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[BECKFORD, Sir William]. [A manuscript memorandum book relating to Sir William Beckford].

[s.i.]. [s.n.], [1768].
Folio. Manuscript on paper. [24]pp of manuscript text, and a [35] unused pages. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers. Extremities rubbed, marked, and a trifle creased. Internally clean and crisp.
A manuscript memorandum book, in a two distinct legible hands, commencing 7th August and concluding 24th November 1768. The appointments, many of which deleted upon conclusion, make reference to advertisements to be printed in local newspapers, colleagues in possession of poll books, meetings with local residents, tradesmen, and dignitaries, allusions to an upcoming election and notes upon those who hold votes, including members of Westminster Abbey choir and a Charles Lowndes Esq. of Scotland Yard, who served as a guardian to the Foundling Hospital.

The entries were evidently made by aides to the 'Sir William' mentioned throughout. A recent pencilled note to verso of the upper wrapper states: 'The Librarian at the House of Commons thought it 'quite likely' that Sir William refers to Sir William Beckford 1709-1770 M.P. for the City of London in 1768.' Beckford served as M.P. for London from 1754 until his death, and as Lord Mayor of the City in 1762 and 1769. It would appear likely that this memorandum book was kept in the run up to the election which saw him installed as Lord Mayor for a second time.
£ 950.00 Antiquates Ref: 19354