Rare letter written by Oliver Cromwell to be auctioned in Edinburgh

A rare 1648 letter from Oliver Cromwell is up for auction at an online auction in Edinburgh.

In the letter, Cromwell addresses intimate family matters such as his son’s marriage and the fate of his two younger daughters.

The document will be auctioned by auction house Lyon & Turnbull on Wednesday 28 September.

Cromwell led Parliamentary forces against the Royalists in the English Civil War and oversaw the execution of King Charles I in January 1649.


A collection of letters from well-known Victorian figures will also be sold. (Lyon and Turnbull/PA)

The letter is addressed to Cromwell’s friend Richard Norton, who was serving in the Parliamentary army a month before Cromwell led English troops to a bloody victory over the Scots and Royalists at the Battle of Preston.

Cromwell asks Norton to convey his wishes to Richard Maijor, his son’s future father-in-law.

Cromwell writes: ‘I wish you to conduct this business in all privacy, I beg you to do so as you love me, let me beg you not to lose a day here, lest I meet Mr Maior’s spirit can … I rely on you very much.”

Bids for the letter start at £5,000 and are part of Wednesday’s sale of rare books, maps, manuscripts and photographs by Lyon & Turnbull.

Also included is an album of 120 letters from a range of Victorian figures including: Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Robert Browning and William Holman Hunt.

A highlight in the collection is a letter from geologist Charles Lyall to the Scottish Lord Advocate mentioning a “geological appointment” with Sir John Lubbock and Charles Darwin.

Dominic Somerville-Brown, Specialist in Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs for Lyon & Turnbull, said: “Given the importance of these exceptional items – including Cromwell’s letter – and the two albums, we anticipate international interest in this particular auction in the Kinnear family for generations.

“These important documents and images capture the personages and times of a number of enormously important historical figures.

“It’s always the human stories and personal touches that capture the public’s imagination.”

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