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Manuscript memorandum to Lord Sydney - PITT, William, the younger - 1786. 
Burton Pynsent, Somerset: 5 October, 1786. Manuscript note in ink on paper, 102 x 182 mm; in good condition; evidently once mounted in an album. A short memorandum written by the Prime Minister from his private country house to Lord Sydney as Home Secretary. Pitt is returning the 'dispatches to Gibraltar and Algiers which he received by the Post this evening, and has marked some words in the letter... which if Lord Sydney approve of it, he thinks might as well be omitted...'. Pitt's legible hand is difficult to decipher only in his identification of the recipient of the draft letter to which he refers, which may read 'letter to Bey', the title by which the ruler of Algiers was still known at the time.This slight document has an appeal in making the connection between these two men just six weeks after Pitt's government had made the formal decision to send convicts to Botany Bay, to a place that would shortly be named for his Home Secretary.
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