The Fortescue Papers: Consisting Chiefly of Letters Relating to State Affairs

The Fortescue Papers: Consisting Chiefly of Letters Relating to State Affairs

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The Fortescue Papers: Consisting Chiefly of Letters Relating to State Affairs

The Fortescue Papers: Consisting Chiefly of Letters Relating to State Affairs

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For the papers in this volume the Camden Society is indebted to the liberality of the Honorable G. M. Fortescue, who, "on coming into possession of Dropmore in 1864, under the will of Lady Grenville--the heiress and sole representative of the Pitts of Boconnoc--found in the carpenter's shed an old box which had apparently belonged to Governor Pitt, containing a large quantity of papers in excellent condition, mixed up with the family papers of Mr. Van den Bempde, who died in 1725." If I may judge by an indorsement in the handwriting of the 18th century, on the back of one of the letters, the collection narrowly escaped a still worse fate than that to which it was temporarily exposed. It is as follows, as far as it can be read, part of the paper on which it is written having been torn away:--" Marq. of Bucks on State affairs. . . . . ers to others, &e. Eliz. & Ja. -- useless."

The selections which I have made include many papers which will only be of interest to the professed historian, many which, had the originals been in a public library, so as to be easily accessible to the inquirer, I should certainly have omitted. But there are others . . .

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