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6. That the seal with which this parchment packet was sealed is precisely the same with that upon another document, already in process, viz. the original letter from the Rev. John Alexander, the defender's grandfather: That the impressions on both must have been made with the same seal.
7. That in consequence of the cession, as is alleged, of Nova Scotia to France, by the Treaty of Breda, in 1667, and its subsequent recovery by Great Britain in 1690, and in consequence of the stipulations in regard to it in the Treaty of Ryswick, in 1697, every thing connected with the possession of that country became a matter of much interest at the Court of France. The grants to the Earl of Stirling thus came to be well known, and the effect of them much canvassed. That, influenced by these considerations, the defender was induced to direct anxious searches to be made in France for any documents that might throw light on the history of the family of Stirling : That in the course of the last summer,
the defender acquired knowledge of an ancient map of Canada, containing on the back of it certain documents concerning his family: That the map is dated in 1703, and that all the documents, Nos. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV. annexed in the Appendix, are either written or pasted upon the back of it: That the defender, of this date, received information of the existence of this map from Madlle Marie Anne Le Normand, an authoress of some note, who keeps a library in Paris, and possesses a considerable collection of unpublished manuscripts.
8. That it appears from these documents, that a Monsieur Mallet wished to obtain information in England as to the actual state of the descendants of William, Earl of Stirling ; but that having died suddenly, one of his friends, a Monsieur Brossette, applied to Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray, for the wished-for information ; and that the Archbishop, knowing the intimacy that subsisted between the Marchioness de Lambert and Mr John Alexander of Antrim, applied to her on the subject : That the Marchioness accordingly wrote to Mr John Alexander, who, in return, sent to her a full communication as to the family history: That this letter was transmitted by her to the Archbishop, who forwarded it to Monsieur Brossette : That these several documents (the originals of which are on the said map) are subjoined in the Appendix.
July 12, 1837.
9. That the document, No. VII. is in the handwriting of Monsieur Mallet.
10. That the document, No. VIII. appears to have been written at Lyons by a person of the name of Caron St Estienne, of whom the defender cannot find any trace: That the document, No. IX. is in the handwriting of Flechier, Bishop of Nismes, a person of well-known celebrity.
11. That the document, No. X. is the letter holograph of Mr John Alexander of Antrim to the Marchioness de Lambert, above referred to : That part of the letter and the seal still remain, and that the impression of the seal is the same with that on the parchment cover above referred to.
12. That the document, No. XI. is a marginal note in the handwriting of Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray, and authenticates Mr Alexander's letter.
13. That the document, No. XII. is a copy of the inscription on the tombstone of Mr John Alexander. It bears to have been made by W. C. Gordon, junior, who is supposed to have been a son or other relative of Mr William Gordon, the agent in Scotland of the Rev. John Alexander, sometime of Stratford-upon-Avon; but the defender has as yet been unable to obtain any satisfactory information on this point.
14. That the short memorandum, No. XIV. is in the handwriting of Louis XV. King of France.
15. That the defender avers, and is prepared to instruct by proof, that the above-mentioned documents are in the handwriting of the individuals above mentioned ; and he further avers and states, that he never knew of the existence of any of these documents until he was informed of them by Mademoiselle Le Normand, in the manner above set forth.
In respect whereof, &c.
Anonymous Note to the Defender.
The enclosed was in a small cash-box, which was stolen from the late William Humphreys, Esq. at the time of his removal from Digbeth-house, Birmingham, to Fair Hill. The person
who committed the theft was a young man in a situation in trade which placed him above suspicion. Fear of detection, and other circumstances, caused the box to be carefully put away, and it was forgot that the packet of papers was left in it. This discovery has been made since the death of the person alluded to, which took place last month. His family being now certain that the son of Mr Humphreys is the Lord Stirling who has lately published a narrative of his case, they have requested a lady, going to London, to leave the packet at his Lordship’s publishers, a channel for its conveyance pointed out by the book itself, and which they hope is quite safe. His Lordship will perceive that the seals have never been broken. The family of the deceased, for obvious reasons, must remain unknown. They make this reparation, but cannot be expected to court disgrace and infamy.
April 17, 1837.
This note was opened in my presence, and found to contain the packet superscribed,
66 Some of my
Family Papers, sealed with three black seals bearing the same impression. London, 22d April, 1837.
Edw. Francis FENNELL,
Join 6th Earl of Stirling,
(De Jure,). Ma Hannah Higgs of Old Swinford. Died at Dublin, Nov. 1, 1743.
LETTER, Dr Benjamin Alexander to Rev. John Alexander
Mr Palmer is not at home; but I will take care of the letter. I have but little time to write at present; yet, as Mr Solly is going to-night, and offers to take this, I must tell you, Čampbell has written to me.
The report we heard last year about the agents of W. A. is too true. No other copy of the inscription can be had at Newtown. The country people say, they managed one night to get the slab down, and 'tis thought they bury'd it. However, C. does not think you need mind this loss, as Mr Lyttleton's copy can be proved. Mr Denison tells Campbell, his copy of grandfather A.'s portrait will be very like when finished. At the back of the original, old Mr Denison pasted a curious mem. from which it appears, that our grandfather recd his early education at Londonderry, under the watchful eye of Mr Maxwell, his
maternal grandsire. At the age of sixteen, the DowagerCountess wished him to be sent to Glasgow College; but at last it was thought better for him to go to a German university. He attained high distinction as a scholar, remained many years abroad, and visited foreign courts.
Please to give duty and love to Mamma, love to sisters, and be yourself healthy and content.
Yr affectionate Bro",
B. ALEXANDER. LOND. Aug 20. 1765.
LETTER, A. E. Baillie to Rev. John Alexander of
Dublin, Sept. 16. 1765. Revd Sir,
I was sorry to hear of ye lawless act at Newton, but as I tell Mr Denison, I shall be ready to come forward