The Political Memoranda of Francis Fifth Duke of Leeds: Now First Printed from the Originals in the British Museum

The Political Memoranda of Francis Fifth Duke of Leeds: Now First Printed from the Originals in the British Museum

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The Political Memoranda of Francis Fifth Duke of Leeds: Now First Printed from the Originals in the British Museum

The Political Memoranda of Francis Fifth Duke of Leeds: Now First Printed from the Originals in the British Museum

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The Political Memoranda of Francis fifth Duke of Leeds form part of the valuable collection of the Osborne papers preserved in the British Museum. They are contained in five paper books of the size 61/2 inches by 73/4 inches, four note books, with marbled covers, 4 inches by 71/2 inches, and one 4 inches by 61/2 inches. There are also included some detached memoranda, which are preserved on loose paper of different sizes. Besides the volume containing the memoranda there are eight volumes of official correspondence from which papers have been selected which either form part of the memoranda or should evidently be classed with them. The sale catalogue preserved in the Museum shows that the Political Memoranda were purchased on July 11, 1868, for §11 11s.; a second instalment of the papers was purchased on April 5, 1869.

Francis Godolphin Osborne, fifth Duke of Leeds, Marquis of Carmarthen, Earl of Danby, Viscount Latimer, and Viscount Dumblaine in Scotland, Baron Osborne of Kiveton, a Baronet, Knight of the Garter, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of the East Riding of the County of York, Governor of the Levant Company, High Steward of Hull, and possessor of many other offices and titles, was born January 29, 1751. He married at the age of twenty-two Lady Amelia D'Arcy, daughter of the Earl of Holdernesse and Baroness Conyers in her own right. We are told in the Gentleman's Magazine, vol. lxix. i. p. 168, that "in the early years of . . .

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