Sir Thomas Phillipps letter

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Address: Oxford. [To Edward Duke.] '... my thanks for the kind manner in which you express a wish to see my portion of the Wilts History in print. You will be gratified to hear that I have advanced to page 56 of the 2nd part of Aubreys Wilts [John Aubrey 'Natural History of Wiltshire'] ... & have this last week collected from the stores of Bodley some information which I did not before possess'. Mentions the expense of publication and the difficulty of selling works of local history. 'I am not so rich as our mutual & valuable friend Sir Richard Hoare to be able to spend & lose 2000 per annum for the mere pleasure of illustrating the History of Wiltshire. At the same time I have not wish to make it a profitable speculation for myself.' Says that he is happy to purchase a copy of Duke's book [probably 'Prolusiones historicae' (1837)].
Autograph, with signature.


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This document is inserted in William Stukeley 'Palaeographia Sacra' (1736) (presented by R H Melville Lee to E Duke) - Library classmark [G.L.] 1786. To request the document, please place an order for the volume, specifying that you wish to see the autograph letter AL259.

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