Bonhams : LIVINGSTONE (DAVID) Autograph letter signed ("David Livingstone"), to Joseph Robertson, Chairman of Hamilton Council, agreeing to attend the forthcoming ceremony to mark his receiving the Freedom of the Borough, 1856; and related material
LIVINGSTONE (DAVID) Autograph letter signed ("David Livingstone"), to Joseph Robertson, Chairman of Hamilton Council, agreeing to attend the forthcoming ceremony to mark his receiving the Freedom of the Borough, 1856; and related material

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Lot 96
LIVINGSTONE (DAVID)

Sold for £ 2,375 (US$ 3,088) inc. premium
LIVINGSTONE (DAVID)
Autograph letter signed ("David Livingstone"), to Joseph Robertson, Chairman of Hamilton Council, agreeing to attend the forthcoming ceremony to mark his receiving the Freedom of the Borough: "I am sorry to find I am troubled by wheezing today and as I never felt any pleasure in hearing a wheezing speaker and suppose others feel similarly I hope only a few sentences will be expected on the occasion. I am grateful for the kind forethought exhibited in asking few persons to be present"; together with a printed 8vo admission ticket to the ceremony, letter 2 pages, plus integral blank, Robertson's contemporary endorsement ("Dr Livingstone/ African Traveller"), light dust-staining overleaf and to the ticket, 8vo, Hamilton, 31 December 1856

Footnotes

  • A WHEEZING LIVINGSTONE RECEIVES HONOUR IN HIS OWN LAND. Having only recently returned from Africa, he was spending Christmas with his mother and family in Hamilton, his father having died that February; Hamilton of course being near Blantyre, his birthplace. The present owner is great-great-grandson of Joseph Robertson, responsible for conferring the freedom of the borough on him.

    Given that very few people were invited to the ceremony, it is likely that correspondingly few copies of the invitation, an example of which is included in the lot, were printed. Also accompanying the letter is a later note by Robertson to his daughter, recalling that "At a subsequent Soiree or Conversazione at which I also presided – I first suggested that a large district, shewn on the sketch map of his explorations, which he produced, should be called Livingstonia, instead of the more modest name he had adopted – The suggestion was received by the very large audience, with Great Cheering".
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