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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. XI. 1824-1832
Isaac D’Israeli to William Godwin, 12 July 1828

Contents Vol. I
Ch. I. 1756-1785
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Ch. III. 1788-1792
Ch. IV. 1793
Ch. V. 1783-1794
Ch. VI. 1794-1796
Ch. VII. 1759-1791
Ch. VII. 1791-1796
Ch. IX. 1797
Ch. X. 1797
Ch. XI. 1798
Ch. XII. 1799
Ch. XIII. 1800
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Ch. I. 1800
Ch. II. 1800
Ch. III. 1800
Ch. IV. 1801-1803
Ch. V. 1802-1803
Ch. VI. 1804-1806
Ch. VII. 1806-1811
Ch. VIII. 1811-1814
Ch. IX. 1812-1819
Ch. X. 1819-1824
Ch. XI. 1824-1832
Ch. XII. 1832-1836
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“6 Bloomsbury Square, July 12, 1828.

Dear Sir,—It is with great pleasure I communicate to you the striking anecdote which confirms the notice you find in Voltaire of Cromwell, who, when Protector, would be addressed, much against Louis XIV.’s inclination, as ‘brother’ by the French monarch. At the same time I beg to repeat that I find in my note on this anecdote, a loose reference to Thurlow’s papers, by which I infer that I must have read in Thurlow’s collection something relative to the subject of your enquiry.

“The present anecdote is very circumstantial and of undoubted authority: Dr Sampson derived it from Judge Rookly, who was present at the delivery of the letter: I transcribe it literally from the Diary of Dr Sampson, Sloane MSS.

“‘He was in the Banqueting House to receive the Duke of Crequi, as ambassador from the French king. Great was the state and crowd. The ambassador made his speech, and after all compliments, he delivered a letter into his hands which was super-
scribed: “To his most serene Highness
Oliver, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.” He looks wistfully at the letter, puts it in his pocket, turns away without speaking a word or reading it. The ambassador was highly vexed at this, and as soon as he could meet with Secretary Thurlow, expostulates with him for the great affront and indignity offered to his master, so great a prince—asked him what he thought the cause might be. Thurlow answered, he thought the Protector might be displeased with the superscription of the letter. The Duke said he thought that it was according to form, and in terms as agreeable as could be. “But,” says Thurlow, “the Protector expected he should have written to our dear Brother Oliver.” It is said the ambassador writing this over to France, the king replied, “Shall I call such a fellow my brother?” to which Cardinal Mazarin answered, “Aye, call him your father, if need be, if you would get from him what you desire.” And so a letter was procured, having the desired superscription.’

“I need not assure you of the correctness of the transcript.—Believe me, very truly yours,

I. D’israeli.”