IRELAND – GEORGIAN DUBLIN Autograph letter signed by "J Cum:", to Mrs Hatfield in London, "Dublin, Kildare Street./ March 25th" [c.1770]
Lot 124
IRELAND – GEORGIAN DUBLIN
Autograph letter signed by "J Cum:", to Mrs Hatfield in London, "Dublin, Kildare Street./ March 25th" [c.1770]
Sold for £400 (US$ 647) inc. premium

Lot Details
IRELAND – GEORGIAN DUBLIN
Autograph letter signed by "J Cum:", to Mrs Hatfield in London, describing life in Dublin in the mid eighteenth century ("...Dublin is the meredian of all disipation & expence, & this winter exceeds all that went before every body now is wild & mad with a Masquerade, & Ladies as old as my self are making habits... I must say Dublin is a mighty agreeable place & if I had those I love here, sh'd never want to try the Sea more; the Irish are much more polite & civil than the English; & Hospitable to a great degree, the Country very plentifull, tho' now the City is so full that every thing is Dear, & almost ye price of London, but when the Lord Lieutenant goes off every body retires into ye Country, where we design going about June. I dont like any place so well as Dublin, it feels safe, & full of Soldiers, and the Papists are My aversion. I have got 3 Servants that are so, as almost all ye Common low people are so ignorant, they never can change, & I never endeavor after it, as they wou'd tell their Preists, & Im afraid of them; but not so much as when I first came..."); with autograph address on verso of second leaf, postmarks and traces of wafer-seal, 3 pages, a few spots but overall in good and attractive condition, 4to, "Dublin, Kildare Street./ March 25th" [c.1770]

Footnotes

  • 'DUBLIN IS THE MEREDIAN OF ALL DISIPATION & EXPENCE' – this delightful letter can be identified as being by Joanna Cumberland (1703-1775), daughter of Richard Bentley, the great classicist and Master of Trinity, and married to Dr Denison Cumberland, successively Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmore. As a child she was known as 'Jug' and is said to have been the inspiration for Phoebe in John Byrom's pastoral 'Colin and Phoebe' published in the Spectator in 1714. Her son was the playwright Richard Cumberland, to whom she refers ("...I am now fitting up Clonfert with more Beds, & papering 4 Rooms as we have hopes of seeing my son Cumberland this summer... I fear his business won't give him leave..."). From a reference to Mrs Jackson as wife of the Bishop of Kildare, this letter can be dated to between 1765, the date of his installation, and 1772, the date of Dr Cumberland's transfer to Kilmore.

    Near the end of the letter, she apologises for devoting so much space to what she describes as "my triffling affairs", which of course is the very thing that makes this letter so special: "Dr Cumberland always goes home after Dinner. Molly & I play at Cards till near ten, & I have had great luck lately & wonn about 7 Guineas, the Ladies here play high, to-morrow we dine with the Bp of Cloine, & so we go on the next round, & than return it again. I never have above 40 people at my Routes, but its no trouble & My Drawing Room very large, the Morning I always spend in Reading &c. but at night my Eyes are too bad to do any thing... Dr Cum: I thank God Continues extremely well; & eats heartilly, he's of so easy a temper that he's always pleased where he is, I am of the Grumbling party...".
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