Sub-sub-sub-fonds PED. - Correspondence of the Godolphin family,

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Correspondence of the Godolphin family,


  • 1698-1764. (Creation)

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12 folders.

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Private letters exchanged between Margaret Godolphin, [c. 1698]-1764, and various members of the Godolphin family of Abertanat, Eton and Thames Ditton, 1698-1763, including her parents, Sydney and Susanna, her sisters, Ellen and Mary, her nephew, Francis, their Hoblyn and Pendarves relatives, and others; together with letters from friends, solicitors and other professionals. The contents reflect in great detail the personal, domestic and social circumstances of an eighteenth century upper class family, against the background of the Jacobite Wars. Recurrent topics include the management of the Abertanat estate, especially the exploitation of timber, the death of Master Henry Godolphin, 1722, physical ailments, financial investments, family settlements and inheritance. The correspondence of Ellen, Margaret and Mary Godolphin from 1728 to 1730 shows a preoccupation with the reluctance of Miss Mary Godolphin to marry William Owen of Porkington!

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Arranged into two series, correspondence of various members of the Godolphin family and correspondence of Margaret Godolphin.

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Further letters relating to the Abertanat estate are in EAE4 and L2/108.

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Extracts from Godolphin correspondence in Dimont, Elisabeth, Godolphin family portraits (Salisbury : 1987)

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Preferred citation: PED.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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