[ William Sloane-Stanley of Paultons; horse-racing ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Stanley') to 'My dear Coke' [ 'Coke of Norfolk', Earl of Leicester? ], regarding horsebreeding, Lord Palmerston/ field sports, country houses, high society gossip.

William Sloane-Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [ Paulton's Park ], Hampshire, successively MP for Oxford and Stockbridge [ Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester ('Coke of Norfolk', 'Coke of Houghton')]
Publication details: 
Paultons [ Paultons Park, near Romsey, Hampshire ]. 1 December [ no year ].
SKU: 19675

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A gossippy letter, much of the context of which has been lost. Begins: 'My dear Coke | May I trouble you to pay the inclosed Bill for me at Mattocks - I have sent you a small Bill on Coutts, which I will make payable to the Proprietor of the Museum -'. Regarding horsebreeding he notes from the newspapers 'that the hon. W. Howard has sold Hundershelf or Hengerst & Haphazard with a long Pedigree to Mr. Painter. The Abbot will no doubt have a second Dairy Maid - by the bye that sort of Butler is a very dear article -'. He continues: 'The Duke writes me word the Rents in Derby-e [Coke was a Derbyshire landowner] have been remarkably well paid - so have ours in Hampshire - Our neighbour Ld. Palmerston has been at Chatsworth [ Chatsworth House, seat of the Dukes of Devonshire] on a shooting excursion - he killed a B<?> 50 Pieces of game to his own Gun - and says he never saw so much Game or so many Hares in his life'. He is going to Belvoir [Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, seat of the Dukes of Rutland] in the New Year 'on my road to C[astle]. Howard [in Yorkshire, seat of the Earl of Carlisle]', and hopes to meet Coke there, 'knowing your predilection for the Chateau'. He congratulates him 'on the Duke taking boldly to the Turf once more The winnings are likely to be so considerable, that any arears of Rents will not be missed'. The 'D[uche]ss' is taking 'a great deal of bridges & Water - this costs nothing - Irving's plan will give you a River at 4 Pr. Cent, and that is cheap; when the Funds are at 85 -'. He concludes: 'I hope to meet you some day or another again, I dont care how soon.' Stanley was the owner of race horses, and a prominent member of the Jockey Club.