[ William Latham Bevan, Welsh Anglican cleric and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. L. Bevan') to 'Miss Strickland', i.e. the historical writer Agnes Strickland, recounting the story of a family heirloom said to come from Queen Anne Boleyn.

William Latham Bevan [ W. L. Bevan ] (1821-1908), Welsh Anglican clergyman and author, Archdeacon of Brecon [ Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), historical writer and poet ]
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'Hay - South Wales.' 5 August 1851.
SKU: 19812

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. As a new edition of Strickland's 'Lives of the Queens of England' is in the press, he sends her 'an interesting and (I fully believe) an authentic incident connected with the last day of Ann Boleyn's life'. He explains that he has in his possession 'an elegant trinket intended evidently to be hung round the neck by a chain. It is a small gold pistol, about an inch in length, richly chased, the barrel serving the purpose of a whistle, and under the barrel, a set of picks – tooth pick &c – round the handle a serpent is coiled'. The item has 'always been preserved in my family together with some portraits of nearly the same age'. He tells the story of the item, 'as handed down from generation to generation', explaining that it is said to have been presented by Boleyn 'to the officer on guard Captain George' and recounting what she is supposed to have said to him about it. He explains why he has 'no reason whatever to doubt the accuracy of the statement'. He is enclosing a 'rough sketch' (not present) of the item, and offers her a better one, if needed. Note in Strickland's hand: 'For use in another edition - too late for this'.