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Letters of Thomas Ashe to Viscount Perceval, 3rd Earl of Egmont and his agents

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MS. Eng. c. 7284 fols. 31-57
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Comprises one original and 21 copy letters from Thomas Ashe to Viscount Perceval, 3rd Earl of Egmont, and his agents E. Templeman and C. Crandon, and a copy of a letter to Thomas Ashe from the agent for convicts at Portsmouth. In the original letter to Viscount Perceval, 10 Dec. 1813, Ashe summarises his early career, explaining his descent to gutter press writing, and requests money to enable him to become a respectable writer. The copy letters, 19 Dec. 1813-15 June 1814, are predominently pleas for financial assistance, but also include Ashe's thoughts on the liberty of the press and the effects of political calumny, in which he mentions having written under the name of Albion in Blagdon's Political Register. He also provides reports of his activities, including the production of a written work for Princess Charlotte concerning the principles of the British Constitution, and accounts of his troubles with the Home Department and the Treasury.


  • Creation: 1813-1814


27.0 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 7284 fols. 31-57

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CMD ID 15864


Letters of Thomas Ashe to Viscount Perceval, 3rd Earl of Egmont and his agents, 1813-1814.

Biographical History

Thomas Ashe (1770-1835) was born at Glasnevin, near Dublin, and became a writer following a short career in the army and several years of foreign travel. Throughout the present correspondence, Ashe attempts to prove that he is sincere in his wish to repent and improve himself, and writes of his intention to travel to Botany Bay, a plan he plainly does not wish to pursue and subsequently abandons, but which he is later forced to renew when alternative plans for opening a school and producing a weekly newspaper fail to raise the necessary funds.

Ashe was the author of several novels, memoirs, and political articles, including Memoirs of mammoth, and various other extraordinary and stupendous bones, of incognita, or non-descript animals... (Liverpool, 1806); Travels in America performed in 1806... (London, 1808); The spirit of 'the book'; or, Memoirs of Caroline princess of Hasburgh, a romance..., 1812; Memoirs and confessions of captain Ashe (London, 1815); and The charms of dandyism; or, Living in style, by Olivia Moreland (London, 1819). A full list of works available at the Bodleian Libraries can be found on SOLO. For further details of Thomas Ashe see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Bought, 10 Jan. 2008.

Letters of Thomas Ashe to Viscount Perceval, 3rd Earl of Egmont and his agents, 1813-1814 CMD ID 15864
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