In 1706 this well-born English aristocrat became the third and final wife at age 22 of the celebrated 56-year-old nautical hero, Admiral George Rooke (1650-1709). Item #42450
ALS, 3pp (lettersheet), 8½" X 6½", Malpas, England, 23 [no month] 1754. Addressed to "Deer Kitty." Very good. Faintly age toned, but strong heavy stock boldly penned in brown ink. A wonderfully cordial, chatty letter to a close friend penned with typically phonetic and inconsistent spelling in a breathless stream-of-conscious style. She opens describing a recent trip: "...you will be Glad to Know we are come to our Journeys end, Therefore Give you The earlyest inteligence I can of it, we Came Home Last night & Thank God without any material accident, for first the man we Hired Horses from Sent us such, as was so faded That we ware forced to send Back from St albans for others for the post Chaise, by The Help of which we Got on, but you may believe not very agreably, tho, the 3 first days Weather, & roads very Good, but the farther we come They both grew wors, such inundations of rain as has been & by Heavn is past discription as perfect flood, in short Evry Thing Looks dismal, & I never was so fattuged with any Journey in my Life, I Hope a Little rest will in Some degree recover recover me molly Got a swelld a face on The road, but it Got pretty well again, as for The Doctr he had no Complains nor no Distemper but Hunger, To be sure tho, he Come into The world before me, he is much younger in Constitution, for I never saw anything Like Him...." The "Doctr" referred to would be her second husband, Dr. Rev. Henry Moore (1681-1755), Rector of Malpas, a market town in the county of Cheshire. She chats about the recipient's health and the danger of taking more medicine and signs off "I am affectionaly yrs / CR." A lengthy postscript gossips about "Mrs Williams That was Fanny Bunkery is maryed about Ten days ago to a... young Clergy man without anything but what he Carys about Him, & I believe near 15 year younger Then her self, but in person so amiable That Mrs. Henrerside use to stile Him the Beauty of Holiness...." It is likely this very letter that's described in two 19th century catalogues: In 1839 Thomas Thorpe of London published "A Catalogue of Very Choice, Rare and Valuable Books..." in which this letter appears as item #1360, described as "An interesting friendly epistle, interspersed with lively chit-chat news, &c.; her ladyship was wife to the brave Admiral Rooke." And in 1851 Messrs. Puttick and Simpson ("Auctioneers of Literary Property") of London published "Catalogue of Highly interesting and Valuable Autograph Letters and Historical Manuscripts, Being the Well Known Collection of Monsr. A. Donnadieu," in which Lot 822 consists of "Three most interesting Letters, entirely Autograph, addressed "Dear Kitty." The year after writing this letter both Lady Catherine and her husband died. Scarce and fascinating.