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Thicknesse (Philip) Letters
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Description
Letters belonging to 18th century British soldier and author Philip Thicknesse.
Background
Philip Thicknesse (1719-1792) was a British soldier and author. He traveled to America with James Oglethorpe in 1733, served in Jamaica and the Mediterranean, and purchased the lieutenant-governship of Landguard, Fort Suffolk, in 1753. Thicknesse was a patron of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and the author of numerous pamphlets, guides, letters, and other tracts. He spent much time traveling and lived in Monmouthshire and Bath. He married three times: Maria Lanove (whose large family fortune he unsuccessfully claimed in a notorious lawsuit after her death in 1749); Elizabeth Touchet, eldest daughter of the Earl of Castlehaven; and Ann Ford, the author and musician.
Extent
6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
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