A group of three autograph letters signed the first by Henry Richard Vassall Fox, Baron Holland “Vassall Holland,” the second by Alexander Hamilton Douglas, Duke of Hamilton ““Douglas and Clydesdale” and the last in the third person the Augustus Frederick Fitzgerald, Duke of Leinster. Catholic Emancipation.

Friends of Religious Liberty

A group of three autograph letters signed the first by Henry Richard Vassall Fox, Baron Holland “Vassall Holland,” the second by Alexander Hamilton Douglas, Duke of Hamilton ““Douglas and Clydesdale” and the last in the third person the Augustus Frederick Fitzgerald, Duke of Leinster.

N. P., Hamilton Palace and Jordans Hotel: 8, 5 and 3 February 1813.

3 pages, 2 pages, one page respectively. 1 vols. 4to. Friends of Religious Liberty. The first two to unidentified recipients, the last to Sir John Swinburne. Folded, some light browning, else very good. From the collection formed by Sir Melville MacNaghten, Assistant Commissioner of C.I.D., Scotland Yard and his daughter Lady Aberconway. Item #27388

Concerning a meeting of the Friends of Religious Liberty [or Freedom] who were backing the cause of Catholic Emancipation. Holland writes about the meeting, mentioning that he had spoken with Lord Lansdown about the matter and agreed that a meeting of Great Parliamentary names be present, under the sanctions of H. R. H. the Duke of Sussex if possible and that “the declaration should be cautiously drawn up, compirzing all the [ ] arguments & some general comprehensive principles on religious liberty including all seats–perhaps James Mackintosh might be [ ] to write the resolutions.” Hamilton's letter responds to a letter about the meeting on the 20th of the month regretting his inability to attend. The Duke of Leinster writes that he is unable to accept Sir John Swinburne's invitation to become a Steward to the Dinner given by the Friends of Religious Freedom as he will be in Ireland. Sir John Swinburne was the Third Baronet and head of an old Roman Catholic family.

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