GOSSIP

[Lady Hester Stanhope, adventurer and socialite.] Three Autograph Letters Signed ('H Stanhope' and 'H. S.') to Mrs Evelyn of St Clere, with gossip regarding 'the Otways', Lady Frederick Campbell and Charles West.

Author: 
Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839), adventurer, traveller and socialite [Mrs. Frances Evelyn (1764-1837), wife of Alexander Evelyn [ne Hume] (c.1859-1837) of St Clere, Kent]
Publication details: 
One 'Thursday night' and one 'Monday'. Without date or place.
£1,500.00

All three letters with their seals in red wax, the first two intact and the third damaged. All addressed to 'Mrs Evelyn | St Clere'. Gossipy, energetic and characteristic letters. The references to Lady Frederick Campbell date the letters to before her death in a fire in 1807. ONE: Letter written on 'Monday', and signed 'H Stanhope'. 5pp., 12mo. Bifolium and single leaf, the latter acting as the envelope, with text on one side and address with seal on the other. The letter begins: 'You will think I fear my dear Mrs Evelyn there is no end to my eternal scribbles.

Manuscript Document, Signed by 'John Yorke Deputy Clerk of the Peace of the Said Town [Cambridge]', certifying that Gossip has shown himself to be member of the Church of England and loyal subject of the King.

Author: 
[TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE] William Gossip (1704?-72?), 'Library Keeper of Trinity College in the University of Cambridge'
Publication details: 
[Cambridge]; 17 July 1729.
£150.00

One page, on laid watermarked paper roughly thirteen inches by eight wide. Good though lightly creased and aged. Begins 'These are to Certifie whome it may concerne that William Gossip A.M. Library Keeper of Trinity College in the University of Cambridge came before his Majestys Justices of the peace at the Generall Quarter Sessions of the peace held at the Guildhall in and for the sd. Towne on Wednesday the Sixteenth day of July instant and then and there before the said Justices at the sd.

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