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London Agust 19 85 Dearest Heart I cam hear yisternaight leat [late] and found Mr Wentworth wel but Madam Wentworth is at Fishlok [Fishlake] I am agoing to moro for <tur. er lr> to D il..nb<>lton and wil staie only one night and next daie in my bakcoming I wil wat upon my Ladie Key [Kaye] and the next daie I am god wiling for winson for I doe ashour you I wil neglect no taim [time] hear so that I maie heasten bak to you for god knoweth that to be with you is the only happiness of Dearest Lyf your afectionat and most loving I praie you let me hear from you and I…[rest lost] [on verso:] For the Countes of Eglintoun at Bretton hal to be left at the post hous of feribridg to be sent to Mr Thorolds in wakefild York Shier [on cover:] copied by Alexander Sinclair 24th April 1829
Letter from Alexander Montgomerie, 8th Earl of Eglinton to his (2nd) wife Grace, Countess of Eglinton (widow of Sir Thomas Wentworth, née Grace Popeley, d. 1698. Lady Kaye was of Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire, and was later to be Eglinton’s third wife, and he her fourth husband when aged over 90. A memorial stone for Francis Thorold (d. 1696) is on the floor of Wakefield Cathedral.