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PALGRAVE, William Gifford (1826-1888). Traveller & diplomatist
Autograph Letter Signed to 'Dear Brothers', 4 pages 8vo, 'off Cape Matapan', 7 May 1872. Written while on board a steamer to Trebizond, he describes his journey from England.
'... At Corfu I went on shore and learnt by proof how much worse-kept a Greek town can be than a Turkish one; however the buildings themselves are after all, not Greek in any way, but Italian. ... Then huge olive trees, palms, with actually little dates on them, cactuses, orange groves, and all the pleasant things of the South, which even Greeks cannot spoil. ...'
William, the son of Sir Francis Palgrave, had three distinguished brothers, the poet Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897), the economist Sir Inglis Palgrave (1827-1919) and the Clerk to the House of Commons Sir Reginald Palgrave (1829-1904).
[No: 24235]


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