Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Mathews') from William Mathews of Oxford to Edward Jones, enclosing a list for publication of names of prominent society figures, forwarded to 'Walthers' [John Walter?] of the Times Office.f

William Mathews of Oxford [Edward Jones (1752-1824), Welsh harpist and antiquary?; John Walter (c.1739-1812), first editor of The Times?]
Publication details: 
Oxford; 3 February 1791.
SKU: 11252

Letter: 1 p, 4to. On the recto of the second leaf of what was originally a bifolium, but with the first leaf (around a quarter of which has been torn away) detached. On aged paper. Addressed, on recto of first leaf, to 'Mr. Edd: Jones, No 6. | Little Titchfield Street | Gt. Portland Street | London.' With two postmarks (both in black ink; one reading 'OXFORD') and a black wax seal. The reverse of the second leaf has the forwarding address 'Times Office | Printing House Square | Blackfriars', with 'Walthers' above it. Letter reads 'Dr. Sir | I Receiv'd yours in answer to which I send you the following names as under and hope they will be soon publish'd send them to me immediately as they are. | Mr. Crotet & Daughter Unites in Compts: with | Sir | yr. very humble Sert. | [signed] Wm. Mathews'. Across the rest of the verso of the first leaf and recto of the second are written the names of twenty-nine individals, with the eighteen on the verso of the first leaf headed 'from Brother Tom'. Many have been crossed through, but are still legible. They include 'Mrs. Jordan', 'Thos. Johns [sic, for Johnes] Esqr. Hafod, Cardiganshire', 'Mr. Dance. Musician to be sent'', 'Lord Viscount Courtnay' and 'The Hon. Miss Courtnay', 'Miss Baillie. Bedford Square', 'Honorable Miss S. Ongley. Great George Street', 'Lady Eliz: Ashburnham. Dover Street.', 'Mr. Dance, a Book to be sent'. The nature of the list is unclear. It certainly did not appear in The Times of 1791.