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Manuscript: A single page Manuscript Document, outlining the petition of James Gillespie to become a Citizen of the United States, in 1802. Gillespie emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania in the year 1792. Signed by Gillespie. as a m/ss., w.a.f. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Early Hawaiian Newspapers: Ka Hae Hawaii, 5 issues for May 30, July 4, 11, 18 & August 1st, 1860, folio Honolulu, Oaku, each 4pp (single sheet folded) printed in native tongue. V. good condition. As newspapers, w.a.f. (5)More details ›
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ARCHIVE OF A VICTORIAN MILITARY FAMILY: THE WARDELLS
Including an Original Letter from the Camp at Rorke’s Drift, 1879
The Wardells have been described as a typical military family of their time. William Henry Wardell senior (1799-1881) was a major in several regiments, including the Royal Canadian Rifles, and fought in various exotic campaigns (siege of Java – where he lost his right arm – Malay pirates, American and French wars).
He was twice married. By his first wife he had two sons. The elder, William Henry Wardell junior (1838-1903) became a major-general, was an instructor at Woolwich Academy, and wrote military textbooks. The younger, George Vaughan Wardell (1840-1879) was a captain in the 24th South Welsh Borderers and was killed with all his company at the battle of Isandlwana. By his second wife the Major had a son and a daughter (Marianne). The son, John Charles Wardell (1846-1882), became a captain in the Royal Marines and was killed at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir.
The Wardell papers contain letters of domestic interest, details of campaigns in Burma, South Africa and the Great War, and many notes on the family history and the wars in which they fought.
FAMILY LETTERS 1851-1871
The Wardell letters of this period show the close bonds that existed within families behind the military façade. Parents were frequently separated from their children as campaigning took them to distant parts of the burgeoning Empire. The Wardell boys, still young in the earlier letters, write of small matters such as pet rabbits, loneliness, and fondness for their siblings. They and their sister Marianne (“Polly”) receive lengthy messages of affection or admonition from their parents and also from their Aunt Georgie.
Between 1864 and 1871 George Vaughan Wardell writes, mainly to his parents but also to his brothers, a series of fourteen letters detailing among other matters his experiences in faraway postings such as Mauritius, Rangoon, Madras and Malta.
A small but revealing collection of intimate material.
GEORGE VAUGHAN WARDELL AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN WARS 1876-1879
A further sixteen letters written by George Vaughan Wardell to his parents and brothers recount his experiences at Saint Helena and then in South Africa at King William’s Town in the region then known as British Kaffraria. He fought with distinction in the Xhosa Wars of 1877-1879. However, now aged 38 and having been a serving soldier for most of his life, he longs to retire from active service but can hardly do so on a captain’s pension with a wife and six daughters to support. His final letter is written from the camp at Rorke’s Drift on 10 January 1879, the eve of the fatal British advance into Zululand.
At Isandlwana on 22 January the British force of about 1,800 men was attacked by some 20,000 Zulu warriors. Despite a vast disadvantage in weapons technology (iron spears and cowhide shields versus breech-loading rifles, two field guns and a rocket battery), the numerically superior Zulu force inflicted a crushing defeat on the poorly led and badly deployed British, killing over 1,300 troops including all those out on the forward firing line. Captain Wardell and all his company fell in the last stand near Black’s Kopje.
The catastrophic British defeat was somewhat offset on the following day by the much smaller engagement at Rorke’s Drift, where the garrison of 150 men narrowly beat off a Zulu force of some 3,000.
Captain Wardell’s letter
The battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift have been subjected to much attention at all levels, from the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu to Ian Knight’s recent masterly work Zulu Rising, so it is amazing that fresh material should turn up at this stage.
Wardell’s letter to his parents, written just prior to the crossing of the river Buffalo into Zululand “to bring that great and sable potentate Cetchwayo to his bearings”, gives details for the arrangements for the advance as seen from his perspective. He is supremely confident of victory: “I do not think we shall meet with much opposition at first or even afterwards. I don’t fancy that after the first brush they will care about facing us in the open country.” The three British columns are to head for Ulundi, “the King’s great kraal I expect we shall astonish his heroes before very long I don’t want to see any poor devils bowled over but I am curious to see our field battery open fire on them in mass. I think it will open their eyes.” He was in for a nasty shock.
