Autograph Document Signed. Lawrence HYDE.

Autograph Document Signed.

One of Dryden's patrons, represented as Hushai in his 1681 poem "Absalom and Achitophel" ("Hushai the friend of David in distress, in publick storms of manly stedfastness; By Foreign Treaties he inform'd his Youth; And join'd Experience to his Native Truth. Frugal for that, but bounteous of his own: 'Tis easie Conduct when Exchequers flow; But hard the task to manage well the low...."); first Earl of Rochester; as first Lord of the Treasury, was forced to participate in negotiating Charles II's treaty with Louis XIV; Lord President of the Council; Lord High Treasurer; viceroy of Ireland. Item #24597

ADS, 1p, 8½" X 7", n.p. [London], 1680 August 2. Addressed "To our very Loving Sir Robt" [Howard]. Very good. Minor chipping at edges. Howard (1626-98) was an English dramatist, auditor of exchequer at the time of this document, and another of Dryden's patrons (as well as his brother-in-law). Requests payment of 455 pounds to Henry Sidney for "three months or ninety one dayes of his ordinary entertainmt." (Sidney, 1641-1704, was envoy to The Hague at the time.) A rare piece with interesting connections.

Price: $295.00

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