136 autograph letters, approx. 438 pages in total. 8vo and smaller. Old folds, occasional browning/damp damage with loss to paper, resultant slight losses to manuscript. Cf. Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, pp. 336-7. Item #265957
Thomas ‘Tom’ or ‘Gentleman’ SMITH (1790-1878), inventor, Master of the Craven Hounds, Pytchley Hounds, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, author of ‘Life of a Fox’ (1843); ‘Extracts from the Diary of a Huntsman’ (1838); and ‘Sporting Incidents in the life of another Tom Smith’ (1867).
A collection of 136 autograph letters to Tom Smith, from British nobility, politicians and sportsmen, concerning hunting (47 letters) of course; shooting (6); fishing (5); farming in general (10); but many dealing with the various causes Smith supported and inventions he came up with after his retirement as the ‘Master’ of the ‘Hambledon’ hunt in 1852: these include a ‘locomotive battery on common roads, propelled by steam’ [proto steam-punk tank] (23 letters); a plan to recycle London sewage and build an Embankment beside the Thames (9); a plan to raise a mounted volunteer Rifle Corps (17); a plan to improve the morals of the poor who lived in the countryside by ensuring that every cottage had at least three bedrooms (16); a lightweight plough that Smith invented (4); the ‘Iron Duke’ bit (1); improvements to the pier at Ryde (1); Smith’s theory about how Stonehenge was erected (1). In addition there are also 28 letters of a more general nature. All loosely inserted in small contemporary vellum folder, old (inaccurate) manuscript list of contents bound as ‘pastedowns’, each of the letters numbered in pencil (recently) and arranged alphabetically.
With a copy of Sporting Incidents in the Life of Another Tom Smith, Chapman & Hall, 1867.
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