First Refusal of a Pack of Hounds

Autograph Letter, Signed (“Darlington”), Proposing to Buy the Foxhounds of Sir Rowland Winn.

Lower Grosvenor Street, London: 16 March 1759.

1-1/2 pages on a single sheet, with retained copy on half sheet. 2 vols. 4to. First Refusal of a Pack of Hounds. Old folds. Item #264011

Henry Vane (1726-1792), second earl of Darlington, writes to Sir Rowland Winn (c. 1706-1765), 4th baronet, at Nostell Priory: “Mr. Charles Pelham … told me that you had mentioned to him your intention of parting with your hounds, from the great scarcity of game in your conutry. I have had an opportunity of learning the goodness of your breed of hounds, & if you should dispose of them, I beg to have the Refusal. If likewise Sir Rowland you should at the same time chuse to part with your Huntsman and &Whipper In, if you could recommend them, I would be glad of them with the hounds. …”

With Sir Rowland’s retained copy of his non-commital reply (in part): “I shall most certainly dispose of them and should they not stay in my county I will most certainly acquaint your Lordship with it so that you may have my Refusall …” (bottom portion of leaf torn away, with loss to signature).

Correspondence concerning hounds, from the second earl of Darlington. His son, William Vane, was the third earl, later the first duke of Cleveland, who formed the famed Raby Hounds at his seat in county Durham.

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