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    William Eden, 1st Baron of Auckland, Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages of a bifolium, 7.25" x 9.25", Eden Farm [Beckenham, England]; August 30, 1797. A letter from Eden to an unnamed correspondent concerning the issue of silver coinage. In part: "I have already returned your Manuscript Book, in which there certainly is much excellent information upon a very difficult & important subject... They are expressed with great perspicuity, & both tend to the same result, except that in changing the relative value of our silver coinage, the one inclines to lower the standard fineness & the other to decrease the weight, of the coins..."

    Condition:
    The letter has horizontal and vertical folds, with cello tape repairs at integral fold as well as at margins of horizontal folds. With toning and scattered foxing, the fourth page has biographical notes on Eden written in pencil. That page has soiling and mounting remnants along right margin.


    More Information:

    William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland (1745-1814) was the son of Sir Robert Eden, 3rd Bart of Windlene Hall. He studied law at Christ Church, Oxford and subsequently served Great Britain as Under Secretary of State (1772), Commissioner on the board of Trade and Plantations (1776), and Chief Secretary for Ireland (1780). Eden served as a member of the Irish House of Commons (1781) for Dungannon.  In 1789 he became the 1st Baron Auckland, and the Auckland Islands are named after him. Eden published a few writings, among them the influential Principles of Penal Law (1771) and Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle (1779).



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