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ADDISON AND STEELE'S JOINT ASSIGNMENT TO SAMUEL BUCKLEY, THE BOOKSELLER, OF ONE HALF SHARE OF
THE FIRST SEVEN VOLUMES OF THE SPECTATOR.
WHEREAS there is already printed four volumes of the Spectators which include from number one to number three hundred seventy-one and whereas there is two volumes more now printing which will take in from number three hundred twenty-one to number four hundred and eighty or thereabouts which will make six volumes and whereas it is intended by the authors whose names are hereinafter mentioned to continue writing the said Spectator to the end of this present month of November which will make a seventh volume Now know all men by these presents
that Joseph Addison of St. James' Westminster Esq. and Richard Steele of St. Giles' in the fields Esq. for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred seventy and five pounds to them or one of them in hand paid by Samuel Buckley of London printer and bookseller the receipt whereof they the said Joseph Addison and Richard Steele do hereby respectively acknowledge They the said Joseph Addison and Richard Steel have and each and either of them hath granted bargained sold assigned transferred and set over and by these presents they the said Joseph Addison and Richard Steele do and each and either of them doth grant bargain sell assign transfer and set over unto the said Samuel Buckley his executors administrators and assigns all that their full and sole right and title of in and to one moiety or full half share of the copys of all and every the above mentioned seven volumes of Spectators which said moiety or full half share to remain unto the said Samuel Buckley, his heirs and assigns for ever-In witness whereof the said Joseph Addison and Richard Steele have bereunto set their hands and seals this Tenth day of November anno Dom. 1712. Witnesses, Richard Thwaites. JOSEPH ADDISON. David Verdon,
RICHARD STEELE. at the Fountain Tavern in the Strand.
BUCKLEYS RE-ASSIGNMENT OF THE ABOVE TO TONSON
AFTER TWO YEARS' USE. Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Buckley of London stationer for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred pounds to me in hand paid by Jacob Tonson Jun. of London stationer the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do by these presents grant bargain sell and set over unto the said Jacob Tonson the full and sole right of in and to the within-mentioned copy of a book entitled the Spectator the said copy to remain unto the said Jacob Tonson his heirs and assigns for ever- - In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth of October 1714.
ASSIGNMENT WITH TONSON FOR THE EIGHTH VOLUME
OF THE SPECTATOR. Know all men by these presents that I Joseph Addison of the parish of St. Clements Danes in the county of Middlesex for and in consideration of the sum of fifty-three pounds fifteen shillings of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to me in hand paid by Jacob Tonson jun. of London Bookseller the receipt whereof he the said Joseph Addison doth hereby acknowledge he the said Joseph Addison hath bargained sold assigned and set over and by these presents doth bargain sell assign and set over all that his full and sole right and title of in and to the copy of the eighth vol. of the Spectator from number five hundred and fifty-six inclusive to number six hundred and thirty-five inclusive-which said copy to be and remain unto the said Jacob Tonson his heirs and assigns for ever-In witness whereof the said Joseph Addison hath herewith set his hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of August 1715.
J. ADDISON. Sealed and delivered being first stamped according to the several Acts of Parliament in the presence of
RELATING CHIEFLY TO ADDISON'S APPOINTMENTS.
ADDISON'S MEMORIAL TO QUEEN ANNE, (For augmentation of salary as Keeper of the Irish records,) Forwarded by LORD TREASURER GODOLPHIN to the EARL OF WHARTON,
LORD-LIEUTENANT OF IRELAND. MY VERY GOOD LORD,
Inclosed I send your Excellency a petition' to Her Majesty from Joseph Addison, Esq., Keeper of the Records in the Birmingham Tower within Dublin Castle, praying for the reasons therein mentioned, That such a Salary may be annexed thereunto as Her Majesty shall think proper for an office of such consequence, care, and trust, and that so nearly concerns the rights of the Crown, and the properties of private persons. I desire your Excellency will please to consider the allegation of the said petition; and report to me your opinion thereupon; and what salary you conceive reasonable to be annexed to the said office, to the end I may lay the same before the Queen for a further signification of Her Majesty's pleasure. I am, &c. 9 January, 1709.
GODOLPHIN. Underwritten, The Queen grants £400 a year.
