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Lot 64


Thomas Masterman Hardy, Charles Bullen and Henry Digby, Bartelot's copy bound for annotation and addition, with pasted in letters, including pasted to a frontispage a letter apparently bearing the signature of Lord Nelson (as Duke of Bronte) to a Doctor, detailing his shame at a French Ambassador's carriage being dragged by "damned scoundrels"

Estimate: £500 - £1,000
Hammer price: £1,500
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

a hand-written letter from Sir Evan MacGregor, Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty and grandson of Admiral Hardy, the book published john Murray, Albermarle Street, London, 1906; together with a manuscript note, dated 15th May 1826, apparently in the hand of Admiral T.M. Hardy, recommending a Thomas Tomblinson, who served as one of the carpenters crew on board HMS Victory from May 1803 to January 1806, and a collection of further correspondence pertinent to the production of the book, including letters from each author sharing their despleasure at the conduct of the publisher

Provenance: The Bartelot Family Collection, mostly the property of Rev. Richard Grosvenor Bartelot FSA, Rector of Fordington, Dorchester 1907-1939, or his son Major R St G G Bartelot.

Grosvenor Bartelot was born in 1868 and went to Crewkerne Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford, in the 1880s. In the next two decades he served as curate at Corfe Castle, Anglican chaplain in Turin, and as the Bishop of Salisbury's missioner covering duties of other clergy all over Dorset. He became a noted antiquarian and genealogist and was elected FSA. Having been born a Bartlett, in 1898 he changed his name to the original Norman form, Bartelot. In 1906 he became Vicar of Fordington St George, Dorchester, and next year he married Evelyn, daughter of Alfred Pope Esq of South Court and Wrackleford House, founder of the Eldridge Pope brewery. Having retired in 1936 to Timsbury, Somerset, he died in 1947.

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