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Letter: dated at Queen Anne Street 23.10.1846 Torn

Envelope: addressed to Wethered dated 14.10.1844 Good
CONTENTS:

He replies to Wethered’s request to paint him a landscape of English scenery, but seems upset and in a great hurry. He does not make himself very clear to anyone not knowing the content of Wethered’s letter. Due to past failures (?to please) the subject must be fixed.. He is concerned about the high price of the copyright on pictures by Landseer and Mulready.


344



VALPY
FIRST NAME/S: Abraham John
DATES: 1787 - 1854
OCCUPATION: Editor/Printer/Publisher
NAME OF RECIPIENT: S. Lahee esq.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He published either under his own editing or under the supervision of some scholar, numerous works of classical literature. From 1822 - 1825 he brought out the periodical “The Museum”. He sold his business and retired to private life in 1837.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.330
FORMER REFERENCE: II.56
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at RLC 20.10.1833 Good
CONTENTS:

Regrets that they cannot agree and wishes to pay his expenses. Is grateful for his time spent granting frequent interviews. Sends apologies to Mr. Whelps for his rash words.



345

VANSITTART
FIRST NAME/S: Nicholas 1st Baron Bexley
DATES: 1766 - 1851
OCCUPATION: Chancellor of the Exchequer 1812 - 1823
NAME OF RECIPIENT: The Rev. J. W. Cunningham
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

The remarkable feature in his political career is that he held for 12 years the office of chancellor though possessing no special qualifications at perhaps the most difficult financial period in English history. Despite his weak points as a financier he could justly boast that he left the country in possession of a surplus revenue of 7 million pounds.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.331
FORMER REFERENCE: V.71
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Downing Street 8.1.1820 Good
CONTENTS:

Thanks his recipient for the sermon which he sent him. He had already had his attention drawn to it and has since recommended it to others.



346

VERONESE (Caliari)
FIRST NAME/S: Paolo
DATES: 1530 - 1588
OCCUPATION: Italian Painter
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 3. Gaudini of Tavisa (his patron)
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born in Verona he settled in Venice in 1555 where he came to rank with Titian and Tintoretto. The Church of San Sebastino in Venice contains many of his pictures. He visited Rome in 1560 after which he painted his major works which brought him before the Inquisition for trivialising religious subjects.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.332.1 (FILM 22: 8)

332.2 (FILM 18: 2)

332.3

332.4
FORMER REFERENCE: I.48 & 49


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 4
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Lines in Italian unsigned and mounted on a card Good

2. Auctioneer’s Document Cover Good

3. Letter: in Italian dated 29.12.1578 Stained/ Repaired

4. Auctioneer’s Document Cover Good
CONTENTS:

1. Awaiting translation.

2. Lot 260, Puttick and Simpson, 8.7.1847

3. Awaiting translation.

4. Lot 259, Puttick and Simpson, 8.7.1847, £2 10s

347

VIARDOT
FIRST NAME/S: Mde. Pauline
DATES:
OCCUPATION: Unknown
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. Chas. Dickens

2. Mrs. Dickens


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.333.1

333.2a + b
FORMER REFERENCE: VI.54
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: In French dated at Rue de Douai 6.1. 1856 Good

2. Letter: In French undated from the Rue de Douai Good

3. Envelope dated at Paris 5.11.1849 Good


CONTENTS:

1. An invitation to himself and his wife to meet George Sand at her house the following Saturday evening.

2. Awaiting translation.

348

VICTORIA
FIRST NAME/S: Victoria
DATES: 1819 - 1901
OCCUPATION: Queen and Empress
NAME OF RECIPIENT:
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

The only child of George III’s fourth son, Edward Duke of Kent. Crowned queen in 1838. Married her cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840.The Victorian age came to be synonymous with a revival of public morality. After Albert’s death in 1861 Victoria went into a long seclusion. The marriages of her 9 children had important diplomatic as well as dynastic implications in Europe. She was the longest reigning English monarch


REFERENCE: WISFM 1882.24
FORMER REFERENCE: VI.55
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Piece cut from a letter Good

Not part of the CHT Collection. Presented to the Wisbech and

Fenland Museum by Mr. W. M. Davies of Islington.
CONTENTS: Signature only.


