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Lot 497/0214

SOLD Hammer price: €800, Estimate: €850-1250

First Earl of Inchiquin

O’Brien (Murrough), First Earl of Inchiquin (1614-1674).
A most interesting autograph letter, signed, 2pp., folio from London, 29th Dec. 1662, addressed ‘My Lord,’ discussing ‘the business of Portugall … I finde no mony can be had here only a letter will be sent to pay 6000 £ more on the accompte of the portion, but I hope France will send many suddenly and that by that means our men will be maytained there, if not I knowe not what will become of them, for I see nee hope that shipping can be had to bring them off soe soone as they are lyke to be in distress there…..’ He also discusses ‘the maner of Sir Edward Nicholas’s being eased of the burthen of his secretaryship,’ and other matters; and concludes with the news that ‘The Earl of Chesterifeld is gon into the Country for purpose to remove his Lady from the Court thither being Jealous of som advances made to her by His Royal Highness,’ etc. Endorsed rear in another hand.
* Murrough O’Brien, Lord Inchiquin, served with Strafford on the outbreak of the Rebellion of 1641, and became Governor of Munster. He submitted to Parliament 1644, but left for France after Cromwell’s landing in 1649. He was a member of the Royal Council in exile and created Earl of Inchiquin in 1654; after the execution of Charles I he became High Stewart of Queen Henrietta Maria’s household. After 1663 he returned to live quietly in Ireland. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)

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