Lot 13
  • 13

Ireland--Dorset, Lionel Cranfield Sackville, first Duke of.

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
91,250 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Three volumes of correspondence and papers concerning the government of Ireland,
the first two volumes (containing respectively 66 and 121 items) relating to the Lord Lieutenancy of the Duke of Dorset, 1731-37 and 1750-55 (the great majority dating from his second term), the third volume (88 items) containing Irish letters and papers received by Lord George Sackville Germain as Secretary of State for the American Colonies, 1775-82, comprising letters by senior political figures in Ireland and England as well as drafts and copies of letters sent, memoranda and notes, draft speeches, and other documents, the principal correspondents including: George II (Instructions to Dorset, signed and the head and initialled at the foot, 12 pages, folio, 24 December 1750); Thomas Waite, secretary to the lords justice, a series of 52 letters (including 7 unsigned letters) often sending news from Dublin when his political masters were in England (for example describing the collapse of Irish banks on 4 March 1755: "...The town was in great consternation yesterday on account of the shutting up the Banks of Wilcox and Dawson and of Lennox and French ... All the other Banks felt the effect of this Accident, and a most extraordinary Run there was upon them all yesterday morning..."), 1 June 1754 to 16 December 1779; John Hobart, Second Earl of Buckinghamshire, a series of 34 letters as Lord Lieutenant, writing to Lord George Sackville Germain often with special reference to Irish attitudes to the American Revolutionary Wars, 4 May 1777 to 20 October 178o; Dr George Stone, Archbishop of Armagh, 29 letters, mostly to Lord George Sackville, on the political struggle with the patriots in the 1750s, also a copy of a long and important letter to the Duke of Newcastle (29 pages, folio, 25 October 1754), 18 May 1751 to 17 May 1756; General John Irwin (7); Lord Holdernesse (6); Henry Pelham (5); the Duke of Newcastle (6); Robert Wilmot (3); John Hotham (3); Lord Hardwicke (2); the Earl of Rothes (2); Robert Walpole, 2 autograph letters signed, on his desire to repeal the test clause against dissenters ("...the Time seems not only very favourable, but the present occasion seems to call for all possible means of strengthning the Hands of the Protestant in Ireland..."), 4 pages, 23-30 December 1731; the Earl of Wilmington, discussing the philosopher George Berkeley ("...when Sir Robert [Walpole] on reading your Graces letter came to that part, where your Grace says that Dean Barkeley was looked upon as a Madman, he said, he always thought so..."), 4 pages, 15 February 1732; Lady Elizabeth (Betty) Germain; Lord George Sackville (5); and George Dodington; all 275 items mounted on guards in three volumes; foliated in pencil, 806 leaves in total; occasional nicks and tear, some items professionally conserved