BENTINCK

[ Lord William Bentinck, Governor-General of India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Bentinck'), as Governor of Madras, to John Heaton, describing in detail how he hopes to improve on 'the Fortune which I may make in India'.

Author: 
Lord William Bentinck [ Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck] (1774-1839), army officer, diplomat, and Governor-General of India
Publication details: 
Fort St George [ Madras, India ]. 6 January 1806.
£250.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. The letter begins: 'It would very materially improve my future income if the Fortune which I may make in India could be vested in the Funds during their date of Depression which I take for granted will be the consequence of the War upon the Continent – This my wish that £30000 Thirty thousand Pounds should be laid out in the Stocks if they should fall below 57.

[ Lord Henry Bentinck. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry Bentinck').

Author: 
Lord Henry Bentinck [ Lord Henry William Scott-Bentinck ] (1804-1870), Conservative statesman
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Good firm signature. Written in response to a request for an autograph, and reading 'if you wish | Your's sincerely | Henry Bentinck'.

Unsigned Autograph Letter from Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, to her 'Dearest Friend' the bluestocking Mrs Mary Wortley Montagu; franked by the writer's husband 'Portland'.

Author: 
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715-1785), Duchess of Portland [Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), author, literary hostess and 'Queen of the Bluestockings'; William Bentinck, Duke of Portland (1709-1762)]
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland
Publication details: 
15 April [1748?]; no place.
£450.00
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland

4to, 2 pp. Bifolium, with letter on both sides of first leaf, and frank ('For Mrs Montagu at Mr Purdies in Orange Court, Bath'), with red wax seal (bust of a man), on reverse of second. 42 lines of text. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with strip of mount adhering to second leaf. Begins by describing her state of health, complaining of 'a Constant pain in my Head & Opression [sic] at my breast', for which she has been 'blooded'.

Signed Manuscript 'Precept of Clare Constat by the Commissioner for The Duke of Portland in favor of Joseph Kennedy'.

Author: 
William John Cavendish Bentinck Scott, 5th Duke of Portland; Joseph Kennedy, carpet weaver of Lasswade, Kilmarnoch; James Moncrieff Melville; James Lindesay; William Bett
Publication details: 
Edinburgh; 7 April 1857.
£45.00

Three pages. On vellum bifolium made from skin roughly fourteen inches by twenty wide. Three official stamps. Signed twice by 'Jas M Melville', Writer to the Signet, and his partner James Lindesay ('Jas. Lindesay'), and witnessed by their clerk William Bett ('W. Bett').

Autograph Signature ('G. Bentinck') as frank on envelope addressed to Lady Frederick Bentinck, postmarked and with remains of red wax seal.

Author: 
Lord (William) George Frederic Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck [known as Lord George Bentinck] (1802-1848), English politician and sportsman
Publication details: 
12 June 1832; London.
£28.00

Irregularly shaped piece of paper, consisting of the front and sides of an envelope. Roughly 14 x 18 cm. Good, but with long vertical closed tear to right of signature, neatly repaired on reverse with archival tape. Reads 'London June Twelve 1832. - | Lady Frederick Bentinck | Bedford Hotel | Brighton | [signed] G. Bentinck.' Red ink postmark, circular and topped with crown, reading 'FREE | 12 JU 12 | 1832 | +'. Remains of red wax seal at foot. Docketed 'Bentinck' along right-hand edge.

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