SIDMOUTH Henry Addington, Lord - Autograph Letter Signed 1809
Henry Addington Lord SIDMOUTH (1757-1844)
Autograph Letter Signed ("Sidmouth") to an unidentified gentleman, inviting him to dine the following Sunday and expressing his "earnest wish" regarding the outcome of an unidentified matter.
2 pages 8vo with integral address leaf, Richmond Park, 3 July 1809.
"I am very sorry to have missed the Pleasure of seeing you on Sunday, tho' the State of the Weather would not allow me to expect it with much Confidence. If you can favor me with your Company on Sunday next, I shall be happy to see you. We dine at five. On the Subject of our last Conversation I will at present only express my earnest wish that if any measures should be adopted respecting it, they will be such, as the great Body of Dissenters will deem reasonable, & approve . . ."
Sidmouth was one of the more reactionary Tory ministers of his day, declaring liberalism to be "nine times out of ten . . . cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle."
When Sidmouth became Prime Minister, George III offered him the deputy rangership of Richmond Park, and the residence of White Lodge, within its grounds.
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