349

VIEUXTEMPS
FIRST NAME/S: Henri
DATES: 1820 - 1881
OCCUPATION: Belgian Violinist and Composer
NAME OF RECIPIENT: C. H. Townshend
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.334 (FILM 51: 9)
FORMER REFERENCE: VI.56
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Music Score: dated at La Haye 11.7.1845 Good
CONTENTS:

Fantaisie Norma: 3 bars, to Mr. Townshend, with signature.

350

VOLTAIRE (Arouet)
FIRST NAME/S: François Marie
DATES: 1694 - 1778
OCCUPATION: Writer and Philosopher
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. M. Gabriel Cramer of Geneva

2. Unknown man

3. Le Comte Algaroti of Bologna
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

His ideas were an influence on the intellectual climate leading up to the French Revolution and his writings the embodiment of the age of Enlightenment. He made enemies in court and spent 1726-29 in England. From 1750-53 he was in Berlin at the invitation of Frederick the Great. From 1755-1778 he settled in Geneva but after that he returned to Paris as a celebrity.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.335.1

335.2


335.3

FORMER REFERENCE: II.70 & II.70A


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: in French undated Good

2. Letter: in French undated from Pranguin par Lyon Fragile/Damaged

3. Letter: in French dated at Ferney 26.7.1763, signed ‘V’ Good

Supplementary document: Voltaire as Correspondent
CONTENTS:

1. Awaiting translation.

2. Awaiting translation.

3. Informs him that the Venetian Embassy, on their way to England, is staying at his house. Suggests a visit from the Count. If he had health and youth he would go to him.



35

WALTER
FIRST NAME/S: ? Walter
DATES:
OCCUPATION: Unknown
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Dr. Aglietti (later physician to Lord Byron and his daughter.)
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.336 (FILM 18: 3-4)
FORMER REFERENCE: III.74
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: dated at Undine 17.9.1809 Good
CONTENTS:

He regrets having been away every time he has visited and eulogises on this country place, Udine, where he is living so close to Venice. The cold dry weather just suits his digestion and his lame leg. He ends with an invitation to breakfast with him in Venice.



352

WAPPERS
FIRST NAME/S: Egide Charles Gustave
DATES: 1803 - 1874
OCCUPATION: Belgian Painter
NAME OF RECIPIENT: H. Leys

C. H. Townshend

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.337.1

337.2
FORMER REFERENCE: VI.57


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Note: in French, undated Good

2. Note: in French, undated Good
CONTENTS:

Awaiting translation.



353

WARD
FIRST NAME/S: Edward Matthew
DATES: 1816 - 1879
OCCUPATION: Historical Painter
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. 2. & 3. C. H. Townshend
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

His attempts to exhibit at the Royal Academy were unsuccessful so he went to study in Rome for 3 years. He returned home and from 1840 to the time of his death he was a constant exhibitor and his pictures were very popular. In 1853 he was commissioned to paint 8 historical pictures for the corridor of the House of Commons. His paintings appealed strongly to the taste of his own day which greatly favoured Historical genre-painting.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.338.1

338.2


338.3
FORMER REFERENCE: V.72
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter + envelope: dated at Notting Hill, 10.6.1859 Good

2. Letter + envelope: dated at Notting Hill, 14.6. 1859 Good

3. Letter + envelope: dated 14.5.1860 Good


CONTENTS:

1. Wishes to visit him an hour earlier the next day than previously arranged

2. Encloses a print of Charles I and Henrietta Maria and expresses a wish to see the document referred to by Townshend.

3. Acceptance of invitation.


354

WATTS
FIRST NAME/S: Isaac
DATES: 1674 - 1748
OCCUPATION: Hymnologist/Nonconformist Minister
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Philip Dodderidge
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He trained for the ministry at The Dissenting Academy Stoke Newington and was appointed as an Independent minister at Mark Lane London in 1702 becoming eminent as preacher and hymn writer, giving hymn singing a fervent devotional force it had never previously had.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.339.1

339.2


339.3

FORMER REFERENCE: I.51


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: mounted on card, dated at Newington 17.1.1741 Fragile

2. Frontispiece of a book: dated 1782, mounted on card Good

3. Print of an engraving: dated 1722, mounted on card Good


CONTENTS:

1. Has sent him the 4 tables of Chronology badly packed. The cost of carriage is to go to his account. He will attempt to help the girl referred to in Dodderidge’s letter and will contact her.

