835. He frequently painted abroad. His greatest works were of marine subjects.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.310.1

310.2


310.3
FORMER REFERENCE: IV.64
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Note: undated Good/Stained

2. Letter: dated at London 17.5.18 ? Good

3. Photograph Good


CONTENTS:

1. He is dining at The Athenaeum with Eastlake, Landseer and Unwins. Would Dickens join them and some others, among them Macready? They plan to go to the Theatre afterwards.

2. He never ever varnishes his pictures. Someone else must have been doing it for him! Please to bring it with him when next he comes to town so he can see it for himself

3. Studio photo of Stanfield in his later years. Seated in a chair.



323

STANHOPE
FIRST NAME/S: 4th Earl, Philip Henry
DATES: 1781 - 1875
OCCUPATION:
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Unknown? Elliotson
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.311 (FILM 50: 10); (FILM 51: 1)
FORMER REFERENCE: V.61
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Sevenoaks 8.5.1841 Good
CONTENTS:

He was unable to attend the meeting to which he was invited as he was absent from London. He is anxious to renew his acquaintance with CHT and to witness the phenomena of EA* mentioned in his book. Perhaps Townshend may wish to make experiments with Lucy Clarke if she is still in Tottenham.

* EA was a young Belgian boy who CHT used frequently as a Mesmeric subject.

324

STANISLAS
FIRST NAME/S: Stanislas Poniatowski
DATES: 1732 - 1798
OCCUPATION: Last King of Poland
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Le Duc?
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Travelled to Russia in 1757 and became the favourite of the future empress Catherine II. Through her influence he was elected King but he was unable to stop the partition of Poland despite the rebellion of Kosciusko. He abdicated in 1795.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.312 (FILM 51: 2)
FORMER REFERENCE: II.66
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: in French dated at Lunneville Good
CONTENTS:

Awaiting translation.



325

STONE F.

FIRST NAME/S: Frank


DATES: 1800 - 1859
OCCUPATION: Painter
NAME OF RECIPIENT William Wethered:
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Brought up in Manchester he did not turn his attention to art until the age of 24. After 7 years he moved to London in 1831. He displayed 2 portraits in oil at the RA exhibition in 1837. In 1842 he was elected to the Water Colour Society. His early works were extensively engraved. He was an associate of Campbell, Rogers and Thackeray and an intimate friend of Dickens in whose theatricals he participated.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.313 (FILM 51: 3-4)
FORMER REFERENCE: IV.65
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Birner Street 4.9.1843 Good
CONTENTS:

He apologises for his late reply due to illness in the family. He has done “a little picture” for his approval and is ready to send it. It is of similar size to Etty’s Greenwood Shade which Wethered already possesses. The picture is framed and he desires to know how it should be conveyed.



326

STONE S. J.
FIRST NAME/S: The Rev. S. J.
DATES:
OCCUPATION: Clergyman
NAME OF RECIPIENT: J. Philips
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: He wrote the hymn “The Church’s one foundation...”
REFERENCE: WISFM 1901.13
FORMER REFERENCE: V.62
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Note: undated, from Charterhouse E.C. Good

This is not part of the Townshend collection but was presented to the

Wisbech and Fenland Museum by Miss Newsham on 3.6.1901
CONTENTS:

His verses are very good and worth including. He invites Philips to pay him a visit.



327

STRICKLAND
FIRST NAME/S: Agnes
DATES: 1796 - 1874
OCCUPATION: Historian
NAME OF RECIPIENT: C. H. Townshend
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born in London she was the daughter of a landed family and began her literary career as a poet. Later she turned to fiction with an historical basis for children and eventually the short biographies for which she is remembered: The Lives of the Queens of England from the Norman Conquest.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.314.1 (FILM 51: 5-6)

314.2


FORMER REFERENCE: V.63
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated at Suffolk 10.10.1834 Good

2. Letter: dated at Suffolk 24.2.1834 (sic) Good
CONTENTS:

1. Though in date sequence this letter comes second by content it appears to be the first. It is written in the 3rd person and takes a very formal approach. Though never having been personally acquainted with CHT she encloses for him a copy of her recently published poem Demetrius, a Tale of Modern Greece and acknowledges the pleasure she has had in reading his poetry. They obviously have a mutual sympathy with and interest in the Greek struggle as she has heard he has adopted a Greek protegé.

2. The second letter thanks him for his account of his young Greek friend in his letter of 23rd December. She admits to her desire to know the “Lakers” and for her work to be noticed in “Blackwoods” or the “Quarterly.”

