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    Sale 5822

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 44

    JAMES II and VII (1633-1701), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Two autograph letters signed (as Duke of York, with initial 'J') to the Countess of Lichfield [Charlotte Fitzroy, his illegitimate niece], Winchester and London, 13 September and 4 December [1683], together 3 pages, 4to, the first with autograph address leaf and

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    JAMES II and VII (1633-1701), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Two autograph letters signed (as Duke of York, with initial 'J') to the Countess of Lichfield [Charlotte Fitzroy, his illegitimate niece], Winchester and London, 13 September and 4 December [1683], together 3 pages, 4to, the first with autograph address leaf and
    seal.

    Informal letters to a favourite niece, in the first describing his country pursuits, 'tho we have had much raine here, it has happned so, as not to hinder neither hunting, nor hawking, I was out today a Stag hunting', and a round of imminent visits to see Salisbury Cathedral and Wilton and from Southampton to Portsmouth 'in the yachts'. In London, 'realy ashamed to have been so long without writing to you', the Duke is very busy on account of the return of the Duke of Monmouth, while Algernon Sydney is to be beheaded [for treason] on Tower Hill. (2)


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