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LONDON :
PRINTED FOR HIS MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE

BY MACKIE & CO. LD.

And to be purchased, either directly or through any Bookseller, from
EYRE AND SPOTTISWOODE, EAST HARDING STREET, FLEET STREET, E.C., and

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OLIVER & BOYD, EDINBURGH; or
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INTRODUCTION.

The papers forming this large and important collection are chiefly composed of letters, reports, and other official documents from and to Lord George Sackville, the 3rd son of Lionel, 1st Duke of Dorset.

There are family papers from 1706 to 1799 (p. 32), which contain letters from many persons of eminence, among them being the Electress Sophia of Hanover, Sir Spencer Compton, afterwards Earl of Wilmington, Robert, 1et Earl of Orford, the Earls of Halifax, Sunderland, Chesterfield, and Bristol, George Bubb Dodington, afterwards Lord Melcombe, Horace Walpole, and others, as well as from most of the members of the Sackville family. In other parts of the collection are to be found letters from Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, the Dukes of Cumberland, Gloucester, Marlborough, Newcastle, and Grafton, the Marquess of Hartington, the Earls of Bristol, Temple, Mansfield, Ligonier, Bute, Holderness, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire, Granville, Chesterfield, Hardwicke, Clanricarde, and Traquair, Lords North, Thurlow, and Sydney, and from Henry Fox, Sir H. Erskine, C. Townshend, William Pitt, Sir Robert Walpole, Dean Swift, Dr. Stone, Archbishop of Armagh, H. Pelham, William Eden, afterwards Lord Auckland, General Wolfe, Sir Jeffrey (afterwards Lord) Amherst, Richard Cumberland the dramatist, Sir Edward Walpole, and many others.

Among the papers not immediately connected with the public and official life of Lord George Sackville, is a very interesting bundle of letters and papers addressed to the Earl of Sunderland (Secretary of State) in 1685 by the Dukes of Somerset and Albemarle, the Earl of Feversham, Lord Lumley, and others, who were the chief actors in the quelling of the Monmouth insurrection (p. 1). They are believed to have come to Drayton through the Bateman family, the first Lord Bateman having married Lady Anne Spencer, granddaughter of the Earl of Sunderland, while the second Lord married Miss Sambroke, sister to Lady George Germain, which was the name afterwards

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