David Livingston Autograph Letter

David Livingston (1813-1873), a nice autograph letter signed, to the Rev. Edwin Sidney (1798-1872), thanking him for his "kindness in sending me your life of Lord Hill." But, he continues, "Unfortunately however it has not yet come to hand." He regrets not replying to Sidney's "kind note" sooner, as he had been "in labour bringing forth a mouse of a speech at the British Association here." The letter is headed: " Bath 20 th Septr. 1864".

The letter is a single sheet of paper 8 3/4" x 7", folded in half and written on the first two sides; using the rear blank half, the letter has sometime been mounted (probably in an album).***Livingstone's Zambesi expedition, during which his wife had died of fever, had just ended and he had returned to England not quite two months earlier, on 23 rd July. He had spent a week in London, visited family in Scotland and then gone to Bath, where he read the paper mentioned in the letter. He and his daughter Agnes then went to Newstead Abbey where he spent the next 8 months writing his book The Zambesi and its Tributaries.

***Accompanying this letter is a nice contemporary carte de visite photograph of Livingston, showing him seated with his legs crossed, next to a table with books on it. (4 1/16" x 2 1/2") $3000.


Moody & Sankey Autographs

[Moody & Sankey] Dwight Lyman Moody: "PS 84.11 D.L.Moody", a scripture verse with Moody's signature on a card measuring 3 1/4" x 2 9/16", verso blank. AND Ira D. Sankey: "Pass the bearer the bearer and one, to the Platform. Ira D. Sankey" Autograph note, signed, on a card measuring 4 1/8" x 2 11/16" [the card is the card of "Mrs. Francis White" and reads at the bottom "Monday, January seventh. from four until seven o'clock. 1114 St. Paul Street". The pair, $500.