Autograph Letter Signed ('J Gurwood') from Major John Gurwood to 'Lady Elisabeth', the wife of Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay, describing her husband's mission to Lisbon, to negotiate the treaty granting independence to Brazil.

Colonel John Gurwood (1790-1845), British army officer, private secretary to the Duke of Wellington [Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845), his wife Lady Elizabeth Margaret (1789-1867)]
Publication details: 
Lisbon; 1 April 1825.

6pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of previous mounting. Gurwood has delayed sending 'a history of our proceedings', as Sir Charles wrote the day after the party's arrival in Lisbon. He describes their 'disagreeable passage', 'which Sir Charles and Lord Marcus treated with contempt, and were most provokingly well all the passage - we were however unanimous as to the impossibility of your having accompanied us for the inconvenience of a crowded ship, where all are more or less selfish, are really too great for a female passenger, whatever may be her rank'.

Autograph Letter Signed to Joseph Procter.

John Clayton, junior (1780-1865), Minister of Poultry Chapel, London
Publication details: 
29 December 1826; Devonshire Square.

Four pages, 12mo. Very good, with strip of brown paper adhering at the head. Text clear and entire. A long letter, casting light on the effects on the English middle classes of the financial crisis of 1825. Clayton begins by thanking Procter for the 'card case'. He 'will gladly do any thing that may fall within [his] power, to assist the Associate Fund', but does not think that he can 'do much'. 'The times are such, that Cases of <?> distress so multiply in our different communities, as to swallow up a large proportion of our pecuniary means'.

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