[ Col. Thomas Wentworth, Adjutant-General. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho: Wentworth') to his brother [ Sir William Wentworth of Bretton ], giving 'particulars of our family' for 'the publisher of the Baronettage of England [ Thomas Wotton ]'.

Colonel Thomas Wentworth (c.1693-1747) of Sunninghill, Berkshire, Adjutant-General [ his brother Sir William Wentworth of Bretton (Yorkshire), 4th Baronet (1686-1763); Thomas Wotton, London publisher]
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London. 26 October 1726.
SKU: 20195

2pp., 4to. In poor condition, on brittle, aged paper, with closed tears and chipping to extremities causing slight loss to some words of text; repaired long since with archival tape. 2pp., 4to. Addressed to his 'Dear Brother', i.e. Sir William Wentworth of Bretton. (For information on the two brothers, see their entries in the History of Parliament.) The first paragraph reads: 'Last Saturday I receiv'd 120l at the Bank for your Michaelmas dividend, and the same day paid ten pounds to Mrs Bell Blackett; to prevent any accident when you draw upon me for the remainder let your bill be payable some days after sight; there is nothing yet paid to Mr. Brookhouse, for tho' I writ to him the content of your letter, the very day when I receiv'd it, I have since heard nothing from him.' He proceeds with news of 'our affairs with Bro: Leigh', and news regarding part of the 'estate in Long Acre' of Sir Peter Vandeput, before turning to the information requested of the family by the London publisher Thomas Wotton, in regard to his 'The English Baronets', published in 1727: 'As you seem averse to sending any particulars of our family to the publisher of the Barronettage [sic] of England; least he should fall into some mistake, which it will be too late to rectify when the book is printed, I have drawn out the following account, andn do here underwrite it for your perusal'. A seventeen-line account of the family follows, serving as the basis of the entry published by Wotton on pp.406-408 of 'The English Baronets' (1727). He ends with a request for Sir William's 'opinion of the above', and 'directions as to anything which may be added or rejected'.