[ Henry Vassall-Fox, Lord Holland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vll Holland.') to Rev. Matthew Marsh, Rector of Winterslow, including his own translations of his son Charles's Eton College Latin exercises, with his comments.

Henry Richard Vassall-Fox (1773-1840), 3rd Baron Holland [ Lord Holland ], Whig politician and man of letters [ Rev. Matthew Marsh (1769-1840), Rector of Winterslow, Chancellor of Salisbury Cathedral]
Publication details: 
Falmouth. 27 October 1808.
SKU: 19557

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. With frank carrying a Falmouth postmark and broken seal in black wax, addressed by Holland: 'Falmouth October twenty seven 1808 | Revd M Marsh | Winterslow | Salisbury | Holland'. A warm letter, filled with translations from Latin and Greek and comments thereon, beginning: 'Dear Marsh | Sic equidem absumo decipioque diem - | & that I might have no other amusement letters for me from Spain, in a packet from Coruna of a four days passage, went on last night in the mail & will probably return from London in less than a week when I hope to be in the place from whence they originally came. You will think that I chuse strange epigrams to translate but the fact is I take those which are Charles's lessons & are too hard for him to put into Latin. I have made the third line of those I sent you more literal - it should be [...]'. A page of translations from Latin and Greek follows, followed by Holland's commentary on his own work. The letter concludes: 'Can you as a married man attend to these things? - if they do not bore you very much a little criticism on what I send you would be particularly acceptable & particularly is not meant here to be pronounced with your Yorkshir ffriend's emphasis. Love from Lady H & Charles'. Charles Richard Fox (1796-1873), army officer and numismatist, was Fox's illegitmate son, and has his own entry in the Oxford DNB. Marsh was a friend of the Holland and Carlisle families. His obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine, October 1840, notes that he was 'tutor to many eminent persons, who have since distinguished themselves in public life, amongst whom may be named Lord Carlisle and Lord Holland'. The frank carries a pencil note 'Latin | for Sir R Harington', and the item derives from the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.