SAMS, Joseph (1784–1860), bookseller and dealer in antiquities. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 2 sides, 4to, Darlington 26th May 1825, acknowledging the receipt of a bill for "55£ 2/- being the amnt. for a collection of books, purchased by the late Sir. M. Sykes in the year 1822", and complaining that where a bill has not settled for several years "Interest ought to be paid ........ particularly, as in this case, when the books bought of me by Sir M. Sykes, have been about a year since resold, to such great advantage to the executors, a number of the said works having actually brought treble, & even fourfold, the sums I charged them ...... I can most readily prove by a specific reference to ...... Sir M. S’s sale catalogue, (priced) now, before me ....... 5£, at least, Interest, ought to be sent, being justly due, & is only about 3 pr. cent, on the debt". Couple of contemporary highlights in red ink, and the top of the page trimmed, removing some unwanted (?) words on the reverse - the text is contiguous from the recto to the verso.
In 1824 Sams closed a school he had been running, to open a bookseller's shop in Darlington, from which he published A descriptive catalogue of a valuable collection of books etc. (1822–6), containing 8071 entries. The books referred to in his letter, had been bought by Sir Mark Sykes (1771–1823), who assembled an extremely fine collection, strong in Elizabethan literature and in fifteenth-century editions of the classics. Sykes died on 16 February 1823 and his books were sold at auction in 3700 lots over a twenty-five day period, producing nearly £18,000.