[ William Latham Bevan, Welsh Anglican cleric and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. L. Bevan') to 'Miss Strickland', i.e. the historical writer Agnes Strickland, recounting the story of a family heirloom said to come from Queen Anne Boleyn.

William Latham Bevan [ W. L. Bevan ] (1821-1908), Welsh Anglican clergyman and author, Archdeacon of Brecon [ Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), historical writer and poet ]
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'Hay - South Wales.' 5 August 1851.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. As a new edition of Strickland's 'Lives of the Queens of England' is in the press, he sends her 'an interesting and (I fully believe) an authentic incident connected with the last day of Ann Boleyn's life'. He explains that he has in his possession 'an elegant trinket intended evidently to be hung round the neck by a chain. It is a small gold pistol, about an inch in length, richly chased, the barrel serving the purpose of a whistle, and under the barrel, a set of picks – tooth pick &c – round the handle a serpent is coiled'.

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