William Gilpin letter to Mr Kirkby, written from Cheam
The letter mentions Lord Dartmouth, whose sons were at Gilpin’s school at Cheam, and who circulated the manuscript of Gilpin’s tour to Cumberland and Westmorland amongst prospective subscribers, bringing it to the notice of King George III. The ‘papers’ referred to in this letter may be the manuscript for Gilpin’s Scottish Tour, or they may be the alternatives that Gilpin offered to Dartmouth (Kent and Sussex or Norfolk). The antiquary Richard Gough mentioned here was also a member of the inner circle amongst whom Gilpin’s manuscripts circulated.
- Creation: 2 Jan. 1777
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 25].
MS. Eng. c. 7903, fol. 25
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 6510
William Gilpin letter to Mr Kirkby, written from Cheam.
Biographical / Historical
For further biographical details of William Gilpin see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Ken Spelman, Jul 2010. Sponsored by Marian and Michael Elliott, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 15 Oct 2011.
- William Gilpin letter to Mr Kirkby, written from Cheam
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