[ Anon.; Treaty of [Scottish] Union, 1707 ] Substantial Autograph Letter, lacking signature; A contemporary informed report and view of the Treaty of Union

Author: 
[ Treaty of Union; Act of Union; Scotland ] Anon.
Publication details: 
1706-7.
£1,500.00
SKU: 20575

Very substantial Autograph Letter by an unknown but authoritative party, missing subscription/signature page, addressed to a "My Lord", four surviving closely written pages, sm. folio, with manuscript additions and elisions, watermarks "I.C.B." and simple coat-of-arms (unfortunately not found on Google), undated [after the Treaty of Union and, to my perception, before the actual Act, late 1706, early 1707]. In urgent need of restoration and preservation.See attached photographs of the item.I've no idea who the writer is but he writes without the grovelling one might expect from an inferior to a "My Lord"and can venture that he might be in some way in the legal profession, not just because he's writing the letter although "[he has] very little leisure, having so much business upon hand" (in first two lines of the MS), but indications in the contents: his interests, emphasis and perhaps vocabulary (for example he presents arguments "P." and "C." (Pro and Con) an uses the legalism "noli prosequi").His interests and emphasis also indicate a Scottish voice, as does the occasional Scotticism ("likewayes", "otherwayes", perhaps "whither" (for "whether"), "showen") and his intimate knowledge of the Scottish legal system.He is "satisfying the desire of [his correspondent's letter]" by reporting initially on the mixed response of Scottish MPs as to the advantages of the Union and on the part of the Queen's speech which manifests her "earnestness of so confirming and improving the present Union". He gives the views of both the Pro and Contra lobbies (referring to the "argument" occasioned in Parliament), and focuses on Article 19 (re the continuation of the Scottish legal system), giving a detailed account of the structure and activities of the Scottish legal system, again postulating the views of Pro and Con. (issues including foreign invasion, breaches of the peace) and presenting view of the future "privie council", referring to previous related acts. Towards the end he discusses. Pro and Con, Article 20 ("heritable offices" etc).The final words of this incomplete document are: "[…] The meaning and senses must be taken which is most agreeable to the analogue of the whole land to the designes of the treaty To wit a Compleat and intire Union of the Two Kingdoms in reference to the publick Civil government and policie. The publick papers to which I refer acquaint you with all the progress [yet] made by the parlement. So all I shall add now is to tell your Ldp [Lordship] that I am not at all disappointed of what I expected from [MS concludes with this apparent peroration]. Images available of complete text.