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GARROW William - Autograph Letter Signed 1814

  • £450.00

William GARROW (1760-1840)

Autograph Letter Signed (“W. Garrow”) to “Dear Madam” [Mrs. Leyson], responding to her enquiry about the health of “poor little Samuel” and commenting that “The Park Guns are now firing for Peace with Denmark”.

1½ pages 4to, Great George Street, 25 January 1814.                      

I have forwarded yours to Miss Leyson just received – I am much obliged by your kind enquiries and good wishes - when I left Pegwell this day week poor little Samuel was somewhat better but he is most amazingly reduced and if it shall please God to spare him to us it will be very long before he recovers himself – My Daughter writes daily without fail but today I have no letter – the snow in some parts of the Road from Canterbury is 16 feet deep in the roads and quite impassable for carriages – such a Season has not been known in the Isle of Thanet for 30 years. . . The Park Guns are now firing for Peace with Denmark.

Garrow, who achieved renown while still a young man as an outstanding barrister, entered Parliament in 1805 and was appointed Attorney General in 1813. He made important contributions to the development of the advocacy system and introduced the phrase “innocent until proven guilty.” At one time a friend of Charles James Fox, he later aligned himself with Burke and Pitt.

Denmark had been in a state of war with Britain since the bombing of Copenhagen in 1807. The Treaty of Kiel, signed in January 1814, brought peace, but with terms severely unfavourable to Denmark, which was staunchly pro-French throughout the wars.


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