[ Richard Relhan, botanist and classical scholar. ] Poignant Autograph Letter Signed ('R Relhan'), asking the unnamed recipient to lie to his wife about the cause of their son's death at Pillau, East Prussia.

Richard Relhan (1754-1823), Irish botanist and classical scholar [ King's College, Cambridge ]
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Cambridge. 25 August 1802.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn. Overcome by grief, Relham, a man of the cloth, urges the recipient to tell a lie. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir. | The melancholy event at Pillaw [ i.e. Pillau in East Prussia ] totally overpowered me yesterday: and the only thing to be done is to soften it as much as possible to my poor Wife; who being always averse to the scheme of sending her son to sea will, I am certain, be unable to bear this terrible accident, unless you will have the goodness as soon as you receive this, to write me a few lines to say he died of a fever at Pillaw.

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