[ Lord Eldon; a lunatic ] Autograph Signature ('Eldon') to Chancery document re. 'the Matter of Bulkeley Gould a Lunatic' and his sister Fanny Whalley, regarding the question of the administration of his estate in Bovingdon, Herts, and elsewhere.
4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Small slip of paper, with note in Victorian hand, attached to head of first leaf. The subject of the document, Bulkeley Gould, had in the 1770s left the Army for a career in the East India Company, being declared insane in 1788. His sister Frances 'Fanny' Gould - in later years a woman of fashion - married first Lieut.-Gen. Charles Horneck (1759-1804) and then Rev. Thomas Sedgewick Whalley (1746-1828). Boswell was a friend of their father Lieut. Col. Nathaniel Gould (c.1730-1786) of the 3rd Foot Guards, and the siblings are referred to in his 'London Journal', as well as in the Piozzi Letters. Letters from Fanny Whalley's husband are present in the Burney Correspondence. The document opens: 'Monday the 19th. day of June in the 7th. year of the reign of His Majesty King Geo: the 4th. and in the year 1826. In the Matter of Bulkeley Gould a Lunatic | Whereas Fanny Whalley Wife of the Reverend Dr Whalley the only Sister and next of Kin and Heiress at Law of the said Lunatic did on the 14th day of January last prefer new petition to me Stating that a Commission in the nature of a Writ de Lunatico Inquiendo having issued to enquire after the Lunacy of the said Bulkeley Gould he was by Inquisition duly taken thereon the 28th. day of February 1788 found to be a Lunatic and by teh said Inquisition it was further found that the said Bulkeley Gould was seized of considerable real Estates and also for the Term of his natural life of a Considerable other real Estate and also was entitled to considerable Personal Estate [...]'. The document proceeds to discuss questions a Master in Chancery will have to settle regarding the administration of the estate (including trees 'Situate at Bovingdon near Berkhampstead in the County of Herts') in the face of family disputes.