328

SULLY

FIRST NAME/S: Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de


DATES: 1560 - 1641
OCCUPATION: Huguenot/Soldier/Financier/Statesman
NAME OF RECIPIENT: The French Queen
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He became Henri IV’s chief minister and was instrumental in arranging the king’s marriage to Marie de Médici in 1600. He was responsible for the restoration of the French economy after the civil wars but retired after Henri’s assassination in 1610.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.315.1 (FILM 21: 9-10)

315.2


FORMER REFERENCE: I.46
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: in French, dated 3.3.1611 Fragile/Damaged/Stained

Lot 250 Puttick and Simpson 8.7.1847

2. Print of an engraving Good


CONTENTS:

1. Awaiting translation.

2. Portrait with Heraldic crest, identified as Duc de Sully on the reverse.

329

SWAINSON
FIRST NAME/S: William
DATES: 1789 - 1855
OCCUPATION: Naturalist
NAME OF RECIPIENT: The Rev. Raffles
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He worked as a clerk and then obtained a post in the army commissariat in Malta and Sicily 1807-15 where he amassed zoological specimens and drawings of natural history objects. In 1816 he travelled on the coast of Brazil. He contributed 11 volumes to Lardner’s Cabinet Cyclopaedia. In 1837 he emigrated to New Zealand.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.316
FORMER REFERENCE: V.64
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Edgehill 25.9.1834 Good
CONTENTS:

He expresses his regret and disappointment to have arrived the previous evening anticipating a personal meeting with him only to have found him ill and in bed. He wishes him a quick recovery.




330

SWIFT

FIRST NAME/S: dean, Jonathan


DATES: 1667 - 1745
OCCUPATION: Clergyman and Satirist Writer
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Lord Palmerston
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He studied in Dublin and then moved to England where he became secretary to the diplomat Sir Wm. Temple. During a visit to Ireland he was ordained in the Anglican Church (1695) In 1714 he became dean of St. Patrick’s. He wrote prose satire and poetry and satirical essays. His most famous Gulliver’s Travels appeared anonymously in 1726.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.317 (FILM 17: 6-7)
FORMER REFERENCE: I.47
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Draft of a letter: dated at Ireland, 13.1.1725. Much annotated.

Printed in Works, ed. Scott, 1824, vol. 17, 28-31 and Stained and Repaired

referred to in fn.28: ‘Here probably closed forever

Swift’s intercourse with the family of Temple’.

[NB. Lord Palmerston was nephew to Sir Wm. Temple]


CONTENTS:

An answer to Lord Palmerston who has misconstrued Swift’s letter to him. He explains each misunderstanding and clears himself of wrong motives towards Palmerston. He is not guilty of Wit which he only displays when he is angry and that he was not. If Lord Palmerston had really thought him a Wit he would have shown more caution in what he wrote etc.



331

TALMA
FIRST NAME/S: François Joseph
DATES: 1763 - 1827
OCCUPATION: French Actor
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Unknown young lady
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.318 (FILM 17: 8-9)
FORMER REFERENCE: II.68
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: in French dated at Paris 19.7.1818
CONTENTS: He offers her an introduction to his English colleague, Mr Kean, the top actor of the London stage.

332

TAYLOR B.

FIRST NAME/S: Sir Brook


DATES: 1776 -1846
OCCUPATION: Ambassador
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Messrs. Byfield of Charring Cross
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.319
FORMER REFERENCE: V.65
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated 21.3.181 Good
CONTENTS:

Please to discontinue The Times as he is returning to town and to send copies of another publication L’A... (illegible) to the Clarendon hotel for him as soon as they are published



333

TAYLOR T.
FIRST NAME/S: Tom
DATES: 1817 - 1880
OCCUPATION: Dramatist and Editor of Punch
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. Dr. Elliotson
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: He graduated MA from Trinity College Cambridge in 1843 and tutored for 2 years until in 1845 he became professor of English language at London University. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1846.In 1850 he became assistant secretary to Sir Benjamin Hall at the new Board of Health. He became secretary 14 years later until the post was abolished and he retired in 1871. He dabbled in journalism all his adult life and was editor of “Punch” from 1874 until his death 6 years later. He was also an art critic and had many friends in that profession. Amongst his literary works were several biographies of artists. He found his true vocation as a playwright, his dramatic output being vast and highly successful. In 35 years he supplied the London theatres with over 70 plays, in some of which he himself acted.
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.320.1

320.2
FORMER REFERENCE: III.68


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated at The General Board of Health, Good

Whitehall 18.9.? [post 1849]

2. Envelope


CONTENTS:

1. Acceptance of an invitation to dine.

2. Addressed to H. Cole esq. at the South Kensington Museum and signed by Tom Taylor.

.

