ADDINGTON

[Lord Sidmouth; Prime Minister.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sidmouth') to an unnamed peer and friend, expressing gratitude at his solicitude over the illness of his daughters.

Author: 
Lord Sidmouth [Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth] (1757-1844), British Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Richmond Park. 17 November 1832.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and ruckled. A somewhat florid letter of thanks, addressed to 'My dear Lord', and with the valediction 'Your affectionate Friend, | Sidmouth'. The letter begins: 'Your kind Solicitude on Account of my two Daughters is just what I should have expected from your long experienc'd Friendship.' The girls have had 'a merciful Deliverance from a great & imminent Danger, in Comparision with which the Degree in which They have suffer'd, tho' not inconsiderable in itself, is a Subject of heartfelt Thankfulness from me & all my Family'.

[ Sir Fleetwood Dormer of Lee Grange, in Quainton, Bucks. ] Autograph Signature ('Fleetwood Dormer'), 'for Sr. John Busby', to Excise receipt.

Author: 
Sir Fleetwood Dormer (1658-1723) of Lee Grange, in Quainton, Buckinghamshire [ Sir John Busby (1630-1700) of Addington ]
Publication details: 
'His Majesties Hereditary Revenue of Excise', Tally-Court. [ Court of Excise, London. ] 12 March 1681.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. On aged paper, with particular wear to one corner. Laid out in the usual style, with printed text completed in manuscript. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[12th. March 1681] | Received of the Officers of the Tally-Court, one Tally levied on His Majesties Hereditary Revenue of Excise, containing the Sum of [three pounds] due unto me for one Quarter of a Year ended at [Michas 1682] [...]'. Signed at the foot: 'Fleetwood Dormer | for Sr. John Busby'. Busby married Mary Dormer, a kinswoman of Fleetwood Dormer of Lee Grange.

[ Charles Abbot, Speaker of the House of Commons. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas Abbot') to Home Secretary Viscount Sidmouth, on 'Lord Harris's proposal'; John Hatsell, Clerk of the House of Commons; opening of Parliament; Richmond Park.

Author: 
Charles Abbot (1757-1829), 1st Baron Colchester, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1802-1817 [ Henry Addington (1757-1844), 1st Viscount Sidmouth, British Prime Minister; John Hatsell (1733-1820) ]
Publication details: 
Kidbrooke. 19 November 1816.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Casting interesting light on the workings of the British parliament in the Regency period. Headed by Abbot 'Private'. Docketed on reverse of second leaf, presumably by Sidmouth: 'The Speaker, | Novr. ye. 19th: 1806. | Lord Harris's Proposal | Meeting of Parliament | &c -'. He has received Sidmouth's note, and reports that 'Lord Harrowby wrote me a full account of your Meetings on Lord Harris's proposals'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J W Croker') from John Wilson Croker [to George Pellew, Dean of Norwich], stating the opinion that King George IV's letters in Pellew's life of Lord Sidmouth 'give a higher idea of his powers of mind' than was the case.

Author: 
John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), Anglo-Irish politician, Secretary to the Admiralty [Hon. Very Rev. George Pellew (1793-1866), Dean of Norwich; Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth; King George IV]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of West Molesey, Surrey. 15 February 1851.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper with watermarked date 1848. Addressed to 'My dear Dean'. As the letter clearly concerns Pellew's life of his father-in-law Lord Sidmouth (1847), with Croker referring to his own review of the book in the Quarterly Review, the reason for the gap between the date of publication of the book and the writing of the letter is unclear. Croker writes that he has received Pellew's 'last livraison & kind letter which gives a very just idea of the correspondence'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W Scott') to his son-in-law Viscount Sidmouth.

Author: 
Sir William Scott [William Scott, Baron Stowell; Lord Stowell] (1745–1836), judge and politician [Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757-1844), British prime minister]
Publication details: 
25 July 1818; Earley Court [Berkshire].
£28.00

12mo: 3 pp. Good, on lightly aged paper. Small spike hole through both leaves of the bifolium. Text clear and entire. Execrable hand. Begins 'I certainly shall not secede from my conditional Promise'. Paragraph describing the weather ('The Heat of the Weather here is intolerable.') 'I agree entirely with respect to the Character of our worthy departed friend. It is a great loss to this Part of the Country.'

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