Autograph Letter, signed ("A. Kepppel"), to his brother-in-law in London, Robert Adair ("My Dear Adair"). Augustus Keppel, Viscount.

Autograph Letter, signed ("A. Kepppel"), to his brother-in-law in London, Robert Adair ("My Dear Adair").

Elden Hall [Suffolk].

20 Sept. 1774. 2-1/2 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Separating at fold, some old tape marks but very good. Item #244636

Admiral Keppel (1725 -1786), 1st Viscount, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, fought in the Seven Years War and the American Revolution during which he served as First Lord of the Admiralty, despite his sympathy for the American cause. He was also a Member of Parliament where he belonged to the opposition party of "Rockingham whigs", led by his cousin Charles Lennox, Duke of Richmond. In 1779 he was court-martialed and, in a famous trial, fully acquitted of charges brought against him by his rival, Palliser. Writing from the family home in Suffolk, he writes to his brother-in-law:

"My dear Adair,

"....I have great content in my quiet here from the civility I meet from her Ladyship & the very pleasing satisfaction I have in seeing the young lad so promising a boy. He is handsome stout & good humoured & I think Lady Albemarle's mode of educating in this moment is excellent..."

Keppel suffered from the lingering effects of a fever contracted in Havana during the siege of 1762, and here he writes, "My complaints have (for this season only I hope) taken away the keenness I had for shooting. I have just gone out to see my dogs hunt two or three times. It carries me into the Air, which has its advantage. Elden has agreed with me tolerably well, at least my pains have been considerably less ever since being here, than they have been the whole summer ..."

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