Memoirs Relating to the Lord Torrington

Memoirs Relating to the Lord Torrington

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Memoirs Relating to the Lord Torrington

Memoirs Relating to the Lord Torrington

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THESE "Memoirs relating to the Lord Torrington," are printed from the MS. formerly in Lord Hardwicke's collection, at the dispersion of which, in 1882, it was bought for the British Museum, where it is now numbered Additional, 31,958. It is a very rough first-draft; full of erasures, interlinear corrections, transpositions, and interpolations, so that reducing it to order has been often a task of considerable difficulty. Many of the passages erased are in themselves interesting, and not unfrequently necessary to the sense. These have been retained, printed in heavy brackets. For the rest, the wild spelling and still wilder grammar and pronominal confusion are presented as the author left them. As to who that author was there is no clue except the little one on p. 146, which would seem to identify him with one of the permanent officials of the Admiralty. I had fancied it might be Thomas Corbett, for many years one of the Secretaries of the Admiralty, and previously secretary to Sir George Byng, of whose command in Sicily, 1718-20, he published an account in 1739. But Corbett had much more literary skill than the author of this MS.; he could spell much . . .

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