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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE EARLS OF CLARENDON

[Marriott, Sir James]
MEMOIRE JUSTIFICATIF DE LA CONDUITE DE LA GRANDE BRETAGNE, EN ARRÊTANT LES NAVIRES ETRANGES ET LES MUNITIONS DE GUERRE, DESTINÉES AUX INSURGENS DE L'AMÉRIQUE. T. HARRISON AND S. BROOKE, 1779
LOT SOLD. 313 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE EARLS OF CLARENDON

[Marriott, Sir James]
MEMOIRE JUSTIFICATIF DE LA CONDUITE DE LA GRANDE BRETAGNE, EN ARRÊTANT LES NAVIRES ETRANGES ET LES MUNITIONS DE GUERRE, DESTINÉES AUX INSURGENS DE L'AMÉRIQUE. T. HARRISON AND S. BROOKE, 1779
LOT SOLD. 313 GBP
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[Marriott, Sir James]
MEMOIRE JUSTIFICATIF DE LA CONDUITE DE LA GRANDE BRETAGNE, EN ARRÊTANT LES NAVIRES ETRANGES ET LES MUNITIONS DE GUERRE, DESTINÉES AUX INSURGENS DE L'AMÉRIQUE. T. HARRISON AND S. BROOKE, 1779
4to, FIRST EDITION, stab-stitched in contemporary paper wrappers, untrimmed, marginal tear to title page not affecting text, other minor nicks and tears, dust staining to first few leaves
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Provenance

This is one of 22 lots that have been removed from Holywell House, Hampshire, the home of the Villiers family, Earls of Clarendon. They chiefly relate to the life and careers of two contemporaries: Henry Hyde, Viscount Cornbury (1710-53), and Thomas Villiers (1709-86), created successively Baron Hyde of Hindon (1756) and Earl of Clarendon (1776).

Cornbury was the last heir to the Earldom of Clarendon that had been created for the statesman and historian Edward Hyde (1609-1674). Cornbury had Jacobite sympathies but was MP for the University of Oxford – with which his family had powerful connections – from 1732 until 1751. He became disillusioned with politics in the later 1740s and spent his final years in France. Cornbury counted Pope and Swift amongst his friends, and was himself the author of pamphlets and at least two plays (see lots 6 and 7). He died, unmarried, in Paris in 1753. Most of Cornbury’s property was inherited by his niece, Charlotte (née Capel). Thomas Villiers, second son of the Earl of Jersey, was her husband. Villiers had spent the 1730s and ‘40s as a diplomat mostly in the German-speaking world (none of his diplomatic papers are included in this offering) and, following his retirement from the diplomatic service, he entered government in the 1760s. As Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1771-82 and 1783-86), Clarendon was in Cabinet during the American War of Independence (see lots 14-19).

Literature

Adams, American Controversy, 79-70; Sabin 44869.

Catalogue Note

A defence of British policy in response to a protest from the Dutch Republic: the Dutch were selling arms so their shipping was harassed by Royal Naval ships enforcing an embargo against the rebels. According to a note in the 1801 reprint this original pamphlet was not published for public sale. RARE: only two copies have sold at auction since the 1970s.

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