[Edward Vernon, celebrated admiral.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Vernon'), offering his services to William Archer of Coopersale [in attempt to stand for parliament?], with comment 'it is Impossible to live this Indolent life much longer'.

Author: 
Admiral Vernon [Edward Vernon] (1684-1757), celebrated Royal Navy officer after whom Washington's plantation Mount Vernon was named [William Archer (1677-1739) of Coopersale]
Publication details: 
7 August 1729; Chatham.
£800.00
SKU: 22381

See Vernon's entry in the Oxford DNB, and the recipient William Archer's in the History of Parliament. 1p, folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. With franking signature to address on reverse of second leaf: 'For William Archer Esqr: at | his Seat, at Coopersale, near | Epping. | in | Essex | ffree | E Vernon', and small postmark. Endorsed: 'Aug 7th 29 Mr Vernon on getting in Blagrave | Berks:'. The letter is closely written over twenty-six lines. The letter appears to be an endorsement of Archer's intention to run for parliament (he was Member for Berkshire, 1734-1739), and begins with reference to a letter received by Vernon from his cousin. Vernon reports: 'My Wife told me that She had spoke to our Neighbour Mr. Blagrave of Bullmarsh about Mr Archer, & he told her that his Cosn. was ingaged. I hd the pleasure of the Cosn. Brother in Law that lives with him, and some more of the familys Company aboard and I spoke to him of it, and he told me the same; But if you would have me write I will do it with all my heart, I hope to be in Berkshire in a little time, for it is Impossible to live this Indolent life much longer'. He only knows 'Mr. Head our late Sheriff' by sight, but takes him to be 'a very proper person for Mr. Archer to Apply to; he is a thriving man, and by what I have Ever heared has the best personall interest in the County.' In the second half of the letter he renews his offer to serve Archer, commenting that 'my Kinsman has made Me the Tender of his Service'. As 'the person is not named to whom Mr. Blagrave of Surcoat is ingaged', Vernon has asked his kinsman 'by this post to write to him, to request his interest in your favour if he ben not already ingaged to any one else'. The letter concludes: 'Heartily wishing you Success in this Laudable undertaking for the Service of your Country, that you may be one of the first fruits, of the good Consequences of our Late Glorious Bill against Bribery and Corruption'.