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Letters written by the late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq. Henrietta Knight LUXBOROUGH, Baroness.
Letters written by the late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq
Letters written by the late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq

Letters written by the late Right Honourable Lady Luxborough, to William Shenstone, Esq

London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, [1775]. First Edition. Full Calf. 8vo: iv,416pp. Full calf, spine in six compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco gilt lettering piece, all edges stained red. Minor wear and splits along joints, but binding square and tight; text clean and fresh with ample margins and deep impressions of the type; two worm holes in bottom margin from page 270 omward, far from text. Provenance: armorial bookplate to front paste down of Hugh Cecil, 5th Earl of Lonsdale (1857-1944), one of England's richest men, an avid sportsman and bon vivant, perhaps best known as first president of the national sporting club (boxing) and first president of the Automobile Association. Rothschild 1338. I. A. Williams, p. 64. ESTC Citation No. T91685. Very Good +. Item #BB0579

Immediately after her marriage to Robert Knight, later Baron Luxborough, Henrietta was suspected of having an affair with her London physician, and not long after with a young cleric, John Dalton, tutor in the household of her friend Frances Seymour, countess of Hertford. Knight banished her to Barrells, Ullenhall, a family estate in remote Warwickshire, forbidding her to see their children or to visit London and Bath. Isolated, Henrietta relied on correspondents to keep in touch with contemporary affairs. She befriended the poets William Shenstone, Richard Jago, and William Somervile, and together they formed the ‘Warwickshire coterie.’ Much of her correspondence with Shenstone discussed garden design, literature, decor, and architecture. She created a ferme ornée, with many rare plants, exotic birds, and fowl, and was slowly accepted into midland society as visitors came to view the gardens at Barrells. (ODNB).

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