[Thomas Elliott Ogilvie of Chesters, Roxburghshire.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos. E. Ogilvie') to Charles Erskine of Melrose, regarding the arrangement of the roup [auction] of the furniture of Branseholm Park, Hawick.
Ogilvie is described by Lockhart as one of Sir Walter Scott's 'chief friends among his country neighbours'. 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Charles Erskine Esqr | Melrose', and docketted by Erskine: 'About Branseholm Sale of Furniture &c'. He writes that he has 'been all day at Branseholm and from the arrangement Mrs Ogilvie has and is to make of the furniture I think one day before the roup will suffice to enable us to inventory every thing in its proper place for the roup therefore if you will come to Branseholm Park to dinner on Monday the 13th we will begin early on Tuesday and in the course of that day arrange every thing for the roup on the 15th'. The letter continues with references to James Grieve, 'the Brae's', Tam Miller, Charles Reddell, '£49. 19. 6 in James Dicksons hands'. 'Mrs Ogilvie will require all that to pay her wages and carry her to Edinr she has got a house in Hanover Street she leaves Branseholm for ever on the 9th comes here & stays a few days I wish very much you would dine with us [...] bring your night Cap. John Turnbull takes charge of the house for the Duke [...] You must draw out Articles of Roup &c. I have got a Capital Auctioneer'.