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

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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.


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