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[John Evelyn, diarist and author.] Manuscript transcription [by his descendant W. F. Evelyn?], of the unpublished manuscript 'Testamentum in Procinctu', addressed to his son as he was about to go to Ireland.

Author: 
John Evelyn (1620-1706), diarist and author [William John Evelyn (1822-1908) of Sayes Court]
Publication details: 
Evelyn's original dated 10 August 1692; this transcript c. 1880.
£950.00

85pp., foolscap 8vo, on the rectos of 85 leaves. On laid paper with Stowford Mills watermark dated 1874. In a notebook with contemporary brown calf half-binding, with marbled boards and endpapers. Pencil notes regarding provenance precede the text: 'Evelyn MSS. Unpublished (?) | Copy by W. J. Evelyn (?) | Ex Joanna Booth | Ex Christies Evelyn Sale. | pencil MS Note verso p.32 in W. J. E.'s ordinary hand | See note | Transcript of unpublished Evelyn mss. c 1880.' Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding.

Autograph Letter Signed from the politician and philanthropist William John Evelyn ['W. J. Evelyn.'] to Frank Walton.

Author: 
W. J. Evelyn [William John Evelyn; William Evelyn] (1822-1908) of Wotton House, Dorking, Conservative Member of Parliament for Deptford, philanthropist, and descendant of the diarist John Evelyn
 Letter Signed from the politician and philanthropist William John Evelyn
Publication details: 
20 March 1892; on letterhead of Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey.
£35.00
 Letter Signed from the politician and philanthropist William John Evelyn

12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. 13 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Giving details of a proposed trip to London, to be made 'if the weather be such as in my state of health will allow me with safety to leave home', on which he hopes to call on Walton 'in order to see your pictures'. Evelyn played an important role in the creation of Deptford Park, and used land from his ancestor John Evelyn's Sayes Court estate as a recreation ground for his Deptford tenants.

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