WALPOLE, Robert, first earl of Orford (1676–1745), prime minister. Autograph letter signed to Mr Dodington, 1 side 4to with integral blank, docketed, Whitehall October 10th 1723, telling his correspondent that “although the new vacancy, that has happen’d, may contribute to make us easy with regard to other people what concerns you was before as much determin’d as ‘tis my power to determine it, & I question not but upon ye King’s return you will immediately find ye good effects of it” and adding “I suppose Paul is with you, & as he is stout, I beg he will be merciful, & whatever havock he makes with yr game abroad I hope he will not be unconscionable in his recreations with in doors”. Paper with folds and creases.
Robert Walpole’s correspondent was the politician and diarist George Bubb Dodington (1690/91–1762), whose political career was on the ascendant in the early 1720s. Walpole’s own standing at the end of 1723 had never been higher with the Townshend–Walpole ministry being firmly established, and he saw in Dodington an useful ally with his recent appointments as lord lieutenant of Somerset and the clerkship of the pells in Ireland, plus a successful election campaign at Bridgwater. In April 1724 Walpole selected Dodington to join him at the Treasury board as a lord commissioner, succeeding Henry Pelham, the new secretary at war.