ANNESLEY, Francis (1663–1750) lawyer & politician. ALS 1721 to Edward Southwell


ANNESLEY, Francis (1663–1750) lawyer & politician. ALS 1721 to Edward Southwell

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SALE SIR JOHN LOCKE’S ESTATE / PEACE WITH SPAIN 1721

ANNESLEY, Francis (1663–1750) lawyer and politician. Autograph letter signed to the Rt Hon Edward Southwell, 2 sides of a 4to bifolium with address panel (to Southwell “at Kings Weston near Bristoll”), October 19 1721, with Bishop Mark on reverse (partly torn away by opened seal), acknowledging receipt of items sent him, and informing him that he has sent drafts of purchase deeds relating to Sir John Locke’s estate, adding at the foot “Are not all Locks lands wth in ye Tything of Lawrence Weston yt are now to be sold”. He goes on to detail the administration of various documents relating to the Lafferre family, and closes with observations upon the Treaty signed with Spain “The Kg has ys day told his P. ye Great things he has done in concluding ye Peace with Spain, in ye North, & with ye Moors defies his people to take ye opportunity of Peace to improve Trade, to provide -?-  fumigators to prevent ye Plague, & will dispatch to give ye necessary supplys. An Address voted to thank him for his - ?- endeavrs for ye good safety of his people, for ye great things he has done for them, & to offer him that they will give ye necessary supplys with all cheerfulness & gratitude”.  Creases to head and foot, and a hole to the blank edge where the seal was broken. 

Francis Annesley was the first son of Hon. Francis Annesley of Castlewellan, He was called to the bar in 1690 and became a bencher in 1713. A successful lawyer he also entered politics and served as MP for Preston 1705–1708, and Westbury (Wiltshire) 1708–1715. He married firstly Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Joseph Martin in 1695; secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of John Cropley of Rochester in 1732; and thirdly Sarah, daughter of William Sloane in 1737 (brother of Sir Hans Sloane). Annesley’s correspondent was the politician and government official Edward Southwell (1671–1730), amongst whose offices held was the prestigious post of secretary of state for Ireland (1703-1730).

Reference to Locke is John Locke FRS (1632 –1704), the famous English philosopher and physician, who was born and brought up in Somerset. At the time of his death he owned freehold land in Somerset which was subsequently sold.

The “Peace with Spain” referred to, was a temporary peace treaty entered into by Britain, France and Spain in June 1721, the terms of which were laid before parliament in October. 

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