16125

CLAIM OF THE OLD PRETENDER’S MOTHER FOR HER PROMISED INCOME.

Manuscript headed ñThe Case Stated Concerning the Queen’s Maintenance & Jointureî

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Description
Folio, 4 pages, approx 850 words, written in a typical Secretary hand.

£750.00

SKU: 16125

Product Description

This important Manuscript sets out the case of Mary of Modena, (1658-1718), wife of King James II, and mother of the Old Pretender, in her claim for financial support at the time of the negotiations for the Peace of Ryswyck. At the time of her marriage to James she was granted by Act of Parliament an annual income of £50,000, a sum which she had never received. By 1697 her financial situation had become desperate and she had been reduced to selling her jewellrey. During the negotiations for the Peace the French had introduced a condition that England should start paying this sum. Agreement was reached but afterwards the English pretended that the income was dependant on her removing from France to England to reside. She did not receive this income until the last year of the reign of Queen Anne (1714) . This document sets out the case for her claim, and is most likely to have been the official retained copy. It is maked in the top right hand corner ñNo. 18î.