[ William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, British Prime Minister. ] Manuscript 'Circular' signed by him ('Portland') as Home Secretary, to the Earl of Home, as 'The Lord Lieutenant of the County of Berwick', regarding wartime measures.

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland [ William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland ] (1738-1809), British Prime Minister [ Alexander Ramey-Home, 10th Earl of Home ]
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Whitehall. 22 February 1797.

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Good firm signature on aged document, with fraying to extremities and loss to blank area at foot of second leaf. Docketed: 'The Duke of Portland to the Earl of Home | 22 February 1797'.

[ Victorian poem describing the public execution of a woman. ] Autograph poem by Sir Richard Harington, titled 'The Judicial Murder - A Fragment', a fictional account of a woman's execution, with drawings by the author.

Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, of Ridlington [ Eton College; hanging; public execution in Victorian England ]
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[ Eton? 1870s? or Oxford? 1880s? ]

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On paper watermarked 'J GREEN & SON'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss at the spine.From the Harington family papers, the author's identity being established from other items. Clearly a youthful production, and either written during Harington's time at Eton in the 1870s, or Christ Church, Oxford, in the 1880s. Written employing the long s. The 140 lines of verse are numerated by the author, and a catch-word at the end suggests that more followed or the poet's invention failed him.

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