In addition to Wardell’s letters this file also contains:
· A letter to Wardell from General Thesiger (shortly to become Lord Chelmsford) refusing his request to grant him a commissariat post;
· Photographs of and testimonials to Captain Wardell, including a tribute composed by his father;
· Two pencil sketches looking towards Isandlwana Crag;
· A coloured map of Isandlwana battlefield, showing location of graves, printed in 1880;
· Two printed maps, one of Zululand and one of Natal;
· Copious notes on the Zulu War, mainly compiled by Professor John Wardell (the Captain’s nephew), with much supplementary material.
WARREN WARDELL: CAMPAIGNING IN BURMA, 1891-1893
Warren Wardell, a nephew of George Vaughan Wardell, served for many years in the Garhwal Rifles, a unit formed in 1891 out of the Gurkha regiments. In 1891-1893 they fought in Burma in the war against the Chin tribesmen. This file contains:
· Copies of letters sent from Burma by Warren Wardell to his parents and circulated among members of the family;
· Background information on the Chin Rebellion.
WARREN WARDELL: THE BOER WAR, 1901-1902
Warren Wardell served with his regiment in South Africa during the final months of the Second Boer War. This file contains:
· Copies of letters sent from South Africa by Warren Wardell to his parents and circulated among members of the family, 1901-1902;
· Letters written by or about Warren to his cousin Professor John Wardell, 1899-1902;
· Background information on the Boer War.
WARREN WARDELL: THE GREAT WAR, 1914
The 39th Gawrhwal Rifles in which Wardell was a captain were brought over to France as part of the 7th Division and served with great distinction, suffering heavy casualties. On 23 November 1914 they went into action at Festubert in the Pas de Calais and in the ensuing battle Wardell went missing. For weeks it was assumed that he had been either captured or wounded but he had in fact been killed. This file contains:
· Letters written in late November 1914 by Rhoda to Phoebe Wardell, containing extracts from letters by Warren and his fellow-officers;
· Letters written to Professor John Wardell;
· A letter from Vaughan Wardell to his mother, 8 August 1916;
· A detailed plan of the action at Festubert, 23-24 November 1914;
· Letters from Colonel Swiney, Colonel Henderson and General Evatt to the Wardell family in 1915 and 1922 regarding Warren’s death and why his name had not been included for a medal despite his known bravery during the battle;
· Notes on the background to the action at Festubert by Professor John Wardell.
The letters in this file contain graphic accounts of the hardships suffered by the soldiers on the Western Front, the anguish of family members at home who could not find out what had become of their loved one, and their bewilderment as to why he had not been given the honour they felt he deserved.
PROFESSOR JOHN WARDELL
Professor Wardell was the son of John Charles Wardell, a captain in the Royal Marines who was killed at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir in 1882, and of his wife Frederica, co-heiress of William O’Sullivan Morgan of Old Abbey, Shanagolden, Co. Limerick. Born in 1878, he inherited Old Abbey on the death of his mother in 1935. He was Professor of Modern History and Director of Military Studies at Trinity College Dublin 1901-1911 and Professor of Economics at the Royal University of Ireland 1903-1908.
This file contains documents concerning his application to lecture in History at Trinity College, and miscellaneous personal letters, notes on family history etc. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Important Group of Letters of John Sadlier, 1852 – 1854
Member of Parliament & Notorious Bank
Sadlier (John) Tipperary. A collection of 33 letters from john Salier to Michael Dunne of Ballymanus, Stradbally, Queen’s County, 15 Nov. 1852 to 5 May 1854 (11 are undated).
John Sadleir (1813-1856) was a wealthy Tipperary banker, businessman, speculator and politician, closely related to the Scully and Keating political networks. Having entered parliament in 1847, he became one of the leaders of the Independent Irish Party, an alliance formed in 1852 by the fusion of the “Irish Brigade” (a group of 24 Irish Liberal MPs) and the Tenant League. Its members pledged that they would remain together as a group in order to further Irish interests. In the general election of July that year they were spectacularly successful, winning 40 seats out of the 48 they contested. Moreover, they held the balance of power in the new parliament and were largely responsible for bringing down Lord Derby’s Conservative government within a few months.
However, the party was irrevocably damaged when Sadleir and William Keogh broke their pledge and accepted ministerial office in Lord Aberdeen’s coalition government, an act of perfidy for which they were never forgiven. Worse was to follow. Sadleir became involved in a financial scandal of colossal proportions, resigned his ministerial post, and spectacularly committed suicide on Hampstead Heath by downing a bottle of prussic acid. The demise of his party soon followed his own.
