London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816). Autograph letter signed ('R B Sheridan'), to unknown correspondent, Richmond, 15 August 1789, 3 pages, 4to, some wear at folds; and autograph draft of a notice [by Sheridan], Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, directing the renters who had not received their dividends subject to the Trust of 1793, to appear at the Treasury, docketed 14 January 1797, 1 page, 4to, frayed and browned, with German translation. Provenance: the Albin Schram Collection.
Sheridan (Member of Parliament for Stafford) writes the letter as confidential adviser to the Prince of Wales for whom he drafted documents particularly during the illness of George III in 1788. Sheridan writes on his return from Brighthelmstone (Brighton) that he had brought a letter 'to acknowledge the kindness of the Royal Boroughs during the late Inter-regnum'; he assures his correspondent of his continued interest in reform ('nothing will ever abate the zeal with which I am determined to pursue this Point'); but points out the difficulty of mentioning 'anything that must be deem'd private conversation. I mean in respect of Mr Anstruther. With regard to Mr H. Erskine ... writing to the Duke of Portland I think the idea a very just & good one'.
Henry Erskine, the Lord Advocate, was state councillor to the Prince of Wales in Scotland. (2)
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