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Bertram, Charles (1723-1765) [to an unknown recipient regarding the forgery "Richard"]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.449 Author/Creator: Bertram, Charles (1723-1765) Place Written: Copenhagen, Denmark Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 July 1751 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Bertram, later discovered to be a literary imposter, writes to an unknown recipient (possibly to William Stukeley). Reports that when he receives the recipient's reply, he will deliver "Richard," a historical manuscript which he claimed to have found, to the press. Contains various questions related to British history and geography. Discusses the possibilities of the origin of "Richard's" author. Offers condolence regarding the death of the Prince of Wales. On page one, includes a watercolor of a prehistoric celtic dolmen; Bertram states that he saw this kistvaen on the road toward Holt, Britain. States "Upon your complaining of the virtuousness of your Copy of Richard, I have examined that, from which it was taken, with the Original, and find it as you say. but as to the Figures of the Itinerary or Chronology they were pretty exact, tho' wrong in Respect of Truth."

People: Bertram, Charles, 1723-1765.
Stukeley, William, 1687-1765.

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Forgery and Fraud, Literature and Language Arts, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Death, Classical World and Ancient Civilization, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

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