Letter in French from Sir William Temple, British Ambassador Kingdom of Two Sicilies in Naples, to Clossmans & Co. a Bordeaux wine merchant. Contents is placing a large wine order.
On back, notes from wine dealer, including list of wines being sent ("Chateau Lafitte". "Noyau". "H. Sauternes"...)
Vertical and horizontal folds. Some light toning. Pencil notations on front.
19 x 12 cm
Sir William Temple (1788-1856) was the third child of Henry Temple, second Viscount Palmerston, and his second wife Mary Mee. Born on 19 January 1788, he was the younger brother of Henry John Temple, later third Viscount Palmerston. Alongside the two boys were three Temple sisters: Frances (the eldest), Elizabeth, and Mary. However, Mary, the youngest of the siblings, died when she was still a young child as a result of smallpox inoculation.
From 1832-1856 was the British ambassador to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in Naples. On his death he bequeathed a major collection to the British Museum.