ADDISON TO LORD TOWNSHEND.2
Enclosing a Memorial. MY LORD,
(Whitehall,) May 31st, 1715. Though Mr. Secretary Stanhope has been pleased to promise that he will lay before your Lordship the case of the
1 The petition itself has not been found, but we have before us the official grant, signed Godolphin, St. James's, 24th Feb. 1709, and addressed to the Lord-Lieut. of Ireland. It sets out that the Lord-Lieutenant, in his report on Addison's Petition, had suggested £500 per annum as a proper allowance for examining, digesting, transcribing, and cataloguing the Irish Records, and that the Queen thereupon granted £400 per annum
from Christmas last past.” In a note at page 427, we have inadvert. ently said (but upon historical report) that Queen Anne raised this appointment to £300 per annum. We were not then aware of the present document.
? Lord Townshend was then Secretary of State. He was afterwards appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, but he never went over. For a well-drawn character of him see Lord Mahon, i. p. 155, et seq.
three regiments which are lately placed upon the Irish Establishment, and are to be raised by levy-money from that kingdom, I am afraid I may seem wanting in my duty to your Lordship, if I do not apply to your Lordship in person upon the occasion. I must confess it is with a great deal of constraint upon myself that I presume to solicit your Lordship for my own advantage, and in a point that interferes with your Lordship's interest. I shall therefore humbly beg leave to enclose the state of this matter for your perusal, and acquiesce in your determination, after having assured your Lordship that, without the indulgence you have already been pleased to show me, my place under my
Lord-Lieutenant would have been worth very little to me, and indeed much less than I thought it would have been. If your Lordship pleases to let these three regiments, in which my case is still the same, (as is shown in the enclosed Memori
be upon the same footing with the other regiments whose commissions are to be renewed, it will be a very great favour. If not, I shall always acknowledge the generous indulgence which your Lordship has already shown me, and remain with the greatest gratitude and respect, My Lord, Your Lordship's most obedient
and most humble servant, The Lord Viscount Townshend.
MEMORIAL. The common people of Ireland being generally Roman Catholics, in order to prevent any such from entering into the Service, it has been for many years thought fit to raise all new regiments, upon the Irish establishment, in the Kingdom of England; as also, when any recruits are wanting to the said regiments, to raise them likewise in England.
When the levy-money is issued out of the revenue of Ireland, the commissions have been always signed by the Lord-Lieutenant of that Kingdom ; and the fees of the said commissions paid to his secretary ; as may be seen in the case of Mr. Dodington, which now lies in the office of the Secretary of State.
The present Lord-Lieutenant* not having yet taken the Oaths of Office, it is humbly submitted to His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, whether they will be pleased (upon their reserving to their Under-Secretaries their fees) to grant the same indulgence to the Irish Secretary in the passing of these commissions, as in the renewal of the other military commissions for that kingdom: both these cases being of the same nature.
N. B. The seven regiments lately ordered for Ireland had their commissions renewed in England before they were put on that establishment.
* The Earl of Sunderland.
ADDISON'S MEMORIAL TO GEORGE 1.'
Written probably about June or July, 1715.
That your Memorialist was sent from the University by K. William, in order to travel and qualify himself to serve H. M., by which means he was diverted from making his Fortune in
way. That the King allowed him an annual Pension for this end, but H. M. dying in the first year of this his allowance, and the Pension being discontinued, your Memorialist pursued his travels upon
own Expense for above three years. That upon his Return to England, after having published an Account of his Travels, the Lord Godolphin recommended him to be Under Secretary to Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State, which Place he enjoyed under Sir C. Hedges and the Earl of Sunderland.
That my Lord Halifax), upon going to Hanover, desired him to accompany him thither; at which time, though he had not the Title of his Secretary, he officiated as such without any other Reward than the Satisfaction of showing his zeal for that illustrious Family.
That upon his Return to England he took all occasions, both by his writings and conversation, to promote the cause which, God be thanked, has so wonderfully prevailed, and to publish those Royal virtues which the nation sees at present in your Majesty.
That your Memorialist was afterwards Secretary to the Earl of Wharton) in the Government of Ireland, and endeavoured to behave himself with that Diligence and Integrity that he has gained the friendship of all the most considerable Persons in that kingdom.
! This curious Memorial, which is said to be in Addison's own hand-writing, was first published by Miss Aikin from a much worn and somewhat mutilated copy in the possession of Mr. Tickell. It has since been reprinted in Mr. Cunningham's edition of Johnson's Lives of the Poets. If ever presented, the duplicate of it ought to be found in one of the public depositaries, but we have searched for it in vain.