ELGIN, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of (1766-1841). Diplomatist and collector of antiquities.Email about this entry
Autograph Letter Signed to Sir William Knighton (1776-1836, courtier), 3 pages 8vo, Royal Hotel, St James's Square, 10 October 1825. Asking whether he might be given permission to see the building works taking place at Windsor Castle.
'... being very desirous of seeing the improvements now executing at Windsor Castle, & seeing them advantageously, I shd. be extremely glad if you could put me in the way of attaining this object. I intend being at the Castle Inn Windsor on Thursday, having to see my son at Eton. ...'Sir William Knighton, having practised as a physician became an intimate acquaintance of the Prince Regent and was appointed to several positions, including the auditorship of the duchy of Cornwall. Elgin had, after a protracted struggle, succeeded in selling the celebrated 'Marbles' to the British Museum in 1816, and according to Oxford DNB 'retired into private life'.
Together with a promissory note for £150 payable to Peter Tooke, and signed by Elgin, executed in Constantinople (where Eligin was ambassador) on 18 October 1802, bearing several endorsements as it gradually changed hands.
£450 [No: 26521]
The image is of the first page of the letter.