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Vellum Indenture signed by Algernon Sidney.
1658. Vellum manuscript, 420 x 640 mm., folded to docket size, a little rubbed yet in good condition. A legal document of some interest to the biography of Algernon Sidney: an Indenture agreement between Viscount and Viscountess Strangford and "the Honble Algernon Sidney of the parish of St Martyn in the Fields in the county of Middlesex", passing the manor of Postling in the county of Kent to Sidney in trust.Sidney's convoluted financial affairs are described at some length by his biographer Jonathan Scott (Algernon Sidney and the English Republic, 1623-1677, pp. 61 onwards), who explains 'Algernon's coming into contact [through his father's business affairs] with the affairs of the Strangfords. This was a supreme misfortune for both Algernon and Strangford and the resulting difficulties were to dominate Sidney's life from 1654 to 1659, and again from late 1677 to 1679... '.Philip Smythe, 2nd Viscount Strangford (1634-1708), was Sidney's cousin, and so was his wife. The entanglement of their affairs became complex; the Strangfords went into short-term exile while Sidney manoeuvred; as a result of the complexity he was forced to attempt to restore their fortune in order to restore his own. One of the stages in the procedure was the Strangfords' conveyance of the manor of Postling in trust to Sidney. Scott speaks of this occurring in June or July 1658; in fact the document to hand is dated 2 July 1658. The story would not end well, with Sidney later accused by his cousins of trickery and unfair dealings.The handsome document is signed by both Strangfords as well as by Algernon Sidney, a rare example of his signature.
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