334



TENNANT

FIRST NAME/S: Sir James Emmerson


DATES: 1804 - 1869
OCCUPATION: Mineralogist
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. Miss Hogarth

2. C. H. Townshend


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Apprenticed to a dealer in minerals in The Strand. He educated himself by attending lectures at the Royal Institution and became a friend of Michael Faraday. In 1838 he was appointed professor of mineralogy at Kings College. He had an excellent practical knowledge of minerals. He superintended the recutting of the koh-i-nor diamond, about which he published 2 scientific papers. He became mineralogist to the Queen in 1840 and had the oversight of Miss Burdett Coutts’s collection. He also wrote the Descriptive Catalogue of Gems etc. bequeathed to the South Kensington Museum [the V & A ] by the Rev.Chauncy Hare Townshend..


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.321.1

321.2a & b


FORMER REFERENCE: V.66 & 67
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2 + envelope
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated at London 8.1.1860 Good

2. Letter: dated at Pimlico 10.7.18? Good
CONTENTS:

1. Kindest remembrances to Mr. Dickens and the girls.

2. He refers to the “extraordinary occasion” of the previous night and invites CHT to meet with a small party of friends the following Saturday.
335

TENNYSON
FIRST NAME/S: Alfred, Lord
DATES: 1809 - 1892
OCCUPATION: Poet Laureate
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Chas. Dickens
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

His first published poetry in 1829 was not well received. His second volume in 1842 established his reputation. Appointed laureate in succession to Wordsworth in 1850.

From 1859 to 1885 he published a series of poems on the Arthurian theme, Idylls of the King. In his later years he was acclaimed by the whole nation.
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.322
FORMER REFERENCE: III.69
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Cheltenham12.5. 18? Good
CONTENTS:

He will subscribe to his friend’s book as will Dr. Ker of Cambray, Cheltenham.


336



THACKERAY
FIRST NAME/S: William Makepeace
DATES: 1811 - 1863
OCCUPATION: Novelist
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. “My Dear Doctor” [Dr. Elliotson]

2. Dr. Elliotson

3. Mde. Haubenzeiser at the English Library in Lausanne
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He studied at Cambridge but left without taking a degree. He turned to Journalism and immediately bought “The National Standard” in 1833. A year later he lost his fortune and his work became a necessity as well as an interest. His articles for “Punch” in 1842 attracted wide attention. Most of his major novels were published as serials. He travelled widely as a lecturer in Europe. His later novels were published in the “Cornhill” magazine of which he was editor at the time of his sudden death.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.323.1

323.2


323.3 a + b
FORMER REFERENCE: III.70 & 71
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: undated Good

2. Note: undated Good

3. Letter + envelope: dated at Vevey 29.7.1853 Good


CONTENTS:

1. A witty letter begging Elliotson not to call him Martin.

2. Invitation to dine.

3. He has been referred to her by Mr. Handyman. He is seeking a governess/ companion for his daughters and asks whether she could recommend the right kind of person.



337

TOMLINE
FIRST NAME/S: Sir George Prettyman
DATES: 1750 - 1827
OCCUPATION: Bishop of Winchester and tutor to Pitt, the younger.
NAME OF RECIPIENT: The Rev. Ford
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Graduated at Pembroke Hall College in 1772 where he became fellow and tutor to his college. Became personal tutor to William Pitt the younger when he came up to the university at the age of 14.They remained friends for the rest of Pitt’s life. From 1783-87 after Pitt was elected he became his secretary and latter his financial and political advisor. Tomline became dean of St. Paul’s at a young age with Pitt’s patronage. He was present at Pitt’s death in 1805. He wrote a memoir of Pitt’s political life but the volume on his personal life was not published in his lifetime. Tomline wrote two Theological works of importance (Elements of Christian Theology and A Refutation of Calvinism) and stood against Catholic emancipation.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.324
FORMER REFERENCE: III.72
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at London 19.8.1820 Good
CONTENTS:

Acknowledgement of the letter of congratulations received. He had been confirmed Bishop of Winchester the previous day.



338

TOWNSHEND C. H.
FIRST NAME/S: Chauncy Hare
DATES: 1798 - 1868
OCCUPATION: Poet and Collector
NAME OF RECIPIENT: William Jerdan editor of the Literary Gazette
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Education: Eton, Trinity Hall, Cambridge BA 1821, MA 1824. Obtained the Chancellor’s Medal for English with the poem Jerusalem in 1817. Took Holy Orders but was disabled by illness from active duties. Published Poems in 1821 after encouragement from Robert Southey whom he met and visited at his home in Keswick. Contributed to Knight’s “Quarterly Magazine” 1823-24. Sermons in Sonnets and other Poems published 30 years later in 1851 and The Three Gates in 1859. His best known poem is the ballad Burning of the Amazon.(1852) He collected jewels and paintings and had a growing interest in collecting autographs. He travelled widely and spent the latter part of his life at his villa Monloisir in Lausanne.

