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Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne

Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne by Dorothy Osborne
By: (1627-1695)

A lively, interesting and important collection of 17th century love-letters written by an English lady, against the background of the Civil War and the Restoration

First Page:

THE LOVE LETTERS OF DOROTHY OSBORNE TO SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, 1652 54

Edited by Edward Abbott Parry

New York, 1901

TO MY DAUGHTER HELEN THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED EXEMPLI GRATIA

Editorial Note

It having been noted in the Athenaeum , June 9, 1888, that rumours were afloat doubting the authenticity of these letters, and that these rumours would sink to rest if the history of the originals were published, I hasten to adopt my reviewer's suggestion, and give an outline of their story. They are at present in the hands of the Rev. Robert Longe at Coddenham Vicarage, Suffolk, where they have been for the last hundred years. At Sir William Temple's death in 1698, he left no other descendants than two grand daughters Elizabeth and Dorothy. Elizabeth died without issue in 1772; Dorothy married Nicholas Bacon, Esq. of Shrubland Hall in the parish of Coddenham. Dorothy left a son, the Rev. Nicholas Bacon, who was vicar of Coddenham. This traces the letters to Coddenham Vicarage. The Rev. Nicholas Bacon dying without issue, bequeathed Coddenham Vicarage, with the pictures and papers therein, to the Rev... Continue reading book >>


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