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WEMYSS, David. Letter to the right honourable the lord high chancellor of great britain, upon the present state of the scotch law of entail.

Edinburgh. Printed for Bell & Bradfute, 1822. First edition.
8vo. [4], 46, 2pp. With a half-title and a terminal advertisement leaf. Uncut, stitched, as issued. Half-title and verso of terminal leaf lightly dust-soiled, vertical crease to all leaves. Presentation copy, inked inscription to head of half-title; 'Marquis of Lothian / With most respectful compliments / from the Author.'
A rare survival of a letter by Scottish solicitor David Wemyss addressed to Lord Chancellor John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838) concerning the negative effects upon the people of Scotland caused by the law of entail (a limitation imposed upon the inheritance of property), which the Chancellor had lately suggested Legislature address. This copy presented to the Marquess of Lothian, presumably the sixth of that title, British Army officer and representative peer William Kerr (1763-1824).

COPAC records three copies (Glasgow, NLS, and Sheffield), OCLC adds no further.
£ 150.00 Antiquates Ref: 18960