1784 The Diary of the Late George Bubb Dodington, Baron of Melcombe Regis: From March 8, 1749, to February 6, 1761
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A new edition, published in the same year as the first.
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ESTC citation number T144755.
This intriguing diary is one of the best sources on British politics in the eighteenth century, containing gossip of the government and significant figures within society at that time.
George Dodington was a Whig politician, a collector, with his house in Hammersmith being the popular salon of political and cultural discussions. He was close friends with Frederick the Prince of Wales, the father of George III. He was also said to be part of a spy ring, collecting information about Jacobite activities, and has been described as an indefatigable schemer.
These diaries were published posthumously twenty years after Dodington's death by Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, after his papers were left to him upon his death.
In the original mottled calf binding. Externally, spine and extremities are a little discoloured. Joints are cracked, a little heavier to the front joint. A small amount of loss to the head of the spine. Minor bumping to the extremities. Light rubbing to the boards and spine. Front hinge is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very lightly age-toned and clean with only the occasional spot. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the spine, 'Richard Millas'.
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