2. Title: The Beauties of the Late Revd. Dr. Isaac Watts; containing the most striking and admired passages and works of that justly celebrated divine, philosopher, moralist and poet: equally calculated for the communication of polite and useful knowledge and the increase of wisdom and happiness. To which is added the life of the author; + small round portrait, printed engraving

3. Portrait of Watts “...Musas colimus severiores.”




355

WELLESLEY
FIRST NAME/S: Arthur
DATES: 1769 - 1852
OCCUPATION: 1st Duke of Wellington
NAME OF RECIPIENT: The Rev Henry Jackson of Wisbech
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Aged 18 he purchased a commission in the army. In 1796 he went with his regiment to India where he distinguished himself. He was knighted on his return to England in 1805. In 1808 he was given the command of a task force to attack the French in the Iberian Peninsula. A cautious and brilliant commander he remained undefeated throughout the war. He was elevated to the peerage and in 1814 created Duke. Had gained his most famous victory at Waterloo, 18th June 1815. He was Prime minister from 1828-1830 but his military experience had not well equipped him for the compromises of political life.


REFERENCE: WISFM 1911.22
FORMER REFERENCE: V.73
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: in the 3rd person, unsigned, dated at London 11.2.1843 Good

Not part of the C. H. Townshend Collection


CONTENTS:

The Duke of Wellington presents his Compliments to Mr Jackson. He recommends him to address himself to the first Lord of the Treasury or the Secretary of State for the Home Dept. or the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Duke of Wellington is a person very uncommon in these times who is not in the habit of interfering in affairs over which he has no control.




356

WELLINGTON
FIRST NAME/S: Arthur, Duke of
DATES: 1769 - 1852
OCCUPATION: Field Marshal/Prime Minister (1828 - 1830)
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1.Thomas Campbell (poet)

3. Messrs. Barnard & Watson

4. Duchesse de Borghé
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Aged 18 he purchased a commission in the army. In 1796 he went with his regiment to India where he distinguished himself. He was knighted on his return to England in 1805. In 1808 he was given the command of a task force to attack the French in the Iberian Peninsula. A cautious and brilliant commander he remained undefeated throughout the war. He was elevated to the peerage and in 1814 created Duke. Hed gained his most famous victory at Waterloo, 18th June 1815. He was Prime minister from 1828-1830 but his military experience had not well equipped him for the compromises of political life.
REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.340.1

WISFM 2003.35.340.2

WISFM 1857.12

WISFM 2003.35.340.3


FORMER REFERENCE: I.50; II.69
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 4
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated 27.3.1841 Good

2. Auctioneer’s document cover Contains alteration

3. Letter: dated 3.8.1842 Good

4. Letter: in French dated at Paris 10.4.1818 Good/Faded
CONTENTS:

1. He requests that Campbell send him another statement of what he owes him as he cannot find his scrap of paper or recollect its contents.

2. Lot 269, Puttick and Simpson, 8.7.1847

3. Written in the 3rd person thanking Mr. Watson for his note and the information therein.

This letter is not part of the C. H. Townshend Collection

4. Awaiting translation.



35

WESLEY
FIRST NAME/S: John
DATES: 1703 - 1791
OCCUPATION: Evangelist and Founder of Methodism
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. Mrs. Clark, care of Mr. Knaps the glover.

2. Mrs. Knaps

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He studied at Oxford and was ordained priest in 1728. He became a fellow and lecturer in Greek. After a failed missionary journey to Georgia, USA he experienced an assurance of Salvation during the reading of Luther’s preface to the Romans at a meeting. This convinced him he must bring the same assurance to others. His zeal alarmed the clergy who closed their pulpits against him. This drove him to preach in the open air and his thousands of converts were formed into the first Methodist congregations.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.341.1

341.2
FORMER REFERENCE: VI.68; VI.67


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated near Edinburgh 1.6.1782 Repaired

2. Letter: dated 1.8.1789 Fragile
CONTENTS:

1. He is glad to hear that the Select Society increases. If these continue steadfast and alive to God they will enliven the rest. He loves her little girls and wishes they knew the Saviour.

