Letters describing life in England, 1790.

Physical Description:
1 v. (127 leaves) ; 25 cm.
Notes:
Purchased from Myers, January 1952.
In French.
Binding: full calf.
Abstract:
Manuscript, in a single hand with numerous corrections, of a collection of 15 letters describing life in England, translated into French, possibly from German. The letters discuss English lotteries; the proliferation of newspapers; the constitution and the difficulty of reconciling ideology with practice; Parliamentary elections; literary societies; and the nobility. One letter describes and deplores the cruelty of amusements such as hunting, cock-fighting, and "combats des gladiateurs"; another letter mocks an English law against the illegal wearing of buttons. A letter dated December 14, 1790 discusses the possibility of the abolition of the slave trade; the author declares it is the most talked-of subject of conversation and expresses his astonishment that the trade still exists.
The letters are followed by a lengthy essay explaining the Women's March on Versailles on October 5-6, 1789. The volume is prefaced by a note by the translator, who criticizes the motives of many travel writers; says that he was drawn to this letter-writer for his curiosity and interest in humanity; and explains that the writer published two volumes, the first of letters written in Paris and Versailles during the revolution in 1789, and the second of letters in England.
Topics:
Cockfighting--Great Britain--Early works to 1800.
Elections--Great Britain.
Hunting--Great Britain.
Lotteries--Great Britain--Early works to 1800.
Newspapers--Great Britain.
Nobility--Great Britain.
Slave trade--Great Britain.
Travelers' writings, French.
Topics:
England--Description and travel.
France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799--Women.
Great Britain--Intellectual life--18th century.
Great Britain--Politics and government--1789-1820.
Great Britain--Social life and customs--18th century.
Versailles (France)--History--Revolution, 1789-1799.
Topics:
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier,--marquis de,--1757-1834.
Louis--XVI,--King of France,--1754-1793.
Necker, Jacques,--1732-1804.
Language:
English
French
German
Format:
Image
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Call Number:
LWL Mss Vol.
115
LWL Mss Vol. 115
Orbis Record:
8197020
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Parent_lwlpr35528
oid pointer:
16227183
Citation:
Letters Describing Life in England, 1790. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
OID:
16227182
PID:
digcoll:4082891

Number of Pages: 270
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