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[ Francis Humberston Mackenzie, 1st Baron Seaforth. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Seaforth') to James Cockburn Ross of Edinburgh, the regarding the planned sale of the Seaforth Estates at Lewis, Kintail and Lochalsh.

Francis Humberston Mackenzie (17544-1815), 1st Baron Seaforth [ Lord Seaforth ], Chief of the Clan Mackenzie who raised the 78th Regiment of Foot [ John Cockburn Ross of Rowchester, Edinburgh ]

Editorial: The first from Hereford Street London 13 July The second from Aberdeen 5 February 1800. The third from Portsmouth 11 February 1801, 1799
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All three items bifoliums in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: 13 July 1799. 2pp., 4to. Regarding his endeavours to sell 'the whole Estates of Lewis & Kintail & Lochalsh [.] either in Cumulo or Lots with a resolution to sell to the amount of the debt that is upon them'. He states that it has always been his 'wish & endeavour to satisfy any Creditor on the Seaforth Estate & the interest is paid with a punctuality not exceeded'. He complains of 'the singular hardship of the times'. (According to Seaforth's entry in the Oxford DNB, 'Mismanagement of his estates and his own extravagance involved him in inextricable embarrassments. When he wanted to sell the estate of Lochalsh his tenants offered to pay his debts if he would come and reside among them. But his improvidence rendered the expedient useless. Part of the barony of Kintail, the ‘gift-land’ of the house, was next put up for sale, a step the clansmen sought to avert by offering to buy it in, so that the lands might not pass to strangers. In deference to this feeling, the intended sale was postponed for two years.') TWO: 5 February 1800. 1p., 4to. Docketed: 'about Majority Of Easter [sic] Ross Volunteers'. Ross's letter made him 'very happy as nothing gives me more pleasure than to see the respectable part of the Country Gentlemen step out chearfully in times like the present for the purpose of upholding good order & maintaining the Kings & the Peoples invaluable [sic] rights'. He has sent Ross's name 'for His Majesty's approbation as Capn. of the Company & Major of the East Ross Volunteers'. THREE: 11 February 1801. 1p., 4to. Addressed on reverse, with broken seal in red wax and postmarks, to 'J. C. Ross Esqr. | of Rowchester | Edinburgh'. He apologises for being 'so harried' that 'Mr. Colin Mackenzie' had to answer his letter. He also assures him that he did indeed answer a previous letter, and that 'Mr. Anderson an intimate friend of Mrs. Braers & several of Mr. Sadleir's connections saw it & remembers it'. N° de ref. de la librería 16886

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Título: [ Francis Humberston Mackenzie, 1st Baron ...

Editorial: The first from Hereford Street London 13 July The second from Aberdeen 5 February 1800. The third from Portsmouth 11 February 1801

Año de publicación: 1799

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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