BLESSINGTON, C.J. Gardiner, 1st earl of, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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BLESSINGTON, C.J. Gardiner, 1st earl of (1782-1829). Husband of Marguerite Blessington (1789-1849).
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('Mr Elmes' written in another hand), 1½ pages 4to, Paris, 9 September 1822. Acknowledging receipt of a sketch for a proposed new building, suggesting he send an estimate, and congratulating him on his plans for the Baths.

Blessington's correpondent is presumably the architect James Elmes (1782-1862)

Blessington married Margaret Farmer, an attractive young widow in 1818; he paid £10,000 to Captain Thomas Jenkins with whom she had been living by way of reimbursement for the jewels and clothing that Jenkins had purchased for her. On her marriage she changed both her birth name and surname to Marguerite, Countess of Blessington. Blessington spent lavishly on his bride and their London home became a popular place for fashionable soirées, but they were both heavily in debt by the time of their continental tour in 1822 with Marguerite's younger sister.

£45 [No: 26500]
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