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Scrapbook or archive devoted to George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron (1788-1824), containing Byron family letters including one attributed to the renowned English Romantic poet, various periodical clippings, and related items. At least some of these items are believed to have been owned by Thomas "Clio" Rickman (1760-1834), publisher of political pamphlets and broadsides, poetry contributor to periodicals, and bookseller. The Byron letter is addressed to C. Rickman on J. Whatman watermarked paper, dated April 30th, 1814. "Sir, I have only this day received your letter. My name & satisfaction are very much at your friend's service and I wish him all success in his undertaking. I have the honor to be your very obedient Byron." 7" x 18" (double sheet). 2nd letter (family letter) dated 1784, "Dear Madam, We are under very great and unfeigned concern for the loss of Lady Conyers. It will likely be severely felt in the neighborhood of the castle. If anything can alleviate Mr. Byron's __ at this event it must be to see the child in a good state of health and too young ot participate in a common distress." Signed __ Byron (possibly Vice Admiral John "Jack" Byron, grandfather of George Gordon Byron, likely in reference to Byron's older half-sister, Augusta Leigh, with whom he would later have an incestous affair); 3rd letter dated Aug. 9, 1791, just after the death of Byron's father, signed by S.M. (?) Byron to James Sykes, reporting the news of "the death of my unfortunate eldest brother, he died at Valenciennes 2 August after a long suffering illness"; 4th letter dated Dec. 23, 1792, to James Sykes from Captain George Anson Byron (Lord Byron's uncle), requesting money to pay off another debt on behalf of Lord Byron's newly widowed mother. The lot also contains a 3" x 5" clipping pasted on support paper and reading "This copy sent out in August 1809. I did not receive till April 4th 1811 when it was forwarded from Malta to me at Athens – Byron" (note signature does not match that on the letter; a note is written beneath it: "The Author of so many fine poetical works – Clio"); hand-copied excerpts of poetry including "lines on the Gallic nation on their desertion of Napoleon Bonaparte, written by Lord Byron, copied by Miss Harlet and sent to Thomas Hardy" with pencil inscription "Mrs. Hardy's writing" (pasted to support paper in 2 spots); 2 handwritten excerpts from Moore's Life of Lord Byron (1 contains a copy of 2 Byron letters); a handwritten letter from Isabella, "Lady Carlisle" (relative of Lord Byron; contains no reference to him); a note unsigned and undated, ordering supplies on behalf of "Mrs. Byron" (not in Byron's hand); and engraved portraits of Byron and one of his early loves, Mrs. Musters, cut from books. Condition: All items in generally good condition with expected overall toning, light foxing, and scattered small stains and losses. Many contain 19th century inscriptions (possibly by Clio Rickman) attributing them to various persons and attempting to provide historical content. Byron-signed letter has 2 holes affecting the address sheet; the sheet with actual letter is in good condition with a minor loss to lower edge of blank section (text unaffected); light crease across Byron's signature. Glue residue at fold from being in scrapbook, not affecting text. Clio Rickman inscriptions present including: "The handwriting of Lord Byron" beneath address.