[Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish politician, dandy and connoisseur.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C: H: & B.') [to Sir John Robison?], regarding a box 'for smoaking segars', and recipient's 'partiality for the banks of the Clyde'.

Alexander Hamilton (1767-1852), 10th Duke of Hamilton, 7th Duke of Brandon, Scottish politician, manuscript collector, dandy and connoisseur, son-in-law of William Beckford [Sir John Robison
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'Thomas's Hotel [i.e. Thomas's Hotel, Berkeley Square, London] | March ye 21st.' [1822]
SKU: 23239

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Thirty lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Part of the second leaf of the bifolium, detached, is endorsed 'Duke of Hamilton 21 March 1822'. The recipient's identity is presumed from the reference in the letter to 'Mrs Robison'. He thanks him for his 'obliging note' and 'the drawing of the [Kullicum?] for smoaking segars', which is a 'very kind attention on your part'. As he is '[f]earfull lest some accident should happen', he has 'desired that the box may not be forwarded to London'. 'I must suspend my curiosity untill my arrival at Hamilton Palace, when I shall immediately make a trial of a segar, thro' the medium of your kindness'. He rejoices to see from his letter that the recipient writes 'from the grove', and hopes that he has altered his plans, '& that you still retain your partiallity for the banks of the Clyde, & do not mean to abandon us for the charms of an Edinbro' residence'. An extended valediction includes his 'best compliments to Mrs. Robison'. Believing that he was the true heir to the throne of Scotland, Hamilton was buried, as the ODNB states, 'with oriental pomp (and a Presbyterian service), after the body had been embalmed, in an Egyptian sarcophagus, which was deposited in a colossal mausoleum erected near Hamilton Palace, in Lanarkshire'.