2. Mr. Collins was sent to you by the special providence of God with orders to comfort your heart and lift up your heads. Receive it as a token for good and as a fresh proof of his favour. “Trust Him and you shall praise …”(blotted over)
35

WESTALL
FIRST NAME/S: Richard
DATES: 1765 - 1836
OCCUPATION: Historical Painter
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. The Rev. C. B. Taylor of Hadleigh

2. Hessey, the Publisher


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

He became an Academician in 1794 but about this time he took to illustrating books which became his main occupation throughout his life. A large number of his pictures were engraved, the best known being a portrait of Byron. His last professional engagement was as drawing and painting instructor to the princess Victoria.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.342.1 (FILM 18: 5-6)

342.2
FORMER REFERENCE: IV.69


NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated at London 20.7.1822 Good

2. Letter: undated from South Crescent Good
CONTENTS:

1. He will have great pleasure in making the required drawing. He has selected the fourth on the list as his subject. He is leaving London on the 30th of the month. If he wishes to give further instructions “which the Tale itself does not supply” he should do so by return of post.

2. He has been ill for a fortnight and was unable to visit him yesterday as intended. Could Mr. Hessey call on him between 12 and 3 the next day?

359

WHATELY
FIRST NAME/S: Richard
DATES: 1787 - 1863
OCCUPATION: Archbishop of Dublin (1831 - 1863)
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 1. Dr. Elliotson

2. Presumably Dr. Elliotson

3. Curate of Halesworth

4. Dr. Elliotson


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Graduated MA from Oriel College, Oxford in 1812 after which he took holy orders. He obtained a D.D. in 1825 and 6 years later advanced to the archiepiscopal see in Dublin where he remained until his death. He was an opponent both of The Oxford Movement and Calvinism. He minimised theology altogether and was a keen believer in the powers of mesmerism, a fact left out of his official biography.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.343.1

WISFM 2003.35.343.2

WISFM 1930.23.1

WISFM 2003.35.343.3


FORMER REFERENCE: III.75; V.74
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 4
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Letter: dated at Slough 10.7.1851 Good

2. Letter: dated at Dublin 20.4.1855 Good

3. Letter: dated at Alban Hall [Oxford] 29.10.18 ?

[between 1825 & 1831] Good

Not the CHT Collection. Presented to the Wisbech and

Fenland Museum by Miss K. E. Wells 18.7.1930

4. Letter: dated at Slough 30.5.1851 Good


CONTENTS:

1. Points out the truth of what he predicted re Dr. Maitland. Complains that Blackwoods magazine always takes the wrong side pronouncing all Magnetism an illusion. He is to meet Sir T Wiltshire who is a zealous magnetiser. He refers to the healing (presumably by Mesmerism) of blindness in Betty Tovle after 27 years and comments (in French): he who laughs last laughs longest.


2. Refers to a remarkable cure by Mr. Peed. Their dispensary is at a standstill for want of operators. Many converts [to Mesmerism]. The Lord Lieutenant has long been one. Mentions a case of a somnambulist.

3. Regrets losing him as a tenant but is more regretful at the possibility of losing him as a curate at Halesworth. He will try to make arrangements to help him and hopes to see him at Christmas. He gets news of him from time to time from Harriet Pizzey.

4. He accepts the position of [president] of the [London] Mesmeric Infirmary which he would not see going into untrustworthy hands. He has hopes for more than immediate relief of patients in the future in the way of training and in the discovery of medical clairvoyants. He inquires about possible cures which Elliotson might have seen.


360

WHITE
FIRST NAME/S: Henry Kirke
DATES: 1785 - 1806
OCCUPATION: Student Poet
NAME OF RECIPIENT: nil
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Son of a butcher and an educated mother. Signed his articles with a firm of lawyers who noticed his promise and advised him to learn Latin, which he did as well as Greek, Spanish and Portuguese. He sent poems to “The Perceptor” and the “Monthly Mirror”. Made up his mind in 1802 to go to Cambridge and to take Holy Orders. He published Clifton Grove a sketch in verse with other poems, in order to finance his studies. The book came to Southey’s notice and he took an interest in White’s career. Charles Simeon, impressed by White’s piety, obtained him a sizarship at St. Johns which he entered in 1805 and distinguished himself in classics. His health broke down and he died in his college rooms in 1806. Southey wrote with enthusiasm of his poetic genius in The Remains which was well received and passed through 10 editions by 1823. It is possible that CHT obtained these fragments directly from Southey.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.344.1 (FILM 18: 7-8)

344.2


344.3
FORMER REFERENCE: III.7
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 3
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Draft MS: With many corrections. No title. Fragile/Roughly repaired

4 Pages incomplete. No signature or date.’Kirke White’

pencilled in top right corner by CHT.