Michael Dunne was one of the party’s successful candidates in the 1852 election, was returned again in 1857 and 1859, and represented Queen’s County at Westminster until 1865.
Sadleir’s letters to Dunne contain much information on political matters at both local and national level. Some date from the period between July and December 1852 when his party was in opposition and determined to bring down the Derby administration; most were written during his period in office as one of the four Junior Lords of the Treasury in the Aberdeen government (Gladstone was Chancellor of the Exchequer). He is at pains to justify his acceptance of office and bewails the attacks made on his motives. He discusses voting tactics, government bills, and the position of the Irish Liberals.
These letters cast new light on a dramatic but little studied period in Irish politics, that between the death of O’Connell and the rise of Parnell. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS OF THE DUNNE FAMILY, BALLYMANUS, STRADBALLY, QUEEN’S COUNTY [LAOIS], 1811-1903
INCLUDING A LARGE COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT VERSE.
Co. Leix Archive: During the 19th century the Dunne family rented from the Grattans of Tinnehinch the house and lands of Ballymanus, Stradbally, Queen’s County (part of an estate which the statesman Henry Grattan bought in 1782 from the Cosbys with money awarded to him by the Irish Parliament). In the 1850s Michael Dunne played a significant political role in the county, and his son the racehorse owner William Dunne bred two Irish Derby winners and his horse Cortolvin won the Grand National in 1867.
The archive principally contains a large collection of early 19th Century manuscript Songs & Ballads.
This collection of rhymes, songs, ballads and poems, written collected and in many cases transcribed by the Dunne family of Ballymanus, Stradbally, Queen’s County (Laois).
Most are Irish, some are from the sister island, a few from further afield. In subject they vary from sentimental and patriotic to humorous and whimsical. Nearly all are in manuscript and date from the early and mid 19th century. Some, such as “The Lincolnshire Poacher” and “The Meeting of the Waters”, are well known, but others may never have been published and a many are certainly original, being composed for individual people or occasions.
The earliest is probably a drinking song “wrote by Miss Moore for Mr Willm Dunne, Ballimanus October the 2nd 1788” and a transcript of “Lochaber no more” is dated 1793. Two poems lament the death of Patrick Dunne of Ballymanus in 1817 aged 26. An exercise book contains a number of valentines and other ditties addressed to young ladies, the last dated 1864. The most recent item is perhaps “The Kaiser’s Raid” by “W.H.D.”, a denunciation of the German naval attack on West Hartlepool in December 1914.
A few of the songs have political motives. At the general election of 1859 two Dunnes were returned unopposed – Michael Dunne of Ballymanus (a strong farmer, Catholic and Liberal) and Lt. Col. the Rt Hon. Francis Plunket Dunne of Brittas (a landowner, officer, Protestant and Conservative). This caused an effusion of pride from John W. Hanagan “the Bard of Dooragan”:
May honour, virtue and renown
Your Parliamentary labours crown
And this shall be the Poet’s prayer
May the House of Dunne never want an heir.
This collection is an intimate reminder of the days when music and song were the principal form of entertainment at the Irish fireside.
The archive also contains the following:
· 10 items re the planting of trees at Ballymanus by William Dunne, 1811-1817 (1 of 1878).
· 2 letters from Francis Biddulph of Rathrobin House, Killoughy, Tullamore, 1840, giving a detailed account of an attempt on his life. Signed “Killoughy, himself again” and “Killoughy for ever.”
· Correspondence between Michael Dunne, Walter Berwick and James Grattan of Tinnehinch, Co. Wicklow, concerning the rents of Ballymanus, 1849-1855. 2 letters from Grattan’s brother Henry. 21 items.
· 2 letters from Rev. Francis Clough, S.J.. Headmaster of Stonyhurst, re progress of “your dear boy”, 1855 and 1859.
· Correspondence and plan from James Boyd & Sons, Paisley, for a new greenhouse to be built at Ballymanus for William Dunne, 1890s.
· Certificate signed by Sir Algernon Coote, Lieutenant for the Queen’s County, appointing William Dunne of Ballymanus a Deputy Lieutenant, 21 August 1903.
· Specification of alterations to be made at Ballymanus for G. Dennehy Esq., J.P. n.d.
· Other items.
