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YATE (Walter Honyford, b. 1779, of Bromesberrow, J.P. and D.L. for Gloucestershire, Political Writer)

Fascinating bound volume of 11 Autograph letters or Autograph Copy letters sent to Mary, Countess of Berkeley (c. 1767-1840), her son Colonel William Berkeley (1786-1857, later 1st Earl Fitzhardinge), or to their Solicitor in London J.R. Cocker, with 5 other Autograph Letter Signed or copy letters in support of Yate to Cocker or to Edward Bloxsome, the Berkeleys' solicitor in Dursley, concerning a MS 'Romance' which Yate had bought from Captain Thomas Ashe, the Irish writer and adventurer (1770-1835), intending to publish it under his own name, but realising it libelled Lady Berkeley, had offered to Lady B. for what he had paid Ashe, leading to threats of obtaining money from the Berkeleys with menaces, the correspondence traces Yate's protestations of innocence in trying to 'protect' Lady B., his rearguard action, final apology and delivery of the MS, also present are 2 printed items bearing Yate's name, the first dated June 1812 (altered in Yate's hand to March 1814) to 'Sir', on the face of it a circular letter, inviting comments on the 'Syllabus' on the conjugate sheet (not present), but with every appearance of blackmail,the second dated 1811 (again altered to March 1814) about Yate's book on Parliamentary Reform, the letters 32 sides 4to. (56 including blanks and addresses), the printed items 4 sides 4to. (plus 2 blank), old green boards, c. November 1813 - 22nd March one letter repaired without loss, occasional dust marks, stitching loose in places, spine defective

Item Date:  1814
Stock No:  51159      £3500

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YEUTTER (Clayton, United States Secretary of Agriculture)

Typed Letter Signed to George Macpherson, saying he is not sure if he can address the Oxford Farming Conference in January, 1 side 4to., Secretary of Agriculture's Office, Washington, 30th June neat filing hole

Item Date:  1989
Stock No:  13567      £15

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YEUTTER (Clayton, United States Secretary of Agriculture)

Typed Letter Signed to George Macpherson, regretting he cannot address the Oxford Farming Conference in January, 1 side 4to., Secretary of Agriculture's Office, Washington, 27th October neat filing hole

Item Date:  1989
Stock No:  13568      £15

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YORKE (Charles, 1722-1770, Lord Chancellor who drafted the Constitution for the Province of Quebec)

Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent, explaining that as Lady Leicester has engaged him and his wife to stay with her longer than they had originally intended so he will "not be able to reach Cambridge till Saturday ... I shall ride over to dine with you between two & three ... If the weather should prove as rainy, as it is now fair & settled in these parts, do not expect me. I read over all the pamphlets in my way hither, & would have added something upon them, if the post had staid long enough ... since the conclusion of my morning ride. I commend the discretion as well as weight of the reasoning in your book. The other pamphlets are able performances, but, in some place, err much in discretion at least to a Lay understanding ...", 2 sides 4to., Holkham, 26th September

Item Date:  1768
Stock No:  22551      £75

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