Other works:

1840 A Descriptive Tour of Scotland

1840 Facts in Mesmerism

1844 2nd edition

1844 Supplement to Lang’s Animal Magnetism.

1854 Mesmerism Proved True.

1869 Religious Opinions published posthumously by Charles Dickens, his literary executor.
REFERENCE: WISFM 1932.2 (FILM 17: 10; FILM 18: 1)
FORMER REFERENCE: V.68
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Baynards 3.3.1828 Stained and Torn

Not part of CHT’s own collection.Purchased from

Messrs. Dulau & CO. for the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.
CONTENTS:

Contains autobiographical material about setting up his family home near Guildford 22 months after his marriage. He inserts a criticism of Leigh Hunt’s Byron and requests its inclusion in the “Gazette.” He asks after Miss Landon and expresses both his and his wife’s pleasure in her work. He mentions his recent insertion of ‘h’ into his name and gives the reasons on which this is based. The letter shows that he feels isolated in the country and is anxious to get back into society in London.



339

TOWNSHEND J.
FIRST NAME/S: Joseph
DATES: 1739 - 1816
OCCUPATION: Rector of Pewsey Wilts.
NAME OF RECIPIENT: C. H. Townshend
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Great-uncle to CHT. After graduating MA from Clare Hall Cambridge he studied Medicine in Edinburgh. He took orders but from 1769 travelled extensively on the continent and made acquaintance with many men of science. After a time as chaplain to the Duke of Atholl he became rector of Pewsey. At the time of his death he had a fine collection of minerals and fossils.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.325
FORMER REFERENCE: V.69
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Francis Street 20.4.1815 Good
CONTENTS:

Description of his fossil hunting in Islington. Many had been found in the tunnel of the Regents Canal but many had been taken by vandals who knew nothing of their value.




340

TREMENHEERE
FIRST NAME/S: Hugh Seymour
DATES: 1804 - 1893
OCCUPATION: Civil Servant
NAME OF RECIPIENT: C. H. Townshend
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

A fellow of New College, Oxford. Called to the bar, in 1834. Entered public service in 1839 and investigated the circumstances connected to John Frost’s rebellion. Served on numerous Royal Commissions. He was appointed an inspector of schools, became a poor law commissioner, enquired into the employment of children and young people in trades. He helped bring about 14 acts of parliament all having as their object the amelioration of working class conditions.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.326.a + b
FORMER REFERENCE: III.73
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Note + envelope: dated at Pall Mall13.6.18 ? Good
CONTENTS:

Encloses 2 letters from his correspondent in Balaklava which he thinks CHT will find interesting.



341

TRICOUPIS
FIRST NAME/S: Spiridion
DATES: 1788 - 1873
OCCUPATION: Greek Statesman and Author
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Sir James Tennant
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.327
FORMER REFERENCE: VI.53
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at London 3.9.1842 Good
CONTENTS:

He encloses 2 letters of introduction for his friends. He has not yet heard from Athens.



342

TROLLOPE (née Milton)
FIRST NAME/S: Frances
DATES: 1780 - 1863
OCCUPATION: Novelist
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Unknown
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Mother of the novelist Anthony Trollope. Being left a widow in pecuniary circumstances she wrote to travel and travelled to write. In 1835 at the age of 55 she produced her first novel. She excelled at rough comedy. For 20 years she poured forth a stream of fiction. Her debts paid and her income assured she settled in Florence with a son in 1843 where they remained until her death.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.328
FORMER REFERENCE: V.70
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Portman Square 19.6.18 ? Good
CONTENTS:

Introducing herself as a friend of Dr. Fossiac and Mr. Gratton she expresses her interest in Elizabeth and Jane O’ Key, [Mesmeric subjects] and asks her recipient to call at her home. She herself has a sick child and is unable to leave the house.

(For further understanding of this letter See A. Winter, Mesmerised, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998, pp.106-108)

343



TURNER

FIRST NAME/S: Joseph Mallord William


DATES: 1775 - 1851
OCCUPATION: Landscape Painter
NAME OF RECIPIENT: William Wethered
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

After little formal education he entered the Royal Academy at 14 and soon began to exhibit. He travelled widely in Britain, producing water colours in collaboration with Girtin. He then took to oils. After his first trip to Italy his work showed several literary influences. His second visit in 1829 marked the beginning of his last great artistic period. His revolution in art foreshadowed Impressionism and he found a champion in John Ruskin. Turner bequeathed 300 of his paintings and 20,000 watercolours to the nation. He led a secretive private life and died in a temporary lodging in Chelsea under the assumed name of Booth.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.329.1 (FILM 51: 7-8)

329.2
FORMER REFERENCE: IV.66


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

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