The Old Pretender to the English throne; son of James II; proclaimed by supporters to be King James III of England and King James VII of Scotland.
Autograph Letter Signed, James R, one page, octavo, Rome, August 15, 1732. Normal aging; fine condition.
“I desire the father Rector of this English College may let Edgar open the chests consigned by my order to that college and execute the directions I have given him about them by word of mouth.”
James Stuart was born just before his father, James II, was dethroned by William III. The French King Louis XIV tried to negotiate an agreement with William to name Stuart his heir, but William insisted that he be raised in England as a Protestant, a point which effectively ended the negotiations. Louis continued to support Stuart politically and financially, recognizing him as the rightful King after his father’s death in 1701. The French throne financed two unsuccessful attempts to place him on the throne in 1715 and 1745.
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