LETTERS [spine title]. Sir George Warrender, 4th Baronet.

LETTERS [spine title].

A bound collection of 42 autograph letters from different writers, all but one addressed to Sir George Warrender, varying in length from 1 to 12 pages (the majority being one page), and all but one signed; 8vo; bound with blank interleaves in nineteenth century half green leather, the spine lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled papered boards, lightly rubbed, edges worn, the spine scuffed and grazed, especially at extremities; t.e.g.; armorial bookplate of The Hon. Simon Warrender on upper pastedown, the endpapers slightly offset, hinges starting at a couple of points, occasional light foxing, soiling, and minor wear & tear, including a few mainly small edge chips or tears, with most of the letters showing the original creases from folding for the post, one letter with the correspondent's red wax seal intact; c.1827-1839. *Sir George Warrender of Lochend, 4th Baronet (1782-1849), was a Scottish-born politician who served for a time in the Berwickshire militia, where he reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was Member of Parliament for various constituencies (Haddington Burghs, Truro, Sandwich, Westbury and Honiton) between 1807 and 1832, and from 1812 to 1822 served as Lord of the Admiralty. From 1822 he was a member of the Privy Council. Not surprisingly, most of the letters in this collection are from Scottish and British politicians and other dignitaries, including a few foreign diplomats, several aristocrats, and minor royalty. The correspondence is generally private, rather than official in nature, often consisting of acknowledgements of Warrender's hospitality. Approximately half of the letters are dated, from between 1827 to 1839. Letters from soldiers include one from Sir Henry Fane, Commander-in-chief of the British Indian Army; and there are three letters from Admirals, including one from Thomas Bladen Capel, close friend of Nelson and one of the heroes of Trafalgar. The letter from Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester & Edinburgh, has a small piece torn (but extant) from one corner. Three letters are in French, including one from the Duc de Coigny. Politicians amongst the correspondents include two Prime Ministers, and at least two Foreign Secretaries (Henry, Lord Apsley, later Earl of Bathurst; and the Earl of Dudley). The short letter from Frederick John Robinson (Viscount Goderich, later Earl of Ripon), who briefly succeeded George Canning as Prime Minister after the latter's death in 1827, is dated 1839. A brief letter from Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, who twice served as Prime Minister later in the century, is undated. A letter from the incumbent Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Thompson, is dated 1829. Also included is a 2 page letter, complete with red wax seal, from William Huskisson (at that time Secretary of the Colonies), who is perhaps better remembered today as the world's first railway casualty. (He was killed in 1830 by George Stephenson's famous locomotive engine, Rocket).The unsigned letter, which is incomplete, is of a much later (early 20th century) vintage, possibly to another member of the Warrender family, and is loosely inserted near the front of the volume. Item #094498

Price: $2,500.00