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Army Recruiting Posters: Lend Your Strong Right Arm to Your Country Enlist Now, Poster No. 26, a poster shaped as an arm, printed in red & black, approx. 22cms x 63.5cms (8 3/4″ x 25″); also Poster No. 28, Britain’s strong arm and Yours will carry us Through – Enlist Now, in white red and blue, approx. 75cms x 51cms (29 3/4″ x 20″), both v. rare, & good. As posters, w.a.f. (2)More details ›
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Army Recruiting Posters: Don’t Lag – Follow Your Flag; Keep those Flags Proudly Flying; and Answer the Call Right Quickly, Poster Nos. 71A, 71B & 71C, each printed in colour, and approx. 25cms x 183cms (9 3/4″ x 72″), all very good.
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Army Recruiting Poster: Lord Kitchener’s Appeal – 100,000 Men required for the War, 1914, approx. 43cms x 34cms (17″ x 13 1/2″); Under Lord Derby’s Scheme A Mere Promise to Enlist is of No Value, Poster No. 137, approx. 43cms x 28cms (17″ x 11″); and Group System – Removals, Men of Military Age (18 – 40 inclusive) who have removed into this District … Are Invited to Attest at Once. Poster No. 145, approx. 43cms x 28cms (17″ x 11″), all printed in red. V. good. As posters, w.a.f. (3)More details ›
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Army Recruiting Posters: Army Reserve, 20th December 1915 & 8th January 1916, 2 posters, approx. 58cms x 46cms (23″ x 18″); Military Service Act, 1916, ‘Enlist Voluntarily Now,’ Poster No. 154, and also ‘Attest Now,’ Poster No. 159, each approx. 51cms x 38cms (20″ x 15″); also Every Unmarried Man of Military Age, Poster No. 152, approx. 43cms x 28cms (17″ x 11″), all unframed. Good. As a lot. (5)More details ›
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Army Recruiting Posters: Why More Men are Needed … The Prime Minister at the Guildhall, November 9th, 1914, Poster No. 45, printed on black with green borders etc., approx. 102cms x 63cms (40″ x 25″); also London Recruiting Depots – Men Answering to Lord Kitchener’s Appeal Should Apply in Person to one of the Following Depots… . Printed in red, approx. 102cms x 63cms (40″ x 25″). One torn in two at fold, also edges frayed, but scarce. As Posters, w.a.f. (2)More details ›
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Rare Cork Recruiting Poster
Guy & Co. Cork: “United We Stand – We Stand United,” The Shan Van Vocht. Your King and Your Country want you says the Shan Van Vocht. God Save the King – God Save Ireland. A delightful poster with soldier at the ready, the British & Irish flags, together with the flags of Servia, Japan, France, Belgium & Russia, and with shamrocks & green and gold borders (some damage to rt. hand border), after a design by E.C. Sweeney & H. Vere Flint, approx. 37cms x 48cms (14 1/2″ x 19″), a coloured litho printed by Guy & Co., Cork, framed. Extremely Rare. (1)More details ›
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18th Century House Sale Catalogue & Manuscript Inventory
English House Sale Catalogue: A Catalogue of Part of the Genuine Household Furniture, Fine China, and other East Indian Curiosities, of a Widow Lady, Removing to the Country, at her House, No. 13, on the East Side of Great Pultney, Golden Square… which will be sold by Auction, by Mr. Blyth, on Wed. June 21st, 1775…, 8vo [L.] 1775. Sole Edition, 8pp With cont. m/ss Prices added thro.-out. Sale Total £103.5.0; also An Inventory of the Household Goods – Plate Jewells China, Linnen, Furniture and Wearing Apparel of Thomas Shore late of the Parish of Saint James, Westminster, Esq., Deceased, as the same is standing at the said Thomas Shore’s House…., 8pp foolscap dated 1759. A very legible manuscript, listing in great detail the contents of the house, including books and securities. Thomas Shore’s family were lat The Lords Teighmouth. Both in excellent condition. As catalogues, w.a.f. (2)More details ›
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Northern Ireland: Garvagh House, Garvagh, Co. Derry, By direction of the Rt. Hon. The Lord Garvagh. Catalogue of the Unique and Interesting Contents, by Battersby & Co., on Tuesday 20th Sept. 1921 & following Days. 4to, 4 plts., pict. wrappers, v. good copy; Castlewellan Castle, Co. Down, on instruction of Gerald F. Annesley, on Tuesday Wed. & Thursday 5th, 6,th, & 7th Oct. 1964, by John Ross & Co., Belfast, 4to 22plts. of illus, some prices (books); Favor Royal Augher, Co. Tyrone, Catalogue for Sale on 27th & 28th Sept, 1976, by John Ross & Co., 4to typescript; Strangford House, Strangford, Co. Down, by Alain Chawner, on Tuesday & Wed. 31st Aug. & 1st Sept., illus; also 2 photocopied catalogues, Dromantine House, Newry, on Tuesday 17th, 1921; & Drumbanagher, Poyntzpass, Co. Antrim, together 6 items. As a coll., w.a.f. (6)More details ›
