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A.L.S. to Mrs. Clarkson. 1 pp, 4to. Dover Street, Sept. 2nd, 1837.
ALSO (on same sheet) ROBINSON (H. 1867). Diarist. A.L.S. to same. 2 pp., 4to, Sept., 1837. Together, 3 pp., 4to. 1837.
Address in Wordsworth's Autograph, and wax seal on fly-leaf.
Both these letters are letters of sympathy to the Clarkson's on the loss of their son; the two writers had just completed a European holiday together, to which Wordsworth refers. Concerning his famous Sister, Dorothy Wordsworth, he writes:
You will have also a letter from my poor dear sister, which will at least show you that, wreck as she is, both in mind and body, she still remembers, and thinks of her dear old friends."
A.L.S. to the Secretary of the Western Literary Club.
2 pp., 8vo. Rydal Mount, 6th Feb., 1841.
"I must have seemed unworthy of the honor, in such flattering terms, proposed by the Western Literary Club it appears before coming to a decision I ought to know those particulars respecting the Society with which you offer to make me acquainted if I deserve it." Etc.
1472 YATES (Edmund, 1831-1894). Novelist and Founder of The World." A.L.S. to Mr. Deutsch. I page, 8vo. Jan. 14th, 1865.
I have had much pleasure in acting as one of your Sponsors at the
A.L.S. to "My Dear Laurence."
I page, 8vo. N.D. 5S
"I have bungled it, it appears Tuesday is our vacant day. If that won't do let it stand over." Etc.
1474 YONGE (Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901). Novelist. Wrote "Heir of Redclyffe," etc. A.L.S. to My dear Cousin." 3 pp., 12mo. Otterbourne, 2nd Nov., 1872.
REPORTING Defeat of the JACOBITE ARMY AT PRESTON. 1475 CARLISLE (Charles Howard, Earl of, 1674-1738). Statesman. Commissioner for Scottish Union. A.L.S. to Charles, Viscount Townshend. 31 pp., 4to. Preston, 15th Nov., 1715. £10 IOS
A letter of the utmost Jacobean importance, graphically reporting the surrender of the Jacobite rebels at the battle of Preston, and men tioning various matters in connection therewith, which he had attended to. Reference is also made in the letter to the Earl of Mar and other famous Jacobites.
"The express sent yesterday morning by Mr. Wills would acquaint your Lordship yt. ye Rebells have surrendered at discretion, and thrown themselves upon ye King's mercy, ye particulars of ye action, ye numbers of ye prisoners and their names, with ye losse of our side, I suppose you will have by this night's post from Mr. Wills.
'I being particularly well acquainted with my Ld. Darentwater, and my Ld. Witherington (and they being at this time under great dejection of mind), thought this might be a proper time to trye, if they were disposed to make a confession. I therefore layd before them in ye best manner I could, ye little reason they had to expect ye King's mercy unless they did something very material of this kind to deserve it, I asked several questions, and particularly I told them they must know what part Sr. William Blackett, my Ld. Downe, and some Bishopbrig gentlemen had in this undertakeing, they answered me.
I have adviced Mr. Wills to call upon Mr. Berster to refund all ye Publick money he obliged ye King's Officers to pay in ye places through which he marched. I have likewise desired him to take particular care, yt. no innocent person be carry'd away when ye Prisoners are removed, for I am afraid several of ye Country people were in ye disorder and confusion hurried into ye Church, with ye Rebells, yt. being the place where they are at present secured.
“I shall return home to-morrow with great ease of mind, hopeing we may live quietly now if good care be taken of my Ld. Marr. Almost all ye Roman Catholicks of Northumberland and of this County are now in your power."
Lord Witherington (Widdington) was sentenced to death, but afterwards pardoned; but Lord Darentwater (Derwentwater) was attainted and beheaded, his death exciting general compassion.
AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL JACOBITE DOCUMENT.
1476 MAR (John Erskine, Earl of, 1675-1732). Jacobite Leader. Commander-in-Chief in Scotland for the "Old Pretender.” D.S. appointing Thomas Forrester (Forster) to be the Jacobite Commander in the North of England. "The Camp at Perth," 5th October, 1715." With fine wax seal. £9 98
A Jacobite Rebellion document of considerable historical importance, and bearing the rare signature of the famous Earl of Mar, who had set up the " Old Pretender's" standard at Braemar the same year, and whose intended attack on Edinburgh had been foiled by the rapidity of Argyll's movements. He was defeated at Sheriffmuir, but escaped with the "Pretender" to Gravelines.
Thomas Forster, who is, by this document, appointed the Jacobite Commander of the Army in the North of England, was M.P. for Northumberland. He suffered defeat at Preston the following month, and surrendered with the rebel army under his command. He was imprisoned in Newgate, but shortly afterwards escaped to France, and died at Boulogne in 1738.