Description: In this Dec 1st, 1842 letter, Agnes Strickland, an accomplished biographer working on a biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, thanks [Mr. Devan]for his responses to her queries. She writes that she would be “very glad to have a transcript of the copy of the letter from the Lords of the Council of Scotland to Queen Mary specifying the delivery of her goods to her procurator and especially if there be an inventory of these . . .” She offers to pay for a transcription of the letter in “modern orthography” and to send a copy of her new volume of the Letters of Mary, Queen of Scots. She also reassures him: “Never mind the anger of the Goths and Vandals you have done the duty of a good man and true in standing up for the truth and fighting for the defence of the sacred memorials of the past and all historians are bound to honour you for the part you have taken. . .” The letter is signed “Your faithfully obliged/Agnes Strickland.”
The fourth page of the letter bears a correction, in a different hand, regarding a misprint of a date in a previously printed document. It is initialed “E. S.”--most likely Elizabeth Strickland who wrote with her sister.
The letter is on four sides of a folded 8”x10”white paper from Reydon Hall, Wangford, Suffolk. Item #A01103.
Agnes Strickland (1786-1874) was an English poet and biographer. She is best remembered for her biographies: Lives of Queens of England; The Letters of Mary Queen of Scots; Lives of the Queens of Scotland.
Condition: Short separations at the top and bottom of the fold, two small remnants of hinging tape on last page (does not affect text), generally in good condition.