WILLIAM MELMOTH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/14/1775 - HFSID 1841
WILLIAM MELMOTH The noted translator of Roman statesmen writes of financial matters, including abatement of taxes on his rental properties and distribution of a Tontine. Autograph Letter signed: "Wm. Melmoth", 1 page, 7½x9½. Bath [England], 1775 December 14.
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The noted translator of Roman statesmen writes of financial matters, including abatement of taxes on his rental properties and distribution of a Tontine.
Autograph Letter signed: "Wm. Melmoth", 1 page, 7½x9½. Bath [England], 1775 December 14. To Sir", in full: "It seems somewhat extraordinary that Mr. Marlar being appointed by the corporation of Dublin to receive distributions to their Tontine, should not be furnished with the forms of all the instruments necessary for that purpose. I am fully satisfied however that in completing my subscription you will take the proper measures requisite to my security. I am sorry to find that the buildings carrying on at the back of my house in Bartlett's buildings, have [illegible] so considerable an abatement of rent at the sum you mention, but perhaps at the expiration of Mr Windom's lease I may be able to make better with the next tenant than he had with Mr. Fox. When you shall have settled all matters concerning the Tontine subscription, you will be pleased to give me notice. I am, Sir, your most obedient servant." William Melmoth (1710-1799), son of a noted jurist of that name, was Britain's Commissioner of Bankrupts prior to his retirement in 1769. Melmoth was also a noted Latin scholar, translating letters of statesmen Cicero and Pliny and the historian Tacitus. A tontine was an archaic investment instrument, combining elements of an annuity and a lottery. Distributions were made at intervals to subscribers, with all remaining funds going to the last survivor. Toned. Corners and edges notched and worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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