"Never Printed But Lent Me to Copy" [Manuscript]. Lowndes, William [1652-1724]. A Treatise of Estates & Conveyances by Wm. Lowndes Esqr. Late Secretary of the Treasury. Never Printed but Lent to Me to Copy. AD 1712.....Ends pag[e] 49.' Cornwall?, 1699-1718. , 49, , 50-62,  pp. 11 blank leaves. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt frames to boards, raised bands and recent shelf label to spine, marbled endpapers. Minor nicks and scuffs to boards, a few paint spatters to rear board, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, moderate toning to interior. Leaves ruled in red ink, text in several small neat hands. $3,500. * Lowndes, a Whig politician, was Secretary to the Treasury under King William III and Queen Anne. An effective administrator, he dominated Treasury affairs for thirty years. His unpublished Treatise on Estates & Conveyances is divided into six chapters: "Of Several Kinds of Estates in Law," "Concerning Possession, Seisin, Things Lyeing in Livery, & Things Lying in Grant," "Of Reversions and Remainders,"Of Uses," "Of the Severall Kinds of Common Assurances" and "More Concerning Common Assurances." This section is dated 1699. At the end is a final, related question, dated 1704, that asks what a husband gains by marriage to a wife who possesses various forms of estate. The text of this section is in a neat scribal hand, with a title page and table of contents in a different hand. Following the Lowndes text are several related documents in different hands, including a copy of the marriage settlement of William Dennis and Dorothy Cotton in 1696 (by which he gained estates of ?5000), a copy of a document of 1718 attesting to the settlement of a debt from the estate and "An Underlease of part of a B[isho]ps Lease for three Lives." Francis Luttrell [1683-1740], barrister and son of the book collector Narcissus Luttrell, may have written part of this manuscript. In 1712 Narcissus attempted to secure a place in the Treasury for his son, which would likely have brought them into contact with Lowndes. (Lowndes, incidentally, was not "late Secretary of the Treasury" in 1712, though a joint secretary had been appointed in 1711.) The 1718 document mentions Narcissus Luttrell's sister, Dorothy Wynne, and cousin, Henry Manaton. The manuscript was part of the P.
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