Vol. 73: Correspondence of the Dukes of Richmond and Newcastle, 1724-1750


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Editor: Timothy J. McCann
Volume: Volume 73
Published 1983
ISBN: 978 085445 032 9

This is an edition of the surviving correspondence of the two Dukes, which is preserved among the Goodwood Archives in the West Sussex Record Office and the Newcastle Papers in the British Library. The letters, which can be read as an almost continuous narrative, centre on a number of major themes in national political history, and in particular on the War of Austrian Succession; the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion; the fall of Walpole; the rise and fall of Carteret; and the careers of the Pelham brothers. At the same time they are equally revealing about the local scene, as they depict the activities of two aristocratic magnates dominating their respective halves of the county of Sussex. Richmond’s career is well illustrated, as are county politics and society; the general elections of 1734, 1741 and 1747; and the important campaign against the smuggling gangs in the 1740’s.

Previously unpublished and little known, Richmond’s correspondence has been characterised by Professor L. C. Curtis in his Chichester Towers as “those wonderful unguarded letters to Newcastle, into which Richmond was wont to pack his horse sense, his sizing up of men, his humour, and so much of his affection”. In his Duke of Newcastle, Professor Reed Browning pointed out that “the Newcastle papers in the British Museum reveal Richmond as a racy correspondent whose unblushing epistolatory manner, in our own era of easier standards need no longer be confined to the archives.” The volume has an introduction chronicling the careers of the two Dukes; a chronology; and a comprehensive index.

The letters have been edited by Timothy J. McCann., Assistant Archivist at the West Sussex Record Office. For the past twelve years he has been responsible for the Goodwood Archives, of which he has an unrivalled knowledge

Crown Quarto: Cloth Binding: Laminated Colour Jacket; xxxix + 326 pages, index and 5 plates