Contents and Arrangement

2 Letters from Horace Walpole to the Duc de Niveruois, 1785 January 6-February 1

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected letters of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, and documents of his father, Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford. In a letter to Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, dated January 12, 1775, Walpole relates that he is closing the "Strawberry Hill" printing press due to health reasons. There are two letters from Walpole to the Duc de Nivernais, dated January 6, 1785, and February 1, 1785, thanking the Duke for his translation into French of Walpole's Essay on Modern Gardening and for allowing him to print it at Strawberry Hill. There is also a letter from Princess Amelia to Walpole, dated June 17, 1786, and endorsed by Walpole; and there is another letter to "My Lord," dated March 17 (n.y.)

Included are four documents signed by Robert Walpole: a warrant to pay Samuel Grice £400 on November 19, 1724, signed by Walpole and others; a warrant to pay £50 to Francis Earl of Godolphin, dated September, 1732; a warrant to pay Henry Beeston, dated May, 1734; and a warrant to pay John Pitt, dated August 14, 1739.

In addition, there are several illustations: a steel engraving of Horace Walpole at the age of ten, engraved by Samuel Smith, dated 1857; a wood engraved portrait of his father Robert by Thomas Chambars; and a stipple engraved portrait also of Robert Walpole, by Edward Harding.

Collection History


AM 14324

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

2 Letters from Horace Walpole to the Duc de Niveruois; Horace Walpole Family Collection, C1248, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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