2. Fragment: Unsigned and undated. Good

3. Card Good


CONTENTS:

1. A fictional tale set in Wales

2. Part of a tale heavily corrected. On the reverse are incomplete notes and part of a heavily corrected draft of a poem set in Clifton Grove.

3. The following written in ink in two hand writings: “R.Gee / Coll Regin/ Cantab. & declit H.K. White/ Coll:div;/ Johan:/ Cantab “


361

WILBERFORCE
FIRST NAME/S: William
DATES: 1759 – 1833
OCCUPATION: Politician/Evangelist/Philanthropist
NAME OF RECIPIENT: Robert Southey
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Became an MP in 1780 after studying at Cambridge. In 1788 he began the movement which resulted in the abolition of the slave trade in the British West Indies in 1807. He then sought to secure the abolition of all slavery. He died in London one month before the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act. His evangelical beliefs led him to urge the aristocracy to give a moral lead to the poor. He promoted many schemes for the welfare of the community.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.345
FORMER REFERENCE: III.77
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Note: undated Good
CONTENTS:

Reply to Southey’s invitation to go up Skiddaw. The whole household is disappointed to refuse but they have an arrangement to go with the Beaumonts into Borrowdale .He would like to join his party with Southey and Mr. Townshend on the first fine day for any suggested plan he might have.



362

WILKINSON
FIRST NAME/S: James John Garth
DATES: 1812 - 1899
OCCUPATION: Homeopothist and Swedenborgian Scholar
NAME OF RECIPIENT: C. H. Townshend
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Already an MRCS he established himself as a homeopathic doctor in Wimpole Street. He was awarded the honorary degree of MD from the University of Philadelphia. He had the temperament of a mystic. Introduced at an early age to the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg he became a member of the Swedenborg Society in London. From 1839 he gave his energies to promoting and translating Swedenborg’s works. He enjoyed the esteem of Emmerson and Henry James snr. In the USA and was intimate with Carlyle, J.A.Froude, Dickens, Tennyson and the Oliphants in England. He travelled on the continent and in America and versed in Icelandic and Scandinavian. He was an active opponent of vaccination.


REFERENCE: WISFM 2003.35.346.a + b.
FORMER REFERENCE: III.78
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 1+ envelope
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

Letter: sent from Bedford Square, envelope dated 10.5.1841 Good
CONTENTS:

Accepting the invitation to meet next Tuesday. He wishes to have a long conversation with CHT and invites him to visit his home before his departure. ? abroad



363

WILLIAM IV
FIRST NAME/S: William
DATES: 1765 - 1837
OCCUPATION: Duke of Clarence; King of England from 1830 - 1837
NAME OF RECIPIENT: 2. Unknown
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

King of Great Britain and of Hanover, third son of George III. Known as the Duke of Clarence before his accession in 1830 when he was called the sailor king having been in the navy from 1779-1828. He did much to obstruct the passing of the 1st Reform Bill and was the last monarch to use perogative powers to dismiss a ministry with a parliamentary majority in 1834 when he sacked the Whigs under Melbourne.


REFERENCE: 1. WISFM 1942.11.2 (FILM 21: 5-6)

2. WISFM 2003.35.347


FORMER REFERENCE: VI.58 & 59
NO. OF DOCUMENTS: 2
TYPE OF DOCUMENT/S: CONDITION:

1. Free pardon. Under the sign manual of William IV, dated 30.3.1833. Good

Counter signed by Lord Melbourne.

Not CHT Collection

2. Letter: sent from Bushy House. Watermark date 1813 Damaged/Torn in half

when the Duke of Clarence was Admiral of the Fleet

CONTENTS:

1. For a prisoner condemned at Ely to be transported for life for sheep stealing.

2. Reply denying any help to an officer of the fleet who had been paid off.


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