KEITH, George, 10th Earl Marischal. 19565



A fine Autograph Letter Signed ‘Marischall’, to Mr. George Keith, thanking him for advice relating to the sale of his estate, suggesting the affair is kept secret to prevent underhand actions by the Government which might set up someone to buy it. and fearing that he, Marischall, will never be allowed to be among his friends again. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, light toning, in good condition, with the address leaf bearing a superb complete impression of Marischall’s seal in red wax. Chalons, 17 August 1736 An early letter by George Keith, 10th Earl Marischal (1693-1778), in exile and still in the service of the Old Pretender, whom he had supported in the 1715 Jacobite rising, fighting at the Battle of Sheriffmuir. “I have named to act for m Ld Kintore, Ld Halkertoun, his son the Master, Meldrum, & your self; tho I see such difficultys as may be we shall never see an end of it; in the first place the tacks [additional clauses]; next the delay of the Sale; and perhaps if the affair comes to be known, the Government may either buy my estate in case of sale, or set up somebody underhand to do it, and this is the chief reason why I think it should be kept as secret as the affair will allow.”