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Letter to "My Lord" [Godolphin]

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P475


Political letter from Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax (1661-1715) to "My Lord" [i.e., Godolphin, Sidney Godolphin, 1st earl, 1645-1712].


  • Creation: August 9, 1705


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1 folder (4 pages (1 piece)) : Collation: Signed Halifax. Docketed.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Incipit: I return the Letters, w^ch your Lorship was pleased to put into my hands.

Summary of Contents: Returning letters with thanks; sorry the Settlement of the Succession could not be carried; the Scots Nation little disposed to a Union. The Queen has a strong party. Tackers and Act of Security. Your rule that the Queen should reward for merit not politics a good one; I trust you will implement it soon. Lord Somers concurs.

Letter written in Hertfordshire, England at Bellbar House.

Physical Location

MS P475

Custodial History

1. Godolphin heirs: i.e. descendants of his grand-daughter, Mary Godolphin, who married Thomas Osborne, 4th Duke of Leeds (1713-1789). 2. Sold at the Duke of Leeds' sale (during the lifetime of the 8th Duke), Sotheby, April 5-10, 1869, "Catalogue of an important collection of autograph letters & historical papers..." 3rd day, page 61, item 429. Summary and short quote; sold for £1/5/- to Boone.3. Thereafter location unknown until purchased by Spencer Research Library from Sotheby in 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Sotheby, 1975.

Guide to the Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax Collection
Letter to "My Lord" [Godolphin]
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1975. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Preferred citation
Letter from Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax, Department of Special Collections, MS P475, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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