Birmingham Ephemera associated with the late W.J. Davis, the property of a Lady

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Date of Auction: 7th October 2009

Sold for £220

Estimate: £50 - £100

A group of ALS to W.J. Davis (8), from William Cook, Midland Pin & Rivet Works, Princip street, Birmingham, 5 July 1886, a fellow borough councillor, ‘I shall not let the defeat trouble me…’; from Francis Channing, 40 Eaton Place, SW, 22 April 1892, ‘I have just come across your letter…to the Birmingham Post in reference to Mr Collings’s excuse for voting against my motion…’; from Richard Cadbury, Moor Green, 7 January 1895, ‘I do not think it wise to work independantly of the general body of Liberals…’; from Alfred Hayes, secretary of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, 19 March 1895, asking ‘if you will…read…a paper on “Old Birmingham Medals” before the members…during the session 1895-96’; from Philip Stanhope, Carlton Gardens, SW, 2 July 1895, enclosing a donation; from Sam Timmins, Newquay, 14 September 1895; from John Burns, Lavender Hill, Battersea (2), undated [post-1892] and 2 November 1893, requesting a copy of the Proceedings of the Trade Union Congress held in Birmingham in 1869; together with a typed letter from James Herbert, Liberal Central Association, 41 Parliament street, SW, 11 April 1905, ‘Brighton was colossal…the rot has now spread…in the Tory party and every day increases the majority with which we shall come in at the General Election. I wish you were coming into the House.’ [9]. An interesting group [PLATE II] £50-100


Francis Allston Channing, 1st Baron Channing (1841-1926), barrister and academic, Liberal MP for East Northamptonshire 1885-1910; Richard Cadbury (1835-99), chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist who, with his brother George, took over the ailing family business in 1861 and developed a new site at Bournville, opened in 1879; The Hon Philip Stanhope, 1st Baron Weardale (1847-1923), Liberal MP for Wednesbury 1886-92 and for Burnley 1893-1903; John Burns (1858-1943), political agitator who led demonstrations in London against unemployment and was heavily involved in the five-week London dock strike of 1889, elected to represent Battersea on the newly created LCC, Labour MP for Battersea 1892, offered the presidency of the Local Government Board by Campbell-Bannerman in 1906 and became president of the Board of Trade in 1914. Davis fulfilled the speaking engagement to the Archaeological section of the Birmingham and Midland Institute on 26 February 1896.