! COVID-19: We are still open and shipping as long as P.O. allows // Nous sommes toujours ouverts et expédions tant que la poste le permet

1731 UK letter from Judge Fortescue to Lord Chancellor of Great Britain

Letter written by Judge Fortescue to Peter King, the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain. The Judge is writing a letter of recommendation for a Mr. Calosey(?).

My Lord
I do my self the Honour to acquaint your L.p, on Mr Calosey the bearers request; that I have known him for a great many years (his father being an attorney in Biddeford) , & have found him a very honest, diligent and sober man, capable of business; & that his great misfortunes have been occasioned by his unhappy marriage & not by any vice of imorality of his own. I am w’h the greatest esteem & ---
My Lord
Yo’r L.p’s most Obe’nt Servt
J Fortescue
-- Inn
17 June 1731

Addressed to “The Right Hon’ble the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain  ----" and receiving info “June 17 1731 Justice Fortescue

Two separate sheets of paper.

Folds to create envelope. Bottom of letter folded. Some paper damage where opened on seal.

30 x 18.5 cm


John Fortescue Aland, 1st Baron Fortescue of Credan (1670 –1746) was an English lawyer, judge and politician. He was also a writer on English legal and constitutional history and was said to have influenced Thomas Jefferson. A member of both the Middle Temple and Inner Temple, he became a King's Counsel in 1714 and was then appointed Solicitor General, first to the Prince of Wales (later George II) and then to his father George I in 1715. After a short stint as a Member of Parliament, Fortescue Aland was knighted and elevated to the Bench as a Baron of the Exchequer in 1717. He was subsequently a justice of the Court of King's Bench (1718–1727) and of the Court of Common Pleas (1728–1746), save for a brief hiatus between 1727 and 1728 which has been attributed to George II's displeasure with one of his legal opinions.

Peter King, 1st Baron King PC FRS (c. 1669 – 1734) was an English lawyer and politician, who became Lord Chancellor of England. 

He was appointed recorder of Glastonbury in 1705 and recorder of London in 1708. Made a Serjeant-at-Law, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Common Pleas from 1714 to 1725, when he was raised to the peerage as a Lord Justice and Speaker of the House of Lords. In June of the same year he was made Lord Chancellor, holding office until compelled by a paralytic stroke to resign in 1733.


Next Previous