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Autograph Letter Signed to his cousin Reginald Darwin (1818-1892)

Autograph Letter Signed to his cousin Reginald Darwin (1818-1892), 4 pages 8vo with slight staining in the central fold, Down, Beckenham, Kent, 27 March 1879.

DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). Announcing his intention to translate and provide a preface for [E. Krause's] sketch of Dr Erasmus Darwin's life, and asking whether RD has any documents concerning Dr Darwin or letters by him. 'March 27 1879 / [printed: Down, Beckenham Kent .]Dear Cousin [identified in a note at the head as Reginald Darwin of Buxton],A German has published a sketch of the life of our grandfather, which my Brother & self intend to have translated & I mean to add a preface about his character etc etc; but my chief object is to contradict flatly some calumnies by Miss Seward1. Now if you possess any documents about him or letters written by him, & would be so very kind as to send them to me for a time (they shd. be returned registered) they might prove very useful, though judging from letters in my possession I fear that few would be worth publishing.It is very many years since we met, & I hope that you retain your health & strength. I am growing a very old man, but keep as yet my mental faculties totally clear.Pray believe me / Dear Cousin / yours sincerely ' Ch. Darwin.P.S.Did you ever happen to hear whether Dr [Erasmus] D[arwin] reached his son Charles in Edinburgh in time to see him die? .' See The Darwin Project letter Number 11957 (text not published). Ernst Krause's 'Erasmus Darwin, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin', was published in London by Murray in 1879.______________ 1. Darwin is presumably referring to Anna Seward's 'Memoirs of the Life of Dr. Darwin: Chiefly During His Residence in Lichfield .', London, 1804.
Autograph Letter Signed ('Wellington') to General Sir [James w]illoughby Gordon

Autograph Letter Signed (‘Wellington’) to General Sir [James w]illoughby Gordon, 2 pages 8vo, S[tratfied] Saye, 7 September 1827.

WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, duke of (1769-1852). A fine political letter. '. I am inclined to think that the King did say something civil in respect of Lord Holland, which was calculated to satisfy Lord Lansdowne. The political office offered to Brougham I believe was that of Chief Baron; and Peerage!! I don't understand that Brougham thinks his silk gown does him an injury. That which hs been injurious to him has been the promotion of others of his Brethren at the Bar; which he wished to have postponed for a year. This postponement was to have given him the Lion's share of Mr Scarlett's business. .' The letter was written at the beginning of Lord Brougham's seeking for political power, and anticipates later events when, in 1830, having already been affronted by the offer of becoming attorney-general, he very reluctantly accepted the lord chancellorship and the peerage which accompanied it.The others referred to are James Scarlett, later first Baron Abinger), Henry Richard Holland, third Baron Holland (1773-1840) The earlier reference is described thus in Oxford DNB: 'In the political vacuum caused by Liverpool's stroke on 17 February 1827, Holland's Letter to the Rev. Dr. Shuttleworth argued the advantages of Catholic emancipation. Unlike Grey, Holland supported the administrations of Canning and Goderich. Those whigs in office were eager to have him in the cabinet. George IV disingenuously assured Lansdowne on 1 September that Holland should fill the first vacancy. On 11 December, a month before his resignation, Goderich himself proposed this to the king.' The further reference is to James Scarlett, later first Baron Abinger (1769-1844), judge.