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WALPOLE, Robert, Second Earl of Orford (1701-1751). Viscount Walpole. Son of the first Prime Minister.
Autograph Letter Signed to 'Ned', 1 page 4to, Heanton, 13 September 1737. Hoping to visit him the following evening, later than he had originally proposed. Tattered at the left hand edge affecting several words.
'I shall not have the pleasure of waiting on you till tomorrow sevenninght, which will be a day or two later than I proposed, but business you know must be followed or be lost. ...'
Robert Walpole was the eldest son of Sir Robert Walpole, now regarded as the first Prime Minister. In 1723 his father declined a peerage for himself but accepted the offer on behalf of his son. In 1724 he married the 15-year-old heiress Margaret Rolle of Heanton Satchville, from where this letter was written. The marriage was not a success and after their son George was born they lived apart, later obtaining a legal separation. His mistress Hannah Norsa, a singer and actress, moved to Houghton Hall, his Norfolk estate in 1736 and remained there until his death in 1751.

£45 [No: 26372]
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