Letters to and from Col. William Legge, transcribed from the originals in the possession of William Fourth Earl of Dartmouth, 1816-1817
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- Letters to and from Col. William Legge, transcribed from the originals in the possession of William Fourth Earl of Dartmouth, 1816-1817
- Bagot, William Bagot, Baron, 1773-1856
Manuscripts, in a single hand, containing copies of 373 letters arranged in chronological order and dated between 1641 and 1688, and extra-illustrated with many prints and drawings, primarily engraved portraits of the correspondents. The letters in the first volume are addressed to William Legge, and mainly discuss political and military activities, including tactics during the English Civil War; correspondents include Sir William Davenant and King Charles I. This volume also contains numerous letters concerning the marriage negotations of John Butler, 1st Earl of Gowran, the son of the Duke of Ormonde
The letters are annotated in red ink. The work is prefaced by a letter to William, 4th Earl of Dartmouth, by Bagot, Dartmouth's relative
The second volume contains letters addressed to Legge's son, George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, which primarily concern political affairs. Many letters are from James II, which refer to his exile and his attempts to return to England. Others mention the Rye House Plot; congratulate Dartmouth on becoming Master of the Ordinance; and discuss opposition to King Charles II. Several letters request Dartmouth's help in releasing Philip, Baron Wharton from the Tower
The third volume contains letters addressed to Baron Dartmouth, which primarily concern preparations for a naval resistance to the expected invasion by William, Prince of Orange. Letters include instructions from the Admiralty naming Dartmouth an Admiral of the fleet and instructing him to oppose William's landing; and letters from James II and Samuel Pepys providing rumors and information on the movements of William's fleet
The fourth volume contains 98 letters (copies) to and from George Legge, 1st baron Dartmouth, 1648-1691. Followed by papers written by Lord Dartmouth during his confinement in the Tower of London, and an appendix
Bagot, William, second Baron Bagot (1773-1856), was an antiquary. He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and of the Linnean, Horticultural, and Zoological societies. In 1824 he published Memorials of the Bagot Family. His second wife was Lady Louisa Legge, eldest daughter of his cousin the third earl of Dartmouth. He died in 1856 at his home in Staffordshire.
George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth (1647-1691) was a naval officer and the eldest son of William Legge.
William Legge (1609?-1670) was a royalist army officer and close associate of Prince Rupert, nephew of King Charles I.
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On title page: Letters To and From, Coll. Willm. Legge. Transcribed From the Originals, in the possession of William Fourth Earl of Dartmouth; at Sandwell, in the County of Stafford, during the Autum, and Winter of the years 1816 and 1817. by William, 2d. Lord Bagot.
Pasted opposite title page: hand-colored engraving of Col. William Legge.
Sticker inside front covers: No. 24B.
At beginning of 1st volume: table of contents of the prints and drawings.
Volume 3 includes blue silk page markers.
Binding: full calf; gilt and blind-tooled decoration. Armorial binding on cover.
In gilt on spine: Letters to and from George Ld. Dartmouth. MS.
- 4 38 x 23 cm vols. ;
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- Osborn fb190
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- Resource Type
- Subject (Geographic)
- Great Britain
- Subject (Name)
Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685.
James II, King of England, 1633-1701.
Rupert, Prince, Count Palatine, 1619-1682.
William III, King of England, 1650-1702.
Bagot, William Bagot, Baron, 1773-1856.
Dartmouth, George Legge, Baron, 1648-1691.
D'Avenant, William, 1606-1668.
Legge, William, 1609?-1670.
Pepys, Samuel, 1633-1703.
Wharton, Philip, 4th baron Wharton, 1613-1696.
Great Britain. Army.
Great Britain. Parliament.
Great Britain. Royal Navy.
- Subject (Topic)
Rye House Plot, 1683
Court and courtiers
Politics and government
Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685
James II, King of England, 1633-1701
Rupert, Prince, Count Palatine, 1619-1682
William III, King of England, 1650-1702
Bagot, William Bagot, Baron, 1773-1856
Dartmouth, George Legge, Baron, 1648-1691
D'Avenant, William, 1606-1668
Legge, William, 1609?-1670
Pepys, Samuel, 1633-1703
Wharton, Philip, 4th baron Wharton, 1613-1696
Great Britain. Army
Great Britain. Parliament
Great Britain. Royal Navy
Rye House Plot, 1683
Great Britain > Court and courtiers
Great Britain > History > Civil War, 1642-1649
Great Britain > Politics and government > 1625-1649
Great Britain > Politics and government > 1649-1660
Great Britain > Politics and government > 1660-1688
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- William Bagot, Copies of Letters to and from Col. Willm Legge. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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