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Carteret : ‘Sophia Carteret’s Extract of the History of England begun at Windsor Castle by The Assistance of The Right Hon. The Countess of Pomfret, May 29th 1758’

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/CARTERET

Scope and Contents

The source extracted is Holinshed, but the dimensions on p. 2 (length of island 587 miles and breadth 285) are apparently from 'A collection of voyages and travels, consisting of authentic writers in our own tongue, which have not before been collected in English, or have only been abridged in other collections'... (London, MDCCXLV. [1745]. 748 pp. vol. Volume 1 of 2, p. 13. (Dedication signed by Thomas Osborne.)
Other topographical statements on page 1, e.g. that Great Britain ‘is situate under the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th climes’ have not hitherto been traced.
Also, from the back, copies of Italian correspondence of the Countess of Pomfret in 1741, comprising (1) one undated from H. Gallino Bianco to Lady Pomfret at Rome; (2) one from the Countess to Maria Anna Suares at Florence, written from Rome, 25 March 1741; (3) one from the Countess to Giovanni Battista Uguccione, addressed as ‘Figliolo’ at Florence, written from Rome on 1 April 1741 and (4) one from Maria Anna Suares della Concha (née Valvasone) at Florence to the Countess in Rome, 28 March 1741.
For Maria Anna Suares della Concha see, allegedly, 'Genealogie delle Famiglie Nobili Italiane', cited by Neil Jeffaries, 'Dictionary of pastellists before 1800', s.v. Valvasone.


  • 1758-05-29 - 1759-01

Biographical / Historical

Sophia Carteret (26 August 1745 - 5 January 1771), was the only daughter of John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, by his second marriage to Sophia Fermor, daughter of the 1st Earl of Pomfret and his wife, Henrietta Louisa (née Jeffreys, the Countess of Pomfret, 1698-1761). She married in 1765 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1737-1805, later Marquis of Lansdowne and Prime Minister). Her aunt, Lady Charlotte Finch, was Governess of the Royal Nursery from 1762. Sophia was educated by Mme Le Prince de Beaumont (author of The Young Ladies’ Magazine). Her diary survives and is excerpted in the Life of William, Earl of Shelburne (London, Macmillan 1875, 76, second revised edition 1912) (and is among the Shelburne papers, presumably still at Bowood House). Lady Pomfret’s diaries and correspondence survive in the Leicester Record Office. See also Correspondence between Frances, Countess of Hartford, (afterwards Duchess of Somerset,) and Henrietta Louisa, Countess of Pomfret, between the years 1738 and 1741. In three volumes. (London, printed for Richard Phillips, 1805 and, ed. 2, 1806.) After the death of Sophia née Carteret her husband married Maria Arabella (née Maddox or Maddock) widow of Duke Gifford or Giffard. She died in 1833. Perhaps Louisa was her daughter by Duke Gifford. There were two Wycombe Lodges, one in Kensington, on the site of the present Wycombe Square, and one on Hughenden Road, Wycombe. The former is mentioned in GEC, s.v. John Henry (Petty) Second Marquis of Lansdowne and is almost certainly the one in question, the latter being a very modest dwelling.


1 volume(s) : Paper

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

1(10), 2-4(12), 5(14), 6-8(12). 8(12) is a pastedown. 23.9 × 18.7 cm. Binding: green vellum over boards.

Former / Other Reference

MS 981

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Note on title-page: 'Given to me by Mama, June the 14th 1831, Wycombe Lodge. Louisa Gifford'. Given by Adrian Dixon, former Master of Peterhouse, 2018.


Carteret, Sophia (1745-1771) Countess Shelburne

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