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Co. Tipperary: Cahir Park House, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, … the Estate of the late Colonel R.B. Charteris. Valuable Furnishings and Appointments of this well-known Residence,.. by Auction Sale on Monday 26th March & following (5) days, .. by Battersby & Co. 4to, 11 illus plts., some items priced, pict. wrappers; Indaville, Cashel, Co. Tipperary,… Estate of the late Miss Ethel Corby, on Thursday 27 Oct. 1983, illus. orig. ptd. wrappers. (2)More details ›
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Co’s Kildare, Carlow, & Waterford: Castlemartin, Kilcullen, Co. Carlow By Order of the Rt. Hon. Lord Gowrie. An Important Sale of Furniture and Oil Paintings, on Thursday 22nd Feb. 1973, by Hamilton & Hamilton; The Allen-Whitechurch Collection, The Property of Capt. W.E.D. Allen, O.B.E. decd., at Whitechurch House, Cappagh, Co. Waterford, [Sold] Monday, 21st June 1976, & following days, .. by James H. North & Co., profusely illustrated & priced: also Hardymount House, Tullow, Co. Carlow Fine Furniture, Porcelain, Silver, Glass, Oil Paintings etc., on Tuesday 27th July, 1982, by Hamilton & Hamilton, priced. All orig. ptd. boards. Good. (3)More details ›
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Co. Dublin: House Sale Catalogue: “Shanganagh Castle,” Shankill, Co. Dublin, By direction of Wentworth Allan, Esq. Catalogue of the Furnishings and Appointments to be sold by Auction Commencing Mon. 10th August, 1936, & 3 following days, by Battersby & Co. 8vo, 8 plates of illustrations, orig. pict. ptd. wrappers. Rare. (1)More details ›
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Count John Mc Cormack’s House Sale
Co. Kildare House Sale: Moore Abbey, Monasterevan, Co. Kildare, Catalogue of the Furnishments and Appointments To be Sold by Auction Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 1937, by Direction of Count John Mc Cormack, conducted by Battersby & Co. Dublin, roy 8vo 1937, 7 illustrated plts. orig. pict. wrappers, very good. Ex. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Co. Dublin: The Kildare Street Club, Kildare Street, D. 2 Interesting Residue Auction of Antique Furniture.. by Keane Mahony Smith on Monday 12th July . Folio, 39pp including 190 lots of Books, some prices added, stapled. (1)More details ›
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Co’s Louth & Meath: Rokeby Hall, Dunleer, Co. Louth, Catalogue of Heirlooms of the Family of Robinson.. To be Sold by Auction by Messrs James H. North & Co., on Tuesday 29th June, 1943, with 5 illus. plates, newscuttings related, & an A.L.s. from Mac Swiney of Machshanaglass; Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, for Mrs. Matthews – Naper, Deceased. Catalogue of Fine Art, Antique Furniture, China, Silver, Objects d’Art etc. to be sold on Mon. 8th December, 1952 by Hamilton and Hamilton, with illus., both orig. ptd. wrappers. Good. Scarce. (2)More details ›
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Irish Country House Sale Catalogues, others
Co. Kildare: Lyons House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Auction of 18th, 19th, & 20th Century Furniture, on 23rd October, 1962 by Jackson – Stops & Mc Cabe, sm. folio D. 1962, illus.; Castletown House, Celbridge, For The Lord Carew. Auction of 18th, 19th & 20th Century Furniture, on 20th April, 1966 and Following Days by Jackson-Stops & Mc Cabe, sm. folio D. 1966; Barrettstown House, Newbridge, Catalogue of Rare and Valuable Collection of Antique Furniture, Porcelain, China, Silver Plate, Paintings and Prints, by Direction of John Mansfield… Thurs. & Friday 26th & 27th Nov. 1970. 4to Portlaoise 1970; Moyglare House, Maynooth, The Property of Dr. & Mrs. W.G. Fegan, by Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., on Mon & Tuesday 13th & 14th December 1976, 39 illus. plts. unopened, all orig. ptd. wrappers. V. good. (4)More details ›