sandwich redecorating at hinchingbrook
The Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) was one of Captain Cook's greatest sponsors and the names of Hinchingbrook, nearby Brampton and Sandwich were given to islands in the south seas in recognition. The present letter was written in the period after 1751 when he was dismissed from the Navy Board, and passed twelve years at his home at Hinchingbrook, pursuing discreet affairs, cricket, yachting, punting and fishing.
He asks his correspondent to visit "... I should flatter myself you would approve of the alterations I have made, besides which I want to consult you about several family pictures, that are very valuable, only that I don't know who they are designed for. There are four heads by Sir P. Lely that I take to be four of Admiral Sandwich's sons, you will in all probability be able to tell me whether my idea in that particular is right."
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