[ William Sloane-Stanley of Paultons; horse-racing ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Stanley') to 'My dear Coke' [ 'Coke of Norfolk', Earl of Leicester? ], regarding horsebreeding, Lord Palmerston/ field sports, country houses, high society gossip.

William Sloane-Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [ Paulton's Park ], Hampshire, successively MP for Oxford and Stockbridge [ Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester ('Coke of Norfolk', 'Coke of Houghton')]
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Paultons [ Paultons Park, near Romsey, Hampshire ]. 1 December [ no year ].

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A gossippy letter, much of the context of which has been lost. Begins: 'My dear Coke | May I trouble you to pay the inclosed Bill for me at Mattocks - I have sent you a small Bill on Coutts, which I will make payable to the Proprietor of the Museum -'. Regarding horsebreeding he notes from the newspapers 'that the hon. W. Howard has sold Hundershelf or Hengerst & Haphazard with a long Pedigree to Mr. Painter. The Abbot will no doubt have a second Dairy Maid - by the bye that sort of Butler is a very dear article -'.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, 2nd Baronet of Wynyard
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27 April 1813; London.

Wealthy landowner (1771-1813), MP for County Durham, sued by George Stubbs for non-payment for his picture of Vane-Tempest's racehorse Hambletonian. Four pages, 12mo. Good, though grubby and on paper slightly discoloured with age. Tipped in along one edge on leaf removed from autograph album. From this showing little wonder he died of apoplexy. He has received his correspondent's letter containing one from 'Mr Smith'.

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