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Uncommon letter written by Oliver Cromwell to be auctioned in Edinburgh



A uncommon letter written by Oliver Cromwell in 1648 will probably be offered at a web-based public sale in Edinburgh.

Within the letter, Cromwell discusses intimate household affairs resembling his son’s marriage and the destiny of his two youthful daughters.

The doc will probably be offered by public sale home Lyon & Turnbull on Wednesday September 28.

Cromwell led the Parliamentarian forces in opposition to the Royalists within the English Civil Warfare and oversaw the execution of King Charles I in January 1649.

A group of letters from well-known Victorian figures may even be offered. (Lyon & Turnbull/PA)

The letter is addressed to Cromwell’s good friend, Richard Norton, who served within the parliamentary military, a month earlier than Cromwell led English troops to a bloody victory over the Scots and Royalists on the Battle of Preston.

Cromwell requests that Norton talk his needs to his son’s future father-in-law, Richard Maijor.

Cromwell writes: “I want you to carrie this businesse with all privacie, I beseech you to doe soe as you like mee, let mee entreat you to not unfastened a day herein, that I could know Mr Maiors minde… I a lot depend on you.”

Bidding for the letter will start at £5,000 and is a part of Lyon & Turnbull’s uncommon books, maps, manuscripts and pictures sale on Wednesday.

Additionally featured is an album of 120 letters by a spread of Victorian figures together with: Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Robert Browning and William Holman Hunt.

One spotlight within the assortment is a letter by geologist Charles Lyall to the Scottish Lord Advocate mentioning a “geological appointment” with Sir John Lubbock and Charles Darwin.

Dominic Somerville-Brown, Lyon & Turnbull’s uncommon books, maps, manuscripts and pictures specialist, mentioned: “We anticipate worldwide curiosity on this explicit public sale, given the importance of those distinctive gadgets – together with Cromwell’s letter – and the 2 albums, which have been within the Kinnear household for generations.

“These essential paperwork and pictures seize the personalities and instances of a spread of vastly essential historic figures.

“It’s all the time the human tales and private touches which seize the general public’s creativeness.”

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