Anne (St. John) Lee Wilmot, Countess of Rochester Papers

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Anne (St. John) Lee Wilmot, Countess of Rochester papers
Creator: Wilmot, Anne, Countess of Rochester, 1614-1696
Call Number: D.29
Dates: 1685-1686
Physical Description: 1 box (24 items)
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Correspondence
Collection Overview
Title: Anne (St. John) Lee Wilmot, Countess of Rochester papers
Creator: Wilmot, Anne, Countess of Rochester, 1614-1696
Call Number: D.29
Dates: 1685-1686
Physical Description: 1 box (24 items)
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
The Papers consist of 16 letters written by the Countess of Rochester to her grandson Edward Henry Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield, five letters to his wife Lady Charlotte (Fitzroy) Lee, Countess of Lichfield, and one to his mother Elizabeth (Pope) Lee Bertie, Countess of Lindsey. Also in the collection is a letter to the Countess from James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon, and a letter to her from a "Cosen Bowyer".

The letters deal mainly with the disputed will of the Countess' granddaughter, the poetess Anne (Lee) Wharton who died in 1685. In her letters to the Earl of Lichfield, Countess Rochester urges him to join with the Earl of Abingdon to contest Anne's will and keep the inheritance from the hands of her husband, Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquis Wharton.

The Papers shed light not only on these particular events, but on seventeenth century family life in general: the inter-family relationships and intrigues, as well as the complex arrangements made for the disposal of family property.

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Wilmot, Anne, Countess of Rochester, 1614-1696
Lichfield, Edward Henry Lee, Earl of, 1663-1716
Wharton, Anne, 1632?-1685
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Somerville Rare Books Ltd., Cat. 1, item 250. 2/13/73 on the Wilson Fund.Access
The Anne (St. John) Lee Wilmot, Countess of Rochester papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Rochester to Lichfield, August 2, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 2Rochester to Lichfield, August 9, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 3Rochester to Lichfield, [October, 1685]
Box 1, Folder 4Rochester to Lichfield, November 13, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 5Address leaf from Rochester to Lichfield, November [13, 1685]:
Box 1, Folder 6"Cosen Bowyer" to Rochester, November 19, 1685
Box 1, Folder 7Rochester to Lichfield, November 23, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 8Rochester to Countess of Lindsey, November 28, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 9Rochester to Countess of Lichfield, November 28, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 10Rochester to Countess of Lichfield, November 30, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 11Rochester to Countess of Lichfield, December 4, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 12Rochester to Lichfield, December 4, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 13Abingdon to Rochester, December 5, 1685
Box 1, Folder 14Rochester to Countess of Lichfield, December 7, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 15Rochester to Lichfield, December 7, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 16Rochester to Lichfield, December 12, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 17Rochester to Lichfield, December 14, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 18Rochester to Lichfield, December [14, 1685]:
Box 1, Folder 19Rochester to Lichfield, December 17, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 20Rochester to Lichfield, December 30, [1685]
Box 1, Folder 21Rochester to Lichfield, January 22, [1686]
Box 1, Folder 22Rochester to Lichfield, January 27, [1686]
Box 1, Folder 23Rochester to Lichfield, January 29, [1686]
Box 1, Folder 24Rochester to Lichfield, March 13, [1686]
Correspondence
The correspondence is listed below in chronological order. In the list the following shortened versions of names are used to designate the correspondents:

Countess of Lichfield: Lady Charlotte (Fitzroy) Lee, Countess of Lichfield
Countess of Lindsey: Elizabeth (Pope) Lee Bertie, Countess of Lindsey
Abingdon: James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon


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